(Annapolis, MD) – NBC News is citing officials who are saying the suspect in today’s shooting at an Annapolis newsroom has obscured his fingerprints.
Five people were killed in the attack at the “Capital Gazette.” According to reports, the suspect isn’t being cooperative. So far, police haven’t revealed the shooter’s identity or the motive in the shooting.
A reporter for the “Capital Gazette” is revealing details about the tragic shooting. Reporter Phil Davis tweeted that a single gunman is responsible for the shooting. He said, quote, a “gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.” He recounted that there’s nothing more terrifying than hiding under a desk, hearing multiple people get shot, and then hearing the gunman reload.
(Los Angeles, CA) – The son of Johnny Depp and French actress Vanessa Paradis is reportedly seriously ill.French media reports say the 45-year-old actress missed the Paris premiere of her latest film on Tuesday because their 16-year-old son Jack had “serious health problems.” Depp and Paradis have not commented on the report.
(Miami, FL) – Kodak Black is celebrating a new accomplishment. The rapper is in prison on gun and drug charges, and just announced on Twitter that he passed his GED test behind bars. He wrote that it feels just like the time he bought his first chain.
Black is behind bars in Florida, and is set to be released later this year.
(Sunrise, FL) – Thousands of fans showed up to a memorial service in South Florida for rapper XXXTentacion . A post on his Instagram page now ran by his mother and his management invited fans to the BB&T Center in Sunrise to remember the entertainer, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy.
The 20-year-old was shot and killed last week as he was leaving a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership. Police arrested a 22-year-old suspect two days after the killing. Since his murder, XXXTentacion’s song “Sad” has made its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That makes him the first artist to achieve a posthumous number one song since Notorious B.I.G. back in 1997.
(Washington, DC) – A newly unsealed search warrant application is revealing that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort’s business got a big loan from a Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin. The ten-million-dollar loan came from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whose ties to Manafort are well known.
Deripaska was among several wealthy Russians who were slapped with sanctions for Russia’s attempts to meddle in international affairs, including U.S. elections. Manafort is currently in jail on charges of money laundering and fraud in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is headed for the exit. Kennedy announced his retirement today, effective at the end of July. Kennedy turns 82 in July. He has been on the high court since 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Kennedy is generally conservative but has been seen as a swing vote on the nine-member court. Kennedy delivered the decisive vote in the Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling allowing same-sex marriage.
President Trump is expected to nominate a judge with solid conservative credentials to replace Kennedy. His retirement gives Trump the opportunity to lock in a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for many years. The Daily News presented an interesting take on its cover. Kennedy is a native of Sacramento, California and is a graduate of the Harvard Law School.
(East Pittsburgh, PA) – The policeman who fatally shot an unarmed teenager earlier this month is now facing charges. Prosecutors in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are charging East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld with criminal homicide in the death of 17-year old Antwon Rose Jr.
The officer shot Rose in the back three times when the teenager ran from a traffic stop on June 19th. Rose was taken to a hospital where he died.
(SL) – Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former NAACP president Ben Jealous are two of the winners of yesterday’s primaries in several states. However, one of the biggest victories is that of a 28-year-old activist in New York. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 14th Congressional District. The district includes areas of the Bronx and Queens. Crowley hadn’t had much competition in any of his previous elections.
President Trump commented on Crowley’s loss on Twitter, saying Crowley should have been more respectful to him.
Romney easily won Utah’s Republican primary to succeed outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch. In a victory speech, Romney remarked that America’s greatness isn’t just a matter of being strong, it’s also a matter of being good.
He said he believed individuals can make better choices than government, and that state government can make better choices than federal government. Romney’s opponent in November will be Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson. Utah hasn’t had a Democratic senator since Hatch defeated Senator Frank Moss in 1977.
(Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta Police say a man in his underwear climbed a fence at the airport and tried to force his way onto an airliner. Police say the 19-year-old was arrested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Tuesday and charged with criminal trespassing, public indecency and obstructing police.Passengers on the Delta airliner took videos of the incident, that showed a man wearing only briefs running across the tarmac toward the plane. Police say he jumped on the wing of the plane and began pounding on the windows. The NBC affiliate in Atlanta says passengers on the plane held an emergency door shut to keep the man from getting in.
(Los Angeles, CA) – A West Hollywood man is getting life without parole for killing his girlfriend. The judge who handed down the sentence today said 37-year-old Blake Liebel’s crime consisted of “savagery” and “inconceivable cruelty.”
Liebel was convicted last week of killing the woman two years ago, then draining her body of all blood. In court this month, prosecutors told the jury the “gruesome crime” involved a “prolonged attack” in which she was “alive for the better part of the mutilation and mayhem.”
His actions reportedly mirrored the script of a graphic novel he co-wrote.