A WDBJ live report appears to have ended in gunshots after a gunman apparently began firing at the news crew early Wednesday morning.
Warning: Graphic footage of the shooting:
WDBJ reporter Alison Parker was interviewing a woman at Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping center in Roanoke, VA, when the apparent gunman strode into the shot, firing what sounded like at least six shots.
The alleged gunman can be seen, briefly, in the shot before the camera drops. WDBJ has confirmed that police are currently on the scene, investigating what they’re calling an “incident” involving their news crew.
According to WSLS10, there were at least three victims but the extent of their injuries is currently unknown.
Schools in the area are reportedly on lockdown and both directions of Virginia 122 have been closed while officers from Bedford, Franklin County, Virginia State Police and the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries search for the alleged shooter.
Update 8:54 a.m.
WDBJ says reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were both killed in the attack.
Update 9:10 a.m.
According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Ward was engaged to a morning producer with whom he planned to move to Charlotte. Today was reportedly her last day at the station.
Update 9:37 a.m.
CNN reports that contrary to earlier reports, the woman being interviewed—Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce—was also injured in the shooting. She was reportedly shot in the back and is currently in surgery.
Moscow police have confiscated the heads and pelts of a rare Amur tiger and a far eastern leopard, as well as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of what appears to have been the animals’ meat, from a mall in the city’s southeastern outskirts, the police department said.
One kilogram of these animals’ illicit meat costs about 100,000 rubles ($1,500) on the black market, the heads and legs can go for as much as 250,000 rubles each, and the pelts for 700,000 rubles ($10,000), the police said in a statement posted online.
The rare animal parts are used to concoct medicines and to cook “exquisite oriental dishes,” the police statement noted.
The parts were found at two restaurants at the Sadovod mall on the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD).
Police are currently determining who could be liable, in accordance with the federal law against poaching or trafficking endangered animals, the statement said.
France is mobilising 10,000 troops to boost security after last week’s deadly attacks, and will send thousands of police to protect Jewish schools.
Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said troops would be in place from Tuesday evening in sensitive areas.
It is the first time troops have been deployed within France on such a scale.
Seventeen people were killed in Paris last week in attacks at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, on a police officer, and at a kosher supermarket.
On Sunday, an estimated 3.7 million people took to the streets to show solidarity with the victims, including 1.5 million people in Paris.
About 40 world leaders joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity.
President Francois Hollande ordered the deployment of troops during a crisis meeting with top officials early on Monday.
Mr Le Drian said the deployment, the first of its kind, was needed because “threats remain present”.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve announced that nearly 5,000 members of the security forces would be sent to protect France’s 717 Jewish schools, and that troops would be sent as reinforcements over the next two days.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said synagogues would also be protected, as would mosques, following some retaliatory attacks over the Charlie Hebdo killings.
Last week, Mr Valls admitted there had been “clear failings” after it emerged that the three gunman involved in the attacks – Said and Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly – had a history of extremism.
The Kouachi brothers were on UK and US terror watch lists and Coulibaly had previously been convicted for plotting to free a known militant from prison. Coulibaly met Cherif Kouachi while in jail.
Coulibaly and the two brothers were shot dead on Friday after police ended two separate sieges.
Coulibaly killed four people at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday before police stormed the building. He is also believed to have shot dead a policewoman the day before.
Ahead of Sunday’s rally in Paris, a video emerged appearing to show Coulibaly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.
In the video, he said he was working with the Kouachi brothers: “We have split our team into two… to increase the impact of our actions.”
The Kouachi brothers claimed they were acting on behalf of Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda (AQAP). But experts say it is highly unlikely that Islamic State and al-Qaeda, rivals in the Middle East, would plan an attack together.
The attacks in Paris started last Wednesday, when the Kouachi brothers raided the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including eight journalists and two police officers.
Mr Valls said on Monday that authorities thought that the attackers had at least one accomplice, for whom police are still hunting.
One suspect is Hayat Boumeddiene, Coulibaly’s partner, though she left France before the attacks. The Turkish foreign minister said she had arrived in Turkey on 2 January from Madrid, before continuing to Syria six days later.
Surveillance footage released on Monday showed Hayat Boumeddiene entering Turkey at an Istanbul airport, accompanied by a man.
Turkish officials told the BBC the man was Mehdi Sabri Belhouchine, a man of “North African origin”, and that he was not on a watch list. Officials believe he crossed into Syria with Hayat Boumeddiene.
Mr Valls also said that a jogger shot in a separate attack in Paris on Wednesday, which prosecutors have linked to Coulibaly, was “between life and death”.
In London, Prime Minister David Cameron consulted senior intelligence and security officials on Monday over Britain’s response to the attacks in France.
Gunmen have attacked French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in the heart of Paris Wednesday, with police officials reporting 11 fatalities and 10 wounded. President François Hollande called it a ‘terrorist attack’.
French President Francois Hollande spoke to the press at the scene and stated that the shooting was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack”. Hollande added that “several terrorist attacks were thwarted in recent weeks”.
The gunmen were armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher, according to sources close to the investigation.
The government raised its alert level to the highest possible in the greater Paris region.
Charlie Hebdo has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, among other controversial sketches.
A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover.
Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 10, French officials say.
Witnesses spoke of sustained gunfire at the office as the attackers opened fire with assault rifles before escaping.
President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack “of exceptional barbarity”.
A major police operation has been launched in the Paris area to catch the attackers.
Charlie’s latest tweet was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The satirical weekly has courted controversy in the past with its irreverent take on news and current affairs.
The magazine was fire-bombed in November 2011 a day after it carried a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
People had been “murdered in a cowardly manner”, President Hollande told reporters at the scene. “We are threatened because we are a country of liberty,” he added, appealing for national unity.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a tweet: “The murders in Paris are sickening. We stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press.”
Two of those killed are police officers, France’s AFP news agency reports, and five of those wounded are critically injured.
Police and rescue services near the office of Charlie Hebdo
An eyewitness, Benoit Bringer, told French TV channel Itele: “Two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs.
“A few minutes later we heard lots of shots.”
The men were then seen fleeing the building.
“It’s carnage,” French police official Luc Poignant told another French channel, BFMTV.
Police have warned French media to be on alert and pay attention to security following the attack.
BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn’t expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine.
Police in the German capital said Thursday that employees at the coffee-roasting business found the bag full of the drug the previous day when they opened a newly arrived container of coffee, and contacted authorities.
The delivery was shipped from Brazil to the German North Sea port of Bremerhaven on its way to Berlin. Police said in a statement they’re investigating who was responsible and how the drugs ended up at the coffee business.
Seeking a significant amount of funding on WeFunder, Knightscope is developing a new type of crime-detection robot that could help police departments by using predictive algorithms to determine where crime will occur. Called the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, the robot is being built on the Segway robotics platform, sits tall at 5-feet high and weighs in at approximately 300 pounds.It comes equipped with an array of high-tech gear such as night vision cameras with built-in thermal imaging technology, panoramic cameras for 360-degree high definition video recording, high-fidelity microphones to capture audio as well as infrared, radar, ultrasonic and air quality sensors. Of course, the robots won’t be armed with any form of weaponry in order to physically prevent crime. In addition, anyone that attempts to tamper with the robots will be caught on video immediately and prosecuted once caught.Interestingly, the K5 will include advanced facial and license plate recognition software. This could allows the K5 robots to actively scan for stolen automobiles or other license plate infractions, assuming that motor vehicle data has been made available to the robot by the police department. The software is also capable of gesture recognition, thus may be able to detect threatening gestures from humans in the area. Pointing a gun, for instance, could trigger an alert.
When it comes to mobility, the current models can travel up to 18 miles per hour. Knightscope expects future models to include more advanced systems to handle rough terrain or obstacles in the street. The system also uses a 3D mapping model in combination with proximity sensors and GPS data to autonomously determine which areas to patrol.
Regarding the cost of the systems, Knightscope expects to have these K5 robots available to organizations by 2015 for an hourly rate that would equal about $6.25 an hour. At this price, deploying a robot over a security guard could potentially be cheaper for large companies.
At the present time, the K5 can operate on a single charge for up to 24 hours. Hypothetically, an organization could deploy just a few of these robots in order to provide 24/7 coverage of a particular area, as long as someone kept the robots all charged up.
Capable of processing 90 terabytes of data, all the of information recorded by the K5 robot is compared to a real-time, crowdsourced social feed. In turn, this allows Knightscope to create a heat map of potential problems in the area using a predictive analytics model.
Conceptually, that data will be transmitted to authorities when there’s a series problem as well as made available to the public in real-time in order to offer total transparency. As a citizen, checking on any potential problems in the area could be as simple as pulling out a smartphone, firing up an app and checking out the local heat map.
Knightscope CEO William Santana Li estimates that crime, in an area patrolled by the K5 robots, could drop as much as 50 percent. There are plans in place to test the K5 unit at sporting events, security companies and large public areas like malls. However, it’s clear that the actual effectiveness of the K5 robots will need to be tested extensively and proven with several studies before city governments attempt to deploy these machines on the streets.
“Mobile Photography Tips” is the blog run by Alex Markovich. It is so obvious that our smartphones have become, first and foremost, instruments for taking pictures and surfing the net, rather than tools for making calls.