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15-Year-Old Shooting Survivor Quotes Harry Potter at Memorial for Her Family

The teen says her family is "in a much better place" and that she "will be able to see them again one day"

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The sole survivor of a shooting rampage that killed her parents and four siblings, quoted a line from the Harry Potter series at a memorial for her family on Saturday.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,” Cassidy Stay said, citing Dumbledore’s advice in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, “if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

More than 400 people attended the “celebration of life,” NBC News reports, which took place following Wednesday’s shooting in the Houston area.

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Prosecutors: Houston Shooting Suspect First Bound His 6 Victims

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Law enforcement officers surround a shooting suspect Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. Brett Coomer—Houston Chronicle/AP

Updated 12 p.m. E.T. on July 10

Six people died in a shooting Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a home in suburban Houston, authorities said. Four children were among the victims, who prosecutors said had been tied up and shot in the back of the head.

Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, surrendered after a three-hour standoff with police Wednesday night and was booked Thursday for murder charges.

“It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us,” assistant chief deputy constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 constable’s office told reporters.

Constable Ron Hickman corrected an earlier report that Haskell was the children’s father, but confirmed he was a relative of the homeowners.

“He came to this location yesterday afternoon … and came under the guise of a FedEx driver wearing a FedEx shirt,” Hickman said in a news conference. “[He] gathered up the children that were here and awaited the arrival of the parents. Sometime later the victims were shot in this residence, and we now learned that Mr. Haskell was married to a relative of the residents of this home.”

Two adults and three children were found dead at the crime scene in the suburb of Spring, authorities told TIME. Another child died after being airlifted to a nearby hospital, officials said. A 15-year-old girl survived the melee with bullet fracture to the skull by playing dead. She told police that the shooter planned to target her grandparents next.

The suspect led law enforcement officers and SWAT team members a car chase late Wednesday. They later cornered the suspect before he surrendered several miles away from the scene of the initial shooting. Members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office high-risk operations unit and hostage negotiation team spoke to the man prior to his surrender.

One resident who lives close to the scene of the crime said he was shocked by the tragedy. “I’ve lived here 20 years. It’s a very quiet neighborhood,” Wesley Carr told the Houston Chronicle.

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Six Dead in Shooting at Suburban Houston Home

Houston Suburban Shooting
Neighbors embrace each other following a shooting Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. Brett Coomer—Houston Chronicle/AP Photo

(SPRING, Texas) — Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb.

A spokesman for the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office says a woman was wounded. No information was immediately available on identities or how the victims were related.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office statement says precinct deputy constables were called to the house about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital.

The wounded woman was able to identify the gunman and direct deputies to him. Those deputies cornered the suspect in a nearby cul-de-sac. That standoff is ongoing.

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Mexico Apologizes After Helicopter Fires at U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Conducts Aerial Patrols Of U.S.-Mexico Border
As seen from the air, a helicopter is seen moving north through the Sonoran Desert in Tohono O'odham Nation, Ariz. on December 9, 2010. John Moore—Getty Images

Incident under investigation

A helicopter controlled by Mexican officials travelled across the border Thursday and fired on U.S. Border Patrol agents, a U.S. official said. Mexico apologized and No one was hurt in the incident, which is under investigation.

“At approximately 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning, a Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed approximately 100 yards north into Arizona nearly 8 miles southwest of the Village of San Miguel on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation while on a law enforcement operation near the border,” Peter B. Bidegain III, a spokesman for the United States Border Patrol, said in an email. “Two shots were fired from the helicopter but no injuries or damage to U.S. property were reported. The incident is currently under investigation.”

According to a local news report, the Mexican authorities were on a drug interdiction operation. Border Patrol Tucson Sector union president Art del Cueto told the Tucson NBC affiliate that Mexico has contacted U.S. authorities and apologized for the incident.

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Father of California Shooter: ‘We Didn’t See This Coming’

Barbara Walters is shown interviewing Peter Rodger, the father of Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger in Los Angeles
Barbara Walters is shown interviewing Peter Rodger, the father of Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, June 26, 2014. Reuters

Elliot Rodger's father didn't think his son “could hurt a flea”

The father of the California shooter who killed six during a rampage in May said in a new interview that he never saw it coming.

“Every night I go to sleep, I wake up and I think of those young men and young women that have died and who are injured and who were terrorized,” Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger, told ABC News in an interview airing Friday. “And my son did that. My son caused so much pain and suffering for so many families.

“We didn’t see this coming at all,” Rodger said, adding that he didn’t think his son “could hurt a flea.”

Rodger went on a shooting and stabbing rampage in Isla Visa, Calif., on May 23, killing six and injuring 13 before taking his own life.

 

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Las Vegas Shooting Suspects Wielded Nazi Swastika

Metro Police officers are shown outside a Wal-Mart after a shooting in Las Vegas
Metro Police officers are shown outside a Wal-Mart after a shooting in Las Vegas June 8, 2014. Steve Marcus—Reuters

Shooters had the Nazi symbol and a "Don't Tread on Me" flag

The shooters who killed two Las Vegas cops Sunday draped a Revolutionary-era flag and a Nazi swastika over one of the bodies, authorities said Monday, describing the killers as espousing views and carrying symbols that were “undoubtedly” white supremacist in nature.

The two suspects who killed a third civilian before taking their own lives draped a so-called Gadsden flag emblazoned with the words “don’t tread on me” over the body of one officer, and also placed on top of it a swastika and a note promising a “revolution,” Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters.

“There’s no doubt the suspects have some apparent ideology that’s along the lines of militia and white supremacists,” McMahill said during a news conference. But police cautioned that the shooters, identified as married couple Jerad and Amanda Miller, may not sympathize with the Nazi movement, and in fact seemed to associate police officers with Nazi oppression. “In other words, they believe that law enforcement is the oppressor and they’re associated with the Nazi movement,” McMahill said.

Police said the two suspects entered a pizza restaurant about noon local time Sunday, where they found two officers taking their lunch break. Jerad Miller, 31 pulled a handgun out of his backpack and shot officer Igor Saldo, 31, in the back of the head, police said. Officer Alyn Beck, 41, “reacted,” according to the police, and Amanda Miller, 22, removed a handgun from her purse and fired multiple shots into the officer.

The suspects then crossed the street and entered a crowded Walmart, where Miller fired one round in the air and ordered people to leave. Police said one shopper, Joseph Wilcox, attempted to confront Jarod Miller with a concealed weapon. Amanda Miller shot Wilcox, and then the two shooters fended off police with exchanges of gunfire, until they eventually turned their weapons on themselves, authorities said.

Police also said they were investigating reports that Jerad Miller was at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a standoff earlier this year between Bundy and federal land management officials, which became a flashpoint for some limited government activists. Bundy’s son later said the Millers had been at the ranch but were asked to leave, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said evidence currently suggests the shooters acted in “isolation.”

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2 Cops Killed in Las Vegas Shooting

Two suspects reportedly screamed “this is a revolution” before killing two cops and a third person, and then themselves

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Updated 7:14 a.m. E.T. on June 9

A married couple screamed “this is a revolution” before killing two police officers in Las Vegas on Sunday, authorities said, in a shooting rampage that ultimately left five people dead, including the suspects.

Police said the two suspects walked into a pizza restaurant and yelled about a “revolution” before killing the two officers—Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32—who were having lunch at the establishment. The suspects later fled to a nearby Walmart were they killed one bystander before taking their own lives in what authorities said appears to have been part of a suicide pact.

“What precipitated this event, we do not know,” Sheriff Douglas Gillespie told the Las Vegas Sun. “My officers were simply having lunch when the shooting started.”

The investigation into the shootings was ongoing late on Sunday. CNN, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, reports the couple had extremist views toward police. The The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, reports that the shooters draped their bodies in cloth displaying a Revolutionary War-era flag and that investigators also found materials associated with white supremacist groups.

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1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Seattle Shooting

Seattle Campus Shooting
A police officer stands near the scene of a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, June 5, 2014. Elaine Thompson—AP

Updated at 4:04 p.m. June 6

Police arrested a 26-year-old suspect Thursday after at least four people were shot near Seattle Pacific University. One victim has died.

Seattle Police Department Officer Paul McDonagh said the suspect, identified as Aaron Ybarra, “was armed with a shotgun and a knife.” Officers do not believe Ybarra was a student at the school. He is currently under investigation for murder.

The gunman shot four people before reloading, according to authorities, during which time a student security guard at Otto Miller Hall disarmed him using pepper spray. Authorities then took the suspected shooter into custody.

Ybarra has been hospitalized twice for mental evaluations, in 2010 and 2012, and he was heavily intoxicated both times, police said Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. In the second incident, he was found lying in a roadway.

The four victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One 19-year-old man died at the hospital. A 20-year-old woman who received a gunshot wound in her upper body is undergoing surgery, and a 22-year-old man and 24-year-old man are stable, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow Slam Critic for Shooter Link

Seth Rogen attends the world premiere of his movie Neighbors in Los Angeles on April 28, 2014 Adam Orchon—Sipa USA/AP

Hollywood stars Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow have called out Washington Post's film critic for suggesting their movies motivated the Santa Barbara shooting suspect. "I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed," tweeted Rogen

Actor Seth Rogen and director Judd Apatow have slammed the Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday for suggesting that their movies played a part in motivating the suspected Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger in last Friday’s bloody rampage, which resulted in seven deaths.

In an article published in the Post on Sunday, Hornaday wrote: “How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like Neighbors and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’? How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, ‘It’s not fair’?”

On Monday, Rogen tweeted:

And:

Director Judd Apatow weighed in:

While some Twitter users supported the Post critic’s piece, many others also laid into her arguments, claiming her Hollywood lashing was misguided.

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Last IDs Made in Calif. Killings

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A student weeps during a candlelight vigil on May 24, 2014, for those affected by a killing spree in Isla Vista, on the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus Robyn Beck—AFP/Getty Images

Authorities have identified the three men found fatally stabbed in the California apartment of Elliot Rodger, who police say also fatally shot three others and then committed suicide

Updated 11:56 p.m. E.T.

The Santa Barbara sheriff’s office Sunday said that authorities have identified three men found fatally stabbed in the California apartment of Elliot Rodger, according to the Associated Press.

The victims were 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong and 19-year-old George Chen — both from San Jose — and 20-year-old Weihan Wang of Fremont.

The three University of California at Santa Barbara students were the first victims of Friday night’s killing spree, in which police say Rodger fatally shot three others and then killed himself.

The suspected killer in a murderous rampage in Santa Barbara reportedly sent a detailed manifesto outlining his plans to his parents shortly before stabbing and shooting six people and taking his own life.

A friend of Rodger’s family told CNN that the 22-year-old emailed a 141-page document explaining his motives to a few dozen people, including his parents and a therapist.

In the document, Rodger referred to his plans as a “day of retribution,” when he would torture and kill “good-looking people” before launching a “war on women” to punish girls and women who he said had “starved [him] of sex.”

The manifesto also discussed his parents’ divorce and his unhappiness with his height. Rodger’s mother Li Chin received the email at 9:17 p.m. on the night of the shooting and immediately went to his YouTube page, where he had posted videos of himself setting out what he planned to do.

In a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” which has since been removed, Rodger promises to have “his revenge against humanity” — particularly the women who he claims were not attracted to him — after having suffered through “an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”

After watching the video, Rodger’s mother contacted Elliot’s father, The Hunger Games’ assistant director Peter Rodger, and called 911. The two began driving from Los Angeles to the Santa Barbara area and heard about the shooting along the way. Alan Shifman, the attorney for the family, said their son had been treated by multiple therapists.

Police suspect Rodger of killing three men in his apartment before going on a shooting spree that killed three more and injured 13 others near the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Associated Press reports. Rodger appeared to have then also killed himself.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said multiple semiautomatic handguns and hundreds of rounds, which had been legally purchased, were later found in the car Rodger had driven during the shooting.

The document Rodger left reportedly sets out how police came to check on him following a concerned family member’s call to the authorities. The deputies left after determining that Rodger did not need to immediately go to a mental-health facility. In the document, Rodger expressed relief that the officers did not search his apartment and find his writings and weapons, which would have halted his plans for revenge.

Hundreds of people gathered at a vigil on Saturday at the University of California at Santa Barbara to remember the victims of the shooting rampage.

The killings ignited a social-media conversation about everyday misogyny, harassment and rape culture following the discovery of the suspected killer’s disturbing YouTube video about the women who rejected him.

The Twitter took off Saturday evening to criticize the culture that teaches young men like Rodger to feel entitled to women without regard to women’s well-being or safety.

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