SEE IT: Video of fistfight between two Stockton women might be clue in fatal drive-by shooting

A fistfight between two women might have led to a drive-by shooting that killed three people and injured four outside a Stockton, Calif. convenience store Tuesday night. Stockton police are investigating a video that shows two women fighting for almost seven minutes on a street right outside the Madison Market, just hours before the shooting, FOX40 reported. The women, who aren't identified in the clip, are seen relentlessly brutalizing each other, pausing only for a few moments when a police car drives by and then starting the brawl again once it's gone. It's not clear if either woman in the clip, which was shot by a suvivor of the shooting, is connected to the drive-by. Police still haven't identified any suspects or motivation in the attack, which Police Chief Eric Jones now calls one of the worst mass shootings in Stockton's history. A video of two women fighting for almost seven minutes might be a clue to the cause of the fatal drive-by, police said. On Wednesday, the deceased victims were identified as Aliyah Taylor, 20, Kavin Kennebrew, 23, and Arniska Lofton, 27, all from Stockton. Lofton was incorrectly rumored to be pregnant when she was first identified. The other four victims, who haven't been identified, are expected to survive, police said. The area around the market is known for gang and drug activity, but neither has been officially connected to the case. One neighbor near the market said plenty of people know the answer to the crime — but they're afraid to speak up. "The streets talk," a man who identified himself as Dewayne $tackz told the Stockton Record. "Of course I know who did it," he said. "It's not a mystery who did it." $tackz declined to give specifics but summarized the shooting in two words: "Hostile takeover." Follow @jaysunsilver Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Harlem shooting victim near Key Food was intended target

One of the victims in a violent shooting in Harlem was the intended target all along, the Daily News has learned. Mildred Mahazu, 76, and Francis Norman, 51, were both wounded around 7 p.m. Monday night when shots rang out near the Key Food grocery store on W. 140th St., cops said. Mahazu was shot in the neck but the elderly woman was expected to survive, cops said. Norman, shot in the stomach and buttocks, will also live — but cops now suspect the shooter meant to hit him, police sources said. Cops have identified the gunman as a 19-year-old with seven past arrests. Four of them are sealed and at least two include menacing and assault, The News has learned. The alleged shooter, who is not yet in custody, was walking past the Key Foods with a woman at his side Monday night when he and Norman locked eyes, sources said. The victim whipped out a knife, and then the suspect pulled out a 9-mm. gun and opened fire, the sources said. The alleged shooter dropped the gun after pulling the trigger, but grabbed it again and took off, police said. Police were able to find the suspect’s companion. Inside her apartment they discovered the 9-mm. that police believe was used at the shooting scene, the sources said. Mahazu, who was shot in the neck, was conscious at the scene and talking, witnesses said. Norman’s sister had rushed outside when she heard gunfire. She denied that her brother played any role in the outbreak of violence. “He didn’t have nothing to do with it, he’s just a dope fiend hanging on the corner,” said Norman’s sibling, who identified herself only as Tia. A police source said Norman had a lengthy rap sheet with up to 20 arrests. The last one was in 1998 for burglary and he did a stint in prison that ended in 2003, the source said. Moments before Mahazu and Norman were shot, in Fred Samuel Playground across the street, witnesses said a young man walked up to a Continue Reading

Video of South Carolina cop shooting Walter Scott is ‘going to cost’ police dearly: NYPD counter terrorism chief

The video of a white cop in South Carolina shooting and killing a fleeing black man is "going to cost" New York cops and police across the country dearly, the NYPD's counter terrorism head said Thursday. "This video is going to cast a pall for a time," NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-Terrorism John Miller said on CBS This Morning. "People are going to come back to this video when they hear a police account of things and they're going to say, 'Well, what about that case?'" North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager was fired and is facing murder charges for shooting Walter Scott eight times following a Saturday morning traffic stop. Slager, 33, initially told his superiors that Scott, 50, took his Taser. He also said he feared for his life during a struggle with the older man. GUEST COLUMN: FEDS MUST FIND STATS ON BLACKS KILLED BY COPS His claims were questioned when a video taken at the scene shows Scott more than 15 feet away as Slager opens fire. Miller said NYPD officers are trained to use deadly force against a fleeing suspect only if there is a high probability that the person will immediately harm or kill someone else. "If you have a fleeing suspect, and remember we don't have a fleeing felon here as far as we know, we have a fleeing guy with a broken tail light, you are supposed to chase that person down and use whatever force is necessary at that point," Miller said. "If someone is running away from you, they don't pose a threat to you." Continue Reading

Indiana man too busy ‘chilling’ to turn himself over to cops for role in shooting of five victims: police

The man suspected in a shooting that wounded five people including three little boys at an Indiana apartment won’t be turning himself in this weekend. He’s too busy “chilling.” The victims included three young siblings, ages 2, 4 and 6, who were struck by Domonique Stone’s alleged hail of gunfire at an Indianapolis home last week, according to Indianapolis Metro Police. Detectives issued a warrant for Stone’s arrest on burglary, armed robbery and firearm charges, but have yet to capture the 24-year-old. Now they're turning to the public for help. “I’ll turn myself in next week. I want to chill this weekend,” is what Stone told investigators. He’s one of three people believed responsible for the April 5 attack involving an assault rifle, according to WTHR-TV. Two women, a 25-year-old and her mother, both of whom likely knew the attackers, are also related to at least one of the young victims. Hours after last week’s shooting, a family friend of the victims addressed the gunmen in an open statement instructing them to surrender to authorities. “Let justice prevail, just turn yourself in,” Willie Taylor told WTHR-TV. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Oklahoma wildlife officer shoots dead wanted man who tried to drown him during fishing license check: officials

An Oklahoma wildlife officer shot dead a man wanted in Arkansas for a parole violation after the absconder tussled with the officer and tried to drown him in a pond, officials said. The unidentified officer was checking three men for fishing licenses near Bunch, Okla., just after 11 a.m. Sunday morning when he learned 29-year-old Billy Joe Patrick had an active warrant out for a parole violation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. When the officer tried to take Patrick into custody, he struggled and started a fight, authorities said. “The men fell into a pond where the suspect tried to hold the officer's head under water,” the department said in a statement. “The officer fought his way above the water and shot the suspect. The man died at the scene.” The officer was treated for minor injuries, authorities said, and won’t be named unless he is arrested or charged with a crime. Further details are sparse, and an agency spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment. Officials said the OSBI will investigate, with help from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, before the district attorney determines whether the shooting was justified. A fishing license costs $25 for the year for Oklahoma residents, while nonresidents pay $55 for a fishing permit. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Cleveland toddler gains control of ‘untended’ firearm, fatally shoots 1-year-old boy in head: Police

A 1-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound to the head Sunday, and investigators believe it happened when a 3-year-old boy managed to get his hands on a loaded handgun and squeezed off a round, authorities in Cleveland said. Investigators suspect the a 3-year-old accidentally fired a fatal round into the baby boy's head after discovering a handgun inside a house in the city’s East Side, ABC 5 reported. “It’s a sad day for Cleveland,” Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters outside the house on Sunday.  The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the 1-year-old boy as Braylon S. Robinson, according to the news website Cops are still trying to determine how the 3-year-old managed to gain possession of the weapon, but Williams described the firearm as “untended." He said that at least one adult was home at the time of the fatal shooting, ABC 5 reported. Williams did not name the homeowner, but said charges would likely be brought against the person responsible for the firearm. The somber chief also blasted gun culture in the Midwestern city and across the nation. “This is a senseless loss of life for this city again, and it’s directly related to guns,” Williams said. “We need to really take a hard look at the things we’re doing out there on the state, local and the national level to get some of these guns out of our communities, because nothing good ever happens.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Shootings, homicides are up in the city — except Brooklyn

Brooklyn is bucking the trend. It is the only borough where homicides, shootings and shooting victims are down this year as gun violence numbers shot up nearly everywhere else in the city, data shows. Police and prosecutors attributed the nascent — but promising — success to innovative crimefighting tactics meant to discourage potential gang members from taking part in street wars and surgically target those who do. While it’s too early to make causal conclusions, fewer bullets are flying in New York’s most populated borough. Total murders in Brooklyn are down by three this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to statistics published April 19. By contrast, there were four additional murders each in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, with no change in Staten Island. Shooting incidents are up 5.3%, with spikes in each borough except Brooklyn, where they’re down 11.7%. The number of shooting victims is up 3.3% citywide, but down 15.7% in Brooklyn. Officials pointed to increased cooperation between law enforcement agencies and to a carrot-and-stick approach. “Operation Ceasefire is working,” said NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis. The program, which started in December, reaches out to gangbangers and potential recruits, offers them social services, and tries to persuade them to refrain from violence that can get them killed. Those who don’t listen are dealt with differently — and harshly. “What we want to do is intelligently target those groups,” Mark Feldman, who heads the Brooklyn district attorney’s Crime Strategies Unit, said of the 90 or so street crews on their radar. The unit, established less than a year ago, identifies the leaders and gunmen in each gang and assists local precincts in going after them. When a target is arrested anywhere in the city, an alert comes in and efforts are made to keep that gangster off the streets, sources Continue Reading

Lupica: Cop was the bad guy with a gun in Walter Scott shooting

Here was Walter Scott, a black man in America running for his life even if he didn’t know it at the time, running the way black men probably ran from men with guns 150 years ago in South Carolina. Here was Walter Scott about to take four bullets in the back and one to the ear, the victim running away from the white cop this time instead of coming at him, the way Michael Brown did in Ferguson, Mo., before another white cop who said he feared for his life took out Brown. MOM OF S.C. COP 'CAN'T' WATCH SHOOTING FOOTAGE OF WALTER SCOTT There was no video like this in Ferguson when Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown dead in the street. But there was in North Charleston, S.C., a young man named Feidin Santana shooting video of Officer Michael Slager with his phone as Slager was putting one bullet after another in Scott’s back. So this was another home video sent out by America to the rest of the world it still says it wants to lead in something other than shooting people dead, sometimes in broad daylight. This really was Walter Scott getting gunned down like it was 1860 in South Carolina, by a white cop who thought he could get away with doing that because of a dispute that started with a traffic stop. Maybe this is one South Carolina version of modern policing — broken tail-light policing, instead of broken windows. You stop the black man in the car and Taser him and then give him a running start — in the opposite direction, in that way the opposite of Ferguson — before you open fire. “This is what passes for progress right now in America, even if it’s morbid progress,” Wesley Bell of Ferguson, Mo., says. “This happened on Saturday and already the officer has been charged with murder.” Bell is a 40-year-old professor of criminal justice and legal studies at St. Louis Community College, one of two African-Americans elected this week to the Ferguson Continue Reading

State senator pushing NYC to stop parking ban for street fairs, movie shoots when alternate-side parking is suspended

A state senator is pushing New York City to stop barring parking for street fairs and movie shoots on days alternate-side parking is suspended for holidays. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) said it causes confusion because motorists assume their cars can stay put on those days. He griped that parking is restricted in part of Brooklyn Heights for a photo shoot Friday through Sunday, when alternate-side parking is suspended for Good Friday and Passover. Continue Reading

Ex-guards get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

WASHINGTON —  A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Slatten, who witnesses said was the first to fire shots in the incident, to life on a charge of first-degree murder. The three other guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were each sentenced to 30 years and one day in prison for charges that included manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and using firearms while committing a felony. Lamberth announced the sentences after a daylong hearing at which defense lawyers had argued for leniency and presented character witnesses for their clients, and prosecutors asked that those sentences - the minimums mandatory under the law - be made even harsher. He rejected both requests. "Based on the seriousness of the crimes, I find the penalty is not excessive," Lamberth said. All four were convicted in October for their involvement in the killings in the crowded traffic circle in downtown Baghdad. The legal fight over the killings has spanned years. Prosecutors described the shooting as an unprovoked ambush of civilians and said the men haven't shown remorse or taken responsibility. Defense lawyers countered that the men were targeted with gunfire and shot back in self-defense. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Martin urged the court to consider the gravity of the crime as well as the sheer number of dead and wounded and "count every victim." "These four men have refused to accept virtually any responsibility for their crimes and the blood they shed that day," Martin said. Video monitors Continue Reading