The suspect announced he would carry out a ‘Virginia Tech-style’ shooting online just minutes before the event took place. He completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy training, a DHS-sponsored training curriculum in which average citizens learn how to ‘work with police,’ and receive ‘active shooter’ scenario training, or even how apprehend suspects at traffic checkpoints.
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — An 18-year-old community college student was charged with wounding two women with a shotgun at a mall branch of the school in southwestern Virginia Friday afternoon.
Just before the attack, writing from inside the school, he posted his intentions to an online message board, noting he was “10 minutes away from Virginia Tech.”
Police said Neil Allen MacInnis, of Christiansburg, was subdued by an off-duty mall security guard and two officers shortly about 2 p.m. at the New River Valley Mall. He is being held without bail at the Montgomery County Jail.
Last year, MacInnis, who is enrolled at New River Community College, completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy training, Police Chief Mark Sisson said at a Friday night news briefing.
“Today has been a very tough day,” he said.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive and MacInnis’ connections to the women who were shot. One was a part-time college employee.
Police said their identities would not be released “to protect their privacy.”
One victim was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but spokesman Eric Earnhart could not provide additional information on her identity or condition.
The other victim was taken by ambulance for treatment. She was in stable condition Friday afternoon but was transferred to another hospital to get specialized care, said Nancy May, a spokesman for Lewis Gale Hospital at Montgomery.
One of the women was shot through a window and suffered cuts to her face and was also hit in the hand.
Gawker.com reported earlier that the shooting was apparently announced on the 4chan message boards just three minutes before it was reported.
Sisson said police were investigating the post.
The poster identified himself as Neil MacInnis. He said he was a New River Community College student, was writing from the school inside the shopping center and would use a “Stevens 320 shotgun” with “Buck shots and slugs.”
“I’m gonna give y’all the details because the news never gets it right,” the post said. “Wish me luck.”
The poster included a photo of the mall and school entrances and linked to his college profile, which includes a photo and a portfolio of his work.
Gawker included a screen shot of the 4chan posting, which it said had been deleted, probably automatically, because of the site’s rapid turnover. Someone provided an archive and the screen shot.
Today, April 9th 2013, there was a riot in Edgewood, a neighborhood northeast of downtown Atlanta. The area is almost entirely residential and is about a year behind in the ongoing gentrification of Atlanta.
Around fifty people gathered for a “March Against the Police” with drums, banners, and a desire for vengeance at the playground in Edgewood Courts, an apartment complex in the back of the neighborhood. Edgewood Courts contains some of the few remaining low income housing units in Atlanta. Yesterday, the police pepper sprayed a group of kids and beat and arrested a man grieving over his lost father.
The march started off slowly — a few people started chanting All cops are bastards / Fuck the police! as drumming began. As the crowd left the complex, some people lined the streets, looking on. People walked up behind the complex toward the front of the neighborhood. As the first cop car approached, more and more people joined in. At first, the crowd seemed apprehensive about what to do, but all of a sudden something clicked. Contrary to most situations, the presence of the police did not act as a deterrent. Instead, the crowd became more excited and angry as the cops approached. A bottle was thrown at a police car and the momentum and joy picked up. What ensued was something that we will never forget. People began kicking the cop car and chased it away when it began to retreat. One pig gone. Cheers and chants filled the air as the crowd, feeling emboldened, decided to keep going.
The riot proceeded away from the Courts and the police started to put more distance between themselves and the crowd. The intensity grew as numbers swelled, fluctuating between 75 and 100+. The crowd blocked off the main entrance to the Courts, refusing to let the police drive down. What happened next could not have been anticipated.
A cop car was stopped at one of the central intersections in Edgewood. People quickly approached the squad car, even going so far as to lean in the window to shout at the cops while others banged on the side of the car. More and more people drew closer, eventually circling the car. Once it was successfully blocked and the pigs inside were intimidated, they tried to leave. The crowd joyfully sent them off with rocks, sticks, and even basketballs to speed the process. People cried out in excitement, leaping into the air for high-fives and hugs. Throughout the event not a single person made a plea for the police. It was clear the police were our common enemy.
On the way back to the apartment complex, people noticed an unmarked car coming toward the crowd up a sidestreet. People immediately responded by running toward the car and letting loose a rainstorm of pebbles, and then rocks, and then bricks. The cops threw their car into reverse and exited the area as fast as they could. Laughing, the crowd ran back down to the Courts and broke apart. A number of cop cars began circling throughout the apartments but left after people continued to throw projectiles, including a hammer, at the cops. Some kids, who had to be under 10, were even letting stones fly at cops.
All in all the police were forced to retreat 4 times — leaving the neighborhood completely. The crowd of people never backed down. An arrest occurred just outside of the neighborhood after the event; it is unclear if it is related.
There’s a war on between the Edgewood residents and the cops, and the conflict is only escalating. Anger and riotous joy is the response to frequent harrassment. The day before this event the police attempted to manage a crowd of people outside the apartment complex and were met with rowdy resistance. Three people were arrested, but not one went down easy. The cops have been upping their patrols around Edgewood recently, but tonight, there aren’t any squad cars on the street.
Part of the play? Setting the trap by leaving an evidence trail for future reference…. Even if this is true, Holmes could still have been a patsy! Lee Harvey Oswald was told to incriminate himself (which he did) and this was used posthumously to convict him. Remember that a “false Flag” carries 3 distinctive traits: 1) PRIOR KNOWLEDGE 2) Stand Down 3) Coverup and the 4th if you need it… Cui Bono? ~ JB
A psychiatrist who treated the suspect in last year’s Aurora cinema shooting in Colorado told police a month before the attack that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, newly released documents show. The attack killed 12 and injured 70 and was one of the worst mass shootings in US history.
The documents released on Thursday show Dr Lynne Fenton told police at the University of Colorado, Denver, that Holmes also threatened and intimidated her.
Holmes last week offered to plead guilty in the shooting, which occurred during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie. Prosecutors rejected that offer and said on Monday they would seek the death penalty.
The shooting has already helped inspire a new state ban on large-capacity firearm magazines.
The documents had been sealed, but a new judge overseeing the case ordered that they be released after requests from media organisations.
In the days after the shooting, campus police said they had never had contact with Holmes, a graduate student at the university. But campus police told investigators that Fenton had contacted them, following her legal requirement to report specific threats to authorities, according to a search warrant affidavit.
“Dr Fenton advised that through her contact with James Holmes she was reporting, per her requirement, his danger to the public due to homicidal statements he had made,” the affidavit said.
University police referred calls for comment on Thursday to a campus spokeswoman who did not immediately return a message.
Holmes also sent Fenton a package in the days before the shooting, including a notebook that the documents describe as a journal. The package was dated 12 July – eight days before the massacre – but was found four days after the attack, in the university mail room. It included a note with an “infinity design” and burnt $20 bills.
Prosecutors have suggested Holmes was angry at the failure of a once-promising academic career and stockpiled weapons, ammunition, teargas grenades and body armour as his research deteriorated and professors urged him to get into another profession. Chief deputy district attorney Karen Pearson said Holmes failed a key oral exam in June, was banned from campus and began to voluntarily withdraw from the school.
Holmes’s attorneys have said he is mentally ill. The documents show that police collected more than 100 items of evidence from his booby-trapped apartment that he had designed to explode at the time of the shooting, including 50 cans and bottles of beer, a Batman mask, paper shooting targets and prescription medications to treat anxiety and depression.
Both prosecutors and defence attorneys had raised concerns about releasing the documents. Prosecutors said they were worried about the privacy of victims and witnesses. Attorneys for Holmes said they did not want to hurt his chances for a fair trial.
Media organisations said there had been a “wealth of information already made public in the proceedings thus far”. They argued there was no basis for the documents to remain sealed.
This Sheriff was an ally of Richard Mack – Here is the letter I received from him:
Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
It is a tragic and very sad day for all Americans, that we have learned of the assassination of Sheriff Eugene Crum of Mingo County, West Virginia. Sheriff Crum was very dedicated to his community and he will be sorely missed. The CSPOA and all its members and staff extend our most heartfelt condolences to Sheriff Crum’s family and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Crum was shot shortly after noon today near the courthouse in Mingo County. A suspect is in custody.
A West Virginia sheriff with a reputation for cracking down on drug dealers was shot in the head at point blank range and killed outside a county courthouse today, officials and witnesses said.
Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle during his lunch break in the town of Williamson, state Delegate Harry Keith White told ABC News.
A witness told ABC News that he watched the suspect approach Crum’s car, where he was known to eat lunch, and fire twice into the vehicle. The suspect then calmly walked to his truck, described as a tan Ford ranger, and drove away.
Another witness, Larry Dove, told the West Virginia Gazette he saw a man shoot Crum “right in the head.”
The shooting suspect, identified as Tennis Melvin Maynard, 36, was wounded in a shootout with police, captured and taken to a hospital, West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous told ABC News.
After Maynard fled the shooting, he was “encountered by a Mingo County sheriff’s deputy” and crashed his vehicle into a bridge, said police. There he “raised his firearm and pointed it at the deputy. The deputy responded to that threat and shot the suspect.”
Thousand of houses in the United Kingdom are being sent marijuana-scented “scratch and sniff” cards in a new bid to track down marijuana growers.
In a press release, the charity group Crimestoppers explained the cards were designed to educate residents about the smell of marijuana. They hope once people can recognize the smell of cannabis plants, they will be able to help law enforcement officials identify illegal growing operations.
“The Crimestoppers campaign will help members of the public to recognize the signs and smell of a cannabis farm. The police will use the intelligence generated by the campaign to help build on recent successes in tackling this issue,” said Andy Bliss of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
A New York-based advertising agency has plans to sue the Austin’s Code Compliance Department and the Austin Police after two of their workers were arrested during South by Southwest.The workers were arrested because they were projected an advertisement onto the side of a building, but nothing in city law prohibits this type of advertisement.
James Freeley with National Media Services Inc. was one of the workers arrested.
“Nobody told me, ‘You broke this law and therefore I am now arresting you,’” he said.
Police say Freeley was “detained” for an illegal sign violation. Jail records show he was arrested, fingerprinted, and booked before being released twelve hours later.
While there is no city code specifically banning projections, according to the city, the images are considered off-premise signs, and therefore illegal.
Over the course of several days during South By Southwest, Austin police officers led by code compliance issued several warnings and tickets, but things quickly escalated.
“After they were cited, they were told to turn it off again and they said they would not,” Code Compliance Assistant Division Manager Ron Potts said. “They were told they would be arrested and they chose to be arrested at that point.”
Leeza Henderson is a local permit consultant working for the ad company.
“It is ridiculous,” she said. “I think the city made a really bad mistake.”
Henderson said after the city threatened to shut down the entire operation, a meeting with city representatives was quickly scheduled.
“We had five different city officials at this meeting and they all approved us and they all said there should not be a problem with projection and that there is nothing in the code for it,” she said.
One day before the arrest, the company filed a cease and desist action against the city.
This New York ad agency says they’re not done with the fight. Attorneys for the company say they plan to file a civil rights violation lawsuit in federal court.
“There is no doubt that Officers of the Austin Police Department and Code Enforcement violated my clients’ Constitutional rights,” attorney Carlos Lopez said in a statement. “We will be seeking redress by filing civil rights lawsuits in Federal Court against every culpable Officer and Official.”
Charges against those arrested range from prohibited use of a sign to interfering with public duties
Morbid find suggests murder-obsessed gunman Adam Lanza plotted Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook massacre for years –Law enforcement reportedly discovers a sickeningly thorough 7-foot-long, 4-foot-wide spreadsheet with names, body counts and weapons from previous mass murders and even attempted killings. ‘It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research,’ an anonymous law enforcement veteran said. [Oh. I thought Adam Lanza 'erased his online footprint.'] 18 Mar 2013 …”We were told (Lanza) had around 500 people on this sheet,” a law enforcement veteran told me [Mike Lupica] Saturday night. “Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons. It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research.” The law enforcement vet attended the International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels mid-year meeting in New Orleans last week, a conference where state police colonels share information with each other, and learn from each other. The man to whom I spoke, a tough career cop who did not wish to see his name in the newspaper, was in the room when the state cop from Connecticut spoke, said the man was well into his presentation when he began to talk of the spreadsheets that had been found at “the shooter’s” home. [See: Riddle me this: Adam Lanza, 'computer genius,' left no online footprint by Lori Price 16 Dec 2012 According to numerous media reports and witnesses, alleged Newtown, Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza was a 'genius' with computers. And yet, we are told that Lanza apparently left no online footprint. The question must be asked: Was the electronic history of Adam Lanza scrubbed? And, see: Sandy Hook Shooting 'Oddities'.]
A Bronx medical student testified Monday that when a trio of plainclothes cops stopped him outside his godmother’s building the excuse they gave was that “there had been a pattern of robberies in the area.”
But the real reason, 28-year-old David Floyd said, had more to do with the color of his skin.
“I felt like I was being told I should not leave my home,” said Floyd. “First and foremost, I didn’t do anything; I am not a criminal.”
Floyd is one of four black New Yorkers who have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city that targets the police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic.
The NYPD is laying “siege to black and Latino neighborhoods,” Floyd’s lawyer Darius Charney charged as the trial got under way Monday.