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YouTube Engineer Stabs, Punches, and Runs Over Innocent People During Drug Fueled Rampage

 

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YouTube not only makes crazy decisions, it also staffs crazy people, at least offering us some explanation as to the unmitigated disaster that it’s swiftly becoming.

According to KTVU, 32-year-old Betai Koffi celebrated the Fourth of July with friends by taking seven times the amount of acid his compatriots did. This sent him on a rampage that ended up injuring eight people, including four of his friends. Luckily — and I’m not using that word lightly — no one died despite the use of deadly weapons, including Koffi who was shot three times by police.

For his actions, Koffi now faces six felonies, including carjacking, multiple assaults, and two counts of attempted murder. The story of how he accumulated these charges in the course of a night is nearly unbelievable:

He punched, stabbed, and choked his friends when they tried to calm him down, and keep him inside the rental.

Determined to leave, he crashed his rental car into the garage, and took off on foot.

He encountered a security guard who patrols the subdivision, and attacked him.

“He picks up a landscape light, yanks it out of the ground, and stabs the security guard with the pointed metal end of it,” described Sgt. Crum, “and knocked the security guard down.”

Koffi took off in the guard’s pickup truck and mowed down a couple walking along the street.

Then he drove onto a bluff, aiming for another couple, who dove out of his way, but a second woman was hit.

The incident stopped when officers arrived on scene and fired on Koffi with their sidearms:

The bizarre incident ended swiftly, once a Sheriff’s deputy and CHP officer arrived.

By that time, Koffi had driven through a private yard, hit a wall, and continued back onto the road.

When he saw the law enforcement vehicles, he drove straight toward them, and the deputy who was out of his car, began firing.

Koffi continued accelerating and rammed the CHP cruiser, amid the gunshots.

He was hit at least three times through the windshield and airlifted to the hospital, along with the first woman he ran over.

KTVU reported that the shooting is currently under investigation, which is standard procedure. The station also reported that we may get the body camera footage of the incident in the near future.

It’s a miracle that everyone survived the encounter, and thankfully no one’s life was irreparably damaged by Koffi.

Let’s hope we don’t see what YouTube’s algorithm would look like if it were a person any time in the future.

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Man wounded in 3rd Fairfax Co. shooting this week

A man was shot in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday night, in what is now the third shooting in the Gum Springs area this week.

Fairfax County police say the man was shot in the 3000 block of Fordson Court around midnight. His injuries are not life threatening.

Bullets also hit a vehicle and an apartment on the block.

Police say the shooting is gang-related and likely connected to a Monday night shooting on the same block that sent two teens to the hospital. Neither of their injuries were life-threatening.

A third shooting Tuesday afternoon sent three people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It happened on the 6400 block of Telegraph Road, less than four miles away from the other two shootings. Police say this shooting also seems to be gang-related and are looking into any connection with the other shootings.

Thursday, police said in a tweet that they understand the community’s concern about the series of shootings. Extra police officers will be patrolling the area as investigations continue.

Below is a map of where the most recent shooting happened.

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3 injured in 2 separate Fairfax County shootings

Three men were hurt in two separate shootings Tuesday afternoon, which Fairfax County, Virginia, police said may have been gang-related.

Police got the first call around 4 p.m. for a shooting on Telegraph Road. Shortly after, they responded to a report of another shooting a few miles away.

“[The shootings] happened within minutes of each other and about two miles apart,” said 2nd Lt. John Lieb, a police spokesman. ” … We do not believe that this was a random act of violence and we’re exploring the possibility that it’s gang-related.”

Lieb said gunshots were exchanged in the 6400 block of Telegraph Road, then exchanged in the 2700 block of James Drive.

None of the three victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police recovered a vehicle from James Drive which was believed to be involved in the earlier shooting on Telegraph Road. They are searching for a second car believed to be involved in both shootings — a black four-door Mitsubishi sedan.

Police said detectives interviewed witnesses and are following several leads.

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2 teens shot at Fairfax County playground

Two teenagers are recovering after they were shot at a playground in Fairfax County, Virginia.

They were shot Tuesday morning on Fordson Court, near Sherwood Hall Lane in Hybla Valley.

The Fairfax County police believe the shooting could be gang-related.

One of the teens has been released from the hospital. Neither of the teens’ injuries are considered life-threatening.

Below is a map of where the shooting happened.

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Man shot, killed in Fairfax Co.

Reports of gunshots in Reston, Virginia, led to the discovery of a man’s body in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Fairfax County police said gunshots were reported near Hunter Woods Plaza around 2 a.m. and shortly after the body of a man was found.

Officers canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods throughout the morning. Police are treating the incident as a suspicious death investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP.com for the latest.

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Kyle Kashuv: Justice Has Finally Come for the Coward Who Let My Peers Die

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Earlier on Tuesday, I reported that Scot Peterson, the resource officer who stood by while 17 people were killed during the fateful shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool in February of last year has been arrested on multiple charges.

A surviving student from the shooting and now vocal political activist Kyle Kashuv has spoken out via a video on Twitter celebrating his arrest.

“The school resource officer, who cowered behind a wall and let my peers die, has finally been held accountable,” said Kashuv. “Scot Peterson was arrested.”

“For those who don’t know, this man literally stood outside a building and knew there was a shooter, knew he saw the rifle bag, he heard the shots. He was armed and he didn’t act,” Kashuv continued. “It was his job to go into the building and save my peers. Because of him, 17 of my peers were murdered,” Kashuv said.

“It was his job. It was his responsibility, and he failed us all,” Kashuv said.

“We can never get those people back, but we can fight for justice,” he added.

Kashuv was one of many students who ended up becoming politically active after the shooting, though unlike many of the other students who were celebrated in the media, Kashuv did not want to implement gun control. In fact, he pushed for the opposite. He worked with lawmakers in Washington and even met with President Donald Trump to help push reforms that would result in better school safety.

Soon, Kashuv became a well-recognized name among many in both the conservative and pro-gun movements.

I can’t imagine what Kashuv must be feeling as he’s watching justice find Peterson, but if my sense of gladness that those responsible for the shooting are getting their dues is any indication, it must be immense for Kashuv. In the video, Kashuv mentions that it’s a good day and, I think that’s a solid description, especially for him and his peers.

Kashuv had to endure a horrific experience, watch as the experience was made into something it should never have been, then go back to the place where the experience happened repeatedly as those responsible did everything in their power to downplay their part. The sense of injustice must have been monumental.

I’m happy for Kashuv, but not just for Kashuv. I’m happy that the good guys actually have this and that the actors pointing at everyone but themselves are now finding that their attempts to weasel out of their comeuppance are getting it.

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Holy cow: Broward deputy arrested, charged with felonies for “complete inaction” during Parkland shooting

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Stunning. Rarely do cops get prosecuted for actions they do take. I’ve personally never heard of one being prosecuted for actions he *didn’t* take.

Police unions are going to have a collective aneurysm over the idea of officers being held criminally liable for excessive … “caution,” let’s call it.

Although the whole point here is that, at a certain point, “caution” becomes neglect. They don’t call him the “Coward of Broward” for nothing.

Scot Peterson, 56, had been nationally heckled and vilified for failing to confront the former student who gunned down and killed 17 students and staff at the Parkland school on Feb. 14, 2018.

Peterson has been booked into the Broward Main Jail on 11 criminal charges, including child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury…

The investigation showed Peterson refused to investigate where the gunshots were coming from, retreated during the gunfire as victims were being shot, and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building, FDLE spokeswoman Jessica Cary said in an emailed statement…

“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers ad staff and injured 17 others,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”

In a different age, the public disgrace involved in being known for hanging back while a lunatic gunned down children all around you would be enough to motivate an officer to intervene during a mass shooting. Most cops today would intervene, of course, but some seem to require more of an incentive, per the judgment of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Either get in there and help or face prison.

Here (I think) is the crime Peterson’s been charged with — a subset of child abuse:

(e) “Neglect of a child” means:

1. A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child; or

2. A caregiver’s failure to make a reasonable effort to protect a child from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by another person.

“A person who willfully or by culpable negligence neglects a child and in so doing causes great bodily harm … commits a felony of the second degree,” notes the statute. Essentially Peterson’s being treated like a parent who starved his child to death or stood by while his spouse administered a fatal beating.

The wrinkle may lie in the idea of being a “caregiver.” Courts typically find that the police owe no duty of care to individual members of the public that might lead to liability in court. But Peterson may be an exception. He wasn’t just a cop, remember; he was the school resource officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Prosecutors may be gambling that that role did create a “caregiver” duty for him towards the students that other officers didn’t share. That would reassure patrolmen’s unions, if so, as it would mean Peterson’s case would set a relatively narrow precedent. The phrase “complete inaction” used by the FDLE commissioner in the excerpt above might be useful too. Maybe the “Peterson rule” will be that inaction by police can’t lead to criminal charges unless that inaction is “complete.”

First Scott Israel gets suspended, now this. Hats off to Florida for demanding real accountability from the cops in the aftermath of a nightmare that might have been mitigated, if not prevented.

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Va. man shoots home intruder who ends up being acquaintance

A man in Centreville, Virginia, shot a man he believe was a home intruder Thursday, but it turns out the man was an acquaintance, reports NBC Washington. 

Fairfax County police responded to the shooting at the 6000 block of Raina Drive shortly before 10:30 a.m. Police said a man shot someone who had entered his home, and the victim was taken to a hospital.

An emergency dispatcher said the victim was a 24-year-old man who was a friend of the homeowner’s daughter, reports WTOP news partner NBC Washington. The only people in the home at the time of the shooting were the homeowner and the victim.

The victim is expected to be OK and no charges have been filed.

Below is a map of where the shooting happened.

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BREAKING: Two Dead, Four Injured in UNC-Charlotte Campus Shooting, Suspect in Custody

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The campus of UNC-Charlotte after a deadly mass shooting on 4/30/19. Screen grab via WCNC.

Just a few minutes before 6 tonight the UNC-Charlotte campus alert system issued warnings to students to take cover and stay safe after a shooting occurred on campus:

Per Charlotte’s WCNC, two are dead and four have been injured – and two of them have life-threatening injuries:

Two people have died and four people are hurt after a shooting on UNC Charlotte’s campus, Medic confirmed.

Medic said the two deceased were pronounced dead at the scene. Two people have been treated for life-threatening injuries and two have been treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials confirmed to NBC Charlotte the shooter was a student. Police officials confirmed to WCNC that the suspect is named Trystan Terrell, a 22-year-old history major at UNCC.

Here’s video of someone, presumably of the suspect, being dragged away from the scene in handcuffs:

Here’s a photo of the suspect, via WSOC-TV‘s Joe Bruno:

Here’s video of Terrell as he was taken into police HQ tonight. It’s not clear what he was saying as he turned to the cameras before being escorted into the building:

This was what the scene looked like earlier on campus. Surreal:

Also per Bruno, a concert and a baseball game were supposed to take place tonight on campus:

Per WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich, this was the last day of class for students before summer. Graduation is next week:

Some students who were at or near the scene of the shooting have been interviewed by local reporters:

Local and state officials as well as members of the U.S. House and Senate from North Carolina are weighing in:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the scene is secure:

Here is the university’s policy regarding weapons on campus.

I live about 10 minutes from this campus and pass by it almost every day, so this really hits close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with all impacted at the university and for my beloved city of Charlotte as it grieves for the victims.

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Synagogue hero who charged the gunman: “I scared the hell out of him”

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I’m not the real hero, Oscar Stewart insists. That would be Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed at the scene when she stepped in front of a bullet that was apparently intended for her rabbi.

He’s at a loss to explain his decision to rush the shooter after the firing began except to say that, as a veteran, he was taught to run towards fire. The way he describes it, though, makes it more primal: Essentially he went into beast mode. And the degenerate who was there to commit mass murder noticed.

My favorite detail is Stewart, spoiling to get his hands on the gunman, punching the guy’s car in frustration as he tries to flee instead.

“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guy so his rifle couldn’t get to me,” Stewart said. “So I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”…

“When I came around the corner into the lobby area, I saw the individual with a gun, and he fired two rounds. And I yelled at him and I must have yelled very loud, and he looked at me, and I must have had a really mean look on my face or something, because he immediately dropped his weapon and turned and ran. And then I gave chase.”

Stewart said he chased him all the way out to his car and began pounding on it — the shooter had managed to lock himself in. When Stewart saw him reach for a rifle, he punched the side of the car as hard as he could, intending to figure out a way to drag him out of the car. That’s when a Border Patrol agent who attends the synagogue came running out to the parking lot, yelling for Stewart to get down because he had a gun.

Allegedly he screamed so loudly at the shooter (“You motherf***er! I’m going to kill you!”) that a priest at a church nearby could hear him. The volume plus Stewart’s unexpected fearlessness may have given the gunman such a fright that all he could think to do in the moment was abandon ship. Stewart may have been lucky too, though. He thinks the gunman might have been emptying his magazine right at the moment Stewart first encountered him in the lobby. If he had had time to reload, God only knows how many would have died. Because Stewart arrived when he did, he had no choice but to run.

He told the Daily Caller afterwards that he blames online media for breeding monsters like this: “The whole media thing — people don’t get to know people, and they get to sit in a cocoon, and sit and make opinions on what somebody writes.” I wonder if he knew when he said it how true that was. News is breaking this afternoon that not only did the shooter post his manifesto on — where else? — 8chan around 25 minutes before the gunfire began, it was sufficiently scary that at least one person reported it immediately to the FBI. The feds got the tip minutes before the synagogue was attacked, too late to identify the gunman. Not everyone who saw the post was alarmed by it, though:

The Poway attack seems to be another horrifying entry in a lineage of hate crimes carried out for a captive audience of digital onlookers. Worse yet, these online communities appear to be incentivizing the darkest impulses of their worst users. Like the Christchurch massacre, the Poway shooting is not only tailored for the internet but also sickeningly standardized. The digital footprint and manifestoes of these white nationalist terrorists follow a familiar template — one that each shooter fills in with their own hideous details. Indeed, it seems real-world murderous hate crimes have become a message board meme of sorts. And like any online meme, the creation cycle only seems to be accelerating, refining itself and, horrifyingly, increasing in frequency. Online, it plays out like some game, but its effects are morphing into the real world and spreading violence…

One of the first responses to the 8chan post suspected to be from the gunman was a user imploring, “get a high score.”

It’s gratifying that the gunman not only ran in terror but that Stewart is around to broadcast it to the world. If the prospect of being shot by cops isn’t enough to deter these monsters, maybe the prospect of being humiliated for cowardice by the survivors is.

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