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Texas cop never ID'd himself as police before fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson in her own home: Official

iStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A white police officer responding to a call early Saturday for a welfare check at a home in Fort Worth, Texas, fired a shot into a bedroom window, striking and killing a 28-year-old black woman who a neighbor said was not a threat.

Relatives of the woman who was fatally shot identified her as Atatiana Jefferson, and said she worked as a human resources officer for a Fort Worth company and that she lived in the home with an 8-year-old nephew, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported.

During a news conference on Sunday afternoon, Fort Worth Police Lt. Brandon O'Neil said the officer who opened fire on Jefferson never identified himself as a police officer.

"What the officer observed and why he did not announce 'police' will be addressed as the investigation continues," O'Neil said.

The NAACP released a statement on Twitter calling the fatal shooting of Jefferson "UNACCEPTABLE!"

"The acts of yet another 'trained' police officer have resulted in the death of #AtatianaJefferson Gun downed in her own home," the NAACP wrote. "If we are not safe to call the police, if we are not safe in our homes, where can we find peace? We demand answers. We demand justice."

UNACCEPTABLE! The acts of yet another “trained” police officer have resulted in the death of #AtatianaJefferson. Gun downed in her own home. If we are not safe to call the police, if we are not safe in our homes, where can we find peace? We demand answers. We demand justice. pic.twitter.com/UZqHQzPyaW

— NAACP (@NAACP) October 13, 2019

James Smith, a neighbor, said the shooting unfolded after he called the non-emergency police number to report seeing the lights on and the front door open at Jefferson's home. He said police arrived at the home around 2:30 a.m. without activating their lights and sirens.

"I called my police department for a welfare check," Smith told WFAA. "No domestic violence, no arguing, nothing that they should have been concerned about as far as them coming with guns drawn to my neighbor’s house."

Hearing the gunshot shocked him, he said.

"I don’t know what went on in that house, but I know she wasn’t a threat," Smith said. "I'm still kind of broken and shocked. They tell me I shouldn't feel bad. But I feel bad cause had I not called the police department, she would probably still be alive today."

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said Jefferson's "understandably heartbroken" relatives told him that Jefferson and her nephew were playing video games when they heard noises outside.

"She went to investigate at the window. An officer was on the other side who shouted commands and before she had a moment to respond, he shot her to death," said Merritt, who also represents the family of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man shot to death in September 2018 by white former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who mistook Jean's apartment for her own and wrongly suspected he was an intruder.

The Fort Worth Police Department did not release the name of the officer.

O'Neil said police received a call at 2:25 a.m. to respond to the home on East Allen Avenue. He said two officers arrived at the house at 2:29 am. and parked near Jefferson's home, but not in front of the residence. He said the officers walked around the back of the house, and that one of the officers observed a person through the rear window of the home and opened fire.

Body-camera footage released by the department shows the officer approaching a rear window of the home with his gun drawn. The officer sees the woman through the window, shouts, "Put your hands up, show me your hands," and fires one shot.

The video seems to confirm the officer never identified himself as police before he opened fire.

The front door appears open in the body-camera footage, but a screen door looks to be closed in front of it. The officer doesn't appear to knock.

"Perceiving a threat, the officer drew his duty weapon and fired one shot striking the person inside the residence," a statement from the police department reads.

Responding officers entered the home, located the shooting victim and began providing emergency care.

Jefferson died at the scene.

"An 8-year-old male, Ms. Jefferson's nephew, was inside the room during this time," O'Neil said.

O'Neil declined to answer questions from reporters, saying Police Chief Ed Kraus is scheduled to hold a news conference about the shooting on Monday.

He said the officer who shot Jefferson is scheduled to be interviewed on Monday by the department's Major Case Unit investigators.

A firearm was recovered from the woman's home, but police did not say where the gun was found in the house. The investigation is ongoing.

The officer, who's been with the department since April 2018, has been placed on administrative leave.

Merritt set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jefferson's funeral. As of Sunday afternoon, more than $81,000 had been raised.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price released a statement saying the Police Chief Ed Kraus and his command staff "are acting with immediacy and transparency to conduct a complete and thorough investigation."

She said the case will be turned over to the Tarrant County District Attorney Law Enforcement Incident Team to investigate the incident further.

"Writing a statement like this is tragic and something that should never be necessary," Price said in her statement. "A young woman has lost her life, leaving her family in unbelievable grief. All of Fort Worth must surround Atatiana Jefferson's family with prayers, love and support."

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1 person injured after false panic over shooting at mall, police say

iStock(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- One person was injured after shoppers fled during a false alarm over a suspected shooting at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida, according to police.

The male victim suffered a non-life threatening "trauma wound" and was transported to the Del Ray Medical Center after first responders arrived, Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander told reporters at a news conference Sunday afternoon. Police saw the trauma injury, but they said they now believe it was caused by the person running into a door.

There is no evidence of any gunfire, Alexander said. He said they are "getting to the bottom" of what caused the panic.

Police responded to the mall just after 3 p.m.after receiving reports of shots fired inside the building, Alexander said. The victim was found inside the food court, where the entirety of the incident likely occurred, he added.

There was no additional gunfire heard after the initial reports, Alexander said.

Others inside the mall suffered minor injuries they received from tripping and falling, according to the chief. Thousands of people were inside the mall as SWAT teams worked to clear the area.

Swat Team going in for active shooter #bocaraton pic.twitter.com/bttJQsKLpA

— Rachel Cohn (@umdontbejelly) October 13, 2019

A weapon has not been recovered, Alexander said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call in with tips.

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New Orleans mayor vows 'relentless' investigation in deadly Hard Rock Hotel collapse

Twitter/@ABC(NEW ORLEANS) -- Crews were feverishly working on Sunday to stabilize the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans a day after the building partially collapsed, killing two construction workers, leaving a third trapped in the rubble and injuring 30 others, officials said.

One body has been recovered from the scene, according to New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell.

New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said at a news conference near the disaster site on Sunday that search-and-rescue crews were poised to reenter the building.

"Search and rescue continues to be our top priority at this time," McConnell said.

He said the search of the building that had been under construction was halted overnight after conditions were deemed too dangerous to allow first responders to enter.

McConnell said a large crane was also damaged in the collapse and remained in a precarious position.

He said a massive crane weighing 110 tons was trucked into the city overnight from Baton Rouge and will be used to help stabilize the building once it's assembled.

Hazardous conditions, according to the chief, prevented search teams from recovering the bodies of the two construction workers killed when the upper floors of the building suddenly gave way and pancaked on one another. He said the identities of the dead construction workers and the one who remains missing have yet to be confirmed.

"This is not something you take lightly," McConnell said of the search efforts. "Safety is the No. 1 thing. The last thing you want to do as you're trying to rescue someone is lose someone else."

Dr. Emily Nichols, director of Emergency Medical Services in New Orleans, said of the 30 people treated for injuries, only one remained hospitalized on Sunday.

Mayor Cantrell said she visited the injured worker late Saturday night at University Medical Center New Orleans. She said the worker, who is in stable condition, suffered a fractured femur and underwent surgery.

"He is in the best of spirits that he can be in," Cantrell said. "He told me that it could have been worse. He said it happened very fast. He heard noise, looked around and moved very, very quickly."

Cantrell said the investigation into the collapse will get underway once everyone believed to have been inside the building at the time of the collapse is accounted for.

"After search and rescue, it will shift into a full-investigative mode and we will be relentless in those efforts moving forward," Cantrell said.

She identified Citadel Builders, based in Metairie, Louisiana, as the general contractor on the Hard Rock Hotel construction project. The 18-story, 350-room hotel near the city's French Quarter and Theater District was scheduled to open in 2020.

Brian Trascher, a spokesman for Citadel Builders, told ABC News on Sunday that the company is working closely with the city to stabilize the building.

"Our team is pretty much part of the incident command. We're working nonstop. There's no fusing, no arguing, no pointing fingers right now," Trascher said.

Trasher said the cause of the collapse remains under investigation.

According to preliminary information, all permits had been obtained to complete the building and that everything was "up to code," Cantrell said.

Trascher said the big problem on Sunday afternoon was how to secure the damaged crane that was listing from the side of the collapsed building. A top engineer for the company who operates the crane was flying in from Germany to assist local officials, he added.

The collapse happened around 9:12 a.m. local time at Canal and North Rampart Streets, McConnell said.

Trasher said more than 110 construction workers were on site when the collapse happened.

In a statement to ABC News, Citadel Builders said that it "remains committed to the safety and well being of all first responders and SAR teams working in and around our construction site in New Orleans.

While the process may not always move at the desired pace, rest assured that our team continues to work closely with Mayor Cantrell and Chief McConnell's personnel on the scene."

"Multiple internal and external investigations are in progress, but we are still in the infancy stages as we have not yet had access to the building. This situation is being handled much like a plane crash, in that rescue/recovery are the primary functions, followed by the search for physical and technical indicators that may provide clues to the cause," the statement continued.

Citadel Builders has flown in the chief engineer for Morrow Cranes, the crane owner, as well as the head engineer of the manufacturer from Munich, Germany, to aid in the recovery effort, according to the statement.

Officials said it appeared the collapse initially affected the sixth to eighth floors before damage spread throughout a large portion of the building.

Dramatic video of the incident showed parts of the building crashing into the street as debris billowed into the air.

Cantrell said that 10 surrounding buildings, including condominiums, were evacuated and that electricity and gas to those buildings remained turned off on Sunday. Nearby streets were closed to vehicles, according to NOLA Ready, the city's emergency preparedness center.

The mayor said debris from the collapse caused extensive damage to the roof of the historic Saenger Theater across the street, forcing the remaining performances of the musical "Wicked" to be canceled.

Hard Rock International said in a statement the company had "no involvement in the construction of the project" but extended its "deepest sympathies to victims of this tragic accident and to their loved ones and friends."

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3-year-old Alabama girl vanishes while attending birthday party, police fear kidnapping

iStock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- An Amber Alert has been issued for an Alabama toddler girl who vanished while attending a birthday party over the weekend, authorities said Sunday. Investigators fear she may have been kidnapped.

3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night when she suddenly disappeared, said Birmingham Police Department officers.

Investigators said she may have been abducted by a man and woman driving a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Toyota with a brown or discolored bumper.

The Amber Alert issued by state authorities on Saturday said the toddler is considered to be in "extreme danger."

"We still have hot leads right now and we're following up on those as we speak," Birmingham Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Praytor told reporters Sunday. "We want to find Kamille as quick as possible and we want to get her back to her family and that's our priority."

The department is working to acquire video and photos from the scene to help with the investigation, he said, urging anyone with footage from the birthday party to turn it over immediately.

"Of all the resources that we have at our disposal, there's nothing more important than the community," Praytor said. "We've had cases that have been broken by people that didn't think they saw anything until they came forward and told us what they knew."

"They didn't know it was a valuable piece of the puzzle. So you may think you don't know anything about it, but you may have the piece that we're looking for. We want all information."

Kamille, who is black, was described as about 3 feet tall weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Investigators said anyone with information should contact Birmingham police or Crime Stoppers immediately.

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10-year-old girl dies after falling off carnival ride in New Jersey, police say

Facebook/Deerfield Harvest Football(DEERFIELD, N.J.) -- A 10-year-old girl has died after she fell off a carnival ride in New Jersey, according to police.

The girl was on a ride called "Extreme" at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Saturday around 6 p.m. in south New Jersey when she fell off the ride, according to a news release from the New Jersey State Police.

Witnesses told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI that the girl was motionless after the fall and that her family members were distraught. '

She was then airlifted to Cooper University Health Care in Camden, New Jersey, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Additional details about the ride or how the girl fell were not released.

In a statement, Skelly's Amusements Inc., the company that provided the rides to the festival, said it would not be open at the festival on Sunday, although it had been given permission to operate the other rides by the state.

"We don’t have it in our heart," the statement read.

The company will be issuing refunds for the rides at the ticket booth, and the entertainment portion of the festival will continue as scheduled, according to the statement.

A spokesman for the festival could not immediately provide comment to ABC News, pending an official statement. The festival was founded in 1979, according to its Facebook page.

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Woman's arm, foot severed by private plane propeller at Key West airport, authorities say

iStock(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- A propeller on a private plane severed a Florida woman's arm and foot, according to authorities.

The woman, a resident of Naples, was struck by the propeller at the Key West International Airport Saturday around 8:45 p.m., according to a news release by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot and female passenger were preparing to taxi in the private plane when it "would not move or was having some other unknown mechanical issue," authorities said.

The pilot then exited the plane while it was still running to see if the blocks placed by the airplane tires when stationary on the tarmac were still in place. The passenger was struck by the propeller after she exited and walked to the front of the aircraft.

The victim was first taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island and later flown in stable condition to the Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, authorities said, adding that her condition on Sunday was not known.

It is also not clear what caused the plane to not move.

Additional information was not immediately available. The victim's identity was not released.

Florida Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.

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Car slams into group of people enjoying autumn hayride, at least 11 injured

iStock(LITTLE ROCK, Ill.) -- At least 11 people have been hurt, one of them critically, after a car slammed into people enjoying an autumn hayride on Saturday afternoon about 55 miles west of Chicago.

Authorities say that the accident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Little Rock Township, Illinois, when a car containing two people crashed into the back of a hayride wagon causing the car to flip upside down onto its roof.

All of the 11 victims are adults, 3 of which were hurt seriously. Those involved in the accident were taken to four area hospitals, according to ABC’s Chicago station WLS-TV.

Rush Copley Medical Center received three patients. They said one is in critical condition.

The driver and the passenger of the car that hit the hayride were both treated at the scene.

Police are currently looking into the circumstances of the accident and what caused it. The investigation is ongoing.

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'Not qualified': State senator wants judge who jailed man for missing jury duty off the bench

iStock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- "Not qualified to make a fair and impartial decision," is how Florida State Senator Bobby Powell described the judge who sentenced a 21-year-old man to 10 days in jail for missing jury duty.

"The thought that a judge would sentence a young man who had no previous history or incident with law enforcement to jail time, I was outraged," Powell, who has filed a formal complaint against Judge Kasternakes, told ABC News. "I know him, I know this young man for many, many years. When I saw his picture on the front page of the local paper, I was very much not only hurt and disappointed but heartbroken. I'm at a loss for words about how I felt."

"We've all made mistakes. You would think, 'OK, if I go to court, the judge sees me in court,' what's the worst thing you think could happen? When Deandre went back to court he had on his work uniform, we thought the judge would see he is working and see he is a good young man," Powell said.

Deandre Somerville, who said he overslept the day he was required to be a juror, served all 10 days behind bars. He was also ordered to be put on probation for a year, complete 150 hours of community service, pay a $223 fine and write a letter of apology to the court. After the sentencing prompted outcry and disbelief from the public and criminal justice experts, Kasternakes vacated the ruling and declared Somerville "totally rehabilitated."

The senator said that while he has for now, only filed a complaint with the Judicial Qualifications Commission, he said there is an opportunity for him to file for the judge's impeachment with the legislature, something he said he is "strongly considering."

Powell filed his complaint against the judge with the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Sun-Sentinel reported, and the senator confirmed to ABC News. While he is unsure what the commission will do in response to the complaint, he said he knows what he wants the outcome to be.

"What I would like to see is Judge Kasternakes removed from the bench," Powell said, adding that he has received complaints about the judge from others who did not want to be publicly named. "He has indicated to me through this decision that he is not qualified to make a fair and impartial decision."

But Powell said the process should be fair -- and "not the way [the judge] treated Somerville," he said.

Other politicians have also voiced criticism, including Congresswoman Lois Frankel of Florida, who called the punishment "severe and unfair" on Twitter.

A call left at Judge Kesternakes' office by ABC News for his response has not been returned.

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'Serial Stowaway' arrested again at Chicago airport trying to sneak past security

iStock(CHICAGO) -- A woman known to police for trying to evade capture by airport security was arrested again at Chicago O'Hare airport, police said.

Marilyn Hartman, known to authorities as the "Serial Stowaway," was charged Saturday with a felony count of criminal trespass to a registered area at an airport, a spokesman for Chicago police told ABC News.

Hartman had not yet made it through security when she was arrested, but allegedly she was trying to move TSA lane dividers to sneak by.

She had been on probation for a 2018 incident in which she sneaked onto a London-bound flight from O'Hare, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.

Online records show she was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months in that case, but it's unclear how long she actually served.

When she was released, a Cook County judge warned her three times to stay away from airports, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

A police spokesman told ABC News that Hartman is infamous among police for trying to sneak through airport security.

Hartman is due in court Sunday. She could not immediately be reached be ABC News for comment, and it's unclear whether she's retained an attorney.

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5 rappers removed from Rolling Loud festival lineup at NYPD's request

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Due to "public safety concerns," several artists slated to perform at this weekend's Rolling Loud Festival in New York City were removed from the lineup.

In a letter to festival organizers, the New York Police Department said that "there will be a higher risk of violence" if Casanova, Don Q, Pop Smoke, Sheff G and 22GZ were allowed to perform at Rolling Loud because the artists "have been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide."

Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif confirmed that the artists were removed from the lineup after NYPD sent the letter but said they'll still be paid in full.

"I can't speak on this much but I want everyone to know that we are still paying all of those artists full booking fees AND sending them offers for future Rolling Loud's in other cities," Cherif tweeted. "... All the public sees is the letter. Way more happened behind closed doors. If we want RL to return to NYC, we have no choice but to comply. That's the position we're in."

Multiple artists posted on social media that they were asked not to perform.

"I just wanna live. My last felony conviction was 2007. I lost everything I ever loved and I'm STILL losing. So much so that ‘they' won't allow me to perform at Rolling Loud NYC on Sunday," Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, posted on Instagram. "It's unfair and unfortunate that my past, which I've dealt with legally and personally, continues to stigmatize me and my career as a recording artist. I'm at war with my past and the scars that they still leave on me everyday. I will continue to fight against biases and advocate for those facing this same issue. I'll do what do what I plan to make it up to y'all."

Don Q, whose real name is Lequincy Anderson, said misinformation is the reason he's not allowed to perform.

"THIS IS MY HOMETOWN. I just found out I can't perform at @RollingLoud tomorrow in my home city due to misinformation, I love my city and i never been in any gang activities or never had issues at any of my previous shows," he posted on Instagram. "I hope the city will wake up and see that cancelling me and my fellow NY artists isn't the solution, we just love what we do and want to perform for our fans. We won't give up."

Rolling Loud, a traveling hip-hop festival, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Citi Field in Queens. Other artists performing this weekend include Travis Scott, Wu-Tang Clan, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T and dozens more.

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California officials update wildfire containment, evacuation maps

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Several California wildfires are still wreaking havoc as firefighters continue to battle the blazes Saturday.

The Saddleridge fire in Los Angeles County, the largest of the latest California wildfires, encompasses 7,552 acres and is only 19% contained as of 7:30 a.m. PST. The Saddleridge fire evacuation map, according to Cal Fire, showed mandatory evacuations still in place for Porter Ranch north of state highway 118 from Reseda to Iverson, Oakridge Estates (north of 210 highway) and West of Balboa, North of Sesnon to the Ventura County border with DeSoto as the western border.

On Friday the wildfires forces school closures, caused severe traffic jams and force many from their homes.

Smaller wildfires in Riverside County are nearly contained. Wolf fire encompasses 75 acres and is 90% contained, and Reche fire is 350 acres and is 85% contained, according to Cal Fire. The Sandalwood fire is 823 acres and is 25% contained.

Briceburg fire, which is off Highway 140 and north of Midpine in Mariposa County, encompasses 5,190 acres and is 49% contained. The Wendy Fire in Ventura County includes 91 acres and is 80% contained.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, which said more than 1,000 firefighters are fighting the blazes, said it would provide additional evacuation updates "mid-morning Saturday." LAPD previously said mandatory evacuation orders impacted 100,000 people and 23,000 homes.

Earlier this week, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it shut off power for around 1 million residents a precautionary measure for high winds and dry weather. As of midnight local time on Saturday, the company said 98% of power was restored.

Initial reports said the planned power outage resulted in an elderly man’s death, but officials now say the man’s cause of death was unrelated.

Robert Mardis, 67, died just minutes after his power was shut off. He reportedly has COPD, which required oxygen equipment, ABC Fresno station KFSN reports. On Friday, the coroner’s office said Mardis died from arteriosclerosis.

Arteriosclerosis happens, according to the Mayo Clinic, “when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body (arteries) become thick and stiff — sometimes restricting blood flow to your organs and tissues.”

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Prencipe told the Los Angeles Times that “the power outage was NOT the cause of death.”

For an updated California wildfire evacuation maps, head to the LA Fire Department’s website.

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Authorities investigating New Hampshire church shooting: Governor

iStock/Thinkstock(PELHAM, N.H.) -- Wedding guests tackled a gunman after he allegedly opened fire in a Pelham, New Hampshire, church on Saturday morning and shot two people, the local police chief said.

"They basically gang-tackled him" and held him until police arrived, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark told reporters.

The suspect later was identified as Dale Halloway, 37. He's been charged with first-degree assault, according to a statement from Gordon J. MacDonald, the state's attorney general.

One of the people shot was Bishop Stanley Choate, 75, who last was listed in serious condition at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm and treated at a local hospital, where she was listed in good condition.

A third person, Mark Castiglione, 60, was struck in the head with an object and treated and released from a local hospital.

Halloway, according to the attorney general's statement, also faces a count of purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon. He's accused of shooting the bishop in the chest.

Roark, earlier on Sunday, had declined to say anything about the shooter's motive or his relationship to the couple or the New England Pentecostal Church.

But the department said in a written statement: "Preliminary investigation of the matter indicates that this incident does not appear to be a random event."

Police responded around 10:12 a.m. local time and said the suspect was discovered "being subdued by guests of the wedding." A handgun was recovered at the scene.

State police and the Pelham Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident.

Church services on Sunday have been canceled.

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4 people killed in 'mass casualty shooting' at illegal gambling club in Brooklyn: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Four men were shot and killed early Saturday morning at an illegal gambling location in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, according to police.

Three others, one woman and two men, were wounded and taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said at a press conference.

The victims, who have not been identified, range in age from 32 to 49 years old, Shea said. Two of the deceased male victims appeared to be from out of state.

A motive was not immediately clear, and no arrests have been made.

Police said they were called to the scene around 6:55 a.m. after reports of shots fired inside the gambling location, which was also described as a social club, at 74 Utica Ave.

When cops arrived, "they discovered the mass casualty shooting."

The four male victims were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two firearms have been recovered.

Multiple people are being interviewed at the 77th Precinct to determine what happened, according to Shea.

An estimated 15 people were believed to be inside the club when the shooting began and a minimum of 15 shots were fired, preliminary evidence showed.

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2 feet of snow slams the Dakotas, California fires rage on

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. for Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Santa Ana winds are making it difficult for firefighters to contain the raging wildfires in California. Any new or existing fires are likely to spread and with wind gusts up to 20 mph and relative humidity as low as 3% to 5%.

Winds are expected to calm down later this evening, which will reduce the fire risk overnight into Sunday.

A Blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday for eastern North Dakota and parts of northwestern Minnesota. Heavy, wet snow is reportedly making it difficult for plows to clear roadways.

Up to 2 feet of snow has already fallen across parts of the Northern Plains with new snowfall amounts of 3 to 10 inches expected through Saturday night.

In addition to snow, we are expecting wind gusts to 60 mph at times. This will cause blizzard conditions and reduce visibility, making driving dangerous particularly along I-29 and I-94.

By Sunday the system begins to weaken but will bring rain to the Upper Great Lakes before winding down Sunday night.

Many Americans from the Rockies to the Gulf are waking up to the coldest air of the season Saturday morning. Wind chill values are in the single digits for Yellowstone National Park, the twenties for Chicago and the thirties in parts of Texas.

Coastal Flood Alerts are effective through noon Saturday for parts of the Mid Atlantic.

As Subtropical Storm Melissa lingers roughly 250 miles SSE of Nantucket Massachusetts, it will bring gusty winds up to 40mph to the Northeast and minor coastal flooding around high tide for the affected communities.

Melissa is expected to become a remnant low late Saturday into early Sunday and conditions will improve.

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This is a food truck that will have tongues and tails wagging. Duck neck and chicken hearts on the menu

reidathegolden(SEATTLE) -- While most Seattle residents are fast asleep under their 800-thread count comforters during the wee hours of Saturday morning, Dawn Ford is crawling out of bed.

By 3:30 a.m., Dawn has showered, brushed her teach, thrown her reddish-brown hair into a messy bun and painted her face with makeup. Wearing sweats and comfortable sneakers, she pulls out of her driveway and makes the five-minute commute to her office. The streets are quiet and empty of people, save for a few homeless residents and those drunk souls who couldn’t find Ubers after the local dive bars closed.

Arriving to work, she turns off the alarm and starts making a to-do list on the dry erase board hanging on the wall. She ties an apron around her waist and fires up the oven before grabbing her ingredients from around the kitchen.

Flour? Check.

Eggs? Check.

Cheese? Check.

Time to start baking.

It’s a true labor of love for this 38-year-old dog lover, who owns and operates the dog treat company “The Seattle Barkery” with her husband, Ben.

The couple, who spend their weekends baking and decorating treats for their business, came up with the idea for the upscale dog treat company after discovering a hole in the marketplace.

Several years ago, Dawn and Ben had owned their own dog walking service, and at the end of each walk, would give their doggy clients what they had thought were “natural, organic” treats. But when they discovered those treats were poor quality or had been recalled, they were horrified.

Then Dawn had a thought.

“How hard could it be to make our own?”

Turns out: hard.

“We had all the taste testers we could want with our business,” said Dawn. “[But] dog treat recipes can be really complicated and have a lot of ingredients that you don’t necessarily have on hand… like bone broth or brewer’s yeast.”

Dawn wrestled with the various online recipes and couldn’t understand why the dogs weren’t enjoying the expensive and hard-to-make treats, so she started researching what human foods dogs were allowed to eat.

“Dogs love human food,” began Dawn, “so how can we make this more appealing for them and simple for me?”

Cheese, peanut butter and apple were high on the list.

The Fords took their new recipes – cheesy donuts with grain free flour and peanut butter apple bites – to the local farmers market and sold out every weekend.

But the long set-up and tear-down hours of the farmers market started to take their toll on Dawn and Ben. The Seattle rain certainly didn’t help either. That’s when Dawn noticed the food trucks at the farmers market and became green with envy. Those food trucks would be the last ones in and the first ones out, according to Dawn, and all they had to do was open their windows. She realized maybe they too could capitalize on the ease of a food truck… albeit for dogs.

The Fords starting combing through Craigslist’s ads, finally settling on a well-used, dark turquoise former maintenance truck that lovingly came with the name “Buster.”

$20,000 later and the retrofitted dog treat truck was ready to hit the road.

It’s been five years since the truck opened it’s window for the first time, but it’s still causing a bit of confusion. Some people even think it’s a hot dog truck, explained Dawn.

“Some other [humans] just come up and start ordering and you can just tell that there’s some confusion. So we’ll say ‘Where’s your dog at today?’” Dawn continued.

“People then exclaim ‘Ohmygosh!’ And then they are so embarrassed. And they’ll say ‘I thought the chicken feet were weird but everything else looks good,'” added Dawn with a laugh.

Sometimes though, people will still try to order the dog treats for themselves.

“What I found if that pretty much every culture eats the whole chicken except for America,” explained Ben, a 40-year-old King County resident hailing from Colorado.

“A lot of Brazilians will try to order the chicken hearts themselves because it’s a common street food there.” And while all of the company’s ingredients are human-grade, Ben noted that the food still isn’t licensed for human consumption.

“If I don’t see a leash attached to them, I start asking some questions,” said Ben, chuckling to himself.

For the most part, Dawn said there’s some level of familiarity with new customers, who may have heard about the truck’s other locations through dog park friends.

With the foundation of their truck’s success, The Fords also opened a “treat bar” at Dogwood (an indoor dog park where dog owners can drink alcohol while watching their pets) and staioned a permanent vintage trailer named “Hammy” stationed near Lake Washington at the Magnuson Off-leash dog park.

According to Ben, the truck serves between 3,500-5,500 loyal fans a year, including Molly Oberndorf’s two Goldendoodles, Moose and Nellie.

“Everyone thinks I’m nuts,” said Oberndorf, laughing, “But in a good way,” she added quickly. Whenever they visit the Barkery truck, her dogs run nose first up to the aptly named “treat tunnel,” a device that drops a free treat down a shoot and into the waiting, drooling mouths of her dogs.

Oberndorf said her dogs, who are partial to the truck’s “beefy sticks” and “bacon birthday cakes” have sensitive stomachs – something that Dawn said is one reason owners trust their treats.

“[Our foods] do have a shelf life and that’s what’s appealing to people. They’re not all hard and they won’t stay fresh on your shelf for two years and be ‘edible,’” said Dawn, a mom of her own three pups.

Those treats include peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pretzels, bacon cupcakes and doggie icew cream sundaes with edible bowls.

For the pups' owners, the truck sells a special brand of local coffee, called the “Leg Lifter Blend.”

The truck’s number-one selling dog product are always the chicken hearts that have been air fried in coconut oil – think popcorn for dogs, as it were.

“A lot of people have been burned by treats at the pet store or the rock hard treats. You don’t want to be duped into spending $15 on a bag of treats [your dogs] don’t like,” continued Dawn.

“Maybe they just want something less processed," she said.

Keeping up with that less-processed workload has proven a lot harder than the Fords were expecting.

“It’s not a dream scenario. We don’t have any social life. When we go out with other friends and family, I’m like, ‘You want to go out at 7:30pm? I go to bed at 8 o’clock,'” said Dawn, laughing.

The couple considered franchising, but quickly agreed that wasn’t a business model that worked for them.

“To even become a franchise is about $40,000, and then you got to hope that somebody is going to be crazy enough as you to do what you do,” said Dawn.

Almost every day, the Fords receive a phone call or email asking for advice on how to start a dog food truck in another city. And while they fully encourage others to try it, they warn the process may turn most folks off.

Between the licensing and permitting processes, registering recipes with the Department of Agrucultue, random health inspections and the daily grind of the baking business, the Fords admitted they may not have gone into the dog food truck business had they known five years ago what they know now.

“Five years in, you know, we know our health inspector by name,” said Dawn. “We have a good relationship with the city,” she continued, “But it’s very daunting and it’s a lot of money right up front. If you just want to do it on the weekend, you’re never going to make a return. You really gotta hustle.”

Currently, the Fords said are putting every penny they earn directly back into the business – they are preparing to open their first official brick-and-mortar store in January within a new Amazon building.

In the meantime, the Fords continue to stock their various locations and take orders for specialty cakes – they’ve made bakery items for “Gender Reveal” parties and celebrated a dog’s “Bark Mitzvah,” amongst others.

On the whole, the company gets a ton of positive feedback.

“There are a few older generations that kind of roll their eyes that say ‘Only in Seattle’” eplained Ben. “And I laugh and say ‘You’re right, only in Seattle!’”

But regardless of what anyone thinks, Ben said he knows how lucky they are. The company just celebrated it’s five-year anniversary last week.

“I tell my employees: It’s such a great job because your customer is already walking up to you and smiling,” said Ben, “So that’s very rewarding."

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