Weeklong Protests, Violence, Terror, & Active Shooters Continue
Another Weekend of Terror
9 Wounded at Houston Shopping Center on Monday
morning - Suspect shot, killed by Police
The Houston Police Department has responded to an active shooter situation in a
shopping center that has left multiple people wounded, according to an alert
published by the city. Police said the suspect was shot by officers responding
to the scene.
The Houston Fire Department confirmed to ABC News that the shooting
began at 6:29 a.m. at a Petco store.
Local ABC affiliate KTRK
reported that seven people were injured in the attack. Police said the
individuals have been transported to area hospitals. That number now stands at
"At this time, the
shooting scene is believed to be contained, but residents are asked to please
avoid the area of Wesleyan St, between Westpark Drive and Bissonnet Street as it
is still an active response and investigation scene," the alert read.
Read more in today's Daily.
Another Weekend - Another 'Lone Wolf'? - Another
20 year-old kills 5 in Macy's Cascade Mall in
Washington State Friday Night
The first 911 call
came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday at the Cascade Mall: A man with a
rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's department store.
By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup
counter was complete. Four people were dead, and the shooter was gone, last seen
walking toward Interstate 5. The fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning
hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building.
As investigators tried to piece together information on
Arcan Cetin, who was arrested Saturday evening after a nearly 24-hour
manhunt, a picture emerged of a troubled young man. Court records show more than
a half-dozen criminal cases in Island County alone since 2013.
20-year-old man had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including
charges he assaulted his stepfather, and was described by a neighbor as
so "creepy, rude and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door.
Cetin immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey and is a legal permanent
resident, officials said.
As the surrounding area absorbed news
of the arrest, critical questions remained, including the gunman's motive. The
FBI said early Saturday that there was no indication the shooting was terrorism,
but local authorities said later in the day that they were ruling nothing out.
On Sept. 17, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before
being shot to death by an off-duty police officer in another Macy's
store. Authorities said they are investigating the attack by
Dahir Ahmed Adan as a possible act of terrorism.
Sunday, investigators searched Cetin's vehicle and the apartment complex and
were seen carrying boxes from a rear, upstairs unit. The four-unit building was
surrounded with yellow police tape. Detectives would not say what they found.
Cetin also appeared to have blogs on the site Tumblr that had not been
updated in many months. They included seemingly random posts about serial killer
Ted Bundy, a collection of selfies, the top-secret Area 51 Cold War test
site and photos of Iranian Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei and Islamic State group leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The two blogs linked back to each other and
one of them linked to what appeared to be his Twitter page.
Suspect charged in
Washington mall shooting
The lone suspect in the
fatal shooting of five people in a Washington state mall has been charged with
five counts of first degree murder, according to Skagit County jail records.
Arcan Cetin, 20, was taken into custody Saturday night after a nearly 24-hour
manhunt, authorities said. Four women and one man died in the shooting Friday
night at a Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, just north of
Seattle. The victims' identities have not been released.
Authorities arrested Cetin as he walked down the street near his home in Oak
Harbor, Washington. When officers confronted him, he did not run, said Lt. Mike
Hawley of the Island County Sheriff's Office. Instead, he froze and complied,
Hawley said. Cetin was not armed at the time of his arrest. "He said nothing,"
Hawley said. "Just kind of zombie-like." Cetin is scheduled to make a court
State authorities said it's too early to rule out
terrorism or any other motive because their investigation is in its preliminary
stages. Before the suspect's arrest, an official with the FBI had told reporters
there was "no evidence at this time" of a link to terrorism.
Timeline of the Cascade
Mall shooting response
Tampa, FL: Armed subject enters Tampa Ross store,
found dead after shots fired
male with a handgun walked into a Ross discount clothing store in north Tampa on
Saturday night, shots were fired and he was found dead there by
deputies, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The incident occurred
just before 9 p.m. at the Ross Dress for Less store, in the Carrollwood Commons
shopping center. The subject entered the store, walked towards the front counter
and then to the rear of the store, the Sheriff's Office said. Patrons and
employees started evacuating. Employees heard gunshots and deputies later found
the subject dead. He was not immediately identified.
Card Declined Drive-Thru
Shoots Kills Another Customer in Las Vegas, Sunday Morning
The man suspected of shooting and killing a person Sunday morning around 11:30
a.m. inside a southwest valley Starbucks earlier had his payment card
declined at the coffee shop's drive-thru window.
34-year-old Pedro Jose Garcia, was booked Sunday on counts of murder, robbery,
using a gun to commit a robbery and shooting a gun inside an occupied building.
The suspect parked his vehicle behind Starbucks after his card was declined and
went inside, where he got into an altercation with a man in his 40s. He then
shot the man at least once in the chest, fired his gun in the air and pointed it
at other customers, McGrath said. Twelve to 14 people were inside the Starbucks
at the time of the shooting.
The suspect called into Metro's dispatch
line a couple of times and offered a different description of the shooter,
McGrath said. He later presented himself to officers as a witness, but police
didn't buy his story and took him into custody at 11:37 a.m.
also told officers that there was a bomb in an unattended backpack,
which prompted a precautionary evacuation of businesses in the strip mall and
surrounding area while police checked the scene. No bomb was found, police said;
they declared the scene safe at about 2:13 p.m.
The suspect has a
history of violent crime. reviewjournal.com
Tennessee man kills two
supervisors, himself after work meeting Friday
man who killed his two supervisors at a manufacturing plant in eastern Tennessee
before taking his own life did so after becoming upset during a meeting,
authorities investigating the crime said on Friday.
TBI said in a
statement that Swafford, who the bureau described as "a long-time employee of
the plant," had a meeting with Zotter and Cooley during which he became upset.
Swafford abruptly left the meeting, and the building, before returning to
the plant to find the two supervisors. Swafford shot both of them and continued
to walk through the plant," TBI said in the statement. Some employees were able
to warn others of an active shooter, and employees evacuated the building. When
responding officers arrived, they found Swafford's body in a bathroom of the
plant, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound." reuters.com
99 Cent Only - South El
Monte, CA - Shooting kills one
Sherman Way Liquor - North
Hollywood, CA - Clerk shot, killed
Curfew Lifted in Charlotte
Protesters, chants and riot police: Not a typical
Panthers game day
It was a a Carolina Panthers
game day like no other: Police in riot gear and uniformed National Guard members
stood watch as protesters converged on Bank of America Stadium on the sixth day
of protests over a fatal shooting by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.
Several dozen people chanted "Black Lives Matter" and "No justice, no
peace," in front of the stadium an hour before kickoff of the Panthers' second
home game of the season, against the Minnesota Vikings. Some carried signs
bearing the name of Keith Lamont Scott, the man fatally shot by police in
Charlotte on Tuesday. Police said one man, identified as Bruce Garmon, was
arrested for carrying a concealed weapon near the stadium.
overall atmosphere calmed enough that city leaders lifted the midnight
curfew that had been in place since Thursday.
7 arrested at New Orleans
protest seeking removal of Andrew Jackson monument
New Orleans: Hundreds
protest Jackson, Confederate monuments
people turned out Saturday in New Orleans historic French Quarter to protest a
statue of Andrew Jackson and Confederate monuments in the city.
Orleans has been struggling with what to do with a number of Confederate-era
monuments in the city.
The City Council voted last year to remove four of the
monuments after heated public meetings but the effort has been stalled in the
courts. A major hearing on their removal is slated for Wednesday.
Walmart apologizes for
refusing to make police officer's cake in Georgia
Walmart is apologizing for refusing to make a police officer's retirement cake
last week after an employee told the cop's daughter that her "thin blue line"
cake design might be considered racist.
The police officer's daughter,
who has remained anonymous, told
radio host Todd Starnes that she went to a Walmart in McDonough,
Georgia on Thursday to ask for a cake with the American flag in black
and white with a blue stripe added in.
But one of the employees at the
bakery balked at the common police officer emblem, telling the woman "the design
could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake,"
she recounted to Starnes. When she asked for a simpler cake, with just one blue
line on a chocolate background, the employee said she didn't "feel comfortable"
with that design either.
The police officer's daughter eventually went to
Kroger to have the cake made, according to Wilkes.
After the post went viral,
the Walmart manager met with the daughter again to apologize, Wilkes wrote
Saturday. The manager offered a gift card, additional items for the party and to
make the cake that the daughter had requested.
But Wilkes said the
gesture appeared to be a response to public pressure rather than true atonement.
A Walmart spokesperson said in a statement that the company regretted the
incident, according to WTVM: "Our goal is to always take care of customers. But
sometimes we misstep."