The man charged with killing seven people at a July 4 shooting in Highland Park has reportedly confessed to police. The 21-year-old suspect -- identified as Robert Crimo III -- also told authorities he had contemplated carrying out a second shooting, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Crimo had fled to Madison, Wisconsin, after shooting at an Independence Day parade from a roof in suburban Chicago. More than two dozen people were wounded, some critically, and hundreds of marchers, parents and children fled in a panic. Some of the wounded remained hospitalised in critical condition and the death toll could still rise. Chicago shooting: Governor slams 'American plague' of gun violence after July 4 attack The suspect initially evaded capture by dressing as a woman and blending into the fleeing crowd. He was then arrested as he turned back to Illinois after deciding against another shooting, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher … [Read more...] about Highland Park suspect confesses to mass shooting, say US prosecutors
An armed policeman at the Uvalde school massacre had an opportunity to shoot the gunman but missed his chance waiting for permission from a supervisor, according to a new report. Two teachers and 19 children died after police waited more than an hour to storm Robb Elementary School when Salvador Rolando Ramos opened fire on 24 May. Some of the 21 victims "could have been saved" if they had received faster medical attention, a review by Texas State University revealed on Wednesday. The report, considering the police response to the tragedy, pointed to a string of blunders made before Ramos, 18, walked through an open school door carrying an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle at 11:33 a.m. A Uvalde Police Department (UPD) officer reported he was at the scene where Ramos crashed his truck before leaving the vehicle with the weapon. Advertisement "The UPD officer was armed with a rifle and sighted in to shoot the attacker; however, he asked his … [Read more...] about Uvalde school shooting: Police missed chance to shoot gunman waiting for permission from supervisor
M y reaction to O. J. Simpson’s arrest for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman was atypical. It was 1994 . I was a young black man attending a historically black university in the majority-black city of Washington, D.C., with zero sympathy for Simpson, zero understanding of the sympathy he elicited from my people, and zero appreciation for the defense team’s claim that Simpson had been targeted because he was black. O. J. Simpson wasn’t black. He came of age in the 1960s—the era of Muhammad Ali’s opposition to the Vietnam War and John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s black-power salute at the 1968 Olympics. But the O. J. Simpson I knew, and the one poignantly depicted this year in Ezra Edelman’s epic documentary, O.J.: Made in America , recognized only one struggle—the struggle to advance O. J. Simpson. When the activist Harry Edwards attempted to enlist Simpson in the Olympic boycott, Simpson rebuffed him and later claimed that organizers like … [Read more...] about What O. J. Simpson Means to Me
The most famous story about modern presidential campaigning now has a quaint old-world tone. It’s about the showdown between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in the first debate of their 1960 campaign, which was also the very first nationally televised general-election debate in the United States. The story is that Kennedy looked great, which is true, and Nixon looked terrible, which is also true—and that this visual difference had an unexpected electoral effect. As Theodore H. White described it in his hugely influential book The Making of the President 1960 , which has set the model for campaign coverage ever since, “sample surveys” after the debate found that people who had only heard Kennedy and Nixon talking, over the radio, thought that the debate had been a tie. But those who saw the two men on television were much more likely to think that Kennedy—handsome, tanned, non-sweaty, poised—had won. Historians who have followed up on this story haven’t found data to back … [Read more...] about When Donald Meets Hillary: Who Will Win the Debates?