Police hunting suspect in Trent Hills, Ont., shooting

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TRENT HILLS, Ont. — Provincial police say they are looking for a teenage suspect in connection with a shooting Thursday in Trent Hills, Ont.

Investigators with the Northumberland Detachment say officers were called to a residence just after 8:00 a.m. where they found a male with a suspected gunshot wound.

Police say the victim was rushed to hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

They have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Zachary Comeau of no fixed address. He’s described as white, about five-foot-11, 150 pounds with brown curly hair and blue eyes.

Police say Comeau is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

No other details about the case were immediately released.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2021.

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Somali ‘Refugee’ Charged with Murder in Fatal Shooting of Young Mother in Grand Forks, North Dakota

A 26-year-old refugee from Somalia is facing murder charges after fatally shooting a young mother in Grand Forks, North Dakota over the weekend.

Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi, a convicted felon, shot and killed 28-year-old Megan Lea Gustafson of Grand Forks at around 1:30 am Sunday at an apartment complex.

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Police believe the two knew each other, however details about their relationship is unclear.

“Growing up, Megan enjoyed spending time with her friends, time at the lake, driving the golf cart, listening to music and going for bike rides. Megan’s favorite moments were spent with her daughter, Olivia. Together, they enjoyed going to the park, playing games, reading, singing and dancing to music and even just cuddling while watching movies. Megan loved Olivia more than anything in the world! She always tried to make people feel better usually with her sense of humor and quick witted attitude. She was a kind and generous woman with a beautiful smile and infectious laugh she will be missed by so many who love her dearly.” – Megan Gustafson’s obituary read.

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A Grand Forks man accused of shooting and killing a woman on Sunday morning now faces a murder charge.

Twenty-six-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi was originally arrested for manslaughter.

Police have also identified the victim as 28-year-old Megan Lea Gustafson of Grand Forks. The shooting occurred after an apparent argument inside a residence on the 1300 block of 8th Ave. N. Officers were responding to a call of a suspicious person about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when they heard a gunshot inside the residence.

Police say a woman came out of the residence and fell to the ground. They are investigating the relationship between Abdullahi and Gustafson. They believe the two knew each other.

Abdullahi has a criminal past and recently threatened to shoot up a sports bar.

Valley News Live reported on Abdullahi’s criminal past (the victim’s name has been released since this news segment):

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The Alex Murdaugh shooting case only gets more bizarre – HotAir

For those of you who haven’t been following the story of Alex Murdaugh, it’s certainly been a tragic, strange sort of mystery. The prominent lawyer from South Carolina and executive at a major law firm seemed to experience a series of tragedies beginning in June of this year when his wife and 22-year-old son were shot dead near a kennel outside the family’s hunting lodge near Islandton, South Carolina. Then, on September 4, Murdaugh himself was shot in the head during a roadside attack not far from the family home, leading some to ask if the same killer was back to “finish the job.” He survived the attack, however, and was on the way to recovery. But this week, the noted attorney admitted that he had paid a hitman to kill him in this concocted scheme so that his surviving son could collect on a large life insurance policy after he was dead. Both Murdaugh and the shooter are in custody. (NY Post)

Embattled lawyer Alex Murdaugh allegedly orchestrated his own shooting earlier month as part of an elaborate scheme to leave his son with $10 million in insurance cash, authorities said Tuesday.

Murdaugh admitted the deranged plan to investigators on Monday, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Curtis Edward Smith, 61, the alleged gunman who conspired with him in the botched suicide attempt, has been arrested.

The stunning development, which was spelled out in an affidavit released by SLED, finally sheds light on the Sept. 4 roadside shooting in Varnville.

This is quickly turning into one of those tragedies that will inevitably be showing up in “true crime” cable television series for decades to come. On the surface, the Murdaugh family seemed to be the envy of the community, with wealth and success founded from a family law practice that had wielded great influence and power for generations. The idea that someone would just show up on the family estate and murder Alex’s wife and adult son was shocking, to say the least.

But as the investigation dragged on, it appears that suspicions may have been turning toward Alex Murdaugh himself. While there will still need to be a full investigation and whatever court actions prove necessary, the tone of the story has certainly shifted. Someone taking their own life after the loss of their wife and child, while tragic, is probably understandable. But somebody with a large life insurance policy hiring a hitman to shoot them in the head is another matter entirely. More attention will likely turn to what role (if any) Alex Murdaugh may have played in the death of his wife and son.

And what sort of hitman did Murdaugh hire? The guy shows up at the appointed place and time, shoots him in the head at close range, and manages to screw up the job and not even kill him? He’s probably regretting taking the job since Murdaugh dropped a dime on him almost immediately.

The shooter, Curtis Edward Smith, 61, is now facing charges of assisted suicide (which is apparently still a crime there), assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. Prosecutors expect to add more charges later.

So did Alex Murdaugh actually kill his own wife and child? Or at least hire someone (potentially even Smith) to do it for him? He lied to the police about the circumstances of his own shooting before finally coming clean, so he hasn’t presented much of a clean defense up until now. We’ll probably need to wait and see if Smith will turn on his client and provide investigators with more details in exchange for a more lenient sentence. But it’s a curious story to be sure.

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Man charged with shooting of prominent South Carolina attorney in apparent insurance fraud scheme

A South Carolina man was charged Tuesday with shooting attorney Alex Murdaugh as part of an assisted-suicide, insurance fraud plot to ensure that Murdaugh’s son would secure a $10 million payout.

The troubling incident occurred just three months after Murdaugh’s wife and other son were found shot to death on the family’s property. Prior to his death, Paul Murdaugh was facing charges for allegedly killing a 19-year-old South Carolina girl in a drunken boating accident in 2019. It is unclear if the two incidents are related.

On Sept. 4, Murdaugh, 53, survived the botched shooting, carried out by Curtis Edward Smith, 61. An affidavit describing the incident read, “Mr. Murdaugh supplied Mr. Smith with a firearm and directed Mr. Smith to shoot him in the head.”

Murdaugh confessed Monday to the plot, after which Smith confessed to being the shooter and getting rid of the gun.

Smith was additionally charged with the distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. He had reportedly supplied Murdaugh with drugs – the two men had a relationship spanning at least 10 years. According to court records, Murdaugh represented Smith in a personal injury lawsuit a decade ago.

After the shooting, Murdaugh resigned from the law firm that his great-grandfather founded, at which he was a partner, and said he was entering rehab for drug addiction. In the wake of his wife and son’s murders, he said he had made “a lot of decisions that I truly regret.”

That announcement was quickly followed by a statement from the law firm that Murdaugh was under investigation for allegedly misappropriating funds. Police are currently probing the issue.

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Upstate NY man indicted for dismembering, kidnapping, shooting another man

An Upstate New York man was arrested for the brutal mutilation, dismemberment and killing of a man he allegedly kidnapped earlier this year, a report said.

Police say 21-year-old Thomas Bovaird shot Juan Jose Gotay, cut off his tongue, burnt his ears and buttocks and cut up his eyes before he left him to die over the border in Pennsylvania, WETM-TV reported on Tuesday.

Bovaird and “unknown associates” had kidnapped Gotay in late January, according to a grand jury indictment of the Elmira resident obtained by the news station.

The indictment states that Bovaird used a “pointed instrument” on Gotay’s eyes and “caused injuries to his jaw, mouth, and teeth,” according to the report.

Thomas Bovaird was arrested for the brutal mutilation, dismemberment and killing of a man he allegedly kidnapped earlier this year, according to a report.

Bovaird is facing a slew of charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. It wasn’t clear what his relationship to the victim was, if any, or if there was a stated motive for the grisly crime.

In May, WETM-TV had reported of New York State Police investigating two homes on Patridge Street and West Avenue in Elmira, which is in Chemung County in New York’s southern tier.

That investigation, which appears to be related to Bovaird’s indictment, included neighbors saying they saw investigators digging in the backyard of the home on West Avenue. Cops took a bag from the home, according to the station.

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Two Florida boys, aged 13 and 14 years, arrested after allegedly plotting Columbine-style shooting attack; amassed guns, ammunition, and knives

Authorities arrested two teenage boys after they were accused of plotting a Columbine-style school mass killing, WINK-TV reports.

What are the details?

Police arrested 13-year-old Connor Pruett and 14-year-old Phillip Byrd after investigators discovered that the two were plotting to execute a mass killing at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

Authorities detained the two on Thursday after a school resource officer at the school was notified that one of the students had a gun in his backpack. While authorities did not find any weapons on either suspect, investigators said they did determine that the two extensively planned an attack to take place at the school. An investigation found that the two students amassed guns, ammunition, knives, and a detailed map of the school’s interior and its surveillance cameras.

Connor and Phillip both appeared in front of a Lee County judge on Sunday after being taken into custody on Saturday.

Both teen suspects will be held for at least 21 days in secure juvenile detention, where they will undergo an extensive mental health evaluation.

Phillip’s mother, Carrie Tuller, appeared in court on Sunday, where she defended her son.

“He’s just a little boy,” she said. “He didn’t think this was really serious. He didn’t think they were serious.”

The two teens are due in court on Sept. 27.

‘This could have turned disastrous’

According to WTVD-TV, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said that the two were “extensively studying” the 1999 mass killing that took the lives of at least 13 people and were also studying how to construct pipe bombs.

“This could have turned disastrous,” Marceno said during a Thursday press conference. “We were one second away from a Columbine here. … We stopped them in the planning stages.”

Both teens were well known to authorities, and deputies previously visited their homes a combined total of nearly 80 times.

They will face charges of conspiracy to commit a mass shooting, Marceno added.

Lee County Superintendent Ken Savage said that the students who came forward with the information along with the fast-acting teachers may have saved lives.

“Students were safe at all times,” Savage said. “All the threat assessment and emergency response training made a difference in the outcome of this incident.”

Principal Alex Dworzanski told WBBH-TV that the school has been deemed safe for students to return to classes.

“I commend the students who came forward to report the threat and the quick action of the staff,” Dworzanski said. “The safety of our students and staff is at the core of what we do.”

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Teen killed, one injured in shooting during haunted hayride

A 15-year-old boy was killed and another injured in a shooting over the weekend at a haunted hayride in the Pittsburgh area, police said.

The gunfire broke out following an argument between a group of teens Saturday night on the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles, news station KDKA reported.

“We heard the gunshots and somebody came running past us and didn’t tell us anything [We heard] about four or five [gunshots], and they evacuated us,” employee Pipper Donaldson told the outlet.

The teen who was killed was pronounced dead at a local hospital, while the surviving victim was taken in critical condition for treatment, police said. Their identities haven’t been released.

An employee told reporters they heard “about four or five” gunshots before they were evacuated.
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The shooting occurred at the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles, Pennsylvania.
The shooting occurred at the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles, Pennsylvania.
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“What goes through my mind when a 15-year-old gets shot at a hayride … I think it’s a terrible shame,” Allegheny County Police Lt. Vernando Costa said. “You come to an area where you are going to have fun and it’s, innocent people were around anybody could have been hurt. People not involved.”

Police are looking for teenage shooter, around the age of 15 to 17, who fled from the scene while wearing dark blue cargo shorts and a blue backpack, KDKA reported.

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Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies firefight shooting video

Authorities have released intense video of the moment police were ambushed by a felon with a lengthy criminal record. The frightening firefight in Florida ended with the deputies barely escaping with their lives.

Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman were conducting a traffic stop in Melbourne on Aug. 30. Police dashcam video shows a woman outside her vehicle and another person from the vehicle is leaning against the rear of the vehicle. There is a 2-month-old baby, a dog, and another man in the backseat of the car.

Potters approaches the man sitting in the backseat and strikes up a friendly conversation with him. However, the traffic stop becomes lethal when he asks the man to exit the vehicle. The man begins to get out of the car, and from out of nowhere, he pulls out a rifle that he was hiding and ambushes the deputies by recklessly shooting at them.

The deputies and the suspect exchange gunfire, and a total of 61 rounds were fired in the shootout. Both Potters and the suspect are wounded. The limping suspect attempts to sneak up on the deputies, who are taking cover on one side of the police SUV. After the shooter’s gun jams, he uses the butt of the rifle to bash Potters in the back of the head. They both fall to the ground and a tussle ensues.

Thoman then fires his handgun several times and shoots the man attacking deputy Potters, killing him.

Potters was shot in the leg, sustained multiple head lacerations, suffered tissue damage, and bone fractures in his face, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

“As you can clearly see in the video, both of our deputies were in a battle for their lives as this disgusting and evil individual had a blatant disregard for their lives, the lives of others at the scene, and the life of a 2-month-old baby in the car,” Ivey said. “When I tell you, we are blessed that God was watching over our deputies and those present at the scene, I mean it from the bottom of my heart.”

According to WESH-TV, the shooter was identified as Paris Wilder, who had a long rap sheet.

“The attack and ambush [were] perpetrated by a violent, career criminal, with a history of 40 charges for crimes including drug trafficking, aggravated assault while discharging a firearm, battery on a law enforcement officer, and attempted first-degree felony murder,” Ivey said. “I’m personally sickened that by the fact that this thug with such a violent criminal history was out of jail where he could almost kill two of our deputies.”

“This case is a perfect example of what is wrong with our criminal justice system,” the sheriff stated. “When a registered career criminal with 23 felony charges, 17 misdemeanor charges, multiple convictions for violent offenses and two active and pending drug trafficking cases is out on our streets where he can attempt to kill our deputies and put other lives at risk, something is wrong with our system.”

Ivey said deputy Thoman saved Potter’s life by firing multiple rounds and “eliminating the threat.”

Sheriff Ivey defended Thoman’s use of force.

“Let there be no doubt, this individual got exactly what he deserved,” he proclaimed. “And to those out there that might be foolish enough to ask why we shot him so many times, the answer is simple: evil can never be dead enough.”

Content Warning: Graphic video:

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VIDEO: Hitman dressed in Hasidic-like disguise shoots reformed gangster in back of head in broad-daylight NYC execution

A hit man dressed in a Hasidic-like disguise was caught on surveillance video shooting a reformed gangster in back of the head in a broad-daylight execution on Labor Day in Queens, the New York Daily News reported.

What are the details?

Authorities on Thursday identified the victim of the fatal shooting as Jermaine Dixon, 46, WNBC-TV reported, adding that he was killed just before 8 a.m. Monday on South Conduit Avenue.

Dixon had been out of federal prison for less than a year, the Daily News said, adding that he served 19 years for drug charges and the 1992 murder of Alphonso Gooden.

The paper, citing police sources, added that the gunman was a black man dressed in a Hasidic-style hat and long black robe. WNBC said video shows the shooter pretending to work on a parked car with its hood up. Witnesses told police that the gunman — who also was wearing white gloves and a white mask — had pretended to work on the car for several hours before ambushing Dixon, sources told the Daily News.

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As Dixon approached his vehicle, video shows the gunman jogging across the street and shooting Dixon in the back of the head.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

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Smoke can be seen following the gunfire.

The shooter then heads back to the car he was pretending to work on.

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WNBC said the gunman shot Dixon twice before driving off.

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Detectives working the case said that Dixon had been staying at a nearby Comfort Inn. Sources told NBC New York that Dixon was constantly looking behind him as he moved around the neighborhood. Detectives said that every time Dixon walked to his rental car, he would look around, almost knowing that he was being targeted.

Sources said that they are investigating the possibility that the person who shot and killed Dixon believed he was cooperating with the government against the codefendants.

The Daily News reported that Dixon was a former gang member who had been released from federal prison less than a year ago, after serving two decades in connection with a 1992 murder.

WNBC reported that Dixon had a “significant” amount of money on him.

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What’s the background?

The Daily News said Dixon was part of a Brooklyn gang called the “Patio Crew,” which refers to a Flatbush restaurant the gang used as a hangout.

In regard to Gooden’s murder nearly 30 years ago, prosecutors said Dixon pulled the trigger, the paper said. Dixon’s brother, Emile Dixon, also was convicted for the killing and is serving a life sentence, the paper added.

More from the Daily News:

Papers in Brooklyn Federal Court show that Jermaine Dixon considered cooperating with the feds, but the deal fell apart after prosecutors learned of his role in the Gooden slaying.

Facing a life sentence that was later reduced to 30 years, Dixon became a model prisoner. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in business and filed for compassionate release.

“It is clear that I am not the young man that your honor sentenced 20 years ago,” Dixon wrote to Judge Raymond Dearie, the paper said. “I am now asking your honor to again take a chance with me and let me re-enter society to prove to myself, my mother, children, family and also the court that I can and will do the right thing upon release…I blame no one but myself for the road I chose that put me in my current situation. ”

Dearie’s response? “Do I leave Mr. Dixon to the authorities and require him to serve out the sentence he deserves, or do I grant him a somewhat accelerated release in the hope that for himself and his family he will continue on a road to a respectable and productive life?” the judge wrote, according to the Daily News. “I choose the latter. I choose to take a chance.”

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