Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:55 AM

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A high school senior spoke about her terrifying experience in the building at a high school in South Florida where a gunman opened fire last week, killing 17 people, WFOR reported. 

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Samantha Fuentes said she bruised her eye and cut her forehead during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She also suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, WFOR reported.

“I heard two shots fired in the hallway. The first two shots everyone froze; everyone was under the impression it was drill and that’s what we said to each other, and then the third shot was fired and that’s when we knew it wasn’t a drill,” Fuentes told WFOR.

Fuentes said she was sitting directly in front of the classroom door when gunfire erupted. She said she panicked and ran forward.

“That’s when I realized I made a very fatal mistake because it was not the right place to hide during a shooting,” Fuentes told WFOR. “You’re supposed to hide behind the door so when the shooter looks in the room you become pretty much invisible, so it looks like nobody is in the room but I ran forward. That’s when he shoved the barrel of his gun through the window of the door and started spraying pretty indiscriminately across the room.”

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Fuentes said she and five of her classmates hid behind a podium.

It was “just a small space and that is where Helena (Ramsay) and Nick (Dworet) were sitting and were shot and killed right next to me,” Fuentes said. “Everything that hit them ricocheted and hit my legs, into my face and into my arm.”

When SWAT teams arrived, Fuentes ran from the building as she bled from her legs, WFOR reported.

Fuentes said she was “not really surprised” that school resource officer Scot Peterson, a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy did not enter the building to confront the shooter, who police have identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.

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“He did not have much of a presence in the school to begin with,” Fuentes told WFOR.

Fuentes said that Peterson “failed us.”

“You took an oath and you broke your promise and that is disappointing and I am disappointed in you,” she said.

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Massachusetts chemical leak sends at least 29 people to hospitals

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.(Boston25News.com)

Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.

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It was the second call to Thermal Circuits that firefighters received Sunday, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the business would reopen Monday morning. 

That will depend on whether investigators and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials give the OK that it’s safe to return.

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The concern stems from what appears to be two chemical leaks Sunday.

Salem firefighters got a call around 3:30 p.m. Sunday for what they said was a chlorine leak.

The building was evacuated as firefighters and hazmat teams checked everything out.

The leak was said to be under control around 4 p.m., but it wasn’t until 8:30 p.m. that the cleanup finished.

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When the next shift was allowed to go back inside, several employees said they started having trouble breathing, felt nauseous and had trouble with consciousness.

Officials said 29 people were treated at area hospitals.

A hygienist and a chemist were scheduled to check things out Monday morning.

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911 caller: ‘He’s losing a lot of blood’ in Trotwood stabbing 

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:53 AM

Guenther Rd Stabbing

Crews responded to the 1500 block of Guenther Road on a reported stabbing that occurred early Monday morning.

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The incident was dispatched around 1:45 a.m., per initial reports.

In a 6-minute call to dispatchers, the caller stated her mother reportedly stabbed her father and that he was losing a lot of blood.

“I don’t want my dad to die,” said the caller.

The victim was reportedly conscious, breathing, and talking, although the caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was on the floor. 

The stabbing reportedly occurred as a result of a fight between the mother and father. 

It is not clear where the victim was stabbed.

We’re working to learn more details on the victim’s condition. 

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Warm temps continue; showers expected for some counties

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the chance for storms and a heat wave this week.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Quiet to start week
  • Rounds of showers and storms Tue-Wed
  • Heat index around 100 end of week

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TODAY: A quiet morning with some sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. Highs reach in the low 80s, which is near normal. A few passing showers or storms near Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties are expected, but most activity stay south of the Miami Valley completely. 

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TUESDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds to start. Highs peak in the mid-80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Some afternoon showers and storms develop late afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: Sunshine with warm and muggy temperatures in the mid-80s. Heat index reaches around 90 degrees again. Scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and evening look to bring localized heavy rain and gusty winds. 

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THURSDAY: Some sunshine and a few clouds as it begin to heat up with temperatures in the upper 80s. The heat index reaches in the mid-90s as it looks to stay dry for the day.

FRIDAY: A dry end to the week with hot and very humid temperatures. Highs reach in the low 90s with a heat index around 100 degrees. 

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5-year-old girl hit by truck, killed at SeaWorld San Antonio

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 3:13 AM

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A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say a pickup truck struck her in the SeaWorld San Antonio parking lot.

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According to the San Antonio Express-News, the vehicle hit the child Sunday night as she and her parents were getting ready to leave the tourist attraction. Police said she "got away from" her parents in the parking lot and "darted between two vehicles" before she was struck and killed, the newspaper reported.

WOAI's David Caltabiano tweeted that no charges have been filed against the truck's driver, who stopped to help after hitting the girl. 

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