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Police Identify Gunman Responsible for Strasbourg Shooting

(Strasbourg-AP) — French authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the deadly Christmas market shooting as Islamic extremist named “Cherif C.” Three people were killed and dozens were injured after he opened fire in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Several reports say he yelled “God is Great” in Arabic while he was shooting. The manhunt is still underway for Cherif, a 29-year-old with a criminal record in several European countries. Authorities say Cherif became an Islamic extremist while serving time in prison and has been on the terrorist watch list since 2015.

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Five People Shot At A Celebration Of Life In Syracuse

(Syracuse, NY-AP) –– Five people including an eight-year-old girl are being treated for gunshot wounds after a celebration of life became violent tonight in Syracuse, New York. About two dozen people were gathered at a home to remember someone who had recently died of cancer.

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A witness claims that men wearing hoodies opened fire on the celebration from across the street, injuring five people. Police did not confirm that. All the victims are in stable condition and expected to survive. A few blocks away after the shooting took place a 14-year-old girl was shot.

Police said they do not know at this point if the shootings are related. The investigation continues and no one has been taken into custody.

 

Report: Shooting Suspect Has Obscured Fingerprints

(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.

Heartbreaking Grief As Family Lays Slain Father Of Five To Rest

(SL) – After such a violent death, Alton Sterling looked peaceful as family members and friends said goodbye to the 37-year old  who was shot dead by two white police officers who pinned him down outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge where he was selling CDs.

Thousands of people attended the funeral at Southern University to remember the father of five whose slaying sparked a wave of protests across the country.  His aunt Sandra, still overwhelmed by his death ten days ago, had to be restrained by two men as she walked past her nephew’s body.

Sterling’s death was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet. His death, along with another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last week, sparked widespread outrage among many African-Americans over the treatment of blacks by police.

Among the mourners was Claire Carter, who came to Sterling’s visitation inside the basketball arena at Southern University, a historically black college in north Baton Rouge. She, like so many others, said she wanted aggressive policing to end.

Sterling’s encounter with police ‘went too far’ when officers tackled him and used a stun gun on him, she said. Police have said they found a gun in his pocket. But no gun is visible on the video.

Carter said she bought a rhythm and blues CD from Sterling about a year ago and took it out and played it again after his death.

Sterling’s funeral started with a gospel choir singing hymns, as many in the crowd of a couple thousand joined in.

Gary Chambers, a spokesman for the Sterling family and master of ceremonies for the funeral, said at the beginning that the event was intended to be a celebration of Sterling’s life – not an opportunity for demonstrations about his death.

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‘If you want to protest please leave now,’ he told the crowd, which included two senior advisers to President Barack Obama.

Sterling was selling CDs outside the store, as he had done for years, when he was killed by police responding to a call of a man threatening someone with a gun.

 

 

Tamir Rice Grand Jury Reportedly Never Actually Voted On Whether To Indict Officers

(Bill Mathis-Lilley) – The grand jury that declined to indict two police officers in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice never actually voted on whether to bring charges, an investigative report from Cleveland says, leaving open the question of how the controversial decision was actually reached.

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Cuyahoga county prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty at a press conference in Cleveland on May 9, 2013

The alt-weekly Cleveland Scene‘s report revolves around the concept of the “no-bill,” which is the name for a grand jury’s formal decision—arrived at by voting—not to bring charges in a given case. (The opposite of a “no-bill” is a “true bill,” i.e. a decision to indict.) When Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced on Dec. 28 that officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback would not be charged in Rice’s death, he said only that the grand jury “declined to indict” the officers, leading many observers to assume that a no-bill had been voted on. But the Cleveland Scene‘s reporters could find no documentation of such a decision, and a spokesman for the Cuyahoga prosecutor’s office responded to the publication’s queries by saying that there had been no vote.

Two area law professors told the Scene they had never heard of a grand jury behaving in such a way. What’s more, reporters were unable to find any official documentation in the Cleveland court system of the grand jury having concluded its business:

We were then directed to the Cuyahoga County grand jury office. Wednesday morning, a clerk there told Scene that the “mysterious document” may or may not exist and that, even if it does, it could only be provided to us via court order by Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo … Russo, who spoke to Scene by phone, professed to be as confused as we were. “When you say ‘document,’ I’m not sure what you mean. I don’t know what that is. It’s either a true bill or a no bill,” he said.

But actually, no.

His staff determined Wednesday that a “no-bill” had never been filed.

What any of this means for Rice’s case is unclear. A lawyer representing the Rice family said the lack of a no-bill could constitute another indication that McGinty—who formally recommended against indicting Loehmann and Garmback andpresented expert reports to the grand jury that backed up his recommendation—had not taken the idea of prosecution seriously.

A federal investigation into Rice’s death is reportedly ongoing; Rice’s family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officers involved.

Neighbors Question 11-Year-Old’s Account Of Break-in That Ended With Fatal Shooting

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Screengrab/David Carson Police officers wait outside a home on the 10,000 block of Hallwood Drive in St. Louis County, where an 11-year-old shot and killed a 16-year old intruder.

(SL) – A 16-year old boy is dead after being shot in the head by an 11-year old. CNN reports the 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy was home alone, with his 4-year-old sister, when he had to stave off several home invasion attempts. The pre-teen ultimately ended up shooting and killing a 16-year-old intruder.

According to police, the teenager, whose name has not been released, had been shot in the head, by the 11-year-old while breaking into the home. When officers arrived they discovered the teenager’s body lying in the front foyer.

St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman said it was the third time that the 16-year-old had attempted to break into the house Thursday. Neither sibling was hurt.

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Police in St. Louis County, Missouri say an 11-year-old boy shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who was trying to break into his home.

However, authorities say the kid’s account isn’t the only version of what happened with at least one neighbor questioning the veracity of his story.

The neighbor told CNN affiliate KMOV that the boys were arguing on the front porch before the younger child pulled out a gun and shot the teenager. The woman said the 16-year-old didn’t enter the house. “They were just arguing loud, you know, back and forth,”

“He was always was just sitting right there on the porch,” she said. “He never did once go inside the house.”

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Reportedly, the mother purchased the handgun because of prior break-in attempts. No word yet on why the 11-year had access to the firearm and or why he was left alone with his 4-year old sister.  The family is cooperating with police.

Manhunt Continues For Cop Killers

(CNN) – Police may soon have “significant” evidence to announce in this week’s killing of an Illinois police officer, including footage from a home security video system in the area of the shooting, an official said Thursday.

Gliniewicz was an Army veteran who served in active duty and reserve from 1980 to 2007.

Any video in the area could help authorities determine who shot and killed Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz on Tuesday morning. Until now, police have described the suspects only as two white men and a black man — descriptions of people that Gliniewicz had indicated he’d encountered shortly before the shooting.

A homeowner in Fox Lake, a community of about 10,000 people in northern Illinois, turned over his surveillance video after telling police that he saw people in the area, Lake County Major Crime Task Force commander George Filenko said Thursday.

Local investigators don’t have the proper equipment to see the recording, so the footage was given to a nearby Department of Homeland Security office, and police hope to learn what it shows soon.

“We have retrieved … what we believe to be some significant video,” Filenko said. “Until we review it, we’re not confirming whether these are the same people that we’re talking about.”

Filenko didn’t say when the video was recorded or reveal how the homeowner described the individuals.

Meanwhile, a source involved in the investigation told CNN on Thursday that Gliniewicz’s gun was fired on the morning, though it’s not clear who discharged the weapon.

The gun was recovered at the crime scene, the source said on condition of anonymity.

It’s not clear how Gliniewicz’s gun figures into the killing. Police have declined to answer questions about whose gun was used to kill him.

The last day of work

Gliniewicz was on his way to work Tuesday morning, in the cruiser that he had taken home the day before, when he saw three suspicious people, Filenko said earlier this week.

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