WASHINGTON: A man armed with an automatic rifle opened fire on a Dallas federal courthouse on Monday (Jun 17) before being killed by police in the southern US city, law enforcement officials said.Police identified the shooter as 22-year-old Brian Clyde, who caused no deaths or injuries when he began firing at the courthouse entrance from a sidewalk.In images captured by a photographer at the scene, Clyde is pictured wearing a military uniform and bulletproof vest with a black balaclava covering his face and his belt lined with ammunition.Video shot by bystanders and released by local media show police returning fire at Clyde who, apparently after being hit, ran across the street from the courthouse where he collapsed near a parked car.He died after being transported to a local hospital.Witnesses reported that between 10 and 15 shots were fired in the space of a few minutes during the gun battle.Police later carried out a "controlled explosion" in Clyde's vehicle parked near the … [Read more...] about Police kill gunman who opened fire on US courthouse
Police killings by year
KOLKATA: Normally bustling Kolkata was eerily quiet late Friday (May 3) as one of the biggest cyclones to hit India in years bore down on the major city after leaving a trail of deadly destruction in its wake.Cyclone Fani ("Snake" in Bengali) slammed into the eastern state of Odisha earlier in the day, reportedly killing at least eight people and one in Bangladesh, where it was headed after Kolkata, officials said.With effects felt as far away as Mount Everest, winds gusting up to 200km per hour sent coconut trees flying and cut off power, water and telecommunications.Authorities in Odisha, where 10,000 people perished in a 1999 cyclone, had evacuated more than a million people as they worried about a possible 1.5m storm surge sweeping far inland.Eight people were killed, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported, including a teenage boy, a woman hit by concrete debris and an elderly woman who suffered a heart attack in one of several thousand shelters packed with families.Odisha … [Read more...] about Monster India cyclone reportedly kills 8, heads for major city
RIO DE JANEIRO: Police in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state killed a record number of people in the first quarter of the year, an average of five per day, officials said Friday (May 3).However, the overall number of homicides in the state popular with tourists dropped sharply.The period coincided with the first three months of rule by Governor Wilson Witzel, who was elected in large part due to his support for the tough anti-crime policy of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who also came to power in January.From January through March, 434 people were killed during "police intervention," a 17.9 per cent increase compared to the same stretch of 2018, said the state Institute for Public Safety.That is the highest quarterly figure since record keeping of police-related killings began in 1998.But the total number of homicides in Rio state, including those committed by police, fell by 18 per cent compared to the first three months of last year.The number went from 1,868 down to 1,528, but the … [Read more...] about Brazil reports record number of killings by police in Rio state
CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES Two people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting on Tuesday at the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus. The university's office of emergency management tweeted an alert warning that shots had been reported on campus on what was students' last day of classes this academic year. "Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately," it said. Local emergency services said two people had been killed, while another two sustained life-threatening injuries and two more were being treated for less serious wounds. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the shooter as former student Trystan Andrew Terrell. Terrell, 22, was charged with with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder. Earlier, University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) campus police chief Jeff Baker told a press conference that his team "disarmed" and took custody of the suspect after receiving a call around 4.40pm that someone was "armed with a pistol". He … [Read more...] about Gunman kills 2, injures 4 at University of North Carolina
By Audra D. S. Burch The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 ATLANTA—On the fifth floor of the Atlanta Police Department headquarters, more than a dozen investigative files of dead children are neatly spread across three tables. A handwritten list, scribbled in red ink, provides the names of some of the children who were killed. The years of each killing — 1979, 1980 and 1981 — are taped on three walls, along with grainy photos of the children, almost all of them smiling. Old homicide logs are stacked on another table. Inside the pages, among the details is the story of the Atlanta child killings, one of the most vexing cases in the city’s history. Forty years ago, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed two dozen children, aged 7 to 17. They vanished with spine-chilling regularity, only to have their bodies discovered weeks or months later. In rivers. Under a bridge. Behind dumpsters. The menacing drumbeat of child … [Read more...] about Who killed Atlanta’s children?