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Shooting in Texas capital leaves 14 wounded; one suspect still at large

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Fourteen people were wounded after two men opened fire at each other in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, Texas early on Saturday, police said, adding that one of the suspected shooters remained at large.

Gunfire erupted at about 1:30 a.m. in the Sixth Street area, a popular nightlife destination in the state capital, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said in a news conference on Saturday afternoon.

“This does appear to be an isolated incident between two parties,” he said. “Most of the victims were innocent bystanders.”

Police investigate the scene of a mass shooting in the Sixth Street entertainment district area of Austin, Texas, U.S. June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Nuri Vallbona

Police officers who were nearby rushed to the scene where they applied tourniquets and performed CPR on victims, Chacon said.

Two of the injured were in hospital in critical condition and the other 12 were in stable condition. There were no deaths, Chacon said.

The Austin Police Department said on Saturday evening that one suspect had been arrested with the help of the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and that officers were continuing to follow up on leads to apprehend the remaining suspect.

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*Update-Arrested* Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Subject – Delaware State Police

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Date Posted: Sunday, June 13th, 2021

Frederick G Roberts Jr

Felton – The Delaware State Police have located and arrested Frederick G. Roberts Jr.

On Saturday June 12, 2021 at approximately 6:55 p.m., Troopers were provided with information that Frederick G. Roberts Jr. was at his residence in Hartly. Troopers responded to the house and located him standing outside. He was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3 in Camden.

Frederick G. Roberts Jr., 61 of Hartly, was charged with six counts of Criminal Contempt of a Domestic Violence Protective Order, and one count of Stalking (all felonies). He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,000.00 cash bond.

Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Subject

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

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Woman stabbed in neck; Vancouver police arrest suspect

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Jun. 12—A man was arrested Friday after he allegedly approached a woman from behind and stabbed her in the neck, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Hunter Levi, 20, fled Retriever Towing in the 6600 block of East 18th Street around 2 p.m. on Friday after stabbing an employee, according to a police news release. Police, a K-9 and drones from the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for Levi. He discarded layers of clothing and hid in nearby businesses, police say, before they pursued him on foot near Burton Road and East 18th Street. Hunter was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail, accused of burglary and attempted murder.

When the employee called to report she had been attacked, she said she couldn’t feel anything in her neck, according to police. She was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition, the release states.

During the chase, an officer suffered a minor injury, the news release states.

Police state Levi was seen on video stabbing the woman. The public also gave police video and information.

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Pleas for help amid unnerving silence came from Savannah police and the mayor. Officers knocked on doors and combed the neighborhood. And after a violent night of gunfire left one dead, multiple people injured and a neighborhood shaken following a mass shooting, Savannah was on high alert by Saturday morning.

Eight people were shot Friday night outside of an east Savannah residence, killing one person, and injuring among others an 18-month old infant, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. Two other adults were critically injured.  

The Savannah Police Department responded to the incident in the River Pointe 1 neighborhood in the 200 block of Avery Street off of Oglethorpe Avenue near the Fred Wessels Home Apartments at around 9 p.m., said Bianca Johnson, SPD’s public information officer. 

Savannah police chief Roy Minter called the incident that killed a 20-year-old, identified as Arthur Milton, “disturbing and senseless” and made repeated pleas for people to come forward with information that might help with the ongoing investigation. 

Minter said they’d not identified any suspects as of Saturday afternoon. 

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What we know so far: Mass shooting in Savannah neighborhood leaves 8 injured, 1 dead

The gunshot victims were taken Friday night to Memorial Hospital where the scene was “chaotic,” Minter said.

Minter said the victims were outside of a residence that had been previously targeted on Tuesday. Friday night, shots were fired from inside what Minter described as a dark-colored or red sedan into a group of people outside of the same residence. A mass shooting is generally defined as a single incident in which four or more people are shot or killed.

“We don’t think it was a coincidence,” Minter said.

Milton’s death was the 14th homicide in Savannah this year. Last year this time there had been 18 homicides. And while that number has dipped slightly, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said violent crimes are up by about by 12%, most involving non-fatal shootings. 

The solution, Johnson said, isn’t more police on the streets. He emphasized the need for engaged residents to speak up when they see wrongdoing. Such action, Johnson and Minter said, might have pre-empted what developed Friday. 

“We cannot police our way out of this and we do not want to be a police state,” Johnson said. “We recognize that police are our partners, but we have to be partners to the police.”

Police chief: Law enforcement ‘cannot stick our heads in the sand’ on calls for reform

Minter said there would be an enhanced police presence in the city throughout the weekend with concerns about retaliation. 

“Often times people have told me they don’t want to get involved, they just mind their own business,” Johnson said. “When I was coming up, that’s just not how we were raised. We were raised in way that if it happened on your block, it was everybody’s business. We had a spirit of community, of communication and unity.”

He pointed out a variety of ways in which people can provide information to law enforcement. That includes contacting him directly, as well as other council members, and community faith leaders if they don’t feel comfortable calling the police or Crimestoppers.

He added that “violence has no place in this city” and that he wants to see the criminal justice system “swiftly move these people from our community.” 

Savannah alderman Detric Leggett was at the scene Friday night.

“I’m broken right now because I’m trying to figure out, ‘what do we do” Leggett told WJCL-TV. “My conversation is for my police chief and my city manager, how do we fix this because right now I need answers, and I have to answer to all of these residents who we told them, ‘We’re going to protect you.'” 

Those on social media noted two other mass shooting incidents in Austin, Texas and Chicago that took place Saturday morning. 

Crime tip line (912) 525-3124

Homicide unit (912) 651-4362

Crimestoppers (912) 234-2020

This is a developing story. Return for more details. 

Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at nguan@gannett.com or on Twitter @nancyguann.

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