FRESNO, Calif. May 30 2011 — The shooting happened at a home on North Boyd Ave. near Trenton around 11 a.m. Sunday.
The shooting happened just blocks from here and police are still investigating how the toddler got ahold of the gun in the first place.
Crime scene tape surrounds this Northeast Fresno neighborhood Sunday and police were on a tough assignement.
Investigators say just before 11 a.m. a 6-year-old girl died after being shot when her 2-year-old brother walked into the room carrying a gun.
“He was in possession of a semi-automatic hand gun. The gun accidentally discharged, striking the child,” Sgt. Stephen Viveros said.
Police say at least two other children witnessed the shooting. They say the children’s father reported the incident, after he heard the shot while he was in another room.
The young girl died on scene.
A police chaplain was called in to console the grieving family.
The 6-year-old victim has four siblings ranging in ages from 2 to 15.
“This girl hasn’t seen her life, barely 6 years. She didn’t enjoy life yet,” Mahmood Sultan said.
Sultan lives around the corner from the family, he also has children around the same ages.
He said he’s stunned by the news and feels badly for the family.
“It’s within their own, that’s very tough.”
Police say this tragedy should serve as a reminder to teach children just how dangerous guns can be.
“If you have handguns, please secure them. Please secure them, teach your kids about gun safety.”
Police are treating this shooting as an accident.
They say the parents have not been charged with any crimes.
Investigators are still talking with the parents, hoping to get more details about what happened.
Several other guns were found inside the home.
Detectives have since removed them, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Los Angeles CA May 30 2011 An early morning fire at a piñata and party supply factory in Downtown’s Wholesale District has left one LAFD firefighter injured. The blaze, ultimately deemed a Greater Alarm Structure Fire, was reported at around 1:25 a.m. Sunday at the two-story building at 1171 East 10th Street.
The fire was reported by security guards, who spotted the flames from outside. They heard a man crying for help, according to KTLA, who was not inside the building, but stuck on the premises behind a large fence. “The security guards were able to help the man to safety by stacking a pallet up against the fence before firefighters arrived on the scene.”
Firefighter and Paramedic spokesman Erik Scott explains via an e-mail release:
Firefighters arrived to find a large outside fire exposing the rear of two buildings, a tall warehouse connected by a division wall to a one-story building separated into an approximate half dozen, 50′ x 100′ individual stores containing party supplies.
Firefighters cut their way through multiple rolling steel doors into the warehouse in order to confront the blaze, while others attacked the fire from the roof. The fire was put out in just over an hour, with the work of 110 firefighters. “One Firefighter assigned to a Truck Company suffered back injury and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition,” notes the LAFD.
The amount of damage has yet to be calculated, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
SAN ANTONIO TX May 30 2011
Authorities in south-central Texas say a veteran sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while waiting at a traffic light in his patrol vehicle.
Bexar County Sgt. Kenneth Vann was waiting at an intersection early Saturday when someone in another vehicle pulled up next to his marked cruiser and opened fire through Vann’s front passenger side window.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Manuel Longoria called it a “senseless” attack. He told the San Antonio Express-News that Vann was struck by a number of bullets and died at the scene.
Investigators don’t have a motive for the attack. No arrests have been reported.
Vann had been on the force for 24 1/2 years and was a patrol supervisor. His wife is also a sergeant with the sheriff’s office.
Houston TX May 30 2011
A Houston police officer was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver early Sunday while investigating an accident on the North Loop near Yale.
The 38-year-old officer, Kevin Will, died at the scene, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said. Will was a father of two children, ages 6 and 10, and his wife is 6 months pregnant with their third child, the chief said.
The driver, 26-year-old Johoan Rodriguez, is in jail, charged with intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, felony evading and possession of a controlled substance. Police identified the substance as cocaine.
In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is investigating his citizenship status.
Will joined the force in 2009 and would have celebrated a year in the vehicular crimes department on Sunday.
“At this morning’s roll call, (Will) announced to his comrades that today was his one-year anniversary in Vehicular Crimes, and he made a joke that he’s been here a year, so does that qualify him to be a veteran or is he still a rookie?” McClelland said. “He loved his work and gave his life to this city trying to keep it safe.”
Will was interviewing a witness to a hit-and-run accident when a Volkswagen, traveling east on the North Loop, drove around a barricade and hit the officer about 3:15 a.m. The freeway was blocked at the time of the accident, and the lights on police cars were flashing.
“Officer Will and other witnesses at the scene who were inside the barriers had no expectation that someone would drive around that or drive through that,” McClelland said.
As the vehicle sped through the barrier, Will yelled at the witness to “get out of the way,” the chief said. “The witness had no time to look around or react, except to leap over the concrete barrier that divides the freeway. According to him (witness), he heard the impact before he hit the ground.
“He credits Officer Will with giving him the prior warning of getting out of the way,” McClelland said. “It actually saved his life, or he said, he would have been struck with Officer Will.”
The officer’s death is tragic, even more so because it falls on the Memorial Day weekend, the chief said.
“On such an important weekend, we highlight all the men and women who wear uniforms, U.S., foreign and domestic, who dedicate themselves to service,” McClelland said. “It also highlights the urgency of people not to drink and drive, and to get Harris County out of this unwanted category of being one of the leading counties with fatality accidents where drivers involved are impaired.”
Will is the first officer to die in the line of duty in a little more than a year.
Washington DC May 30 2011 A decade after the 9/11 terror attacks, homeland security is still a growth business.
The niche—that includes James Bond-like tools such as infrared cameras, explosive detectors and body scanners—is expected to grow 12 percent annually through 2013, according to Morgan Keegan.
“Homeland security is reactive,” says Tim Quillen, a senior equity analyst at investment banking firm Stephens Inc. “The stocks are hedges against bad things happening.”
One example: the underwear bomber, who was thwarted in late 2009. After that a bell weather homeland security stock OSI Systems [OSIS 39.11 0.04 (+0.1%) ] rocketed 30 percent within a month. “The stock went on a tear,” says Brian Ruttenbur, a research analyst at Morgan Keegan. Why? OSI makes X-ray and metal detectors used to scan people, baggage and cargo that it sells worldwide. During the past 12 months ending yesterday, the stock has popped from $25 to $40, driven by border and port growth.
Much has changed, since the government spent over $20 billion beefing up airport baggage screening nationwide with X-ray devices.
Airline security is a small business: about $1 billion. There’s 2,100 airport security lanes in the U.S., and 90 percent use X-ray scanners.
“The scanners are ten plus years old now,” says Ruttenbur and “going through an upgrade cycle.” Recently, the government has ordered another 500 scanners though.
Screening cargo going on aircraft and boats at ports is also spiking. Now, only a small percentage of all cargo is scanned. Security screening will grow ten percent to 15 percent annually in coming years, says Ruttenbur in a recent report. This driver will help OSI Systems pump out strong security earnings.
Tiny Niche, Big Clout
There aren’t any pure plays within homeland security though—neither stocks or ETFs. Some players like OSI Systems sell their screening devices to healthcare companies too, so their homeland security earnings are diluted.
“You have to spread the net wide and separate reality from hype,” says Quillen
Both OSI Systems and Flir Systems [FLIR 35.52 0.28 (+0.79%) ] are undervalued right now, says Quillen.
Flir Systems is a well-managed market leader in infrared cameras used to protect critical buildings, he says. This fast-growing market is slated to expand 20 percent annually, though only half of Flir Systems’ revenue come from government business. The stock rose from $29 to $36 in the past year. And Quillen has a 12-month price target of $43 on it.
OSI Systems is another favorite. In the first quarter of the year, OSI’s security group revenues grew 27 percent over last year’s.
“The stock is a long-term play,” says Jonathan Richton, an analyst at Imperial Capital, citing OSI’s developing cargo scanning business. Analysts peg five-year earnings growth at 20 percent. Another plus driving earnings: OSI Systems is aggressively tightening operating margins.
A third player, American Science and Engineering [ASEI 86.07 -0.11 (-0.13%) ] makes cargo and parcel search systems. But the stock is expensive right now, say analysts, since the company missed first-quarter revenue targets.
In the past year, the stock has risen from $77 to $88. Ruttenbur expects only 4-percent earnings growth this year but 10 percent to 15 percent in the next few years, as orders pick up. His 12-month price target: $94.
For investors casting a wide net, L-3 Communications [LLL 81.60 0.30 (+0.37%) ] is a homeland security monolith. It’s also the sixth largest U.S. defense contractor.
The company makes surveillance equipment for airports and checkpoint scanners. “They’re playing a meaningful role,” says Quillen, “but security revenue is only about 5 percent.”
Its stock price has been flat over the last year.
These days, homeland security niche players are a safe bet though — even after the recent death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
VANCOUVER Canada May 30 2011– Two Indo-Canadian security screeners at Vancouver airport have been arrested.
Gurvinder Singh Pahl, 24, of Richmond and Ajitpal Singh Judge, 31, of Surrey are accused of trafficking, possession, conspiracy and breach of trust after police arrested a drug trafficker and uncovered a plot smuggle 15 kilos of ecstasy to the US.
been charged after a drug bust that netted 15 kilos of ecstasy pills known as MDMA.
Pahl and Judge, who were uniformed pre-board screening officers, were arrested on May 20 following an investigation.
They have been released on bail and will make their next court appearance on June 15.
The investigation began after a third man was caught with drugs at the airport May 9th. Dylan Scott Green, 20, of Vancouver has arrested on the same charges as Pahl and Judge.
Police say the plan was discovered after officers of the Canada Border Services Agency questioned Green in the post security screening section of the U.S. departures area of the airport on May 9.
Green admitted to carrying 14.7 kilos of the drug in his backpack and was immediately arrested. The RCMP’s Border Integrity Program (BIP) and Drug Enforcement Branch (DEB) were immediately alerted and an investigation was initiated.
The investigation that followed the seizure of drugs uncovered a drug export conspiracy allegedly involving Pahl and Judge working for a company under contract from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.
Green, who was released at the time of his arrest, has now been arrested on upgraded charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance.
Both Pahl and Judge were remanded in custody until May 24 at which time they appeared in Richmond Provincial Court. They have since been released on bail and will make their next court appearance on June 15, 2011.
Both Pahl and Judge are each facing charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance, and Breach of Trust.
Pahl, who had a previous criminal record stemming from credit card fraud, is facing an additional charge of Failure to Comply with a Probation Order.
Police is shocked that no security checks were done on Pahl’s record and he was allowed to work at such a sensitive security post even after committing credit card fraud.
The RCMP said the charges are a direct result of intelligence-gathering and cooperation between the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), Vancouver International Airport Authority and Transport Canada.