Las Vegas shooting: At least 59 dead, live updates

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

Las Vegas Shooting: At Least 50 Dead, More Than 200 Injured

At least 59 people were killed and hundreds more were injured Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 people gathered near the Mandalay Bay Casino for a country music festival.

Police said the suspected gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Authorities found him dead in his hotel room, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

Fulton County jail officials said Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges.

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The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Williams called her sons’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her Atlanta apartment home.

Penn said he immediately called the police.

2 Children Found Dead in Apartment; Mother Charged

When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End Apartment complex, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead.

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Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children younger than 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health.

Williams’ longtime friend Neesa Smith said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids. 

“Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said.

Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County Jail, where she remains without bond.

Mother accused of killing toddler sons has history of mental illness, family says

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:17 AM

2 Children Found Dead in Apartment; Mother Charged

More details are emerging about an Atlanta woman accused of killing her two sons.

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Lamora Williams, 24, has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her two children, ages 1 and 2. Their brother, a 3-year-old, survived.

The father of the boys, Jameel Penn, told WSB-TV's Chris Jose that Williams showed the gruesome scene to him on a video call.

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"It was like a real horror movie. It was Friday the 13th," he said. "When I saw my kid, how I saw my kid, that's when I knew what was going on."

On Friday night, Williams told police that she left the kids with a relative around noon and returned home late in the evening to find the children dead. Police say that's not true.

Jose learned Penn was one of two people Williams called that night.

A picture that WSB-TV obtained shows an oven taken from the apartment. Police say the two boys, Ja'karter and Ke'yaunte, had obvious injuries, including burns.

Police said their brother saw his mother kill the boys.

Penn first met with Jose at a vigil with friends and family Saturday night. He told Jose that the last time he saw his two toddlers was last month.

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"Ja’karter, Keyante, my world, my everything. I’m lost," he said.

Neighbors expressed their grief and disbelief at the vigil. They told Jose that the apartment "smelled like death" – a smell investigators say indicates the bodies may have been inside for a few days.

"How does a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old get in the stove?" said Neesha Smith.

Williams' mother, Breanda, told Jose that her daughter has struggled with mental health issues her whole life. 

"I just came from the jail," she said. "I also let them know to put her on suicide watch because she’s gonna kill herself."

Lamora's sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, believes that the deaths could have been prevented. 

"This was something we saw that could possibly happen. She's had issues from a baby. Issues my mom tried to address with the state of Georgia," Hollingsworth said.

Williams is expected to make her first appearance in court Monday.

Bloody trail leads police to Florida man suspected in 8 car burglaries

Published: Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Tyler Longwell
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office
Tyler Longwell(Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office)

A Florida man was arrested Thursday in connection with eight car burglaries after leaving a trail of blood in a Palm Beach neighborhood, police said.

Tyler Longwell, 33, of West Palm Beach faces charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief in the string of burglaries that happened in August, according to the Palm Beach Police Department.

Police officers responded on the morning of Aug. 11 after a woman reported that the front window of her car was smashed, and her Gucci sunglasses and Sunpass were stolen, according to the Palm Beach Post report.

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The crime scene matched seven other car burglaries in the same neighborhood — including three in which Longwell was caught on surveillance video, and two in which blood was found inside the vehicles, the arrest report states.

Surveillance video from the homes showed Longwell wearing a light-colored hoodie, light-colored shorts, sneakers and dark socks. Investigators collected blood samples from the two cars, and testing revealed the presence of Longwell’s DNA.

Officers went to Longwell’s home in West Palm Beach on Sept. 21 with a search warrant and questioned him, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Longwell told officers that he did not recall the burglaries because of his “excessive drug use,” the police report stated. When asked about the blood in the two vehicles, Longwell said “he must have been the one responsible” but still did not recall the incidents. He also said any items he took were sold to drug dealers in exchange for drugs.

Longwell remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $49,000 bail, according to jail records.

Owner of pet grooming shop charged after customer’s dog dies

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Owner of Georgia Pet Groom Shop Charged after Customer’s Dog Dies

The owner of a Cumming, Georgia, pet-grooming business allegedly kicked, dragged and choked a customer’s dog, which later died at an animal hospital, police said.

Forsyth Herald reported that an employee of  Paw’sh Paws, owned by Michelle Louise Root, 41, went to the Cumming Police Department and said she witnessed an incident Oct. 7 in which Root harmed Meko, a 3-year-old Portuguese water dog wheaten terrier mix, during a grooming session.

Root was charged with cruelty to animals after the incident Saturday, police said. 

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According to Cumming police incident reports, several employees, who did not want to be identified, said Root kicked the dog twice, knocking him into a door.

One employee said Meko was running to the back of the store with the grooming lead still around its neck, a police report said. According to the employee, Root  yelled at her as she tried to stop the dog from running around. After kicking the dog, Root “took the lead and choked Meko to the point of unconsciousness,” the report said.

“(The witness) said Root then dragged Meko to the front of the store, banging Meko against the washer and other objects before throwing Meko on the table and attempting to finish Meko’s grooming,” the police report said, according to Forsyth County News. “(The witness) said Meko was unresponsive at this point.”

The employee then expressed her concern to another employee, according to the report.

The incident report said Eric Francis, a friend of the dog’s owner who went to pick up Meko, said he was told Meko “must have had a seizure.” According to police, Francis was told he needed to get the dog to the emergency room.

Meko was taken to a local animal hospital and pronounced dead. Forsyth Herald reported that the dog’s owner took the dog for a pathology report and autopsy. The necropsy confirmed witnesses’ statements, the publication reported.

Root was charged with cruelty to animals after the incident Saturday, police said. She was released from the Forsyth County jail Wednesday on a $5,630 cash bond.