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Suspect in Maryland newsroom killings charged with murder

June 29, 2018

A Maryland man was charged with multiple counts of murder on Friday, a day after police say he rampaged through a newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun and killed five people in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history.

Police identified the suspect as Jarrod Ramos, 38, from Laurel, about 25 miles (40 km) west of Annapolis. He faces five counts of first degree murder in Anne Arundel County criminal court where a bail hearing was expected at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT) on Friday, The Capital Gazette newspaper group reported.

Ramos had a longstanding grudge against the newspaper and unsuccessfully sued it for defamation in 2012 over an article that reported how he harassed a former high school classmate, court records showed.

He is accused of entering the Capital Gazette office on Thursday afternoon and opening fire through a glass door, hunting for victims and spraying the newsroom with gunfire as reporters hid under their desks and begged for help on social media, police and witnesses said.

© Mandel Ngan, AFP | The journalists at the Capital Gazette published their newspaper on June 29, 2018, a day after a shooting at their offices.

Rob Hiaasen, 59, Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara were shot and killed. All were journalists except for Smith who was a sales assistant, police said.

The Capital newspaper, part of the Gazette group, published an edition on Friday with photographs of each of the victims and a headline “5 shot dead at The Capital” on its front page.

The newspaper’s editors left the editorial page blank with a note saying that they were speechless.

Photographs that were widely shared on social media showed newspaper staffers working on laptops in a parking garage to produce Friday’s edition while they waited to learn the fate of colleagues after the shooting.

‘Like a war zone’

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said he was so proud of the journalists who had “soldiered on.”

“These guys, they don’t make a lot of money. They do journalism because they love what they do. And they got a newspaper out today,” Buckley told Fox News.

Ramos brought a defamation lawsuit in 2012 against Eric Hartley, a former staff writer and columnist with Capital Gazette, and Thomas Marquardt, then its editor and publisher, a court filing showed.

Neither Hartley nor Marquardt is still employed by the paper or were at its office on Thursday.

An article by Hartley had contended that Ramos had harassed a woman on Facebook and that he had pleaded guilty to criminal harassment, according to a legal document.

The court agreed the article was accurate and based on public records, the document showed. In 2015 Maryland’s second-highest court upheld the ruling, rejecting Ramos’s suit.

Ramos tweeted at the time that he had set up a Twitter account to defend himself, and wrote in his biographical notes that he was suing people in Anne Arundel County and “making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities.”

According to a WBAL-TV reporter who said she spoke with the woman who was harassed, Ramos became “fixated” with her for no apparent reason, causing her to move three times, change her name, and sleep with a gun.

Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter, recounted how he was hiding under his desk along with other newspaper employees when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported on its website.

The newsroom looked “like a war zone,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t know why he stopped.”

“As much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless,” Davis said.

Authorities responded to the scene within a minute of the shooting, and Ramos was arrested while also hiding under a desk with the shotgun on the floor nearby, police said.

After the shooting, police in Baltimore and New York City deployed extra officers outside major media outlets as a precaution.

Capital Gazette runs several newspapers out of its Annapolis office. They include one of the oldest newspapers in the United States, The Gazette, which traces its origins back to 1727.

The newspapers published by the company, part of the Tronc Inc media group, have focused on local news in the shadows of two much larger competitors, the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.




Suspect in newsroom shooting ID’d with facial recognition technology

June 29, 2018

The man who blasted his way into the offices of a Maryland newspaper Thursday, killing five people, was identified by cops using sophisticated facial recognition technology.

Law enforcement sources told the Post that the gunman carried no identification when he went on his rampage in the Capital-Gazette’s newsroom, which also injured three people.

However, authorities cracked the case using sophisticated facial recognition technology less than six hours after the first shots were fired, law enforcement sources told NBC News and CNN.

His identity has not been publicly released.

Police found the gunman — described as a white male in his 30s — under a desk in of the newspaper’s newsroom and arrested him without firing a shot, said Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh.

Authorities said at a Thursday afternoon press conference the shooter was found with an “explosive device” in a bag, but offered few other details other than to say it “was taken care of.”

A law enforcement source told CBS News there were either flash-bang or smoke grenades in the bag, but Schuh said the shooter appeared to have carried “inflammable liquids” in some sort of package.

The shooting at the Capital-Gazette, Annapolis’s main newspaper, is one of the deadliest mass shootings of journalists in recent years.

Terrorists killed twelve when they attacked the offices of a satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in 2015.

Officials also shot down earlier reports that he had filed off his fingerprints.

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Five dead in shooting at Maryland newspaper office

June 29, 2018

White man armed with a shotgun said to have made ‘targeted attack’

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Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper, in  © AFP

Five people were killed and two injured at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon, in a “targeted attack” by a lone gunman armed with a shotgun, police said.

The white male “looked for his victims as he walked through the lower level”, said William Krampf, acting chief of the Anne Arundel County police department.

The man, said to be in his late 30s, was in custody after the shooting at the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper, and was being questioned, police said.

Phil Davis, a crime reporter at the Gazette, said on Twitter that the gunman had shot through the glass door of the newspaper’s office and had opened fire on several employees.

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” he said in a tweet.

According to the Baltimore Sun, which owns the newspaper group, journalists dived under their desks and pleaded for help on social media.

The Baltimore Sun said the victims were identified as Rob Hiaasen, 59, an assistant editor; Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who headed special publications; Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor; John McNamara, 56, a staff writer; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.

The gunman had a long-running feud with the newspaper, according to Reuters.

“We know there were threats sent to the Capital Gazette through social media,” said Mr Krampf, but he did not know who made them.

The attacker’s Maryland residence was being searched.

Mr Krampf said earlier that officers recovered “what we thought may have been an explosive device” from the building. “We don’t anticipate having any more explosive devices,” he said.

If [police] were not there as quickly as they were it could have been a lot worse

Police said officers were on the scene within 60 seconds and apprehended the suspect without firing a shot.

“If they were not there as quickly as they were it could have been a lot worse,” said Gavin Buckley, the mayor of Annapolis, which is located about 30 miles to the east of Washington DC.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, seven journalists have been killed in the US since 1992 in cases where the motive had been confirmed. None of those deaths were in mass shootings.

The New York Police Department said it was deploying counter-terrorism teams to media organisations “out of an abundance of caution”.

John Sarbanes, the Democrat representative for the congressional district that includes Annapolis, said: “This is a small-town newspaper, this is a close-knit community, so in a sense the newspaper represents the community.”

He added: “These are reporters who write feature stories and human interest stories all the time . . . people know them, they feel close to the newspaper. It’s a very tight-knit community. So there’s going to be shockwaves going out from this.”

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”

Larry Hogan, the Maryland governor, said: “Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.”

The Gazette is one of the oldest newspaper publishers in the US, tracing its history back to 1727, when a British journalist set up the Maryland Gazette. According to the paper’s website, it opposed the Stamp Act of 1765, one of the taxation grievances that triggered the American Revolution.

Its reporters cover local beats, and the paper’s national coverage comes from wire services.

Belgium: Shooting, stabbing in Liege leaves two police officers and a passer-by dead — Gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar”

May 29, 2018

A stabbing and shooting attack in the eastern Belgian city has left two police officers and a passer-by dead. Authorities have launched a terror investigation but the terror alert level remains unchanged.

A bomb squad arrives at the scene following a shooting in Liege, Belgium on Tuesday. Photo by Michel Tonneau/EPA-EFE

A gunman stabbed and shot dead two police officers before killing a bystander in the eastern city of Liege on Tuesday, Belgian media reported.

The country has been on alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people at Brussels airport and in the subway system in 2016.

Read more: Refugee child dies in Belgium after police chase

What we know so far

  • The attack happened at around 10.30 a.m. local time (08.30 UTC) near a cafe in the Boulevard d’Avroy, located in the administrative district of the city.
  • The attacker, who was armed with a knife, approached the two officers from behind and stabbed them several times, before seizing their weapons and shooting them dead, prosecutors said.
  • He then shot dead a 22-year-old man in a vehicle parked nearby.
  • La Libre Belgique newspaper quoted a police source as saying the gunman shouted Allahu Akbar — God is greatest in Arabic.
  • The shooter then fled to a nearby school where he took a woman hostage.
  • Broadcaster RTBF said the gunman was later shot dead by police.
  • At least two officers were injured in the subsequent shoot-out.
  • The Belga news agency reported that the children from the school were quickly moved to a safe area.

Police and ambulance are seen at the site where a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers, in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on May 29, 2018. (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Terror probe opened

Terrorism investigators took over the case within two hours of the shooting.

“There are elements that point in the direction that this is a terrorist act,” said Eric Van Der Sypt, spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutors office.

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter: “Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrible act. We are in the process of establishing an overview of exactly what happened.”

Terror nerves: Belgium remains on edge following several years of extremist Islamist activity, most notably the March 2016 suicide bombings on Brussels airport and a metro station which killed 32 people.

Read more: Belgium charges suspect over 2016 Brussels attacks

Extremist cells, previous shooting

In January 2015, police smashed a terror cell in the town of Verviers that was planning an attack on police. The cell had links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Liege itself was the scene of a shooting in 2011, when a gunman killed four people and wounded more than 100 others before turning the gun on himself.

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In this grab taking from video Tuesday, May 29, 2018, people run in the street after hearing gun shots, in Liege, Belgium. A gunman killed three people, including two police officers, in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday, a city official said. Police later killed the attacker, and other officers were wounded in the shooting. (Victor Jay via AP)

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What happened?

The shooting unfolded late morning on Tuesday near a cafe in the city centre.

Prosecutors said the man followed and attacked police with a knife, before taking a gun from them and opening fire.

He also shot dead a man who was sitting in the passenger seat of a passing car.

The gunman then fled to a nearby school and briefly took a hostage.

A map showing the site of a shooting in Belgium

Footage on social media showed people running to safety as several gunshots rang out. Children at the school were moved to safety.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said he was following the situation closely and expressed his support for those caught up in the shooting.

What’s the wider situation?

Belgium remains on alert after a series of jihadist attacks in the country and in neighbouring France.

A Brussels-based cell was involved in the 2015 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead in several locations.

Brussels itself saw three suicide bombings in March 2016, with 32 people killed. Both the Paris and Brussels attacks were claimed by the Islamic State-group.

Later in 2016 a man attacked two police officers with machetes while shouting “Allahu Akbar” before being shot dead.



Gunman kills three before being shot dead: Belgian police

LIEGE, Belgium (Reuters) – A man killed two policewomen and a woman passer-by in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday, public broadcaster RTBF said, before being shot dead in an exchange of fire that sent people scattering and scurrying to take cover.

The city authorities confirmed the death toll.

The national crisis center, on high alert since past attacks by Islamic State in Paris and Brussels, said it was looking into whether terrorism might have been a motive for Tuesday’s attack in Belgium’s third city.

RTBF named the alleged assailant as a 36-year-old Belgian who had been released on parole from a prison near Liege, close to the German and Dutch borders, on Monday.

He was serving time for drug offences and classified as “unstable”, according to RTBF. It remained unclear how the incident, during which pupils at a nearby high school were moved to a place of safety, had unfolded.

“The children in the local schools are safe,” Liege city authorities said on Twitter, adding that apart from the two police officers the passenger in a car had been killed.

RTBF said the man may have attacked the police officers with a box-cutter and then seized one of their weapons.

La Libre Belgique newspaper quoted a police source as saying the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” — God is greatest in Arabic — and RTBF said investigators were looking into whether he might have been converted to Islam and radicalized in prison.

“(Terrorism) is one of the questions on the table, but for the moment all scenarios are open,” a spokesman for the crisis center told Reuters.

Federal prosecutors took over the investigation, a further indication that a terrorist motive was possible.

Prime Minister Charles Michel, expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, said it was too early to say what had caused the incident.

RTBF said the attacker had a history of minor criminal convictions but was not on a list of possible violent extremists.

Two other police officers had been injured, a spokeswoman for the Liege public prosecutors office said.

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Images on social media showed people scurrying for safety on Liege’s central boulevard d’Avroy with shots and sirens being heard in the background.

Liege, the biggest city in Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia region, was the scene of a mass shooting in 2011, when a gunman killed four people and wounded more than 100 others before turning the gun on himself.

Belgium has been on high alert since a Brussels-based Islamic State cell was involved in attacks on Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people and Brussels in 2016 in which 32 died.

The Brussels IS cell had links to militants in Verviers, another industrial town close to Liege, where in early 2015 police raided a safe house and killed two men who had returned from fighting with radical Islamists in Syria.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek, Alissa de Carbonnel and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alastair Macdonald and Richard Balmforth

Woman behind YouTube HQ shooting identified

April 4, 2018

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The woman behind Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube headquarters is a vegan bodybuilder who used the video-sharing website regularly in years past — and once posted a clip claiming her content was being “discriminated and filtered,” a report says.

Nasim Aghdam, 39, of Southern California, is said to be the deceased suspect, according to NBC Bay Area’s Investigative team.

She apparently had her own YouTube channel — under the name “Nasim Wonder 1” — which she used to promote her healthy living style and hatred for animal abuse.

Aghdam also let her voice be heard on Instagram, where she posted photos and videos on a weekly basis.

“What do you think about freedom of speech and does it really exist in western countries!?” she captioned one video, posted on March 25.

The issue of free speech was apparently very important to Aghdam — and one she spoke about constantly while criticizing YouTube, NBC reports.

“Be aware,” she wrote in a post from 2017, which was reportedly published on her personal webpage.

“There is no free speech in real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system,” Aghdam said. “Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos.”

Aghdam even went so far as to quote Adolf Hitler, saying: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it,” according to NBC.

Most of the woman’s content is bizarre and includes composite images and edited videos that she appears to have created herself.

One pic shows Aghdam standing alongside a male lion — while wearing an elegant ball gown. Others show her donning traditional Muslim garb.

On YouTube, Aghdam claimed to be a “strong Persian girl” with Iranian ties.

Her boyfriend is reportedly one of the people who was shot Tuesday at the company’s headquarters in San Bruno, Cali., along with two women. The victims all worked there.

Armed with a 9mm handgun, Aghdam reportedly drove to the building from her home in Southern California. Authorities said her last known residence was in the San Diego area.

Sources told NBC that Aghdam went by many different aliases.

She has been posting videos on YouTube since 2011, the sources said.

Her most recent post came three weeks ago and was titled “Leg Exercises At Home Fitness.”

The video in which Aghdam complains about her content being “discriminated and filtered on YouTube” was posted in January 2017.

In others, she gives workout tutorials — using the term “Vegan Fitness Bodybuilding.”

The clips have since been scrubbed and her account has been deleted. The Instagram page purportedly belonging to Aghdam was also taken down on Tuesday night, as well.



Woman wounds three at YouTube headquarters in California, then kills herself

April 4, 2018


SAN BRUNO, Calif. (Reuters) – A woman who had voiced complaints online about YouTube opened fire with a handgun at the tech company’s headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, wounding three people before shooting herself dead, authorities and media said.

It was the latest in a string of mass shootings in the United States in recent years. Most recently, the massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school has led to calls for tighter curbs on gun ownership.

Police did not identify the suspect or say what might have motivated Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube, a video-sharing service owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google which employs nearly 2,000 people at the San Bruno, California offices.

The woman approached an outdoor patio and dining courtyard on the campus around lunchtime and began to fire before entering the building, police said.

An affiliate of ABC and other local media, citing unnamed sources, identified the woman as Nasim Aghdam.

San Bruno police officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the identity of the attacker.

YouTube spokeswoman Jessica Mason could not immediately be reached for comment on the identification by media.

The website, which media said was linked to the attacker, had several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with screeds against YouTube.

Those complaints included claims the company was not sharing enough revenue with people who create videos for the platform.

“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube, or any other video-sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to,” read one posting on the site.

A YouTube account in the name of Nasime Sabz was deleted on Tuesday evening.

A U.S. government security official told Reuters there was no known connection to terrorism.

ABC News, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, said the suspect was 35 to 40 years old, and lived in Southern California.

A YouTube product manager, Todd Sherman, described on Twitter hearing people running, first thinking it was an earthquake before he was told that a person had a gun.

“At that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter. Someone else said that the person shot out the back doors and then shot themselves,” Sherman said in a tweet.

“I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peeked around for threats and then we headed downstairs, and out the front,” Sherman said.

In a recording of a 911 call posted online by the Los Angeles Times, a dispatcher can be heard saying: “Shooter. Another party said they spotted someone with a gun. Suspect came from the back patio … Again we have a report of a subject with a gun. They heard seven or eight shots being fired.”

Dozens of emergency vehicles quickly converged on the YouTube campus, and police could be seen on televised aerial video systematically frisking several employees leaving the area with their hands raised.

One victim, a 36-year-old man, was listed in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. A 32-year-old woman was listed in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition. Authorities did not release names of the victims.

The three patients taken to San Francisco General Hospital were all awake, Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at the hospital, told a news conference. All were victims of gunshot wounds, Campbell said, but none of them had undergone surgery.

A fourth person was taken to a local hospital with an ankle injury from fleeing the scene.

“It’s with great sadness that I tell you – based on the latest information – four people were injured in this horrific act of violence,” Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in letter to employees posted on Twitter.

Police officers and crime scene tape are seen at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

“I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy.”

In a separate tweet, Pichai said he and YouTube Chief Executive Susan Wojcicki were “focused on supporting our employees and the @YouTube community through this difficult time together.”

President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he had been briefed on the shooting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved,” Trump tweeted. “Thank you to our phenomenal law enforcement officers and first responders that are currently on the scene.”

In response, Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted: “We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies.”

Last month, YouTube announced it would ban content promoting the sale of guns and gun accessories, as well as videos that teach how to make guns.

Female mass shooters are rare. A recent Washington Post analysis shows only three of 150 U.S. shootings with more than four victims since 1966 were carried out by women. In 2015, a husband and wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York, Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Mark Hosenball in Washington, D.C.; Andrew Hay in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Salvador Rodriguez, Heather Somerville, Noel Randewich, Stephen Nellis and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Keith Coffman in Denver; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Peter Cooney and Clarence Fernandez


Suspect in YouTube Shooting Posted Rants About the Company Online

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The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has confirmed the identity of the shooter who opened fire on YouTube’s campus in San Bruno Tuesday. Nasim Aghdam, 39, lived in Southern California and appears to have had a robust presence on YouTube.

In a video posted in January 2017, she says YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content. In the video, Aghdam says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being “filtered” by the company, it received far fewer views.

In one online rant, she complained that YouTube censored her content by imposing an age restriction on one of her workout videos because they were too racy. She says the company failed to do the same thing for stars like Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, whose videos, she says, are inappropriate for children.

In a Facebook post from February 2017, Aghdam blasted YouTube saying, “There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube.”

On her personal webpage, she posted another rant about YouTube saying, “Be aware…there is no free speech in real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos.” Aghdam also quotes Adolf Hitler, saying, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

On her Instagram account she posted a video along with a caption reading, “What do you think of freedom of speech and does it really exist in western countries?”

Nasim Aghdam, suspected YouTube shooter, posted this picture of herself on her website.

It appears Aghdam controlled multiple YouTube channels, including one with videos of her speaking Farsi. Aghdam posted videos about an array of topics including hand art and animal rights.

In 2009, she protested the military’s use of pigs in training exercises. A news report by The San Diego Union Tribune shows a photo of Aghdam holding a plastic sword and spattered in blood as part of the demonstration by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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Las Vegas Shooting Updates: More Than 50 Dead

October 2, 2017

• More than 50 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in a shooting at a concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the police said.

• The police said they killed a gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, at the hotel. They said they believed he was the only attacker. They said they were “confident” they had located a female person of interest described as his “companion” and “roommate.”

• Automatic gunfire can be heard in videos from the grounds of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a country music event. Concertgoers were seen running and ducking for cover. Thousands of people fled.

At least two police officers have died.

Two off-duty Las Vegas police officers were killed in the shooting, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference.

Two other officers responding to the scene were wounded, the sheriff said. One of them is in critical condition.

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Additionally, an off-duty officer from Bakersfield, Calif., who was attending the concert was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.


A woman covered with blood at the festival. CreditDavid Becker/Getty Images

More than 20 people killed and more than 100 injured.

“Now as far as number of victims, I cannot give you an accurate number at this point,” Sheriff Lombardo said. “We have well in excess of a hundred-plus injured and excess of 20-plus that have died.”

The sheriff described the gunman as a “local resident.”

Police hunt for gunman’s ‘companion.’

The police are looking for a woman described as the gunman’s “companion” and identified as Marilou Danley.


The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released this photo of Marilou Danley, the gunman’s “companion.” CreditLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

The authorities have called her a “person of interest” and the shooter’s “roommate.”

‘We do not believe there are any more shooters.’

‘We have numerous victims right now.’

“We have numerous victims right now. I don’t have a number,” Sgt. Jeff Clark, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said at a news conference.

The police say one gunman is dead.

“One suspect is down,” the police said via Twitter several hours after the attack was first reported.

SWAT teams were sent to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where at least one gunman was believed to be located, according police radio traffic.

The authorities later confirmed there were no other gunmen.

“This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time,” a post on Twitter read.

Las Vegas shooting: 20 killed, 200 wounded in mass shooting — Shooter killed by police

October 2, 2017

Police say at least 20 people have been killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Dozens of victims have been admitted to a nearby hospital. Police report one suspect “down” and don’t believe that there are more shooters.

— Officials in Las Vegas say at least 20 people were killed in a mass shooting late Sunday. More than 100 victims have suffered injuries, at least a dozen of them critical injuries.

— Police report that at least one suspected shooter “is down” after officers “engaged” him. Authorities do not believe that there are any more shooters. They are looking for the suspect’s female “companion” and two vehicles registered to him.

— The sheriff says reports of shootings at other sites on the Strip were false.

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0935 Mandalay Bay’s parent company has tweeted that, at the request of law enforcement, it has “put hotels in the vicinity on lockdown to ensure guest safety.”

Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims of last night’s tragic events. We’re grateful for the immediate actions of our first responders.

0930 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has responded to the attack on Twitter, calling the shooting a “tragic & heinous act of violence.”

A tragic & heinous act of violence has shaken the  family. Our prayers are w/ the victims & all affected by this act of cowardice.

0900 Disturbing video has emerged from the scene.

Gunfire rings out at Mandalay Bay

0835 In a media briefing, Sheriff Joe Lombardo drastically raised the death toll in the shooting from two to more than 20. He said at least 100 people had been injured.

“I cannot give you an accurate number,” Lombardo told reporters.

Briefing with @ regarding the Strip shooting. At least 20 dead, 100 injured. The shooter was local.

Lombardo said police had identified the shooter, who they believe acted alone, as a local resident but did not give further information. He said police were looking for the man’s roommate for further questioning, as well as two vehicles registered to the suspect.

The sheriff said the shooter fired on the audience at the music festival from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where officers later “engaged” and killed him. “We are comfortable that the primary aggressor in this event is expired or passed away,” Lombardo said.

Lombardo called on anyone who had footage of the attack to submit it to law enforcement, including the FBI, which is assisting in the investigation. The Red Cross is fielding phone calls from people seeking information on missing relatives.

The sheriff said reports of related shootings at multiple sites on the Strip were false: “The scene is static.”

0750 Flights have resumed at McCarran Airport, but delays will continue.

Limited flight activity has resumed at @LASairport. Please monitor flight status with your airline. Expect on going delays.

0732 Officers do not believe that there are any more shooters.

At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters. More information to come shortly from @.

0730 Police have confirmed that at least two people have died and two dozen suffered injuries in Sunday’s shooting.

0700 Police reported one suspect “down.”

Please do not livestream or share tactical positions of our officers on scene. This may put emergency responders in danger.

0640 As reports circulated online of police deploying to multiple venues, officers asked social media users not to share their “tactical positions.”

UPDATE: Flights in and out of @LASairport have been temporarily halted in response to reported shooting incident on Las Vegas Strip.

“We want people to steer clear of the area,” an officer told a short media briefing.

0520 The first reports started circulating that an active shooter or shooters had targeted fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival of country music across from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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At least 30 migrants drown in new Med disaster — “Real life tragedy unfolding on Europe’s doorstep today.”

May 24, 2017


© AFP/File | The Libyan coast guard has recently begun carrying out its own operations at sea, towing migrant dinghies headed for Europe back to shore and locking up those recovered in centres which are renowned for human rights abuses


At least 30 migrants including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coast guard.

“There’s a critical situation today. About 200 people fell into the water,” a coastguard spokesman told AFP, while a humanitarian worker at the scene said 31 bodies had been recovered.

The migrants were on a wooden boat carrying between 500 and 700 people and were just 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast when the accident happened.

The crew of the Phoenix aid boat, chartered by the Maltese NGO Moas, had begun the rescue and were distributing lifejackets when many of those on deck fell into the water, perhaps knocked off balance by a wave.

“Not a scene from a horror movie… Real life tragedy unfolding on Europe’s doorstep today!,” said Chris Catrambone, Moas co-founder, who was aboard the Phoenix and published photos showing white body bags lined up on the deck.

“Rescuers are frantically trying to break open the locked hold on a wooden boat where hundreds of migrants are trapped!” he tweeted.

With the help of an Italian coast guard ship and several commercial ships, rescuers raced to drag as many people as possible from the water, while a military aircraft dropped life-rafts and a helicopter looked for survivors.

“Current body count at 31,” Catrambone said, adding many who fell overboard had been “small toddlers”.

– ‘Shots fired’ –

About 15 relief operations were under way Wednesday off Libya in total, the coast guard said.

On Tuesday, they coordinated the rescue of about 1,500 people, while their Libyan counterparts intercepted 237 others, including 20 women and 15 children, travelling on two wooden boats.

Among the migrants was a group of 12 Libyans — including five women and three children — who were trying to flee the conflict-hit country. Libyans have been a rare sight on migrant boats so far.

The German NGO Jugend Rettet said Tuesday it had had a run-in with armed men on a boat purportedly commandeered by the Libyan coast guard.

The Libyan boat already had passengers on board — presumably picked up from a dinghy in the area.

Jugend Rettet published a photograph appearing to show the armed men pointing their weapons directly at the migrants and said “a variety of shots” were fired “and refugees were beaten”.

Some 100 people on the Libyan boat panicked when the shots rang out and threw themselves into the water, swimming towards the German boat Iuventa and the SOS Mediterranee boat Aquarius, which was also at the scene.

“We can not say whether and how many dead there were in the shooting. We had to be careful not to get a bullet ourselves,” Jugend Rettet said in a statement citing the Iuventa’s 25-year old captain Jonas, without giving his surname.

The Libyan coast guard has recently begun carrying out its own operations at sea, towing migrant dinghies headed for Europe back to shore and locking up those recovered in centres which are renowned for human rights abuses.

© 2017 AFP

U.K. Parliament Attacker Leaves 4 Dead, Including Police Officer

March 23, 2017


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A car slammed into pedestrians near the U.K. Parliament, leaving at least four people dead and 40 injured. Police, who are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, shot dead the man believed to be the attacker.

Updated March 22, 2017 8:18 p.m. ET

LONDON—A suspected Islamist terrorist mowed down scores of pedestrians on a crowded bridge before crashing his car near the gates of Parliament and stabbing a policeman, leaving four dead in an attack that struck at the heart of British democracy.

The attacker was shot to death, authorities said, and 40 people were injured in the most serious act of terror in the U.K. since 2005, when coordinated bombings by Islamist extremists on…