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17 Dead In Horrific Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

(Parkland, FL) – The sheriff of Broward County, Florida, says the scene of a high school shooting is horrific. Sheriff Scott Israel remarked that there are multiple deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, but he refused to detail exactly how many people died.

Israel said a suspect is in custody in the case. The suspect was arrested off campus. SWAT teams are still clearing the high school. Sheriff Israel also remarked that he has spoken Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Trump, and they have pledged to provide as much support as needed.

There are reports that the shooter may have pulled a fire alarm and opened fire on students as they left their classrooms.  One student said there was confusion because an administrator was telling them to evacuate while a teacher was ushering them back into the classroom .

The suspect was put into the back of a squad car for a while, but then was removed from the car and placed in an ambulance.

4938A2E600000578-5392559-image-m-6_1518649267542A federal official said the gunman had been identified as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19. A former student who had been expelled. Fellow students say, “He has always been a crazy kid. And I’ve always heard people say he would have done this. And unfortunately it was today.”

It appears warning signs were posted heavily on his Instagram account. Heavily armed police officers swarmed the school after the report of the shooting. Students were escorted away from the area with their hands up. Ambulances rushed some of the victims away from the scene.

The suspect is said to be a former student at the school. There’s no word on what prompted the shooting or the weapon that was used.

The White House is monitoring the unfolding drama in Parkland, Florida after a shooting at a high school. The White House says President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have talked with Florida Governor Rick Scott.  In an afternoon tweet, President Trump called the tragedy terrible and offered prayers and condolences to victims and their families. He said no one should ever feel unsafe in an American school.

teenager-kills-at-least-17-after-opening-fire-at-a-florida-high-school-photosUPDATE: It’s now being reported that Cruz had made a disturbing comment on a YouTube post where he said that he wanted to be a ‘professional school shooter’. The creator of the page reported it to the FBI but the FBI is saying that they were unable to identify who he was.

The 19-year old was expelled last year for fighting. He had also lost his adopted mother in November after she died from either the Flu or Pneumonia. He claims that he felt unloved and wanted other people to feel the same way and that’s why he chose Valentine’s day.

Donald Trump is also under fire after tweeting that it was clear that Cruz had mental problems. The hypocrisy was pointed out because as we all know he rolled back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental issues to buy guns.

Cruz purchased his guns legally.


Autopsy Results Released For Vegas Mass Shooter Gunman

(Las Vegas, NV) – An autopsy reveals the gunman who shot and killed dozens of people in Las Vegas last year had anti-anxiety medicine in his system, but wasn’t under the influence of the drugs.

The autopsy released yesterday and showed signs of anti-anxiety meds, but the substances were found in his urine and not his blood.

The report said he was overweight, but otherwise healthy. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 800 others when he unleashed a hail of bullets on the Route 91 Music Festival from his high-rise suite at the Mandalay Bay Casino on October 1st. Paddock shot and killed himself before officers stormed his room.

Arizona Man Who Sold Ammo To Las Vegas Shooter Faces Charges

(Las Vegas, NV) – An Arizona man who sold ammo to the Las Vegas shooter is facing charges. Federal prosecutors in Nevada are charging Douglas Haig with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition.

A warrant for Haig’s arrest was issued yesterday, according to court records. At a news conference yesterday, he said he doesn’t believe the tracer ammunition he sold to gunman Stephen Paddock was used in the massacre.

Haig also insisted that Paddock didn’t act unusual when he came to his home to purchase about 720 rounds of tracer ammunition.


Death Toll Continuing To Rise In Kabul Suicide Car Bombing

(Kabul) – The death toll continues to rise after a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Authorities say nearly 100 people are dead and around 160 are injured.

Police in Kabul said the explosion occurred near the entrance to the government’s former Interior Ministry building at the end of a popular thoroughfare for shopping. The attacker was driving an ambulance, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry says the ambulance was stopped at a checkpoint but got through it. By the time authorities caught up with the vehicle, it was too late.  The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility.


FBI Documents: Wife Of Pulse Shooter Knew Of Attack Beforehand

(Orlando, FL) — Newly released documents show the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen knew he was going to conduct an attack.Pulse-Nightclub-Shooting-Victims-Collage-Nightclub-Terror-Orlando-Nightclub-Massacre_1466101388686_7128563_ver1.0_1280_720In a written statement to the FBI, Noor Salman said she knew when her husband left their house carrying a bag full of ammunition and his gun, that he was “going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub.”

Salman is charged with providing material support to a terror organization and obstruction of justice. Despite the statement, Salman has pled not guilty, and her trial is scheduled to begin in March.

Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 50 others when he opened fire in the nightclub almost two years ago.


Teen Believed To Be Neo Nazi Kills Girlfriend’s Parents And Then Shoots Himself

(Reston, VA) – A Virginia teen is being charged with killing his girlfriend’s parents after they refused to allow their daughter to see him. The 17-year-old shot Buckley Kuhn-Fricker and her husband Scott Fricker at their home in Reston Friday night, then shot himself.

He’s currently in critical condition. Police did not give a motive for the shooting, but friends and family tell The “Washington Post” the parents believed the boy to be a neo-Nazi.


Newsweek reports,  The 17-year-old boy allegedly killed Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, and her husband Scott, 48, following an intervention on Wednesday in which the mother tried to get her daughter to stop seeing him because she believed he was trying to indoctrinate her with white supremacist ideology, family members and friends told The Washington Post after the slayings.

Kuhn-Fricker’s daughter  reportedly had been dating since June.  At one point this summer, Kuhn-Fricker’s daughter told her that the boy was good at history and she asked “Did you know that Jews are partly to blame to WWII?”

Eventually, Kuhn-Fricker told the girl she had to stop seeing him. A friend reported to The Post she had told her,“We can’t allow her to see someone associated with Nazis. We don’t associate with hate groups in our house.”

pri_63928857Newsweek goes on to say that the boy continued to sneak into her home and Kuhn-Fricker told a friend he had sent this message to his mother on Thursday night: “[The boyfriend] was sneaking into our house at night…and is an outspoken Neo Nazi. These things render any legal redemption void,” The Post reported.

Some of the boy’s tweets and messages were so disturbing it prompted Kuhn-Fricker to  alert the principal of the private school they both attend on Sunday night.

The tweets included screenshots of the account that had retweeted messages lauding Hitler, supporting Nazi book burnings, calling for “white revolution,” making bigoted comments about Jews, and showing a drawing of a man hanging from a noose beneath a slur for gay people, according to The Post.

“I would feel a little bad reporting him if his online access was to basically be a normal teen, but he is a monster, and I have no pity for people like that. He made these choices. He is spreading hate,” Kuhn-Fricker wrote in an email to the principal obtained by The Post.

On Friday, Kuhn-Fricker and her husband went to check on their daughter, a detective told the girl’s grandmother, according to The Post.

They found the boy in their daughter’s bedroom and Scott Fricker yelled at him to get out and never return again. The boyfriend then allegedly pulled out a gun, shot both parents, and shot himself in the head, The Post reported.

The boy is still alive and in critical condition as of Saturday evening.


Device Explodes At Port Authority Bus Terminal In New York

(SL) – One person is in custody after a device exploded at New York City’s Port Authority. Authorities believe the man was carrying an explosive that went off. Police say he had wires attached to his body and that his bomb either went off prematurely or malfunctioned shortly before 7:30 local time this morning inside an entrance to a subway platform. NBC says the suspect sustained a minor injury and it does not appear that anyone else had been hurt.

The subways are being evacuated and there’s a heavy police presence at the scene. The A, C and E lines are impacted at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Trains are bypassing the Times Square-42nd Street station.

port-authority-mecea-featureThe New York Daily News reports, The alleged blast also shuttered the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines and locked down the area around the bus depot, which is between West 40th and West 42nd Sts. and Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

p-a-2-gallery“I was exiting the Port Authority and the National Guard was running towards something shouting “Go, Go, Go,”” commuter Keith Woodfin tweeted Monday morning.

Designer Chelsea LaSalle tweeted that she was “stuck in a running stampede at port authority bus terminal due to bomb scare. cops EVERYWHERE.”

This story is developing.


More Than 300 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

(SL) – The death toll from the terror attack at an Egyptian mosque is up to 305. Egypt’s chief prosecutor says among the dead are 27 children, and another 128 worshipers are wounded.

Friday’s assault in northern Sinai is the deadliest terror attack in Egypt’s history. The statement said it was carried out by 25 or 30 terrorists in five all-terrain vehicles.

Survivors say the attackers positioned themselves at the main door of the mosque and at all its windows, and set fire to cars parked outside.

No group has claimed responsibility so far, but Egyptian officials say the gunmen carried an ISIS flag.BN-WH383_3j5cp_M_20171124193136Donald Trump condemned the attack, calling it a “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers.” Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi  and reaffirmed U.S. solidarity with Egypt in its fight against terror.


FBI Updates NY Terror Probe While Trump Calls For Death Penalty

(SL) – Federal officials say they found a man wanted for questioning in connection with the New York City terror attack. During a briefing Wednesday the FBI didn’t elaborate on the man, who like the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov is from Uzbekistan. Nor did the FBI say whether the man has given them information.

CBS News says it heard from a high-ranking official that the man is a friend of Saipov and may not have a role at all in the attack. Saipov is accused of plowing his truck into pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday, killing eight people.


Federal prosecutors filed terrorism charges against Saipov yesterday. CBS News says he was known to the FBI because his name came up in previous counter-terrorism investigations. An intelligence source says Saipov had contact with individuals who were considered radicalized extremists, including one from Uzbekistan.

In the meantime, President Trump is repeating his calls for the suspect in the New York Halloween terror attack to be put to death. Trump took to Twitter this morning and once again posted “DEATH PENALTY!” in all caps.

He wrote that he’d love to send the suspect, an Uzbek immigrant, to Guantanamo Bay, but that course of action would take too long. He added that it’s probably appropriate to keep him in New York, where he’s accused of killing eight people with a truck and injuring around a dozen others.

The suspect is facing federal terrorism charges. Prosecutors said he left a note at the scene that had Arabic phrases that are frequently associated with ISIS.


Fears Of Violence As Richard Spencer Brings Racist Movement To Gainesville, FL

(SL) USA Today reports, As the clock ticked closer to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, the campus was on edge amid concerns over potential violence between supporters and counter-protesters.

Students and faculty expressed fear and worry about Spencer’s Thursday appearance and the increased security presence.


“The students are scared, especially our students who are from minority communities,” said Vincent Adejumo, a lecturer in African-American studies. “Many of them have already left town. Parents have great concern.

“It’s basically a powder keg right now.”

Sophomore Rachel Guttman said her Jewish sorority advised its members against wearing their letters on Thursday. “Honestly, everyone’s kind of scared right now and we don’t know what to expect,” she said.

But there were signs of a unifying response and a desire to rebut hate speech and racism.

Painted sheets hang from the facades of fraternities and sororities at the University of Florida repeating “Love not hate #TogetherUF.”

457911E400000578-0-image-a-34_1508387879207Reportedly, more than 500 police officers will be present when Richard Spencer speaks.

University President W. Kent Fuchs said officials have been preparing for the controversial alt-right leader’s visit for the past few weeks and have banned an extensive list of items including torches, masks, umbrellas and shields.


Some students are surprised that they cannot ban hate speech from a public university.

UF, the state’s second-largest university with more than 52,000 students, initially denied Spencer’s request to speak here in September, but in a letter to the UF community, president Kent Fuchs said the First Amendment required the university to allow the event.

The National Policy Institute, which Spencer runs, paid $10,564 to rent the 1,700-seat Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. No UF organization invited Spencer, the university said.

The university president estimates that it is going to cost $600,000 for the extra security and other expenses.


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