Midland police say gunman dead and ‘there is no active shooter’
Confusion reigns over location, motive and cost of shooting
Police in Texas said five people were dead and 21 injured in a shooting on Saturday afternoon near Midland and Odessa. The gunman was killed by law enforcement after being chased to a parking lot at an entertainment complex.
It was the second mass shooting in Texas this month. On 3 August a gunman killed 22 people and injured 24 at a Walmart in El Paso.
The New South Wales Nationals leader, John Barilaro, and the Liberal environment minister, Matt Kean, argue contradictory positions over whether wild brumbies are wreaking havoc in Kosciuszko national park. Kean openly contradicted Barilaro, who was the driving force behind the greater protection of brumbies in NSW, saying: ‘One of the biggest threats to our national parks is feral pests: feral cats, feral dogs, feral rabbits and, let us call them for what they are, not brumbies, feral horses.’ At one point, Barilaro gestures to the public gallery, saying ‘And you want to give me the finger, sir? Keep your finger down, because that shows a lack of respect in this House’.
Number of offenders placed on wrist or ankle trackers climbs but there is still no consensus on whether they work
The use of electronic monitoring to track offenders has increased by 150% since 2016, while researchers express concerns that technology is “turning the community into a prison”.
Used as a condition of bail, parole or as part of a suspended prison sentence, electronic monitoring – using wrist or ankle bracelets that can track everything from location to blood alcohol levels – has been hailed by state governments and corrective services as a more effective way to manage growing prison populations.
Midland police department posts statement to Facebook
Public told to stay away from the area and stay in homes
Police in Midland, Texas said on Saturday two gunmen were at large after a reported shooting at a branch of the Home Depot hardware store in Odessa.
In a first post on its Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, the Midland police department noted reports of “an active shooter” at the Home Depot in Odessa and said: “For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes. We will update will more information as soon as possible.”
Teenager arrested on suspicion of murder after man in 20s killed and another wounded
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called to a car crash and fight.
Hertfordshire constabulary said they were called to Gammons Lane at the junction on Leavesden Road in Watford just before 3am on Saturday to reports of a three-vehicle collision and subsequent fight. Officers found a man in his 20s with possible stab wounds. Police said he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Woman, 35, arrested over attack in Oakland Park, Florida
No one injured after fuse disconnects from bottle of gasoline
A woman threw a lit Molotov cocktail into the lobby of a US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Oakland Park, Florida on Friday. No one was injured, according to a report sent to Trump administration officials and seen by the Associated Press.
Anger is rising as the state crackdown intensifies, and protesters say they are prepared for confrontation and sacrifice
Ryan Lee, a 27-year-old computer engineer, only started taking part in Hong Kong’s demonstrations in June. Since then, it has been a steep learning curve.
He has tackled a police officer to the ground to rescue another protester, tossed teargas canisters back at the police and covered the gas grenades with the metal dishes commonly used in Hong Kong for steaming fish.