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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:53 PM
FAIRFIELD — Walter “Superbubz” Herbert loved his Fairfield elementary school and Thursday saw those who loved the heroic boy and backed his brave struggle against cancer turn out by the hundreds to honor his life.
Walter — the Fairfield Central Elementary first-grader who went by the nickname of “Superbubz” — and for many embodied a superhero’s courage — died Oct. 6 at his home.
A public visitation for Walter was held Thursday evening at the school.
“This was his happy place, so it just made sense that we would offer this and be able to share his happy place with everyone for a final goodbye,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, who was close to Walter and his family.
People were given yellow ribbons to wear, many pinning them to their gray shirts that read “Superbubz.” Therapy service dogs were also on hand to comfort young children.
The boy’s brave struggle and buoyant attitude captured the hearts of the region as he was honored by major area sports stars, police departments, and enjoyed a special early graduation from high school courtesy of Fairfield Schools.
Walter loved school and superheroes and among his last wishes was to graduate from high school, which he did in a special ceremony at Central Elementary attended by more than 300, including some of his favorite costumed comic book heroes.
That special graduation ceremony “showed how it takes a village to raise a child,” Gallo said Thursday night. “We all came together and were able to help support one another and to fulfill his dreams.”
A funeral service for the 6-year-old will be private and limited to family and friends, school officials have said.
Staff writer Greg Lynch contributed to this report.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
— An armed civilian took down a shooter after at least two people were shot Sunday night at a Washington state Walmart, police said.
Tumwater police said the civilian, described by officers as a good Samaritan, shot and killed the suspect at the scene.
The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m. PDT at the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, about 65 miles south of Seattle.
“I heard two bangs. It sounded like gunshots to me,” witness Robert Berwick said. "I looked down the aisle and saw a person running.”
That’s when Berwick ran, too. There was chaos in the parking lot, and he said the shooting suspect tried to carjack another man. That’s when the suspect was shot.
“I thanked him for saving my life,” Berwick said of the attempted carjacking victim who shot the suspect. “He didn’t look like he had any regrets. I hope he doesn’t have any.”
Another witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, said her husband saw the civilian take down the shooter.
"He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath," Chadwick said. "There were three civilians going after him (the shooter) to shoot him and two of them had their guns up – and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car."
Chadwick said her husband was armed, as well.
She was inside the Walmart during the shooting with her multiple children.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:24 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:01 AM
— Two people were shot and the suspect killed at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington state, police said Sunday.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 10 p.m. PDT June 17: Police responded to a shooting just after 5 p.m. PDT at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington on Sunday night. Tumwater is about 65 miles south of Seattle.
The Tumwater Police Department said officers originally responded to a report of a car driving in the wrong direction near Israel Road and Tyee Drive, but as the officers were in route they were dispatched to reports of a carjacking nearby with shots fired.
Officers arrived at the corner of Israel Road and Tyee Drive and found a 16-year-old female victim who suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police then located the 16-year-old's stolen car in the Walmart parking lot at 5900 Littlerock Road S.W. in Tumwater.
Around 5:30 p.m. Thurston County Dispatch began receiving calls of shots fired "in or around the Tumwater Walmart and parking lot," according to police.
The suspect from the earlier carjacking of the 16-year-old entered the Walmart store and fired shots at a display case, police said. No customers or employees inside the store were injured.
Police say the suspect then exited the store and attempted to carjack another car in the parking lot, shooting an adult male occupant of the car in the process. The adult male victim was treated for gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His condition is not known at this time.
Police say the suspect then attempted another carjacking in the Walmart parking lot, and was approached by two armed civilians. One of the armed civilians shot the suspect, and the suspect died at the scene.
KIRO 7 has crews at the scene and we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. For a live report at 11, watch KIRO 7 News on-air or here.
Update 7:39 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun explains that the Fire Department's request to call the shooting a "mass casualty incident" was out of precaution.
Fire department’s request for “mass casualty incident” response thankfully seems to be a call out of precaution. We know the suspect is dead. One victim was shot twice & airlifted to Harborview. And one 16 year old girl hurt at another scene - possibly related. @KIRO7Seattle https://t.co/4YPNJ6ParN— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 18, 2018
Update 7:31 p.m. PDT June 17: Tumwater Police Department public information officer Jen Kolb confirms that a man who was an attempted carjacking victim shot and killed the suspect at the Walmart in Tumwater. Click here to read more.
Update 7:01 p.m. PDT June 17: A witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, told KIRO 7's Deedee Sun her husband said he saw an armed civilian take down the shooter. "He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath," Chadwick said. "There were three civilians going after him to shoot him and two of them had their guns up and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car." Chadwick said her husband was armed, as well.
Update 6:49 p.m. PDT June 17: A witness to the shooting, who was inside the Walmart at the time with her kids, told KIRO's Deedee Sun that she took her kids and hid in the parking lot behind a vehicle after fleeing the store.
Update 6:43 p.m. PDT June 17: "I looked over and saw hundreds of people running out. ... Just a flood of people and everyone was screaming and frantic. ... When we got about to the door, I heard someone say, 'Gun. Shooter.' And I knew something was serious," a woman who was inside the Walmart at the time of the shooting tells KIRO 7's Deedee Sun. Click here to hear more from the witness.
Update 6:30 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is at the Tumwater Walmart and interviewed a witness of the shooting on-air. Watch on KIRO 7 News or at this link. The scene extends to both outside of the Walmart and inside. Crime tape was seen near a car with its door flung open.
Update 6:16 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun has arrived at the shooting scene at the Tumwater Walmart.
First look at the #Tumwatershooting scene at the Walmart. Fire Dept is calling it a “mass casualty incident” and witnesses tell me they heard shots inside and outside. Don’t know how many people shot yet but at LEAST two, according to dispatch. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/dNhyLUFRMH— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 18, 2018
Update 6:10 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is on the way to the scene and Chopper 7 has been called. Deedee and Chopper 7 will be live on KIRO 7 when they get to the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater. For updates and to watch a livestream, go to the KIRO 7 News App. We’ll also send push alerts as we get major updates.
Update 6:05 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun spoke to someone who was inside the store. Deedee Sun is working to gather more information for a live report on KIRO 7 News on-air or here.
I just talked with someone who was there. She said everyone was running, fleeing the Walmart. Then they heard shooting, and dropped to the ground outside. She says at least 10 shots fired. @KIRO7Seattle https://t.co/4YPNJ76LQn— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 18, 2018
Update 5:57 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is headed to the scene and is working to gather more information.
#BREAKING: a SHOOTING at the #Tumwater Walmart. Thurston County dispatch tells me at least two people shot, could be more. Scene started outside and ended up inside. Fire department is calling this a “mass casulty incident.” I’m on my way. @KIRO7Seattle— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 18, 2018
Update 5:55 p.m. PDT June 17: People identified as witnesses told KIRO 7 they heard multiple gunshots and the scene involved at least one carjacking and a hit and run. Police were not immediately available to confirm the account, but were expected to give details Sunday evening.
Update 5:50 p.m. PDT June 17: Thurston County Dispatch confirms to KIRO 7 that police are responding to reports of shots fired inside and outside of the Walmart in Tumwater. Police say seven agencies are responding, and cannot confirm if anyone was hit.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
FRANKLIN — UPDATE @ 7:05 a.m. 6/18/18:
The Warren County Coroner’s Office has identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Franklin Sunday.
Stephen C. Booth, 40, of Miamisburg died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Riley Street near Van Horne Street, according to Chief Investigator, A. Doyle Burke of Warren County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:
The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.
A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.
The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.
Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.
According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.
The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 12:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:22 PM
TRENTON, N.J. — Witnesses said “all hell broke loose” early Sunday morning during a shooting at a New Jersey arts festival that resulted in the death of one of the suspects and injuries to 22 people.
“I saw two punches and then heard several gunshots,” Trenton resident Franco Roberts told The Trentonian.
Roberts said he arrived with his girlfriend at the annual Art All Night festival around 2:30 a.m. He told The Trentonian that he had a bad feeling because there was no music playing. The festival had three stages set up for the 12th annual event and 60 bands were scheduled to play during the 24-hour event.
“There’s usually a lot of noise and a lot of music but there was none of that,” Roberts said. “Someone told us they were shutting down the whole building. Then we turned around and saw people squaring up to fight.”
Gunshots rang out moments later, Roberts told the newspaper.
Trenton resident Angelo Nicolo told WPVI said he saw one person who was shot in the leg.
“All of a sudden, my brother goes to me, 'You hear that gunfire?' I go, 'It sounds like fireworks.' He said, 'No, that's gunfire.'” Nicolo told the television station. “Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody's running down the street. All hell broke loose.”
Nicolo said he saw police officers tend to one of the wounded men.
"I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg; they bandaged him up and whisked him away before the ambulance came here. It was pretty gnarly," Nicolo told WPVI.
Irving Higginbotham told WPVI that he was shot four times.
"Everybody was having a nice time. The next thing you know, there were gunshots, got shot in the leg, fell on the ground, and that was it," Higginbotham told the television station.
“It was like. “Pow, pow, pow,’ and then I was laying on the ground,” Higginbothan told NJ.com.
Maurice Lennon told NJ.com that he was taking a look at the artwork when he heard gunfire.
“We heard the first shots ring out inside the art gallery,” Lennon said in a telephone interview with NJ.com. “The first shot, then the second shot before it resonated that ‘Wow, that’s gunfire.’ You saw the doors bust open, everyone started running out and panicking.
“I ended up getting tripped and (I) fell and I ended up crawling.”
Edward Forchion told NJ.com he heard 26 shots that began inside a building and then continued outside. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that “Everybody froze like deers in headlights. Then everyone started moving.”
"I'm still in shock, all that happened all around me," Forchion, 54, who took videos as the shootings occurred, told NJ.com. "There were people that fell and people stepped over them, people that ran into cars, people were scrambling.”
Some witnesses said the vibe was different at this year’s festival. Janel Frink told the Inquirer that she arrived at the event at 12:30 a.m. Sunday but decided to leave when she saw “12 to 16 teenagers running around,” along with several police and ambulances.
“I could tell something was brewing,” said Frink, 40, of Hamilton Township.
“The vibe was different last night,” Jim Doria told the Inquirer. “It was crowded. I saw a mini-altercation break out at one point.”
Doria, his wife and daughter brought three bunches of flowers to the shooting site early Sunday afternoon, the Inquirer reported.
Officials said off- and on-duty police in the area fired their service weapons as the suspects, who fled the building, were firing their weapons, NJ.com reported. Officials said the believed the deceased suspect was shot by a policeman.