A two-year-old toddler has been wounded in a drive-by shooting in Chicago, Illinois. The attack happened after several children sustained gunshot wounds in separate incidents.
The shooting occurred around 7pm local time on Friday near the steps of the Cook County courthouse in Chicago’s Southwest Side. The toddler was sitting in the back seat of a car when someone drove up and fired shots from another vehicle, police said. The little girl was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg.
No one has been detained so far, with detectives looking for suspects.
The incident came after police reported that an eight-year-old-boy and five young teens were shot in Chicago on Thursday night and early Friday, according to local media. The youngest boy, who police said was not the intended target, was shot in the knee. At least 30 shell casings were reportedly left lying on the street where he was wounded.
The boys aged 15 and 16 were wounded in a separate shooting. The older boy was hit in the abdomen, and the younger one was shot in the arm. Both teenagers managed to walk to a hospital and were admitted to a nearby trauma center.
Another 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm while getting into his car in a different part of the city. The third 16-year-old boy was struck in the thigh while standing on the street, with the police saying that his wound appeared to be self-inflicted.
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A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the abdomen early on Friday. She was also struck while standing on a street.
In April, a seven-year-old girl named Jaslyn Adams was injured as she was sitting in a car with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru, when shots were fired from another vehicle. Adams’ father recovered from his gunshot wounds, but the girl died in the hospital. Three men were subsequently charged with her murder.
According to police, there were 769 homicides in Chicago in 2020, which is 274 more than the previous year and the highest number since 2016.
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Law enforcement officers stand next to the entrance of School Number 175 after a deadly shooting in Kazan, Russia May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Artem Dergunov
May 11, 2021
By Andrew Osborn, Tom Balmforth and Alexander Marrow
MOSCOW (Reuters) -Nine people, including seven children, were killed on Tuesday and many more badly wounded after a lone teenage gunman opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, local authorities said, prompting a Kremlin call for tighter gun controls.
Two children could be seen leaping from the third floor of the four-storey School Number 175 to escape as gunshots rang out, in a video filmed by an onlooker that was circulated by Russia’s RIA news agency.
“We heard the sounds of explosions at the beginning of the second lesson. All the teachers locked the children in the classrooms. The shooting was on the third floor,” said one teacher, quoted by Tatar Inform, a local media outlet.
Calling the attack a tragedy for the country, Rustam Minnikhanov, the head of the wider Tatarstan region, said there was no evidence that anyone else had been involved.
“We have lost seven children – four boys and three girls. We also lost a teacher. And we lost one more female staff worker,” he said in a video address.
“The terrorist has been arrested. He’s a 19-year-old who was officially registered as a gun owner,” he said. He said the victims were in the eighth year of school, which in Russia would make them around 14 or 15 years old.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes, said in a statement it had opened a criminal case into the shooting and that the identity of the detained attacker had been established.
Reuters could not immediately contact a lawyer for the suspect, who was named in Russian media but whose identity was not officially disclosed, standard practice in Russia until a suspect has been formally charged.
Footage posted on social media showed a young man being pinned to the ground outside the school by police officers.
State TV later broadcast a separate video showing what it said was the suspect, a young man stripped to the waist and under restraint, being questioned by investigators. He could be heard saying that “a monster” had awoken in him, that he had realised that he was a god, and had begun to hate everyone.
The incident was Russia’s deadliest school shooting since 2018 when a student at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 20 people before turning his gun on himself.
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A social media account called “God”, which Russian media said belonged to the suspect, was blocked by the Telegram messaging service citing its rules prohibiting what it described as “calls to violence”.
The account, created before the shooting, contained posts in which a young masked and bespectacled man described himself as a god and said he planned to kill a “huge number” of people and himself. Reuters could not independently confirm whether the account belonged to the detained suspect.
Minnikhanov, the regional leader, said 18 children were in hospital with a range of injuries, including gunshot wounds and broken and fractured bones. Three adults with gunshot wounds were also in hospital, he said, saying doctors were doing all they could to save the lives of those wounded.
Footage showed a corridor inside the school strewn with debris, including smashed glass and broken doors. Another still image showed a body on the floor of a blood-stained classroom.
Russia has strict restrictions on civilian firearm ownership, but some categories of guns are available for purchase for hunting, self-defence or sport, once would-be owners have passed tests and met other requirements.
President Vladimir Putin ordered the head of the national guard to draw up tighter gun regulations, the Kremlin said. The guards would urgently look into the status of weapons that can be registered for hunting in Russia but are considered assault weapons elsewhere.
The suspect had been issued a permit for a Hatsan Escort PS shotgun on April 28, Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, wrote on social media. He gave no further details and Reuters was not able to confirm this independently.
Kazan is the capital of the Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan and located around 450 miles (725 km) east of Moscow.
(Additional reporting by Maxim Rodionov, Dmitry Antonov, Polina Devitt and Maria VasilyevaWriting by Andrew Osborn and Tom BalmforthEditing by John Stonestreet and Peter Graff)
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LUXURY global car maker Genesis has reinforced its intentions to storm the UK and European markets by revealing an all-new G70 Shooting Brake.
The premium Korean brand has transformed its award-winning executive/family saloon into an estate to show its commitment to the continent.
As we reported last week, Genesis cars are set to hit our roads this summer and the marque knows upmarket customers here love stylish load-luggers.
The Shooting Brake, which has a sleek, sprinting design, is the same size as the G70 saloon but designers have found a way to make the luggage space 40 per cent larger.
Genesis European chief Dominique Boesch said: “We are delighted to reveal this bespoke product – tailored for our European customers – so soon after revealing news of our arrival into the global region.
“The G70 Shooting Brake marries luxury and European automotive heritage with our design philosophy of Athletic Elegance and will stand apart through its unique design.”
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Two men have been charged and another arrested over their alleged role in a public place shooting and break-in at Lake Macquarie last night.
Officers were called to a house on Alhambra Street, Macquarie Hills, after reports of shots fired just before 6.50pm (Friday 7 May 2021).
A 49-year-old man inside the home suffered a graze to his wrist but didn’t need treatment. A woman was also inside but wasn’t injured.
Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation.
Police were told an Audi hatchback was seen leaving the scene.
A short time later, about 7.25pm, police received reports of an attempted break-in at a club at Redhead involving an Audi hatchback; with three men allegedly seen leaving the scene in the car.
One of the men, aged 21, allegedly suffered a serious leg injury while allegedly forcing entry into the premises and was taken soon after to John Hunter Hospital, where he was arrested and remains under police guard in a stable condition.
About 9:50pm, police located the Audi hatchback driving on South Street, Windale, with assistance from PolAir.
The driver allegedly did not stop, and a pursuit was initiated.
Police will allege the driver drove at high speed from Windale to Merewether, before crashing into a gutter at Dixon Park.
The driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and ran from police.
The driver, an 18-year-old man, jumped into the ocean and swam away from police, returning to shore a short time later and was arrested.
During a search, police allegedly located ammunition and a firearm in a door compartment of the Audi.
Police located the passenger, a 19-year-old man, with assistance from the Dog Unit, at a home on John Street, Mereweather. The man was arrested, and police allegedly located ammunition on him. Officers also allegedly located a second firearm in the backyard of the property.
The firearms, ammunition, and car were seized for forensic examination. Police will allege the car was stolen from a carpark in Ourimbah about 1.50am on 1 May 2021.
The men were taken to Newcastle Police Station.
The 18-year-old was charged with fire firearm at dwelling-house with disregard for safety, two counts of possess unregistered firearm in public place, possess ammunition without holding licence, possess loaded firearm public place, fire firearm in or near public place, aggravated enter dwelling with intent -in company-not steal, police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, and possess prohibited drug.
The 19-year-old was charged with fire firearm at dwelling-house with disregard for safety, two counts of possess unregistered firearm in public place, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, aggravated enter dwelling with intent in company – not steal, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.
They were both refused bail and are due to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Saturday 8 May 2021).
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At least two students and one adult custodian have been injured in a shooting at an Idaho middle school, as a male pupil has been taken into custody.
The active shooter entered Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho, around 9am Thursday morning and opened fire, causing teachers and students to flee for their lives.
Three people were shot in the attack and were taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, reported EastIdahoNews.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson told the outlet their injuries are not life-threatening.
The suspected shooter has been detained by law enforcement and is being interviewed by investigators. There is no longer an active threat.
Meanwhile in Albuquerque a middle school was plunged into lockdown after a teacher reported seeing a student carrying a gun into the building.
There were no shots fired and no injuries reported in that incident.
Police were called to reports of an active shooter at Rigby Middle School around 9:15am.
It is not clear what the motive was for the attack or whether the gunman targeted his victims or shot at random.
The age and identity of both the suspect and victims have not been revealed.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for more information.
Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin described the incident in Rigby as the ‘worst nightmare’ the district could have.
‘Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could encounter. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School,’ Martin told Local News 8.
‘What we know so far is the shooter has been apprehended. There is no further threat to the students.’
Students and teachers were evacuated from the middle school to the high school with parents being told to collect their children from there.
Emotional parents and children were seen hugging and embracing as they were reunited at the high school.
Any students not collected would be sent home by bus, the district said.
Multiple law enforcement teams remain on the scene.
The school has around 1,500 students from sixth through to eighth grade.
Idaho Governor Brad Little said he was ‘praying’ for all those involved.
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Police investigating the fatal shooting of a man at Ravenhall, in Melbourne’s west, in February have been unable to determine a motive for the shooting and suspect the victim was shot by mistake.
Father of five, Ikenasio Tuivasa, 33, known to his friends and family as ‘Sio’, was shot while standing outside a pool hall in Westwood Drive just before midnight on February 27.
It’s believed a passenger in a Toyota Hilux ute called out to members of Mr Tuivasa’s group to get their attention before firing a number of shots.
Mr Tuivasa was shot in the upper body and died later in hospital.
A 24-year-old man from Endeavour Hills who was standing nearby suffered a serious injury.
Police have previously said Mr Tuivasa had a limited criminal history and there was nothing he had been involved with that would have led to the shooting.
Investigators have released CCTV of the vehicle, which is believed to be a 2017 Toyota Hilux SR5 dual-cab ute with a chrome roll bar on the rear tray and stock wheels.
Both occupants were perceived to be Pacific Islander in appearance, and it’s believed the passenger spoke Tongan.
Detective Inspector Tim Day said the pool hall where Mr Tuivasa was shot was frequented by members of the Hells Angels and Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG), and that some of those members were at the venue the night before the shooting.
“It is believed a separate altercation occurred outside the venue on that previous evening,” he said.
“Intelligence indicates that a firearm was produced during this incident. Investigators are trying to establish whether this incident is linked to the shooting in which Sio was killed.”
Detective Inspector Day said it was possible Mr Tuivasa was shot by mistake.
“As we know – the type of characters running around in OMCGs are generally not rocket scientists, and there are a number of examples over recent years of OMCG groups not doing their homework and killing an unintended innocent victim.
“There’s a number of examples previously where OMCGs have targeted people and got it wrong. That is something that we’re closely looking at.”
Mr Tuivasa’s family, who did not want to be identified, said they couldn’t understand why he would be targeted.
“Sio is a good boy, he is someone who looked after us,” his father said.
“Every Saturday I remember in his life he came with shopping to look after me and his mother.
“If you know anything about my son, about the killer, why don’t you come forward.”
Mr Tuivasa’s partner said he was a popular man.
“Sio was loyal to his family and was loved by so many as he had an outgoing personality and he loved to laugh,” she said.
“Sio never got to say goodbye, he never deserved to be killed this way.”
No arrests have been made and police have asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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The man accused of shooting T2 Trainspotting star Bradley Welsh said he’d suffered from “bad luck” and “sheer coincidence” at being implicated over the murder, a trial heard.
Sean Orman denied telling a “desperate tissue of lies” to try and avoid guilt over the slaying of the boxing gym boss outside his home in Edinburgh’s New Town.
Orman branded a witness who told police of his alleged plot to kill Welsh a month before the shooting a “liar”.
He called suggestions he carried out the murder after being paid by George Baigrie “ridiculous”.
And the 30-year-old admitted lying to his lawyers when he told them last year he’d been on a motorbike journey when Welsh was gunned down.
Orman is on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh where he denies murdering Welsh on Chester Street on April 17 2019. He claims he was on a pedal cycle ride from the city to West Lothian at the time Welsh was shot.
Orman further denies the attempted murder of Welsh’s long-time pal David McMillan, 50, in the city’s Morningside on March 13 2019 using a machete or similar instrument.
Advocate depute Richard Goddard QC asked about ‘Omar’, the man Orman said gave him a job moving stolen cars after his release from jail in February 2019 but who Orman said died two months ago.
The prosecutor said it was “bad luck he’s not around to give evidence”. Giving evidence on Wednesday, Orman replied: “It’s a shame, yeah.”
Mr Goddard brought up witness Dean White who spoke to police on March 20 2019, telling them Orman had a shotgun and bragged about his plan to kill Welsh. He asked how White would know about that.
Orman replied: “You’d need to ask him that.”
Mr Goddard said: “He knew because he heard it with his own ears.”
Orman replied: “Liar.” He added: “As far as I’m concerned he’s lied.”
Mr Goddard asked how White’s description of a shotgun which was “double-barreled, old, with engraving on it” matched a firearm recovered from a garden shed in Lanarkshire in June last year.
Orman replied: “Don’t know. Ask him. Maybe he had knowledge.”
Asked about White describing seeing a Ford Kuga outside his brother Robert White’s Duddingston home, which Orman admitted visiting, Mr Goddard said White “couldn’t see the future” and “didn’t have a crystal ball”.
Orman replied: “Maybe he’s got a crystal ball.”
Later Mr Goddard said the jury had heard about ballistic matches between shot and plastic wadding recovered from Welsh’s body, a hole made by a shotgun blast in Robert White’s living room floor, and .410 shotgun cartridges found by cops in a Lochend flat which Orman visited a number of times.
Mr Goddard asked: “What are the chances?”
Orman said: “I don’t know. I’m not a bookmaker.”
Later Mr Goddard said the court had heard evidence a call was made on April 21 2019 to a phone belonging to Orman’s mum Shona and a male voice said Orman was “OK”.
The prosecutor said there had been evidence the caller was George Baigrie and asked the accused why Baigrie was calling his mother.
Orman said: “Maybe someone had asked him to do it.” Orman said he’d asked a “couple of people” to pass on messages to his mum, adding: “If they’ve asked (Baigrie), they’ve asked him.”
Mr Goddard asked if it was just “chance” that making the call had landed on Baigrie’s “plate”. Orman replied: “Yeah.”
Asked why Baigrie had used a call box to contact Shona Orman, Orman said: “Ask him.”
Mr Goddard suggested it for Baigrie to avoid being traced. Orman replied: “But he did get traced.”
Witness Dean White had told police in March 2019 that Orman was “doing these jobs for George Baigrie”, added Mr Goddard. Orman answered: “Okay.”
Mr Goddard said White was able to tell police that Baigrie was a person involved and “low and behold” it’s Baigrie who calls Orman’s mum. He added: “How did (White) know you knew George Baigrie?”
Orman replied: “Ask him.”
The court heard how Orman used the stolen Ford Kuga in April 2019 and the vehicle had a tracking system which recorded its movements. Mr Goddard asked if it was ”total coincidence” and “bad luck” that the Kuga travelled along Chester Street and visited Welsh’s boxing gym before the shooting while someone else was driving.
Orman replied: “Yes. Very.” He then agreed it was “sheer coincidence”.
With the Kuga’s movements, Mr Goddard later asked “if all of this was coincidence then you are a very, very, very unlucky man”.
Orman replied: “It would seem that way, yeah.”
Mr Goddard asked who was driving the Kuga at those times. Orman said: “I don’t know. I don’t ask questions, that’s the reason.”
Mr Goddard asked if it was a “mystery person” driving the Kuga to Chester Street and Welsh’s gym. Orman replied: “Yep.”
The prosecutor asked: “A mystery person who knows where the Kuga was parked and has possession of the keys and in interest in Chester Street and Bradley Welsh’s gym?”
Orman said: “People knew where the car was.”
Mr Goddard suggested the “getaway car” wound up in Kirknewton and “in all of the places in the world you also ended up in the very same village on the very same night”. “Bad luck?” he asked.
Orman replied: “Yeah. Unfortunately yeah.” He added: “I would say this whole episode is bad luck from start to finish.”
Later Mr Goddard put it to the accused he’d been “almost unbelievable unlucky”.
Orman answered: “Almost. But it’s not.”
Orman was asked about a forensic scientist giving evidence that firearms residue was found in the pocket of his joggers. He said it “definitely never came off me”, adding: “I don’t know. Ask the police. Scientists. Whoever put it there.”
Mr Goddard asked if he was suggesting the evidence was “planted”. Orman replied: “I don’t know.”
Mr Goddard suggested Orman had suffered “unbelievable bad luck”.
Orman answered: “Not unbelievable. It’s believable because I never did any of these things. It’s not unbelievable. It’s bad luck.”
The jury was shown a written statement of Orman’s alibi for trial submitted to the court last June. In that document Orman claimed he was on a motorbike alone between Longstone and East Calder on the A71 road at the time Welsh was shot.
Shortly before the trial, Orman’s legal team submitted a new defence that he was cycling from Edinburgh to Kirknewton.
Mr Goddard asked where the first “story” came from.
Orman said: “I made it up to my lawyers.” He added he didn’t want prosecutors to know about his cycling defence before the trial and was “keeping it close to his chest”.
Later the accused was asked if he knew the Kuga had a tracking device inside it. Orman replied: “I wouldn’t pay attention to that.”
Mr Goddard said: “You didn’t know did you?” Orman answered: “I didn’t pay any attention to it.”
Mr Goddard asked about Orman leading police on a high speed “chase” in the early hours of April 22 2019.
Orman accepted he drove at speeds up to 123mph, including over 100mph on the wrong side of the road on Edinburgh streets with 30mph limits, and the incident could have resulted in himself or pedestrians being killed.
Mr Goddard said Orman was “going to any lengths to escape” police.
Orman replied: “I was, yeah.”. He added: “I felt like I was in control at the time.”
Asked about the fatal shooting in the New Town, Orman said: “I can assure you I never shot Brad Welsh.”
Mr Goddard asked if George Baigrie had paid him. Orman said: “No, that’s ridiculous.”
Mr Goddard said: “You shot and murdered Bradley Welsh.” Orman said: “I can assure you I never.”
Mr Goddard accused him of telling a “desperate tissue of lies” in a bid to escape responsibility for the crime. Orman replied: “That’s not true.”
The trial continues.
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Under starter’s orders! Filming of Bridgerton’s second series has begun – and the show’s new leading lady is making her presence felt.
Dressed in a striking peacock blue gown, Simone Ashley was spotted in a crowd scene set at Royal Ascot.
The actress, 26, plays Regency society siren Kate Sharma, whose younger half-sister Edwina becomes the focus of Anthony Bridgerton’s search for a wife – the central storyline in season two.
Intriguingly, though, Miss Ashley was pictured on the set at a polo ground in Berkshire next to Jonathan Bailey, 33, who stars as rakish Anthony.
And because this is the show known as Bonkerton – thanks to the sheer number of sex scenes – there simply must be something going on between them.
Indeed, the Julia Quinn book on which the second series is based, The Viscount Who Loved Me, suggests the chemistry between the pair on this chilly day of filming is already fizzing.
In the romantic novel, Kate and Anthony spar as he tries to secure Edwina’s hand – tension that leads, naturally, to the adversaries falling madly in love with one another.
The show’s creator Chris Van Dusen promised viewers a love story ‘as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers have come to expect’.
The first season focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor, and Simon, Duke of Hastings, the role which Rege-Jean Page bade farewell to last month – to the dismay of his many fans.
Bridgerton is Miss Ashley’s biggest acting job to date. She is best known for another Netflix hit, Sex Education, about the romantic exploits of a group of teenagers, and ITV thriller The Sister.
She was born in Surrey to Indian Tamil parents and studied at the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Netflix said: ‘Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools – Anthony Bridgerton very much included.’
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A ceremony is held at Port Arthur in Tasmania to mark 25 years since the mass shooting that claimed 35 lives and was the catalyst for Australia’s historic gun reforms.
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A father and son charged over the alleged gang-related shooting of a teenage boy on Brisbane’s southside two years ago have been granted conditional bail.
Police say two 16-year-old boys were allegedly approached by four men in a Kuraby park
It is alleged multiple shots were fired and one of the boys was hit
Three men appeared in court today
Police say two 16-year-old boys were at a park in Kuraby in the middle of the night in March 2019, when they were allegedly approached by a group of four men.
It is alleged multiple shots were fired and one of the boys was hit in the arm.
The teenager was taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
After an “exhaustive” two-year investigation, police yesterday charged Mirways Sayed, 46, his son Jalaallo Sayed, 20, and another man, Palu Letoa, 22, with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the shooting.
All three appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning and were represented by defence lawyer Andrew McGinness.
‘No evidence’ father was involved, says lawyer
During bail applications for the men, Mr McGinness said Mirways Sayed was not accused of being involved in the actual shooting, but police would allege he was “somehow involved in the planning”.
“But there is no evidence of that whatsoever,” he said.
Mirways Sayed was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, but Mr McGinness said that charge “falls short”.
“The allegation is that there was a suggestion or advice given to witnesses, that advice given is one which is every person’s right, that is, to remain silent,” he said.
Mr McGinness said it was alleged that the two younger men were present during the shooting at the park but neither was alleged to have fired the shots, and the evidence against them being involved was not strong.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler conceded the “evidence of ID” was weak and said police were relying on CCTV.
Sergeant Kahler told the court a key reason the prosecution opposed their bail was to eliminate any potential retaliation between the two groups.
“The main concern for the prosecution is the contact between the two groups,” he said.
“I’m told they are two gangs meeting up and there is some aspect of concern of retaliatory attacks between the two.”
A magistrate granted all three conditional bail including no contact with the alleged victim and their co-accused, except for Mirways Sayed and his son, who live together.
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