Gunman opens fire in downtown Brooklyn in broad daylight, shoots man in leg: cops

People going about their business on a downtown Brooklyn block ran for cover Monday when a gunman opened fire in broad daylight and shot a 19-year-old man in the leg, police and witnesses said. A fight between two groups of young people got heated in front of a McDonald’s restaurant on Fulton St. near Hudson St. around 4 p.m., witnesses said. “They were arguing back and forth, they were just cursing back and forth,” said Annalise Thomas, 42, who works at Verizon offices nearby. Suddenly five gunshots rang out. Thomas, who was on lunch break, said she made a bee line for her office. “I went running to try and get into my building,” she said. “Everyone was just running and screaming.” Musician Andrew Vladeck, 44, was riding by on his bike just after the shooting. “I heard screaming and I looked at the corner and there were people running,” he said. The wounded man was rushed to Methodist Hospital Center, where he was in stable condition, police said, adding he was not cooperating with cops. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Alabama pharmacist puts hostage-taking gunman to sleep with pills

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama pharmacist told a man who took hostages he could have any drugs he wanted — then grabbed his gun and walked out of the building after he took the medications and fell asleep. Police say the situation began Tuesday morning when the gunman tried to rob the Redmont Pharmacy in Red Bay and took five people hostage. Pharmacy owner J.C. Weeks said store pharmacist Donna Weatherford talked the man into releasing a customer and other store employees. Weeks told WAFF 48 TV that Weatherford then told the gunman he could have anything he wanted in the pharmacy. She said she gave him the drugs he sought, and the suspect eventually fell asleep. Red Bay Police Chief Janna Jackson applauded Weatherford, saying she "really took control of the situation and saved lives, including her own." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Gunman in Australia committed murder-suicide in 2011 because planned threesome wasn’t going to happen, coroner says

A gunman in Australia committed a murder-suicide in 2011 because he could not have a threesome. John Clements was furious after turning up at his former girlfriend's house and discovering the plans for a threesome had fallen through, the Mercury reports. The 46-year-old had planned to sleep with ex Kylie Hales and current girlfriend Helen Scott. But Hales had spent the night with her ex-husband and when she returned to her home in Devonport, Tasmania, Clements assaulted her after going to her bedroom. He then left her house. A frightened Hales called a friend for help — Benjamin Aherne — but when Clements returned he shot Aherne dead, injured Hales and then turned the gun on himself. A coroner has just reported into the incident — which happened four years ago — and said Clement's fury at not getting a threesome triggered the tragic incident. "His expectation of sexual gratification by means of the proposed threesome was disappointed either shortly before or immediately after he entered the bedroom," said coroner Michael Brett. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jury clears NYPD cop of wrongdoing in his fatal shooting of gunman he mistook for armed robber

A Brooklyn civil jury determined Tuesday an NYPD cop did not use excessive force when he fatally shot a gunman who he mistook for an armed robber. The jury had deliberated one day in Brooklyn Federal Court before clearing Officer Kevin Murtha of any wrongdoing in a lawsuit brought on behalf of victim Duane Browne, who was felled by a single shot to the chest on Jan. 12, 2011. Murtha, of the 75th Precinct, had responded to a 911 call of a home invasion robbery in progress on Schenck Ave. in East New York. They drove into the alley behind the house — unaware that the robbers fled out the front door. Browne, 26, heard a commotion and became aware that his half-brother was being held at gunpoint. He grabbed an illegal .38 caliber revolver and was confronted by Murtha outside the rear basement door. “He came out of the house in a very abrupt manner,” Murtha testified. “I looked down at his hands and saw the silver gun. I yelled 'Drop the gun!' twice … I felt he was going to shoot me.” The shooting occurred one month after another cop from the same 75th Precinct, Peter Figoski, was gunned down while responding to a home invasion robbery. The suit was filed by Alexis Villafana, the mother of Browne's 10-year-old son. City lawyer Duane Blackman said the cop's use of force was "very reasonable." Judge Frederic Block ruled the city could not tell jurors that marijuana, a scale, and $160,000 in cash was recovered from the scene. Last week, the judge dismissed claims against Murtha's fellow cops, David Siciliano and Thomas Stech, alleging they had delayed medical treatment of the mortally wounded man at the scene. Continue Reading

Gunman aimed pistol at police in Brooklyn: cop sources

Cops opened fire on a gunman who took aim at them in Brooklyn late Friday, police sources said. Cops from the Housing Bureau were patrolling the Van Dyke Houses on Dumont Ave. when they saw 31-year-old Joseph Deval firing a pistol into the air. As the officers approached, Deval whirled around at the cops, but did not fire, police said. A cop fired off two rounds at Deval, but missed him, officials said. Deval ran off, but police caught up to him and confiscated his gun. No injuries were reported. Charges were pending Friday night. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Swiss gunman kills 5, including wife’s parents, brother and himself

A shooting in a sleepy Swiss town has left five people dead, including the suspected gunman. Police found bodies inside and outside a residential building in Wuerenlingen, Switzerland, reports the BBC. The shooting is likely a "relationship crime," or the result of domestic dispute, Aargau canton police chief Michael Leupold said at a press conference. Police "were able to rule out a terrorist background," he added. The suspected gunman first killed three people — a 58-year-old man, a 57-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man — in the house, police official Markus Gisin said. Police believe he then killed a neighbor, 46, outside the house before shooting himself.  Shots were first heard about 11 p.m. on Saturday. The victims in the house were the parents-in-law and brother-in-law of the suspected gunman, a 36-year-old who lived in Schwyz canton, south of Zurich. All were Swiss nationals. The gunman's wife and three children weren't targets. The town, which has 4,000 residents, is north of Zurich and located in a German-speaking part of Switzerland. With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Police capture gunman at Halliburton facility in Canada without injuries: reports

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police captured a lone gunman who fired multiple rounds at a Halliburton facility in Alberta without any injuries, according to reports. Shots rang out in the southwest industrial area of the town of Clairmont near Grande Prairie in the western section of the energy-producing province, police said. Cops surrounded the facility and cut off traffic after witnesses reported hearing gunfire at around 7:50 p.m., the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune reported. They arrested a 58-year-old male suspect without any shots being fired, CBC News reported. The area contains about 9,000 oil and gas wells, netting 2 million cubic meters of oil annually and more than 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas, according to a 2014 economic profile released by the city of Grande Prairie. Houston-based Halliburton announced 6,200 layoffs in Alberta in February amid slumping oil and gas prices, the Calgary Herald reported. Follow on Twitter @tobysalkc Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Pamela Anderson takes 18-year-old son Brandon as date to ‘The Gunman’ premiere

Pamela Anderson walked the red carpet with a very special date — her son. Brandon Lee escorted his famous mama to the premiere of "The Gunman " in Los Angeles Thursday evening. The 18-year-old is the child of Anderson and her former rocker husband, Tommy Lee. The blond starlet, 47, who was sporting a new do, turned heads in a plunging-neckline gold dress just one month after splitting from husband Rick Salomon for the third time. Anderson and Salomon's on-again, off-again relationship started in 2007. The couple first married in Las Vegas and had it annulled quickly after. The duo then reunited and married again at an unknown date in 2014. Anderson went on to file for divorce from the poker player in July of that year before taking it back the next month. She most recently filed again in February and this time around she asked for spousal support. Continue Reading

Gunman kills 3 in Las Vegas, is in critical condition after shooting self in head: police

A domestic dispute at a Las Vegas apartment complex led to a rampage Tuesday night that left three people dead and one clinging for life, police announced Wednesday. A 21-year-old man allegedly killed his wife, her 18-year-old stepdaughter and the stepdaughter’s boyfriend before shooting himself, KVVU reported. The fatal faceoff followed an argument between the suspect and one of the victims, police said. The names of the victims have not been released. The shooting was reported 10:13 p.m. at the Broadway Talavera apartment building. The three victims had run out of the complex and the alleged gunman followed and shot them, police said. Police discovered the wife, 33, stepdaughter and the girl's boyfriend, 21, shot in a walkway outside. The suspect was found wounded in the apartment after shooting himself in the head. He is in critical condition at a hospital and is not expected to survive. If he does, he will be charged for the killings, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. "He'll be held accountable one way or another," Capt. Christopher Tomaino told local media. He said there were no living witnesses to describe what happened before the bloodshed. The wife was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other victims died in a hospital. Las Vegas Police did not return a request for comment. Follow @jaysunsilver ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Pa. high school student spreads rumor of gunman on campus as April Fools’ Day joke

A Pennsylvania high school student playing a mean April Fools’ Day prank on her parents caused a massive scare Wednesday when she falsely said there was an active gunman on campus. Reports of a “shooter” at State College Area High School’s South Building were unsubstantiated, police said, after numerous officers responded to a 911 call from the female student’s home about 9 a.m. The teen, whose identity has not been released, admitted she sent her parents the text message, warning them a shooter was at the school, as a joke, State College police said. The alarmed parents immediately called authorities. The incident is under investigation by State College Area School District officials and police. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading