Gunman Kills Four, Injures Three In Colorado

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A lone gunman killed four people and wounded three more — including a police officer — on Monday after opening fire in multiple locations across Colorado before being shot dead, US police said.

The incidents began at around 5 pm and unfolded across at least four different locations in the cities of Denver and Lakewood, police said at a late-night press conference.

Two adult women were killed and an adult male wounded in the first location in Denver, police said, with a further man shot dead.

The gunman then traveled to neighboring Lakewood where he fatally shot another man and wounded another individual.

Working off information gathered from the previous assaults, Lakewood officers were able to identify the shooter as he moved location again.

“Fire was then exchanged again with our agents, the shooter, in this case, was taken down,” said Lakewood police spokesman John Romero, adding the gunman was “pronounced dead on the scene”.

A Lakewood officer was shot and injured during the altercations.

“That agent is currently at the hospital undergoing surgery right now,” Romero said.

The shooter’s motivations are unknown, and an investigation into events is ongoing.

Gun violence is a huge problem in the United States and firearm control advocates say the issue is fueled by the item’s prevalence and relatively lax gun laws.

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One Killed As Police Engage Gunmen Disguised As Mourners In Imo

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Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have killed a gunman and arrested another – both of whom were part of a group disguised as mourners.

The spokesman for the command, Michael Abattam, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday confirmed that other members of the group fled with various gunshot wounds.

“Sequel to the recent attacks by some unknown gunmen in the state where some innocent persons lost their lives the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, directed the command’s tactical teams to ensure strict policing of the border areas and to embark on aggressive, intelligence-led stop and search/patrols to prevent bandits from entering the state forthwith,” he explained.

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“The strategy yielded positive results. On 17/11/2021 at about 1501 hours, while the ever gallant police command’s tactical teams were on a vigorous and aggressive stop and search operation along Owerri/Onitsha Road, suspected gunmen masquerading as persons mourning – going for burial ceremony somewhere in the state – approached the police checkpoint in a convoy of three motorcycles carrying two passengers on each, alongside a passenger bus with registration number Anambra NNE 725 ZG carrying passengers, and displaying in front of the bus, a belated burial poster of late Mrs Bridget Chine Nwadiozor dated 22/10/2021.

“They were flagged down for routine search. On seeing the date on the belated poster, the police operatives became suspicious and alert. After searching the passengers on the motorcycles and nothing incriminating was seen, they went to the bus.

“In the bid of searching the passengers in the bus, one of them pulled out a Berretta pistol and in an attempt to shoot at the police operatives, he was neutralised which led to a shootout. In the process one of the suspects, Odedira Ezuala ‘m’ aged 23yrs, a native of Umudike Ihiala LGA of Anambra State, was arrested while others, including the motorcyclists, escaped with bullet wounds.”

The police, according to Abattam, recovered a police special Beretta pistol with breach No.90005 and 10 rounds of live ammunition, a bus with Reg. No. Anambra NNE 725 ZG, and a burial poster.

He stated that the body of the neutralised gunman has been deposited at a morgue while the arrested suspect was already undergoing interrogation.

According to the command’s spokesman, the suspect has made useful statement to the police and has volunteered to provide support to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

Gunmen Abduct 18 Passengers In Zamfara

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted 18 travellers while on transit along the troubled Dansadau – Gusau Road.

Police authorities in Zamfara State confirmed the abduction to Channels Television on Wednesday via its spokesperson, Shehu Mohammed, adding that the State Police Command dispatched a search and rescue team to ensure the rescue of the kidnapped victims

He said an unspecified number of cattle were rustled by the criminals shortly after the heavily armed bandits stormed the Dansadau area with the intent to launch an attack on the locals.

According to him, the bandits in their large numbers attempt to attack the community but they were repelled by a combined team of security operatives and no casualty was recorded.

He noted that peace has been restored in the area, with efforts ongoing to ensure the abducted travellers were rescued unhurt and rustled cattle recovered.

The police spokesman enjoined the public especially those in the affected area to go about their normal activities.

Three Killed In Oklahoma Walmart Shooting, Including Gunman

DUNCAN, OK – NOVEMBER 18: A police officer maintains a security line after a shooting in a Walmart parking lot on November 18, 2019, in Duncan, Oklahoma.
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Three people were killed in a shooting early Monday outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma, including the assailant, police said — the latest in a string of deadly gun attacks at the popular supermarket chain.

Danny Ford, the police chief in the town of Duncan, said the shooting — an apparent domestic dispute — took place shortly before 10:00 am (1600 GMT) in a parking lot in front of the store.

“We have three individuals that are deceased. We have two white males and a white female. Two of the victims are inside the vehicle, one is outside the vehicle,” said Ford.

A handgun was also found at the scene, police said.

Witnesses told local news channels that the shooter approached his victims while they were inside the vehicle, opening fire on them.

He then turned his weapon on himself when a fourth man reportedly pulled out a firearm and challenged the shooter, they said.

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Family members at the scene said the shooting was a domestic dispute between a husband and his wife, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

A Walmart spokeswoman told Fox that no staff members were involved in the incident in Duncan, a town of 22,000 inhabitants some 75 miles (120 kilometres) south of Oklahoma City, the state capital.

Schools in the area had been placed on lockdown temporarily before being given an “all clear” by local police, the local school district said in a statement.

At the start of this month, a new permitless carry law came into effect in the central US state, allowing anyone over 21 and without a felony conviction to carry a gun without a permit or a license.

A gunman killed 22 people in a Walmart store in August in El Paso, Texas, while another Walmart store in Mississippi was the scene of a shooting in late July when a disgruntled employee killed two co-workers and wounded a police officer.

In the El Paso shooting, the 21-year-old gunman said he had launched the deadly attack in response to what he called a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.

Walmart said in the wake of the two shootings inside its stores within a week of each other that it would limit sales of guns and ammunition.

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Teenage Gunman Commits Suicide In Unsuccessful US School Attack

 

A teenage gunman killed himself Thursday at a school in Indiana, after being confronted by police officers who were alerted in advance of an armed suspect heading to campus. 

Police were tipped off at around 8:00 am (1300 GMT) of potential violence at Dennis Intermediate School in the city of Richmond, according to the Indiana State Police.

“Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the school, which had already been placed on lockdown,” the agency said in a statement.

Officers confronted a teenage suspect outside the school, who then reportedly shot out the glass of a locked entry door and ran inside.

Officers chased him and exchanged gunfire with the teen, but police said they did not yet know if the suspect had been wounded by police.

“The teenage suspect is deceased, the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the state police said.

It was not immediately known if the teenager was a student at the school.

No other students or staff were harmed, authorities said. Students were evacuated to another school campus where they were reunited with their parents.

“Due to the result of advance notification … the school had initiated their lockdown procedure which clearly prevented injury to students and faculty,” the state police said.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing several gunshots and saw a heavy police presence as the school day was commencing.

Peggy Lewis, who lives across the street from the school campus, told local television station RTV6 that she saw police rushing into the school building.

“I heard, I want to say like three gunshots, and I look out my door, and the police were shooting at the door,” Lewis told the TV station.

The Richmond school district said classes at all schools other than Dennis Intermediate would resume on a regular schedule.

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French Attack Gunman Was Jailed In Germany For Burglary

Two members of the French police unit BRI walk on the Pont de l’Europe (Europe bridge), crossing the border with Germany over the river Rhine in Strasbourg, on December 12, 2018, as part of searches in order to find the gunman who opened fire near a Christmas market the night before, in Strasbourg, eastern France. Frederick FLORIN / AFP

 

The suspect in the deadly shooting attack at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was jailed for burglary in Germany before being expelled to France, German authorities said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old suspect was sentenced to two years and three months for burglaries in the city of Mainz and in Baden-Wuerttemberg state, and jailed in 2016.

“He served a year in Germany before being expelled to France,” a spokesman from Baden-Wuerttemberg’s interior ministry told AFP.

According to the Tagesspiegel newspaper, the man broke into a dentist practice in Mainz, Rhineland Palatinate state, in 2012, making away with cash, stamps and gold used for teeth fillings.

Four years later, he hit a pharmacy in the Lake Constance town of Engen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, pocketing cash.

German authorities were on the lookout for the fugitive “along the Rhine” river region, the ministry spokesman said.

“But at the moment we do not believe that he has crossed into the country,” he added.

The gunman opened fire Tuesday evening at the famed Strasbourg Christmas market, which draws thousands of visitors every year.

The shooting left three people dead and 13 wounded.

French authorities said the attacker had been on their list of extremists and “is actively being hunted by security forces”.

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Gunman Commits Suicide After Killing Four In Brazil Cathedral

People gather outside the Cathedral of Campinas, 90 km northwest of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 11, 2018, after a man opened fire during mass and killed at least four people before committing suicide. Ari FERREIRA / AFP

 

A gunman opened fire Tuesday in a cathedral in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas near Sao Paulo, killing four worshippers before committing suicide as police shot at him, officials said.

Paramedics told reporters the man fired a revolver and a .38-caliber pistol inside the cathedral at 1:00 pm (1500 GMT) as a sparsely attended mass was taking place, also wounding several people before killing himself.

The motive of the shooting was not immediately known.

Police speaking to the G1 news website identified the gunman as a 49-year-old who resided in Valinhos, a town near Campinas.

“A man opened fire randomly on people inside until police intervened and shot at the gunman who then killed himself,” the Security Secretariat for the state of Sao Paulo said in a statement.

In addition to the gunman, four other people died and another four were wounded, it added.

The secretariat said footage from the cathedral’s security cameras would be analyzed.

News magazine Veja posted footage from one of the cameras inside the cathedral showing the gunman firing a handgun at worshippers as they sat in pews, moving toward his targets as he shot and headed to the altar.

Some survivors were seen running out the door. Two police officers then entered with pistols drawn and moved out of the frame.

“I had started to celebrate mass at 12:15 pm and at the end of the mass, a man entered and shot at his victims. Nobody was able to do anything,” priest Amaury Thomazi said in a video published on social media.

Images broadcast on television showed the lifeless body of the gunman, wearing a blue t-shirt, lying inside the cathedral, holding a discharged pistol in his right hand and a revolver tucked into his jeans.

Paramedics treated several people outside the cathedral and there were multiple police cars in the street.

“Everybody ran out. You can imagine that I’m shocked,” one woman who was attending the mass told Globo TV.

The archdiocese of Sao Paulo said on its Facebook page that the killings provoked “deep pain” and added that the cathedral would be closed for as long as required for the police investigation.

‘Innocent People’

A police officer told Globo TV that most of those in the cathedral at the time were elderly.

“He opened fire on innocent people. It’s a big tragedy,” the officer said.

Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world. Last year, it registered a record 63,880 murders. Its homicide rate of 30.8 per 100,000 inhabitants is three times higher than the level the UN considers to meet the definition of “endemic violence.”

Seventy percent of murders in Brazil are committed with firearms, according to the Forum for Public Security monitoring group.

The country’s incoming president, Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office on January 1, easily won November elections on a platform that included promises to ruthlessly crack down on crime and ease gun laws to allow “good” people to defend themselves.

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Gunman Kills Three At Chicago Hospital

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An argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the US city of Chicago on Monday.

The violence only ended when police engaged in a shootout with the gunman inside Mercy Hospital.

“We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the offender,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told journalists.

The shooter killed the first victim —  a woman who was in a “domestic relationship” with him — during an argument in the parking lot, then fired at police when they got to the hospital and ran inside, Johnson said.

Additional police — including SWAT officers — arrived at the scene, and “engaged the offender for several minutes in the hospital, with gunshots being fired by the offender and by the police,” he said.

During the shootout, the gunman killed a second woman when she got off an elevator, Johnson said. The shooter also fatally wounded, but it was unclear if he killed himself or was killed by police.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified the two female victims as a doctor and a “pharmaceutical assistant.”

Patients described being alarmed by the sound of gunshots outside Mercy Hospital and seeing a man apparently walking with a woman in the parking lot before shooting her three times in the chest.

“Once she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times,” bystander James Gray told reporters, adding that the attack played out “like a movie scene.”

TV footage showed terrified patients and staff filing out of the hospital into a parking lot with their hands in the air after officers flooded the area.

 ‘Scared as hell’

Patient Hector Avitia told the local CBS television affiliate he was with his wife waiting for test results when he saw a gunman dressed in black fire on someone on the ground several times in the parking lot.

“Then almost immediately, an officer was already coming in an SUV, and (the assailant) exchanged fire at them and then reloaded and shot the person on the ground again,” another witness said.

“And then he made his way into the hospital and more shots were fired.”

The shooting followed a series of recent high-profile gun rampages that have fueled calls for reform of firearms regulations in a country plagued by gun violence.

Less than two weeks earlier, a gunman killed 12 people in a California music bar packed with college students.

That came after the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern US history, when a gunman opened fire on congregants at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on October 27.

Bypassers alerted to the latest incident spoke of hearing between six and nine gunshots that initially sounded like construction noise.

“I am scared as hell. I have never been so scared, I hear of shootings going on every day at people’s workplaces, but not where I work at,” an employee of the hospital’s family clinic told the ABC affiliate.

Mercy, founded in 1852, has locations throughout Chicago and provides outpatient treatment and acute inpatient care, boasting doctors who are leaders in their field.

Another hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors.

“I don’t know what happened,” the unnamed employee told the Tribune.

“They told us to run, so we did.”

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US Policeman Fatally Shoots Black Guard Who Detained Gunman

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Illinois state police on Tuesday were investigating a white officer over the fatal shooting of a “brave” black security guard who had apprehended a suspected gunman at a bar outside Chicago, officials said.

The officer was placed on administrative leave after the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in the town of Robbins, 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of the Midwestern city.

The security guard, 26-year-old Jemel Roberson, was working at the bar, and intervened when an argument erupted and someone started shooting.

Several local police forces responded to the incident, in which four people were wounded, including the gunman. None had life-threatening injuries.

A police officer from the nearby village of Midlothian arrived at the scene and shot Roberson, despite the guard wearing a uniform with “security” emblazoned on it, according to witnesses.

Roberson “had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back, like, ‘Don’t move,'” witness Adam Harris told Chicago television station WGN.

“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a security guard,” Harris said, but police “saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.”

Roberson died of his injuries at a hospital.

The officer under investigation has not been formally identified, but a clerk at the department confirmed the officer was white and was placed on administrative leave pending the inquiry.

“Jemel Roberson was a brave man who was doing his best to end an active shooter situation,” Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney said in a statement Tuesday.

Delaney, who supervises a force of 34 officers, said state police were investigating the shooting in order to “ensure transparency and maintain public trust.”

“The Midlothian Police Department is completely saddened by this tragic incident and we give our heartfelt condolences to Jemel, his family and his friends,” Delaney said.

The Illinois State Police has not formally commented on the incident.

Roberson’s family has sued the village of Midlothian and the unnamed officer over his death, alleging that the shooting was “excessive and unreasonable.”

Roberson reportedly was an aspiring police officer.

An online GoFundMe campaign raised more than $90,000 to pay for Roberson’s funeral expenses — almost doubling the total amount of donations in less than a day, as news spread on social media.

The shooting was the latest in a long line of deadly encounters between police and African Americans that have sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Gunman Kills 12 In California Bar Packed With Students

Rapid reaction SWAT members leave the scene of a mass shooting in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood on October 27, 2018 in the United States.  Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

 

A gunman killed 12 people, including a police officer, when he opened fire in a country music bar packed with college students in California, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

Police said the gunman was found dead inside the bar on the outskirts of Los Angeles although it was not immediately clear if he was killed by officers or shot himself.

The local sheriff said that around a dozen other people had been injured. He said the motive of the shooting and the identity of the gunman were not yet known.

It was the second mass shooting in America in less than a fortnight.

Witnesses said that the gunman, who was bearded and wore a black trenchcoat and glasses, threw several smoke grenades inside the Borderline Bar and Grill before he started shooting at around 11:20 pm on Wednesday night.

“It’s a horrific scene in there. There is blood everywhere,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a pre-dawn press conference.

“We have no idea if there is a terrorism link to this or not. As you know, these are ongoing investigations and that information will come out as soon as we are able to determine exactly who the suspect was and what motive he might have had for this horrific event.”

“Nothing has led me to believe or the FBI there is a terrorism link here. We certainly will look at that option.”

Dean said that the dead police officer, who was named as Ron Helus and had been on the force for 29 years, was among the first on the scene.

“They found 11 victims that had been killed,” said Dean of the first response unit before detailing that the death of Helus brought the toll to 12, not including the gunman.

Matt Wennerstron, a 20-year-old college student and regular at the bar in the upscale Thousand Oaks suburb, said the shooter fired a short-barreled pistol that apparently had a 10-15 round magazine.

“It was just semi-automatic, as many shots as he could pull,” he told journalists.

“Then, when (he) started to reload, that’s when we got people out of there and I didn’t look back.”

He said he and others smashed their way out of the bar onto a balcony and then jumped down to safety. “One bar stool and straight through a window,” he told reporters.

TV footage showed SWAT teams surrounding the bar, with distraught revelers milling around and using their cell phones as lights from police cars flashed.

Jasmin Alexander, who was part of a group of around 15 friends at the bar, said there was chaos and confusion inside when the shots first rang out.

“It was a normal Wednesday. We were just at the bar, having fun, dancing,” she told reporters after escaping the shooting.

“All of a sudden we heard the ‘bang, bang’ of the gunshots and it just started going crazy and people were pushing.

“We thought it was a joke, we didn’t take it seriously at first .. because it sounded like firecrackers and everyone just dropped down to the floor.”

‘He shot a lot’ 

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

“Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar”, he wrote.

It was the latest chapter in America’s epidemic of gun violence and came only 10 days after a gunman killed 11 worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Last year a country music festival called Route 91 in Las Vegas was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern US history. A gunman shooting from the 32nd floor of a hotel and casino with high power weapons killed 58 people.

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Gunman Kills Wife, Four Others In US

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A man went on a shooting rampage in California on Wednesday, killing five people including his wife, before taking his own life.

The shooting at multiple locations in Bakersfield in central California was possibly “a domestic violence incident,” said Lieutenant Mark King of the Kern County sheriff’s office.

Police received their first call at 5:19 pm before responding to the first location, a trucking company, where the rampage began.

Three people were killed there and the shooter, armed with a large caliber hand gun, fled.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters that the suspect first shot a man at the trucking company and then killed his own wife. He chased a person who had witnessed the shooting and killed that person, too.

He then fled and shot a couple at a house.

Police then received a call from a woman who said she had been carjacked, King told AFP.

Officers gave chase and the suspect pulled into a business, got out of the car and shot himself, he said.

King said police were investigating five scenes and interviewing some 30 witnesses to determine what triggered the rampage. The names of the victims have not been released, but they were all from the Bakersfield area, located some 90 miles north of Los Angeles, King said.

“We don’t believe anyone else was involved and the only suspect was accounted for,” he said.

Youngblood said the officer who confronted the suspect after the carjacking wore a body camera, but the footage has not been released.

“Obviously, these are not random shootings,” said Youngblood, while denouncing the fact that such mass shooting were “the new normal.”

It was the latest chapter of America’s epidemic of gun violence.

Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world’s firearms, according to a recent study published by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, 393 million are in the United States — more than all of the firearms held by ordinary citizens in the other top 25 countries combined, according to the Small Arms Survey.

According to Gun Violence Archive, the mass shooting in Bakersfield is the third deadliest in the United States this year after a shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, in February that left 17 people dead and one at a school in Santa Fe, Texas, in May that left 10 people dead.

The shootings have drawn impassioned pleas for stricter gun control.

Following the Parkland shooting, teenage activists, many of them friends of the victims, galvanized a movement for gun control by organizing marches and school walkouts that kept the issue in the headlines for weeks.

The outrage prompted Florida to pass the first gun control measure in the state in 20 years.

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Gunmen Abduct Traditional Ruler’s Wife In Ondo

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The wife of a traditional ruler in Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State was over the weekend abducted by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

Wife of the traditional ruler, Alauga of Auga-Akoko, was abducted alongside the driver.

Channels Television gathered that the Queen, Olukemi Agunloye, and the driver were kidnapped on Sunday morning between Auga and Ise Akoko towns while they were on a trip to Ugbe-Akoko in the same local government area.

Confirming the incident, the traditional ruler, Oba Samuel Agunloye said he was informed of the news of the abduction by eyewitnesses, who saw his vehicle abandoned on the road, after the abduction of his wife and driver.

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Oba Agunloye said efforts to reach the victims through phone calls failed as their phones were switched off.

Also confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, said a search party has commenced operation to rescue the Queen and bring the perpetrators of the heinous act to book.

He appealed to residents of Akoko and Ondo State to be calm, assuring of adequate security of lives and property.