A man suffering from psychological problems shot and killed a farmer and a policeman in Spain Wednesday before being shot dead by police, local authorities said.
The 50-year-old barricaded himself in his house in Argamasilla de Calatrava in the southern Castilla La Mancha region with a rifle with a telescopic sight and started shooting, a town councillor told media.
The man, who had “psychological problems”, killed a farmer who was in the area and a policeman before being shot dead himself by police who arrived on the scene, the councillor added.
A shooting Thursday in North Carolina’s capital Raleigh left at least five people dead, including an off-duty police officer, officials in the southeast US city said, adding that a suspect had been captured.
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said the shooting occurred near the Neuse River Greenway, a popular trail in the area.
“This is a sad and tragic day for the city of Raleigh. Just after 5:00 pm today, multiple people were shot,” she told a press conference.
The Raleigh Police Department “has confirmed five fatalities. One of them was an off-duty Raleigh police officer.”
The shooter, a “white male juvenile,” was taken into custody shortly after 9:30 pm, Raleigh Police Lieutenant Jason Borneo said in a follow-up press conference.
The mayor had earlier reported that the shooter was being “contained in a residence in the area” by police.
One victim, Borneo said, remained in critical condition.
Also among the wounded was a canine officer who had been taken to the hospital, although Borneo reported that an injured police officer had been released.
When asked about a motive for the shooting, he said it would likely “come to bear” in the coming days.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, who attended the evening press conference, told journalists that: “Tonight terror has reached our doorstep.”
“The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh. This is a senseless, horrific, and infuriating act of violence that has been committed.”
Gun violence is a major problem in the United States where more than 34,000 people have died in shootings so far in 2022 alone, more than half of which were from suicide, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.
“We must do more,” Baldwin told the press conference.
“We must stop this mindless violence in America. We must address gun violence. We have much to do, and tonight we have much to mourn.”
The North Carolina shooting occurred after a jury earlier in the day rejected the death penalty and backed life imprisonment for Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school in 2018.
Mass shootings have repeatedly stunned the nation, reigniting debate on gun control, a hot-button cultural issue that has made little headway in Congress.
However, several of the most recent gun rampages, including a shooting at a school in Texas and a supermarket frequented by African-Americans in New York state, caused particular shock across the country, prompting lawmakers to agree in June, for the first time in 30 years, to pass modest reform of gun control laws.
Nearly 400 million guns were in circulation among the civilian population in the United States in 2017, or 120 guns for every 100 people, according to the Small Arms Survey project.
A former police officer armed with a gun and a knife stormed a nursery in northeast Thailand on Thursday, shooting dead at least 30 people including children before killing himself and his family, police said.
The attacker, armed with a shotgun, a pistol and a knife, opened fire on the childcare centre in Nong Bua Lam Phu province at about 12:30 pm (0530 GMT) before fleeing the scene in a vehicle, the force said.
“The death toll from the shooting incident… is at least 30 people,” Anucha Burapachaisri, a spokesman for the Thai prime minister’s office, said.
Police colonel Jakkapat Vijitraithaya, from the province where the attack happened, identified the gunman as Panya Khamrab, a police lieutenant colonel he said was dismissed from the force last year for drug use.
Jakkapat said there were 23 children among the dead, aged two to three years old.
The mass killing comes less than a month after a serving army officer shot dead two colleagues at a military training base in the capital Bangkok.
While Thailand has high rates of gun ownership, mass shootings are extremely rare.
But in the past year, there have been at least two other cases of shooting murders by serving soldiers, according to the Bangkok Post.
And in 2020, in one of the kingdom’s deadliest incidents in recent years, a soldier gunned down 29 people in a 17-hour rampage and wounded scores more before he was shot dead by commandos.
That mass shooting was linked to a debt dispute between gunman Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma and a senior officer, and the military top brass were at pains to portray the killer as a rogue soldier.
Israeli police Sunday arrested a suspect in a pre-dawn shooting spree targeting a bus just outside Jerusalem’s Old City that wounded eight people, including a pregnant woman and several US citizens.
“The terrorist is in our hands,” police spokesman Kan Eli Levy told Israeli public radio hours after the bloody attack not far from the Western Wall, the holiest prayer site for Jews.
Several American citizens were among the wounded, said the US embassy, which declared that “we are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack” but gave no further details on the victims, citing privacy concerns.
The gunman started spraying bullets at the public bus and people on the street in the attack at the Tomb of David bus stop near the Old City’s Zion Gate, recounted bus driver Daniel Kanievsky.
“I was coming from the Western Wall. The bus was full of passengers,” he told reporters in front of his bullet-riddled vehicle.
“I stopped at the station of the Tomb of David. At this moment, the shooting started. I saw two people outside falling, two inside were bleeding. Everybody panicked.”
One of the wounded was a pregnant woman, whose baby was delivered by Caesarean section after the attack, a spokesman at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tsedek Hospital told AFP.
“She remains intubated and in serious condition,” he said. “The infant was delivered and is in serious but stable condition.”
Local media reported a US Jewish family of four who had been waiting for a taxi were among the casualties.
The US embassy said that “we can confirm that US citizens were among the victims. We are gathering further information. Due to privacy concerns, we will have no further comment.”
Following an hours-long manhunt, police said a suspect had turned himself in. They also published a picture of the handgun he had allegedly used.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid told his cabinet meeting that “this is a lone assailant, a resident of the city with a criminal record”.
Lapid had earlier warned in a statement that “all those who seek us harm should know that they will pay a price for any harm to our civilians.”
Israel’s emergency medical services, the Magen David Adom, also labelled the shooting spree a “terror attack”.
“We were on the scene very quickly” on Ma’ale Hashalom Street, its medics said in a statement.
“We saw a passenger bus … in the middle of the road. Bystanders called us to treat two males around 30 years old who were on the bus with gunshot wounds.”
The Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, hailed a “heroic operation” without claiming responsibility for the attack.
“Our people will continue to resist and fight the occupier by all means,” it said in a statement.
The shooting came a week after the end of a three-day conflict between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants in the densely populated Palestinian coastal enclave of Gaza.
At least 49 Palestinians, including Islamic Jihad fighters and a number of children, died in the violence which ended last Sunday after Egypt negotiated a truce. Since March, 19 people — mostly Israeli civilians inside Israel — have been killed in attacks, mostly by Palestinians. Three Israeli Arab attackers were also killed.
In the aftermath of those attacks, Israeli security forces stepped up raids in the occupied West Bank.
More than 50 Palestinians have been killed, including fighters and civilians, in operations and incidents in the West Bank since then.
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.
“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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.