Report: Las Vegas shooter had anti-anxiety medication in his body when he died

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:07 PM

The Clak County coroner has confirmed Stephen Paddock had drugs in his system when he committed suicide in Oct, after the deadly massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.
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The Clak County coroner has confirmed Stephen Paddock had drugs in his system when he committed suicide in Oct, after the deadly massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.(Eric Paddock vis AP)

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had drugs in his body at the time of his death in October, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review.

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The Clark County coroner’s report said Paddock had an anti-anxiety medication in his system when he died, the Journal-Review reported Friday.

The newspaper received a copy of Paddock’s autopsy report, which also confirmed the gunman died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”

Paddock, 64, opened fire on a country music festival from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort on the Las Vegas strip on Oct.1, 2017, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. 

Paddock killed himself as police closed in on him in his room at Mandalay Bay.

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Investigators have still not determined a motive for the massacre at the Route 91 Country Music Festival.

 

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Noblesville, Indiana middle school shooting: 2 injured, student in custody

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:47 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

Shooting at Indiana Middle School

Police took a middle school student into custody Friday morning on suspicion of firing shots at Indiana’s Noblesville West Middle School, leaving at least two people injured.

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Update May 26, 1:04 p.m. EDT: The student who was shot on Friday has been identified as 13-year-old Ella Whistler, according to WTTV.

Her family released her photo and a statement, that she is “doing well” and remains in stable but critical condition.

In a statement to RTV6, the family thanked law enforcement but asked for privacy at this time.

“We’d like to thank everyone across the country who has prayed for our family today,” the statement read. “We’ve felt those prayers and appreciate all of them.”

Update 7:44 p.m. EDT: Jason Seaman, the teacher injured in the shooting, released a statement Friday evening:

“First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care. I want to let everyone know that I was injured (but) am doing great. To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.”

Update 2:50 p.m. EDT: The Indianapolis Star identified the teacher injured in Friday’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School as Jason Seaman. The newspaper reported he was shot three times while knocking the gun out of the hands of a middle school student who fired shots at the school.

Jason Seaman’s brother, Jeremy Seaman, told the newspaper that he was not surprised by reports of his brother’s actions. Students have told several news stations that his quick thinking saved an untold number of lives.

“He’s not really ever been the person to run away,” Jeremy Seaman told the Star. “When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do.”

Jeremy Seaman told the Star that his brother was undergoing surgery Friday.

Update 2:39 p.m. EDT: Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the student who opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School earlier in the day asked to be excused from class before returning with a pair of handguns. 

Jowitt said the student was quickly taken into custody.

Update 2 p.m. EDT: A Noblesville West Middle School student told WXIN that a science teacher sprang into action Friday after a student opened fire at the school, knocking the gun from the shooter’s hand and likely saving lives.

The seventh-grade girl, who was not identified, told the news station that “this science teacher bravely swatted that gun away from the gunman’s hands, saving everyone else in that room.”

Another seventh-grader, Ethan Stonebraker, told The Associated Press that the shooter walked into his science class while students were taking a test.

"Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground," Stonebraker said. "If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure."

It was not immediately clear if the teacher was the same one injured in Friday morning’s shooting. 

Police said a juvenile and an adult teacher were injured when an unidentified male student opened fire at the school around 9 a.m. Another student also suffered an ankle fracture, according to officials with Riverview Health.

Update 11:43 a.m. EDT: Vice President Mike Pence thanked law enforcement officers and shared condolences after a shooting at a middle school in his home state, Indiana.

“Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana,” Pence wrote on Twitter Friday, referring to his wife, Karen Pence. “To everyone in the Noblesville community -- you are in our hearts and in our prayers.”

 

Update 11:28 a.m. EDT: Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt confirmed that a teacher and a juvenile were injured Friday morning in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

Police did not identify either of the victims. They were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital, respectively, Jowitt said.

Officials with Riverview Health said earlier Friday that a second student was treated for an ankle fracture after the shooting.

Authorities had a suspect, identified as a male student, in custody Friday morning.

Jowitt said Noblesville West Middle School had been cleared by 11:30 a.m. However, he added that authorities also received reports of a threat made at Noblesville High School.

Police are investigating the report.

 

Update 11:18 a.m. EDT: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he and other officials are monitoring the situation in Noblesville after at least two people were injured in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday.

 

Authorities are expected to provide additional details about Friday’s shooting in a news conference later in the day.

Update 10:55 a.m. EDT: Chad Lancaster, whose eighth-grade daughter and sixth-grade son attend Noblesville West Middle School, told the Indianapolis Star that his daughter called her mother, his ex-wife, while hiding under a desk amid reports of an active shooter on campus.

He told the newspaper he has been unable to get in touch with his son.

“This is surreal," Lancaster told the Star. "This happens in high school, not here."

Officials with Riverview Health said one of the two people injured in Friday morning's shooting was taken to the hospital and transfered to Riley Hospital in stable condition. A second person, a student, was being treated for an ankle fracture.

 

Officials told the Star earlier Friday that an adult was also injured in the shooting.

A suspect, who has not been identified, was in custody after the shooting.

Update 10:40 a.m. EDT: Indiana University Health officials told the Indianapolis Star that an adult and a teenager were injured in Friday’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

The two have not been identified. Indiana State Police said earlier Friday that they were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of their injuries and that their families had been notified.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT: Indiana State Police confirmed two people were taken to a hospital after authorities responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Noblesville West Middle School.

 

Officials said a suspect was in custody after the shooting. Authorities were expected to provide additional details at a news conference later Friday.

Original report: Authorities confirmed around 9:40 a.m. that police had a suspect in custody after responding to a report of an active shooter situation at the middle school.

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At least 3 pedestrians injured in hit-and-run in Portland, Oregon

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Car Jumps Curb, Injures Several People in Portland

At least three women were injured Friday after an SUV jumped a curb in downtown Portland and struck them before speeding away, according to multiple reports.

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Portland Fire & Rescue officials confirmed authorities were responding to the incident near the intersection of SW 6th Avenue and SW Hall Street around 10:20 a.m. local time.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT Sat. May 26: Overnight, the mug shot of Greg Porter was released by authorities. Porter, 61, has been charged with 3 counts of attempted murder in connection with Friday’s hit-and-run incident, KATU reported.

Update 3:55 p.m. EDT: A suspect was in custody Friday after a blue SUV struck at least three women Friday in downtown Portland, KPTV reported.

 

Police earlier asked for help locating the SUV. By 12:45 p.m. local time, authorities said the vehicle had been located.

 

Update 2:25 p.m. EDT: Portland police confirmed that three women were injured Friday in a hit-in-run reported in downtown Portland.

Police said the injuries appeared to be serious and two of the women’s injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Authorities said a fourth person might have also been injured but left the scene before police arrived.

Officials did not rule out the possibility that the crash could be connected to terrorism, though police said it was too early to tell Friday afternoon.

Update 1:53 p.m. EDT: Police described Friday’s crash as a “hit and run,” according to KATU.

A witness, who said he was nearly run over, told The Oregonian that it was clear that the driver of the car acted intentionally before Friday’s crash.

"When he got right before me he gunned it,” said the man, who was not identified. He estimated that the vehicle was traveling at about 45 mph when it collided with several other pedestrians.

 

Original report: The Oregonian reported that at least three people were injured, citing an officer at the scene.

 

Matt Ritzi told the newspaper that he was walking to Portland State University when he saw the aftermath of the accident, which left three or four people on the ground. He said he saw more than a dozen people trying to help them. "

I heard a lot of moaning and crying," he told The Oregonian. "I didn't see much movement."

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Service dog gives birth to litter of puppies at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

A service dog labrador retriever (not pictured) gave birth to 8 puppies while waiting for a flight at the Tampa Bay International Airport on Friday, May 25, 2018.
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A service dog labrador retriever (not pictured) gave birth to 8 puppies while waiting for a flight at the Tampa Bay International Airport on Friday, May 25, 2018.(Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images)

A service dog delivered eight puppies in the terminal of the Tampa International Airport on Friday.

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The two-year-old Labrador retriever named Elli, short for Eleanor Rigby, gave birth to seven males and one female puppy, according to Tampa Bay Fire.

An airport spokesperson told WTVT that a woman and her daughter were traveling to Philadelphia with a pair of service dogs when the female started going into labor. 

They knew she was pregnant, but didn’t know she was so close to giving birth. 

Proud dad, Nugget, stayed by her side the whole time.

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, South Korean president meet Saturday in surprise visit to Demilitarized Zone

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

North and South Korean Leaders Meet in Surprise Visit

The leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for a second time in a surprise visit Saturday.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly discussed efforts to continue work on the peace declaration declared in April between the two countries.

They also affirmed a commitment to working on diplomacy talks between North Korea and the United States, after President Donald Trump announced he was canceling a summit between the two countries in Singapore. 

Update May 26, 8:13 a.m. EST: President Trump has tweeted in response to a New York Times report that there is dispute within the White House on how to address diplomacy talks with North Korea.

 

The White House announced on Saturday it will send an advance team to Singapore “in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to NBC

Original story: South Korean president Moon Jae-in held the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, according to the Blue House, South Korea’s official media source.

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The two leaders discussed how to carry out the peace declaration agreed upon on April 27, which hopes to bring a new era of peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. 

South Korean officials said that the two leaders also discussed the cancelled summit between the United States and North Korea. 

The two leaders concluded that direct communication between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is needed, and pledged to continue making efforts to work on relations, according to the Blue House

The meeting at the border truce village comes after Trump said the highly anticipated summit between the U.S. and North Korea may be back on.

Trump tweeted that if the summit does happen, it will likely take place June 12 in Singapore as originally planned. 

 
This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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