WBEZ | shooting http://www.wbez.org/tags/shooting Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CPD holds community meeting for information in Tyshawn Lee shooting death http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/cpd-holds-community-meeting-information-tyshawn-lee-shooting-death <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tyshawn lee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tyshawn Lee was killed in broad daylight Monday in an alley in Chicago&rsquo;s south side Gresham neighborhood. Residents there are outraged and police are pleading with the community to find out who did it.</p><p>Tuesday night police held an outdoor community meeting to get the word out that it needs help finding the killer.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645" target="_blank"> WBEZ&rsquo;s </a><a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Michael Puente</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645" target="_blank"> was there and shares more details.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/half-black-millennials-know-victim-police-violence-113628" target="_blank">RELATED: Study shows 17.4% of black millennials &#39;very afraid&#39; of victimization from gun violence</a></strong></p></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/cpd-holds-community-meeting-information-tyshawn-lee-shooting-death How parents can talk to kids about school shootings http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-05/how-parents-can-talk-kids-about-school-shootings-113181 <p><p>Explaining tragic and traumatic events to kids is a challenge for parents, and the recent school shooting in Oregon no doubt fits into that category. It can be difficult to know where to start, or whether to bring up the topic in the first place.</p><p>We heard from listeners about how they have talked to their kids about Oregon and other tragedies and traumatic events. And child and adolescent psychiatrist Joshua Kellman, who has his own private practice and is on the faculty at the University of Chicago, shared his thoughts and advice.</p></p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-05/how-parents-can-talk-kids-about-school-shootings-113181 2 journalists killed during live broadcast in Virginia; suspect has died http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/2-journalists-killed-during-live-broadcast-virginia-suspect-has-died-112728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/vavictims.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>(THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED AT 3:43 P.M. ET.)</p><p>Two journalists for Virginia TV news station WDBJ were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.</p><p>Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring Vicki Gardner, the head of a local Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed. Gardner is now in stable condition, hospital officials say.</p><p>A suspect in the shooting was quickly identified &mdash; in part because of video taken at the scene &mdash; as Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, a former reporter for the station who was also known as Bryce Williams.</p><p>Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says Flanagan has died. He had suffered a gunshot wound when he was taken into custody by Virginia State Police after a car chase that came hours after the shooting; authorities earlier said Flanagan was in critical condition.</p><p>At a 2:15 p.m. news conference, Overton said that less than an hour earlier, Flanagan had &quot;died at Fairfax Inova Hospital in Northern Virginia, as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.&quot;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaStatePolice/posts/10153843969460101">In an earlier statement</a>, Virginia State Police described how the shooting suspect had fled and eventually reached Interstate 66, with police in pursuit.</p><p>The suspect refused to stop, ran off the road and crashed. When police approached the vehicle, they found he had suffered a &quot;gunshot wound.&quot; The man, police said, was taken to a hospital with &quot;life-threatening injuries.&quot;</p><p>In an interview with CNN, Jeffrey A. Marks, WDBJ-TV&#39;s general manager, said Flanagan was hired as a reporter, but about two years ago he was fired. During a separate broadcast on his network, Marks said Flanagan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he was fired.</p><p><a href="http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/law-enforcement-investigating-incident-at-bridgewater-plaza/34923086">The station reports</a>:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;This happened during a live broadcast around 6:45 a.m. ...</p><p>&quot;Adam was 27-years-old. Alison just turned 24.</p><p>&quot;Both were from the WDBJ7 viewing area.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>Video shows the camera panning to Parker in the middle of an interview as the gunman opens fire. Parker can be heard screaming.</p><p>The final image in the video shows the camera falling down and the feet of the presumed gunman walking out of the frame.</p><p>Hours after the shooting, a video from the gunman&#39;s perspective was posted to Twitter and Facebook under the name Bryce Williams. It shows a gunman quietly walking up on the live broadcast, looking toward the photographer (whose back was turned) and then pointing his gun at Parker before opening fire.</p><p>A man claiming to be Flanagan also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/26/434967497/alleged-gunman-in-virginia-shooting-called-himself-a-human-powder-keg">sent a 23-page fax to ABC News</a>, in which he said he had &quot;been a human powder keg for a while&quot; and took action after the Charleston, S.C., church shootings in June.</p><p>In addition to the Franklin County Sheriff&#39;s Office, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have sent personnel from Roanoke.</p><p>Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: Updates From News Conference</p><p>Former WDBJ employee Vester Lee Flanagan was taken into police custody after his car crashed into the median on I-66 in Virginia.</p><p>Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says Flanagan had switched cars, leaving his Ford Mustang at a Roanoke airport and driving away in a Chevrolet Sonic that he had rented before the attack. But the authorities tracked him as he drove up Interstate 81 and then onto I-66, and a police officer trailed him before activating her cruiser&#39;s emergency lights upon the arrival of backup.</p><p>Overton says Flanagan died at 1:30 p.m. ET, after being taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.</p><p>Update at 1:34 p.m. ET. A &#39;Senseless Tragedy&#39;:</p><p>In a written statement, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that he was &quot;heartbroken over this morning&#39;s senseless tragedy.&quot;</p><p>He said that as the state reflects on the shootings, residents should also begin thinking about how to prevent these kinds of things from happening.</p><p>&quot;Keeping guns out of the hands of people who would use them to harm our family, friends and loved ones is not a political issue; it is a matter of ensuring that more people can come home safely at the end of the day,&quot; McAuliffe said. &quot;We cannot rest until we have done whatever it takes to rid our society of preventable gun violence that results in tragedies like the one we are enduring today.&quot;</p><p>During his regular press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said this was yet another example of gun violence that has become prevalent.</p><p>There are things that Congress can do, he said, to have a &quot;tangible impact.&quot;</p><p>Update at 12:12 p.m. ET. Suspect Injured?:</p><p>Earlier today, WDBJ-TV, citing law enforcement officials, said the suspect had killed himself on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. The station later retracted that report, saying Flanagan was injured but still alive and in critical condition.</p><p>Update at 12:07 p.m. ET. Suspect Filed EEOC Complaint:</p><p>On the same Twitter account that posted video of the shooting, Flanagan also made it clear that he was angry at the reporter and the photographer.</p><p>He said he had filed a report with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.</p><p>Jeffrey A. Marks, WDBJ-TV&#39;s general manager, confirmed that Flanagan had filed that EEOC complaint.</p><p>Citing confidentiality provisions, the EEOC said it could not comment.</p><p>Update at 11:20 a.m. ET. Presumed Suspect Posts Video:</p><p>The presumed suspect in the shooting of the two WDBJ journalists posted a video of the attack filmed from his vantage point to Twitter and Facebook.</p><p>The video, which has since been taken down, shows the gunman walk up behind cameraman Adam Ward. Ward does not appear to be aware the gunman is there. As the cameraman pans to the left and the camera is pointed at reporter Alison Parker, the gunman raises a handgun and aims it at Parker,who also did not seem aware of the shooter&#39;s presence.</p><p>The gunman fires at least six rounds.</p><p>Parker runs out of the frame before the video goes black.</p><p>The Twitter account has also been suspended.</p><p>Update at 10:39 a.m. ET. Authorities Identify Suspect:</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/26/us/virginia-shooting-wdbj/index.html">CNN is reporting law</a>&nbsp;enforcement authorities know the identity of the presumed gunman. And the network is reporting that the woman being interviewed in the video survived.</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and is in surgery, said Barb Nocera, the chamber&#39;s special projects manager.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>The Stauton, Va., area&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2015/08/26/reports-shots-disrupt-wdbj-live-shot/32389087/">News Leader</a>&nbsp;is reporting:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Police think the shooting suspect headed north on I-81 and is in Staunton or Waynesboro near I-64.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p><object allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" data="http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_mtffbw4l/uiconf_id/16680472" height="345" id="kaltura_player_1440597733" name="kaltura_player_1440597733" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_mtffbw4l/uiconf_id/16680472" /><param name="flashVars" value="" /><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com">video platform</a><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_management">video management</a><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com/solutions/video_solution">video solutions</a><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_publishing">video player</a></object></p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/26/434868666/two-journalists-killed-in-shooting-during-a-live-broadcast-in-virginia?ft=nprml&amp;f=434868666" target="_blank">The Two-Way: Breaking News from NPR</a></p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/2-journalists-killed-during-live-broadcast-virginia-suspect-has-died-112728 2 military facilities attacked in Tennessee http://www.wbez.org/news/2-military-facilities-attacked-tennessee-112407 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ap_28602036494.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. &mdash; At least one gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, sending troops scrambling for safety in an Army recruiting office, officials said.</p><div><p>It was not immediately clear how many people may have been hurt. Maj. Paul Greenberg with the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication said &quot;we cannot confirm any casualties at this time.&quot;</p><p>Chattanooga police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that the active shooter situation was over, though there was no word on what had happened to the suspect or suspects.</p><p>Mayor Andy Berke said at a news conference that there&#39;s &quot;an officer down&quot; at a military reserve center. He did not release any other details. Berke called it a &quot;very terrible situation.&quot;</p><p>The U.S. Navy said in a tweet that there was a shooting at a Navy recruiting building on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga.</p><p>A facility 7 miles away on Old Lee Highway also was attacked. Brian Lepley, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky, said his recruiters there were told by law enforcement that the shooter was in a car, stopped in front of the facility, shot at the building and drove off.</p><p>The Army recruiters at the facility told Lepley they were not hurt and had evacuated; Lepley said he had no information about recruiters for the other branches at the facility.</p><p>Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge, 36, is the center leader for U.S. Army recruiting at that facility. He said four Army personnel were in the office at the time. He said the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all have their own offices right next to each other. Around 10:30 or 10:45 a.m., Dodge and the others heard a gunshot, &quot;which kind of sparked our attention,&quot; he said.</p><p>&quot;Shortly after that, just a few seconds, the shooter began shooting more rounds. We realized it was an actual shooting,&quot; he said. They then got on the ground and barricaded themselves in a safe place. Dodge estimated there were 30 to 50 shots fired.</p><p>He did not see the shooter or a vehicle.</p><p>The Army recruiting office was not damaged, but doors and glass were damaged at the neighboring Air Force, Navy and Marine offices.</p><p>President Barack Obama has been briefed by his national security team on the shooting involving two military sites in Tennessee. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the president will continue getting updates from his staff as needed.</p><p>The Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chattanooga sits between the highway and a pathway that runs through Tennessee RiverPark, a popular park at a bend in the Tennessee River northeast of downtown Chattanooga. It&#39;s in a light industrial area that includes a Coca-Cola bottling plant and Binswanger Glass.</p><p>The two entrances to the fenced facility have unmanned gates and concrete barriers that require approaching cars to slow down to drive around them.</p><p>Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at Binswanger Glass just across the street, said she heard a barrage of gunfire around 11 a.m.</p><p>&quot;I couldn&#39;t even begin to tell you how many,&quot; she said. &quot;It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew, there were police cars coming from every direction.&quot;</p><p>She ran inside, where she remained locked down with other employees and a customer. The gunfire continued with occasional bursts she estimated for 20 minutes.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re apprehensive,&quot; Hutcheson said. &quot;Not knowing what transpired, if it was a grievance or terroristic related, we just don&#39;t know.&quot;</p><p>They&#39;ve seen dozens of emergency vehicles rush by: bomb teams, SWAT teams, and state, local and federal authorities.</p><p>The Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway sits in a short strip between a Cricket Wireless and an Italian restaurant with no apparent additional security.</p><p>Near the other shooting location on Lee Highway, Nicholas Donohue heard a blast of gunshots while working at Desktop Solutions. But he had music playing and wasn&#39;t quite sure what the noise had been. He turned off the music and seconds later, a second blast thundered. He took shelter in a back room.</p><p>&quot;Even though it knew it was most likely gunfire I heard, you also don&#39;t want to believe it&#39;s happening in the moment,&quot; he said. &quot;Since I didn&#39;t see anything, I couldn&#39;t be sure.&quot;</p><p>By the time he emerged, police were cordoning off the area.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/2-military-facilities-attacked-tennessee-112407 Morning Shift: Food for thought (and a chocolate croissant, too) http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-21/morning-shift-food-thought-and-chocolate-croissant <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CSA-Flickr- Edsel L.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We critique some new breakfast options at Starbucks, and offer new ways to deal with your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provider. And, a shooting on a CPS &quot;safe passage&quot; route raises questions as the new school year approaches.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-48/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-48.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-48" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Food for thought (and a chocolate croissant, too)" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-21/morning-shift-food-thought-and-chocolate-croissant Empire State Building shooting leads to social media payday for one Instagrammer http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/empire-state-building-shooting-leads-social-media-payday-one-instagrammer-101934 <p><p>As the world tries to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/several-people-shot-outside-empire-state-building-101932">figure out the motives of the Empire State Building shooter</a>, one random Instagram photo provides a window into the dirty underbelly of photo licensing for wire services.</p><p>Here&#39;s what we know: Instagram user mr_mookie posted <a href="http://instagram.com/p/Otkc97L8Lu/" target="_blank">a photo of a man bleeding from a head wound</a> on a curb that was geo-located to the Empire State Building. The photo&#39;s caption reads &quot;<span class="comment-text">They shoot, aw made you look! No really tho. Dude got popped!&quot;</span></p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://instagram.com/p/Otkc97L8Lu/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="427" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingInsta.png" title="" width="620" /></a></div><p>After a few glib comments about how he couldn&#39;t be bothered to stop and help, the user added a slew of tags to the photo. After that, it was only minutes until comments started rolling in from other Instagram users claiming to be photo editors for major wire services or media outlets.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingInsta2.png" title="" /></div><p>Sure enough, the photo was licensed to multiple outlets within two hours of being posted. Here it is on the Associated Press photo wire, accompanied by this caption:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This photo posted to an Instagram account belonging to a person identified as mr_mookie, an eyewitness at the scene, shows a victim of a shooting being tended to by pedestrians outside the Empire State Building in New York, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. The identity or condition of the victim was not immediately known. Law enforcement officials in New York City say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building in violence that stemmed from a workplace dispute, and that the gunman has been killed by police. The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. Friday at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. (AP Photo/mr_mookie via Instagram)&quot;</p></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="423" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingAP.png" title="" width="619" /></div><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/mr.mook" target="_blank">A Facebook account for Muhammad Malik</a> is linked from the mr_mookie Instagram account. Malik soon started posting about all the reporters calling him about the photo:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingFB.png" style="height: 227px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>Then he turned to talking about getting paid for the photo and defending the glib caption.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingFB2.png" style="height: 222px; width: 300px;" title="" /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingFB3.png" style="height: 251px; width: 300px;" title="" /></div><p>He has a point -- I&#39;m not sure who to be more disgusted by: the media&#39;s bottomless appetite for photos of violence or the photographer&#39;s numb reaction. Interestingly, when the Aurora shooting happened mr_mookie had a much more somber response:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingInstaBatman.png" style="height: 430px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/empire-state-building-shooting-leads-social-media-payday-one-instagrammer-101934 Several people shot outside Empire State Building http://www.wbez.org/news/several-people-shot-outside-empire-state-building-101932 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP122117404151.jpg" style="float: right; height: 456px; width: 300px; " title="Police crime scene tape blocks 34th St. at Fifth Avenue after a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)" />A laid-off women&#39;s accessories designer shot a former coworker to death in front of the&nbsp;Empire&nbsp;State&nbsp;Building, causing a chaotic showdown with police Friday in front of one of the world&#39;s best-known landmarks. Police killed the suspect and at least nine others were wounded, some possibly by police gunfire, city officials said.</p><p>Some of the wounded were grazed by bullets and others hit directly, but all were expected to survive, officials said.</p><p>The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the&nbsp;building&nbsp;at around 9 a.m., a time of day when the sidewalks around the&nbsp;building&nbsp;are packed with pedestrians and merchants were opening their shops.</p><p>&quot;People were yelling &#39;Get down! Get down!&quot;, said Marc Engel, an accountant who was on a bus in the area when he heard the shots. &quot;It took about 15 seconds, a lot of &#39;pop, pop, pop, pop, one shot after the other.&quot;</p><p>Afterward, he saw the sidewalks littered with the wounded, including one person &quot;dripping enough blood to leave a stream.&quot;</p><p>After the shootout, crowds of tourists and people on their way to work gathered along 34th Street, which was shut down by police. Police helicopters buzzed overhead and swarms of officers were gathered around the crime scene.</p><p>Jeffrey Johnson, 58, was laid off about a year ago at Hazan Imports and fired three times at the company&#39;s 41-year-old office manager, shooting the man in the head, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The two had traded accusations of harassment when Johnson worked there, he said.</p><p>Johnson walked away, and a construction worker who saw the shooting followed Johnson and alerted police, officials said. Surveillance video footage shows Johnson reaching into a bag, pulling out a .45-caliber pistol and pointing it at officers, Kelly said. The officers drew their weapons and started firing, killing Johnson, Kelly said.</p><p>Kelly initially said that Johnson fired on officers, but police said later they were trying to determine whether Johnson actually fired shots.</p><p>The two officers fired a total of 14 rounds, he said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the nine wounded may have been shot by police in the mayhem. Johnson&#39;s semi-automatic weapon was equipped to fire at least eight rounds; at least one round was left in the clip, police said.</p><p>Johnson worked at the company near the&nbsp;building&nbsp;for about six years and was laid off because of downsizing, Kelly said.</p><p>&quot;We were just working here and we just heard bang, bang, bang!&quot; said Mohammed Bachchu, 22, of Queens, a worker at a nearby souvenir shop. He said he rushed from the&nbsp;building&nbsp;and saw seven people lying on the ground, covered in blood.</p><p>Queens resident Rebecca Fox, 27, said she saw people running down the street and initially thought it was a celebrity sighting, but then saw a woman shot in the foot and a man dead on the ground.</p><p>&quot;I was scared and shocked and literally shaking,&quot; she said. She said police seemed to appear in seconds. &quot;It was like CSI, but it was real.&quot;</p><p>Hassam Cissa, 22, of the Bronx, said he saw two bodies on the ground and police applying a white cloth to a man&#39;s stomach wound.</p><p>Gunshots so close to one of the city&#39;s leading tourist attractions immediately prompted fears of terrorism, but federal officials said that wasn&#39;t the case, and a guard at skyscraper said it didn&#39;t involve the parts of the&nbsp;building&nbsp;where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.</p><p>The gunfire came less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police near Times Square, another tourist-saturated part of the city. Authorities say police shot 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy after he lunged at officers with a kitchen knife Aug. 12. Kennedy was smoking marijuana in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon when officers first approached, police said. It was the beginning of an encounter that would stretch for seven crowded blocks.</p><p>&nbsp;In 1997, a gunman opened fire on the 86th floor observation deck of the&nbsp;Empire&nbsp;State&nbsp;Building, killing one tourist and wounding six others before fatally shooting himself.</p><p><em>Alex Katz, Samantha Gross and Julie Walker contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/several-people-shot-outside-empire-state-building-101932 Arizona congresswoman shot, at least six dead http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/arizona-congresswoman-shot-least-six-dead <p><p>Three-term Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head after a shooting that killed six people outside a supermarket.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Police say the gunman targeted Giffords as she met with constituents. Arizona's chief federal judge and a nine-year-old girl are among the dead.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik describes suspect Jared Loughner as mentally unstable and possibly acting with an accomplice. Authorities say the gun used was legal.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />There was further tension at a vigil later outside Giffords' office when a loud noise was heard. But authorities investigating a suspicious package say there was nothing explosive and the noise was caused by efforts to destroy the package and render it safe.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />There's been an outpouring of outrage, sadness and condolences from officials, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 09 Jan 2011 14:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/arizona-congresswoman-shot-least-six-dead