Monthly Archives: January 2017

Murder trial opens in Lower 9th Ward mass shooting that killed 2, disabled 2 toddlers

It was one of New Orleans’ most notorious recent mass shootings, a 2014 drive-by attack outside a home in the 5400 block of Burgundy Street in the Lower 9th Ward that left two people dead and five others injured, including two toddler boys who survived gunshots to their heads.

As testimony opened Tuesday (Jan. 31) in the murder trial of accused gunmen Blair “Blood” Taylor, 23, and Joseph Nelson, 26, the horror of the scene was thrust before jurors through chaotic New Orleans police body-worn camera footage, dozens of gruesome crime scene photographs and the harrowing testimony of city paramedics about the injuries they treated – or couldn’t – on that hot Sunday night.

“This is a crime so heinous,” assistant district attorney Inga Petrovich warned jurors in her opening statement, “I promise you will be different when you walk out of this courtroom later this week.”

Taylor and Nelson each are charged

Read more at: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/01/two_face_murder_charges_in_low.html

San Francisco Police Step Up Patrols Near Mosques Following Quebec Mass Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police say they’re taking measures to increase their presence around San Francisco’s mosques in response to a mass-shooting that killed six people Sunday in Quebec City, according to a statement issued this evening.

“San Francisco pays close attention to events that happen around the world,” Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

When attacks like the one in Quebec City happen, Gatpandan said, the SFPD steps up their patrols around similar locations in the city in “an abundance of caution.” In the past, that’s included regularly driving by those locations and positioning officers nearby when they know that attendees will be there.

“We don’t wait for calls to be made, we are proactive by checking on these locations routinely,” Gatpandan said.

Police said they’ve expressed their condolences to the imams of San Francisco’s mosques and offered their services in an effort to help people feel more secure.

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Read more at: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/01/31/san-francisco-police-step-up-patrols-near-mosques-following-quebec-mass-shooting/

Best-selling author Lisa Gardner turns to spree killing in ‘Right Behind You’

Lisa Gardner’s deft touch with psychological thrillers has landed her repeatedly on bestseller lists, and her latest novel is sure to put her there again.

In “Right Behind You” (Dutton, 400 pages, $27), Gardner brings back fan favorites Pierce Quincy, a retired FBI profiler, and his wife, Rainie Conner, a former police officer. They’re preparing to adopt their 13-year-old foster daughter, Sharlah, who carries scars from child neglect and from watching her parents die violently when she was 5. Then Quincy gets a call from the local sheriff: A convenience store clerk and customer have been shot to death. And the leading suspect is Sharlah’s older brother, Telly, whom she hasn’t seen in eight years – since he killed their parents.

Gardner, who grew up in Hillsboro and is a 1989 graduate of Glencoe High School, talked recently from her New Hampshire home about “Right Behind You,” which publishes Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2017/01/lisa_gardner_right_behind_you.html

‘Right Behind You,’ A Conversation with Lisa Gardner

A serial killer kills more than three people in multiple locations over a longer period of time. A mass murderer kills multiple people in one location in a single explosion of violence. A spree killer, on the other hand, is essentially, a combination of both of these murderers: there are multiple fatalities in different locations in a short period of time. One of the hallmarks of a spree killer is that often, the first killing occurs close to him. It might be a domestic situation or workplace violence. There’s a great deal of bottled-up rage and in that final explosion, the killer does what he wanted to do all along, namely, pull that trigger. They basically have a psychotic break. They then become a danger to anyone unfortunate enough to cross their paths. That makes it a time-sensitive case because after that first killing spree, all bets are off.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/right-behind-you-a-conversation-with-lisa-gardner_us_58907617e4b080b3dad6fb6b

Rising Numbers of Criminals Are Using Facebook To Document Their Crimes

This week three men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of raping a woman in an apartment in Uppsala, about an hour north of Stockholm. It wasn’t difficult for the police to find the suspects because they broadcast the alleged assault on Facebook Live. Several viewers reported the footage and police swarmed the apartment to take the men into custody.

Facebook Live allows anyone to broadcast a video directly from their smartphone to the social network. Despite a wide-reaching advertising campaign urging people to use the feature to share heartwarming life moments, it’s gained a reputation for much grittier subject matter: the torture of a young man with disabilities in Chicago; the musings of a spree killer being chased by police ; child abuse and now gang rape.

In each case the impulse to ‘go live’ was ferociously

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Who is accused Quebec mosque mass killer Alexandre Bissonnette?

Alexandre Bissonnette is escorted to a van after appearing in court for yesterday's deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. Photo / AP
Alexandre Bissonnette is escorted to a van after appearing in court for yesterday’s deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. Photo / AP

Canadian authorities charged a 27-year-old university student known for his far-right sympathies with six counts of first-degree murder in a mass shooting the day before at a local mosque.

Alexandre Bissonnette, described by neighbours and acquaintances as a socially awkward introvert who had recently adopted virulent political views, was also charged with five counts of attempted murder with a restricted firearm.

The five surviving victims were still in the hospital, with two of them in critical condition, although hospital officials said their injuries were not life-threatening.

Handcuffed, his feet manacled and wearing a white prison jumpsuit, Bissonnette reportedly looked at the

Read more at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11791932

Fort Lauderdale Mass Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 22 Federal Counts

The suspected mass shooter in a deadly attack earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has pleaded not guilty to his nearly two dozen charges, PEOPLE confirms.

Esteban Santiago, 26, entered his plea during an arraignment on Monday morning. He has been accused in a 22-count federal indictment in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting that killed five people and wounded six more. 

A judge read each count to Santiago and asked him if he understood the charges, according to CBS News. At the end of the hearing, Santiago’s attorney told the judge he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He is requesting a jury trial.

Santiago’s defense attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Read more at: http://people.com/crime/fort-lauderdale-shooting-suspect-not-guilty/

Facebook Inc(NASDAQ:FB): Criminals Increasingly Using FB Live …

Much in the way that criminals of bygone eras would send letters to newspapers trumpeting their crimes, or taunting law enforcement with phone calls, modern criminals are now using Facebook Live to broadcast their misdeeds in real-time. What’s worse, the severity and scope of the crimes seems to be escalating:

Facebook Live allows anyone to broadcast a video directly from their smartphone to the social network. Despite a wide-reaching advertising campaign urging people to use the feature to share heartwarming life moments, it’s gained a reputation for much grittier subject matter: the torture of a young man with disabilities in Chicago; the musings of a spree killer being chased by police; child abuse and now gang rape.

Criminals aren’t known for their intelligence, and in many of these cases, they’re quickly caught and convicted due to the overwhelming evidence. Still, the trend of documenting crimes on Facebook

Read more at: http://etfdailynews.com/2017/01/30/facebook-is-criminals-new-preferred-platform-for-broadcasting-crimes-live/

Facebook Is Criminals’ New Preferred Platform For Broadcasting Crimes Live

Much in the way that criminals of bygone eras would send letters to newspapers trumpeting their crimes, or taunting law enforcement with phone calls, modern criminals are now using Facebook Live to broadcast their misdeeds in real-time. What’s worse, the severity and scope of the crimes seems to be escalating:

Facebook Live allows anyone to broadcast a video directly from their smartphone to the social network. Despite a wide-reaching advertising campaign urging people to use the feature to share heartwarming life moments, it’s gained a reputation for much grittier subject matter: the torture of a young man with disabilities in Chicago; the musings of a spree killer being chased by police; child abuse and now gang rape.

Criminals aren’t known for their intelligence, and in many of these cases, they’re quickly caught and convicted due to the overwhelming evidence. Still, the trend of documenting crimes on Facebook

Read more at: http://etfdailynews.com/2017/01/30/facebook-is-criminals-new-preferred-platform-for-broadcasting-crimes-live/

Mass shooting at Mosque assault on tolerance

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2017 /CNW/ – Unifor pledges to continue to act in solidarity with the Muslim community and offers its support to the people of Québec City, following the deadly terror attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.

“While this terrorist act targeted the Muslim community, it is an assault on all who believe in tolerance and respect. This heinous attack is a reminder that we must continue to work vigilantly against Islamophobia and all hate-based violence,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. 

Unifor extended its support and sympathy to the loved ones of the victims, to the injured and their families and to traumatized survivors. Six lives were lost and five others are fighting to survive after they were shot by two gunmen in a targeted attack of hate while attending Sunday evening prayers.

Read more at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mass-shooting-mosque-assault-tolerance-170100224.html