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Wednesday
Aug142013

Police Kill Gunman After Bank Standoff, Two Hostages Shot

Hemera/Thinkstock(SAINT JOSEPH, La.) -- A gunman inside a Louisiana bank shot his two remaining hostages, killing one of them, as police stormed the facility and killed the suspect in a standoff that lasted 12 hours, authorities said.

The standoff ended shortly after midnight local time in St. Joseph, La., when state police made the decision to send a SWAT team into the bank, police said. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, shot the two hostages before he was killed by police, Louisiana State Trooper Albert Paxton confirmed to ABC News early Wednesday morning.

The two hostages, one male and one female were taken to area hospitals, where one of the hostages later died, Louisiana State Police said.

Rapides Regional Hospital confirmed to ABC News that one of the bank hostages is in their care, but gave no update on their condition. A third hostage that escaped earlier in the standoff was uninjured, according to police.

All three hostages were employees at the Tensas State Bank, Paxton said. Their identities have not been released.

The tense standoff began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when Ahmed, who is from California, took three people hostage inside the bank, police said.

Ahmed's relatives were at the scene, helping FBI officials and state negotiators, according to Paxton.

"They've been on scene for awhile and they've been very cooperative," Paxton told ABC News Radio.

Louisiana State police say the suspect had some sort of mental illness because in a list of demands he made during the standoff, Ahmed said there was device in his head that was causing him to hear voices and he wanted them to make it stop.

Areas closest to the bank were evacuated as a "precaution" in fear of explosives, according to Paxton.

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Gunman 'Tentatively' Identified in Oregon Mall Shooting

Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A masked gunman who opened fire Tuesday in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., killing two individuals and seriously injuring a third before killing himself, has been "tentatively" identified by police, though they have not yet released his name.

The shooter, wearing a white hockey mask, black clothing and a bullet proof vest, tore through the mall around 3:30 p.m., entering through a Macy's store and proceeding to the food court and public areas spraying bullets, according to witness reports.

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Police have not released the names of the deceased.  Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. James Rhodes said authorities are in the process of notifying victims' families.

The injured victim, identified by hospital officials as Kristina Shevchenko, has been taken to a hospital, according to Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

Nadia Telguz, who said she was a friend of Shevchenko, told ABC News affiliate KATU-TV in Portland that the woman was expected to recover.

"My friend's sister got shot," Teleguz told KATU.  "She's on her way to (Oregon Health and Science University hospital).  They're saying she got shot in her side and so it's not life-threatening, so she'll be OK."

Witnesses from the shooting rampage said that a young man who appeared to be a teenager ran through the upper level of Macy's to the mall food court, firing multiple shots, one right after the other, with what is believed to be a black, semi-automatic rifle.

More than 10,000 shoppers were at the mall during the day, police said.  Roberts said that officers responded to the scene of the shooting within minutes, and four SWAT teams swept the 1.4 million-square-foot building searching for the shooter.  He was eventually found dead -- an apparent suicide.

"I can confirm the shooter is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," Rhodes said.  "By all accounts there were no rounds fired by law enforcement today in the mall."

Roberts said more than 100 law enforcement officers responded to the shooting, and at least four local agencies were working on the investigation, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which is working to trace the shooter's weapon.

"For all of us, the mall is supposed to be a place where we can take our families, especially during the holiday season," Roberts said.  "Things like this are not supposed to happen."

Roberts also said that shoppers, including two emergency room nurses and one physician who happened to be at the mall, provided medical assistance to victims who had been shot.  Other shoppers helped escort individuals out of the mall and out of harm's way, he said.

"There were a huge amount of people running in different directions, and it was chaos for a lot of citizens, but true heroes were stepping up in this time of high stress," Roberts said.  "E.R. nurses on the scene were providing medical care to those injured, a physician on the scene was helping provide care to the wounded."

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Tuesday
Nov062012

California Meat Plant Shooting: 3 Dead, Including Gunman, 2 Injured

Hemera/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A workplace shooting at a Fresno, Calif., meat plant has left three people dead, including the suspect, and two wounded.

Gunfire erupted around 8:27 a.m. Tuesday at Valley Protein, a meat processing and handling plant.

The gunman, who was identified as Lawrence Jones, 42, was found lying on a sidewalk with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference Tuesday. He later died at the hospital.

"We're still trying to determine what led up to that shooting, what provoked these actions from the suspect," Dyer said.

 Jones, who had worked at the plant for 14 months, clocked in at 4:58 a.m.

"According to one of his coworkers, he did not appear to be himself when he came to work," Dyer said.

Less than four hours later, Jones, who Dyer said has an "extensive criminal history," allegedly opened fire on his co-workers. Dyer said at least 30 employees witnessed the shooting.

Two of the victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center and are in critical condition, Dyer said. One victim later died in the operating room, according to the Fresno Bee.

One surviving victim was in critical condition, while another was listed as serious.

A recording at Valley Protein, which was formerly known as Apple Valley Farms, said the business is closed Tuesday "due to an emergency."

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Thursday
Nov012012

Cops Look for Gunman Randomly Firing at People on Michigan's I-96

ABC News(DETROIT) -- Police in Michigan are frantically searching for a shooter who has been randomly firing at people in their cars on a stretch of highway near Detroit.

On Saturday afternoon, a baseball fan driving along the interstate 96 corridor en route to a World Series game in Detroit was shot in his left hip.  
Emily Roll, a gas station employee who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting, said that at first, the victim came limping into a gas station looking for help.

"First he said to call the cops," she said.  "I thought he got robbed, but then he said I just got shot off the highway."

Only 30 minutes earlier and a mile away, another car on the interstate was hit with a bullet entering through the back window and slicing through the car.  That driver was not injured.

"If somebody would have been sitting in the rear seat of the first vehicle, they'd have been hit," Livingston County Sherriff Bob Bezotte said.

Since mid-October, 24 vehicles have been hit by bullets along a stretch of I-96.  Until Saturday, no one had been hurt, but authorities fear there's a serial shooter out there with deadly intentions.

Former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said the seeming randomness of the shooting is perilous.

"We don't know why, but the big concern is he is anonymously shooting at cars and eventually someone is going to get killed.  It is a very dangerous situation," Garrett said.

A federal and state task force has been formed to catch the shooter, and police have released a composite sketch of the suspect.

"Somebody knows this individual is out there doing this," Bezotte said.  "And we encourage them to call us so we can put him in jail where he needs to be before somebody actually gets killed."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI and Crime Stoppers are offering $102,000 for information leading to an arrest of the suspect. 

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Sunday
Oct212012

Calif. Dad Killed Shielding Son, 4, From Gunman

Comstock/Thinkstock(INGLEWOOD, Calif.) -- A gunman who police say may have been wearing a painter’s mask opened fire on a family of five Saturday, killing a father and his 4-year-old son and then torching the family’s Inglewood, Calif., home.

The 30-year-old father, who has not been identified, used his body to shield two of his children when he was shot, Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta said in a statement.

Police and the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the scene Saturday morning after receiving simultaneous calls about gunshots being heard and a structure fire in the area.

Fire fighting efforts were scaled back due to fear the suspect may have been armed in a rear residence, where officials believed the fire was started. Fallen power lines also created an obstacle, Fronterotta said.

The mother of the deceased 4-year-old boy made an “extraordinary rescue attempt” in the midst of the chaos.

“[She] ran from the residence carrying the 4-year-old child, who later died,” Fronterotta said. “This extraordinary rescue attempt occurred in spite of the fact that she had gunshot wounds to both legs.”

The mother of the child, along with a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, are all listed in critical but stable condition.

The suspect is at large.  Judy Castellanos, a neighbor, told the Los Angeles Times the alleged gunman lived in one of three houses on the property and had been asked to leave after not paying his rent for years.

“He had been asked to leave by the end of this month,” she said.

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Friday
Sep282012

Shooter Among 'Several' Dead at Minneapolis Company, Police Say

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A deadly shooting at a sign company late Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis, Minn., left several people dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials say.

Authorities say the shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. at Accent Signage Systems in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV reports.

The shooter, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found inside the building, police say, but they wouldn't give any other details about the gunman.

Police also refused to provide specifics about how many victims were killed in Thursday's shooting.  At an evening news conference, according to KSTP,  Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson would only say, "We do have several victims inside that are dead."

KSTP also reports three people were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with gunshot wounds and are listed in critical condition.

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Monday
Aug062012

Wisconsin Temple Gunman Joined Volksfront Hate Group

Scott Olson/Getty Images(OAK CREEK, Wis.) -- The Army veteran who opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was a member of a white-supremacist organization called Volksfront, described by a watchdog group as "virulently racist," law enforcement officials told ABC News.

The gunman, Wade Michael Page, 40, was shot dead by police Sunday, ending a murderous rampage that left six people dead and several wounded, including an Oak Creek police officer.

Page's family issued a text to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they were, "devastated by the horrific events."

"While there can be no words of comfort that will make sense of what happened that day, please be aware that our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. We share in their grief," the text said.

Details of Page's seemingly angry life emerged Monday.

He was a member of the Volksfront, authorities said, which the group's website describes as "fraternal brotherhood of white men." Page was also the front man for the hardcore rock band End Apathy, whose music was distributed by Label 56, an independent record company that publishes white-supremacist music.

The Anti-Defamation League describes Volksfront as, "a virulently racist and anti-Semitic group ... [and] the most active neo-Nazi group on the West Coast." It is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has chapters across the country.

In 2007, an alleged member was found guilty for his role in an attack on an Oregon synagogue, in which a group of skinheads threw rocks and etched swastikas during a service.

Volksfront issued a statement Monday denying that Page was a member of their group and called the killings, "an act of demented criminal cowardice."

"In our opinion Wade Page is a coward and disgrace to his people," the group said.

It also said, however, that the "'White Nationalist' movement is fractured."

"Unfortunately not all organizations do their due diligence in controlling their rhetoric or enforcing a code of conduct and that allows rejects, outcasts and deviants to infiltrate certain segments of the loosely defined 'White Nationalist" movement," the group said.

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FBI agents Monday searched Page's former residence in Nashville, N.C., and interviewed associates and family members.

At an apartment building in Oak Creek, just miles from the scene of Sunday's bloody attack, one-time neighbor David Brown described Page as loud and unfriendly.

"Very standoffish. He didn't communicate at all," Brown told ABC News.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, about a 1.5. He's not real friendly," Brown said. "He wouldn't be easy to meet and talk to."

Brown said Page moved into the apartment building in April along with a woman he believed was the shooter's then girlfriend.

"He was a little surly. I didn't pay much attention to him," Brown said.

Brown said Page would routinely blast loud music and was sometimes seen carrying a long case, he assumed held musical equipment like a keyboard.

"He got more quiet the longer he lived here. The first week or two, I'd say 'hi' and he'd smile a little. Then the smiles went away," he said.

Page was described by authorities Monday as an Army veteran who left the service with a general discharge following a "pattern of misconduct," including being AWOL and drunk while on duty. The terms of his discharge would not allow him to reenlist.

He served in the Army from April 1992 through October 1998, during which he was demoted from sergeant to specialist.

While in the Army Wade served in Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Wade's job was as a Hawk missile system repairman, and he then became a psychological operations specialist, a defense official confirmed to ABC news.

Officials said they believe Page alone was responsible for Sunday's shooting. On Monday morning they distributed a photograph of an unknown man they described as "person of interest." Later in the day, the FBI confirmed it had contacted the man and ruled out any involvement.

Page is believed to be the gunman who opened fire on people at the Sikh temple around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning and killed six people. The victims ranged in age from 39 to 84. He also ambushed police Lt. Brian Murphy, shooting him eight or nine times, Edwards said. Murphy is expected to survive. Two other gunshot victims are in critical condition, police said.

Page was shot dead by police when he was ordered to drop his weapon and began firing at them instead.

Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards praised the work of his officers, saying they, "stopped a tragic event that could've been a lot worse."

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Standoff on UConn Campus Ends After Armed Man Takes His Life

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(GROTON, Conn.) -- An armed man who was threatening to kill himself at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus took his own life early Tuesday morning after attempts to subdue him failed, ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV reports.

UCONN Police located the man around 10 p.m. Monday in a remote location of the Groton campus and alone.  An hour later, an alert was sent to students advising them to "evacuate [the] campus immediately until further notice."

Officers from the university and nearby towns worked through the night negotiating for the gunman's surrender.  At one point, WTNH reports, police used "less than lethal force" against the man in an effort to make him drop his gun.  He later shot himself after talking with police on the phone, according to WTNH.

It is not clear if the man has any connections to the university.

The school is expected to open Tuesday at 8 a.m. as scheduled.

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Friday
May252012

Hostages Freed Uninjured at Indiana Office

Joseph Devenney/Getty ImagesUPDATE: The stand-off in Valparaiso has ended after the gunman shot himself twice in the head. The suspect has been taken to a hospital and is in critical condition. Story developing...

(VALPARAISO, Ind.) -- A gunman has released the last two remaining hostages at an office building in Indiana, but he remains inside and armed, police said Friday.

No hostages remain in the Prudential real estate office that a gunman ambushed Friday, believing someone in the office owed him money, according to Sgt. Mike Grennes of the Valparaiso police department. One woman suffered a head injury during the hostage situation, but there were no injuries caused by gunshots, he said.

Police and FBI agents remain in a "standoff situation" with the gunman inside the building, he said.

FBI agents entered the Valparaiso, Ind., real estate office building around 1 p.m. after a report of hearing gunshots fired, according to Grennes.

"We're basically in a standoff situation," Grennes said at a press conference Friday. "From what I understand, he is not an employee."

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Wednesday
May022012

Search for SoCal Gunman After 5 Shootings in 2 Weeks

Thinkstock/Comstock(CARSON, Calif.) -- Authorities are on the hunt for a gunman responsible for five shootings in a two-week period in Carson, Calif., and the neighboring Harbor Gateway area of Southern California.

The gunman, armed with a shotgun, hit a pedestrian as well as four motorists or their vehicles on or around the heavily traveled 110 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. One motorist was seriously injured.

The first shooting was reported April 18, when a woman was shot in the arm as she walked down Main Street, authorities said. Four days later, a woman’s car was hit by birdshot as she drove down Normandie Avenue.

The following day, according to officials, the gunman fired on another vehicle at the Carson Street freeway exit.

On April 26, there were two more shootings an hour apart, authorities said. First, a car headed down Figueroa Street was hit, and less than an hour later another motorist was shot in the ear as he drove his 2008 Honda Accord on the 110 Freeway.

“All shootings happened in the same general area,” said Sgt. Marc Lucia of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. “The shots failed to penetrate the car except in the case where it hit a windshield. The rounds he used were not high-powered, [but were] more of a low-capacity round like birdshot.”

Both injured shooting victims were treated at a hospital and released.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol investigators are meeting to compare notes, tips and a description of the suspect Wednesday.

“We don’t have a description of the suspect yet, but both teams are working together to provide more details,” said Sgt. Dave Nelms of the California Highway Patrol.

Nelms urged residents to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

“Often, people are in a comfort zone when they enter their vehicles and drive but it’s important to be alert,” he said. “If you see anything that is out of the ordinary, call the police.”

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