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Man charged with uttering threats prior to Toronto mass shooting

 

 

Neighbours who live near the location of the Danzig Street shooting watch as police walk by on July 17, the day after the shooting.

Neighbours who live near the location of the Danzig Street shooting watch as police walk by on July 17, the day after the shooting.

An 18-year-old has been charged with threatening to harm residents living on a northeast Toronto street prior to a public shooting that killed two people and injured 23.

Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond said the man allegedly made threats on the street the same day that gunfire erupted July 16 at the Danzig Street block party.

Drummond said police have no current information placing the man at the scene of the shooting, or connecting a gun allegedly seized during his arrest with the block party incident.

Shaquan Mesquito faces charges of threatening to cause serious bodily harm.

Prior to Wednesday, police had announced only a single arrest in connection with the violence at the street party.

Nahom Tsegazab, 19, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm after his arrest last month. He did not face charges in connection with the two people killed on Danzig Street.

Police have made repeated appeals in the wake of the shooting for members of the public to provide tips about guns and the people that have them.

In a number of recent gun seizures, police have claimed that public co-operation was a factor in getting the weapons off the street.

According to preliminary statistics posted on the police website,Toronto has seen a rise in shootings this year compared to 2011.

As of Wednesday morning, there had been 156 shootings recorded by police since the start of the year.

That’s a 24.8 per cent increase over the number of shootings reported at the same time last year, but slightly fewer than the number reported at the same point in 2009.

Man charged with uttering threats prior to Toronto mass shooting

Mexico City airport shooting kills 3 police officers

Officers were conducting drug investigation

A forensic team inspects a body at Mexico City's international airport after men opened fire, killing three federal policemen on an anti-drug mission.

A forensic team inspects a body at Mexico City’s international airport after men opened fire, killing three federal policemen on an anti-drug mission.

Drug-trafficking suspects opened fire in a crowded food court at Mexico City’s international airport on Monday, killing three federal policemen who were on an anti-narcotics mission as panicked witnesses dove for cover.

A witness said the shooters also wore police uniforms, and the federal Public Safety Department said it was investigating whether the attackers were active-duty police, former officers or impostors.

Criminals in Mexico sometimes use false police uniforms.

The slain agents had gone to the airport “to detain suspects linked to drug trafficking at Terminal 2,” the Department said in a statement. “Upon seeing themselves surrounded by federal police, they (the suspects) opened fire on the officers.”

Two officers died at the scene and another died later of his wounds at a local hospital.

No suspects had been arrested following the shooting, which took place shortly before 10 a.m. ET. The federal Attorney General’s office said that its organized crime unit had opened an investigation into the case.

Shootings around food court

The shootings occurred around the food court, near the area where vehicles drop off passengers but well outside the internal security checkpoints where workers and passengers are screened.

Three shots rang out at first, said witness Israel Lopez, a 23-year-old Mexico City student who had gone to the airport to see off a friend. Lopez didn’t see who those shots were directed at, but then the gunfire came closer.

“We were in the food court, and some policemen came in and started shooting at another policeman who was on the floor,” Lopez said. “We dove to the floor and covered ourselves with chairs.”

Lopez said the shooters wore blue uniforms like those worn by the federal police who provide security at the airport. He said the shooters then ran to the car park area “as if they were pursuing somebody,” and he lost sight of them.

The airport said in a press statement that the terminal and flights were operating normally following what it described as “a dispute in an open-access area.” But the food court remained blocked to public access for hours after the shooting.

History of drug trafficking

Guadalupe Perez, 27, went to the airport to interview for a job when she saw the body of one of the officers on the floor. “It scared me a lot to see something like that, a body,” she said.

Robert Gray, an evangelical missionary from Hart, Mich., arrived at the airport after the shooting with his family to catch a flight.

“It’s surprising to see it happening at the airport. It’s one of the safest places in the city,” Gray said.

But officials have long said that Mexico City’s airport is used by traffickers to move drugs, money and illegal migrants. Federal police said they seized 90 kilograms of cocaine at the airport in 2011 and 200 kilograms so far in 2012. But violence related to drug trafficking has seldom, if ever, occurred in passenger areas at the airport itself.

In 2007, gunmen fatally shot high-ranking intelligence official Jose Nemesio Lugo, who investigated drug and migrant smuggling, as he drove to work. Lugo once served as the director of airports, seaports and border crossings for the federal Public Safety Department.

Later that year, the severed heads of three employees of a customs brokerage firm were found near the terminal and in the nearby state of Mexico. The decapitations were apparently a retaliation for the seizure of a half-ton of Colombian cocaine at the airport, officials said at the time.

In 2008, federal police chief Edgar Millan was gunned down inside his Mexico City home, and one of the suspects in that killing had worked as an anti-drug officer at the Mexico City airport.

The suspect had a notebook with detailed information on drug trafficking at the airport, and officials said federal investigations into those operations may have been a key motive for Millan’s killing.

Mexico City airport shooting kills 3 police officers

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Night of bullets: 3 dead, 6 injured in different shooting incidents throughout city

Gunfire erupted in Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens overnight

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Man shot at Vibes night club  in South Jamaica, Queens — who later died — was one of several people shot around the city late Saturday and early Sunday.

Man shot at Vibes night club in South Jamaica, Queens — who later died — was one of several people shot around the city late Saturday and early Sunday.

Nine people were shot — three fatally — as violence erupted around the city overnight.

Between 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, eight men and one woman were shot in seven incidents in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, cops said.

A 25 year-old man was killed in Brownsville after he was shot multiple times on Sackman St. about 10:30 p.m. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he died, police said. His name was not immediately released.

A little over an hour later, Bernard Johnson, 43, was shot in the head on Fish Ave. in the Laconia section of the Bronx about 11:55 p.m. He died at the scene.
Minutes later, at midnight, two people were shot in the legs on Riverdale Ave. in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Then starting at 3 a.m. three shooting incidents rocked Brooklyn within a half hour, two in Brownsville and one in Red Hook. A total of three men and one woman were hurt.

Later, gunfire erupted outside Club Remington in Jamaica, Queens. A man was shot and taken to Jamaica Hospital, but he could not be saved. His name was not immediately available.

As of Sunday morning, no arrests have been made in any of the cases.

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2 Coast Guard members killed in shootings at Alaska station

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Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot at a communications station on Kodiak Island off Alaska, officials said Thursday.

Officials believe a third person was involved in the shooting, which appears to be a double homicide, but no one was in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

The communications station has 59 staff members and people who want to enter must show identification, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen.

“It is a secure facility,” she said.

The station serves as the “ears in the sky” for radio transmissions from mariners and aircraft, Hengen said, and is responsible for relaying distress calls to the air station of the Coast Guard in Anchorage.

There is a commanding officer and enlisted and civilian personnel at the station, which is about eight miles from the island’s largest city of Kodiak, Hengen said.

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Moore told the city’s 6,300 or so residents “to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement officials” until more details emerge.

The Guard said the identities of the victims would be released after family members were notified. They did not yet know whether the shootings took place Wednesday or earlier Thursday.

The FBI said agents were headed to Kodiak from Anchorage about 250 miles away.

“We are deeply saddened that we lost two shipmates,” said Moore. “This is a rare occurrence and we are going to do everything possible to ensure we find out exactly what happened.”

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Man considered victim, turned suspect in shooting

By GREG RISLING

PASADENA, Calif. — Police initially considered Oscar Carrillo a victim of an armed robbery and rushed to the spot where Carrillo claimed one of two young men pointed a gun in his face.

Now police are laying part of the blame for the fatal shooting of Kendrec McDade, whom officers believed was one of the armed thieves, on Carrillo, arresting him on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors are weighing whether to file charges.

Police say Carrillo admitted that he lied about the men being armed in a 911 call so officers would respond faster. “The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers,” police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

The unusual arrest raises questions about the role and responsibility of reporting crimes and led to criticism that police were deflecting the blame from officers.

“They can’t blame the caller because they shot an unarmed black man,” said Caree Harper, an attorney representing McDade’s family. “He didn’t pull the trigger and the officers can use discretion.”

Police arrested Carrillo on Wednesday, the same day that Harper called on authorities to prosecute him for filing a false police report.

Sanchez said a videotape shot near a taco truck where the alleged theft occurred shows a 17-year-old reaching into Carrillo’s car and allegedly grabbing both a backpack and a laptop computer. McDade acted as a “lookout” during the alleged burglary, Sanchez said.

Police declined to release the videotape

No weapons or the stolen items have been found.

The juvenile with McDade was charged with two counts of commercial burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of failure to register as a gang member as a condition of his probation.

Police said the teens matched descriptions provided by Carrillo, witnesses and surveillance footage.

Scott Thorpe, of the California District Attorneys Association, said he’s not aware of any cases in the state where prosecutors have filed charges against someone for the consequences of a false 911 call.

On the call, the dispatcher asked: “Do they have any weapons?”

“Yeah, they have a gun,” Carrillo replied.

McDade was spotted in an alley about two blocks from the spot where Carrillo told police he’d been robbed, Sanchez said. McDade ran from police until an officer used the police cruiser to block his path in an alley and rolled down his window, authorities said.

McDade made the motion at his waistband and the officer opened fire, police said. A second officer who was chasing McDade on foot also opened fire. McDade, a Citrus College student and a high school football standout, died at a nearby hospital.

As the nation focuses on the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, the police shooting in Pasadena raises more questions about the role and responsibility of those who report or witness crimes.

While experts say it’s not uncommon for people to exaggerate the circumstances of a crime — especially if they are the victim — most are unaware about the importance of their role in an emergency response and the potential consequences.

As the nation focuses on the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, the police shooting in Pasadena raises more questions about the role and responsibility of those who report or witness crimes.

While experts say it’s not uncommon for people to exaggerate the circumstances of a crime — especially if they are the victim — most are unaware about the importance of their role in an emergency response and the potential consequences.

Police haven’t charged Zimmerman, who has a white father and Hispanic mother. That has set off widespread public outrage and protests across the country.

Pasadena police haven’t released the officers’ names or their ethnicities.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said that like the Martin case, the Pasadena shooting highlights the need for a continuing discussion about racial profiling.

“The bigger picture is bias and racism,” said Mitchell, secretary of the Legislative Black Caucus. “And while the particulars of the two cases may be different — while the perpetrator who actually fired the weapon may be different — the fact of the matter is two young black men are dead.”

The Los Angeles County of Independent Review will investigate McDade’s shooting, Sanchez said.

Harper, the McDade family attorney, said she is considering filing a federal civil rights lawsuit but will hold off on any decisions until a full investigation is done.

“We will let the police do their investigation but we are mindful of the facts as they stand now are suspicious,” Harper said. “To continue to perpetrate the story they are giving only exacerbates the family’s emotional distress.”

Man considered victim, turned suspect in shooting

Family: Man didn’t kill black teen in self-defense

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Calls made to police show that a black teenager was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen’s family told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Sanford police released eight 911 calls late Friday. The neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, tells a dispatcher in the first call that he is following 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He says Martin is running, but the dispatcher tells him not to follow the teen.

“How can you claim self-defense and you are the aggressor?” Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, told the AP on Saturday.

Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious person walking through the gated community. He has said he shot the teen in self-defense. Zimmerman’s father said in a letter to the Orlando Sentinel that his son, who is Hispanic, has been cruelly and unfairly portrayed in the media as a racist.

The teen had gone to a convenience store to buy candy and was walking back to his family’s home in the neighborhood.

“This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher from his SUV. He added that the black teen had his hand in his waistband and was walking around looking at homes.

“These a——-. They always get away,” Zimmerman said on a 911 call.

He has said he acted in self-defense, but Martin’s family said they are now more convinced than ever that Zimmerman should be charged in the shooting. Several of the 911 calls made by neighbors describe some sort of scuffle or fight outside, someone yelling for help and a gunshot.

“(Zimmerman) was chasing him, he was following him, and my son was afraid,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, told the AP. “He didn’t know who this stranger was.”

Tracy Martin said the calls paint a stark picture of what were his son’s final moments.

“He was yelling for help, and no one could help him. He saw his life being taken away from him,” Tracy Martin said.

The case has been turned over to the State Attorney’s Office, which can decide whether to file charges or present evidence to a grand jury.

Trayvon Martin’s family said they will continue pushing for charges to be filed against Zimmerman.

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