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Ralph Yarl back home from hospital, Andrew Lester to be charged

Ralph Yarl Just days before, a tragedy struck Kansas City when Andrew Lester, an 84-year-old White homeowner, reportedly shot Ralph Yarl.

Ralph, a 16-year-old Black youth, went to the wrong house to pick up his siblings, according to Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson.

Lester is expected to face charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal activity.

Investigators have issued a warrant for his arrest, according to Thompson, because he has yet to be arrested.

“I can tell you there was a racial component to this case,” said Thompson at a news conference.

In Missouri, a hate crime is a lesser felony punishable by double jeopardy, according to the prosecution.

Police released a probable cause paper on Monday evening, but it does not explain why they feel race is a factor in the case.

Contact, custody, and cause

There is no evidence that Andrew Lester and Ralph Yarl communicated previous to the Thursday shooting, according to Thompson.

Furthermore, the prosecution maintained that no evidence was uncovered in the home.

According to preliminary evidence, Lester fired a.32 caliber handgun through a glass door at the child.

Thompson stated that no video of the discussion exists.

Meanwhile, the Yarl family’s attorney, Ben Crump, issued the following statement:

“While this is certainly a step in the right direction, we will continue to fight for Ralph while he works towards a full recovery.”

According to Thompson, Andrew Lester was only imprisoned for a few hours because detectives decided a more thorough investigation was necessary.

Lester was initially assumed to be 85 years old, but new evidence shows he is 84.

According to the probable cause statement, Lester informed investigators that he was afraid of Ralph Yarl’s stature and incapacity to defend himself at the age of 84.

He stated he was in bed when the doorbell rang and reached for a firearm before answering.

The court document reads:

“He stated he believed someone was attempting to break into the house, and shot twice (through an exterior storm door) within a few seconds of opening the (main) door.”

Following the incident, Andrew Lester became concerned about Ralph, according to the statement.

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Recovery and outrage

On April 13, cops responded to reports of a gunshot.

Ralph Yarl had been shot outside a house by the homeowner when they arrived.

He proceeded to the wrong location, according to the police and the Yarl family, mistaking 115th Terrace for 115th Street.

Ralph informed a visiting investigator at the hospital that he rang the doorbell and waited, according to the probable cause statement.

“(He) stated the male inside took a long time but finally opened the door holding a firearm,” the detective wrote.

“He stated he was immediately shot in the head and fell to the ground.”

According to the probable cause statement, Ralph was shot twice, once in the left forehead and once in the right arm.

They didn’t hear the gunfire because they were sleeping, according to a neighbor.

They had no idea what had transpired till they awoke.

“We came outside, (the victim) was laying in the street surrounded by a few of our neighbors.”

Ralph Yarl, according to Crump, had been released from the hospital but was still suffering from the event.

Ralph and his family, according to the attorney, are thankful he is still alive after having been shot in the head and hope for a complete recovery.

“He’s not out of the woods yet, but the great thing is, (medical officials) said he was stable enough to go to his home,” said Crump.

Furthermore, the lawyer inquired about why the gunman had not been apprehended that night.

“Nobody can tell us if the roles were reversed, and you had a Black man shoot a White, 16-year-old teenager for merely ringing his doorbell that he would not be arrested,” argued Crump.

“I mean, this citizen went home and slept in his bed at night after shooting that young Black kid in the head.”

Community and family members marched in front of Lester’s house over the weekend, asking that charges be made.

Protesters held signs reading “Justice for Ralph” and “Black lives matter.”

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted on Monday afternoon that he had visited Ralph Yarl’s mother, writing:

“I shared with her my personal commitment to ensuring we find justice for her son, her family, and all hurting now in our City.”

Ralph

Ralph Yarl’s aunt, Faith Spoonmore, launched a GoFundMe campaign to assist gather funds for medical expenditures.

By Monday evening, it had collected almost $2.3 million in contributions.

Ralph Yarl, according to the pitch, was excited to graduate from high school and planned to travel to West Africa before beginning college.

Ralph was a marching band section leader who was frequently seen with a musical instrument, according to Spoonmore.

In February, the North Kansas City School Bulletin announced that he received honorable mention for the Missouri All-State Band on bass clarinet.

Ralph Yarl, a 2022 Missouri Scholars Academy graduate, is a member of both his school’s Technology Student Association and the Science Olympiad Team.

“Last Summer, Ralph attended Missouri Scholar’s Academy, where he got a full college life experience,” Spoonmore said.

“His goal is to attend Texas A&M to major in chemical engineering.”

“When asked how he plans to get into this university, he said ‘Well, if they have a scholarship for music or academics, I know I can get it.'”

“Life looks a lot different now. Even though he is doing well physically, he has a long road ahead mentally and emotionally,” the GoFundMe post reads.

“The trauma that he has to endure and survive is unimaginable.”

According to North Kansas City Schools Superintendent Dan Clemens, Ralph Yarl is an exceptional student and musician.

“We are devastated to learn one of our students was involved in a horrific incident last week,” he wrote.

“Our thoughts are with the Yarl family, and I know I speak for all of us when we wish him a full and quick recovery.”

“Ralph is an excellent student and talented musician. He maintains a stellar GPA while taking mostly college level courses.”

“While he loves science and hopes to pursue that career path, his passion is music. Thankfully, we know he is now recovering alongside family.”

Louisville police to investigate the bank shooting

Louisville After a shooter opened fire at a Louisville bank days earlier, the United States is once again confronted with the age-old subject of mass shootings.

Police in Louisville are still collecting evidence to determine what caused the deadly shooting inside a downtown bank.

The incident claimed the lives of five people and injured many more, including a police officer who was critically injured during a confrontation with the shooter.

What happened?

Louisville police identified the shooter as Connor Sturgeon, a 25-year-old bank employee.

According to authorities, Sturgeon was livestreaming when he opened fire at Old National Bank.

According to Rebecca Buchheit-Sims, a bank manager, he gained access to the conference during a morning staff meeting.

Buchheit-Sims was practically there at the meeting, and she felt powerless as she watched in dread as the catastrophe unfolded on her computer screen.

“I witnessed people being murdered,” she said. “I don’t know how else to say that.”

Deana Eckert, 57, was one of the hospitalized patients, but she died on Monday, according to authorities.

It’s unknown if Eckert was one of the three critically ill patients earlier that day.

According to Louisville police, the following victims died early Monday morning:

  • Joshua Barrick, 40
  • Tommy Elliott, 63
  • Juliana Farmer, 45
  • James Tutt, 64

The gunman

According to his LinkedIn page, Connor Sturgeon interned at the bank for three summers and worked full-time for nearly two years.

The bank informed him that he would be dismissed, according to a law enforcement source close to the inquiry.

According to the source, Sturgeon wrote a message to his parents and a buddy indicating his intention to shoot the bank.

However, the exact time the message was discovered is uncertain.

When authorities arrived, the shooter was still firing, according to officials.

Later, Sturgeon was murdered in a gunfight with police, injuring two cops, one of whom was shot in the head.

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The shooting

The shooting started at 8:30 a.m., 30 minutes before the bank opened to the public, according to Louisville police.

A bank employee, Rebecca Buchheit-Sims, claimed Sturgeon opened fire in a conference room during a morning meeting.

Caleb Goodlett, a bank employee’s husband, said his wife phoned him after sheltering inside a locked vault.

Officers were already on the case when he called 911.

“Just a very traumatic phone call to get,” said Goodlett.

He afterwards saw his wife, who was uninjured.

According to authorities, Connor Sturgeon died after being shot by police.

Nickolas Wilt, a 26-year-old rookie police officer, went to the gunfight and was shot in the head.

He had recently completed the police academy.

Wilt underwent brain surgery, according to interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel.

He remained in a serious state as of Monday afternoon, but his condition was stable.

The weapon

According to a federal law enforcement source, Connor Sturgeon used an AR-15-style firearm.

In the United States, the semi-automatic rifle is the most popular sports firearm.

According to the 2021 National Firearms Survey, 30% of gun owners own an AR-15 or a similar-style firearm.

Many previous mass shootings have employed the weapon or versions of it, including the two-week-old Nashville Covenant School tragedy.

2023 shooting numbers

The Louisville event was the 146th mass shooting in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Mass shootings continue to occur in the United States on a daily basis.

The crime in Louisville occurred just two weeks after three students and three adults were slain in a shooting at a Tennessee Christian school.

The two shootings have sparked a heated debate over gun control among Democratic and Republican state lawmakers.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered the flags be flown at half-staff until Friday evening in remembrance of the victims.

Some Democratic officials, though, are concerned that the outpouring of grief will not result in serious gun violence remedies.

State Senator David Yates said:

“My worry is that everybody will raise their firsts in anger and mourn and then in six weeks, eight weeks we go back to doing the same thing – nothing.”

“I hope that they all don’t have to die in vain like so many of the other victims of these mass shootings. Maybe something positive can come from it.”

President Joe Biden has reiterated his appeal for gun control legislation, this time aimed at Republican senators.

“Too many Americans are paying for the price of inaction with their lives,” Biden tweeted.

“When will Republicans in Congress act to protect our communities?”

According to the Old National Bank Facebook page, CEO Jim Ryan and other top team members were in Louisville following the news of the adversity

“As we await more details, we are deploying employee assistance support and keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers,” said Ryan.

Nashville the site of another school shooting, 6 victims reported

Nashville A 28-year-old gunman opened fire on a private Christian school in Nashville on Monday morning, ending in devastation.

The shooter killed six people, including three 9-year-old children and three adults.

Authorities believe they utilized a map to navigate the campus, leaving some documents behind and investigating a possible second assault location.

The shooter

Authorities identified Audrey Hale as the shooter.

Hale, a former Covenant School student, is suspected of planning an attack against the school.

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake stated at a press conference that the suspect was equipped with three weapons when they entered the school through a side entrance.

Hale was dubbed “the female shooter” by police, and it was later revealed during a news conference that she was transgender.

Hale, as per a spokesperson, used male pronouns on media platforms.

The shooting

The school shooting lasted 14 minutes, according to investigators.

The first report of gunshots was received at 10:13 a.m.

Audrey Hale died at 10:27 a.m., according to police spokesperson Don Aaron.

He highlighted that because the private school was run by the church, no school resource officer was assigned to monitor it.

Hale, according to officials, started fire on the first and second levels of the school.

When they heard gunshots, five officers on the scene hurried upstairs to investigate.

They hunted down Audrey Hale and shot her, according to Aaron.

Investigations

Authorities confiscated Hale’s belongings during the incident, which included detailed school maps pinpointing surveillance and access points.

“We had some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this day, the actual incident,” said Drake.

“We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”

Hale contemplated targeting another location, but decided against it after doing a “threat assessment” owing to the site’s heavy security, according to authorities.

Drake also mentioned that the concert would have been held in Nashville.

Officers think Hale obtained two of the three firearms legally: an AR-style rifle, an AR-style pistol, and a handgun.

Authorities, according to Drake, are still looking into a motive, examining the shooter’s house, and interviewing the suspect’s father.

Hale graduated in 2022, according to the president of Nashville’s Nossi College of Art & Design.

According to his LinkedIn page, Hale is a freelance graphic designer and a part-time groceries shopper.

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The victims

Nashville police recognized Evelyn Dieckhau, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all nine years old, on Monday afternoon.

The plant employed Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.

Koonce was the head of Covenant and has attended Vanderbilt University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Georgia State University, according to the school’s website.

Hill was a Covenant caregiver and substitute teacher at the time of the event, according to Don Aaron.

The Nashville school shooting was the worst since a 2022 assault in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 21 people.

The Covenant School is a private Christian school for children in preschool through sixth grade that was created in 2001 as a branch of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Families’ concerns

A big police and fire force was sent in to respond to the deadly assault.

They joined the family who had gathered outside the school to await the return of their loved ones as they approached the school.

Avery Myrick, whose mother worked at the school, said she received a text message from her mother saying she was hiding in a closet.

She could hear gunfire everywhere throughout campus.

Myrick’s mother, fortunately, was not hurt.

“Just getting that initial phone call that was OK, it obviously brings a ton of relief, but you’re still hurting for the people out there who may not get that call,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jozen Reodica, a Shearwater Health staffer, videotaped police escorting pupils out of the school on Monday.

The kids proceeded along the street in a line, holding hands.

Reodica became suspicious when she noticed police cars at the school across the street from where she works.

“They (the police) started to close down the road,” she said. “It happened so fast.”

“I saw a policeman run to the scene and then after a few minutes kids were already crossing.”

David Rausch, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, indicated that the bureau was supporting the Metro Nashville Police Department with the investigation.

He then suggested that they look at the officer-involved shooting situation independently.

The footage from the school shooting is being evaluated by police.

Congress urged to do something

President Joe Biden made a proclamation during a press conference, calling the massacre “sick” and “heartbreaking.”

He also called Congress to pass gun safety measures.

“We have to do more to stop gun violence,” said Biden.

“It’s ripping our communities apart, ripping the soul of this nation, ripping at the very soul of the nation.”

“And we have to do more to protect our schools, so they aren’t turned into prisons.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Jon Cooper has planned a candlelight vigil for the victims early Wednesday evening.

The event will take place at One Public Square Park.

“It is important that we stand together on this dark day for Nashville,” he tweeted.

Nashville has also established a fund to assist the victims of the disaster.

Shooting incident in California: confrontation leads to suicide

Shooting: The state of California maintains tight gun regulations, including a 10-day waiting period and a prohibition on assault weapons.

Unexpectedly, there is a significant amount of gun violence, particularly in urban areas.

Additionally, California introduced red flag laws and strengthened background checks.

Despite these efforts, the state’s argument over gun violence continues.

A shooting suspect recently fired at a dance club over the weekend.

Ten individuals were killed and another 10 were wounded as a result of the suspect’s actions.

A new police report claims that the shooter committed suicide.

The shooting

In Monterey Park on Saturday night, not far from the Lunar New Year party, there was a mass shooting.

It was anticipated for the Garvey Avenue assembly to last until 9:00 pm.

More than 65% of the people of Monterey Park are Asian, according to the US Census Bureau.

It is still too early to say for sure if the massacre was prompted by hatred.

It is also one of the most prominent among the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in the US, according to the mayor of the nearby city of Alhambra.

The victims

Police said that at the ballroom dance club, five males and five women were slain.

Ten people were hurt, and seven more were receiving medical attention for their wounds at nearby hospitals.

Their situations, according to the officials, varied from stable to critical.

Despite the lack of identification, Luna assumes that the victims were in their fifties or older.

The aftermath

Police arrived at the Monterey Park dance studio on Saturday night three minutes after the initial call.

Police Chief Scott Wiesse said that as some people attempted to flee and others lay injured on the ground, officials witnessed a sight of utter mayhem.

A man armed with a gun entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra twenty to thirty minutes later.

Someone noticed he was carrying a weapon and wrestled it from him before he left the area in a white van.

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The manhunt

According to accounts, the perpetrator may have sought medical help before being apprehended.

Authorities said that a male who seemed to be the suspect visited the emergency room of a neighboring hospital.

He visited the ER due to wounds that corresponded to the description.

After waiting at the hospital, the suspect ultimately departed without obtaining any assistance.

Police in Torrance subsequently stopped a white cargo van.

After turning his weapon on himself during a standoff, the suspect was fatally shot.

Identity

Huu Can Tran, 72, was identified as the ruthless gunman.

Tran shot himself during a standoff with the police, LA County Sheriff Robert Luna claimed during a press conference that evening.

According to the sheriff, Tran committed the crime on his own, and the motivation for the shooting is a top priority for the investigators.

The shooter

According to his ex-wife and former acquaintance, Huu Can Tran used to frequently visit the studio.

The former spouse, who desired to remain anonymous, said that they met there 20 years ago when he gave informal lessons.

She said that although never resorted to physical force, he had a short fuse and would get irritated if she missed a step.

Although it’s unclear if he recently went to the studio, a friend remembered him being there frequently in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

According to his acquaintance, Tran frequently discussed the issue of the instructors’ disdain towards him.

The acquaintance also claimed Tran was hostile to everyone in the facility.

He sold his house in 2013, and they stopped talking after that.

The news struck the friend as shocking.

“I know lots of people, and if they go to Star Studio, they frequent there,” he said.

The friend is concerned because he could be acquainted with some of the shooting victims.

Mass shooting in data

The Monterey Park tragedy is the 33rd deadly shooting in the US this month, as reported by the Gun Violence Archive.

“California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but yet look what we just had today,” said Sheriff Robert Luna on Sunday.

“I can tell you this, the status quo is not working. So we need to reexamine what we’re doing and what may work better.”

“And I hope that this tragedy doesn’t just go on a long list of many others that we don’t even talk about until the next one comes up.”

Shooting outside Chicago hospital last weekend

Shooting: On Sunday, a judge ordered no bail for a man who shot and killed another outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

What happened

The shooting took place in the southwestern suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois, early Saturday morning.

Prosecutors said on Sunday that Marques Rose, 36, shot and killed a man around two in the morning.

The shooting happened outside the emergency room.

Additionally, prosecutors revealed that Rose was out on bond for another case.

He currently has five felony convictions, including charges of firearms and burglary.

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Before the incident

According to prosecutors, Marques Rose and the victim were at 87th and Vincennes for an evening gathering.

After two people were shot in the area, a large group followed one of the victims to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Rose and 28-year-old Brandon McGee, the victim, were members of the group.

Hospital security called the police when the large group arrived on the scene.

The shooting

According to prosecutors, Rose and McGee got into a heated argument.

McGee reportedly pushed Rose to the ground, and people pulled the two apart to cool off.

After some time, Rose returned and shot McGee in the head, killing him instantly.

Rose tried to flee the scene, but the police were already there.

However, they tracked him down and found the weapon under a nearby car.

Prosecutors said surveillance footage and testimony caught the entire event.

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The aftermath

The judge refused to order bail for Marques Rose.

They explained that despite the victim pushing Rose to the ground, people separated them to cool off.

The judge also said that a push and a gun are not equal in terms of force.

The gunman, Marques Rose, is due to appear in court on Monday for breaching his bond.

Reference:

No bail for man accused of shooting another in head outside Advocate Christ Medical Center

Shooting in LGBTQ nightclub results in five dead

Shootings continue to plague the United States as an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs has become the latest victim of yet another mass shooting.

Before midnight on Saturday, a 22-year-old gunman entered Club Q and opened fire on the club patrons.

The shooting killed at least five people and injured 25 others.

The shooter

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez has identified the Club Q shooter as Anderson Lee Aldrich.

Aldrich used a long rifle.

Vasquez also said the police found two firearms at the scene.

Additionally, Vasquez said at least two club guests confronted and fought Aldrich to prevent more violence.

“We owe them a great debt of thanks,” said the Police Chief.

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Aldrich

Anderson Lee Aldrich was arrested in June 2021 over a bomb threat that led to a standoff at his mother’s home.

Two law enforcement sources confirmed that the suspects in the nightclub shooting and bomb scare were the same people by name and date of birth.

According to a release from El Paso, Aldrich was arrested for menacing crimes and first-degree kidnapping.

At the time, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report from Aldrich’s mother that he threatened to harm her with a homemade bomb he made.

Although they called the suspect, he refused to comply with surrender orders, prompting them to evacuate nearby houses.

Hours after the police were called, the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Unit convinced Aldrich to leave the house and arrested him when he walked through the front door.

Investigations

Police say they are investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.

They highlighted Club Q’s relationship with the LGBTQ community.

“Club Q is a safe haven for our LGBTQ citizens,” said Vasquez.

“Every citizen has a right to feel safe and secure in our city, to go about our beautiful city without fear of being harmed or treated poorly.”

Club Q

The nightclub released a statement on social media saying it was devastated by the attack on the community.

Additionally, Club Q thanked the heroic customers who overpowered the shooter to end the hateful attack.

Earlier that day, the club released its night schedule, which included a punk and alternative show followed by a dance party.

They also planned a Sunday brunch and drag show for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

However, the club’s website says it will shut down until further notice.

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Aftermath

Governor Jared Polis has called for flags to be flown half-mast Monday through Saturday in all public buildings across the state to honor the victims.

“Flags will be lowered for 5 days to remember each of the 5 individuals who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy,” the release wrote.

“To further honor and remember the victims and those injured in this tragedy, the Polis-Primavera administration will also be flying the Pride flag at the Colorado state capitol for the next five days.”

Colorado became the site of some of the most impactful mass shootings in the country’s history.

Other shootings include the 1999 Columbine shooting and the 2012 movie theater massacre.

Additionally, Colorado was the scene of a Planned Parenthood mass shooting that killed three people seven years ago.

Meanwhile, a shooting broke out at a birthday party last year, killing six people.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2022.

Reference:

Gunman kills 5 at LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs before patrons confront and stop him, police say

Takeoff dies after a stray bullet from a nearby shooting hits him

Takeoff, the 28-year-old Grammy-nominated musician, died Tuesday after a shooting at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas.

According to his record company’s statement, the Migos rapper died from a “stray bullet.”

The shooting

The shooting in Texas occurred at 2:30 on a balcony outside 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley.

Takeoff was playing dice with his uncle and bandmate Quavo across at the Bowling Alley.

According to police, 40 to 50 guests attended a private party when someone opened fire.

Upon arrival, officers said they found a large crowd and a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck.

However, the man was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, two other people were injured and were taken to hospital.

No arrest was made.

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Police response

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said he didn’t want to speculate that Takeoff was the target of the shooting.

“Based on what people say about him, he’s well respected, non-violent,” said Finner.

“I would not expect him to be involved, but I do want to wait on the investigation.”

“But we have no reason to believe that he was involved in anything criminal at the time, just as people describe him as very peaceful, loving, a great entertainer.”

Later, Chief Finner urged witnesses at the scene to come forward.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, he said:

“Please step up, get the information to us so we can bring down some closure to this family who’s hurting right now.”

Takeoff

Kirsnick Khari Ball, better known as Takeoff, was one-third of the Atlanta band Migos.

The band is among the most successful, producing songs that hit the charts.

As a result, they made hits like Walk It Talk It, Stir Fry and Versace.

However, the group broke into the mainstream in 2016 with their single Bad and Boujee, which topped the US charts.

The song was also nominated for Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards.

Although Takeoff didn’t appear in the song because he missed the recording session, the rapper was a key architect of the Migos sound.

As a result, Migos is now famous for its punchy vocal triplets and scattered, stammering rhythms.

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Tributes

After the news broke, tributes for Takeoff began flooding social media as friends, fans, and collaborators mourned the rapper.

Drake did a remix of Versace, which gave the band a boost in the charts, and wrote on Instagram:

“I got the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch. That’s what I’ll focus on for now.”

Gucci Mane recently worked with Takeoff and Quavo on the song Us vs. Them.

Additionally, he shared a photo of the rapper on Instagram and said the news broke his heart.

Atlanta legend Outkast wrote:

“Rest in peace, Takeoff. Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and community of people touched by his craft.”

Finally, many musicians are urging fans not to share videos of Takeoff’s final moments online out of respect.

Reference:

Migos rapper Takeoff killed by ‘stray bullet,’ record label claims

A man enters a Chicago police station, gets shot

The shooting is a major nuisance in the United States, and another shooting occurred at a Chicago police station on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at the Ogden District Station (10th) of the Chicago Police Department.

The suspect allegedly entered the station with a gun and waved it to officers in the lobby.

After the incident, the police said they would increase security at the station.

What happened

The male suspect entered the police station at 3315 W. Ogden Ave. in the Lawndale neighborhood before 1 p.m., according to CPD Superintendent David Brown. 

The attacker had wrapped a plastic bag around his hand.

Officers noticed a gun barrel sticking out of the pocket.

The suspect was reportedly muttering and ranting before the officers present told him to drop the gun.

Although Brown refused to go into details, he said the suspect yelled a number of things at the officers, mostly about anti-police sentiments.

Several officers drew their guns and fired, hitting the suspect at least once in the shoulder.

After the incident

A Chicago fire department official said a male civilian sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to Mount Sinai hospital.

Meanwhile, Brown said the suspect’s injuries were not life-threatening.

None of the officers present were injured in the accident.

As for the suspect, police have not yet identified him and described him as uncooperative.

CPD spokesman Tom Ahern said an attacker was in custody with stabilized conditions. It was also revealed that the assailant’s weapon had been recovered.

What happens next?

After the incident, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it was responding to the shooting.

The agents involved will carry out routine administrative tasks for 30 days.

CPD facilities security

Two weeks ago, another incident occurred when a Waukegan man was charged with trespassing at the CPD’s Homan Square facility.

While the officers were providing SWAT training, the man grabbed some weapons.

According to Brown, the department is currently evaluating what they can do to increase safety in CPD facilities.

“The number of officers being shot at or shot, and this anti-police sentiment expressed by this particular offender, has us all concerned about access to our police facilities,” said Brown.

The Chicago Police Department is considering measures they can take to increase their safety. There have already been two incidents at their facilities.

“If you can look at some other police facilities around the country, they have some type of ballistic translucent glass or barrier,” Brown pointed out.

“We have to balance that with being obviously open for the community to come in and make reports; come in and engage with our officers, so it’s a balance we have to strike – but there are some things we believe that we can do.”

As of Wednesday evening, the police had still not identified the man who had brought a firearm to the police station.

Due to his uncooperative attitude, they plan to fingerprint him in their database to identify him.

Reference:

Chicago police shoot person who entered 10th District station lobby with gun

Hazelwood neighborhood holds block party to address gun violence

Gun violence is a troubling problem in the United States, and Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood has taken a stand against it.

While on Portland’s east side, gun violence has declined year on year, Hazelwood remains a major concern.

The data

Portland police have released data shedding light on the amount of gun violence in Hazelwood.

According to their findings, there were 43 shootings between May and August last year.

In 2022, there were 45 shootings in the same period.

As a result, a group called Love is Stronger joined together to partner with other community organizations to reach out to the public.

The neighborhood block party

On Saturday, Love is Stronger and the local authorities threw a neighborhood party in Hazelwood.

Love is Stronger founder Lionel Irving released a statement at the event saying:

“Empower them to be active bystanders. A lot of people might want to say something but they think they’re by themselves.”

“So, we just want to let them know there are community members that are willing to stand up with you.”

“Call and let us stand with you so we can speak up and we can help save some of these people.”

The concept of the block section came from the Mt Hood Community College Head Start.

East County Community Health worked with both groups to make the event possible.

How shootings affect children’s safety

According to the family services manager, the recent shootings have raised safety concerns for children attending Hazelwood Kindergarten.

Vanessa Valdez elaborated, saying:

“We have a preschool program in this apartment complex right here, and there has been a huge increase in gun activity and shooting and violence.”

“Some of our classrooms are finding shell casings outside the classrooms in the morning, outside the toddlers’ rooms.”

Suggested solutions

Christine Sanders, community health director, said foot traffic is a deterrent to crime.

“It gives people hope. It makes them know they’re not forgotten,” said Sanders.

“It makes them know we see you, we hear you, and we’re going to pool all our resources in for you even if it’s just for one day of peace, quiet, hope where their children can run around and play.”

Sanders also pointed out that gun violence is a major public health problem. “We’re all affected,” she said.

“So, the only way this is going to change is if all communities, community partners, and businesses wake up and say, ‘This is our problem,’ and come together and figure out how we can support our community and make sure this violence comes to an end.”

The three organizers said they were in a hurry to get to work near the event following a shooting.

The shooting took place early Saturday morning on the runways of the MAX.

Reference:

Community groups host block part in Hazelwood neighborhood to address gun violence

Frank Grillo of Marvel slams Los Angeles crime after the shooting of Azuma Bennett

Frank Grillo, best known for his work on the Marvel movies and The Purge, has opened up about the rise in crime in Los Angeles after his boxing trainer was recently shot.

The shooting

Azuma Bennett, 30, was shot at least eight times outside a Windsor Hill marijuana dispensary.

Police say Bennett died en route to a nearby hospital and investigators have no idea what the shooting was or who was behind it.

Bennett had coached several top names in his career.

In addition to Grillo, Azuma Bennett has coached UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller and singers Kiana Ledé and Eddie Benjamin.

Azuma Bennett

Born in Australia, Bennett moved to the United States three years ago.

Bennett worked at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, training with celebrities.

The gym released a statement after his death which reads:

“Azuma was our family. One of the best of the best. We are all so broken.”

After his death, Tamara Fortune, owner of Fortune Gym, created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to return Bennett’s body to Australia.

“Azuma was one of a kind,” Fortune wrote on the GoFundMe page description.

“An outstanding athlete, fighter, teacher trainer, and friend/mate to so many. We lost one of the best ones out there.”

“He did not deserve this. He was kind to all that he met and always engaged everyone in the gym with his positive energy and engaging personality.”

Earlier on Friday, the page raised more than $35,000.

Grillo vents online

Frank Grillo spoke to the KNBC news agency and criticized the rising crime rate in Los Angeles.

“He made everybody feel good about training,” Grillo said.

“I don’t know what’s happened to Los Angeles that a beautiful guy like this gets shot and killed over nothing.”

On Friday, Grillo shared several posts about Bennet’s death.

“We in LA need to wake up to what has become a common occurrence,” one post wrote.

Another said: “Maybe can force the hand of the powers that be to get off their a****** and fix this ****.”

Crime rate in Los Angeles

Bennett’s murder adds to the homicide tally in the City of Angels, which has reached its highest level in 15 years, according to ABC7.

In the first half of 2022, 181 homicides were committed in Los Angeles, a 34% increase over the average number of homicides during the same period between 2015 and 2019.

In April, the number of shots increased by 69% compared to 2020, while violent crimes rose to 7.2% compared to the previous year.

The Los Angeles Times also indicated that thefts increased by 18.5% compared to 2021, while car flight increased by 40% compared to 2020.

References:

Marvel star Frank Grillo rips LAs rising crime after his boxing trainer is shot and killed: ‘Need to wake up’

Marvel star Frank Grillo slams Los Angeles crime after boxing trainer shot dead