Daily Commentary – Monday, June 30, 2014 – Saturday Night Was a Bad Night in the Boroughs of New York … 13, Make that 21 Shot
- Violent night as 13 are shot Saturday night in NY
New York is considered #4 on the list of most strict state gun laws. So how many of the guns used in the commission of these crimes were actually legally attained? One would probably suspect few to none. The NRO brings up an interesting coincidence ... “Weird. It’s almost as if some said this would happen if NYC ended its effective stop-question-and frisk policing. . . – Greg Pollowitz.”
It was a violent night in New York City after at least 21 people were shot in incidents spanning each of the five boroughs.
As CBS 2?s Janelle Burrell reported, one of the shootings happened on Staten Island, where a man is fighting for his life after being shot in the face.
The incident happened at around 3:30 a.m. on Amboy Road in the New Dorp section of Staten Island.
Police were still on the scene Sunday morning collecting and processing evidence, including a backpack that belonged to the 42-year-old victim.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Last Father’s Day Was Particularly Dangerous in Chicago
- 27 shootings, two of those shot died over the Father’s Day weekend
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- When will the next one be? Where do these people get their ideas? What are we to do to stop it?
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Gunman Kills Three Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers & Wounds Two Others in Moncton, Canada (Man Hunt for Suspect 24 Year Old Justin Bourque)(Update: Suspect Arrested)(Update: Fallen Heroes ID’d Const. David Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan & Const. Douglas James Larche)
Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers have been killed and two other wounded at the hands of a gunman in Moncton, Canada. The gunman is still on the loose as there is currently a massive manhunt for the suspect. New Brunswick RCMP said the police received a call at 7:20 p.m. AT Wednesday about a man wearing camouflage and carrying guns. One resident, Joan MacAlpine-Stiles, recalled seeing the gunman when she opened a window and said, “Oh my God, there he is with camouflage and the headband and a gun, and it looked like a bow he had with him, and I mean he was just through our backyard.”
A man dressed in fatigues and carrying a rifle went on a rampage, killing three police officers and wounding two others.
Police posted to social media a photograph of a man dressed in fatigues, carrying what appeared to be a rifle.
Thursday morning, the shooter was still on the loose.
Residents were asked to keep their doors locked and their outside lights on, as helicopters hovered overhead and the hunt for the gunman continued.
The police have warned Canadian residents not to provide police movements on social media so not to put police in more danger in trying to apprehend the suspect, 24 year old Justin Bourque, the individual alleged to have killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. Police state that Bourque is “armed and dangerous” and it warned residents to stay indoors away from windows and to lock their doors.
New Brunswick RCMP have confirmed that three officers were shot and killed and two other officers were wounded by a heavily armed gunman Wednesday evening in Moncton.
A police manhunt is still underway for Justin Bourque, 24. The RCMP say Bourque is considered “armed and dangerous.”
Paul Greene, an RCMP spokesman, said Bourque was last seen in the wooded area near the Pinehurst subdivision. Police are asking people to keep their doors locked and leave their outdoor lights on.
RCMP Const. Damien Theriault could not say how many police officers were involved in the manhunt.
UPDATE III: Murder Suspect Arrested:
Canadian police Friday arrested the suspected shooter who killed three police officers and wounded two others in a small city in eastern Canada, bringing an end to a 30-hour search that terrorized local residents and captured the attention of the country.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Justin Bourque, a 24-year-old who allegedly killed three RCMP officers and injured two others late Wednesday, was arrested in a wooded residential area in Moncton, New Brunswick, shortly after midnight. It said charges were pending.
Const. Dave Ross, a Quebec-born Mountie who had lived in New Brunswick for seven years, has been identified as one of three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B., Wednesday night.
Ross was a married father of a 19-month-old with another baby on the way, his mother-in-law told CBC News.
Const. Dave Ross, pictured here with his wife on his wedding day
The RCMP has confirmed the identities of the fallen members are.
From left: Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche appear in photos released by the RCMP.
• Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que. Ross, a police dog handler, leaves behind his wife, who is six months pregnant, and their young son. He graduated from the police foundations program at La Cite college in Ottawa and joined the Codiac Regional RCMP in 2007. In a statement, La Cite president Lise Bourgeois described Ross as a “model student” and said the school will keep its flags at half-mast to honour him and the other fallen officers.
• Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Gevaudan was posted to the Codiac RCMP detachment in 2008 and worked as a general duty police officer.
• Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. Larche was posted to three RCMP detachments since 2002, most recently in Codiac where he worked in highway patrol and as a general duty officer. In 2008 Larche received a Commander’s Commendation for saving the life of an unconscious baby in Moncton.
Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Indicted on Two Counts of First Degree Murder in 2012 Drive-By Killing of Two Men in Boston, MA
MORE TROUBLE FOR FORMER NFL STAR AARON HERNANDEZ …
Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on two counts of first degree murder for the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston, Massachusetts. Hernandez was also indicted on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Hernandez is alleged to be the shooter in the July 16, 2012 drive-by murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Aaron Hernandez is currently residing in the crowbar hotel awaiting his trial for first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was discovered June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez’s mansion. Following the death of Lloyd and Hernandez’s involvement, he then became under suspicion of for involvement in the unsolved 2012 double murder.
From NFL star to now potential triple murderer … UNREAL.
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been indicted in the July 2012 killings of two Boston men, allegations that come a year after what had been a cold case investigation into the late-night drive-by shooting was revived — seemingly by chance — as investigators zeroed in on the former New England Patriot’s alleged involvement in another killing.
A grand jury indicted Hernandez on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Now, prosecutors say the former NFL tight end was the shooter in the July 16, 2012, slayings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a drive-by shooting after leaving a popular Boston nightclub.
“Mr. Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed as they drove home,” said Daniel Conley, the Suffolk County district attorney. The Boston Globe first reported the indictment Thursday.
The men, along with three others, were in a BMW at Herald and Shawmut streets when prosecutors say an SUV pulled up beside them and Hernandez opened fire with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol from the driver’s side. Surveillance video captured Hernandez’s SUV circling the block near the Cure Lounge on Tremont Street and passing the victims “at a slow rate of speed” before they got into their own car, according to court documents released earlier this year.
“Our investigation has not uncovered any evidence that these two groups were known to each other, but their chance encounter inside the club triggered a series of events that ended in the murders,” Conley told reporters at a news conference this morning. “For us, this case was never about Aaron Hernandez. This case was about two victims who were stalked, ambushed, and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home … On the morning Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed, they were described in media reports as being tied to a Cape Verdean gang based in Dorchester. Nothing could be further from the truth. Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns, or violent crime, and that characterization was unfair to their memory and their families. We have nothing but sympathy for them and their ordeals.”
Obama Administration Sanctions Release of Illegal Immigrant Murderers, Drunk Drivers & Sex Crime Felons
WELCOME TO OBAMA’S HOPE AND CHANGE: THIS IS CRIMINAL … OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SANCTIONS RELEASE OF ILLEGALS CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE AND MANSLAUGHTER BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES.
As reported at The Washington Times, in 2013 the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 36,000 immigrants back into the US population that consisted of 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter. This is unreal. Hey Jeb Bush, here are more of those folks that came to America illegally out of an ‘act of love’. These don’t look like misdemeanors Jeb. A note to Republicans, if you think you are going to pass “amnesty” or any immigration bill with Obama in office and a Democrat controlled Senate, you will lose in November and bring about finally the advent of a true Third Party. As Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-R) stated, “This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials.”
Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers and thousands of drunken drivers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics that could undercut the president’s argument that he is trying to focus on the most serious criminals in his immigration enforcement.
Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as “homicide-willful kill-public official-gun.”
The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention but released them anyway, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which published the numbers Monday. The Washington Times also obtained the data.
“This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The administration’s actions are outrageous. They willfully and knowingly put the interests of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people.”
- 193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun)
- 426 sexual assault convictions
- 303 kidnapping convictions
- 1,075 aggravated assault convictions
- 1,160 stolen vehicle convictions
- 9,187 dangerous drug convictions
- 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions
- 303 flight escape convictions
School Stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA …Up to 20 Hurt in Pittsburgh-Area Attack (VIDEO)(Update: 7 Victims are reported with Life Threatening Injuries)(Update: Suspect in custody)(Update: Stabbing Suspect Named …Student, Alex Hribal)
As many as 20 students were hurt when a student went on a stabbing rampage through the classrooms and hallways at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA, outside Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. Up to 20 people have been injured because of the mass stabbing. Four to five individuals have been sent to local hospitals. Four victims are said to have serious injuries. The authorities are reporting that the suspect is in custody.
Victims, as young as 15, were taken to four Pittsburgh-area hospitals. Two were in the operating room and a third was on the way, Dr. Chris Kaufmann, a hospital trauma director, told CNN. One hospital reported that it had patients as old as 60.
The stabbings were reported at Franklin Regional High School, in the suburb of Murrysville. Ambulances swarmed the parking lot.
Stevens said that the first call for help from the school came at 7:13 a.m., shortly after the school opened its doors for the day. The situation was under control by 7:30 to 7:40, he said.
The school district website said that high school students and middle school students nearby were “secure,” and that elementary school had been canceled for the day. They cited “a critical incident” at the high school.
At least 20 students were injured Wednesday morning in a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional Senior High School in the Pittsburgh area, said Dan Stevens, an emergency management agency spokesman.
Four people were flown to hospitals by helicopter, he said.
A message on the Franklin Regional School District’s website said all of its elementary schools were closed after the incident, and “the middle school and high school students are secure.”
Authorities said a suspect was in custody
The charges might not reflect all victims, according to Westmoreland County public safety spokesman Dan Stevens. Two other students were treated for injuries that were not from being stabbed.
Mr. Peck told the court that the suspect made some statements after school officials tackled him that indicated he wanted to die.
Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey described his client as a good student with no prior criminal record and no history of addiction to drugs or alcohol. He said his client is not a loner and interacts well with other students.
Mr. Thomassey described the incident as “bizarre” and asked for a mental evaluation to determine whether his client will be competent for an April 30 preliminary hearing.
Suspect Alex Hribal has been charged with 4 counts of attempted homicide and will be tried as an adult.
The 16-year-old student accused of going on a stabbing rampage today at a Pennsylvania high school “wasn’t a real well-liked kid” and had previously made death threats, the brother of a witness told ABCNews.com.
Alex Hribal is a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School, where the bloodshed happened today, said police. He’s being held at a juvenile detention center in Westmoreland County after being charged with four counts of attempted criminal homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon on school property.
He was denied bail.
Michael Dunn Found Guilty on 4 of 5 Counts, 3 Counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder in the ‘Loud Music Murder’ Trial …. Judge Declares Mistrial on the Count of Murder of Shooting Death of 17 Year Old Jordan Davis
A verdict is in for the Michael Dunn “loud music” trial …
The jury has returned a guilty verdict on 4 of 5 counts against Michael Dunn, including three for attempted second-degree murder. However, the jury had deliberated for nearly 40 hours but was deadlocked and could not come to a unanimous decision on count one, the first-degree murder in the death of black teen, Jordan Davis. The jurors could have decided not to convict Dunn on that charge but instead find him guilty on lesser charges such as manslaughter. Or they could have acquitted him altogether on this count. Earlier in the day after the jury had stated they had reached verdicts on 4 of 5 counts, but were having difficulty on the first count, judge Healey brought the jurors into the courtroom and recited them an Allen charge, which is an instruction to continue deliberations and make a decision. However, the jury could not come to a conclusion on count one. Circuit Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial for the murder count. The shooting happened on November 23, 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Michael Dunn will be sentenced March 24, 2014.
Jurors did convict Dunn of the second-degree attempted murders of Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson and Tommie Stornes, and also convicted him of a fourth count of firing bullets into the vehicle all four teenagers were in.
State attorney Angela Corey will have to decide whether to try dunn again for Davis’ murder.
Supporters of both Dunn and Davis appeared crestfallen after the verdict was announced with the parents of both men fighting back tears. Ron Davis, father of Jordan, held his wife and cried so
The Florida jury in the case of Michael Dunn has found him guilty on four charges, including three for attempted second-degree murder, but they couldn’t reach a verdict on the most significant charge — first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis.
After the decisions were read out Saturday night in court, Judge Russell Healey — who moments before had said that the jury had reached a verdict on all counts — declared a mistrial on the murder count.
This possibility had seemingly been floated around since 4:45 p.m. Saturday, when the 12 jurors sent a note saying they’d decided on four of the five counts that Dunn faces. But they hadn’t unanimously reached a verdict “on count 1 or any of the lesser included offenses related to it.”
Count 1 is first-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Davis.
Jurors could have decided not to convict Dunn on that charge but instead find him guilty on lesser charges such as manslaughter. Or they could have acquitted him altogether on this count.
Michael Dunn – Pic from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
The jury in the Michael Dunn murder trial found him guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree Saturday but a mistrial was declared on a first-degree murder charge after the 12 jurors couldn’t agree on it.
The Brevard County man was charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 after they got into an argument over music coming from the parked SUV occupied by Davis and three friends outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as “thug music.”
Dunn’s trial started Feb. 3, and jury deliberations began Wednesday and lasted more than 30 hours over four days.
Police Release New VIDEO of San Jose Walmart Rampage that Occurred March 2013 … Haamid Zaid Arrested and Faces Two Counts of Attempted Murder
San Jose police release a new video of Haamid Zaid plowing his car through a Walmart. The incident occurred in March 2013. Haamid Zaid crashed his vehicle through the Walmart store and then got out and started attacking customers with a metal club. Hmm, was this a hate crime or jihad? Haamid Zaid did this stunt on Easter Sunday. It appears that this dude has a history of doing this as ABC KGO-TV reports, Haamid Zaid also drove a silver Lexus right through the double glass doors of a Chevron gas station and convenience store on Capitol Expressway last December.
The incident happened in March 2013 at the Walmart store on Story Road. The video shows people running for safety as a car rips through the store.
The driver got out and started attacking customers with a metal club until they subdued him.
Police are now trying to bolster their case against the man they arrested — Haamid Zaid. Zaid faces 12 counts including two attempted murder charges.
San Jose Police released surveillance video showing a red Oldsmobile Cutlass crashing through the front door of a Walmart in East San Jose off of Story Road about nine months ago, causing a ruckus on Easter Sunday, hoping the public can help identify witnesses and victims.
The footage, released on Dec. 18, showed the driver, 33-year-old Haamid Zaid, slam the vehicle through the front of the store, reverse, and crash again going further into the store.
Last December, Zaid also allegedly rammed his car through the front window of a convenient store on the Capitol Auto Mall, first reported by NBC Bay Area, which obtained exclusive video of that crash.
Police say anyone with information regarding the Walmart crash should call San Jose police department’s Assaults Unit at (408) 277-4161, or to call anonymously to Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408) 947-STOP(7867). They can also visit http://www.tipsubmit.org/ and possibly be eligible for a reward.
COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING: Shooting at Arapahoe High School, One Injured, Gunman Dead … Gunman ID’d as 18 Year Old Karl Halverson Pierson
Sadly, another shooting to report, this time from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The shooting took place on Friday afternoon as the gunman entered the high school with a shotgun at approximately 12:33 p.m., near the student parking lot, he asked for the teacher by name. During the gun fire, a 15 year old girl was shot and injured and was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Eventually the shooter turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The school is eight miles from Columbine.
A student identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson walked into a Colorado high school with a shotgun Friday, possibly seeking revenge against a teacher, and critically wounded another student before apparently killing himself, police said.
The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said a second student, initially thought to have suffered a gunshot wound, was actually not injured and only covered with blood from the first victim.
The second student was released from the hospital Friday night.
Robinson also said two Molotov cocktails were found at the scene. One was ignited either “immediately prior to or during the shots being fired,” he said, releasing a “significant amount” of smoke. The second was not deployed and rendered safe.
UPDATE I: The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson. The incident appears to be an attempted at revenge against the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy, who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team.
Karl Halverson Pierson was the Arapahoe High School student gunman who shot a student inside the school while seeking “revenge” on a staff member, the Arapahoe County Sheriff confirmed Friday night.
Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy — who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team, sources told the CALL7 Investigators.
“We were just in the library doing some work and we heard a loud bang. I thought it might have been someone dropping something, but then I heard two more,” said senior Max Minne. “I knew it was a gun for sure.”
Minne, who was studying in the library during his 5th period class, said he started to approach the front door of the library to see what was happening.
“The shooter just ripped through the door, started yelling, ‘Where’s Murphy?’ — That’s the main librarian of the school. I saw him bust through the door of the library with a gun, so I just took off and started yelling, ‘Everyone get out! Everyone get out!’”
UPDATE II: Arapahoe High gunman held strong political beliefs, but he does not look like a Tea Party member. Actually, he appears to be a socialist.
The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”
Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”
Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.
Out of the mainstream, really? Has anyone seen lately what the Democrat/Socialist party has been spewing lately? The PJ Tatler makes a very good observation in that Pierson’s political views hardly seem out of the mainstream for Democrats or so they seem very deep thinking. They are the same as Nancy Pelosi talking points (VIDEO) against the GOP.
But oh the all too common hypocrisy from the LEFT, he mocked Republicans, “Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die,” yet Karl Halverson Pierson takes a shotgun into the high school to cause violence and death.