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iStock(FULLERTON, Calif.) -- Days after a retired California college administrator was stabbed to death, police said they have arrested a suspect.

Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, was found in a car in a campus parking lot with "numerous" stab wounds Monday morning, according to the California State University Fullerton police.

"A very crude incendiary device" was left in a backpack underneath Chan's car, Fullerton Police Lt. Jon Radus said.

Items that could be used in a kidnapping, like zip-ties and wigs, were also in the backpack, he said.

A motive was not immediately known.

The slaying launched a massive manhunt. Police on Tuesday released surveillance video showing a man believed to be the suspect running from the crime scene in broad daylight.

Authorities are expected to release more details at a news conference Thursday.

Chan was the director of Budget and Finance and Student Services for University Extended Education from 2009 until he retired in 2017, CSU Fullerton President Framroze Virjee said. Chan returned to campus as a special consultant in 2019.

The university president called the murder "an unspeakable act."

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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via New York Police Department(NEW YORK) -- A body found Wednesday night may be the chef of a high-end New York City restaurant who has been missing for days.

Andrea Zamperoni, a head chef at Cipriani Dolci in Grand Central Terminal, was last seen leaving work at 10 p.m. on Saturday, New York City police said. The chef was reported missing by his coworkers.

NYPD officers learned Wednesday night of a body on the first floor of a hostel in Elmhurst, Queens.

Detectives are investigating whether it is the missing 33-year-old.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death, which appears suspicious, police sources said.

#Missing🚨 please help us find Andrea Zamperoni who was last seen leaving work on 8/17 at 10pm. He is 5’9”, 190lbs and resides in #Elmhurst If seen please call 9-1-1 @NYPDMissing @NYPDQueensNorth pic.twitter.com/EqW8w534iE

— NYPD 110th Precinct (@NYPD110Pct) August 21, 2019

No sign of Cipriani Head Chef Andrea Zamperoni for almost 4 days, last seen leaving his work Saturday night at Grand Central. “incredibly out of character, he was the one who would call right away, him and I communicate with everything,” says a co-worker @ABC7NY @ABC7NYNewsDesk pic.twitter.com/nRBMqPIriX

— Naveen Dhaliwal (@NaveenABC7) August 22, 2019

Zamperoni moved to New York in April, according to ABC New York station WABC.

Cipriani Dolci general manager Fernando Dallorso told WABC that Zamperoni's bank cards haven't been used and his phone has been off for days.

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U.S. Coast Guard (PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The search for two firefighters who went missing during a fishing trip off the coast of Florida last week will suspend at sundown on Thursday, officials announced.

Jacksonville, Fla., firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Va., firefighter Justin Walker never returned after launching off the coast of Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, on Friday, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Search and rescue teams continued to look for the pair on Thursday, but U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun told reporters at a news conference that the search would conclude at sundown and not extend into an eighth day.

Because of the strength of the Gulf Stream, the search area currently exceeds 105,000 square miles -- from Florida to several hundred miles off the coast of New England, Vlaun said, adding that officials are no longer able to look for the men with a "probability of success."

"I'm no longer able to pinpoint a specific location," Vlaun said.

Searchers were not able to find any additional evidence after a fishing bag that belonged to McCluney was found by a civilian about 50 nautical miles east of St. Augustine, Fla., about 100 miles north from where the pair set off, Vlaun said.

The 24-foot boat they left on also has not been found.

Vlaun described the announcement to end the search as "the hardest decision any Coast Guard leader makes," but added that the Coast Guard would resume operations if new information emerged.

"If some further clue opens up, we would restart the search and rescue process," he said.

The family has been informed of the decision, Vlaun said.

"We just have to continue to pray alongside the family that we learn something going forward that will allow us to respond again," he said.

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KABC(LOS ANGELES) -- A manhunt in Los Angeles county intensified Thursday after a sniper opened fire on a sheriff's deputy.

The deputy, 21-year-old Angel Reinosa, was shot in his bulletproof vest in the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lancaster station Wednesday by someone in the apartment building across the street, which is a government-subsidized facility.

Lancaster is about an hour north of downtown Los Angeles.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said "the only reason that deputy is alive is because he had his vest on."

"He was getting ready to take that vest off," Parris said at a news conference. "Had he done so, it would've been a much more tragic situation."

Sheriff's deputies cleared the apartment building overnight and did not find the sniper.

The suspect has not been named and it is unclear if he or she is a resident of the building.

Reinosa didn't suffer a puncture wound and has been treated and released from the hospital, authorities said.

He's been with the sheriff's office for about a year and at the Lancaster station for just three months, authorities said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Benjamin Grubb called the shooting a "contemptible assault."

A mental health facility, Mental Health America of Los Angeles, shares a parking lot with the apartment building where the sniper fired from.

A spokesperson for the facility told ABC Los Angeles station KABC that the mental health facility is in the same complex, but separate from the apartments, which are not specifically for patients.

"They let people live in our apartment complex who have mental illness," Terrisa McGhee, who lives in the apartment complex, told KABC. "It's kind of scary because there's no security onsite 24 hours. Management is never here when things happen. The cops are in there constantly. So it's not a surprise."

"It's not just a four-story apartment building, it's a four-story apartment building that is government subsidized for mentally ill people," the mayor said. "I mean, let's call it what it is. Why do you put mentally ill people in a four-story apartment building across from the sheriff's department?"

It is unknown whether the suspect is a patient.

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patty_c/iStock (FILE photo)(EL PASO, Texas) -- The El Paso Walmart where 22 people were killed and dozens others were injured in a mass shooting will reopen in the next few months, officials said Thursday.

“Nothing will erase [the] pain of Aug. 3 and we are hopeful that re-opening the store will be another testament to the strength and resiliency that has characterized the El Paso community in the wake of this tragedy,” Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said in a statement to ABC News.

The Cielo Vista store will undergo “extensive work” and be completely renovated before opening its doors again in three to four months, Hargrove said.

A permanent memorial for the victims of the shooting will also be erected at the store, according to the statement.

“Our goal is to establish a memorial that honors the victims, recognizes the binational relationship between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, and celebrates the strength of the El Paso community,” Hargrove said.

He added that Walmart will proceed with “thoughtful and great regard” for the employees, the victims and the community in rebuilding the store and planning the memorial.

Exact details on the store’s re-opening are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

The El Paso Police Department and the FBI finished processing the crime scene at the store on Aug. 14. Police said they had “relinquished control” of the scene to Walmart officials.

A fence that was placed around the store will stay up to prevent trespassing and armed guards will also be on site, according to police.

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Lafayette County Sheriffs Dept.(OXFORD, Miss.) -- The Ole Miss student accused of killing his 21-year-old classmate will undergo a psychological evaluation at a state hospital.

Brandon Theesfeld's defense attorneys requested the evaluation at a bond hearing on Thursday, saying the request came after they "received some new information." They did not elaborate on that information.

The defense withdrew its request for bond on Thursday.

Theesfeld, 22, was arrested for murder last month in the death of his college classmate Alexandria "Ally" Kostial.

Kostial, a St. Louis native studying marketing at Ole Miss, was on campus for summer school when she was shot and killed in July. Her body was found outside Oxford, Miss.

A motive has not been released, and Theesfeld's attorneys said he will enter a not guilty plea.

Theesfeld was arrested for murder two days after her body was found, authorities said. He was swiftly suspended from the university.

Meanwhile, Kostial's friends are forced to begin their senior year without the bubbly 21-year-old.

"She was just a light in any situation, in any room," Hannah Chauvin told ABC News on Wednesday.

"I miss her smile a lot," added Morgan Hull. "Even if she was upset, she was always smiling to some degree, and it was very genuine. And it just made me want to smile, too."

Adventurous, spontaneous and a lover of sunsets, Kostial had new goals every day, whether it was running an extra mile or starting a business, her friends said.

Kostial was an active member of the Ole Miss community, her friends say. She was the university golf club president, a member of the business fraternity and a yoga and Pilates teacher on campus.

A grand jury will convene next week where the case will be presented and charges will be determined, District Attorney Ben Creekmore said Thursday. The psychiatric evaluation will not impact these proceedings, Creekmore said.

Theesfeld will remain in custody as he awaits the psychiatric evaluation.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A large area of the country will see strong storms continuing Thursday with possible flash flooding in areas all the way from Oklahoma to Maine.

Flash flood watches are currently in effect for four states including Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois Thursday morning where some areas have already seen up to 5 inches of rain.

Later Thursday afternoon and evening the cold front that has been the catalyst for the storms in the Plains will move to the East Coast with strong storms and damaging winds from Maine to the Carolinas including Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh.

Strong storms are also possible in the Ohio Valley Thursday where some areas could see heavy rain and possible flash flooding.

Heavy rainfall totals are expected from Arkansas to the Carolinas for the next 48 hours with some areas expecting more than 4 inches of rain.

The heat wave in the South is finally going to subside Thursday due to the cooling thunderstorms that are forecast for Thursday afternoon. All heat alerts across the region have been dropped.

The only heat alerts left in the East are in New York City and New Jersey where the heat index could reach the mid-90s by this afternoon.

In the West, several cities reached record highs yesterday including 114 Fahrenheit in Phoenix and 110 in Tucson.

The record heat, dry conditions and lightning helped to spark severe brush fires in Arizona and forced the closure of Interstate 17.

But the record heat will subside a bit in most of Arizona today while further north the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for high fire danger in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado due to gusty winds.

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Long Beach Police Department(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- Police seized multiple guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and tactical gear from the home of a 37-year-old California man who allegedly threatened coworkers and guests at the hotel where he worked as a cook.

A Long Beach Marriott colleague of Rodolfo Montoya's contacted the Long Beach Police Department on Monday after Montoya threatened to carry out a mass shooting there.

A search of Montoya's Huntington Beach home on Tuesday revealed the weapons cache, which included high-capacity magazines and assault rifles, all of which are illegal to possess in California.

Montoya has been charged with manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon and making a criminal threat, the LBPD said in a statement on Wednesday. He's being held on $500,000 bail at the city jail in Long Beach.

"In recent months, we have seen several tragic incidents that have resulted in many lives lost," Police Chief Robert G. Luna said in the statement. "The witnesses who came forward and the diligence of our employees involved in this investigation very likely prevented a threat of violence and saved many lives."

Luna thanked the hotel employee for coming forward with the information.

"This incident," Luna added, "is excellent example of the 'See Something, Say Something' philosophy and how critical it is to report suspicious activity to law enforcement."

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Philip Rozenski/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A 20-year-old Tennessee man was arrested on Wednesday for making threats online to "shoot up" a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C.

Jacob Cooper, of Clarksville, Tenn., was charged with transmitting "a communication containing a threat to injure another" and could face up to five years in prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Cooper appeared in court Wednesday and is scheduled for another hearing on Aug. 26.

According to the criminal complaint, Cooper called himself "Jacco" on iFunny, a social media site, and on Aug. 13 responded to another user's post by writing: "Make sure you tell them about how I plan to shoot up a planned parenthood facility in Washington D.C., on August 19th at 3pm."

Cooper, according to the DOJ statement, also posted on Aug. 13: "If you are a member of the FBI, CIA, whatever, and are on my profile I will trace your IP address and kill you if the opportunity arises. And I am dead serious about this. I'll do it with ricin, a bomb, or .308. Whatever it takes, then [sic] end result will be the same. I am serious about this. If I am personally contacted by any federal agents, I will do this. I will kill you. Again, I am serious. Sic semper tyrannis."

"Sic semper tyrannis," when translated from Latin, loosely means, "Death to tyrants."

It's what John Wilkes Booth shouted after shooting Abraham Lincoln.

Cooper is the second person arrested within a week for threatening a women's health clinic on iFunny. A 19-year-old Chicago man was apprehended Aug. 16 for posting, in part, that he would "proceed to slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor I see in the area."

President Donald Trump, after he said, "We have to have to have very meaningful background checks," following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, appeared to walk back those remarks on Tuesday, the same day he had a phone call with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.

"We have strong background checks right now," he said from the Oval Office. "It's a mental problem. I've said it 100 times, it's not the gun that pulls the trigger, it's the person that pulls the trigger."

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Onnes/iStock(NEW YORK) -- An NYPD sergeant who supervised an officer fired this week for causing the death of Eric Garner will not face a departmental disciplinary trial and officials said all disciplinary actions stemming from the incident have now been concluded.

Sgt. Kezzy Adonis, however, will be docked 20 vacation days for failure to properly supervise former officer Daniel Pantaleo, who according to a disciplinary judge put Garner in a department-banned chokehold, which contributed to his death.

"This disciplinary case was adjudicated," NYPD Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye said in a statement on Wednesday.

Adonis had pleaded guilty to departmental charges and accepted the loss of her vacation days, eliminating the need for a departmental trial, officials said.

She remains a sergeant on full duty, officials said.

Kaye said that at the time of the confrontation with Garner on July 17, 2014 -- when he was accused of selling untaxed cigarettes in the city's Staten Island borough -- Adonis was a newly-promoted sergeant, had no prior disciplinary history and had received positive evaluations on her prior and current assignments.

"The Police Commissioner evaluated Sergeant Adonis’s supervision of officers under her command that day, and found that it was lacking in certain areas," Kaye said in the statement without elaborating. "That analysis concluded by noting that nothing about her actions on that day either caused the use of the banned chokehold or delayed the arrival of medical attention for Mr. Garner."

The decision came two days after NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill fired Pantaleo, saying it was "an extremely difficult decision."

"If I was still a cop, I'd probably be mad at me ... [but] it's my responsibility as police commissioner to look out for the city,” O'Neill said.

Pantaleo's dismissal followed his disciplinary trial in May and June this year. No criminal charges were ever filed in the case.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Judge Rosemarie Maldonado recommended that O'Neill remove Pantaleo from the force after holding a disciplinary hearing in May and June this year.

O'Neill said Pantaleo initially used justifiable force when Garner resisted arrest but erred when he kept Garner in the chokehold once the two men tumbled to the ground.

The incident was captured on video, showing Garner repeatedly crying, "I can't breathe," which became a rallying cry at subsequent protests.

The administrative judge found the chokehold contributed to an asthma attack that led to Garner’s death, a consequence that O’Neill said required accountability.

Prior to his termination, Pantaleo, 35, of Staten Island, had been on desk duty while collecting an annual salary of more than $97,000, according to public records.

There was no immediate comment from Garner's family on the outcome of Adonis' case, but the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader who has supported Garner's loved ones in their five-year pursuit of justice, said the decision is "too little too late."

"In fact, the loss of vacation days is akin to no penalty at all," Sharpton said in a statement. "If the penalty for not doing your job is that you can keep doing your job, it is an injustice to the family of Eric Garner and the residents of New York City."

He said the Garner family wants "all of the officers involved in Eric's case to be brought to justice," including a lieutenant, NYPD Lt. Christopher Bannon, who texted another officer that Garner's death was "not a big deal."

"We will continue to press for justice on all avenues," said Sharpton.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the committee will hold hearings in the fall to "strengthen police-community relations."

"We must continue to work at every level of government, within our local police departments and on the ground in our communities to ensure positive change," he said in a statement.

O’Neill’s decision to fire Pantaleo elicited a swift rebuke from Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, who said the commissioner "has chosen politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead."

Lynch also prompted concerns that there could be a work slowdown by rank-and-file members of the department after he said, "We are urging all New York City police officers to proceed with the utmost caution in this new reality, in which they may be deemed 'reckless' just for doing their job."

"We will uphold our oath, but we cannot and will not do so by needlessly jeopardizing our careers or personal safety," Lynch said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- People in New York and Boston should expect a rough evening commute home Wednesday as severe storms hit the Northeast.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Boston and Maine.

The storms will be scattered but could bring hail, wind gusts up to 70 mph, with the chance of a tornado in New England.

Flash flooding is possible during some of the heaviest downpours.

The severe thunderstorm watch is set to last through 10 p.m.

Summer heat

Summer heat is slamming the East Coast and the Southwest Wednesday with excessive heat warnings and heat advisories in effect.

In Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, the heat index -- or what it feels like -- could reach 95 to 100 degrees in the afternoon.

Several states in the south central U.S. are under a heat advisory; it will feel more than 100 degrees from Dallas to Memphis.

And in the Southwest, a streak of triple-digit temperatures will continue. Phoenix could reach a record high Wednesday at 114 degrees.

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Connah/iStock FILE(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- An 11-year-old Canadian boy was bitten in an apparent shark attack while on summer vacation in Florida, escaping with only "very minor" injuries, according to officials.

Christian Mariani said he was in about knee-deep water on his way out of the ocean when "the shark came and bit my right foot."

"It almost felt like human teeth. I felt it clamp down and then it let go... and then I ran out screaming," Christian told reporters from the hospital on Wednesday. "It was really scary because I knew something bit me, but the fear of not knowing what bit you and what's gonna happen to your foot after, that's the scariest feeling that I think I have ever experienced in my life."

Christian was at a Fort Lauderdale beach Wednesday morning when what appeared to be a small shark attacked him, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan told ABC News.

Christian, who was in the water with his dad and older brother, said he didn't see it beforehand.

He suffered a "very minor" puncture wound to his right foot and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Gollan said.

"It was pretty painful. Like, really painful," Christian told reporters. "I'm feeling fine. It's not like it still hurts or anything like that."

 Christian needed 17 stitches and is expected to be discharged Wednesday, doctors said.

"I feel more lucky than unlucky," Christian said. "I know it's a very low chance to get bit by a shark, but to be in the condition I am right now, that is also very lucky."

This was the first shark attack Gollan was aware of in Fort Lauderdale this year.

He said the shark likely mistook the boy's toes as small fish.

"This time of year we see a lot of bait fish that are moving down the coast," Gollan said.

And when there are more small fish, there are more bigger fish -- like sharks -- too, he added.

"Sometimes they see a toe and they think it's another small fish they're going after," he said of the sharks.

Christian seemed to agree.

As for why the shark quickly unlatched from his foot, Christian said, "I don't know. Maybe it thought it was something else, then it realized and let go."

Christian said once he's healed he'll probably go back in the water.

Click here for tips on how to stay safe from sharks.

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U.S. Coast Guard(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- U.S. Coast Guard officials will assess whether to continue the search for two firefighters who went missing on a fishing trip off the coast of Florida after six days of operations.

The search was launched after Jacksonville, Fla., firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Va., firefighter Justin Walker failed to return from a fishing trip off the coast of Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, on Friday, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Since then, the sole piece of debris located from the 22-foot boat the missing men launched is a fishing bag belonging to McCluney, which was found by a civilian about 50 nautical miles east of St. Augustine Monday morning. Nothing has been found since, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun told reporters in a news conference Wednesday.

More than 100 searchers are continuing to operate out of Jacksonville, Brunswick, Ga., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Keith Powers told reporters.

The search has become "quite extended," covering about 5,000 square miles all the way up to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Vlaun said. The current from the Gulf Stream is so strong that it is pushing any possible relevant debris upward and outward, making the search area "truly extensive and massive," he added.

Searchers in the air are looking for the men up to 200 miles offshore, Vlaun said.

Others challenges in finding relevant debris is the large amount of trash in the ocean, Vlaun said.

Because of how large the search area has become, and due to the likelihood that the two men could still be alive on the water, officials will re-evaluate whether to continue the search for a seventh day at the end of Wednesday's operations, Vlaun said.

"Based on what we learn here throughout the evening, we'll start having to have discussions about whether we can still actively search or whether we need to accept another posture," he said.

Vlaun reiterated that the search for McCluney and Walker is "a race against time."

"That is becoming even more acute as we move forward," he said.

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kali9/iStock(ONTARIO, Calif.) -- A 4-month-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were found dead in the garage of their southern California home in a suspected homicide, and their mother has been named a person of interest, authorities said.

Police in Ontario, Calif., said the girls' identities and cause of death have not been released.

Their mother was taken to a hospital on Tuesday, police said. On Wednesday authorities said she's considered a person of interest.

Ontario police are expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday to release additional details.

One local resident described the neighborhood as very safe.

"You can walk out at 2 in the morning and feel safe here," the resident told ABC Los Angeles station KABC. "Nothing like this has ever happened."

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iStockA 4-month-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were found dead in the garage of their southern California home in a suspected homicide, and their mother has been named a person of interest, authorities said.

Police in Ontario, California, said the girls' identities and cause of death has not been released.

Their mother was taken to a hospital on Tuesday, police said. On Wednesday authorities said she's considered a person of interest.

Ontario police are expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday to release additional details.

One local resident described the neighborhood as very safe.

"You can walk out at 2 in the morning and feel safe here," the resident told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV. "Nothing like this has ever happened."

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