Operation Thunder nets Atlanta police guns, drugs, 868 traffic tickets and 178 arrests www.privateofficer.com
Atlanta GA Nov 21 2011 A cracked windshield led to the seizure of 15 pounds of marijuana and $5,000 in cash, police said, during a crackdown on Atlanta motorists.
Operation Thunder, a three-day sweep of traffic scofflaws featuring road blocks and an influx of officers trained to spot drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol, resulted in the numerous arrests and drug seizures, said officials with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Operation Thunder was a joint venture with the Atlanta Police Department and included 100 additional officers from as far away as Bainbridge, said GOHS spokeswoman Katie Fallon.
The campaign kicked off Thursday and ended Saturday. Atlanta police provided the following statistics, which do not include arrests by officers from other agencies:
868 traffic citations
178 arrests (19 felonies)
81 seatbelt violations
61 DUI arrests
3 stolen vehicles recovered
Drug seizures included heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana. Those arrested included an armed robbery suspect, a motorist with counterfeit IRS refund checks, and a suspect wanted on a Secret Service warrant, said Fallon.
“The success of this collaboration with out law enforcement partners is evident in these impressive numbers,” said Atlanta police Chief George Turner. “We are grateful to the many officers, deputies and troopers from the Atlanta Police Department, from the metro Atlanta area, and from around the state, who worked tirelessly the past few days to ensure our streets are safer for our citizens. Special thanks go out to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for spearheading such a powerful and effective law enforcement initiative.”
Nassau County NY Nov 21 2011 A Greenport man was arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly assaulting a security guard at the Five Towns Shopping Center in North Woodmere
According to Nassau County detectives, around 3 p.m., Steven Pirrera, 36, of Greenport, approached a male victim, 74, who was working as a security guard in a security guard vehicle in the parking lot of Five Towns Shopping Center, and attempted to open one of the car’s doors.
Pirrera, who had lost keys hours earlier, was upset that the security guard wasn’t able to find his keys.
The victim, not knowing why the defendant would try to open his car door, drove a short distance away.
Pirrera approached the victim a second time, forcibly removed him from the car, threw him to the pavement and punched him several times on the head and face, police said. The victim then called police.
According to police, a Nassau County police ambulance transported the victim, who suffered pain throughout his body and sustained a laceration above his eye requiring sutures, to a local hospital for treatment.
Fourth Precinct officers responded to the scene and placed Pirrera under arrest.
Pirrera is being charged with assault in the second degree and was arraigned on Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Kibble, 52, was arrested last week and charged with impersonating a police officer while working as a security guard for a South Side restaurant, just as she was last year, authorities said. She also faces charges of illegally carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun.
Police officers acting on a tip confronted Kibble while she was working at Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven, 554 W. Pershing Road.
She had convinced the restaurant’s manager that she was a police officer, telling him and at least one co-worker that she was “assigned to headquarters,” prosecutors said.
In court, Kibble wore a navy blue windbreaker, a dark T-shirt and black slacks — the outfit she allegedly had on when police approached her at the restaurant.
She is on probation for a 2009 conviction for impersonating an officer while working as a security guard at a lounge. In that case, police said they found Kibble wearing a Chicago Police sweater and a bulletproof vest.
BILOXI MS Nov 21 2011 — Police are looking for three men they say passed counterfeit money. Officials say a video released to the media Friday shows the three men casually enter a Biloxi casino, and two of them sit down to play blackjack with $1,900 in counterfeit money.
Other security cameras snapped pictures of them inside the casino the afternoon of Nov. 9.
Two of the men won a small amount of money that Wednesday and left with a third man in a light-colored Mitsubishi Galant with a Mississippi tag, Detective Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said. The man believed to be their driver was wearing a striped jacket.
The gamblers were not “rated” players and their winnings were not large enough to require a tax filing, meaning there are no casino records to identify them, Dobbs said.
One of the gamblers has unique identifiers that could help someone recognize him. He has an unusual watch and tattoos on both arms and on the web of each hand. On the inside of his right wrist is the fleur-de-lis symbol used by the New Orleans Saints.
Anyone with information is asked to call Biloxi police at 392-0641 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Or tipsters can text CSTIP plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or give a tip at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.
Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a felony arrest or indictment. Tipsters can remain anonymous, even while collecting a cash reward.
CLIFTON, Colo.Nov 21 2011 — The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigating a traffic fatality says the driver of a station wagon that crashed into a train Saturday afternoon committed suicide.
Deputies say the victim, a man in his 50′s, and a dog were killed inside the station wagon that struck the train at around 1:45 pm in Clifton.
Police say that witnesses saw the car plow through a construction barrier before striking the train about 15 carts in.
The sheriff’s office is investigating whether alcohol was involved and have not yet released the name of the driver of the train or the car.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Adam Clayton Ross, 27, of Grand Junction, was arrested on Thursday and is being charged with sexual assault on a child.
The warrant for his arrest says that Ross met the 14 year old girl on MySpace and became aware that she was attending the Grande River Virtual Academy.
He then showed up at her door with fake credentials, claiming he was a tutor. Her parents allowed Ross to meet with the girl on three occasions for tutoring sessions.
Between the second and third session, Ross contacted the girl and coaxed her to sneak out of her house late one night. He then met her at an abandoned trailer on C 1/2 Road where he sexually assaulted her.
“The fact that this guy just sort of showed up cold should be a red flag. Unfortunately for these parents, they were very trusting and thinking they were doing the right thing. Quickly, though, they figured out that something wasn’t right. They then didn’t let him in their home anymore and were able to call law enforcement,” said Heather Benjamin of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
School District 51, which runs the Grande River Virtual Academy, sent out a letter to parents saying, “We take the safety of our families very seriously and would never at any time, send anyone unannounced to any home.”
The girl’s parents became suspicious of the man after she requested an end to the tutoring sessions. They checked her phone and e-mail records and discovered a romantic link between the two.
Ross has a history of run-ins with the law, including twenty one arrests and one felony conviction. He is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.
The male guards, who work for Garda Security, were making a night deposit around 10 p.m. at Progress Ave. and Grangeway Ave when they were held up by a man with a shotgun, police said.
Two other disguised men then appeared and took the guards’ weapons, and the keys to their vehicle.
Police said one of the men entered the vehicle and took some cash.
The suspects then fled the area in a U-haul van.
No injuries were reported.
SHELBYVILLE, KY.Nov 21 2011 — A teenager was fatally wounded in a confrontation with two Shelbyville police officers at his grandmother’s home Saturday afternoon.
The victim, identified by relatives as Trey Williams, 18, died at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville after the incident at 100 Clifton Court, according to Trooper Ronald Turley, public information officer with Kentucky State Police, which is investigating the case.
The officers involved were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and were expected to be released later Saturday night, Shelbyville Chief Robert Schutte said.
The incident began with two calls to police about a man carrying a piece of pipe in the area of Clifton Court. The second caller said the man had broken a window at the house at 100 Clifton Court and gone inside, Turley said. Two officers arrived at 1:47 p.m. and were let into the house and confronted a man inside.
The officers were assaulted with a piece of pipe by Williams, Turley said.
About 20 minutes after the officers entered the house, a police dispatcher received a message that officers were down. That’s when shots were fired, Turley said.
Schutte would not identify the officers, but said both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the state police investigation. He said both had been with the department for “a considerable amount of time.”
Juan Amador, a neighbor on Clifton Court, said he was outside and heard a window break and saw the police arrive. A maintenance man who works in the subdivision that includes Clifton Court, let officers into the home, he said.
“I didn’t hear any yelling or screaming,” Amador said. “The next thing I know of, we heard the kid was dead.”
Dorothy Farris, Williams’ grandmother, was at a church function in Frankfort when her grandson was shot. When she returned home and was allowed to enter the house to get medication, she said there was a lot of blood and her aluminum crutches were both broken in two.
She disputes the police version of what happened, contending, “They brutally killed my grandson.”
A cousin of Williams, Summer Farris, said he graduated from Shelby County High School last year and worked at Dairy Queen in Shelbyville. He enjoyed playing basketball and video games, she said.
Williams, of Shelbyville, “planned to turn his life over to God” today, Summer Farris said.
After the state police news conference, the Rev. Leslie Harris of Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church led about 100 people, made up of Williams’ relatives and his grandmother’s neighbors, in prayer in front of the Clifton Court house, asking God to grant them patience and understanding.
“We love you, Trey. We always will,” he said.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio Nov 21 2011 — Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found a pot present: a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana.
The driver, from Washington state, has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension.
The State Highway Patrol says the 28 pounds of pot discovered in the car’s trunk is valued at more than $63,000.
Thirty-five-year-old Robert Gomez of Bremerton, Wash., is being held in the Clark County jail. Jail officials didn’t know whether he had an attorney, and none was indicated in court records.
COLUMBIA, S.C.Nov 21 2011 (AP) — The sprawling pile of hundreds of thousands of tires isn’t easy to spot from the ground, sitting in a rural South Carolina clearing accessible by only a circuitous dirt path that winds through thick patches of trees. No one knows how all those tires got there, or when.
But, Calhoun County Council Chairman David Summers says of this giant rubber menace, “You can see it from space.”
Authorities have charged one person in connection with the mess of roughly 250,000 tires, which covers more than 50 acres on satellite images. And now a Florida company is helping haul it all away.
Litter control officer Boyce Till said he contacted the local sheriff and state health department, which is investigating who had been dumping the tires. But the worst possible penalty that could be imposed locally? A single $475 ticket for littering.
Records show the property is owned by Michael Keitt Jr. of Far Rockaway, N.Y.
A phone number for Keitt could not be found, but local officials said the man was one of several heirs to the property, all of whom live out of state.
As part of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control’s case, a state grand jury issued indictments against George Fontella Brown, 39, of Easley, on three charges of violating the state’s solid waste act, according to DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick. Those state charges carry much heftier possible penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines and up to a year in jail.
Myrick would not discuss details of the case against Brown, and a spokesman for state Attorney General Alan Wilson did not respond to messages. No working phone listing could be found for Brown, who also faces similar charges in Greenville and Orangeburg counties, and court records did not list an attorney for him.
Tire dumping has historically been a problem in Calhoun County and other rural areas, said Summers, who recalled another giant tire pile in the 1990s that would dwarf the current monstrosity.
“This tire pile here is a baby compared to what that one was,” said Summers, who previously worked for a company that ended up shredding those used tires.
South Carolina retailers charge motorists $2 for every new tire they buy, which helps pay for the cleanup and recycling of old tires. But Summers said many tires never make it to recycling plants, instead being discarded and growing into gargantuan piles.
For now, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based tire processing company is working to clear the pile.
Tricia Johnson, owner of Lee Tire Company, Inc., said a property owner whom she declined to name called her for help hauling off the material. So far, Johnson said between 10 and 15 tractor-trailer loads of tires have been shipped to her Florida facility. There, they will either have oil and steel extracted from them, or they will be shredded and made into tire-derived fuel, which Johnson said burns more cleanly than coal and is used by paper mills.
Johnson said she has waived her usual fee and is charging the property owner only for transportation costs. She hopes to have all 250,000 tires processed by early 2012.
“He had good intentions,” Johnson said of the man who called and asked for her help. “He is trying to clean it up. He just got stuck. He tried all the resources to move the tires as quickly as he could.”
MIAMI Fla Nov 21 2011 — A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price to give her a curvier body. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant.
The suspect – who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman – apparently performed the surgery on herself, and investigators say she may have victimized others. Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was arrested Friday after a year on the lam and has been charged with practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury.
Police photos show Morris as a small-framed woman with bee-stung pouty lips, arched eyebrows, oversized hoop earrings – and a large backside. She was released from jail on bond. A phone listing for Morris could not be found, and it’s unclear if she has an attorney.
Miami Gardens Police Sgt. Bill Bamford said Sunday that Morris bounced from house to house for a year, driving a black Mercedes and staying out of investigators’ sight “like a ghost.” An officer drove by one of those possible houses nearly every day on his way to work and saw the car outside on Friday, and he arrested Morris soon after.
The victim, who is not being named due to medical privacy laws, paid $700 for a series of injections in May 2010. She was referred to Morris by a friend.
Morris injected some type of tube in several sites around her bottom, pumping it full of a toxic concoction. Morris reassured the woman when the pain became too intense, police said.
Bamford said Morris told the woman, “‘Oh don’t worry, you’ll be fine. We just keep injecting you with the stuff and it all works itself out.’”
Bamford said the victim was reluctant to come forward. She quickly went to two South Florida hospitals due to severe abdominal pain and infected sores on her buttocks accompanied by flu-like symptoms. But she left each time, too embarrassed to tell doctors what she’d done.
Her mother eventually took her to a hospital on Florida’s west coast, where alarmed doctors pressed her for information. They alerted the Department of Health.
“The doctors knew no licensed physician in his right mind would ever do this,” Bamford said.
The victim is still recovering from the surgery and says it’s too painful to work. She also has racked up numerous medical bills.
Authorities believe there are other victims who may be too embarrassed to come forward.
“(Morris) was readily introduced to our victim as someone who could help improve her shape, so we believe (she’s) done this to other people,” Bamford said.
Police departments moving to shield their radio communications through encryption www.privateofficer.com
WASHINGTON DC Nov 21 2011 (AP) – Police departments around the country are moving to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers responding to crimes.
More police agencies, citing security needs, are encrypting communications that had been public.
The practice of encryption has become increasingly common from Florida to New York and west to California, with law enforcement officials saying they want to keep criminals from using officers’ internal chatter to evade them. But journalists and neighborhood watchdogs say open communications ensure that the public receives information as quickly as possible that can be vital to their safety.
D.C. police became one of the latest departments to adopt the practice this fall. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said recently that a group of burglars who police believe were following radio communications on their smartphones pulled off more than a dozen crimes before ultimately being arrested and that drug dealers fled a laundromat after a sergeant used his radio to call in other officers — suggesting that they, too, might have been listening in.
“Whereas listeners used to be tied to stationary scanners, new technology has allowed people — and especially criminals — to listen to police communications on a smartphone from anywhere,” Lanier testified at a D.C. Council committee hearing this month. “When a potential criminal can evade capture and learn, ‘There’s an app for that,’ it’s time to change our practices.”
The transition to encryption has put police departments at odds with the news media, who say their newsgathering is impeded when they can’t use scanners to monitor developing crimes and disasters. Journalists and scanner hobbyists argue that police departments already have the capability to communicate securely and should be able to adjust to the times without reverting to full encryption. And they say alert scanner listeners have even helped police solve crimes.
“If the police need to share sensitive information among themselves, they know how to do it,” Phil Metlin, news director of WTTG-Fox 5, in Washington, said at the council hearing. “Special encrypted channels have been around for a long time; so have cellphones.”
It’s impossible to quantify the scope of the problem or to determine if the threat from scanners is as legitimate as police maintain — or merely a speculative fear. It’s certainly not a new concern — after all, hobbyists have for years used scanners to track the activities of their local police department from their kitchen table.
David Schoenberger, a stay-at-home dad from Fredericksburg, Va., and scanner hobbyist, said he understands the chief’s concerns — to a point.
“I think they do need to encrypt the sensitive talk groups, like the vice and narcotics, but I disagree strongly with encrypting the routine dispatch and patrol talk groups. I don’t think that’s right,” he said. “I think the public has a right to monitor them and find out what’s going on around them. They pay the salaries and everything.”
One iPhone app, Scanner 911, offers on its website the chance to “listen in while police, fire and EMS crews work day & night.” Apple’s iTunes store advertises several others. Though iPhones don’t directly pick up police signals, users can listen to nearly real-time audio through Internet streaming services, said Matthew Blaze, director of the Distributed Systems Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.
The cost of encryption varies. The Nassau County, N.Y., police department is in the final stages of a $50 million emergency communications upgrade that includes encryption and interoperability with other law enforcement agencies in the region, said Inspector Edmund Horace. Once the old system is taken down, Horace said, “You would not be able to discern what’s being said on the air unless you had the proper equipment.”
The Orange County, Fla., sheriff’s office expects to be encrypted within months. Several police departments in the county are already encrypted, and more will follow suit to keep officers safe, said Bryan Rintoul, director of emergency communications for the sheriff’s office.
In California, the Santa Monica police department has been fully encrypted for the past two years, enabling police to communicate more freely during high-risk calls, said spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.
Smaller communities like Garden City, Kan. — with a population of roughly 27,000 — are also converting.
“It was an unknown. There was no criminal act, but it concerns the officers when you see the same vehicle keep showing up at your scenes,” said spokesman Sgt. Michael Reagle. “What is their intent when they keep showing up?”
The shift to encryption has occurred as departments replace old-fashioned analog radios with digital equipment that sends the voice signal over the air as a stream of bits and then reconstructs it into high-quality audio. Encrypted communication is generally only heard by listeners with an encryption key. Others might hear silence or garbled talk.
Still, full encryption is cumbersome and difficult to manage, especially for large law enforcement agencies that must keep track of who has the encryption key. The more individuals or neighboring agencies with access, the greater the risk that the secrecy of the system could be compromised and the harder it becomes to ensure that everyone who needs access has it, Blaze said.
“I would not be surprised if a lot of departments that do it would switch back to non-encryption. The practical difficulties of trying to maintain an encrypted system at scale start to become apparent,” he said.
Some departments have studied full encryption but decided against it, including police in Greenwich, Conn.
“Because we’ve always retained the ability to encrypt traffic on a case-by-case basis when we need to, in a community like Greenwich, I think the transparency we achieve by allowing people to listen to our radio communications certainly outweighs any security concern we have,” said Capt. Mark Kordick.
Some departments have tried to compromise. The Jacksonville, Fla., sheriff’s office leased radios to the media, allowing them to listen to encrypted patrol channels. That practice ended last summer out of concern about maintaining the confidentiality of radio transmissions, said spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith.
In D.C., Lanier says the department is stepping up efforts to advise the public of developing crimes through Facebook, Twitter and an email alert system. Officers will use an unencrypted channel starting next month to alert the public to traffic delays, said spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump. But the chief has refused to give radios to media organizations, which continue to assail the encryption.
“What about the truly terrifying crimes?” Metlin, the news director, asked at the hearing. “What if, God forbid, there is another act of terrorism here? It is our jobs to inform the public in times of emergency.”
Rick Hansen says he’s been listening to police communications since he was 13 or 14 and considers efforts to shut them off a way to make government less transparent. The Silver Spring, Md., man says they should use technology to keep sensitive information of the airwaves on a selective basis.
“Yes, it’s a concern — and it’s something that can be addressed through proper procedures and processes as opposed to turning out the lights on everybody,” he said.
BANGOR, Maine Nov 21 2011 — A pair of local shoplifters are behind bars because they not only tried to leave Sears without paying for merchandise on Saturday afternoon, but they also assaulted store employees on the way out, police say.
When Joseph Whitman Demmons, 27, of Holden sprayed a store security guard with Mace with his accomplice Brittany Holland, 20, of Hampden at his side, the misdemeanor shoplifting turned into robbery, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Sunday.
“When you start pushing and assaulting you raise the bar to a felony,” the sergeant said. “That is kind of the lesson here.”
Demmons and Holland, who also were found in possession of the synthetic drug bath salts, both were charged with felony robbery after the 5 p.m. shoplifting spree at the Bangor Mall store and face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000 if convicted.
Demmons has a lengthy criminal record that includes a June conviction for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon that sent him to jail for four months, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
Sears employees called police after noticing Demmons and Holland concealing items and Bangor police Officer Brian Smith was dispatched to the store. Before he arrived, one store employee was assaulted and Demmons sprayed Mace at the store’s security officer. The couple left the store and ran towards Interstate 95 and Staples.
Demmons and Holland jumped a fence — dropping stolen items as they went — and then unsuccessfully attempted to hide in the high grass. They were quickly located by Officer Dennis Townsend.
Nearly $1,000 in stolen merchandise, mostly jewelry, was found on the shoplifters or on the ground between Sears and where they were found, Edwards said.
“It was all around them,” the sergeant said. “It was strewn about from their running.”
When the two were searched for stolen merchandise, a white powdery substance believed to be bath salts was found on Holland, who is out on bail. Drug paraphernalia typically used to consume bath salts also was found, Edwards said.
Police recovered around $913 of stolen items, which was returned to the store.
In addition to the felony robbery charge, Demmons also was charged with criminal use of disabling chemicals, theft and possession of a hallucinogenic drug.
He was convicted of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in Penobscot County Superior Court in July 2006 and sentenced to prison for four years for both, the BDN records state.
Demmons also was convicted of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in Penobscot County Superior Court in the fall of 2005. For that conviction, he was sentenced to four years and six months behind bars, with all but seven months suspended for both charges.
He also has prior convictions for operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked, operating under the influence of intoxicants, having a suspended license, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and for violating his bail conditions, according to the BDN court listings.
Holland faces charges of theft, possession of a hallucinogenic drug and violation of bail, in addition to the felony robbery charge.
She is out on bail for an offense that happened somewhere outside of Penobscot County, Edwards said. She was charged in September for violating her bail conditions by a Bangor officer but has no other Penobscot County charges, the sergeant said.
Both Demmons and Holland were taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained in jail Sunday afternoon.
Source:bangor daily news
Fayetteville Ark Nov 21 2011 Terrible news today out of Arkansas, where tight end Garrett Uekman was reportedly found dead in his dorm room this morning of unknown causes. Though his death has been confirmed by multiple outlets in Arkansas, no other information has been made available by police or the university.
Uekman, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Little Rock, had seen the field in nine of the Razorbacks’ first eleven games this season — including Saturday’s 44-17 rout over Mississippi State — though he didn’t record any statistics. His final game was played in his hometown, from which the team had returned to Fayetteville a few hours before his death.
His teammates were reportedly informed in an early afternoon meeting and were spotted embracing outside the football complex. Current and former players have also responded to the news on Twitter. Coach Bobby Petrino is expected to address the situation at some point later today.
Arkansas was promoted to No. 3 in both major polls this morning, its highest standing since joining the SEC, and plays at LSU Friday in a game with major conference and national championship implications. Needless to say, the coming week will be a very emotional one for the program in the wake of its loss. Condolences to everyone affected by the worst possible news.
Greensboro NC woman goes on shooting rampage-kills 1 person injures 5-commits suicide www.privateofficer.com
GREENSBORO, N.C. Nov 21 2011 — A woman killed one person and wounded five more before fatally shooting herself as police approached her on Sunday morning, North Carolina authorities said.
One victim was found wounded in parking lot of Guilford Technical Community College near Greensboro. The gunwoman shot herself in a car and was pronounced dead at a hospital, said Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes. A wounded victim was in the back seat, he said.
Deputies then went to a nearby home, where they found one person dead and three more wounded. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 40 and four were younger than 18, Barnes said. They all knew each other and some are related, he said. Their identities were not released.
The sheriff says three of the wounded were on life support late Sunday afternoon. Deputies say no more information will be released until Monday morning.
“We’re trying to figure out exactly what did happen here,” Barnes said at a news conference. “The only thing we know is we have a large number of gunshot victims.”
The shootings began happening around 9 a.m., and police have recovered several guns, Barnes said.
A two-page note was found at one of the shooting scenes in Pleasant Garden, but Barnes could not specify what it said.