4 Students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, CA Arrested for Plotting to Shoot & Kill Fellow Students and Teachers
Just days after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college campus, four students a the Summerville High School in Tuolumne, California were arrested for plotting to shoot and kill their fellow classmates and teachers. The arrests took place on Saturday by police. The murder plot was foiled on Wednesday when a group of students alerted a teacher after they overheard three of the four discussing a plan to open fire on the school. Those arrested had created a hit list of students and faculty members to shoot and as many others as possible. According to accounts, the teacher then immediately told school administrators, who quickly removed the three from their classrooms and called the police.
Tuolumne County Sheriff James Mele stated, “detectives located evidence verifying a plot to shoot staff and students at Summerville High School. The suspects’ plan was very detailed in nature and included names of would-be victims, locations and the methods in which the plan was to be carried out.” Although the names of the juveniles were not released, the four individuals were all males and were students at Summerville High School. The teens are currently being helf in juvenile hall.
Four Northern California high school students have been arrested in connection with what law enforcement officials called a highly detailed plan to shoot and kill fellow students and teachers, just days after a mass shooting on a community college campus in rural Oregon.
The four, all students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, Calif., “were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible at the campus,” Sheriff James W. Mele of Tuolumne County said at a news conference on Saturday.
Sheriff Mele did not identify the students other than to say all were male juveniles. Tuolumne is about 120 miles east of San Francisco.
Investigators have found no clear motive for the planned attack, Sheriff Mele said, but he said that “the suspects’ plans were very detailed in nature and included names of would-be victims, locations and methods in which the plan was to be carried out.” The students planned to open fire during an event at school, he said, and “were in the process of trying to obtain these weapons.”
Officials said the plot was foiled on Wednesday when a group of students alerted a teacher after they overheard three of the four discussing a plan to open fire on the school.
Oregon Shooting: 10 Dead Including Gunman at Umpqua Community College (Update: Gunman ID’d as Chris Harper Mercer)
Following the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, 10 people are dead, including the gunman. According to accounts of the mass shooting, the gunman specifically targeted individuals who were Christians. As reported at CNN, the gunman asked whether individuals were Christians stating, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second. And then he shot and killed them.” The shooter has been identified as 26 year old Chris Harper Mercer. The gunman was killed in a gun battle with police after officers responded to the scene at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg just before 10:40 AM.
Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet another mass shooting.
Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters. Earlier estimates had put the number of people hurt much higher.
Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. Investigators have interviewed members of his family and friends, they said.
“I will not name the shooter,” Hanlin said. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought.”
Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping the death toll from climbing higher.
A law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition — enough for a prolonged gunfight.
Hanlin said tactical teams and bomb squads had cleared the buildings on campus and were working to clear hundreds of vehicles parked on campus.
UPDATE I: Shooter asks students their religion.
The shooter at Umpqua Community College on Thursday asked people to state their religion and then started firing, one student said.
Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old, told the News Review she was sitting in her writing class when a bullet blasted through the window. She saw her teacher shot in the head then noticed that the shooter was in the classroom.
Moore said the shooter told people to get on the ground. He then asked people to stand up and state their religion but started firing anywhere. She was on the ground next to people who’d been shot.
UPDATE II: Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer — What We Know.
Former acquaintances and social-media postings paint a picture of 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer — who was killed in a firefight with police at Umpqua Community College — as a withdrawn young man who spent a lot of time on the Internet.
Public records show that one person of that name was born in Los Angeles County in 1989. Police declined to confirm the shooter’s identity late Thursday, in an attempt to not “glorify” the actions of the gunman behind a rampage that left 10 dead and seven others wounded.
Investigators said it was too soon to identify a motive, though Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told NBC’s TODAY he wasn’t aware of any “specific red flags” for the shooter.
“He is a local resident and I know personally I haven’t heard of any warning signs coming from this person,” Hanlon said.
A MySpace page that appeared to be linked to the shooter featured Mercer holding what appeared to be a rifle while several other postings were sympathetic to the Irish Republican Army and featured masked gunmen and logos.
Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. Arrested in Connection with Phoenix Freeway Shootings (VIDEO) (Update: Suspect Says, ‘I’m the wrong guy’)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweets: ‘We got him!’…
21 year old Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. has been arrested in connection with the recent rash of Phoenix, Arizona highway shootings. Merritt has been named a suspect in at least four of the shootings. The authorities believe that other shootings may be that of copycats. Gov. Doug Ducey first broke the news about the arrest in a tweet just before 7 p.m Friday night., after SWAT team members closed in on the suspect at a Walmart near 59th and Northern avenues. Merritt has not been formally charged but is expected to face a range of charges, such as unlawful discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault, Graves said. Merritt is reported to have a previous had a criminal record. Merritt will be arraigned on Saturday.
With Friday’s arrest of Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, law-enforcement officials said they had a suspect in at least four of the shootings in custody — news that brought relief but not necessarily closure.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said Merritt had been linked to at least four of 11 shootings incidents through a gun he owned.
“The weapon and man we believe was responsible for starting this spree is in custody,” Milstead said late Friday at a hastily called news conference.
Milstead spoke only for a few minutes and would not divulge other details, such as a possible motive.
“Are there others out there? Are there copycats? That is possible,” Milstead said.
Leslie Allen Merritt Jr.
Ballistics tests linked a weapon owned by the suspect to the first four of the 11 freeway shootings, on Aug. 29 and 31, Milstead said. Investigators had tracked down the weapon at a pawn shop in Phoenix.
Merritt’s Facebook page contains several links to stories about the freeway shootings, as well as several images supporting gun rights and video of him shooting a 9mm handgun.
Before the arrest, Milstead and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery had labeled the shooter as a domestic terrorist.
Police arrest suspect in string of Phoenix freeway shootings
A landscaper arrested in a series of Phoenix freeway shootings told a judge that authorities have “the wrong guy” as investigators stood by their detective work that traced the gun to the suspect after he took it to a pawn shop.
Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. was charged Saturday with counts including aggravated assault, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, carrying out a drive-by shooting and intentional acts of terrorism.
“All I have to say is I’m the wrong guy. I tried telling the detectives that. My gun’s been in the pawn shop the last two months. I haven’t even had access to a weapon,” he said as he stood handcuffed in a black and white striped jail uniform.
But a charging document released late Saturday night by Maricopa Superior Court said that investigators determined Merritt had not pawned his gun at the time of the incidents.
Arizona Police Investigating Oscar De La Torre Munoz in Freeway Shootings … Arrested Person of Interest on Unrelated Marijuana Possession Charge (VIDEO)
Possible break in the Arizona highway shootings …
19 year old Oscar De La Torre Munoz is being investigated by Arizona police as a person of interest in the numerous shootings that have occurred on the heavily-traveled Interstate 10 near Phoenix. Oscar De La Torre Munoz was arrested on a separate marijuana possession charge and booked into jail. At least 11 shootings have taken place in I-10 which the authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism. According to Fox News, the man taken into custody in Phoenix Friday allegedly boasted to friends of his involvement in a rash of freeway shootings over the last 12 days.
Authorities in Arizona arrested a 19-year-old man considered a person of interest in a spate of shootings on the heavily-traveled Interstate 10 near Phoenix on an unrelated marijuana possession charge.
Oscar De La Torre Munoz was booked into the Maricopa County jail late Friday. Munoz, 19, of Avondale, was taken into custody along with his mother Friday morning at a gas station a few miles from I-10, officials with the state’s Department of Public Safety said.
His mother was questioned but later released.
Is Oscar De La Torre Munoz the Phoenix Highway shooter?
Earlier Friday, the man was taken into custody and questioned as police sought to find whoever is behind the shootings that have terrified Phoenix drivers, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. The shootings on or near Interstate 10 occurred over nearly two weeks. Only one person has been injured.
The department said the man is not a suspect in the shootings but called him “a person of interest” in a statement Friday night.
“This person that we detained is for questioning, it’s not solely about this I-10 shooting situation. We’re interviewing and asking him about a number of things,” Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves told reporters Friday.
Aurora, CO Police Department On High Alert After Dispatch Operator Received Threatening Call to Shoot Police Officers
THE WAR ON POLICE CONTINUES AND BARACK OBAMA REMAINS SILENT … PRESIDENT OBAMA, DON’T POLICE OFFICERS LIVES MATTER, TOO?
The 911 call came into an Aurora, Colorado dispatcher at about 5:50 p.m. Sunday and it was far from a call for emergency help. Instead, the call from an anonymous individual was one of threats toward cops and promises to shoot police officers who are by themselves. The threatening call against police was followed by shots fired toward police in Aurora Sunday prompted a safety advisement for officers in Colorado.
Really, is this what it has come to in the war on police under the Barack Obama presidency? This crap must come to an end once and for all. If Barack Obama does not go on national TV and support police officers and the work that they go to protect and server and put an end to this nonsense, then he is for it. It is as simple as that. Either you are a President of the United States for the rule of law or you are a community agitator looking to cause unrest and violence. Make your choice Mr. President. No response will be considered your choice.
The Aurora Police Department was on high alert Monday after a dispatch operator received an alarming and anonymous call. It is a concern for police and something the community should be aware of as well.
FOX31 Denver obtained the audio of the chilling call.
“It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by their selves. This will go for the sheriff’s department. You guys are evicting innocent people. Let us catch you by yourself and it’s shots fired.”
The call came in about 5:50 p.m. Sunday. Local law enforcement is taking it very seriously.
Metro Police Officer Shot in Hand Near Tropicana & Nellis Boulevards in East Las Vegas, NV (Update: Hispanic Suspect in Custody)
ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER SHOT … DO POLICE LIVES MATTER?
There has been yet another shooting of a police officer. This time the shooting occurred at about 12:10 p.m. Sunday, near Tropicana and Nellis boulevards. According to the authorities, a man approached the squad car and fired with a semi-automatic handgun at the two officers inside the vehicle. One officer has hit it the hand and taken to the hospital. The officers then exited the vehicle and were able to apprehend the suspect outside a 7-Eleven.
UPDATE I: Metro Sgt. John Sheahan said two officers were heading to a disturbance call headed northbound on Tropicana and stopped at a red light to turn westbound on Tropicana when they were approached by a man with a semi-automatic handgun who began firing on them. He said one officer was hit in the hand and the other officer was able to chase the suspect a short distance before apprehending him. Sheahan said it appears that the officers did not fire any shots. The suspect is being questioned at the scene. Officers have been doubled up with two in each car since Friday’s shooting in an order made by Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
UPDATE II: At a news conference in front of UMC earlier today, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said, “You know we just had another officer shot a couple of days ago. It’s a rough time for our officers. We have already changed some of our deployment strategies as we have two-officer units out there today because of the narrative of violence against police across the country and certainly because of what we have seen here (in Las Vegas). That’s four of my officers that have been shot this year. It gets old. It’s tiring. Those men and women are out there trying to do the best that they can to provide service to this community; certainly the one solace that they can take is the vast majority of this community is behind this police department and we know that.”
Crazed Gunman Fatally Shoots WBDJ7 Reporter & Camara Man in Middle of Live TV Interview – VIDEO (Update: Victims Allison Parker & Adam Ward)(Update: Shooter ID’s as Vester Flanagan, Also used the name Bryce Williams)
HORRIFIC MURDER OF REPORTER AND CAMERAMAN AS THEY DID A LIVE O AIR INTERVIEW …
It is something that one would never think they would see. In the middle of a live TV interview, a WDBJ reporter and her cameraman were shot dead. This did not take place in Iraq or Afghanistan, the double live on air murder took place in Virginia. The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County, as Parker interviewed Gardner about the upcoming 50th anniversary festivities for Smith Mountain Lake, a local tourism destination. The murder victims were reporter Victims Allison Parker and her camera man Adam Ward. The individual who was being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back, and transported to the hospital.
The live spot by reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward was nothing out of the ordinary: They were interviewing a local official at an outdoor shopping mall for a tourism story. Then, at about 6:45 a.m., morning show viewers saw her suddenly scream and run, crying “Oh my God,” as she fell. Ward fell, too, and the camera he had been holding on his shoulder captured a fleeting image of the suspect holding a handgun.
WDBJ quickly switched back to the anchor at the station, her eyes large and jaw dropping as she said, “OK, not sure what happened there.” The station later went live again, reporting on their own staff as the story developed.
WARNING – This is the live video when the shooting took place
On the air, several shocked WDBJ-TV anchors reacted to the tragedy and remembered the victims:
“We realize, we cover stories of people being shot all the time, and so now we realize firsthand what so many of you have sadly gone through,” one of the anchors said as she fought back tears. “That when it’s someone you know; and someone you love and care about; and someone you work with day in and day out; and someone so young, it makes it so tough.”
UPDATE II: Parker and Ward died at the scene. Their interview subject, Vicki Gardner, was in stable condition later Wednesday after surgery for her wounds.
On Wednesday, after Parker and Ward’s deaths, Twitter and Facebook accounts under the name Bryce Williams shared graphic video of the shooting filmed from the perspective of the gunman. However, after sharing the videos, his Facebook and Twitter accounts were later suspended.
Vester Flanagan, who also used the name Bryce Williams, was a former TV reporter for WDBJ. He uploaded videos online showing himself fatally shooting WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on Wednesday.
The man who authorities said fatally shot Virginia reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during a live broadcast Wednesday before killing himself is a former television reporter for the same station.
Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, who also used the name Bryce Williams, was employed at WDBJ-TV between 2012 and 2013 as a multimedia journalist, the station’s general manager, Jeff Marks, said.
Speaking Wednesday on air, his former WDBJ colleagues said that Bryce Williams was the name he used on television.
“Vester was an unhappy man. We employed him as a reporter and he had some talent in that respect and some experience,” Marks said. “He quickly gathered a reputation of someone who was difficult to work with. He was sort of looking out to people to say things he could take offense to. Eventually, after many incidents of his anger, we dismissed him. He did not take that well. We had to call police to escort him from the building.”
Vester Flanagan, Also used the name Bryce Williams
The chamber of commerce executive shot during a live news broadcast in Virginia was in stable condition Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery, officials said.
Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back, said Barb Nocera, the chamber’s special projects manager.
Gardner was recovering at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, hospital president Steve Arner said. Gardner is also a member of the hospital’s board of directors and is “a close friend” of the institution, he said in a statement.
Illegal immigrant Juan Emmanuel Razo Previosuly Ordered Freed by Feds … Now Suspected of Rape and Murder in Ohio
IS THIS STORY STARTING TO SOUND ALL TOO FAMILIAR … WAS THIS GUY A DREAMER TOO?
35 year old illegal immigrant Juan Emmanuel Razo is under arrest after murdering one woman, wounding another and attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl. As if that does not sound bad enough as this individual had no business being in the United States, it gets worse, if possible. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Ohio sheriff’s deputies weeks ago not to detain a man who is in the U.S. illegally. On July 7, Lake County sheriff’s deputies questioned Juan Emmanuel Razo after finding him alone in a car in Painesville, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Ohio sheriff’s deputies weeks ago not to detain a man who is in the U.S. illegally because he had not committed a crime. Of course for some reason, being in the US is not longer considered being a crime. A note to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, how about now? Is it a crime to commit attempted murder, murder and rape? You have blood on your hands.
An illegal immigrant suspected of murdering one woman, wounding another and attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl was released earlier this month by Ohio sheriff’s deputies after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told them not to hold him, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, was arrested Monday after a shootout with police following a crime spree police say began with the attempted rape of a girl in a park in Painesville, about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland. He later shot a woman in front of her children and murdered a 60-year-old woman in nearby Concord Township, according to police. While Razo is being held on $10 million bond, authorities are trying to explain why he was allowed to remain in the U.S. illegally after local authorities questioned him just three weeks ago.
“I have somebody who we don’t know who he is, why he is in this country, why he is here illegally and why he allegedly committed a murder,” Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti thundered at Razo’s arraignment, noting the suspect has no green card, birth certificate or driver’s license.
A detective said during the arraignment that Razo has confessed to the deadly, one-day crime spree in the quiet Lake Erie town. Police began seeking Razo late Monday morning after the girl described him to police and said he had tried to rape her. Hours later, he allegedly shot a 40-year-old woman in the arm as she walked with her two children along a bike path and an hour after that, a man told park rangers he’d found his wife, 60-year-old Margaret Kostelnik, shot to death in their home near the bike path.
Razo has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 40-year-old woman Monday afternoon as she walked with her two children along a bike path in Concord Township. She was shot in the arm. Just over an hour later, a man told park rangers he’d found his wife, 60-year-old Margaret Kostelnik, shot to death in their home near the bike path.
The Lake County coroner said Kostelnik was shot multiple times.
The manhunt for Razo began late Monday morning after a 14-year-old girl told police he had tried to rape her in another section of the park. The Lake County prosecutor said evidence in the slaying of Kostelnik and the attempted rape will be presented to a grand jury.
Breaking News: Shooting at Movie Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana … 3 Dead, Including Gunman and 9 Injured in Grand 16 Theater Shooting
YET ANOTHER GUN FREE ZONE MASS MURDER SHOOTING …
A shooting has taken place at the Grand Theater on Johnston Street in Lafayette, Louisiana. According to reports, 9 people have been injured and 3 people are dead, including the gunman. The incident took place at about 7:30 PM when a 58 year old white male open fired during a showing of the movie ‘Trainwreck”. More than 100 people were in the theater at the time of the shooting. The shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to the Louisiana State police Facebook page, troopers are working closely with the Lafayette Police Department as well as numerous other agencies to provide assistance and investigate the shooting incident at the Grande Theater.
Three people, including the shooter, are now dead after a shooting at the Grand Theater on Johnston Street.
Brooks David of Louisiana State Police says the shooter was a 58-year-old male white male.
Lafayette Police Chief Robert Craft tells KLFY that the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The shooting happened during a showing of the movie ‘Trainwreck”
Nine people were injured in the shooting. Three of the victims are being at treated at Lafayette General Hospital, three are being treated at Lourdes Hospital, and two are being treated at Acadiana General Hospital.
Investigators say the shooting appears to be random. The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theater on Johnston Street.
Officials said it appears the gunman entered the theater alone, and there is no threat to the public.”We don’t believe there’s anybody else involved,” Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson told reporters.
Authorities have located what they believe is the gunman’s car and called in the bomb squad after “suspicious” items were seen inside, Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson told reporters.
Katie Domingue, who was in the theater, told The Daily Advertiser newspaper that “an older white man” began shooting about 20 minutes into the movie.
“He wasn’t saying anything,” Domingue said. “I didn’t hear anybody screaming, either.”
Keifer Sanders told MSNBC TV that he was in another theater when “the screen went black,” alarms sounded and the audience was shepherded out the emergency exit.
Gov. Bobby Jindal praised the actions of two teachers inside the theater who performed what he called acts of heroism as gunfire erupted: A teacher leaped to protect another, potentially saving her life, and the second managed to pull the fire alarm, he said.
“Both teachers ended up shot. The second one, the one whose life was saved, even though she was shot in the leg she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives,” he said.
James Holmes Convicted of First Degree Murder in 2012 Colorado Movie Theater Massacre in Aurora, Colorado
A jury has convicted James Holmes of First degree murder in the 2012 attack on defenseless movie goers in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people were killed. The jury also found Holmes guilty of attempted murder on all of the 140 counts against him for the 70 people wounded in the shooting. Hopefully, the next step will be that James Holmes is sentenced to death.
Jurors convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Thursday in the chilling 2012 attack on defenseless moviegoers at a midnight Batman premiere, rejecting defense arguments that the former graduate student was insane and driven to murder by delusions.
The 27-year-old Holmes, who had been working toward his Ph.D. in neuroscience, could get the death penalty for the massacre that left 12 people dead and dozens of others wounded.
Jurors took about 13 hours over a day and a half to review all 165 charges. The same panel must now decide whether Holmes should pay with his life.