Today’s Headlines – Saturday, February 16


HEADLINES … LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT … SHAWN: THE ELECTROCUTION DEATH OF 12-YEAR-OLD MELQUAN ROBINSON AT FLEMING PARK IN AUGUSTA HAS SPARKED OUTRAGE AND CALLS FOR CHANGE. “PASTOR ANGELA HARDEN” HELD A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE “BERNIE WARD COMMUNITY CENTER” SO THE PUBLIC CAN BE FACE TO FACE WITH SOME OF THE CITY LEADERS. AUGUSTA MAYOR HARIDIE DAVIS SAID THE POWER TO THE OUTSIDE FIELDS OF “BERNIE WARD COMMUNITY CENTER’ HAVE BEEN TURNED OFF UNTIL THE ISSUE IS RESOLVED. SHAWN: A NORTH AUGUSTA BOAT RAMP IS CLOSEDAFTER A BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN A CAR … IN THE SAVANNAH RIVER. A PADDLE BOARDER NOTICED THE VEHICLE FRIDAYNEAR THE HAMMOND’S FERRY BOAT RAMP. THE PERSON INSIDE HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. PUBLIC SAFETY SAYS THE CAR WAS NOT STOLEN AND FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED. SHAWN: A WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER A FRIDAY MORNING FIRE AT PINNACLE PLACE APARTMENTS OFF TOBACCO ROAD. THE VICTIM IS IDENTIFIED AS LOIS DAVIS. A DEPUTY CORONER SAYS DAVIS WAS PULLED FROM THE FIRE BY A RICHMOND COUNTY DEPUTY. SHE DIED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE. SHAWN: IN NEWS ACROSS AMERICA… CHAOS INTERRUPTED A PERFORMANCE OF “HAMILTON” IN SAN FRANCISCO FRIDAY NIGHT. POLICE SAY DURING THE PERFORMANCE, A WOMAN HAD A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. IT HAPPENED AT THE SAME TIME … GUNFIRE WAS HEARD DURING THE DUEL SCENE OF THE PLAY ON…STAGE. AUDIENCE MEMBERS TIED THE EVENTS TOGETHER IN ERROR … LEADING TO THE CONFUSION AND “SELF EVACUATION.” POLICE SAY THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED. THE SHOW DID NOT CONTINUE. SHAWN: A GUNMAN OPENED FIRE INSIDE A WAREHOUSE IN THE CHICAGO SUBURB OF AURORA, ILLINOIS. FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED — FIVE POLICE OFFICERS INJURED. HERE’S ABC’S MAGGIE RULLI WITH THE DETAILS. SCRIPT: BROADCASTIFY: AURORA HAS AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION.. ONE OFFICER IS REPORTED DOWN AT THIS TIME, ACTIVE SHOTS BEING FIRED. ” AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AFTER A GUNMAN OPENED FIRE INSIDE THIS WAREHOUSE IN THE SUBURBS OF CHICAGO. CHIEF KRISTIN ZEMAN PRESSER SOT: MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO SIMPLY WENT TO WORK TODAY LIKE ANY OTHER DAY. REPORTS OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTING BEGAN COMING IN AT ABOUT 2 IN THE AFTERNOON – WITH DOZENS OF EMPLOYEES – TRAPPED INSIDE THE HENRY PRATT BUILDING IN AURORA ILLINOIS JOHN PROBST – WHAT I SAW WAS THE GUY RUNNING DOWN THE AISLE WITH A PISTOL WITH A LASER ON IT. WITNESSES SAY THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER WAS A COLLEAGUE. CHIEF KRISTIN ZEMAN: THE SHOOTER IS IDENTIFIED AS GARY MARTIN. HE IS A 45-YEAR-OLD MAN AND WE BELIEVE HE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE COMPANY. WE KNOW THAT HE WAS A 15 YEAR VETERAN AND INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE INDICATES THAT HE WAS BEING TERMINATED TODAY OFFICERS RACING TO THE SCENE – ARE IMMEDIATELY FIRED ON BROADCASTIFY: THE SCENE IS NOT SECURE. AT LEAST FIVE POLICE OFFICERS ARE WOUNDED. CHIEF KRISTIN ZEMAN SOT: AURORA POLICE OFFICERS ALONG WITH OFFICERS FROM NAPERVILLE PD ULTIMATELY CONFRONTED THE OFFENDER INSIDE THE BLDG, AT WHICH TIME HE FIRED AT THEM.THE OFFICERS RETURNED FIRE KILLING THE OFFENDER BROADCASTIFY: APD CONFIRMED THAT THE SUSPECT IS DOWN. MAYOR: IT’S A SHAME THAT MASS SHOOTINGS SUCH AS THIS HAVE BECOME COMMONPLACE IN OUR COUNTRY. IT’S A SHAME THAT A HEARTLESS OFFENDER WOULD THINK HE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE AN INNOCENT LIFE. WE AS SOCIETY CANNOT ALLOW THESE HORRIFIC ACTS TO BECOME COMMONPLACE. TAG: THE PRESIDENT WAS BRIEFED AND ON THE SHOOTING – AND TWEETED OUT HIS HEARTFELT CONDOLANCES TO ALL OF THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MAGGIE RULLI ABC NEWS NY SHAWN: AFTER THE BREAK, IT’S NATIONAL PANCAKE MONTH AND WE HAVE A CHEF HERE TO SHOW

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