TIME Crime

At Least 3 Wounded in Shooting at Florida State University

Florida State Shooting
Students call their friends still locked down in Strozier Library after a shooting at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 20, 2014 Steven Cannon—AP

The campus was put on lockdown as police conducted a sweep

Correction appended, Nov. 20

An unidentified gunman was shot and killed by police after opening fire at Florida State University’s Strozier Library just after midnight Thursday in an attack that left at least three people wounded.

“We are reaching out to campus administrators to ensure anyone who witnessed this is able to get counseling,” a police spokesman told reporters. “We don’t have any other concerns about other shooters or any other threats to the campus.”

Officials sent out emergency-alert text messages warning students of a “dangerous situation” and calling on them to “seek shelter.” As the situation unfolded, social media was rife with images and videos of students taking cover on the university’s campus as police warned over a loud speaker that there had been a shooting at the library.

At least two individuals were being treated at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital for gunshot wounds, according to ABC news.

An official at Florida State University Police Department declined to comment on the incident when contacted by TIME but said a statement would be released soon.

“This is always stuff you hear about happening at other schools like there are other crazed gunman at colleges but not at Florida State,” student Blair Stokes, who was in the library during the incident, told CNN. “I think this is another issue about gun control and about how we can be doing more in America.”

— With reporting by Turner Cowles

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the number of people treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds. It was two people.

TIME NBA

NBA Guard Wayne Ellington’s Father Killed in Philadelphia Shooting

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Wayne Ellington #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 29, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen—Getty Images

Wayne Ellington Jr. has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his team

The father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. was shot dead in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Police received a call about an traffic collision in nearby Germantown and found 57-year-old Wayne Ellington Sr. in the front seat of his Oldsmobile with a bullet in his head, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Ellington was immediately taken to the nearby Albert Einstein Medical Center for surgery, but was pronounced dead about three hours later.

A motive for his murder is not yet clear, and the city has offered a $20,000 reward for any further information.

Ellington Jr., who grew up in Philadelphia and joined the Lakers as a free agent in September, took an indefinite leave of absence from the team before traveling home earlier this week.

“I encourage anyone with any information to come forward to help authorities solve this case,” he said in a statement.

TIME

Missouri Prepares for Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement

Jay Nixon
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon follows the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Colin E. Braley—AP

Bracing for grand jury decision on Michael Brown case

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced a plan Tuesday to maintain law and order on the day a grand jury announces whether it will indict the Ferguson cop who shot and killed an unarmed teenager.

“Violence will not be tolerated,” Nixon said in a news conference at Missouri Highway Patrol’s headquarters. More than 1,000 officers had over the past two months received specialized training in crowd control, he said, which placed an “emphasis” on the constitutional rights of demonstrators.

While Nixon insisted he would again call for back up from the National Guard if demonstrations grew unruly, he also struck a conciliatory note, saying that law enforcement had forged contacts with community churches, schools and businesses. He added that protest leaders would help officers identify demonstrators engaged in unlawful conduct and “arrest those individuals in order to protect public safety.” Still, St. Louis County police said have prepared for violent protests with around $100,000 of riot gear.

The grand jury is still deliberating the case. St. Louis prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch said on Monday that’s unlikely to reach a decision until mid- to late-November, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Read next: St. Louis Police Deny Ferguson No-Fly Zone Was to Keep Media Out

TIME Baseball

Jose Canseco Rushed to Hospital After Accidentally Shooting Himself in Hand

The former baseball star was reportedly cleaning his handgun when it went off, taking out most of his left middle finger

Former baseball star Jose Canseco was reportedly rushed into surgery late Tuesday after accidentally shooting himself in the finger at his Las Vegas home.

The former Oakland Athletics outfielder, who retired from the sport in 2001, was cleaning his handgun when it went off and was taken to University Medical Center, KLAS-TV Las Vegas first reported.

Canseco’s fiancée Leila Knight told the Los Angeles Times that doctors have already said he will never have full use of his left hand again. Knight said the middle finger of his left hand, which the bullet hit, would either have to be amputated or undergo full reconstruction surgery.

“I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string,” she said.

Knight also took to the former player’s official Twitter account to update fans and well-wishers, saying he was still in surgery around 8.45 p.m. local time, soon after his daughter Josie used the social media site to let people know he was “safe and recovering.”

TIME justice

Ferguson Cop Skips Sixth Court Date, Letting Suspect Walk Free

Activists March In Ferguson On Nat'l Day Of Action Against Police Brutality
Demonstrators project a wanted poster with a picture of Police Officer Darren Wilson on a wall near the pollice station in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson—Getty Images

Officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August, has refused to turn up to numerous court dates while on paid administrative leave

The Ferguson police officer who shot dead an unarmed teenager there in August failed to appear in a Missouri court Monday for the hearing of a man he arrested on felony drug charges, forcing the judge to let the suspect walk free.

The ruling to dismiss the case marks the sixth time Officer Darren Wilson’s absence from court has resulted in a dismissal, a county attorney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Attorneys for the defendant, Christopher A. Brooks, said Wilson could not be compelled to appear in court so long as he was on paid administrative leave from the police force.

Darren Wilson has remained in hiding since Brown’s shooting in August prompted weeks of angry demonstration in Ferguson, Miss., with many calling for Wilson’s arrest for murder.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

TIME shooting

Sheriff: School Shooter Invited Victims to Lunch

Students and community members attend a vigil at the Grove Church, after a school shooting that occurred at Marysville-Pilchuck High School earlier in the day in Marysville, Wash., on Oct. 24, 2014 Matt Mills McKnight—EPA

On Friday, after texting five friends to invite them to lunch, he pulled out a handgun in the cafeteria and started shooting

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday.

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said at a news conference that the five students were at a lunch table Friday when they were shot by 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg then committed suicide.

Detectives are digging through reams of text messages, phone and social media records as part of an investigation that could take months, Trenary said.

“The question everybody wants is, ‘Why?’” Trenary said. “I don’t know that the ‘why’ is something we can provide.”

Fryberg, a football player who was named a prince on the school’s homecoming court a week before the killings, was a member of a prominent Tulalip Indian Tribes family. He seemed happy although he was also upset about a girl, friends said. His Twitter feed was recently full of vague, anguished postings, like “It won’t last … It’ll never last,” and “I should have listened. … You were right … The whole time you were right.”

On Friday, after texting five friends to invite them to lunch, he pulled out a handgun in the cafeteria and started shooting. The victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14, who died at the scene; Gia Soriano, 14, who died at a hospital Sunday night; Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who remains in critical condition; and his two cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15.

Andrew Fryberg also remained in critical condition. Hatch, who was shot in the jaw, is the only victim who has shown improvement. He was upgraded to satisfactory condition Monday in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He posted a message of forgiveness on Twitter.

“I love you and I forgive you jaylen rest in peace,” he wrote. A friend confirmed the feed’s authenticity to The Associated Press.

Soriano’s family said her organs would be donated.

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” her family said in a statement, read at a news conference by Providence Regional Medical Center’s Dr. Joanne Roberts. “Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

Trenary also confirmed that the .40-caliber handgun used in the shooting had been legally purchased by one of Jaylen Fryberg’s relatives. It remains unclear how the boy obtained the weapon.

The Snohomish County medical examiner on Monday ruled Fryberg’s death a suicide. There had been some question over whether he might have shot himself accidentally as a teacher tried to intervene, but Trenary said Monday that investigators confirmed there was no physical contact between the teacher and the gunman.

At the memorial outside the school Monday, a group of mourners hugged each other tightly at 10:39 a.m. — the minute the shooting was reported Friday. Flowers and signs were zip-tied to a chain-link fence lined with red and white balloons reflecting the school’s colors. Many referenced the victims and said they’d be missed.

Read next: Connected to Both Sides, Relatives in Washington Shooting Seek Answers

TIME Crime

Girl Wounded in Washington School Shooting Dies

Washington Community Mourns After School Shooting Kills One, Injures 4
Members of the community and students grieve during a gathering at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 26, 2014 in Marysville, Wash. David Ryder—Getty Images

"Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her"

(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three.

Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” her family said in a statement, read at a news conference by Dr. Joanne Roberts. “Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

Roberts said Gia’s family was donating her organs for transplant.

Another girl was killed Friday when a popular freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle opened fire.

The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, died at the scene of a self-inflicted wound.

Three other students remain hospitalized, two in critical condition and one in serious condition.

Earlier Sunday, parents and students gathered in a gymnasium at the school for a community meeting, with speakers urging support and prayers and tribal members playing drums and singing songs. Fryberg was from a prominent Tulalip Indian tribes family.

Young people hugged each other and cried and speakers urged people to come together during the gathering Sunday.

“We just have to reach for that human spirit right now,” said Deborah Parker, a member of the Tulalip Indian tribes.

“Our legs are still wobbly,” said Tony Hatch, a cousin of one of the injured students. “We’re really damaged right now.”

Of the wounded students, only 14-year-old Nate Hatch showed improvement, though he remained in serious condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Fifteen-year-old Andrew Fryberg also remained in critical condition in intensive care. Both are cousins of Jaylen Fryberg.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit remained in critical condition in intensive care at Providence Regional Medical Center.

The girl killed Friday hasn’t been officially identified.

Fryberg died in the attack, after a first-year teacher intervened. It’s unclear if he intentionally killed himself or if the gun went off in a struggle with a teacher.

The makeshift memorial on a chain link fence by the school, which will be closed this week, kept growing Sunday. Balloons honoring the victims and the shooter adorn the fence along with flowers, stuffed toys and signs.

The close-knit community, meanwhile, on the nearby Tulalip Indian reservation struggled with the news that the shooter was a popular teenager from one of their more well-known families.

A tribal guidance counsellor said no one knows what motivated Fryberg.

“We can’t answer that question,” said Matt Remle, who has an office at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, which is 30 miles north of Seattle. “But we try to make sense of the senselessness.”

In the nearby community of Oso, where a mudslide this spring killed dozens, people planned to gather to write condolence letters and cards.

Remele said he knew Fryberg and the other students well.

“My office has been a comfort space for Native students,” he said. “Many will come by and have lunch there, including the kids involved in the shooting.”

They all were “really happy, smiling kids,” Remle said. “They were a polite group. A lot of the kids from the freshman class were close-knit. Loving.

“These were not kids who were isolated,” he said. “They had some amazing families, and have amazing families.”

These factors make the shooting that much more difficult to deal with, “Maybe it would be easier if we knew the answer,” Remle said. “But we may never know.”

Read next: Connected to Both Sides, Relatives in Washington Shooting Seek Answers

TIME Soccer

South Africa’s Soccer Captain Senzo Meyiwa Has Been Shot Dead

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In this file photo dated May 26, 2014, South Africa's goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa makes a diving save against Australia during their friendly soccer match in Sydney Rick Rycroft—AP

Armed men entered a house where Meyiwa was staying, but the motive remains unclear

South African national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot on Sunday by armed men who broke into the house where he was residing.

Two gunmen entered the house, located in the Vosloorus township near Johannesburg, while an accomplice waited outside, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities said there were seven people in the house at the time of the shooting, which reportedly came after an “altercation.” A motive for the murder remains unclear.

Meyiwa, 27, played for South African soccer club Orlando Pirates and also captained the national side in its last four games.

“This is a sad loss whichever way you look at it — to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation,” Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said.

South Africa lost another prominent sportsman just a couple of days earlier, when athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in an automobile accident on Friday.

[AP]

TIME shooting

Connected to Both Sides, Relatives in Washington Shooting Seek Answers

Students and community members attend a vigil at the Grove Church, after a school shooting that occurred at Marysville-Pilchuck High School earlier in the day in Marysville, Wash., on Oct. 24, 2014 Matt Mills McKnight—EPA

Compounding the tragedy of the Marysville high school shooting in Washington State on Friday is the fact that many people in the small community are connected to both the attacker and the victims.

And the young relatives of the boy who opened fire at a Washington high school on Friday — killing one student and seriously injuring four before fatally shooting himself — said they just can’t figure out why the shooter decided to do what he did.

“It’s just confusing, a lot of questions aren’t answered, I just don’t know why,” Austen James, who said he’s related to the shooter.

Read the rest of the story at NBC News

TIME shooting

3 California Sheriffs’ Deputies, Bystander Shot

Officers Shot Sacramento
Law enforcement officers dressed in tactical gear leave the Gold County Fairgrounds to help in the search of an assailant, in Auburn, Calif., who shot three sheriff's deputies in two Northern California Counties, Oct. 24, 2014. Rich Pedroncelli—AP

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — An assailant shot three sheriff’s deputies in two neighboring Northern California counties on Friday, also shooting and wounding a bystander in an attempt to carjack a vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies were searching a canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn Friday afternoon for an armed man suspected in all four shootings. Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin told The Associated Press that a woman who was seen with the man earlier in the day had been taken into custody, and Erwin said the woman had a handgun in her purse.

Residents in the rural area were being urged to stay indoors and Erwin said nearby schools were on lockdown as multiple law enforcement agencies searched for the remaining suspect.

The condition of the three deputies and bystander was not immediately known.

The dramatic events began around 10:30 a.m. when a Sacramento County deputy was shot as he approached a suspicious occupied vehicle in a parking lot in a commercial area, Sacramento County spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.

The driver of the vehicle and a female passenger then fled the scene and shot a fourth person in a residential area of Sacramento County when a driver refused to give up the keys to a vehicle, she said.

After carjacking a second vehicle, the suspects fled to neighboring Placer County, where the assailant is suspected of shooting two Placer County sheriff’s deputies, Erwin said.

The tree-lined canyon is about 32 miles northwest of Sacramento, where the series of events began Friday morning.

“We had a citizen report a vehicle matching the description of the red truck from Sacramento County shooting this morning,” Erwin said. “Our deputies swarmed the area, found the truck. The suspect fired a shot, hit one of our deputies and fled into the American River Canyon area.”

She said the suspect used a rifle to shoot the deputy, who was taken to the nearby Roseville Medical Center for treatment. She later confirmed that a second Placer County deputy also had been shot.

In the first incident involving a Sacramento County deputy, Bowman could not say whether the officer was able to shoot back, but confirmed he was struck by at least one shot.

“We’re hoping for the best,” she said more than two hours after the initial shooting.

A second person was then shot when they refused to give up the keys to a vehicle during an attempted carjacking, Bowman said. The suspects then carjacked at least two vehicles before fleeing to the Auburn area.

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