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Florida school shooting suspect was fascinated by talk of guns, preoccupied with wars: School records
iStock/Thinkstock (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- The teenager accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school had a fascination with talk of guns and was preoccupied with wars and terrorists, according to school records obtained by ABC affiliate WPLG.Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested after last week's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.The documents, first obtained by WPLG, detail an individualized education plan (IEP) written for Cruz in June 2015, seven months before he transferred to Stoneman Douglas High School. His eligibility for the IEP was based on...
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Suspect in custody for shootings that appeared to target homeless people
iStock/Thinkstock (LAS VEGAS) -- A suspect has been identified in connection with the series of shootings in Las Vegas that appeared to target the homeless.Joshua Castellon was taken into custody Friday by an ATF special agent on a federal weapons charge. On Tuesday, detectives with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department submitted an arrest warrant declaration for Castellon two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder."Castellon will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center after the resolution of the federal case," according to a press release from police.At least four people were shot between Jan. 29 and...
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Survivors of school massacre take their 'Never Again' fight to Florida capital
iStock/Thinkstock (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Many of the students barely had time to dry their eyes as they rushed from funerals for classmates killed in a mass shooting at their school to buses chartered to take them to the Florida state capital, where they plan to lobby legislators and rally for tougher gun laws and school safety.The two busloads of student activists spawned from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week left Parkland, Florida, about 1:30 p.m. today, for the 400-mile trip to Tallahassee."This isn't about Democrats. This isn't about Republicans. This is about us demanding change...
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Weapons cache found at home of Md. teen accused of bringing gun to school, police say
iStock/Thinkstock (CLARKSBURG, Md.) -- A cache of weapons and an apparent list of grievances were discovered at the home of a Maryland teenager arrested last week for allegedly bringing a loaded pistol and a knife to his high school.Alwin Chen, 18, was taken into custody at Clarksburg High School campus last Thursday after he was allegedly caught with the weapons, according to the statement of probable cause from Montgomery County police. The incident occurred just a day after 17 were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.Chen was detained after being quizzed by a school resource...
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Man seen shoving woman to the ground in alleged road rage incident
DigitalVision/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A 28-year-old man was captured pushing a woman to the ground in an alleged road rage incident in New Hampshire caught on camera by a fellow motorist.The driver who recorded the alleged incident, Jennifer Needham, told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB that she noticed a confrontation begin to escalate between a woman driving a Toyota Prius and a man driving the vehicle in front of her on Sunday.Needham said that as she pulled up to the scene, the man was approaching the woman's car. As Needham began recording, the man had returned to his car, and the...
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Lawyers for 'Making a Murderer' subject ask Supreme Court to hear case
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The legal team for Brendan Dassey filed a petition before the United States Supreme Court Tuesday to hear his case. Lawyers submitted a writ of certiorari, which asks the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision on the case.Dassey was convicted as a teenager in 2007, along with his uncle, Steven Avery, for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison, and the case was the subject of the Netflix series, "Making a Murderer."In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled police properly obtained Dassey's confession and...
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Newly released video shows moment cop killed allegedly suicidal teen
iStock/Thinkstock (OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Newly released dashcam video shows a now-former police officer fatally shooting an allegedly suicidal teenager back in January.The video, taken from two different squad cars positioned along the curb in an Overland Park, Kansas, subdivision, shows the unidentified officer emerge from the side of a house and walk into the driveway. As he does so, the garage door suddenly opens and a Honda minivan driven by 17-year-old John Albers quickly reverses out and into the driveway toward the officer.The officer draws his weapon as the van reverses down the driveway and whips around, nearly hitting...
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Florida teacher pulled students to safety in her classroom amid a 'barrage of bullets'
ABC News (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- A Florida teacher described the moment she went into a "very strange autopilot mode" on the day of the Parkland school shooting, ushering students into her classroom as she saw the gunman walking down the hallway.Stacey Lippel, a language arts teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said students in her creative writing class were in a "great mood" as they listened to music and wrote love letters on the afternoon of Valentine's Day. Then, she heard a "popping sound" amid the noise her busy students were making, followed by the fire alarm moments later....
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Husband charged with murder in high seas honeymoon disappearance
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A British man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his newlywed wife last May, who he claimed fell from their catamaran during a belated honeymoon sailing trip to the Caribbean, authorities said today.Lewis Bennett, 41, was arrested on Feb. 16 after an FBI investigation found evidence discrediting his story that his wife, Isabella Hellman, the mother of his 9-month-old daughter, vanished from their 40-foot vessel when it hit something in open international waters while he was asleep in the cabin below deck, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC...
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Relative of missing five-year-old boy says she saw signs of abuse before he disappeared
iStock/Thinkstock (WICHITA, Kan.) -- A 5-year-old boy who has been missing since the weekend may have been the victim of abuse, a relative told ABC News.Lucas Hernandez disappeared from his Wichita, Kansas, home around 3 p.m. on Saturday, police said. Lucas’ great-aunt Sally Rasmussen, who lives in New Mexico, told ABC News that she saw marks on the boy's arms and on his cheek in a photo she saw of him last May.Rasmussen, who said she's worked at-risk youth before, said she is familiar with the possible signs of abuse and reported the marks to Kansas Child Protective Services.Rasmussen said...
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Four more funerals held Tuesday for teens gunned down at Florida high school
ABCNews.com (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- More funerals were held Tuesday for Florida teenagers who were gunned down at their high school six days ago.Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang will be laid to rest. They were among the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The suspect, a former student, was arrested.Peter, 15, was a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadet and was killed in his uniform while helping his classmates to safety, witnesses said, according to ABC affiliate WPLG. His friends started a petition for him to be buried...
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Army awards Medal of Heroism to three cadets killed in high school shooting
iStock/Thinkstock (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- Cadet Peter Wang was being buried Tuesday wearing his JROTC uniform - and with him - the U.S. Army's Medal of Heroism.Wang, 15, was wearing his JROTC uniform when he was killed in last week's Parkland, Fla. high school shooting."He was pointing the door open for other people to escape and then he was struck by the bullets," classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz told ABC affiliate WPLG. "I want people to know he died a hero. He died saving many people."Also Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy, known as West Point, posthumously offered admission to Wang for...
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