LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — One person was killed and four others were critically wounded in a shooting afternoon at a Presbyterian church in a suburban Southern California community where the majority of residents are seniors, officials said. A suspect was in custody.
The shooting was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the city of Laguna Woods, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. A man died at the scene and a fifth injured person suffered minor injuries, officials said. All the victims were adults. Deputies detained a suspect, an adult male, and recovered a weapon at the scene, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear where inside the church the shooting happened.
About 30 people witnessed the violence, said Carrie Braun, a sheriff’s spokesperson. The majority of those inside the church are believed to be of Taiwanese descent, Braun said. Investigators were looking at many factors, including whether the bloodshed could be a hate crime and whether the gunman was known to the church community, she said. More details were expected from a sheriff’s department news conference scheduled for 5 p.m. Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the scene. The FBI was also sending agents to the scene to assist the sheriff.
Laguna Woods was built as a senior living community and later became a city. More than 80% of residents in the city of 18,000 people about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles are at least 65. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said on Twitter that he was closely monitoring the situation. “No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event,” the tweet said. The incident occurred in an area with a cluster of houses of worship, including Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist churches and a Jewish synagogue. On its website, Geneva Presbyterian Church describes its mission as “to remember, tell, and live the way of Jesus by being just, kind, and humble.”
“All are welcome here. Really, we mean that! … Geneva aspires to be an inclusive congregation worshipping, learning, connecting, giving and serving together.” The shooting came a day after an 18-year-old man shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
“This is upsetting and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in Buffalo,” said U.S. Rep Katie Porter, whose district includes Laguna Woods. “This should not be our new normal. I will work hard to support the victims and their families.”
HOUSTON (AP) — Two people were killed and three more were taken to a hospital with injuries after a shooting at a bustling Houston flea market, authorities.
The shooting at the open-air market arose from an “altercation” that involved at least two guns and all five of the people, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He said no “innocent bystanders” were injured.
Investigators believe one of the people hospitalized was among those who opened fire and two more suspected shooters were detained at the scene, a sheriff’s deputy said Thousands of people were shopping at the the market 14 miles (22 kilometers) north of Houston’s downtown when the shooting began around 1 p.m, Gonzalez said on Twitter.
The sheriff said multiple shots were fired and that deputies recovered two pistols from the scene. Authorities did not immediately provide further information about what led to the shooting but said all the people involved were men in there 20s who appeared to know each other. The shooting in Houston came the day after a white 18-year-old shot and killed 10 people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in what officials described as a massacre aimed at killing as many Black people as possible
Accused Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron was hospitalized and underwent a mental health evaluation for making a “generalized threat” directed at a high school in his New York hometown, according to police officials and report.
Gendron, an 18-year-old from Conklin, New York, was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation for one-and-a-half days in June 2021, after he made the threat against a high school in his hometown, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia and a report from The Associated Press.
The Associated Press reported that New York State troopers responded to a Conklin high school, in Gendron’s hometown, on June 8, 2021, after Gendron, then 17, allegedly “made threatening statements,” according to the report.
A spokesperson for the New York State Police said troopers responded to Susquehanna High School in Conklin, N.Y., “to investigate a report that a 17-year-old student had made a threatening statement.” The spokesperson did not identify the subject by name.
“The state police responded,” Gramaglia said during Sunday’s press conference. “They investigated.
They interviewed the subject, and they felt it was appropriate at that time to have that individual brought in for a mental health evaluation. State police did their job to the fullest that they could at that time.”
Gramaglia later added: “He was evaluated, and then he was released. As far as when we say ‘On the radar,’ there was nothing picked up on the state police intelligence, nothing that was picked up on the FBI intelligence. Nobody called in. Nobody called any complaints.”
Law enforcement officials have said 18-year-old Gendron traveled to Buffalo and opened fire at a Tops Friendly Market store on Saturday, killing 10 people and wounding at least three others.
Eleven of the victims were Black individuals, while the remaining two victims were White, authorities have said.
On Saturday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland called the attack “a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.”
Gendron, who is White, pulled up to the Tops grocery store around 2:30 p.m. and immediately began firing off shots – wounding four people in front of the market before making his way inside, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. Three of the four victims died.
Once inside, he exchanged fire with store security guard Aaron Salter, who was a retired police officer, officials have said. Salter fired several rounds at Gendron before the suspect fatally shot him, Gramaglia said.
Gendron then allegedly made his way around the store shooting several other victims. When confronted by police, Gendron placed the rifle to his neck before dropping the weapon and surrendering, the police chief said.
Officials have said the suspect live-streamed a portion of the shooting on social media platform Twitch. A Twitch spokesperson said the stream was suspended within two minutes. Gendron also allegedly detailed his plans in an extensive manifesto.
So far, investigators have found that Gendron was in possession of “three weapons. There were two in the car and one in his possession,” Gramaglia said.
“One was a rifle, one was a shotgun … He had an AR-15” inside the store with him, the commissioner added.
Gendron was charged with first-degree murder. He was arraigned late Saturday and pleaded not guilty. He was ordered held without bail and is due back in court.
Ashley Callingbull is breaking barriers one camera flash at a time.
The model from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta, Canada, is making history as the first Indigenous First Nations woman to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. The magazine hits newsstands.
The 32-year-old, a finalist for this year’s SI Swim Search, was chosen among thousands of submissions to be flown to the Dominican Republic and photographed by acclaimed photographer Yu Tsai. The winner of the annual casting call will become a rookie in the 2023 issue.
The motivational speaker and pageant queen spoke to Fox News Digital about why she tried out this year, how she overcame personal insecurities and what this honor means to her today.
Fox News: What compelled you to try for the SI Swim Search?
Ashley Callingbull: I saw that SI created a Swim Service network, where women can join and have different discussions. It was all about female empowerment, and that really encouraged me to get involved. And, the truth is, I felt ready. I was ready for this. I wanted to do it last year, but life became so busy. But this time, I knew I had to do it. I knew thousands of women were going to try it, but I couldn’t miss my chance.
Fox News: What was it like getting the call?
Callingbull: It was six in the morning. I was still in bed. I couldn’t tell if I was still dreaming or half awake. I was told, “Are you ready to go to the Dominican Republic?” I was crying. I rolled over and hugged my husband. I was so happy that I couldn’t go back to sleep *laughs*. I was just so excited.
Fox News: Did you follow the magazine before you tried out?
Callingbull: The first time I’ve ever seen Sports Illustrated was back in the ‘90s. It was the supermodel era. I remember I saw Tyra Banks. It was so rare to see a woman of color on the cover of a magazine. It made me feel safe. I thought, “Maybe someday I can break barriers in my own way. If she can do it, I can do it.” It’s so much more than just seeing a face. Representation matters.
As a woman, I want my voice to be heard. I wanted to break down those stereotypes of Indigenous people. I want our people to feel that they belong wherever they want to go. My whole life, I’ve heard racist terms. I’ve been told my skin isn’t beautiful, my culture isn’t beautiful. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere.
I was an insecure girl from the reserve. I never dared to have dreams because I didn’t see anyone out there who looked like me chasing those dreams. Now, I’m in a position where I can open the door for other Indigenous women to walk into this space comfortably. It’s just crazy to think that that insecure girl is a strong, empowered woman who’s comfortable in the skin that she’s in. I feel beautiful, and I want to help other women to feel the same.
Fox News: Was there ever a moment where you felt insecure because you didn’t feel like you fit into the so-called standards of beauty?
Callingbull: Of course, I was actually on a national stage for a pageant. Now, in 2010, I was the only Indigenous woman competing. A media outlet decided to make a joke about it. I remember they wrote, “An Indigenous woman is competing. I wonder what she’s going to do for her talent. Is she going to sign welfare checks with her toes or chug Lysol?”
Now, this wouldn’t fly today. But for some reason that was OK to write in 2010. People associated me with that stereotype, and it was so amplified because I am so proud to be Indigenous. I was wearing my regalia. I didn’t change for anybody at this pageant. I remember only my mom could afford to go to the pageant because it was so expensive. I made it to the top five. I’m standing here in my traditional regalia. I looked at the women next to me, and they were all wearing typical evening gowns. For a moment there, I felt so alone.
I then started hearing a woman singing our traditional song. I thought I was going crazy. And I realized that Indigenous people came to support me. My people came to support me. And that blew a fire within me. It lifted me up. And I knew, at that moment, I was going to belong, regardless of the barriers I have to go through. Even though I would have to fight even harder just to be in this space. I wasn’t going to change for anyone.
Fox News: You’re making history as the magazine’s first Indigenous model. What does that mean to you?
Callingbull: It’s such an honor. Not only has it changed my life, but it can change other people’s lives. I’m so happy. My heart feels happy. It feels like it’s smiling. That’s how this honor makes me feel.
Fox News: What was it like to finally do the shoot?
Callingbull: That was the moment when it finally hit me. It was real. I couldn’t believe I was on set … I was just soaking in every moment of it. And once the shoot began, I was just so excited. I felt so confident — more confident than I’ve ever been in my entire life. It gave me this fuel that I can make bigger changes and do more things.
My whole life I felt judged. I want to use this platform to amplify my voice, celebrate who I am, and uplift others who look like me. It’s a moment of celebration. I remember [photographer] Yu Tsai was so encouraging. This is someone who has shot all the supermodels of SI. And yet he was so welcoming and kind. I knew I belonged and that felt good.
Fox News: How did you physically prepare for your shoot?
Callingbull: You know, during the beginning of the pandemic, I started to feel lost. All my work had to turn virtual and so much of what I do revolves around traveling and working with youth. But for Indigenous people, we believe movement is medicine. I wanted to feel better, so I started working out. I would go running with my dog, and it made me feel healthy again.
I’m also a jingle dress dancer. Being out in nature made me feel free. It’s my connection to the land, being outside. So, before I even did SI, I wanted to work on my strength training and be in the healthiest shape possible, so I can feel good. And I’m always preparing to jingle in the summer. By the time SI came along, running had become my routine … I simply wanted to be the best version of myself. And SI just wants you to feel comfortable and confident as you are. I still snack a lot *laughs*.
But strength training and running are part of my journey. One of the biggest reasons I started working out was for my mental health. I had no motivation. Running with my dog and just stretching outside cleared my head. And when I’m mentally strong, I feel like I can conquer anything. Working on my physical was so important to help my mental and spiritual [health]. Even if I accomplish a small little workout, I feel like I accomplished something. And from there, I feel ready to accomplish anything. It was about bettering myself. And that was my true motivation.
Fox News: What’s one message you hope women and young girls will get when they see your photo in SI for the very first time?
Callingbull: I want all women to love and appreciate themselves for the way they were created. I want them to live fearlessly and never let fear stop them from chasing their dreams, no matter how big or small. I was a little insecure girl who didn’t dare to dream. But I am now a strong, resilient woman. I hope my image will let others know they’re not alone.
Indiana State Police is still appealing to the public for information to identify a Black boy around the age of five whose body was found stuffed in a Las Vegas-themed suitcase in a heavily wooded area of the state last month, even though investigators so far have remained tight-lipped about the case.
In a recent on-camera interview with WAVE, Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said nothing is being precluded in the investigation, including whether the boy could have been local or even from out of the country.
“For some reason, nobody’s noticing that he’s missing,” Huls said. “It could be someone not from this country. Very possible. We’re not precluding anything like that in the investigation.”
“We have to ask ourselves, how can a young boy go missing and nobody know that he’s missing?” he said. “It’s very troubling and something our detectives are working around the clock to find the answers for.”
Huls defended his detectives for not yet releasing a sketch or an artist’s rendition of the deceased boy, saying they are preserving the integrity of the investigation. An autopsy has been conducted, but no information as to the cause of death could be determined, and toxicology results are still pending, he said.
“This boy deserves justice, and we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize it,” he said. “I understand people want answers, we want answers, obviously. We want to find out who this young man is, this little boy, give him a voice and for justice to prevail in this case. But sometimes the best way to do that is to let the people doing their jobs use everything at their disposal, and sometimes that take time.”
A Sellersburg, Indiana, resident out hunting for mushrooms reported finding the body of a Black boy near a roadway in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County around 7:30 p.m. on April 16.
The victim was found inside a suitcase with the message “Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.”
The boy was described as between the ages of five and eight, about four feet tall with a slim build and a short haircut. His death was believed to have occurred within a week of the remains being found.
Hulls said the most common tip is that the unidentified boy could be Codi Bigsby, a four-year-old boy missing from Hampton, Virginia, even though there is no link between the separate cases.
“We still repeatedly get calls in reference to Codi Bigsby from Virginia even though we’ve made that public that it does not appear to be a match,” Huls told WAVE last week. “We still get that tip over and over again more than any other tip even though we said we’re not looking in that direction.”
Indiana State Police in Sellersburg first requested assistance from the public
Anyone with information that could help identify the child is encouraged to call Det. Matt Busick with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg at 1-812-248-4374 or 1-800-872-6743.
WTVT-TV reported that the crash happened on the Haulover Inlet Bridge that connects Haulover Beach to Bal Harbour in Miami-Dade County. The Bay Harbor Islands Police Department closed the area to traffic as emergency services responded to the crash. Smoke and flames could be seen on video shooting out from the plane’s wreckage as onlookers watched the scene unfold. “A single-engine Cessna 172 lost engine power and crashed on the Haulover Inlet Bridge on Route A1A in Bal Harbour, Fla., around 1:00 p.m. local time today,” The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “There were three people onboard. The aircraft struck a vehicle on the bridge with three people inside. The aircraft departed from Fort Lauderdale International Airport with a planned destination of Key West International Airport.” The FAA added that it will be investigating the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board. The person injured in the crash has been taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to WSVN-TV.
A Texas woman who had been missing for days was found dead in the trunk of her own vehicle, according to police.
The body of Angela Mitchell, 24, was found in Texas City after local residents reported to police a foul odor coming from the trunk of a white Honda that had been parked on a road for days.
Nearby residents said the car had been parked in the same location since Mother’s Day.
Mitchell’s family and friends reported her missing on May 6 after she failed to return to her home in Dickinson the night before.
“It had become 24 hours since my last contact with her,” Mitchell’s mother said. “When I tried to find out why she didn’t respond to me, it went straight to voicemail and I couldn’t track her on the locator on our phones anymore. I started getting sick to my stomach.”
Family and friends had tracked Mitchell’s location to Texas City, where they found her vehicle but were unable to find the young woman.
“I met police officers at her vehicle here in Texas City after filing a missing person report and I begged them,” Mitchell’s mother said. “I begged them to please search my daughter’s car. ‘Please search my daughter’s car. Please investigate this’. I begged. I begged the police officers, and they just dismissed me.”
Mitchell’s loved ones have accused the police of not immediately taking the investigation seriously.
Police have not disclosed Mitchell’s cause of death, or if they are looking for a suspect in connection with her death. The police announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or charges filed in Mitchell’s death.
She leaves behind four children: a 9-year-old girl, 7-year-old boy, 3-year-old girl and 7-month-old boy.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A gunman wearing military-style clothing and body armor opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people before being taken into custody, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
Details on the number of additional people shot at the Tops Friendly Market and their conditions weren’t immediately available.
The two officials were not permitted to speak publicly on the matter and did so on the condition of anonymity.
Investigators believe the gunman may have been streaming the shooting through a camera affixed to his helmet, one of the officials said.
The video showed the gunman, dressed in military gear, pulling up to the front of the store with a rifle on the front seat and then pointing the rifle at people in the parking lot as he exited the vehicle and opening fire, the official said.
It also shows the suspect walking into the supermarket and shooting several other victims inside, the official said. One of the victims was a recently retired police officer who was working as a security guard at the store, according to the official.
One of the officials cautioned the investigation was in its preliminary stages and that authorities hadn’t yet discerned a clear motive, but were investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.
The supermarket is in a predominately Black neighborhood, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.
Buffalo police confirmed the shooter was in custody in a tweet, but did not identify the suspect. Police officials did not immediately respond to messages from the AP seeking comment.
Witnesses reported the gunman was wearing military-style clothing in addition to the body armor, one of the officials said
Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was exiting. They described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.
“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” Kephart said. He dropped to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”
Tops Friendly Markets released a statement saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
Police closed off the block, lined by spectators, and yellow police taped surrounded the full parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were at the scene late Saturday afternoon, gathered in a parking lot across the street from the Tops store and expected to address the media.
More than two hours of the shooting, Erica Pugh-Mathews was waiting outside the store, behind the police tape.
“We would like to know the status of my aunt, my mother’s sister. She was in there with her fiance, they separated and went to different aisles,” she said. “A bullet barely missed him.
He was able to hide in a freezer but he was not able to get to my aunt and does not know where she is. We just would like word either way if she’s OK.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said state officials have offered help to local authorities. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo police.
Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley said.
The shooting came little more than a year after a March 2021 attack at a King Soopers grocery in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information about why they believe the man charged in that attack targeted the supermarket.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Twenty people were injured in two shootings in downtown Milwaukee near an entertainment district where thousands of people had been watching the Bucks play the Celtics in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals, authorities said.
None of the injuries from either shooting at night were believed to be life-threatening.
The first shooting, involving three victims, occurred adjacent to the Deer District — an entertainment district with numerous bars and restaurants where large crowds often assemble for major sporting events.
The Milwaukee Fire Department said authorities took two people to a hospital, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, and a third person drove to a hospital. Police said a 29-year-old man was in custody.
Seventeen more people were injured in a second shooting about two hours later, which happened a few blocks away. Ten people were taken into custody and nine guns were recovered, WTMJ-TV reported.
There was no immediate indication whether the two shootings were related or involved fans who were watching the game.
Witnesses told WTMJ-TV that they saw a fight outside a bar following the basketball game.
Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant at lot adjacent to Deer District, said he heard gunshots but didn’t see anyone get shot or see the shooter during the earlier shooting.
“It sounded like six to eight gunshots,” he said “It was close.”
After the shots were fired, scores of fans began running toward the Deer District, he said.
Reinemann, who has worked the lot for 18 years, remained at his post even as fearful Bucks fans ran past him.
“I sat in my chair here the whole while,” he said.
“The incident took place outside of the Deer District area. We direct all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department,” Bucks spokesman Barry Baum said.
Boston defeated Milwaukee in the game to force a Game 7 in the series.