Texas mass shooting prevented by concerned grandma
A mass shooting has been prevented, this time by a concerned grandma in Texas who coaxed her grandson, 19-year-old William Patrick Williams, into seeking medical help.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern Texas says the grandmother, who has not been identified, was instrumental in preventing a mass shooting at a hotel in Lubbock, Texas, on July 13,” reports Global News.
Almaas Elman, a Somali-Canadian activist, has been shot dead in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. This is the second death of a Canadian citizen in Somalia in the last six months.
The death of Elman was confirmed by the deputy commissioner of the Somali Police Force who went on to say that the investigation into her murder is ongoing, according to The New York Times.
Although the identity of the culprit remains unclear, the Somali police made clear that Elman was shot while she was in a car. At the time she was staying in Halane Complex, a fortified camp often used by African Union soldiers.
Freelance videographer, Said Fadhaye, was in the car as she died. Fadhaye described the incident, saying that Elman “died on my lap … May God have mercy on her.”
The other Canadian to die in Somalia this year was Hodan Nalayeh who returned to document her country.
A Toronto mobster has been shot and killed outside a restaurant in Etobicoke. The shooting was carried out as a hit and run, panicking many in the surrounding area.
The victim was known for being a veteran and an enforcer in the crime world. During his time in the mob, he had protected some of Canada’s most serious criminals, according to the National Post.
The murdered mobster, whose name was Antonio Fiorda, was attacked in broad daylight in a busy strip mall. Fiorda had a wife and two children and was considered a trusted insider by the notorious Commisso crime family.
The Commisso family has operations in both Southern Italy and Canada. Their operations in Canada, however, are particularly focused in the Toronto-GTA area. They have been labelled as being particularly audacious with their violence.
In 1996, during an operation for the Commisso family, Fiorda was imprisoned by the Toronto police for possessing an AK-47 assault rifle, a pipe bomb, and other explosives in his North York home
A seven-year-old girl has become the latest victim of gang violence after being shot while trick-or-treating in Chicago’s Little Village.
According to the Chicago Tribune¸ a single masked assailant shouted a gang slogan from a nearby alleyway before firing at least seven shots on the crowd of Halloween goers.
Police say that the suspects target was a member of the Latin Kings who was walking amidst the crowd of children in costume.
The targeted gang member was shot once in the hand, while the seven-year-old girl, described as dressed in a Minnie Mouse costume, was struck in the lower neck and upper chest.
“The girl’s father was screaming: ‘My little girl’s been shot!’” witness Lali Lara told the Chicago Tribune. Lara was working at a nearby store when she heard the shots and rushed to help the young victim.
“I was pressing on her and calling her name so she won’t close her eyes,’’ Lara said. ”She was looking at me, and I was calling her name. She was holding my hand for three minutes and then she let me go. I have kids—I would go crazy if something happened to my kids.”
The incident occurred at roughly 5:30 p.m., police say. An ambulance arrived within 5 minutes of the shooting.
The girl was rushed to hospital, described as “clinging to life,” but was fortunately stabilized and is still in hospital.
“The shooting yesterday was reprehensible,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Friday. “Those involved don’t deserve to be in our city. I’m disgusted but committed to doing everything we can to find the cowards that would engage in a gun battle in the early evening hours while our children were trick-or-treating.”
“That little girl clings to life this morning,” he said, adding that she was in critical but stable condition.
NBC Chicago has since acquired a 30-second witness video. It shows several men running down the street. Seven gunshots can be heard in quick succession, before the men run past the camera, again. All appear to be wearing masks, with the shooter seen wearing what appears to be a ‘Jason’ Halloween mask.
The intended target, the Latin Kings’ member, is in stable condition, but has not been cooperative with police.
Police say there is also surveillance camera foot capture near the scene.
So far, no arrests have been reported.
“This is unacceptable,” Chicago police spokesman Rocco Alioto said. “This was a 7-year-old girl that was trick-or-treating and happened to be shot because a group of guys wanted to shoot another male with a street full of kids trick-or-treating.”
An 84-year-old man has been arrested after firing shots at a mosque in France. Two people have been injured.
The suspect was a former candidate of the far-right National Rally party, according to police sources.
He was arrested near his home in Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx after police found a gun, gas cylinder, and grenades in his possession. He is an 84-year-old former soldier.
The shooting occurred in the Bayonne region of France, according to the Independent.
A 74-year-old and 78-year-old were both rushed to the hospital after being gravely wounded.
This is a Breaking News article, and will be updated with more information available.