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Re: Another Day Another Shooter
« Reply #75 on: March 26, 2017, 04:33:23 AM »
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Officials said the nightclub "has had some challenges in the past

How many of us would hit that?  Raise a paw.

Also I saw a quote saying that the crowd was being uncooperative and the police were having trouble getting witness statements.





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http://ktla.com/2017/04/10/multiple-gunshot-victims-at-elementary-school-in-san-bernardino-amid-report-of-active-shooter-officials-say/

San Bernardino School Shooting: 2 Adults Dead in Classroom, 2 Students Hospitalized in Possible Murder-Suicide
Posted 10:50 AM, April 10, 2017, by Tracy Bloom, Updated at 12:00PM, April 10, 2017


Two adults were found dead in a classroom and two students are hospitalized after a shooter walked on to the North Park Elementary School campus in San Bernardino on Monday and opened fire in what the police chief characterized as a suspected murder-suicide.


Authorities respond to an active shooter at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino on April 10, 2017. (Credit: Doug Saunders)

Authorities responded to the elementary school, located 5378 N. H St., to a report of an active shooter just before 10:30 a.m., according to San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia.

The preliminary information was that a total of four victims were being treated, according to a tweet from San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan.

The gunman was among those who were possibly down, according to the chief.

Two students were transported to a local hospital after the shooting, which took place in a classroom, he said.

Students were evacuated from North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino on April 10, 2017 following a possible murder-suicide shooting on campus. (Credit: KTLA)

“We have two students who have been flown by MediVac helicopter to a local trauma center,” San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The third victim is a a teacher, according to Garcia.

“We do not know the age of the students. We do not know the grade that the teacher taught,” she said.

Garcia told KTLA the situation is believed to be “contained.”

It was not immediately known how the gunman got into the school. During the day, the school office is the single point of entry, she said.

San Bernardino police and fire officials at North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 following shooting on campus. (Credit: KTLA)

“Our school campuses are obviously closed campuses during the school day … the time of 10:28 a.m. would have been well into the school day. We do not know how that suspect gained access into our school,” Garcia said.

She added that the elementary school do not have uniformed police officers or campus security, unlike the district’s middle and high schools.

“Our middle schools have campus security and all of our high schools have uniformed police officers,” Garcia said.

Authorities have not yet said whether the two adults who were found deceased were the teacher and the shooter. However, Burguan said police believe the suspect “is down” and that there is “no further threat.”


Students from North Park Elementary School ushered out of the building on April 10, 2017 following a shooting on campus. (Credit: KTLA)

The San Bernardino County Fire first confirmed there were multiple victims at approximately 10:45 a.m., but did not provide a count.

Students at Cal State University San Bernardino, which is not far from the elementary school, were asked to shelter in place amid the active shooter report, the college tweeted. The shelter in place order was removed around 11:40 a.m.

North Park students were being taken to Cajon High School — located at 1200 W. Hill Dr. — “for safety,” Burguan tweeted.

Parents are asked to go to the high school and have a picture ID in order to pick up their students, the School District tweeted.

“If parent are looking to reunite with their children, all kids are being transported to Cajon High School,” Garcia said.

As of 11:50 a.m., no students remained on the North Park campus, according to the district spokeswoman.

In addition to North Park, Cajon Elementary School and Hillside Elementary School were also placed on lockdown, according to the School District. It was not immediately known how long the lockdowns would last.

Parents with questions are urged to call the district office at 909-381-1100.

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More than 50 dead and 200 injured in shooting on Las Vegas Strip
« Reply #77 on: October 02, 2017, 04:56:52 AM »
50 Kills!  That's a top notch shooter!

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http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-las-vegas-mandalay-bay-20171001-story.html

More than 50 dead and 200 injured in shooting on Las Vegas Strip; police say lone suspect is dead


People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (David Becker / Getty Images)

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More than 50 people were killed and at least 200 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.

Police released the updated death toll in the early morning hours after a horrific night of violence that turned a concert into a scene of carnage. While initial reports put the death toll at 20, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police tweeted later that at least 50 were dead.

Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd.

“Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat.”

Authorities said the gunman appeared to have begun firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street.

Officers entered the room and engaged the suspect. “He is dead, currently,” Lombardo said, adding that authorities have no evidence of a motive. “We don’t know what his belief system was at this time.”
 
Police are seeking to speak to Marilou Danley, who is described as the suspect's "companion."

Police said they have succeeded in locating a woman, identified as Marilou Danley, who was believed to be traveling with Paddock and is listed as living at his address in Mesquite, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. “We are confident we have located the female person of interest,” the department said on Twitter.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home and found several rifles in the suspect’s room, Lombardo said.

Mesquite Police officer Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the department, said about 10 Mesquite officers were at the home early Monday morning holding a perimeter.

Two of the dead may include a pair of off-duty police officers who were attending the concert, Lombardo said.

“A tragic and heinous act of violence has shaken the Nevada family,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said on Twitter. “Our prayers are with the victims and all affected by this act of cowardice.”

President Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims and their families.

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the hospital was treating “many patients” with gunshot wounds in the wake of the shooting. There were so many that citizens were arriving at the emergency room with gunshot victims loaded into their cars, local media reported.

Authorities established a command post and triage center, and shut down parts of the Strip in the hours after the shooting. Hotel guests blocked from returning to their hotels were shuttled to a center equipped with metal detectors.

Police initially investigated reports of a “suspicious device” down the street, outside the Luxor Hotel, but said later there appeared to be no explosive devices related to the incident, other than that used by the SWAT team breaching the room where the suspect was located.
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A three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival performance was underway across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay hotel when the shooting erupted. Concertgoers reported a burst of weapons fire as a Jason Aldean performance was underway.

The shots appeared to be coming from an upper floor of the hotel, some witnesses said.

Video posted on social media showed the open-air concert fully underway when bursts of automatic gunfire rang out in rapid succession. Dozens of concertgoers dropped to the ground, screaming, while others ran, some in pairs or in groups with their arms linked.

The shooting went on for about more than 30 seconds before the music stopped, and another burst was heard later.

“Get down, stay down,” one woman shouted. “Let’s go,” another voice said. Another wave of gunshots followed soon after.

Seth Bayles, of West Hollywood, said Aldean had been performing for about 20 minutes when he heard shots.

“I thought it was like bottle rockets going off,” Bayles said. “Then we saw people dropping. We saw someone get hit and then we started running.”

Bayles said he was probably 50 feet from the stage when he heard the shots. “We saw people down all over the place.”

Bayles said Aldean was quickly pulled off stage, and soon after, the band was brought off as well.

Two men near the casino said they heard a helicopter with a bullhorn yelling “Go! Go! Go!” as the incident unfolded. Others said they saw police and SWAT teams streaming into the Mandalay Bay casino.

Bernice Allard, who came to the concert with her husband Frank Allard, said there was screaming when the shooting began. “Single shot. Single shot, then a lot of shots,” Frank Allard said.

Allard, 56, said he had come to see Eric Church and Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean, who was into his fourth or fifth song when the shooting began. He said the crowd began to stampede, and he grabbed a nearby fence, stretched both arms wide and tried to shield his wife from the danger. Then they ran.

“We followed the crowd out,” Bernice Allard said.

Alarm spread up and down the strip as news of the shootings spread.

Alfonzo Ewing had arrived shortly before midnight for the overnight shift as a cook at the White Castle at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale on the northern side of the strip, a little more than two miles from Mandalay Bay.

“We heard reports of gunshots and customers rushed to jump the counter for safety. Everyone just took off running from the White Castle and the hotel,” said Ewing, 37. “Employees and customers went downstairs to hide in the break room. We’re here now, 15 of us, with customers. We’re safe but we don’t know what’s happening.”

Kevin Daly, 58, of Long Beach, said he had been playing pai gow at the MGM Grand hotel, down the street from the concert venue, and left to see if he could play a Game of Thrones game near the entry when chaos erupted.

“All these people started running and screaming, and then that stopped for about a minute, and then more people started coming in the other way and ran through where I was,” he said. “There were so many people walking and running and people crying and people saying there’s an active shooter on the street, so I finally asked one of the waitresses what’s going on and she said the shooter is outside of the casino.”

Daly said the entire area was put on lockdown so he went upstairs to his room. “Out the windows, we can see Mandalay Bay, we can see all the police cars and all the lights and there are helicopters all over the place.”

Several off-duty Bakersfield police officers were attending the concert when the gunfire began. Bakersfield Police Lt. Jeff Burdick said they were not in a position to return fire.

One Bakersfield officer was wounded the gunfire and was taken to a hospital for treatment, but is expected to survive, Burdick said.

“Our officers were actually attending the concert as civilians,” said Lt. Jeff Burdick, adding that the agency has accounted for every officer they know was there.

Officials at McCarran International Airport reported that some flights were diverted in the immediate aftermath of the shootings. “Expect delays,” the airport said on Twitter.

Hospital personnel across Las Vegas were paged to work, local media reported.

Parts of I-15 near the Strip were also shut down, and hotel guests across the strip were being ordered to shelter in place. The freeway reopened later, but offramps near the strip remained closed through much of the night.

Aldean was the final act of the Route 91 Harvest festival, while dozens of others had played over the course of the weekend, including Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Maren Morris. In numerous tweets, artists communicated with fans and followers, expressing their sorrow and prayers for anyone injured and telling loved ones that they were safe.

Jake Owen, who played the main stage before Aldean, tweeted: "Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others aren’t. Please pray."

Aldean himself responded on Instagram:

"Tonight has been beyond horrific,” he wrote. “I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate."

Former broadcast journalist Dan Ball, 42, of Palm Desert, had been backstage as a friend of the country duo Big & Rich when they performed, then went to John Rich’s bar “Redneck Riviera” nearby as Aldean took the stage.

“The tour manager came over to us and said shots were fired and people were down. We were locked down in the bar and hunkered down,” Ball said.

When he had been backstage during the performance, he said, he had marveled as he looked at the crowd and thought, “Isn’t it great to look out there? We saw white, black, straight, gay, males, females, everyone out there having a good time. Moments later, these cowards commit a heinous act like this. It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
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Top 10 Mass Shooter Kill Counts
« Reply #78 on: October 02, 2017, 05:46:19 AM »
OK, it's 11 because there was a 4-Way Tie at 13 Kills.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-shooting-deadliest-modern-u-s-history-n806486

Las Vegas Shooting Is Deadliest in Modern U.S. History

by Hasani Gittens, Helen Kwong and Kalhan Rosenblatt


In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 photo, Marco Quiroga, who works to support LGBTQ and social-justice causes in central Florida, reflects in front of one of the memorials at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. A year after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the city's gay Latinos are trying to build up their community by forming support groups, seeking seats at the tables of power and creating a foundation to champion gays and Latinos. John Raoux / AP

The mass shooting during a Jason Aldean performance at a music festival in Las Vegas is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The massacre eclipsed the deadly 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, in which 49 people were killed.
[Las Vegas Sheriff: 50+ Dead, 200+ Injured In Shooting]
Las Vegas Sheriff: 50+ Dead, 200+ Injured In Shooting 5:05

These are the most deadly mass shootings in modern American history:
More than 50 killed

Around 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET) Sunday, gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room on a crowd watching Aldean perform at an outdoor music festival. Police responded to Mandalay Bay Resort and fatally shot Paddock. Several weapons were located in Paddock's hotel room, but it was not immediately clear what type of weapons were recovered. Police reported more than 50 people were dead and more than 200 people were injured in the shooting.
49 killed

On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and dozens more were wounded after a gunman Omar Mateen opened fire and took hostages at Pulse, a LGBT-friendly nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Mateen was later killed following a standoff with police. Mateen was a lone-wolf shooter, using a rifle and handgun he'd purchased legally, authorities say. While family and friends initially said Mateen had not been radicalized, call logs from the night of the shooting show that the shooter was "saying he pledges to the Islamic State."

32 killed

On April 16, 2007, 23-year-old Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus before killing himself. The dead included 27 students and five faculty members. Another 17 people were injured. Days after the shooting, the worst school shooting in the nation's history, NBC News received a package from Cho that contained a video of him ranting about rich "brats" and complaining about being bullied.
Image: Students visit a makeshift memorial
Students visit a makeshift memorial set up on the campus of Virginia Tech for the students and faculty that lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on April 18, 2007 in Blacksburg, Va. Evan Vucci / AP File
27 killed

On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 28 people, including himself, his mother, 20 elementary school kids and six school staff and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza suffered from extreme mental health issues that weren't treated, and was preoccupied with violence, a report from state officials found. He also had easy access to weapons, the report said.
23 killed

On Oct. 16, 1991, A 35-year-old named George Hennard crashed his pickup through Luby's Cafeteria, a packed restaurant in Killeen, Texas. He shot and killed 23 people before shooting and killing himself. Twenty-seven others were wounded. The Texas massacre is the deadliest shooting to not happen at a school in U.S. history. According to a former roommate, Hennard "hated blacks, Hispanics, gays. He said women were snakes."
21 killed

On July 18, 1984, James Huberty, a 41-year-old former security guard who had lost his job, opened fire at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 employees and customers, including children. A police sniper killed him an hour after he started shooting.

Related: Mass Killings Inspire Copycats, Study Finds
18 killed

On Aug. 1, 1966, former U.S. Marine Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, killed his mother and wife, then went on top of a tower at University of Texas at Austin and killed 16 others. He also wounded at least 30. Whitman had complained of physical and mental health issues before the attack. He was then shot by a police officer. An autopsy after his death revealed he had a brain tumor, but it was not clear whether that had affected his actions.
14 killed

On Dec. 2, 2015, 14 people were reported dead and an estimated 14 hurt in an attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, a state-run facility that provides services to people with developmentally disabled people and trains social workers who care for them. The husband-and-wife assailants were eventually killed by police in a shootout.
14 killed

On Aug. 20, 1986, postman Patrick Henry Sherill killed 14 postal workers in Edmond, Oklahoma, and then killed himself with a shot to the head. The rampage came a week after two supervisors reprimanded him for lousy performance.

Related: 'Absolute Devastation' Among Orlando's LGBTQ Community
13 killed

On April 20, 1999, students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 other students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Two dozen were injured. They then killed themselves in the school's library. In journal entries, the high school seniors had written about a desire to imitate events such as the Oklahoma City bombing.
13 killed

On Nov. 5, 2009, Mad. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, killed 13 people and injured 32 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan has been sentenced to death.
13 killed

On April 3, 2009, in Binghamton, New York, 41-year-old Jiverly Wong, an immigrant, killed 13 people and injured four others at an immigrant services center before killing himself. President Obama called the shootings "an act of senseless violence."
13 killed

On Feb. 18, 1983, three robbers at the Wah Mee gambling club in Seattle killed 13 people. Kwan Fai Mak and Benjamin Ng were convicted of murder later that year and are serving life sentences; Wai-Chu Ng was deported to Hong Kong in 2014.
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Vegas Shooter Filmed Himself During Slaughter
« Reply #79 on: October 04, 2017, 01:38:15 AM »
Anyone have speculation on what set this shooter off?

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Vegas Shooter Filmed Himself During Slaughter, May Have Left A Note; Suicide Photo Emerges

Vegas Shooter Filmed Himself During Slaughter, May Have Left A Note; Suicide Photo Emerges

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Millionaire Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock set up a camera inside his hotel room to capture his deadly shooting rampage on film, as well as various other surveillance equipment in the hallway to alert him as cops closed in on him. According to ABC, the shooter had at least one lens set up to tape himself as he fired hundreds of rounds on thousands of unsuspecting concertgoers several hundred yards below his Mandalay Bay casino suite. Also, knowing that the cops would eventually catch up to him, he also reportedly wired cameras in the hallway outside his room so he could see when the heat was getting close.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed that Paddock had cameras inside and outside of his hotel room during a late-afternoon press conference.

According to his brother, Paddock, 64, had made millions from real estate deals; he also owned two planes and several properties across the US, and seemed normal apart from his passion for gambling large sums.  He'd also secretly amassed a massive arsenal of no less than 42 firearms with at least one of those an automatic, while another two had been modified with legal bump-stock devices that allows semi-automatic guns to give full-auto fire of up to 800 rounds a minute. Several had scopes, and packed military-grade ammunition.

Paddock took 23 of those guns into his Mandalay Bay suite over several days and set up two rifles on tripods at windows overlooking the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. According to the Daily Mail, Thousands of rounds of ammunition were also found in the suite, enabling him to fire repeatedly over the course of 72 minutes. His car had several pounds of a fertilizer used in bomb-making.

A look outside his room via ABC:

 

And inside:

And, as we now learn, he also reportedly set up a camera in his room, apparently to film the mass murder, and others in the hallway to capture police arriving. Before carrying out the shooting, he used a hammer-like tool to smash out two window in his room which he used to fire out of.

Paddock had lived in 27 residences in Nevada, Florida and Texas as an adult, but other than that he had apparently lived a quiet and unremarkable life - and the reason for the most deadly assault in American history is still a mystery.  Explanations have been offered for his motive, but law enforcement has
 remained coy. It has been suggested debts, a relationship collapse, or
 his family history may have contributed to the his drive to kill.

The retired accountant had worked as an internal auditor at Lockheed Martin for three years in the late 1980s, and was a manager and investor in apartment complexes located in Mesquite, Texas and California, which made him millions, his brother said, according to the Las Vegas Sun. A federal spokeswoman he worked as letter carrier, IRS agent for nearly a decade in 1970s and '80s

Local police said they had no run-ins with the man, not even traffic violations, and his brother described him as 'just a guy who lived in Mesquite who drove down and gambled in Las Vegas and... liked burritos'. So the discovery that he had used 10 suitcases to methodically move an arsenal up into his Mandalay Bay room over the preceding weekend came as a shock to those who knew him.

Eric Paddock said he thought his brother was far from a gun fanatic. 'He had a couple of guns but they were all handgun, legal... he might have had one long gun, but he had them in a safe,' he said. He said he didn't know about the 23 guns that were found in the hotel room.

Speaking to the WSJ, a law enforcement source said that they found at least one fully automatic rifle among the batch, which included AR-15-style rifles and AK-47-style rifles.  As we reported this morning, it also later emerged that two other semi-auto guns had been legally modified with bump-stocks that allow them to function like fully automatic rifles, pumping out 400-800 bullets a minute.

Among the weapons found in the room were four Daniel Defense DDM4 rifles, three FN-15s and other rifles made by Sig Sauer. A handgun was also found. 

Four DDM4 rifles were among the 23 weapons found in Paddock's hotel room.

Three FN-15 rifles, as well as guns made by Sig Sauer, were found in his arsenal.


A Colt AR-15 was also found in the room


Stephen Paddock's room was packed with 23 guns and lots of ammo

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said on Monday it wasn't clear whether the full-auto gun was modified, or if it was originally made that way. He also said that the ammunition ranged in size from .308, usually used in hunting rifles, to .223, associated with AR-15s and other assault rifles - the latter being military-grade, the New York Daily News reported. 

Eric said the revelation of his brother's deadly plan, which saw thousands of rounds falling on a crowd of 22,000 people at a music festival below, was as unexpected as seeing a meteor suddenly landing on his street.

The shocks only grew in number Monday as police raided two of Paddock's properties. The first was his Mesquite home in a sleepy retirement community, which he purchased for just over $369,000 in 2015 according to public records.


He lived at the $400,000 property (pictured with crumpled garage door after police raid) with Danley

Some 19 additional firearms were in the house, along with the explosive Tannerite - which is used to make explosive targets for target practice - and several thousand rounds of ammunition, Lombardo said Monday. He added that electronic devices were also found, but that they are still being examined to determine their purpose. Photos of the property showed the garage door torn off its hinge and crumpled after the search.

Police also found the fertilizer ammonium nitrate - which can be used to make bombs - in Paddock's car in Las Vegas on Monday.

A SWAT team also raided a second property owned by Paddock in Reno on Monday.  Bomb experts were on hand, due to concerns over booby traps. Police have not yet revealed what, if anything, they found there. Speaking on Monday evening, police said that the scene was still being examined by detectives.

Although ISIS have repeatedly attempted to claim credit for the shooting, saying Paddock had recently converted to Islam, both his brother and authorities have dismissed the claims. He had 'no religious affiliation, no political affiliation,' Eric said, adding: 'He just hung out.'

He also had no Army training, nor expressed any particular interest in guns, Eric added - though he admitted that, as he lives in Florida, he had not spoken much with his brother over the last year. 'His life is an open book. It's all in public record,' he said. 'Once again, there is nothing. He went to college. He had a job.'

Paddock had both hunting and fishing licenses according to public records, as well as his pilot's license, but no criminal record in the state of Nevada. Only his gambling habit stood out as unusual; Stephen would play $100 hands of video poker, and 'once texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine,' Eric said. Neighbors at one of his properties in Florida said that they had barely talked to him - that he gave them keys to check on the property, and would only turn up every three months or so. When he did, they said, he would rarely be seen because he stayed up late at night playing poker online.

Law enforcement officials said that in recent weeks he had made a number of transactions in Las Vegas that were in the tens of thousands of dollars. On some days he spent more than $30,000, and on others more than $20,000, according to an individual who had seen Paddock's Multiple Currency Transaction Reports. It's not known whether he made money back on any recent bets, or lost it.

In his private life, Paddock enjoyed country shows on the Las Vegas Strip - such as the one he eventually attacked. Paddock's time in Las Vegas wasn't totally without event, however; in 2012 he filed a lawsuit against Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts following an incident that occurred at their Las Vegas casino. Paddock spent two years in court fighting his case after submitting his initial complaint citing 'Negligence - Premises Liability.'

It was ultimately dismissed with prejudice in late 2014, and exact details of the case were not available on the Clark County Courts website.

Paddock was also the son of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a serial bank robber who ended up on the FBI Most Wanted list back in 1969 when he escaped from federal prison in Texas while serving a 20 years sentence. The FBI kept him on the list for the next eight years, and he was eventually found one year after he was removed from the list in 1978 while outside an Oregon Bingo hall. The agency said that the fugitive had been 'diagnosed as psychopathic' and also had possible 'suicidal tendencies.' 

The attack ended when the police breached the door to his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort just after 10pm on Sunday night, by which time Paddock had committed suicide. The result is shown in the photo below.

Finally, as the Star reports, the shooter may have left a suicide message: a note left by the gunman may offer clues to his reasons for slaughtering country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The police have repeatedly said investigations are ongoing and have yet to make public any details.

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Three dead in shooting at Walmart in Thornton; gunman at large
« Reply #81 on: November 02, 2017, 12:43:43 AM »
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/01/thornton-shooting-walmart/

Three dead in shooting at Walmart in Thornton; gunman at large
Police say the scene is no longer an active shooter situation. Witnesses saw someone arrested.

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Rochelle Ginsner holds her daughter Danielle Carey 16-years-old, an employee, after they were released from the parking lot at Walmart. Danielle Emergency crews and police on the grounds of the Walmart in Thornton on Nov. 1, 2017 during a shooting.
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Two men and a woman are dead after a shooting early Wednesday evening inside the Walmart Supercenter at 9901 Grant St. in Thornton, police said. Police said the gunman is at large.

Hundreds of emergency responders ringed the Thornton Town Center shopping complex for hours after the shooting was reported about 6:30 p.m.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said a gunman wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a maroon shirt walked into the south entrance of the store and began shooting a handgun randomly. The three victims were all in the same area near the front of the store, Avila said.

The suspect fled the store and is believed to have fled the area in a possible red Mitsubishi Mirage 4 door hatchback.
The person of interest is described as a Caucasian adult male wearing a black vest, maroon shirt, blue jeans.
The suspect fled the store and is believed to have fled the area in a possible red Mitsubishi Mirage 4 door hatchback.
The suspect fled the store and is believed to have fled the area in a possible red Mitsubishi Mirage 4 door hatchback.
The person of interest is described as a Caucasian adult male wearing a black vest, maroon shirt, blue jeans.
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The person of interest is described as a Caucasian adult male wearing a black vest, maroon shirt, blue jeans.

The gunman said nothing during the shooting, Avila said, then left.

An hour later, the Thornton Police Department tweeted, “At this time this is not an active shooter.”
Audio of first-hand accounts of a shooting in a Thornton Walmart on Nov. 1, 2017.
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Police said the gunman fled in a red Mitsubishi Mirage four-door hatchback, and Avila said they do not have any leads on his identity.

The Thornton Town Center is a big-box shopping complex that backs to Interstate 25 south of East 104th Avenue. It includes several other retailers, including Home Depot, Cinebarre theater and McDonald’s.

People who had been in the store flooded the parking lot of the nearby Golden Corral restaurant, which overlooks the shopping center from the south. Others looked toward the Walmart while waiting for news of their loved ones.

Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line at Walmart when he heard a single shot fired, followed by more bursts of gunfire. He said customers started screaming and running for the exits.

“I was scared,” Stephens said. “I feared for my life.”

Brandon Bonney said he received a call from his brother, Edward, from inside the store. “Bro, I’m inside Walmart, and there’s a shooting here,” he said.

Brandon said he told his brother to “just get somewhere and hide.” Edward started crying and Brandon told him to put his phone on silent and to stay calm. He said he hadn’t heard from Edward since.

Jay Quawrn Thompson, 18, was working in the back of the Walmart when he heard gunshots and then saw a screaming woman running toward him.

“A lady came running back, screaming about the shots. I got her out,” said Thompson, who just started work at the store a month ago.

Together, they ran out of the back of the store and then sat down and waited for help. Police stopped to make sure they were OK and then told them to get to safety.

Thompson was standing in the parking lot of the Golden Corral with no coat when Manny Colmenero stopped and asked if he was cold. When the teenager said yes, Colmenero took off his own coat and gave it to Thompson — and told him to keep it.

Colmenero, whose wife works for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, talked about shootings that have dominated the news here and abroad.

“You see this stuff everywhere now,” he said. “We got to help each other out.”

Police warned people in the area to stay away from the shopping center. Streets leading to the area were blocked by emergency vehicles, and police officers armed with long guns were standing at intersections.
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26 dead, 20 injured in massacre at rural Texas church in worst mass shooting in state's history


    By M.L. NESTEL
    EMILY SHAPIRO

Nov 5, 2017, 9:21 PM ET

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At least 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a gunman stormed a church in rural Texas with a rifle this morning, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt and the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Victims' ages range from 5 to 72, authorities said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called today's shooting in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

PHOTO: Enrique and Gabby Garcia watch investigators at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017.Jay Janner/Statesman.com via AP
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The alleged shooter, a 26-year-old man, is also dead after the massacre at First Baptist Church, bringing the total number of fatalities to 27, authorities said.

Here's what we know about the shooting:

Tragedy at church

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (KSAT via AP)The Associated Press
Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (KSAT via AP)

The attack began at about 11:20 a.m., after a suspect was seen at a Valero gas station in Sutherland Springs, dressed in all black, the Department of Public Safety said. The suspect crossed the street to the church, got out of his vehicle and began firing at the church, authorities said.

The suspect then moved to the right side of the church and continued to fire, before entering the church and shooting more, authorities said.

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As the suspect exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect, after which he dropped his assault-type rifle and fled, authorities said.

A citizen pursued the suspect, authorities said.

The suspect, who fled in a car, crashed and was later found dead in his vehicle in Guadalupe County, according to the sheriff and the Department of Public Safety. It's unclear whether he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or whether he was shot by another person, officials said at a news conference this afternoon at Stockdale City Hall, near the church.

PHOTO: Police vehicles gather at the scene of the SUV where the suspected shooter who opened fire at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, drove off the road and was found dead on Nov. 5, 2017. KSAT
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Multiple weapons were found in the vehicle, authorities said, adding that the suspect had tactical-type gear and was wearing a ballistic vest.

The threat is believed to be over, Wilson County District Attorney Audrey Gossett said.

Authorities did not discuss a motive at this afternoon's news conference.

PHOTO: Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Darren Abate/AP
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14-year-old girl among the victims

Among those killed was a 14-year-old girl named Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at the church.

Annabelle “was one very beautiful, special child,” Pomeroy told ABC News by phone.

PHOTO: Annabelle Pomeroy, 14, was killed during a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Her father, Frank Pmeroy is the pastor, but was not there at the time of the shooting.Courtesy Sherri Pomeroy
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Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning, a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church.

The other victims are all close friends of his, he said.

Last Sunday, Pomeroy delivered a sermon at the church, encouraging parishioners to "lean on the Lord," even when circumstances don't make sense.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely, or lean, on your own understanding," he said. "You see God's understanding is far greater and there may be things that are taking place that you don't understand but you still need to do what God's calling you to do."

PHOTO: A woman prays with a man after a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017.Nick Wagner/Statesman.com
A woman prays with a man after a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017.

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'We heard several shots and we all started running'

A woman who said she works at a gas station across the street from the church told ABC News she heard rapid gunfire around 11:15 a.m.

Congregants fled the church and ran to the station cowering for cover, she said.

PHOTO: A grab made from aerial video shows first responders on site at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017 after reports of a mass shooting.KSAT
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“We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store,” said the woman, 49, though but declined to give her name.

“It lasted about 15 seconds," she said. "I yelled, ‘Get down, get inside,' and we all went into hiding.”

Within minutes of the gunfire, emergency personnel arrived at the scene, she said.

A church turns into a crime scene

Police formed a perimeter around the First Baptist Church and flooded its grounds with emergency and police vehicles, according to ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT-TV. Agents from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have responded to the scene.

PHOTO: Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. Nick Wagner/Statesman.com via AP
Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017.

A small group of people were seen clustered together outside the small, white church, holding hands and attempting to pray, a KSAT reporter said.

Paul Buford, a pastor at another church in Sutherland Springs, told KSAT his congregation was in the middle of their service at River Oaks Church when they started getting calls about the shooting.

Members of his church who are first responders rushed out while the rest of the congregation immediately started praying.

A portrait of the shooter emerges

The shooter was identified as Devin Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, which is about 35 miles from Sutherland Springs, federal and state law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The investigation into his background is unfolding. The suspect’s Facebook profile appeared to show a picture of an AR-15–style gun. The U.S. Air Force confirmed Kelley served from 2010 until his discharge, which the Department of Defense's service verification website reports was in 2014. Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman, said records confirmed Kelley served in the logistics readiness department at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Trump and Texas officials react

President Donald Trump, who is in Japan, began his remarks to business leaders in Tokyo by addressing the shooting as "an act of evil" in a "place of sacred worship."

"Together we join hands we lock arms and through the tears and through the sadness we stand strong," Trump said.

He tweeted earlier, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas."

Trump has been briefed “several times” and is continuing to receive regular updates, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"This will be a long, suffering mourning for those in pain," Abbott said at this afternoon’s news conference. “We ask for God's comfort, for God's guidance and for God's healing for all those who are suffering.

"As governor I ask for every mom and dad at home tonight, that you put your arm around your kid and give your kid a big hug and let them know how much you love them knowing that we support each other.”

Abbott said earlier in a statement, "Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act. I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss."

PHOTO: Sutherland Springs, Texas, was the scene of a church shooting, Nov. 5, 2017.ABC News
Sutherland Springs, Texas, was the scene of a church shooting, Nov. 5, 2017.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement, "The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church."

"Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting,” Paxton said.

3 church shootings in 3 years

The massacre in Texas is at least the third deadly shooting at a U.S. church in the past three years.

In June 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black churchgoers during a Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was sentenced to death this January.

In September 2017, a gunman allegedly stormed the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, fatally shooting a woman in the parking lot before entering the church sanctuary, shooting and wounding six people.

ABC News' Jack Date, Pierre Thomas, Mike Levine, Aaron Katersky, Meghan Keneally, Michael DelMoro, Katherine Faulders and Joi-Marie McKenzie contributed to this report.


Church shooting in rural Texas now among top 5 deadliest gun massacres in US history

    By M.L. NESTEL
    ANDREA MILLER
    Meghan Keneally

Nov 5, 2017, 6:27 PM ET

PHOTO: Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas.PlayErich Schlegel/Getty Images
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Sunday morning's shooting in a rural Texas church is among the deadliest gun massacres in modern U.S. history.

At least 26 people were killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.

That ties it with the Sandy Hook School shooting as the fourth deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Four of the top five gun massacres on the list - including the deadliest in Las Vegas just over a month ago -- occurred in just the past year and a half.

The country "has experienced an increase in mass casualty attacks" wrought by mentally troubled individuals "who commit mass murder in furtherance of some perceived grievance or ideological cause," John Cohen, a former counterterrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security and consultant for ABC News, said after the massacre in Las Vegas that killed 58.

At least 26 dead, 20 injured in shooting at rural Texas church

Las Vegas shooting death toll rises to 58, no apparent connection to international terror

ABC News has compiled a list of the 10 deadliest mass shootings.

1. Route 91 Harvest Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada - 58 deaths - Oct. 1, 2017

PHOTO: People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.David Becker/Getty Images
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Paddock, from Mesquite, Nevada, was identified by authorities Monday as the lone gunman holed up in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel room, packing as many as 19 guns. At around 10 p.m. he opened fire upon thousands of country music concert attendees below a hotel room, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500.

2. Pulse Nightclub shooting, Orlando, Florida - 49 deaths - June 12, 2016

PHOTO: Ernesto Vergne prays at a cross honoring his friend Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado and the other victims at a memorial to those killed in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting a few blocks from the club early Friday, June 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.David Goldman/AP Photo
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At around 2 a.m. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old former security guard, fired bullets and killed 49 people who were inside of an Orlando gay nightclub called Pulse. During the rampage, Mateen, who was a U.S. citizen, was killed by responding police in a shootout. Mateen's ISIS-inspired hate crime injured more than 50 people. Law enforcement sources told ABC News Mateen's wife, Noor Mateen, had tried to dissuade her husband from committing the act. She was charged with aiding and abetting him, as well as committing obstruction. Mateen has pleaded not guilty.

3. Virginia Tech University shooting, Blacksburg, Virginia - 32 deaths - April 16, 2007

PHOTO: An injured person is carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at the school, killed 32 people before killing himself. Alan Kim/The Roanoke Times/AP
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Virginia Tech senior Seung-hui Cho, 23, purchased a 9mm Glock handgun on March 13, 2007, and a .22-caliber gun within a week before he started shooting people at the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus, including five professors and 26 fellow students. The South Korean-born young man began his rampage inside a dorm room, where two students were shot and killed. Cho, according to police, rearmed at his dorm room and left a note before going out and killing 30 more people in four classrooms, He then turned a gun on himself.

4. Sandy Hook shooting, Newtown, Connecticut - 26 deaths at Newtown, Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elementary School - Dec. 14, 2012

PHOTO: Kyra Murray holds a photo showing victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol calling for gun reform legislation, Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Adam Lanza was 20 years old when he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with a bulletproof vest, two semi-automatic handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, as well as a semi-automatic rifle. He breached the school by shooting out a window pane of the front office, then gunned down and killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders and six adult school staff members. Not included in the death count is the murder of Lanza's mother Nancy Lanza, who police say was slain before the young man arrived at the school, as well as Adam Lanza, who took his own life at Sandy Hook.

5. First Baptist Church church shooting, Sutherland Springs, Texas - at least 26 deaths - Nov. 5, 2017

PHOTO: Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. Nick Wagner/Statesman.com via AP
Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017.

At least 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a shooter opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Further details of the deadly shooting in the rural community, which lies about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, were not immediately clear.

6. Luby's Cafeteria car ramming and shooting, Killeen, Texas - 23 deaths - Oct. 16, 1991

After slamming his Ford Ranger truck into the window of Luby's Cafeteria, 35-year-old George Jo Hennard reportedly said “This is what the women of Bell County made me do,” according to the Killeen Daily Herald. He then started firing his guns and murdered 23 people, and left 20 more wounded. Ten of Hennard's victims were killed by single shots to the head. Once police responded, Hennard retreated to a restroom, where he committed suicide.

7. McDonald's massacre, San Ysidro, California - 21 deaths - July 18, 1984

James Oliver Huberty entered the fast food chain armed with a long-barreled Uzi, a pump-action shotgun and a handgun and took the lives of 21 adults and children while injuring 19 others, including an elderly person and a baby, according to the San Diego Tribune. An hour after the shootings, a police sharpshooter killed Huberty, reported the San Diego Tribune. Before he went out to commit mass murder, he reportedly told his wife, "I'm going hunting... Hunting for humans," according to the New York Daily News.

Tied for 8. University of Texas Tower Shooting, Austin, Texas - 14 deaths - Aug. 1, 1966

PHOTO: Sgt. Robert W. Turner, 50, of the University of Texas police, looks at the spot on the observation tower of the administration building where Charles J. Whitman was gunned down by police in Austin, Aug. 1, 1966. AP Photo
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U.S. Marine sniper Charles Joseph Whitman lugged a cache of rifles, pistols and a sawed-off shotgun up to the observation deck of the university's landmark clock tower. He then fired at will, striking unsuspecting students. He killed 14 people and wounded at least 30.

Whitman’s terror was ultimately foiled after police officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy shot him dead.

Including the murders of his wife and mother, whom he killed earlier that day, the death toll stands at 16.

Tied for 8. San Bernardino mass shooting, Inland Regional Center at San Bernardino, California - 14 deaths - Dec. 2, 2015

PHOTO: A victim is wheeled away on a stretcher following a shooting that killed 14 people at a social services facility, Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif.David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise via AP
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Husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, dressed in tactical gear and armed themselves with assault rifles and pistols when they entered a mandatory Christmas party at the social services center, where Syed worked, and fatally shot his unarmed colleagues.

The couple killed a total of 14 people at the party, then fled the center and died in a hail of bullets on a San Bernardino street when cops caught up to their car.

On the day of the attack, FBI agents later confirmed, the couple had researched ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi online. The shooting left 14 dead and at least 17 injured.

Tied for 8. Edmond Post Office shooting, Edmond, Oklahoma - 14 deaths - Aug. 20, 1986

Patrick Henry Sherrill, 44, was a part-time postman who returned to his office a day after receiving a “poor performance” review. Armed with three handguns, Sherrill entered the federal building through the back and shot anyone in sight. He murdered 14 fellow postal workers 10 minutes before fatally shooting himself in the head. Authorities later determined Sherrill was angry that he might lose his job.

ABC News' Meghan Keneally and Chris Donovan contributed to this report.
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Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said at multiple people were killed and several students at a school were injured after a shooting in rural Northern California on Nov. 14. He also said the shooter had been killed by law enforcement. (KRCR)

At least four people were killed Tuesday morning in Northern California when a gunman shooting at random began firing at multiple locations, targeting an elementary school and a woman driving her children to school during the rampage, authorities said.

This latest burst of gunfire to terrorize a community — which came on the heels of particularly deadly mass shootings in Nevada and Texas — unfolded without an immediate explanation or motive, as a gunman spewed bullets across what police described as “a very widespread area.”

Ten people were injured and taken to local area hospitals, including at least two children, one of whom was at the elementary school, police said. No children were among those killed in the attack, which only ended when law enforcement officers, responding to the carnage, fatally shot the gunman.

The bloodshed began shortly before 8 a.m., Phil Johnston, an assistant sheriff in Tehama County, told reporters. Police received “multiple 911 calls of multiple different shooting sites, including the elementary school” in Rancho Tehama Reserve, a small area about 135 miles north of Sacramento, he said.

“It was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said.

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Johnston said police did not immediately know what may have motivated the attack, which stretched across at least seven locations. Officials believe they have identified the shooter, though they were working to confirm the man’s name, Johnston said.

The gunman, who was previously known to law enforcement, did not appear to have any “real connection to any of the victims,” Johnston said.

While details about what led up to the gunfire remained unclear, Johnston said authorities were told by neighbors that “there was a domestic violence incident” involving the suspected attacker. He later said police were “aware of reports” that this incident occurred a day before the shootings.
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Johnston also said there appeared to be an ongoing “neighborhood dispute” involving the attacker, who had a residence in Rancho Tehama.

After the first gunfire on Tuesday morning, Johnston said, the attacker “took a vehicle and went on a shooting rampage throughout the community.”

No children were killed in the attacks, Johnston said, but at least two boys were injured. One was shot and wounded when the gunman, who was outside the school, began firing rounds into the building. Another boy was shot while riding in a truck “that was driving down the road along with a female adult” who was driving her children to school, Johnston said. Both children were among those taken to area hospitals.

Johnston said victims were attacked with no clear explanation. The woman driving her children to school had passed the gunman’s car when “he opened fire on them without provocation or warning,” Johnston said. She suffered “very life-threatening wounds,” while her child in the back seat did not suffer life-threatening wounds, he said.

“It’s a very sad day for us here in Tehama County,” Johnston said.
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The ages of those killed and wounded were not immediately released by authorities.

Enloe Medical Center said it had five patients from the shooting, three of whom were treated and released Tuesday. Two remained hospitalized by the afternoon, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital. While their ages were not immediately available, the hospital had said earlier in the day it was treating at least three children.

After the shooting, Johnston said police recovered a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns believed to be used by the shooter. The FBI said it was sending teams to help local authorities respond to the shooting, and  the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was dispatching special agents to the scene as well.

The shooting rampage in California comes as many are still struggling with the psychic and physical wounds left behind by recent mass shootings at other seemingly safe places across the country.

Last week in Texas, a gunman attacked a small church outside San Antonio during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others. A month earlier, a gunman in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel suite opened fire on the crowd at a country-music festival far below, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

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This latest public attack occurred in Rancho Tehama Reserve, a rural subdivision described on its website as “a quiet private country community in the heart of Tehama County, California.”

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said in a statement that he and his wife were “saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.” Vice President Pence posted in a message on Twitter that the White House would monitor the situation, provide federal support and “pray for comfort & healing for all impacted.”

After the gunfire, worried parents were trying to get to their children at the school, according to a reporter with Action News Now, a local news operation.

A school official in California confirmed on Tuesday that there were injuries following the shooting but did not immediately provide further information.

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“There was an active shooter out there earlier this morning,” said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District. “There were some confirmed injuries.

“We are cooperating with local law enforcement — we don’t have any confirmed information at this point,” but a statement from the superintendent will be forthcoming when more is known, she said.

Quist said about 10:30 a.m. local time that parents were able to get to the school to see their children.

Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report, which has been updated with new information.
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