Here's why Texas Gov. Greg Abbott uses a wheelchair

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

VIDEO: Mass Shooting at Texas Church

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott responded to the Texas church shooting late Sunday following the tragedy that killed more than 25 people ages 5 to 72 and injured more than 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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Officials identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, a white man in his 20s. Kelley began shooting outside the church, then went inside where 50 parishioners were worshiping, officials said. He killed at least 26 people, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter.

“As a state, we are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Abbott said at a press conference Sunday. “There are so many families that have lost family members. The tragedy is worsened that it happened in a church, a place of worship. We mourn their loss, but we support their family members.”

Abbott appeared on camera in a wheelchair, sparking high search interest online about his disability and condition.

Here's why Abbott uses a wheelchair:

In 1984, when he was 26 years old, Abbott became partially paralyzed after an oak tree, which had become weak after a storm, fell on him during his run. 

According to the Dallas Morning News, doctors found bone fragments in his broken spine, as well as fractured ribs and damaged kidneys.

Abbott was forced to lie on his back for a month before beginning rehabilitation. He has been using a wheelchair ever since.

File photo. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At the time of his freak accident, Abbott was a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and was studying for the bar exam, which he passed a year after the injury.

He has said that the accident literally gave him a spine of steel.

“Some politicians talk about having a steel spine. I actually have one. I will use my steel spine to fight for Texas’ values every single day,” Abbott said in 2013 when he announced his candidacy for governor, the Austin American-Statesman reported. 

About four years ago, Abbott released the terms of a settlement with the homeowner and tree care company involved in the accident. He won a settlement agreement worth approximately $9 million.

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2-year-old pelted 9 times with paintball, mother says

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

Keon Jaquez Broughton. (Photo: WSOCTV.com)
Keon Jaquez Broughton. (Photo: WSOCTV.com)

A mother said her 2-year-old was pelted nine times with paintballs while they were outside their west Charlotte home.

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The 2-year-old had marks all over her body after someone shot paint at her.

Paintball wars have been gaining national traction since the beginning of the year.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has received more than 150 calls since the beginning of the year involving complaints about paintball gun.

The mother, who didn’t want to be identified, said it was a traumatizing moment for her and her daughter.

"She was screaming so bad. She said, 'Mommy, help me. Mommy, help me,’” she said. “That killed me. When I saw her with paint all over her shirt and her pants, my heart dropped."

The mother said she found welts on her daughter’s chest, back, knees and legs.

The mother told Channel 9 that a group of men were shooting each other on her property earlier this past week.

“I heard one of them say that's their way to, instead of attacking themselves with guns, they're going to do it like that because that's how they get the anger out of them,” the mother said.

The mother said she's not against people using paintball guns to settle their differences, but it shouldn’t jeopardize anyone else's safety.

She filed a police report and days later, she said her car was hit twice with paintballs.

The police department investigated the incident and arrested 17-year-old Keon Jaquez Broughton, who is facing charges for causing a disturbance, assaulting a child and resisting an officer.

The number of complaints the police department has received involving paintball guns is growing.

Meanwhile, local paintball gun stores are seeing a rise in sales.

David Veldof, who owns a paintball gun store, believes some people are having a good time at the wrong place.

He's educating customers on smarter options, including regulated fields.

"Over the past three to four weeks, we've had a substantial increase in sales,” Veldof said. "And believe it or not, a lot of people have been going to these fields and staying off these streets."

The mother said her 2-year-old has been seeing a counselor to get over the fear of being outside she developed since the paintball incident.

The mother hopes a city ordinance is created to help curb the paintball incidents.

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Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 7:48 PM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who was wounded inside the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center; and DeEbony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, a senior at Belmont University in Nashville. 

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Loyal dog stays with lost 3-year-old overnight, police say

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:38 PM

Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler that is deaf and partially blind, stayed with a lost 3-year-old girl until she was found. (Photo: Queensland Police)
Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler that is deaf and partially blind, stayed with a lost 3-year-old girl until she was found. (Photo: Queensland Police)

A family’s loyal dog stayed with a lost 3-year-old girl until search crews found them Saturday, according to police.

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Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler that is deaf and partially blind, walked off with the girl Friday afternoon. He stayed with her through the cold, rainy night until they were located about 15 hours later, more than a mile from home, on a remote part of the family’s property, according to ABC News.

"The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she'd traveled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her," Ian Phipps, an area controller with the State Emergency Service, told ABC News

The girl’s grandmother, Leisa Marie Bennett, faintly heard the child’s voice. She first found Max, who led her to the girl, who had minor cuts and bruises.

“When I heard her yell 'Grammy' I knew it was her," she told ABC News. "I shot up the mountain, and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her. He never left her sight. She smelled of dog. She slept with the dog. It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she's here. She's alive. She's well and it's a great outcome for our family."

For his efforts, Max was named an honorary police dog.

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Lyrid meteor shower 2018: 8 stunning photos of the celestial display

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

The milky way and traces of meteors illuminate the sky over Burg on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018, during the Lyrid meteor shower. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)
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The milky way and traces of meteors illuminate the sky over Burg on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018, during the Lyrid meteor shower. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)(Daniel Reinhardt/AP)

This year's Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak this weekend, and photographers flocked to social media to share some stunning snapshots of the celestial display.

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