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The Latest: Defense seeks to shift blame for warehouse fire

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The Latest on the trial of two men in a deadly California warehouse fire (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A defense attorney told jurors his client is a family man and artist wrongly charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a California warehouse fire that killed three dozen people.

Derick Almena’s attorney, Tony Serra, also told jurors during his opening statement on Wednesday that others are to blame for the deadly Dec. 2, 2016, Oakland fire that occurred during an unpermitted concert.

Serra blamed Oakland building department officials for failing to inspect the structure annually as required by city law.

He also said arson is to blame for the fire.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators could not determine the cause.

Almena rented the warehouse, and prosecutors say he illegally converted it to a residence and entertainment venue. Max Harris is also charged. Prosecutors say he helped Almena collect rent and schedule concerts.

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12:05 a.m.

A defense attorney is expected to counter a prosecutor’s emotional opening statement by attempting to deflect blame from his client charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a Northern California warehouse fire that killed three dozen people.

Derick Almena rented the Oakland warehouse and is accused of illegally converting it into an unlicensed living space and entertainment venue lacking fire prevention equipment like sprinklers and smoke detectors. The Dec. 2, 2016, fire killed 36 people.

Almena’s attorney Tony Serra says he will tell the jury Wednesday that others, including Oakland’s fire and building departments, are to blame for the fire for failing to inspect the warehouse annually as required by city law.

A prosecutor on Tuesday painted an emotional and dramatic picture of three dozen partygoers dying in a fast-moving fire during an unpermitted concert.

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Crooks steal wheels and tires from dozens of vehicles on dealer lot

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A Louisiana car dealership is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can help police find the crooks that stole the wheels and tires off 31 vehicles parked its lot.

Matt Bowers Chevrolet in Slidell was hit early on Saturday morning when thieves took out one of its surveillance cameras and dimmed the lights on a section of the property.

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(Slidell Police Department)

According to Slidell police, two black men were caught on another camera cutting the locks on a gate and letting a U-Haul in just after 3 a.m. The same vehicle can be seen leaving around 40 minutes later.

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Police suspect that unseen accomplices had been working on the grounds for hours removing 124 wheels and tires worth $120,000 from the cars and trucks, most of which were left propped up on blocks. Locals spotted the odd sight over the weekend and started sharing images on social media.

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(Slidell Police Department​​​​)

Investigators are working under the theory that the thieves were from out of state, after discovering similar recent incidents in Oklahoma and Texas.

At a police press conference, Matt Bowers said the community’s trust has been violated and that he’ll go to whatever lengths necessary to help police bring the criminals to justice.

“We’re not going to stop pursuing these individuals until I’m taking a selfie in front of them as they’re making their perp walk, and I’ll put it on Twitter when it’s done,” Bowers said.

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As Baltimore mayor scandal drags on, donors want their money back

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As Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s indefinite home leave drags on, donors to her reelection campaign – which has raised more than $1 million – say they want their money back.

Pugh has been holed up in her three-story house for more than a month as a scandal into whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children’s book to disguise kickbacks unfolds.

BALTIMORE MAYOR CATHERINE PUGH IN POOR HEALTH, NOT ‘LUCID’ ENOUGH TO RESIGN: ATTORNEY 

The first-term Democratic mayor is facing a growing chorus of calls to resign but has retreated inside her home on paid leave from her $185,000 job. Her lawyer says she’s too fragile to make a decision about her future but residents – and donors – are quickly tiring of her open-ended retreat.

“I have requested the Committee to Retain Catherine E. Pugh return my contribution to her campaign in full,” said former state Del. Connie DeJuliis of Baltimore County, who gave $3,000 to Pugh in 2016 for her successful run and $2,000 for a recent fundraiser. “I am disappointed in the mayor’s lack of judgment, to say nothing of her lack of integrity.”

Pugh’s campaign manager, Steven Sibel, told The Baltimore Sun that the campaign committee is “reviewing the options provided under the law regarding campaign contributions, and it will be making a determination in the near future as to whether and how funds may be distributed.”

BALTIMORE STRUGGLING WITH SOARING CRIME, DRUGS AND INEPT POLITICAL LEADERS 

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TV crews report form outside the house of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in Baltimore, MD., Thursday, April 25, 2019. (AP)

If Pugh decides not to run for a second term, Maryland law gives her three options for the cash she’s collected, including keeping the money for up to eight years in case she wants to run again.

If she decides to call it quits, she must first pay off all her debts and expenses. Then, she can either give back all the contributions to donors on a prorated basis or dole out the money to a variety of organizations including the state party, the Baltimore City Central Committee or Maryland’s Fair Campaign Finance Fund, Jared DeMarinis, campaign finance director at the Maryland State Board of Elections said.

State law also spells out that Pugh cannot use the money on herself or to pay her lawyers.

Baltimore resident James DeGraffenreidt told the Sun he wants his $2,000 back and doesn’t like the idea of the campaign acting as an intermediary.

“They should send me a check back,” DeGraffenreidt said.

Pugh’s lawyer Steven Silverman says he’s been discussing Pugh’s next steps with her but maintains she is too ill to make a decision. It’s an excuse that’s getting old with some residents and lawmakers who want answers.

State Sen. Jill Carter, a Baltimore Democrat who sponsored an initial reform bill that exposed alleged “self-dealing” by Pugh and other members of a Maryland medical system’s board, says Silverman should produce some kind of documentation from the mayor’s physician.

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“I imagine she is under tremendous strain which has only exacerbated her health problems. We have to take Mr. Silverman at his word, as he is an officer of the court,” Carter said. But “at the very least, he should produce a statement from a doctor as to her actual medical diagnosis, mental and physical.”

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UNC Charlotte shooting victims identified, as suspect seen smirking while in custody

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The two people killed and four who were injured when a college student with a pistol opened fire at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Tuesday were all students, according to the university’s chancellor.

UNCC Chancellor Phillip Dubois told WBT Radio the two students who were killed were 19-year-old Ellis Parlier, of Midland, and 21-year-old Riley Howell, of Waynesville.

The four injured students were identified as Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, N.C., Sean Dehart, 20, of Apex, N.C., Rami Alramatin, 20, of Saudi Arabia, and Emily Haupt, 23, of Charlotte, Dubois told WBT.

Three of the four injured students were undergoing surgery at a hospital, while one has been released.

UNC CHARLOTTE: SUSPECT FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES IN DEADLY CAMPUS SHOOTING, FAMILY SAYS HE IS STUDENT

The Lambda Delta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at UNCC said on Facebook one of their fraternity brothers, Drew Pescaro, was injured in the shooting. He was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Officials said the suspect in the deadly shooting, 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, was charged early Wednesday of two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm on educational property and discharging a firearm.

Video from WBTV-TV showed Terrell being led into a police station, turning back while smirking at reporters.

“I just went into a classroom and shot the guys,” Terrell told reporters Tuesday as officers led him away in handcuffs.

The suspect’s grandfather, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, told the Associated Press that Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died.

Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons, and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, according to Rold who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted a reporter from the AP.

“You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold said Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.”

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The shooting happened around 5:40 p.m. at a classroom building on the school’s main campus. Witnesses told FOX 46 that the campus erupted into chaos as students ran frantically to get to safety.

Officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place, according to Campus Police Chief Jeff Baker.

“Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said at a news conference.

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Police secure the main entrance to UNC Charlotte after a shooting at the school that left two students dead, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

During the shooting, Howell tried to jump on the gunman when he was shot and killed, WSOC-TV reported.

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The university has more than 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. The campus is northeast of the city center and is surrounded by residential areas.

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People gather across from the campus of UNC Charlotte after a shooting incident at the school Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

A vigil was planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the UNCC Star Quad on the campus, according to FOX46.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace, Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan home torched after stolen car plows into it, then bursts into flames, officials say

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Michigan police are on the hunt for a mystery driver who crashed a stolen vehicle filled with oxygen tanks into the back of a home and then intentionally set it on fire.

Photos taken in the aftermath of the incident in Jackson show that the ensuing blaze around 5 a.m. Tuesday melted off the home’s side paneling, while the SUV’s insides were completely ravaged.

“It looks like whoever was driving the vehicle was doing some donuts, joyriding-type things before it was started intentionally on fire,” Elmer Hitt, Jackson’s Director of Police and Fire Services, told Fox News.

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Police investigating the scene Tuesday after a car filled with oxygen tanks plowed into the back of a home in Jackson, before being intentionally set on fire. (Michigan Live/Barcroft)

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Hitt said the incident appears to be arson. Investigators believe the oxygen canisters inside the vehicle belonged to its rightful owner and were already there when it was stolen, he added. Police believe the car belonged to an elderly couple.

David Wooden, the Deputy Director of Fire Services in Jackson, told Fox News that the oxygen canisters acted as an accelerant for the fire and that the vehicle was stolen from nearby Blackman Charter Township.

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No injuries were reported from the incident and no one was found there when fire crews arrived early Tuesday morning, reports said.

Another fire official from the city told MLive.com that the home targeted in the crash was unoccupied and is undergoing renovations.

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Tossed cigarette leads to arrest in cold case rape, murder of Washington woman

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The smoking eventually did him in.

An Oregon man was arrested Sunday in connection to a cold case rape and murder of a Washington woman 25 years ago after DNA from a tossed cigarette butt led authorities to him, according to officials.

The Vancouver Police Department said that Richard E. Knapp, 57, was arrested during a traffic stop and booked into the Multnomah County Jail before he was extradited to Clark County, Wash. on a charge of murder in the first degree.

Knapp is suspected of killing  Audrey Hoellein (Frasier) on July 17, 1994. Hoellein, who was only 26 at the time of her murder, was separated from her husband and the mother of a young boy.

“I’ve been in contact with the family for a few weeks now, to keep them appraised of the situation. I can’t tell you enough how happy they are that the case is still being actively worked, that an arrest has been made,” Vancouver Police Detective Dustin Goudschaal said at a news conference. “They have been through a lot.”

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Hoellein was raped at murdered and even though law enforcement collected physical evidence including DNA at the time, officials said no match was found in the Combined DNA Index System, a national database that contains the profiles of individuals convicted of certain crimes.

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Richard E. Knapp (left) was arrested in connection to the 1994 rape and murder of 26-year-old Audrey Frasier (right), according to officials. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/Vancouver Police Department)

“I have to mention in 1994, DNA was still a very early science, so the type of scientific analysis that could be performed at that time was limited,” Goudschaal said.

After investigating several people detectives said the case eventually went cold until 2018, when the DNA was sent to Parabon Nanolabs to create a genetic data profile. Officials from Parabon then submitted the genetic data profile to a public genetic genealogy database for comparison in hopes of finding people who share significant amounts of DNA with the unknown person from the crime scene.

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After narrowing down a list of people, Vancouver Police said they pursued some leads and eventually identified Knapp as a suspect.

When Knapp had tossed a cigarette butt in February, officials collected the item and sent it for testing to the Washington State Crime Lab where DNA was revealed to have matched that of the person at the 1994 murder scene, according to Goudschaal.

The Hoellin family said they were “grateful for the many detectives that have worked on this case,” especially detectives Dustin Goudschaal and Neil Martin.

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“This crime not only took away a sister from her two brothers, it left a mother and father without a daughter, and a young child without a mother,” the family told FOX12. “Since then the family has grown with nephews that will never meet their aunt, and a grandchild that can only see grandma in pictures, only knowing her from shared memories.”

Knapp had previously been convicted of sexual assault in 1986 in Clark County, Wash. where he had strangled the victim, according to an affidavit obtained by The Oregonian. Knapp had complied with an order to provide a biological sample, but it was never uploaded to any database and was ultimately destroyed in 2000, the paper reported.

The 57-year-old is expected to make his first appearance in Clark County Court on Wednesday.

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Baltimore struggling with soaring crime, drugs and inept political leaders

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BALTIMORE — Juan Grant, who led protests across Baltimore demanding answers after the arrest and in-custody death of his best friend Freddie Gray in 2015, was shot dead on Saturday while driving to his grandmother’s house in west Baltimore.

The 33-year-old’s murder came on the fourth anniversary of Gray’s funeral and the citywide riots that highlighted the frustration and distrust with the police department and the deep divide that exists to this day in Maryland’s largest city.

A day after Grant’s death, another gunman in the city’s western district fired into a crowd of people enjoying an afternoon cookout, killing one man and injuring seven others.

AT LEAST 1 DEAD, 7 INJURED IN BALTIMORE SHOOTING 

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said a man approached the group of people on foot and began shooting. Harrison and acting Mayor Jack Young asked the community to help investigators identify the shooter and any possible motive.

“Someone knows something,” Young said at a press conference. “These things … they don’t happen by happenstance. People know who’s doing these shootings.”

The incident occurred about six weeks after Harrison was sworn-in as commissioner. During his swearing-in ceremony on March 12, the former leader of the New Orleans police force and ordained minister, promised to make Baltimore safer and lead the department through sweeping reforms- but the task is proving to be a herculean one and residents say they’re losing hope.

Beverly White who has lived in the city for more than three decades told Fox News she has struggled to keep her family safe.

“There have been shootings one after another,” she said on Monday. “We’ve had people come here and promise to clean up the streets but nothing happens. People feel unsafe in their neighborhoods. (Harrison) says he’s going to turn things around. It’s a nice thought but they keep killing people… it’s going to get worse in the summer. It always gets worse in the summer.”

Michael Singleton says the relationship the community has with the police department is in a state of disrepair.

“They don’t like us and we don’t like them,” he told Fox News. “I don’t see that changing.”

BALTIMORE MAYOR CATHERINE PUGH IN POOR HEALTH, NOT ‘LUCID’ ENOUGH TO RESIGN: ATTORNEY

People feel unsafe in their neighborhoods. (Harrison) says he’s going to turn things around. It’s a nice thought but they keep killing people… it’s going to get worse in the summer. It always gets worse in the summer.

— Beverly White, Baltimore resident

To be fair, Harrison inherited a dysfunctional force that’s long been distrusted by many residents. Misconduct by officers and chronically high rates of violent crime are just a handful of systemic failures in Baltimore. In 2017, the city had 342 homicides which comes out to 56 per 100,000 people. Last year, the homicide count also passed the 300 mark.

The new commissioner’s daunting to-do list comes as Baltimore tries to implement a federal consent decree mandating sweeping reforms after U.S. investigators detailed longstanding patterns of unconstitutional policing and excessive force.

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Police work near the scene where authorities say several people were shot, at least one fatally, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP)

Charm City has also been struggling with a crisis of confidence when it comes to its political leaders.

Last week, federal agents raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore’s embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh, widening an investigation into whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children’s book to disguise kickbacks. The early-morning searches were just the latest setback for the politically isolated first-term mayor who campaigned on transparency and ending corruption.

FBI RAIDS EMBATTLED BALTIMORE MAYOR CATHERINE PUGH’S HOMES, CITY HALL OFFICES 

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan joined a growing group of people who want Pugh to step down and has called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of “self-dealing” by Pugh.

“Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership,” Hogan tweeted Thursday. “Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”

Baltimore City Council members echoed the sentiment, and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot tweeted last month: “The Mayor has to resign – now. The people of Baltimore are facing too many serious challenges, as it is, to also deal with such brazen, cartoonish corruption from their chief executive.”

Pugh has been on paid administrative leave for the past month as calls to go grow, but she is hardly the first Baltimore mayor who has faced calls to leave. Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned from office in 2010 to save her pension and preserve the possibility of working for the city or state again. Pugh beat out Dixon by about 3,000 votes to clinch the 2016 Democratic primary.

John Dedie, a political science coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County, told The Associated Press that one of the city’s greatest fears is to be “seen as a laughing stock, like Detroit was years ago until the governor of Michigan put it in receivership.”

He added: “Detroit’s problems were fiscal mismanagement. Baltimore’s is political incompetence.”

Another problem facing Maryland – Baltimore in particular- is its increase in illegal drugs, which has led to turf wars and violence. The state itself has one of the country’s most punishing overdose mortality rates and noted a record-high number of drug deaths in 2018, fueled by an increase in fentanyl-related fatalities.

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And if that weren’t enough, Baltimore is also startlingly segregated. According to The Associated Press, there is a 20-year life expectancy gap between disenfranchised and overwhelmingly black neighborhoods and areas that are whiter and more affluent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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FBI probing Antifa plot to buy guns from Mexican cartel, ‘stage an armed rebellion at the border’

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The FBI is investigating a supposed radical far-left Antifa plot to “stage an armed rebellion” and “disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border.”

Word of the probe comes after years of the FBI putting greater emphasis on the threat of Antifa activities, with bureau Director Christopher Wray saying the agency is looking into the ideology and individuals associated with the movement.

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But according to a December FBI document obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the agency is now tackling actual alleged plots of possible criminal activities that would affect U.S. homeland security.

The FBI report, which wasn’t posted online because the matter is still active, alleged that the anti-fascist activists were looking into buying firearms from a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander” that would be used to “stage an armed rebellion at the border.”

It also warns that the Antifa activists “planned to disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border.”

The document reportedly was shared with multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the CIA and the National Security Administration.

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Two law enforcement officials told the Tribune that the investigation is still ongoing but no one has been charged. The leaked document, meanwhile, is an information report supposed to be read only by law enforcement officials, though no security clearance is required.

“This is an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence,” the six-page report states, according to the newspaper. “Receiving agencies are requested not to take action based on this raw reporting without prior coordination with the FBI.”

But two individuals named in the report, Cobra Commander Ivan Riebeling and Evan Duke, say that the alleged plot was unlikely and doesn’t make much sense.

“It doesn’t make any sense that someone in the United States would purchase guns in Mexico,” Riebeling told the Tribune.

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“And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border.”

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Woman claims she was shot 4 times in Tennessee gunfire: ‘God isn’t done with me yet’

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Two days after an off-campus house party near Tennessee State University erupted in gunfire, one woman who claims to be among the seven people wounded took to Twitter to thank God for her new lease on life.

“God isn’t done with me yet,”  the woman, identified by the Twitter handle @kay_nash, wrote.

“Two nights ago I was shot 4 times at party,” Kay writes in a post dated Tuesday. “One of the bullets was an inch away from hitting an artery but obviously God isn’t done with me yet.”

As of early Wednesday, the post had been retweeted 3,600 times and collected 20,000 likes.

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Metro Police say the seven people were injured at a Northern Nashville home early Sunday after two groups of men got into an argument and began shooting at each other. Officers responded around 2 a.m. where dozens of people had gathered in a backyard for a house party, police said.

“Thank you to everyone who reached out and prayed for me,” @kay_nash continues in her post, including two images — a selfie of her flashing a peace sign while in a hospital bed, and a screenshot of a local media report about the shooting. “I’m just so grateful to be alive. I swear this is my testimony.”

Six females and one male — all between ages 19 and 22 — were transported to a hospital Sunday morning, WTVF-TV reported. It was not immediately revealed if the victims were university students. Fisk University is also located a short distance away.

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Five of those injured were brought to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while the remaining two were treated at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. All seven suffered non-life-threatening injuries, WTVF reported.

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One of the suspects was described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s with dreadlocks and blonde highlights. He was wearing an orange T-shirt and light blue jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro Police at 615-862-8600.

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For some, black Minneapolis officer’s conviction no surprise

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After three weeks of testimony, a jury needed little more than a day to convict a black Minneapolis police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed white woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime, delivering a guilty verdict that immediately sparked questions about whether race played a role.

Mohamed Noor was also convicted Tuesday of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond , a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia whose death bewildered and angered people in both countries.

Noor, 33, testified that he and his partner heard a loud bang on their squad car that startled them, and that he fired “to stop the threat” after he saw a woman appear at his partner’s window raising her arm. Prosecutors questioned whether the bang happened and attacked Noor for not seeing a weapon or Damond’s hands before he fired.

It’s rare for police officers to be convicted after asserting they fired in a life-or-death situation, but some Minnesota community members said they saw it coming for Noor because he is Somali American.

“Officer Noor was going to jail no matter what because he’s a black man who shot a white woman in the state of Minnesota,” said John Thompson, an activist and friend of Philando Castile, a black man who was killed in 2016 by a Latino suburban police officer who was acquitted.

Alana Ramadan, an African American and Muslim who held a sign calling for the resignation of Hennepin County’s head prosecutor, said the African American people she’s spoken with knew Noor would be convicted.

“It’s almost like there’s no hope,” she said.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman dismissed the idea that race played a role in the case.

“That simply is not true,” he said. “Race has never been a factor in any of my decisions and never will be. … We look at each case based on the facts and the evidence and the law that’s in front of us. And I will stand by what we have done.”

When asked how Noor’s case was different, Freeman, who has chosen not to charge some white officers in the past, said: “The evidence showed that the officer acted unreasonably.”

Noor, a two-year veteran who testified that he shifted to policing from a career in business because he “always wanted to serve,” was acquitted of the most serious charge of intentional second-degree murder.

He faces up to 15 years on the third-degree murder conviction and nearly five years on the manslaughter conviction, although judges aren’t bound by state sentencing guidelines and can impose much lower sentences.

Noor was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately despite his attorney’s request that he be free on bond pending sentencing June 7. He showed no visible emotion and did not look back at his family, but his wife was crying.

Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, said the jury’s decision reflected respect for the rule of law and the sanctity of life.

“Justine was killed by a police officer, an agent of the state,” he said. “We believe he was properly charged with a crime.”

Ruszczyk also bitterly criticized police, saying the family believes “the conviction was reached despite the active resistance of a number of Minneapolis police officers, including the head of the union, and either active resistance or gross incompetence” by state investigators early on.

Noor’s attorneys weren’t immediately available for comment.

Minnesota’s third-degree murder charge means causing the death of another through a dangerous act “without regard for human life but without intent to cause” death. Second-degree manslaughter is defined as creating unreasonable risk of causing death or great bodily harm to another through culpable negligence.

Noor and his partner were rolling down the alley behind Damond’s home and checking out the 911 call just before the shooting. Both men testified about a loud noise on the squad car.

But while Noor described a decision to fire based on what he felt was a threat, Harrity testified that he hadn’t finished analyzing the situation before his partner fired. When prosecutor Amy Sweasy asked Harrity whether that meant it would have been premature for him to fire, he agreed.

The death of Damond, a life coach who was engaged to be married a month after the shooting, sparked outrage in both the U.S. and Australia. It also cost Minneapolis’ police chief her job and contributed to the electoral defeat of the city’s mayor a few months later.

Neither officer had a body camera running when Damond was shot. Both switched on their cameras in time to capture the aftermath, which included their attempts to save Damond with CPR. But Noor’s bullet hit her in a key abdominal artery, and a medical examiner testified she lost so much blood so quickly that even faster medical care might not have saved her.

Prosecutors sought to raise questions about the way police and state investigators handled the aftermath. They played excerpts from body cameras worn by responding officers that revealed many officers turning them on and off at will; one officer could be heard on his camera at one point telling Noor to “keep your mouth shut until you have to say anything to anybody.” They also highlighted the lack of forensic evidence proving Damond touched the squad car.

But the case still came down to jurors’ assessment of whether Noor was justified in shooting, and they had only the officers’ testimony for a picture of the key moments. During his closing argument Monday, defense attorney Thomas Plunkett told jurors all that mattered was the “precise moment” in which Noor fired his gun and that they needed to consider whether Noor acted as a reasonable officer would act in the same circumstances. Sweasy argued the shooting was not justified.

The jury included 10 men and two women. Six of the jurors, including the two women, are people of color.

Noor is among the many Somali immigrants who settled in Minnesota after coming to America due to civil war in his home country. His hiring was celebrated by city leaders eager to diversify the police force in a city rich in immigrants.

After he was charged, he was fired.

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Associated Press writer Jeff Baenen contributed to this report.

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Check out the AP’s complete coverage of Mohamed Noor’s trial.

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