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First Picture Of Gunman, Stephen Paddock, Who Killed At Least 50 People By Opening Fire On Las Vegas Crowds

 

This is the first image of the suspected gunman who killed at least 50 people when he opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas.

Stephen Paddock has been named as the shooter who shot dead crowds of revellers at a country music event on the city’s world famous strip.

As well as the 50 people confirmed dead, over 200 others are injured after the gunman opened fire on music festival revellers.

Crowds were enjoying the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when the shooter reportedly started spraying bullets from a hotel balcony.

As terrified revellers fled for their lives, officials received reports of an “active” gunman and patrol vehicles descended on the popular US Strip.

Some officers were seen taking cover behind their vehicles, while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) later confirmed that one suspect was dead and that he is believed to have acted alone.

A body is covered with a sheet in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard (Image: REUTERS)

Donald Trump has offered his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

The President took to Twitter shortly after sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed the massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Trump tweeted: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”

Below, we look at everything we know so far about the shooting…

What happened?

Revellers were attending the Route 91 Harvest festival when the gunman allegedly opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

He is believed to have used a high-powered assault rifle to blast his victims.

The incident took place at the end of a performance by Jason Aldean. Police responded to the shooting at about 10pm local time.

Video clips posted online captured what sounded like automatic weapons as panicked concert-goers fled and dropped to the ground, screaming.

The shooter was said to have opened fire on the event from the Mandalay Bay(Image: Google Maps)
A body appears to lie under a sheet as police and rescue personnel gather at the scene (Image: Getty Images North America)

Witnesses later described how they saw victims fleeing as shots rained down. Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.

Pictures of the scene showed many victims lying on the ground, covered in blood. Others captured people, both young and old, running for their lives.

After quickly arriving at the scene, some police officers were seen taking cover behind their vehicles, while others carrying assault rifles ran into the hotel.

How many people died?

More than 50 people were killed in the shooting, with over 200 others injured.

Speaking at a media briefing at around 1.30am, Sheriff Lombardo said the number of those wounded in the attack is “well in the excess of 100 plus”.

Later on, the Sheriff confirmed 50 had died, while over 200 had been injured in the attack.

Off-duty police are believed to be among the victims – with one confirmed among the dead.

Las Vegas police patrol along the streets outside the festival grounds (Image: Getty Images North America)
The spokeswoman, of the University Medical Center hospital, said 14 patients were in a critical condition and that all had suffered gunshot wounds.

The identities of those killed and wounded are currently unknown.

Who was the gunman?

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has confirmed that one suspect – a local man – is dead following the mass shooting.

The force said the suspect is believed to have acted alone. He is not believed to have been connected to any militant groups, the sheriff said.

The suspect was later named as Stephen Paddock.

Sheriff Lombardo described how the gunman had been apprehended by police at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. He was shot dead by cops on the 32nd floor.

Officers are now searching for the suspect’s female companion and ‘roommate’, Marilou Danley, who had travelled with him before the shooting.

One reveller described how “everyone was running, people were getting trampled” (Image: Getty Images North America)
Emergency crews responded to the incident at around 10pm local time (Image: Getty Images North America)

They are also looking for two vehicles associated with the shooter – a Hyundai Tucson Nevada/114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Nevada/79D401.

In an earlier media briefing, held shortly after midnight, police reported that one suspect was “down”, but warned people to stay away from the area.

LVMPD wrote on Twitter: “”Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time.”

The force later said officers believe there were no other shooters in the incident.

Who is Marilou Danley?

Marilou Danley had at first been described as a female companion and “roommate” of the suspect. It was later reported that she was identified as the shooter’s wife.

The police department later confirmed she is ‘no longer a person of interest’.

She is said to have travelled with him before the attack.

LVMPD tweeted: “Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1!.”

The force also posted a picture of Ms Danley.

Later Sheriff Jim Lombardo confirmed they had located Ms Danley.

Police searched for a female companion of the suspect identified as Marilou Danley (Image: Twitter)

What were the moments after the shooting like?

One witness, Jon Bessette, who was at the music festival, described how it was “pandemonium” as people fled for safety amid gunfire.

Speaking to NBC, he said: “The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium. Everyone was running, people were getting trampled.”

Some witnesses claimed they heard possibly hundreds of gunshots. Police tactical teams were seen searching the casino hotel for attackers.

Brit Andy Williamson was among those caught up in the chaos after the attack.

He was being interviewed on Good Morning Britain from the Bellagio Hotel when he was forced to cut off the interview amid screaming and sobs .

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Andy revealed that he and many others had been running along the Strip when they were told to go into the hotel’s ballrooms to hide.

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard (Image: Getty Images North America)
It was not immediately clear whether the suspect said to be “down” was killed or injured (Image: Getty Images North America)

At the beginning of the interview, he had said that they were being given the all-clear and spoke about his ordeal.

But the noise was suddenly heard around him and he swore: “Oh s***, hold on. Hold on, sorry – I’m going to have to go. Everyone’s running, like mad.”

Poker player Dan Bilzerian was also caught up in the shooting. The 38-year-old shared a video to Snapchat as he ran from the sound of gunshots.

As he sprinted from the chaos to try to find a safe place, he declared: “Holy f***, this girl just got shot in the f****** head.”

He also admitted that he regretted not being armed during the shooting.

“Stupid a** me didn’t bring a gun,” he complained.

Poker player Dan Bilzerian was caught up in the Las Vegas shooting (Image: joshdcaplan/Twitter)

DAN BILZERIAN POSTS VIDEO RUNNING AWAY FROM LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

Have flights been affected?

Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs and shopping hotspots are a major draw for some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year.

The area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out.

The Mandalay Bay hotel is near McCarran International Airport, which said on Twitter it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting.

Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.

Where was the music festival?

The music festival took place over the weekend.

The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.

Other artists scheduled to play the main stage include Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, and more.

The Route 91 festival is a three day event (Image: Getty Images North America)

Briefing with @Sheriff_LVMPD regarding the Strip shooting. At least 20 dead, 100 injured. The shooter was local.

At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters. More information to come shortly from @Sheriff_LVMPD.

LVMPD warned people, not to Livestream or share tactical positions of officers on the scene which may put them in danger following the shooting.

The mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, tweeted her thanks to emergency crews who raced to the area, writing: “Pray for Las Vegas.

“Thank you to all our first responders out there now.”

The Mandalay Bay, meanwhile, posted: “Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims of last night’s tragic events.

“We’re grateful for the immediate actions of our first responders.”

Were there other shootings in the area?

As panic broke out at the music festival, there were rumours of other shootings in the area. However, police have since said these reports were false.Shortly after the incident, officers told people to stay clear of the Luxor resort after a ‘black Audi with wires sticking out’ was spotted.

There were also reports of shots being fired at the Hakkasan nightclub, while the Bellagio was evacuated amid reports of a gunman with a rifle.

Cops later confirmed claims of other shootings were not true.

(Source: Mirror)

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BREAKING NEWS: 50 Killed, 200 Injured After Shooting At Las Vegas Music Festival |The Republican News

A police officer takes cover behind a police vehicle during a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)© The Associated Press A police officer takes cover behind a police vehicle during a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John…

A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire at an outdoor music festival, killing at least 50 people — including two off-duty police officers — and wounding 200, officials said early Monday.

Country music star Jason Aldean was performing when the shots began ringing out Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Shooting at Las Vegas music festival          © Getty Shooting at Las Vegas music festival  

Officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Authorities say the man died.

Police did not release the suspect’s name but said he was a local resident.

Concert-goers reported hearing what they described as automatic gunfire during the shooting.

Lombardo said they believe this was a “lone wolf” attack but said they were looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest.

The two slain off-duty officers were attending the concert, Lombardo said. An on-duty officer was in critical condition and another was wounded, Lombardo said.

Several officers from California were attending the music festival. A Bakersfield police officer was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hours after the shooting, Aldean posted on Instagram that he and his crew were safe and said the shooting was “beyond horrific.”

Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the Route 91 Harvest Country music festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.© Getty Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the Route 91 Harvest Country music festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said he and his girlfriend were watching Aldean’s performance when he heard what sounded like fireworks.

The music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

Shooting at Las Vegas music festival© Getty Shooting at Las Vegas music festival  

Thousands fled as bursts of gunfire could be heard for more than five minutes, Yazzie said.

Jose Baggett, 31, a Las Vegas resident, said he and a friend were in the lobby of the Luxor hotel-casino — directly north of the festival — when people began running. He said people were crying and as he and his friend walked away, they encountered police checkpoints where officers were carrying shotguns and assault rifles.

“There were armoured personnel vehicles, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, and at least a half-mile of police cars,” Baggett said.

Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)© The Associated Press Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John…  

Witnesses said they saw multiple victims and dozens of ambulances near the concert venue. Some attendees later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.

Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

Flights were temporarily halted at McCarran International Airport because of the shooting, the airport said on its verified Twitter account.     (Source: AP)

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U.S Shooter In Congressman Shooting Confirmed Dead |The Republican News

A heavily armed gunman ambushed Republican senators and congressmen at a baseball practice Wednesday morning, leaving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others injured.

A Facebook page belonging to a person with the same name as the reported suspect has expressed fiercely anti-Trump views. President Trump announced that he had died.

Lawmakers and aides ducked behind trees, ran, and dove into a shallow dugout, where some shielded Arlington Rep. Joe Barton’s son as Capitol police — Scalise’s security detail — traded gunfire with the attacker, eventually capturing him alive. An aide for Austin Rep. Roger Williams, the team coach, was shot in the calf. Williams himself broke an ankle scrambling into the dugout.

“It was scary,” said Barton, the longtime manager of the GOP team.

The terrifying incident in Alexandria, Va., a short drive from the Capitol, lasted at least 10 minutes. Dozens of witnesses, most of them elected officials, reported at least 50 shots.

“Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” said Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on CNN. “Who knows how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So he was just killing everyone – or would have…. It would have been a massacre without them.”

The lawmakers were practising for an annual charity baseball game Thursday night against the Democrats’ team. Three hours after the incident, the House cancelled votes and postponed many committee meetings for the day.

“The assailant has now died of his injuries,” Trump said at the White House in four-minute remarks. “Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers, who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault.”

The Washington Post identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials, a 66-year-old who owns a home inspection business. He has posted anti-Trump comments online, including a comment on Facebook when he signed a petition demanding the president’s impeachment that “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

House members gathered late morning for a closed-door security briefing with the House sergeant at arms. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said his officers were in good condition.

President Donald Trump called Barton and others, including Scalise’s wife and the House speaker and majority leader.

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama also said this could easily have turned into a massacre if there hadn’t been police on hand already. “All we would have had was baseball bats against a rifle,” Brooks, who was taking batting practice when the shooting began, told CNN.

Zack Barth, an aide to Williams, posted on Facebook that he’d been shot but was recovering at a hospital. The congressman later wrote on Twitter that Barth is “doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Williams, who has coached the team since 2013, injured his leg when he dove into the dugout, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

In the halls of Congress, the incident sent shudders and raised anxiety about security, particularly outside the heavily protected Capitol complex.

“This could have turned into a bloodbath,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who wasn’t at the practice, said on Fox News.If the gunman targeted the practice knowing these were members of Congress and in particular, Republicans, it’s unclear how he knew that. The timing and site of these practices aren’t publicised.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said Scalise’s wounds were not life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot, according to AP.

Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was playing second base when the shooting began. He was undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said. The condition of the others was not immediately known.

Several Republican lawmakers were gathered in Arlington, Va., for a practice ahead of the annual congressional baseball game which pits Republicans against Democrats in friendly competition.

The Republican team is managed by Barton, the Texas Republican who had two sons with him at the early morning practice. At the Capitol, still in uniform and visibly shaken, he recounted the terror.

He heard “dozens if not hundreds of shots,” he said. The attacker started firing at Scalise and others in the infield. Scalise’s security detail immediately returned fire, soon to be backed up by Alexandria police.

“They shot the shooter and the security detail saved a lot of lives,” Barton said.

Everyone scrambled for cover. Some dove on the ground, others ran to the dugout. Barton said he was behind the dugout, while his son Brady was in the batting cage. He said his son Jack, meanwhile, was forced to hide under an SUV.

“He was very brave,” Barton said.

“Joe Barton’s boy was here, 10-year-old, just shagging balls. We got him into the dugout and stuffed him under the bench,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who was at bat when the shooting started, said on Fox News.

Flake used Scalise’s cell phone to call the wife of his injured colleague.

Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and Kevin Brady also play on the team, as they have for several years. A Conaway aide said he was at the practice and is safe.

In a statement, President Donald Trump said that he and Vice President Mike Pence are aware of the shooting and are monitoring developments closely.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,” he said.

Officers were dispatched to an incident in the 400 block of East Monroe Street, which is across the Potomac River from Washington. Lawmakers said more than 50 shots were fired.

 

The exact number of people shot wasn’t clear, but five were transported to hospitals, according to Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown. Emergency personnel and the FBI quickly descended onto the field.

Scalise, as a member of House leadership, had a security detail from the Capitol Police.

In a horrifying account, Brooks told media that he saw a rifle near the baseball field moments before he heard Scalise scream.

According to the AP, Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what appeared to be “a hip wound.” The Alabama lawmaker said Scalise “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”

“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said, according to the AP.

A congressman reportedly used a belt to make a tourniquet on Scalise’s leg, near where he’d been shot as security detail returned fire.

Scalise, as a member of House leadership, had a security detail from the Capitol Police.

Paul, a Kentucky senator, was in the right field batting cage when the first shot rang out — about as far as anyone at the practice could be from the shooter, who was positioned at the third base dugout.

“I grew up in the South. I’m used to hearing an occasional shotgun,” Paul told CNN by phone. This sounded like a rifle, and the blast didn’t begin right away. “Nobody dropped to the ground, nobody ducked…. Then five or 10 shots rang out.”

He saw Scalise go down. Two congressional staffers were on the ground near Paul in right field, gunshots hitting the dirt around them. One staffer ended up scrambling a tall fence to get out of the line of fire.

Paul figures that 50 or 60 shots fired from the shooter before he began hearing pistol shots from Capitol police.

Flake saw shots kicking up gravel, he told reporters. Some lawmakers hid behind trees. He and six or eight others took cover in the first base dugout, forced to stay low and unable to get to Scalise, shot and bleeding in the infield.

Once the shooter was down, Flake and Wenstrup, a physician, rushed to Scalise to stop the bleeding.

“It looks like only one shooter. You’ve got to assume he knew what he was doing. Whether he was targeting certain members, we don’t know,” Flake told reporters at the scene.

“He had a lot of ammo,” Flake said. “It was tough to get to him.”

The whole incident lasted at least 10 minutes. In the dugout, lawmakers called 911 and worked to stop a staffer’s leg from bleeding.

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, was among the lawmakers taking cover in the first base dugout. Emotional on Fox News, he blamed overheated political rhetoric for violence directed at politicians.

“This political rhetoric, this political discourse that has led to hate has led to gunfire. I never thought I’d go to a baseball practice for charity and have to dodge bullets,” he said. “This has got to stop and it’s got to stop today.”

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Officer Shot In Robbery Attack In Seattle In Critical Condition, Says Hospital

 

A Seattle Police vehicle turns near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017.© AP Photo/Ted S. Warren A Seattle Police vehicle turns near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

 

SEATTLE (AP) — Hospital officials say that contrary to earlier reports, one of the two Seattle police officers shot responding to a robbery is in critical condition.

Harborview Medical Center identified the shooting victims as a 42-year-old female officer who was listed in satisfactory condition and a 30-year-old male in critical condition.

The male officer’s injuries are considered life-threatening.

Police officials and the Seattle Police Foundation previously reported that the injuries were minor.

This is a breaking news update. Check back later for more. 

EARLIER STORY: SEATTLE — Two Seattle police officers were shot Thursday while responding to a downtown robbery, authorities said. The location of the gunman was unclear.

Chief Kathleen O’Toole told reporters the injuries to the officers were believed to be minor.

Police cruisers flooded the area, closing streets, and officers warned people to stay away.

“We’ve got the doors locked, and the cops are all around us,” said Cindi Raykovich, co-owner of a nearby running shoe store. “They want us to stay in the back room. When we walk out front, there’s a guy standing out front who points at us and tells us to go back.”

The department disclosed the shooting on its Twitter feed at about 1:40 p.m. Thursday, saying the robbery had been reported near the waterfront, several blocks south of Pike Place Market.

Brad Clough, who works at a bicycle repair shop in the area, said he heard sirens and saw at least several dozen police officers converge on the scene.

“Wow. This is real,” he said, describing SWAT officers racing down the street.

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BREAKING: 2 Adults Dead, 2 Kids In Critical Condition After Shooting At San Bernardino Elementary School

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Two adults were killed and two students were injured Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino in what officials are describing as a murder-suicide.The students were taken to a local hospital, where they were listed in critical condition, said San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden. The male gunman, whose identity was not released, shot and killed a female instructor before he turned the weapon on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

The teacher is believed to be the spouse or girlfriend of the gunman, according to San Bernardino Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia.

“We believe this to be a murder-suicide,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan tweeted. “Happened in a class room. Two students have been transported to the hospital.”

Burguan later tweeted: “We believe the suspect is down and there’s no further threat.”

The gunfire was reported at 10:27 a.m. in a classroom at North Park Elementary School, 5378 N. H Street.

The gunman had checked in with school officials earlier that morning before visiting the teacher’s classroom, police Capt. Ron Maass said.

His handgun was not seen until he entered the classroom and “presented the firearm,” the captain said.

The gunman then opened fire on the teacher. Two students near the teacher were hit by gunfire, he said. It is unclear how many shots were fired.

“The children, we do not believe were targeted,” he said.

Jaidyn Stanley, 9, said he was in a different classroom when the shooting happened.

“I was in my class and my teacher was teaching us a lesson, and then I heard three gun shots. My teacher told us to get on the ground. Then we started hearing sirens,” the third-grader said.

Jaidyn said after staying low to the ground for about 30 seconds, his teacher told the class to get up, run and follow her out of an emergency exit that connects directly to the outdoors. He and his classmates left their backpacks behind.

“There was a lot of people in my class crying and they were scared. They thought the shooter was going to come in the classroom,” Jaidyn said.

Jaidyn said once he and his classmates were outside on a soccer field, they were planning to walk to Cajon High School, but he spotted his mother and she scooped him up and took him home.

Immediately after the shooting, the San Bernardino County Fire Department set up a triage area.

School officials said the shooting was “isolated to the campus.” In an email to staff, the school district said: “This is believed to be a case of domestic violence.”

Students were evacuated to Cal State San Bernardino’s physical education building, where they could access bathrooms and water, said university spokesman Joe Gutierrez.

Parents were directed to go to Cajon High School, where officials verified their identities before sending them to Cal State San Bernardino to pick up their children, Gutierrez said.

North Park Elementary has more than 500 students between kindergarten and sixth grade, mostly from low-income Latino families.

Students were huddled on a field at a corner of the school’s campus on Northpark Boulevard and H Street, accompanied by teachers and guarded by law enforcement officers carrying long guns.

Anxious parents such as David Zamudio gathered nearby, but barriers blocked them from reaching their children. Some parents said there was confusion over where to collect their children as information circulated that they should be picked up at either Cajon High School or Cal State San Bernardino.

Zamudio, the father of a 6-year-old in second grade at North Park, said he lives nearby and heard helicopters overhead. He rushed to the school when his sister called saying there had been a school shooting.

“I came because they said it was safer, more isolated. But I guess it’s not that way,” said Zamudio, who recently moved to the area from Highland.

In a statement on Twitter, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said: “ My heart and prayers go out to the victims of today’s horrible act in #SanBernardino & to the whole North Park Elem. School community.”

According to the state’s new school rating system, North Park earns high marks for suspending less than 1% of its student body. The school was deemed yellow — average on the state’s color-coded grading scheme — for academics. In both math and English, students scored below the bar for proficiency, but in math, their scores grew significantly over the course of one year.

The school will be closed for the next two days as detectives continue their investigation, said district Supt. Dale Marsden.

“This is an absolute tragic event,” he said. “Our hearts are broken.”

The shooting comes as San Bernardino has seen a major increase in violence.

There were 62 slayings in San Bernardino in 2016 — a 41% increase from the year before. It was the deadliest year in the city since 1995.

The violence is an open wound on a city trying to recover from a prolonged bankruptcy and the 2015 terror attack.

On Monday, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) issued a statement in response to the shooting, saying he was “devastated” and that “this is like a punch to the gut of our community.”

“We will learn more in the coming hours and days about how today’s events came to pass,” Aguilar said. “But there are some things that we know now: This is a tragedy for our community and there are children, teachers, staff and families who will be dealing with what happened today for a long time. As we have done before, we need to come together to support those affected and rededicate ourselves to ending gun violence in our community.”

(Los Angeles Times)

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