‘He’s still on fire!’: Boston Marathon bombing victim recalls his injuries as he testifies in penalty phase of Tsarnaev trial

When the first bomb went off at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line, Marc Fucarile tried to run for cover. The next thing he remembers is lying on his back, looking up at the sky, hearing a nurse yell, "He's still on fire!" Fucarile was the first person to testify Thursday for the prosecution in the penalty phase of the federal murder trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His nightmare started outside the Forum Restaurant, where he was waiting to cheer on a U.S. Marine friend who was running to honor fallen soldiers. After the second bomb exploded, he initially tried to stand up, but a nurse held him back. "That's when I realized something bad had happened," Fucarile told the jury after he wheeled himself to the witness stand. His right leg was blown off in the blast. His left leg was severely injured, and it's still unclear whether he will have to have it amputated. Each day he takes more than 60 pills to ward off infection and help with the pain. Prosecutors contend Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty. The jury must return a unanimous decision for Tsarnaev to receive a death sentence. Otherwise, the sentence will automatically be life in prison. Bomb victim Heather Abbott also testified Thursday, telling jurors she was thrown through the entrance of the restaurant when the second bomb went off. "I landed on the ground in a puddle of chaos, glass and blood in the restaurant," she told jurors. Her foot felt like it was on fire, she recalled. "It was extremely painful and I knew I couldn't get up and run," she said. Two women came to help her, including one who said the Hail Mary prayer. A tourniquet was tied around her left leg. In the hospital, doctors told her they might be able to save her leg but that it would be shorter than the other and require dozens of surgeries. She decided to have it amputated. "It was probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make," she told the jury. Three people died and Continue Reading

Accused killer cop Michael Slager fired by North Charleston PD, as Walter Scott’s brother says officer used victim ‘for target practice’

The brother of South Carolina police shooting victim Walter Scott says the white cop “was using my brother for target practice." "It was totally senseless," Rodney Scott told the Daily News on Wednesday. "I mean, eight shots? That was totally cold-hearted murder as far as I'm concerned." Scott's brother spoke out after Officer Michael Slager was fired by the North Charleston Police Department for fatally shooting the unarmed black man in the back on Saturday. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday after a sickening cellphone video of him killing Scott surfaced. “We were shocked, definitely shocked" by the video, Rodney Scott said. "I'm angry, but he's going to have to give an account for what he did, that was just a horrible thing that he did." Rodney Scott, 48, said he will bury his brother — a father of four and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran — on Saturday. He said he doesn’t believe Slager’s claim that he stopped his brother because of a broken brake light. “I knew my brother was always on the run for child support,” he said. “He made sure in every vehicle that all the lights were working. He would say, ‘I don't want to get stopped by police’.” S.C. COP MICHAEL SLAGER CHARGED WITH MURDER OF WALTER SCOTT But the grieving Scott brother said he would pray for Slager. "I hope he can make his peace with God knowing he hurt a family," he said. "He made a bad choice. All I can say is he has to get it right with God and I hope he can." Scott, 50, was engaged to the mother of University of Mississippi defensive end Fadol Brown, who considered him a father figure. “Walter Scott was my step dad,” Brown tweeted. “I loved him to death that cop didn't have to shoot him down like a dog like that ... gone miss you man.” Slager, 33, was arrested Tuesday after the telltale video was released by Continue Reading

Lupica: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s conviction finally brings justice for Boston Marathon victims

Finally, this was the end of the 2013 Boston Marathon on Wednesday afternoon, with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his brother blew up the middle of Boylston St. two years ago, and killed three people standing and cheering the end of the most famous road race in this world. Later an MIT officer named Sean Collier would be shot to death by the Tsarnaev brothers as they were the ones trying to run on the day of the Boston Marathon, the biggest day of the year in that city. But before that they placed their dirty homemade bombs in the street among innocent people. One of them was an 8-year old named Martin Richard. So the jury of seven women and five men spoke powerfully and eloquently on this day for the victims of the Marathon bombing, the first terrorist attack in this country since Sept. 11, 2001. They spoke for Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier and the boy Martin Richard. As Tsarnaev stood there in his black jacket, with a soul as black as ink, and heard one guilty verdict after another, perhaps the word “guilty” kept exploding inside his head the way his bombs exploded. And when you began to hear of the guilty verdicts, the litany of them, 30 in all, you could not help thinking first of Martin Richard and his family, behind whom this Tsarnaev stood that day before he just walked away, white baseball cap turned backwards, and left death behind him. EDITORIAL: FATE OF THE WAR CRIMINAL DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV Martin Richard died that day. His little sister had her left leg blown off. Her mother lost an eye to shrapnel. The eardrums of the father, Bill Richard, burst. Another Richard child, a son Henry, got away with cuts and bruises, along with holes in his heart and his childhood and his life. When it was over on Wednesday afternoon, Bill Richard hugged one of the prosecutors, Nadine Pellegrini, just because this was as much of an ending, for now, Continue Reading

Santa Barbara rampage victims sue county, cops, landlord over missed warning signs

LOS ANGELES — The parents of the first three victims of a deadly rampage in Santa Barbara last year are suing the county, the Sheriff’s Department and the apartment building where the killer lived, contending they ignored numerous warning signs that he was violent and unstable. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges negligence and violations of the victims’ constitutional right to due process under the law. Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed, shot and ran down people in the community of Isla Vista on May 23. He killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students and injured 14 other people before shooting himself as authorities closed in. His first three victims were his roommates, David Wang and James Hong, and a friend, George Chen, who were stabbed dozens of times with a nearly 9-inch boar-hunting knife. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of their parents. It contends that authorities, and the apartment building and its owners, ignored numerous warning signs that Rodger was dangerous, including failing to check his online postings in which he spouted venomous comments about women and others and bemoaned his virginity. After Rodger killed himself, police found three semi-automatic handguns and nearly 550 unspent rounds in his car. All were purchased legally. The lawsuit names Santa Barbara County, the Sheriff’s Department, Capri Apartments and Asset Campus Housing, a Texas-based company that provides student housing around the nation. The suit said that since Rodger moved into the Capri complex in 2011, he insulted and clashed with a string of roommates and exhibited bizarre behavior, yet the apartment owners failed to conduct reasonable background checks before assigning Hong and Wang as his roommates, and failed to warn them that “Rodger had had serious conflicts with his previous roommates and was not only racist but also potentially violent and 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

SEE IT: BBC News appears to fall victim to ISIS cyber-attack during live broadcast

Did ISIS hack the BBC? The British broadcaster's News Channel is feared to been the victim of a cyber-attack after the words "Je SuIS IS" appeared on TV screens, according to the Mirror. The word "CYBERCALIPHATE" was also seen during a report by the BBC's long-established Diplomatic Editor James Robbins. Back in the studio, presenter Clive Myrie apologized to viewers for the loss of the report. The incident happened on Thursday, just hours after the French channel TV5Monde was hacked and experienced a three hour blackout. TV5Monde's website and Facebook page were also attacked, prompting a call from France's culture minister to hold emergency talks with broadcasters. The BBC said the incident was an "operational error in which a graphic being used in BBC reports about the French cyber-attack was broadcast briefly by mistake during another time." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. 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

Cops hunting 7 train perv after victim takes his photo

He smacked her butt and she snapped back — with her camera. A 23-year-old woman groped on a Queens subway train whirled around and took a photo of her alleged attacker — and cops are now looking for the touchy-feely fiend. The victim was on a southbound No. 7 train rumbling toward 74th St. and Broadway in Jackson Heights at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday when the 5-foot-5 creep grabbed her buttocks, police officials said. The woman was stunned, but immediately took action: She pulled out her camera and snapped a crystal clear picture of the slimebag as he fled the train. The groper has been described as a 25-year-old Hispanic man wearing a blue-striped hoodie and a multi-colored cap. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Suge Knight murder case: Surviving hit-and-run victim claims he can’t remember details, won’t ‘snitch’ on music mogul

The star witness in Suge Knight's murder case testified Monday he was "extremely mad" but not packing heat when he punched the music mogul during a deadly confrontation at a burger stand in January. Cle (Bone) Sloan was subpoenaed by prosecutors and quickly turned into a hostile witness, saying he wasn't a "snitch" and had almost no memory of the incident that ended with Knight running him and local businessman Terry Carter over with a Ford Raptor truck. Carter, 55, died from his injuries. Partway through his testimony, Sloan pleaded the fifth and only continued once prosecutors granted him immunity. With his limited immunity, the 51-year-old former gang member told Knight's lawyer Matthew Fletcher that Carter would still be alive if not for a missed traffic turn that landed Sloan near Knight at Tam's Burgers in Compton, Calif., on Jan. 29. Sloan claimed he wasn't searching for Knight but was "very upset" because the co-founder of Death Row Records visited the set of the NWA biopic "Straight Outta Compton" earlier that day and dissed him. "To me that's the tragic thing about this whole thing. If I didn't miss that right turn, I don't think we'd be sitting here," he testified under oath at Knight's preliminary hearing. "So if it wasn't for your presence at Tam's, Mr. Carter would be here today?" Fletcher asked. "Correct," Sloan said. In a recorded police interview played in court, Sloan told cops that he asked Knight to leave the "Straight Outta Compton" set about three miles from Tam's because Knight "got the white folks scared." "We got into a shouting match," Sloan said on the recording, referring to the dispute set dispute with Knight. "I'm going to beat your ass," Knight allegedly threatened before a local police presence broke them up, according to Sloan. Sloan told police he demanded Knight leave because Dr. Dre's security team refused to move the Beats by Dre billionaire with Knight nearby. He said the two had bad Continue Reading

‘Mohawk’ woman accused of murder at Lincoln Houses will be offered a reduced charge; victim’s mother is outraged

The mohawk-sporting woman charged in a fatal shooting outside East Harlem’s Lincoln Houses in 2013 will be offered a chance to cop to manslaughter for a reduced sentence, and the victim’s mother is furious. Michelle (Mohawk) Graham, 35, is due in court Wednesday where prosecutors will offer her the chance to plead to first-degree manslaughter in exchange for 18 years behind bars in the killing of Olivia Brown, the Daily News has learned. Brown, 23, was stabbed and shot on July 23, 2013 — allegedly by Graham — just two days after mayoral hopefuls slept over at the trouble-ridden NYCHA development. Brown’s mother Crystal Brown plans to deliver a letter to Justice Ronald Zweibel in which she expresses outrage at the Manhattan district attorney’s softened stance. Graham faces up to life behind bars for second-degree murder, the top count in her indictment. “The criminal justice system is a total failure,” Brown writes in the letter, obtained by The News. “Michelle C. Graham should be removed from society for the rest of her life,” the mother adds. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading