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Twelve people were executed and eleven injured today after gunmen targeted staff by name at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, in the heart of Paris, France. The editor, journalists, and four well known cartoonists and two police offices were murdered by gunman using assault rifles shouting “Allahu Akbar,” an Islamic phrase meaning “God is greater”. The three gunmen are still at large – they escaped by car which has since been found abandoned, though someone has been arrested in Reims, north-east of Paris.
Other cities in France – Nantes, Tours and Dijon – have seen attacks on a smaller scale by lone individuals in the past 4 weeks and France has been on a state of alert over the Christmas period as a result.
The French Republic has been confrontational in dealing with violent Islamist groups in their territories worldwide, and tolerates no religious extremism from any group, recently banning the wearing of the burqa veil in public for Muslim women.
Human values and freedom of the press are at the heart of the issue for many, as hundreds gather in Paris and London, mourning and protesting at the horror of the attack. The controversial magazine has often mocked politicians and religions. The Charlie Hebdo offices were firebombed in 2011 and its website was hacked, after the cover featured the prophet Muhammad. In 2012 the magazine again published crude Muhammad caricatures, drawing condemnation from around the Muslim world.
The cover of this week’s issue of the newspaper focuses on a new book by Michel Houellebecq, “Submission,” published today, which depicts France led by an Islamic party by 2022 that bans women from the workplace.
Paris, and many cities in France and the UK are on high alert, as concern that shopping centres, media and newspaper offices, and religious organisations may be soft targets for extremists.
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Monday afternoon a gunman went on a shooting rampage at the US Navy Yard in Washington, at least 13 are believed to have been killed. The FBI have said the gunman has been killed and has been named as 34 year old Aaron Alexis, from Fort Worth Texas. Alexis served in the US military from 2007-11.
The FBI do not have a motive for the attack.
The US Navy Yard, Washington, is the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command, which engineers, purchases, builds and maintains ships and submarines for the Navy.
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Two people were shot Tuesday morning near the campus of Santa Monica College. Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013.
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One of two men shot near Santa Monica College died. The incident happened four days after a gunman went on a shooting rampage that killed five before he was shot by police. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
One of two men shot Tuesday less than a mile from Santa Monica College has died, police said.
The shooting shocked residents already reeling from a shooting rampage in the area that left six people dead four days earlier, police said.
The shooting was reported at 8:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica police said.
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Tonight in Watertown, Mass., Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was captured. He was found hiding in the backyard of a resident. Tsarnaev was apprehended just outside the area where police had been conducting door-to-door searches all day.
The Boston Police Commissioner, Edward Davis, said at a news conference Friday night, “A man had gone out of his house after being inside the house all day, abiding by our request to stay inside. He walked outside and saw blood on a boat in the backyard. He then opened the tarp on the top of the boat, and looked in and saw a man covered with blood. He retreated and called us.”
Mr. Davis stated, “Over the course of the next hour or so we exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was inside the boat, and ultimately the hostage rescue team of the F.B.I. made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect, who was still alive.” He said the suspect was in “serious condition” and had apparently been wounded in the gunfight that left his brother dead.
Yesterday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, were involved in a carjacking after shooting and killing a campus police officer at MIT, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). A short time later, the brothers were involved in a gun battle in Watertown with police. A transit police officer was critically wounded in the shootout along with Tamerlan Tsarnaev whom was fatally wounded. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as he sped away and escaped the scene according to officials.
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THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN LONE STAR COLLEGE SHOOTING
Jan. 22, 2013,
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At least three people were injured in a shooting incident at Lone Star Community College, including one gunman. Another woman near the incident suffered a heart attack, however, no deaths were reported.
The Houston shooting comes only a month after the deadly shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Elementary School that ended with 26 people dead — including 20 children ages 6 and 7.
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Two men had an altercation, included firing guns at each other, between the academic building and library at Lone Star College Harris Campus in Houston, Texas, according to its Chancellor, Richard Carpenter. The campus was locked down by police while the situation was assessed and the shooters were in custody. The surrounding Aldine School District’s 4 campuses were also secured during this time.
Texas is a concealed carry state, but Lone Star College is a gun-free zone with a policy which does not allow guns on campus. Even with this policy, witnesses stated that each man drew a pistol, one from his backpack and the other from a jacket.
According to the school spokesman Jed Young, students were caught in the crossfire of two shooters. Of the more than 10,000 students on campus today, 3 people were shot and one woman suffered a heart attack.
There are various reports accounting for the wounded,a maintenance worker who was shot in the leg and innocent victims included a student and a teacher. One of the shooters was reported to be among the injured. The two victims taken to Ben Taub Hospital were reported to have multiple gunshot wounds and were in “relatively serious conditions.” Both were taken into surgery.
The second shooter turned himself in at the hospital after being hunted by tracking dogs in the surrounding woods.
In an interview to promote his latest movie Djano Unchained, with the UK program Channel 4 News, director Quentin Tarantino, launched a furious rant on journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Guru-Murthy was asking Tarantino about links between violence in movies and violence in real life. Tarantino refused to answer his questions, becoming increasingly angered by the line of questioning.
Tarantino replied with “It’s none of your damn business what I think about that.”
“I’m saying no, and I’m shutting you down… I don’t have any responsibility to you to explain anything I don’t want to…”
“I’ve explained this many times in 20 years but I just refuse to repeat myself over and over again because you want me to – for you and your show and your ratings.”
The main part in the movie is played by Jamie Foxx, who has been criticised for taking violent roles like, Django, whilst being part of the Hollywood campaign, Demand a Plan, to end gun violence.
In the wake on massacres like Sandy Hook and the Aurora Batman shooting, there is a debate about the effect violent movies have upon vulnerable minds.
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At 9am local time a student was shot at Taft High School, Taft, California. The suspected gunman is in custody.
A spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s department said: “We have had a shooting at Taft High School in Taft, California. A student was shot on campus. That student has been airlifted to hospital in Bakersfield. A suspect, also a student, is in custody. We have recovered a firearm: a shotgun.
“At this point we are still in the process of securing and vacating the school.”
This latest shooting comes as America is gripped by the debate surrounding gun laws in the nation.
Two firefighters have been shot dead as they tackled a house fire in upstate New York, one other was injured.
The firefighters were called out to a blaze that engulfed three houses, in Webster, when a gun man opened fire with an assault rifle.
Early reports suggest that the gun man is still on the loose.
This latest shooting comes after 26 people, including 20 children were shot in Newtown, Connecticut. The debate on gun law reform is now gripping the nation, with many calling for stricter gun laws, but with the NRA saying “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”.
It has emerged that the mother of Adam Lanza was a gun-proud survivalist. Nancy Lanza, was part of the “prepper” movement, who believe we are about to see economic collapse in the nation. The Prepper movement encourages readiness for the collapse of society by hoarding food and weapons.
More details have also emerged about the mental state of her son Adam in the weeks running up to the deadly shooting. A friend of Mrs Lanza, said she feared she was “losing” him, “She said it was getting worse. She was having trouble reaching him,”
Nancy Lanza had five guns, three of which Adam Lanza took with him; he used one assault rifle to kill most of the victims.
The Democrats are now preparing a bill to limit access to assault rifles. The bill is likely to face stiff opposition in Congress.
As the nation grieves the murder of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gunman has emerged to be 20 year old Adam Lanza. People who knew Lanza have described him as a very troubled young man, with a possible personality disorder.
Lanza shot his mother before driving her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There, it appears he forced his way into the school and began to fire. Testimonies from witnesses say he did not speak as he went through the Kindergarten class, then the next class. Police now think Lanza shot himself as police began to surround the building.
A picture of Lanza has emerged, as a child who was unable to connect emotionally with people, highly intelligent, a nerd.
“Adam Lanza has been a weird kid since we were five years old,” said Tim Dalton, a neighbour and former classmate, on Twitter. “As horrible as this was, I can’t say I am surprised.”
It is thought that Lanza may have been on the autistic spectrum, others have suggested that Lanza suffered from an anti-social disorder, sociopathy, often associated with criminal behaviour where the individual feels no empathy or remorse.
It has also emerged that Lanza’s mother was passionate about guns, that she taught her boys how to shoot, and her home was full of them.
She also withdrew Lanza from school, after battling with education authorities over his education. Relatives have described Lanza as very bright and that his home education may have been a result of his needs not being addressed by the school system.
NEWTOWN, Conn. – A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left the gunman dead and at least one teacher wounded and sent frightened pupils into the parking lot. CBS News is reporting that law enforcement officers have confirmed several children have been killed. Reports also say it’s unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school. The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. It wasnt clear how many people were injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries. Brenda Lebinski, whose 8-year-old daughter attends the school, was among the parents who raced to check on their children. “I saw her and it was the happiest moment of my life,” she said. Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was not harmed. “Its alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America,” he said. Lisa Terifay, who was holding her two children outside the school, said she was stunned. “I still cant believe its happened in my town,” she said. The superintendents office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.
Schools in neighbouring towns also were locked down as a precaution. State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond. Photos from the scene showed young students – some crying, others looking visibly frightened – being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each others shoulders. Connecticuts governor was on the scene in Newtown. The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and was receiving updates.
A masked gun man wearing camouflage opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Portland, Oregon, killing two before turning the gun on himself.
The mall was busy with Christmas shoppers, witnesses say he fired around 60 shots. Another woman was shot, and is recovering in hospital.
Police believe they have identified the gun man, but have not yet released details. Witnessed described the man as wearing what appeared to be, white body armour.
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