A manhunt is currently underway near Franklin County, Va., after a gunman walked into a live local news broadcast and murdered the reporter and cameraman. The local chamber of commerce director, Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed, was also shot and injured. The shooting happened early this morning while WDBJ’s Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were doing a seemingly breezy interview with Gardner at a shopping center. A few moments into the live segment, a figure wearing all black walked up and began firing. According to Gawker, both Ward and Parker were engaged to other members of the WDBJ staff, and today was Parker’s last day with the station. A going away party was planned for her later this morning.
UPDATE: The alleged shooter, who is reportedly an ex-employee of the news station who goes by the name Bryce Williams, has shot killed himself. Discuss
A police officer at the University of Cincinnati has been charged with murder for shooting a man named Samuel DuBose at seemingly routine traffic stop. The officer, Ray Tensing, is white, and the victim, Samuel DuBose, was black. A bodycam video of the entire incident has been made public, showing the interaction between the officer and DuBose, which at no point up to the shooting seems aggressive. After being pulled over for not having a front license plate, Dubose and the officer relatively calmly discuss why he has been pulled over for about two minutes. In the moments before Tensing shot DuBose pointblank in the head—causing his foot to slam the gas pedal after he was instantly killed—DuBose started his ignition. Local Prosecutor Joe Deters told reporters,
I've been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make—totally unwarranted. People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer—he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too.”
In his police report, Tensing gave different version of events, lying by saying that he was “dragged” by Dubose’s car. He claimed he feared for his life. Discuss
According to reports, the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.—the same location of a deadly shooting that killed 12 people in 2013—is on lockdown. Throughout the morning, there have been conflicting reports regarding a shooter currently on the site, but according to CNN, officials have yet to find evidence of an active gunman. Earlier this morning, police received a 911 call about a shooting in one of the buildings. Tweets from the area (like this image shown from @PJElliotRadio) show a large SWAT presence. We’ll post more updates throughout the morning as they become available.
The son of one of the victims of the Charleston church shooting yesterday had some powerful words to say just a day after racist gunman Dylann Roof took the life of his mother and eight other members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. At a vigil in Charleston, Chris Singleton said,
My mom was a God-fearing woman. She loved everybody with all of her heart ... Love is always stronger than hate. So if we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won’t be anywhere close to where the love is.
His mother, 45-year-old Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, had three children. Chris said, “In this situation, I just think about her smile. She smiles 24/7. That’s just what I’m thinking about to push me on." You can see his full statement here ... Discuss
Two police officers in Mississippi were shot and killed this weekend after making a routine traffic stop. Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were murdered after one of them pulled over a vehicle, and the other officer arrived shortly after as backup. Police arrested and charged three men in the shooting after a large manhunt. In a statement, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said, “Deborah and I join all Mississippians this morning in mourning the death of our two police officers in Hattiesburg. This should remind us to thank all law enforcement for their unwavering service to protect and serve. May God keep them all in the hollow of his hand” ... Discuss
A man who nearby residents knew as “Africa” was shot and killed during a confrontation with LAPD officers on skid row this weekend. No other gun was found on the scene, and it is still unclear if he was in possession of any other weapons, though none have been identified. The officers involved were part of a special task force that regularly works on skid row, and were responding to reports of a robbery.
It’s unclear if the man was a possible suspect or if the confrontation started over a tent (which may have been violation of a city ordinance), but shortly after making contact with Africa, things became violent. A cell phone video of the incident (warning, it contains profanity and shows officers opening fire), shows a brief struggle between the man and officers before at least five shots are fired by two officers and a sergeant as the man was on the ground. A taser was used, but a police representative said it was “ineffective.”
Cmdr. Andrew Smith told reporters that the man began “fighting and physically resisting the officers.” He said, "At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer's weapons occurred," and several witnesses told reporters that the man reached for an officer’s gun (though accounts have differed). At one point in the video, an officer can be heard yelling, "Drop the gun. Drop the gun." A nearby woman, who picked up a nightstick dropped during the altercation, was handcuffed. Investigators are currently interviewing more witnesses and looking into other possible videos of the incident ... Discuss