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4 dead, 1 injured in motel shooting in Darwin, Australia - Gunman arrested
Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:05 UTC
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The alleged gunman is being held at Royal Darwin Hospital.
The 45-year-old suspect, who witnesses said was armed with a pump-action shotgun, started his shooting spree at a motel in the CBD about 5:45pm before travelling in a ute to four other locations, including to the outskirts of the city and back again.
He was arrested after calling NT Police and trying to enter police headquarters in what Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said may have been an attempt to hand himself in.
The man was known to police, having been released on parole in January, and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner told a media conference the incident was not believed to be terror-related.
"This is not the Darwin we know," he said.
"On behalf of Territorians, our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and everybody else who has been impacted.
"I understand when an event like this occurs, especially considering recent global events, people's fears turn to terrorism. We can confirm this is not a terrorism event."
The alleged gunman is being held at Royal Darwin Hospital.
"I believe he may have some sort of injury," Commissioner Kershaw said.
NT Health confirmed two people were at the Royal Darwin Hospital in a stable condition.
Multiple witnesses said the man walked into the Palms Motel on McMinn Street at about 5:45pm while holding a pump-action shotgun, and fired at multiple doors.
They said he was looking for someone called "Alex".
"He shot up every room in that place," one man said.
"He got what he wanted and then he left in his pick-up. We watched him walk from room to room, shooting every room."
He said the victims said "they had no idea why he was there, why he was shooting at them, it appeared to be a random attack".
Another witness said he saw the shooter walking calmly though the motel.
"Cops went straight past him, didn't know who he was, he was that calm," he said.
The gunman then fled the scene and remained at large for approximately an hour, with road blocks in place around the city.
More than 100 police were involved in the operation.
Police listed four other crime scenes including the Buffalo Club at Stuart Park and Gardens Crescent Road at The Gardens.
Witnesses described a fight breaking out at the Buffalo Club carpark, where a man was believed to have died after a fight involving a knife and gun.
Other witnesses said a man was shot in the head at Gardens Crescent Road, however this has not yet been confirmed by authorities.
A man was also believed to have been killed at an industrial block on Jolly Street in Woolner.
Another crime scene is the Peter Macauley Centre, which is NT Police headquarters in the outer Darwin suburb of Berrimah.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is in London ahead of D-Day commemorations, condemned the "terrible act of violence" and said he had spoken on the phone with Mr Gunner.
"I want to extend my deep condolences and sympathy to all the people in the Territory, particularly in Darwin," Mr Morrison said.
"This is a very tight community and I know they will be rocked by these events."
Commissioner Kershaw said police were investigating whether the man was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and whether the attack was premeditated.
"The safety of our community comes first for our officers, we're here to serve and protect and that's what they did this evening," he said.
Jasmine Kielly and her partner Brendon Ozanne moved to Darwin a week ago from Brisbane and were staying at the Palms Motel.
"I heard some loud banging, silly me went out the front to check," she told the ABC.
"As I've gone down towards the stairs, I saw a man in a high-vis shirt walk out with a rifle.
"He's turned to look at me and I've run to the bedroom and locked the door and we hid in the bathroom and we called the police and just heard shot after shot after shot."
She and her partner hid in the shower for about 40 minutes.
Jasmine Kielly and Brendon Ozanne who hid from a gunman on a rampage in Darwin.
"We heard him walk up the stairs at one point and I kind of just thought that was it," Ms Kielly said.
"He had a pretty good shot if he wanted to hit me and he didn't even aim the gun at me; he was there for a reason."
She said the gunman had apparently been staying at the motel but had recently been kicked out by the owners.
'She was bleeding everywhere'
Witness Leah Potter said a woman was shot in the legs at the Palms Motel before being taken away by an ambulance.
"I was in the carpark [of a neighbouring hotel] when I heard what I thought were fireworks going off, really loud cracking, banging fireworks," she said.
"And then a man came running with a woman in his arms from next door, which is the Palms Motel, and he just dropped her on the footpath right in front of us.
"I ran and got some towels and wrapped up her legs, she had little holes all in her skin on both her legs and she was bleeding everywhere."
Ms Potter said police were across the road at a Coles Express service station for another matter, "so the boyfriend dropped the bleeding woman in front of us and he ran over to the Coles Express to get the police".
She said the gunman had a pump-action shotgun and ran off down Finniss St towards The Gardens.
Witness Matt James said the woman's boyfriend "told me he opened his door and there was this random gunman standing there who proceeded to unload his rounds on her".
'He shot up all the rooms'
Another witness said he spoke to a resident of the motel who was "pretty shaken up".
"He was asleep, heard all the banging and opened the door and the guy was there with his gun, and he just said 'where's Alex?' and he said 'I don't know where he is'," the man said.
"And he [the gunman] said, 'no worries,' and turned around and started shooting the place up again."
Another witness, John Rose, said he saw the gunman walk into the Palms Motel with "a sawn-off shotgun".
"He shot up all the rooms and he went to every room looking for somebody and he shot them all up, then we saw him rush out, jump into his Toyota pick-up, and rush off," he said.
He said the gunman was calm as he shot up the motel.
"Once he left we went in and found one gentleman, he's over there, we pulled him out," Mr Rose said.
"This lady turned up and started screaming, and we didn't realise there was another person in there... apparently he's dead, he's been shot."
A bespectacled 22-year-old man clad in tactical gear opened fire with an assault rifle outside a federal courthouse in downtown Dallas on Monday before being shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with officers, officials said.
The masked gunman — identified as Brian Isaack Clyde — died at the scene and was taken to Baylor University Medical Center after he shot the rifle at the Earle Cabell Federal Building, FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said.
No civilians or law enforcement officers were injured in the incident, which occurred a block from the site of a July 7, 2016, ambush in which a gunman killed five cops and wounded nine others.
“At this time we have no information indicating that there are other shooters or other threats to the community,” said DeSarno, who added that Federal Protective Services officers shot the gunman.
Federal agents said they do not believe Clyde was working with anyone, DeSarno said.
Neither he nor US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox provided any indication why Clyde would target the building, which houses federal courts, the US Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas, a passport office and US Marshals Services.
A bomb squad examined a vehicle associated with Clyde as a precaution and performed controlled explosions that rocked downtown and sent chills through already unnerved residents.
Police canvassed the area for other possible devices as many buildings were placed on lockdown or evacuated.
The Dallas Morning News reported that one of its photographers, Tom Fox, was at the courthouse to cover a trial when the man parked nearby and opened fire in his and a security guard’s direction, hitting and cracking the glass front door.
The armed shooter stands near the Earle Cabell Federal BuildingTom Fox/The Dallas Morning News
Inside the building, other guards pushed everyone down to the floor.
“It was pretty close range, I was crouched behind a wall next to the back door on Jackson Street and shots were fired down at Jackson and the gunman came up the street alongside the federal building,” Fox told NBC 5.
“He stopped to pick something up and I shot a few frames of him and then crouched back behind the wall. Then he came up to the door and shot out the door on Jackson Street and he never passed me, fortunately,” he added.
One of Fox’s images, which he said he shot with an iPhone, showed officers standing around a shirtless Clyde lying on the ground. He had a red heart tattoo with a black drawing inside — possibly of an animal — on his left arm.
“I’m just thankful to be alive,” he told NBC 5. “Literally I was just around the marble podium, or marble wall, from where he shot out the windows and I was just praying that he wasn’t going to pass me, pass that wall because if he saw me crouch there he probably would have shot me.”
Ed Modla was working from home when he heard a volley of about 10 loud shots. When he looked outside, he saw the gunman running across Griffin Street.
“As soon as I saw the shooter, I got the hell away from the window,” he told the Dallas Morning News.
Another witness, Don Miles, said he heard up 10 to 15 shots as he walked up to the Commerce Street entrance for a 9 a.m. appointment.
“I just ran,” Miles told the paper.
Kelly Carter, who lives near the federal building, said he heard the gunfire and saw part of the chase from his apartment.
“I saw the guards return fire and chase somebody into the parking lot in front of our building,” Carter told NBC 5. “I knew it was gunfire immediately. So, I just figured it was an active shooter or something like that.”
Carter said he was evacuated out of an abundance of caution.
“I knew immediately that this was right outside of my window. I could smell the gunpowder at my place, yeah it was that close,” he told the station. “I could hear ricochets going down Jackson Street.”
Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite described the suspect as a disgruntled worker with a grievance against his employer. Travis Jones, an overnight stocker, said the suspect had gotten in trouble after pulling a knife on a customer.
"It wasn't an accident," said Jones, who was working when he heard shots. "He knew what he was doing when he came in there."
Jones said he saw the body of store manager Anthony Brown on the floor as they ran out of the store. "It was an ugly scene," he said. DeSoto County Coroner Joshua Pounders said the 40-year-old Brown, an Olive Branch resident, appears to have died from a gunshot wound.
Nicholas Gales said the other slain worker was his brother, 38-year-old Brandon Gales of Hernando. Jones called Brandon Gales his best friend and an "all-around good guy," saying he was the father of multiple children.
The shooting at about 6:30 a.m. brought a massive police response to the shopping complex, at a busy exit off Interstate 55 in Southaven, a suburb of 55,000 people.
"Our police really showed their guts today," Musselwhite said, noting Southaven officers recently undertook active shooter training, "If it hadn't been for their efforts there would have been more lives lost."
Officers kept working to clear the store hours after the shooting, Moore said, in part because they found a suspicious package and called a bomb squad.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will handle the inquiry into the officer's shooting of the suspect.
Moore said about 60 employees were working at the time. They were taken to the parking lot of an adjoining Chili's restaurant and interviewed by officers, remaining there for hours. Some embraced, while one was placed in an ambulance. Others gathered in a circle to pray. Finally, authorities brought employees back into the store after noon, spoke to them and released them to go home. The store remained closed, even as businesses operated as usual elsewhere on the high-traffic suburban strip.
"The entire Walmart family is heartbroken by the loss of two valued members of our team," Walmart U.S. President and CEO Greg Foran said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "We feel tragedies like this personally, and our hearts go out to the families of our two associates and the officer who was injured."
The company is relieved the suspect was apprehended, and appreciates the quick response by authorities and its employees, Foran said.
"We'll continue to focus on assisting law enforcement in their investigation and on supporting our associates," he added.
Massey asked anyone in the vicinity of the viewing platform who might have witnessed the incident but left immediately afterwards in shock to contact police.
“My team is also very keen to talk to you if you witnessed a male whose behavior seemed out of place, suspicious or worrying, in the hour or two before the incident in or near the gallery,” he added.
The contemporary art museum on the banks of the River Thames, Britain’s most popular visitor attraction, was evacuated but reopened on Monday.
However, the Tate said the viewing platform was closed. The boy fell from there onto a fifth floor roof and was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.
Witnesses who were on the viewing platform at the time said they heard a woman screaming “Where’s my son, where’s my son?“
BBC journalist Olga Malchevska said the woman was shouting and “crying desperately.”
Administration worker Nancy Barnfield, 47, said her friend heard a “loud bang.” “We did not notice the mum before, we noticed her after because she was hysterical by then,” she said.
She said visitors quickly gathered around a man who was nearby, who was restrained by members of the public. He “just stood there and was quite calm,” she said.
A spokesman for the Tate said: “Tate is working closely with the police to help with their investigations. All our thoughts are with the child and his family.”
The Tate Modern recorded 5.87 million visits in 2018, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.
French boy thrown from London gallery suffered brain bleed and spine injuries, court told
Knife attack by man screaming "Allahu akbar" in Sydney, Australia
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 04:27 UTC
Australian police and witnesses said a knife-wielding man yelling "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," attempted to stab several people in downtown Sydney on Tuesday before being arrested. At least one woman was brought to a hospital.
Police said later that "all the evidence points to" a man with mental health issues lashing out, but they would not rule out any potential motives as the investigation was still at an early stage. Given the information they had, however, they said the incident was not being classed as terrorism and that the suspect was believed to have acted alone.
Witnesses say the man, wielding a long knife, tried to stab multiple people near a busy intersection. New South Wales state police said in a statement that the man was caught and the woman was in stable condition.
Not far away, the body of a woman believed to have been an acquaintance of the detained suspect was found in a home.
A witness told reporters the man was screaming comments about religion before yelling to police that he wanted to be shot. Police said he used the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar." However, police later said the man also had in his possession a thumbnail USB drive containing information related to white supremacy.
Asked by a reporter whether the conflicting religious references suggested to him a mental health problem at the root of the crime, New South Wales Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said, "certainly all the evidence points to that" at this stage of the investigation.
The incident brought the central business district of Australia's biggest city to an early afternoon standstill, the Reuters news service reports.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised members of the public who helped subdue the suspect during the attack.
Reuters quotes Police Superintendent Gavin Wood as telling reporters in Sydney the woman was stabbed in the back but her wounds weren't life-threatening and that the attack on her seemed to be unprovoked.
The Mirror (fwiw) reported that the attacker was an Afghan asylum seekerA suspected knife assault near a train station in Villeurbanne, France, has left one person dead and nine wounded, according to reports. Police are said to have arrested one man.
The attack occurred on Saturday afternoon at Laurent Bonnevay station in Villeurbanne, metropolitan Lyon. Local media reported that two alleged perpetrators attacked people at random in the parking lot, with the latest tally of casualties standing at one 19-year-old dead and nine wounded.
One man has reportedly been arrested, and the presence of a second attacker remains unconfirmed by official sources.
The city’s Metro service was suspended as police descended on the scene.
Footage shared on social media purportedly shows a crowd of onlookers surrounding and subduing one of the suspects at one of the station’s elevators. Another man, seen holding a long, thin object, may also be a suspect, as one of the alleged attackers was reportedly armed with a kitchen skewer.
Police have not yet said whether they believe the incident was a terrorist attack. They have asked people nearby not to disturb their operation.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
At least 5 killed, gunman dead in mass drive-by shootings in Texas
At least five people have been killed and dozens more reportedly injured in Texas, where people were randomly shot at by a gunman from vehicles in Midland and Odessa. One suspect has been shot and killed during arrest.
Odessa police told media that five people have been killed and 21 injured.
Midland Police Department confirmed that a gunmen was shot and killed, adding that officers have been looking into reports of other possible suspects.
The suspect was shot and killed by police near the Cinergy movie theater at the Music City Mall in Odessa. The gunman, who was in the hijacked mail truck at that point in the chase, was killed by the officers as he attempted to ram the sheriff’s car.
Earlier, there were conflicting reports as to the number of the attackers. Odessa Mayor David Turner told Fox News that there was a single shooter who is now deceased.
In Odessa, active shooter situation was reported near a Home Depot. The rifle-wielding gunman shot a state trooper and then opened fire on civilians from a gold Honda.
Midland Police Department then reported that there appeared to be two shooters in two separate vehicles in Midland. What happened in fact was that the shooter hijacked a USPS postal van.