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Man kills 8-year-old child and four others in Texas

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Suspect in Texas Mass Shooting 'Could be Anywhere'

A Texas man went next door with a rifle and began shooting his neighbours, killing an 8-year-old and four others inside the house, after the family asked him to stop firing rounds in his yard because they were trying to sleep, authorities said Saturday.

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told reporters at the scene that authorities were still searching for 39-year-old Francisco Oropeza following the overnight shooting in the town of Cleveland, about 72 kilometres north of Houston. He said Oropeza used an AR-style rifle in the shooting.

“Everyone that was shot was shot from the neck up, almost execution-style,” Capers said during an earlier news conference at the scene.

Capers said there were 10 people in the house and that no one else was injured. He said two of the victims, all believed to be from Honduras, were found lying over two children inside.

Capers said they found clothes and a phone while combing a rural area that includes dense layers of forest but that tracking dogs had lost the scent.

“He could be anywhere now,” Capers said.

Capers said the victims were between the ages of 8 and 31 years old and that all were believed to be from Honduras. All were shot “from the neck up,” he said.

The attack was the latest act of gun violence in what has been a record pace of mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year, some of which have also involved semiautomatic rifles.

The mass killings have played out in a variety of places — a Tennessee school, a Kentucky bank, a Southern California dance hall, and now a rural Texas neighbourhood inside a single-story home.

Capers said there were 10 people in the house — some of whom had moved there earlier in the week — but that no one else was injured. He said two of the victims were found in a bedroom lying over two children.

FBI spokesperson Christina Garza said investigators do not believe everyone at the home were members of a single family. The victims were identified as Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18; and Daniel Enrique Laso, 8.

The confrontation came after the neighbours walked up to the fence and asked the suspect to stop shooting rounds, Capers said. The suspect responded by telling them that it was his property, Capers said, and one person in the house got a video of the suspect walking up to the front door with the rifle.

The shooting took place on a rural pothole-riddled street where single-story homes sit on wide half-hectare lots and are surrounded by a thick canopy of trees. A horse could be seen behind the victim’s home, while a dog and chickens wandered in the front yard of Oropeza’s house.

Rene Arevalo Sr., who lives a few houses down, said he heard gunshots around midnight but didn’t think anything of it.

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Man kills 8-year-old child and four others in Texas

“It’s a normal thing people do around here, especially on Fridays after work,” Arevalo said. “They get home and start drinking in their backyards and shooting out there.”

Capers said his deputies had been to Oropeza’s home at least once before and spoken with him about “shooting his gun in the yard.” It was not clear whether any action was taken at the time. At a news conference Saturday evening, the sheriff said that while firing a gun on your own property can be illegal, he did not say whether Oropeza had previously broken the law.

Across the U.S. since January 1, there have been at least 18 shootings that left four or more people dead, according to a database maintained by The Associated Press and USA Today, in partnership with Northeastern University. The violence is sparked by a range of motives: murder-suicides and domestic violence; gang retaliation; school shootings; and workplace vendettas.

Texas has confronted multiple mass shootings in recent years, including last year’s attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; a racist attack at an El Paso Walmart in 2019; and a gunman opening fire at a church in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs in 2017.

Republican leaders in Texas have continually rejected calls for new firearm restrictions, including this year over the protests of several families whose children were killed in Uvalde.

“I tell my wife all the time, ‘Stay away from the neighbours. Don’t argue with them. You never know how they’re going to react,'” Arevalo said. “I tell her that because Texas is a state where you don’t know who has a gun and who is going to react that way.”

Source: Voice of America

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Suspect who reportedly stabbed Hawa Koomson’s son remanded

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During the incident, Ato Koomson, the son of incumbent MP Mavis Hawa Koomson, was stabbed in the chest and sent to Accra's 37 Military Hospital. Three members of the NDC were also injured and admitted to the Kasoa Polyclinic.

On Thursday, June 6, 2024, an Accra High Court remanded defendant Usman Haruna into police custody. Haruna is accused of stabbing Ato Koomson, the son of Awutu Senya East MP Mavis Hawa Koomson, following a skirmish at the Electoral Commission’s headquarters at Ofaakor, near Kasoa in the Central region.

Police caught the suspect during the incident that occurred on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 5 a.m., before the start of the day’s activities at the EC office, which resulted in Mr Koomson’s stabbing.

The suspect is scheduled to appear again in court on June 19, 2024.

According to eyewitnesses, the fight began after a quarrel about the queuing of voters attempting to transfer their ballots to the constituency.

During the incident, Ato Koomson, the son of incumbent MP Mavis Hawa Koomson, was stabbed in the chest and sent to Accra’s 37 Military Hospital.

Three members of the NDC were also injured and admitted to the Kasoa Polyclinic.

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Armed robbers attack petrol station, flee with one million cedis

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In an interview, the Director of the IBM gasoline station, Kwabena Tawiah, urged for more police patrol in the area.

Armed robbers allegedly stormed the IBM petrol station at Pakyi Number 2 in Ashanti Region’s Amansie West area.

According to eyewitnesses, armed men stormed into the station’s office, deactivated the CCTV, and grabbed the digital video recorder.

According to sources, the gang stole one million cedis and tied the hands of five gasoline attendants and a security guard.

In an interview, the Director of the IBM gasoline station, Kwabena Tawiah, urged for more police patrol in the area.

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Chop-bar owner implicated in three murders denies participation

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One of his victims is an anonymous lady in her 30s who was found dead, half dressed, at the Otorkporlu Bridge, off the Odumase-Asesewa route in the Eastern Region. The woman had been subjected to terrible actions such as cutting her tongue and private regions. The motivation behind these horrible deeds is unknown, with Tetteh claiming that the chop bar owner paid him GHS500 every operation. In an unexpected twist, the chop bar owner, who Tetteh claims recruited him for these ceremonies, flatly denies any participation in the deaths.

A chop bar owner who has been linked to three murders has denied any participation in the crimes.

Richard Tetteh, a 35-year-old suspect in the killings, identified her as the mastermind.

According to reports, Tetteh claimed that the local chop bar food vendor employed him to remove fluids from his victims’ noses and private regions.

One of his victims is an anonymous lady in her 30s who was found dead, half-dressed, at the Otorkporlu Bridge, off the Odumase-Asesewa route in the Eastern Region.

The woman had been subjected to terrible actions such as cutting her tongue and private regions.

The motivation behind these horrible deeds is unknown, with Tetteh claiming that the chop bar owner paid him GHS500 every operation.

In an unexpected twist, the chop bar owner, who Tetteh claims recruited him for these ceremonies, flatly denies any participation in the deaths.

During an interrogation by the district police, she vehemently denies Tetteh’s charges, claiming that she has never planned a murder in her life.

As the inquiry continues, Tetteh and the chop bar owner remain in police jail, awaiting more interrogation and legal action.

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