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Texas church shooter Devin Kelley targeted crying children, babies, survivors say

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:13 AM

Scenes from the Texas Church Shooting

The Texas church gunman targeted frightened children and babies, shooting them as punishment for crying, according to survivors of the massacre.

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According to the New York Daily News, Devin Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday yelling, “Everybody is going to die, [expletive]!" before fatally shooting 26 people, including children. He specifically went after children who cried or begged for help as he continued to fire off shots, one couple said.

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“When the children cried next to their mothers, he would return to shoot them more,” survivor Joaquin Ramirez, 50, recalled. “He had more hatred toward the children because they cried.”

Ramirez and his girlfriend, Rosanne Solis, 52, said they were seated near the back of the church when Kelley ambushed the congregation. They both hid underneath the pews and pretended they were already dead in order to avoid being killed. As the shooter sprayed bullets into the crowd of churchgoers, he became impatient with those who couldn’t hide their fear, especially children.

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When "the babies were crying," Kelley punished them with gunfire, Ramirez said, according to the New York Post.

Ramirez added that he held a finger to his lips in effort to silence 14-year-old victim Annabelle Pomeroy, the pastor’s daughter, who had cried for help just as Kelley began to leave the church thinking everyone was dead.

“The pastor’s daughter cried again and he walked back to the front to shoot her. As I was crawling out I looked at the child. She was dead," Ramirez said.

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Ramirez was able to crawl out of the building unnoticed as Kelley turned on the guitar players. Once he escaped, he called 911. He and Solis then drove themselves to the hospital with Solis suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder and Ramirez having been hit by shrapnel. The couple is still shaken by Kelley’s cold-hearted treatment of the children and babies.

“It was horrible to see him shoot children and not being able to help them,” Solis said. “I don’t know how we survived.”

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Video: Florida family saves kitten from interstate

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

I-95 (File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
I-95 (File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Jacksonville, Florida, family saved a kitten from the side of a freeway Sunday.

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Rebecca Marshall rescued the kitten, while her daughter, Allison Bullard, caught the entire event on video.

The rescue happened where I-95 North nears the Zoo Parkway.

Marshall said she was looking out the window when she spotted the kitten.

“We hurried and got off the exit and turned around,” Marshall said. “I was scared to death it’d be hit by a car or something by then.”

Bullard started to record, and nearly two agonizing minutes went by before they were able to get to the kitten.

“We were so scared he was going to run into traffic,” Bullard said. “He just ran straight ahead, it was scary.”

The kitten darted, but Marshall was able to catch up to it as it was trying to get into a storm drain.

“I just threw the towel over him and that was it, I caught him,” Marshall said.

The family wasn’t sure how the kitten ended up there.

Thankfully, the kitten from the incident should be fine.

“My dad, he noticed that we found him on Mile Marker 357, so we decided to name him Magnum, like the gun,” Bullard said.

They're bringing Magnum to the Jacksonville Humane Society on Tuesday.

“I knew that I was in danger the whole time, scared to death,” Marshall said. “But, I can’t just leave an innocent life.”

“So, it was worth it?” Action News Jax Reporter Russell Colburn asked

“It was worth it,” Marshall replied. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Father and son re-create police photo for Father's Day

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Auburn Police Officer Andy Gould and his son in 1998 and 2018. (Auburn Police Department via KIRO7.com)
Auburn Police Officer Andy Gould and his son in 1998 and 2018. (Auburn Police Department via KIRO7.com)

In Auburn, Washington, a son who followed his father into law enforcement recreated a 20-year-old photo with his dad, and the photo has generated hundreds of positive comments on Facebook. 

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Officer Andy Gould and his son were pictured in 1998 inside Gould’s Auburn police patrol car. 

“When I get bigger, I’m going to be my Dad’s partner and catch bad guys and burglars,” the caption with the photo read.

The photo taken two decades later on Father’s Day shows Gould’s son in the same spot – though it was a little tighter fitting his son’s 6-foot-7 frame. Though they’re not technically partners, Gould’s son followed him into law enforcement as a King County Sheriff’s deputy.

See the photo and the Auburn Police Department’s Facebook post below. Gould also was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2012 by the Auburn VFW Post 1741. 

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SEE: Image of Trump in the clouds really does look like him

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:52 PM



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Who hasn’t played the cloud game? It’s a rite of childhood, but usually the fluffy white clouds tend to look like familiar shapes and objects. 

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For a South Carolina man, it was quite different.

AJ Brackins snapped a photo of a giant dark cloud that resembled a profile of President Donald Trump and posted it to Facebook last Thursday.

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The cloud really does bear an uncanny resemblance to the president.

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Man indicted, accused of dragging dog behind truck causing serious injuries

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:22 PM

Emory Junior Samples has been indicted on cruelty to animals  and aggravated assault for allegedly dragging his dog behind his truck.
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Emory Junior Samples has been indicted on cruelty to animals and aggravated assault for allegedly dragging his dog behind his truck.(Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)

A metro Atlanta man has been indicted for aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated assault after dragging his dog behind his truck and pointing a handgun at a witness, authorities said.

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The incident happened in early February.

Emory Junior Samples, 71, was arrested after witnesses reported seeing a dog being pulled behind an old Ford truck on a road in Forsyth County.

Witnesses remembered the truck’s license plate numbers and told the sheriff’s office, and deputies soon found the suspected vehicle. There was blood in the truck bed, according to reports.

Deputies found the dog, named Loki, in nearby woods and he required immediate medical attention.

Court records describe Samples as “maliciously” causing physical harm to his dog and “seriously disfiguring” the animal’s body by dragging the dog behind his truck.

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Samples also pointed a handgun at Steve Hafelle, one of the witnesses, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

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