THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

Category: NATIONAL NEWS

50 Dead 400 Hurt in Las Vegas mas SHOOTING – Deadliest in US History


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A lone gunman released a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others attending a country music festival below, police said.

It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

The shooter, who was identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot from a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the crowd of about 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit,” witness Meghan Kearney told MSNBC. “When we started running out, there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.”

She added: “People kept dropping and dropping … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET). Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters early Monday that authorities believe Paddock killed himself before police entered his room. Earlier, officials had said police fatally shot Paddock.

The suspect is believed to have checked into the hotel on Sept. 28, Lombardo said, and had an “excess of 10 rifles” in his room.

It was not clear whether Paddock had specifically requested a room on a high floor that overlooked the concert venue or whether he had prevented housekeepers from entering his room in the days prior.

Flags at the White House and U.S. Capitol were lowered at half-staff on Monday. President Donald Trump said he will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday and called the shooting “an act of pure evil.”

“Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the loss of a loved one,” Trump said at a press conference. “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you.”

The shooting is not believed to be connected to international terrorism. Authorities have not said what kinds of weapons were found.

Former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Bill Young’s 22-year-old daughter was at the concert. Young told MSNBC his daughter said the weapon “sounded like a machine gun” and that she and her friends took cover under a desk.

The shooting started while performer Jason Aldean was onstage. Witnesses described a chaotic scene of back-to-back bullets raining down from above, lasting for up to 10 minutes.

Fellow performer Jake Owen said he was standing about 50 feet away from Aldean when the shots started.

“It got faster and faster, almost like it was an automatic rifle,” Owen said. “At that point, everyone on stage started running everywhere.”

Owen dashed by victims covered in blood and eventually found shelter in his bus. The gunfire still hadn’t stopped by the time he got there, he said.

“It wasn’t something that was quick. It was chaos for a pure seven to 10 minutes,” he said.

3 Young Men Arrested after Killing 6 Year Old Boy after Stealing His Mom’s Car


GLUCKSTADT, Mississippi — Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead in his mother’s stolen car and the suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference Thursday that authorities plan to charge Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of the child.

Authorities found Kingston Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of the city.

Frazier had gone missing after 1 a.m. Thursday when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, the state capital, authorities said. About nine hours later, following a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity, a man reported the missing Toyota Camry was beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.

Authorities publicly disclosed the boy’s death Thursday morning while surrounded by grieving family members.

“A 6-year-old is gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”

The three suspects were arrested within hours of the child’s body being found, authorities said, adding video and a witness helped identify them.

Authorities said Washington and Wakefield are both 17. McBride’s age was not immediately released.

In Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder are tried as adults. The capital murder charge means prosecutors could seek the death penalty if the three are convicted, Guest said.

The district attorney also said it was possible the charges might change, adding the three are expected to make initial court appearances on Monday.

One lawyer said he is not yet officially representing one of them and declined requests for comment. Guest said the other two do not yet have lawyers.

Authorities did not answer questions at the news conference with reporters, and it’s unclear what role each of the three suspects is alleged to have played.

Wakefield was a quarterback last year at a high school in Madison County, north of Jackson, county Superintendent Ronnie McGehee told The Clarion-Ledger. McGehee also said Wakefield had been dismissed from the team but didn’t elaborate.

The mother, Ebony Archie, left the boy in the car, its engine running, while she went inside the supermarket early Thursday, sheriff’s deputies have said. The store’s parking lot is patrolled by sheriff’s deputies, including one in a golf cart.

Security video shows that after Archie left, another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry.

A child abduction alert was played repeatedly on local newscasts and police and family members issued public appeals for help.

The child’s body was taken for an autopsy at the state crime lab and the car was towed away by police as they continue to investigate.

R.I.P. Jordan Edwards – 15 year old Boy Shot in the Head by Texas Cop


At first, Texas cops claimed they shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards because he was in a car driving in an “aggressive manner” towards an officer.

But Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber has since said the car was driving away from officers before the cop fired, killing the teen who was riding passenger in a car driven by his brother.

Haber said this after viewing the body cam footage that still has not been made public but it might not be long considering how frank the chief is being on its content.

Edwards’ brother said he did not realize his little brother had been shot until after seeing smoke coming out of his head about a block away.

That was when he pulled over and asked police for help, apparently thinking somebody other than police shot his brother.

After all, both police and the teens say they heard gunshots prior to Edwards being shot and killed, but they could have just been firecrackers because police did not make a single weapons arrest that night.

But the sound of gunshots is what prompted, along with his brother and three other teens, to leave the house party where somebody had called police to report on drunk teens walking the streets.

Police were inside the house when the sounds of gunshots shattered the night.

Even if somebody was discharging a firearm, it had nothing to do with the teens in the car, who were not arrested for being under the influence.

Even the chief is saying the shooting was unjustified.

Father Killed His 11 Month Old Daughter on Facebook Live


BANGKOK — The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live said Wednesday her husband is the only person to blame and she bears no anger toward the social media site or the users who shared the horrific video.

The video showed 20-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his child by hanging her at an abandoned hotel. The video was livestreamed Monday evening and made inaccessible by Facebook late Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the man later killed himself. The video was apparently available for viewing online for almost 24 hours until Facebook pulled it down.

“I am not angry at Facebook or blaming them on this,” Chiranut Trairat, 21, told The Associated Press. “I understand that people shared the video because they were outraged and saddened by what happened.”

She said her husband had been abusive in the past and spent two years in prison before they started dating.

Facebook has been seeking ways to block videos as quickly as possible after a series of gruesome images, including murder and sexual assault, were livestreamed or posted.

“This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed,” Facebook said in a statement on the Thai incident.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said last week that his company has “a lot of work” to do on the problem.

The murder in Phuket came less than two weeks after a man in Cleveland, Ohio, posted on Facebook a video of himself shooting a man to death.

In Thailand, the potential for problems with Facebook Live became an issue last May when local media used the platform to broadcast live video of a university lecturer who was locked in a six-hour standoff with police who were seeking him in the shooting deaths of two colleagues. After negotiations for his surrender failed, he fatally shot himself, a moment that was shown live.

Woman and Son Killed by Boyfriend After Cops Told Her to Stop Calling


SANFORD, Fla. — Hours before Latina Herring and her son were killed, police told her to “just stop calling 911.”

Police released 911 calls and body camera footage that show officers responding to two 911 calls early Monday morning.

They say the shooting spree that killed Herring and her son and wounded four others began with an argument over keys.

Three hours before Latina Herring was killed, she can be seen on police body camera video arguing with her boyfriend, Allen Cashe.

Cashe is accused of taking his AK-47 and killing Herring and her 8-year-old son, and attempting to kill her 7-year-old son, her father and two other bystanders.

Police were called to a WAWA at 3:20 a.m. Monday, then again 20 minutes later to a nearby home. Video shows Cashe and Herring arguing over keys. It is clear from the video that police are not taking Herring’s concerns seriously.

“She’s making false accusations. It’s the second time she’s done it.”

“She’s been calling all night. She first said he had a gun when he didn’t.”

At one point, police tell Herring to stop calling 911.

“We’re going to handle it. Just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don’t know about.”

Police say the couple were just arguing and it was not physical, calling it a civil matter with no reason to arrest anyone.

They say Herring, frustrated, said she should have lied and said Cashe hit her. It’s unclear why Cashe might have called 911, but officers on the scene remarked he might have wanted to harm her.

“I think he’s calling because he’s afraid he’s going to do something to her.”

Herring’s friend LaDasha Beasley said Sanford police should have done more.

“Sanford PD’s a big disappointment to me and to other,” Beasley said. “To protect and serve who man? Who? Justice needs to be served, man.”