AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.
William Atchison, a former student at small-town Aztec High School, had legally purchased a handgun at a local store a month ago and planned the attack, authorities said. He left a message on a thumb drive found on his body that detailed his plan to wait until the students got off buses and made their way to class.
He mingled with students, then walked into school with them and went into a second-floor bathroom to “gear up.” Atchison’s plan was to shoot up a classroom and then kill himself.
“Work sucks, school sucks, life sucks. I just want out of this (expletive),” he wrote.
The incident — potentially inspired by Stephen Paddock’s 32nd-floor attack on ground-level concertgoers Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas — began late Tuesday when the Reno shooter took a woman hostage. She later was rescued without injury, and officials have not released her
Police respond to reports of a shooter at a high-rise luxury condominium building in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)
A gunman was killed by police after he fired shots from an elevated position at a luxury apartment complex in downtown Reno, Nev., shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Barricaded in a room on the eighth floor of the high-rise building, the shooter sent bullets raining onto the street below.
No other casualties have been reported, except for a woman who was injured in the hand, the Sparks Police Department said in a news release. She did not need medical treatment.
Few details about the incident were available Tuesday night. Neither the identity of the shooter nor the intended target was known.
Tuesday’s shooting at the Montage complex came less than two months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured
Students were playing in the schoolyard at Rancho Tehama Elementary, waiting for the morning bell to ring, when gunshots erupted a quarter mile away.
Teachers and staff immediately rushed the children into classrooms and under desks, locking the doors.
A white Ford F-150 crashed through the front gate as they hunkered down, the driver emerging with a semiautomatic rifle. Wearing a ballistics vest, he stormed into the quad and shot at the walls and windows, but was unable to enter the schoolrooms. After several agonizing minutes, the shots stopped. The gunman got back in the stolen pickup and moved on to other targets in this dusty enclave in the hayfields of Northern California.
A gunman “randomly picking targets” killed four people and injured at least 10 others, including two children, in a shooting rampage Tuesday during which he fired into an elementary school in rural Northern California, sheriff’s officials said.
The alleged gunman was shot dead by Tehama County law enforcement officials. Officers recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, which they believe were used by the shooter, according to Assistant Tehama County Sheriff Phil Johnston.
“People died here today,” Johnston said. “This is a very tragic event for all of us. There are children involved. It’s an emotional thing.”
Four Dead, Gunman Killed After NorCal Shooting Rampage
A gunman’s deadly rampage through rural Rancho Tehama on Tuesday was stopped when police rammed his vehicle and exchanged shots in a fierce gun battle, authorities said.
“The suspect was actually shooting at the police vehicle, back at them, the officer rammed the vehicle, forced it off the road, an exchange of gunfire — resulting in the shooter’s death,” said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.
The shooting ended what authorities described as a 45-minute attack through Rancho Tehama, a quiet reserve about 120 miles northwest of downtown Sacramento.
The gunman at one point terrorized a local elementary school. Witnesses said he crashed through the school’s gates with his truck and opened fire, spraying walls and classrooms with bullets. Teachers and other adults on campus frantically got the students under desks.
Before the rampage was over, five people were dead, including the gunman, and at least 10 were wounded.
The hotel where the Las Vegas gunman carried out a sniping attack on concertgoers last month is laying off employees and cutting back its hours—a cost-cutting measure as it deals with a shrinking number of guests since the hotel saw the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Several hundred employees at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino were affected by the cuts, according to local NPRaffiliate KNPR.
The cuts came after the hotel’s parent company, MGM, announced its third-quarter earnings, the first financial disclosure since the Oct. 1 attack that left 58 dead and more than 500 others injured after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor. After the attack, MGM Resorts’ stock plummeted but had steadily increased to its levels before the shooting. But company revenue is down 72 percent compared to last year’s earnings in the same quarter, decreasing from $535.6 million to
The gunman who killed 26 churchgoers in rural Texas on Sunday had escaped a psychiatric hospital while serving in the Air Force, according to a 2012 police report published Tuesday by Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV.
The shooter was hospitalized after making death threats against Air Force superiors and trying to smuggle weapons onto the base where he was stationed. Police took him into custody at a bus station in downtown El Paso, after escaping from a hospital a few miles away in Santa Teresa, NM, where he was sent after being charged in a military court with assaulting his wife and baby stepson.
The person who reported him missing from the hospital advised he “suffered from mental disorders” and “was attempting to carry out death threats” against “his military chain of command.” The report said the man “was a danger to himself and