1………….> TX Shooting: Casualties
Between eight and 10 people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas high school, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez who told reporters the majority of the dead at Santa Fe High School were students.
A student is in custody after the attack at the school, which is about 40 miles (65km) south of Houston, with the death toll making this the deadliest school shooting since the one in February at Parkland, Florida.
The local education authority said “possible explosive devices” had been found at the school, as well as off-campus.
“Law enforcement is in the process of rendering them safe. The school has been evacuated,” tweeted Santa Fe Independent School District.
2…………> “Divide et Impera”: Trump Pressure
President Trump is pressuring Germany to pull out of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, by telling Chancellor Angela Merkel last month that Berlin should drop support for the pipeline linking Russia and Germany if it wants to avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war.
In return, Trump reportedly said the U.S. would start talks for a new trade deal with the European Union, after imposing tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports but gave EU countries until June 1 to negotiate new deals with the U.S.
“Germany hooks up a pipeline into Russia, where Germany is going to be paying billions of dollars for energy into Russia.
“And I’m saying: What’s going on with that? How come Germany is paying vast amounts of money to Russia when they hook up a pipeline? That’s not right,” Mr.Trump said.
3…………> Bloods Roundup: NC
Three high-ranking leaders of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United Blood Nation (UBN or Bloods) street gang, identified as Pedro Gutierrez, aka Magoo/Light/Inferno, 45; James Baxton, aka Frank White, 44; and Cynthia Gilmore, aka Cynthia Young/Lady Bynt, 42, Raleigh, North Carolina, were convicted by a federal jury sitting in Charlotte following a two-week trial.
“This guilty verdict represents a significant blow against the highest leadership of the Nine Trey Gangsters and the United Blood Nation,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “It reflects the sustained and extensive commitment by federal, state and local law enforcement, including the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, to disrupt and dismantle this and other prison and street gangs throughout the country.”
“UBN uses violence and intimidation to assert power over our neighborhoods and vicious tactics to bolster the image of an indestructible gang,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Today’s convictions of three high-ranking leaders delivered a blow to that myth, proving that UBN gangsters are no different than other common criminals – they can and will be found and prosecuted for their crimes. As we continue our efforts to curb gang violence and devastate gang networks in Western North Carolina, we have a message for the UBN and all other criminal organizations: We are coming for you. Person by person, set by set, clique by clique, and leader. You are in our sights. Your gang will be dismantled and you will be held accountable.”
4…………> Cyber Terrorist: MN
A New Mexico man named John Kelsey was sentenced in St. Paul, Minnesota, for directing computer attacks against the websites of his prior employers, business competitors and public services, and felon-in-possession of a firearm charge to serve 180 months in prison. Restitution to the victims of his computer attacks will be determined at a later date. Gammell pleaded guilty on Jan. 17, to one count of conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
According to admissions made in connection with his plea, from at least in or about July 2015 through in or about March 2017, Gammell engaged in a campaign of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on websites throughout the United States. A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to disable or interrupt service to a computer or website, usually by causing large amounts of Internet traffic to be directed to the computer or website. Gammell directed DDoS attacks at a number of victims’ websites, including websites operated by companies he used to work for, companies that declined to hire him, competitors of his business, and websites for law enforcement agencies and courts, among others.
5…………> Trump Property Shooting: A Gunman
Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said that a gunman who traded shots with police at Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami appeared to have been trying to lure officers into an ambush by firing shots at chandeliers on the hotel lobby ceiling. The 42-year-old local man turned gunman was also reported to have pointed the gun at people in the hotel building.
“We don’t know what his intentions were – his long-term intentions – but we know what he was trying to do,” Perez said, adding that, while the suspect “did succeed” in drawing police in, “he did lose.”
The suspect “began to yell out anti-Trump, President Trump, rhetoric,” Perez said. “The exact words I don’t know, but that’s what we know so far.”
“These officers did not hesitate one second to engage this individual that was actively shooting in the lobby of the hotel,” the police director added. “They risked their lives knowing that they had to get in there to save lives in that hotel.”
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