New Mexico high school student killed 3 women in 'random' shooting rampage, police say
The gunman who killed three people and wounded six others as he fired randomly while roaming his northwestern New Mexico neighborhood was a local high school student and his victims include a 97-year-old woman and her daughter, police said Tuesday. Investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attack by Beau Wilson, 18, in the Farmington neighborhood where he lived. They say he opened fire Monday, killing Gwendolyn Schofield, her 73-year-old daughter, Melody Ivie, and 79-year-old Shirley Voita. Voita had worked as a nurse and was a devoted parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, said former state Rep. James Strickler, who was her friend. “She was just a dynamite lady. She was well-loved and I’m still shocked over it,” said Strickler, who heard gunfire ring out on Monday before learning the circumstances of Voita's death. Witnesses and police say Wilson walked through the neighborhood a short drive from downtown Farmington spraying bullets until police arrived within minutes and fatally shot him. Two police officers were among the wounded. “The amount of violence and brutality that these people faced is unconscionable to me,” Deputy Police Chief Kyle Dowdy said. Deputy Police Chief Baric Crum said Wilson was indiscriminately shooting at vehicles, but that some rounds also hit homes. Dowdy said investigators do not believe Wilson knew anyone he shot. Also read: Police: 8 killed in Texas mall shooting, gunman also dead “We’ve discovered nothing that leads us to believe that the suspect knew" the victims, he said. “We’re pretty confident in that this was completely random.” Bryan Brown and Brandi Dominguez were home Monday morning with their five children when the shooting began. Their doorbell camera captured yelling and the repeated pops of gunfire. Brown said it was loud and sounded as if it were coming from two different directions. Brown was among those who ran into the street to help the victims. He said one woman had gunshot wounds to the leg and head. She asked for help and he said he tried to stop the bleeding. “I feel bad for her family,” he said Tuesday. “I don’t even know, this kind of stuff is just uncalled for.” Before Brown came outside, he told Dominguez and the kids to stay inside and stay down. Bullets hit the family’s home and vehicle. Brown said his teenage son knew Wilson from school and had texted him, knowing that he lived down the street. It was only later they found out that authorities identified Wilson as the shooter. “It just goes to show you never really know somebody until something happens,” Brown said. “He seemed like an OK kid.” In November, after he turned 18, Wilson legally purchased at least one gun used Monday, police said. He carried three firearms in the attack, including an assault-style weapon. Four officers fired a total of 16 rounds at Wilson, including one of the wounded officers, said San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari. Mayor Nate Duckett said Tuesday that the Farmington officer and state police officer were treated for their wounds and released from a hospital. Authorities began receiving reports of gunshots at 10:57 a.m. and the first officer arrived at 11:02 a.m., police Chief Steve Hebbe said Monday in a video statement. Three minutes later, the gunman had been killed. Joseph Robledo, a 32-year-old tree trimmer, said he rushed home after learning that his wife, Jolene, and their year-old daughter had sought shelter in the laundry room when gunshots rang out. A bullet went through his daughter’s window, without hitting anyone. Jolene Robledo said they had just finished breakfast when she heard “pop, pop, pop, pop," which she first thought was a car backfiring. She said they were going to run out the back door until she heard a man curse right outside, so she quietly shut the door and hid with her daughter between the washing machine and dryer. “I mean it was crazy. I called my husband and he could hear the gunshots over the phone,” she said. “He was freaking out and I was like, ‘don’t hang up, don’t hang up!’” Joseph Robledo said he jumped a fence to get in through the back door. Out front, he found an older woman in the street who had been wounded while driving by. She appeared to have fallen out of her car, which kept rolling without her, he said. “I went out to see because the lady was just lying in the road, and to figure just what the heck was going on,” Robledo said. He and others began to administer first aid. Neighbors directed a police officer toward the suspect. “We were telling (the officer), ‘He’s down there.’ … The cop just went straight into action,” Robledo said. Robledo’s own family car was perforated with bullets. “We’ve been doing yard work all last week. I just thank God that nobody was outside in front,” he said. “Obviously, elderly people — he didn’t have no sympathy for them." Downtown Farmington, a short drive from the neighborhood, has undergone a transformation of sorts in recent years, with cafes and breweries cropping up alongside decades-old businesses that trade in Native American crafts from silver jewelry to wool weavings. On Tuesday, orange circles of spray paint still marked the ground where police had collected evidence. Authorities were using metal detectors to search the grass in front of one of the churches along the street where gunfire erupted. As night approached Monday, dozens of people gathered at Hills Church, a few miles (kilometers) from the attack scene, to pray at the base of a tall metal cross. Lead pastor Matt Mizell talked about living in a “dark and broken world” but told the crowd there was still hope and asked God to provide them strength. New Mexico enacted a red-flag law in 2020 that can be used to seize guns from people who pose a danger to others or themselves. Dowdy said relatives expressed concern about Wilson’s mental health when interviewed by police but that he didn’t have enough information at this time to further elaborate.
Pregnant woman beaten to death ‘by husband’ in Natore
A 27-year-old pregnant woman was beaten to death, allegedly by her husband over “domestic dispute” in Shaloipara of Bagatipara upazila under Natore district on Tuesday night. The deceased was identified as Ripa Khatun, wife of Kabir Uddin of the village. Quoting family members, Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bagatipara Police Station, said Kabir had an extramarital affair and the couple had an altercation over the issue. Also read: Housewife stabbed, burnt to death over extra marital relationship in Narail On Tuesday night, Kabir and Ripa, who have two children, locked into an altercation over the issue and at one stage, Kabir beat up Ripa mercilessly. Ripa was taken to the Upazila Health Complex where the doctors declared her dead, the OC said.
Man shot dead in Natore
A 32-year-old man was shot to death at Hazratpur in Sadar upazila of Natore district early today. The deceased was identified as Farhad Khandaker. Abul Kalam, in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said a group of miscreants swooped on Farhad when he was returning home around 1 am and opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. Finding no whereabouts of Farhad till 1 am, his wife Lutfunnahar went out in search of him and found his body, in a pool of blood, at Hazratpur Government Primary School premises. Hearing her screams, locals rushed in and informed the police. Also read: Man suffers bullet wounds in Natore clash over removing rain water A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Rajshahi is on the way to the spot. Local people claimed that the area is a safe haven for drug users.
2 poachers sentenced to 1 yr for killing 600 birds in Rajshahi
A mobile court in Rajshahi sentenced two poachers to one year in jail for killing at least 600 birds in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi. Police arrested them with 600 slaughtered birds of different species from the Kakramari Patir Bil area on Wednesday. The convicted poachers are Abu Bakar Siddiki, 55, and Firoz Hossain, 32. Tipped off, a team from Charghat police station raided that area and arrested them, said UNO Sohrab Hossain. Also Read: Two poachers held with venison, animal hides in Bagerhat According to police, the poachers killed the birds to sell in local hotels and restaurants. “They were sentenced to one year and fined TK 1 thousand as per the ‘Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act- 2012’. They were sent to jail,” said the UNO. The dead birds were sent to a local orphanage.
Man surrenders to police after ‘killing wife’ in Dinajpur
A man has surrendered to police allegedly after killing his wife at Ghasipara in Dinajpur district town on Friday night, said police. The deceased was identified as Sumaiya Akter, 27, wife of Monwar Hossain of the area. Sheikh Mohammad Jinnah, superintendent of Dinajpur police said Monwar used to live with his second wife Sumaiya on the 3rd floor of a building in the area after divorce with first wife. Around 3am to 4 am on Friday night, he strangled Sumaiya to death and kept the body in a wardrobe of the house, he said quoting Monwar. Also read: 2 killed over land dispute in Dinajpur Later, at 10 pm, Monwar went to the Kotwali Police Station and surrendered. Police recovered the body and sent it to Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College and Hospital. Police are trying to unearth the motive behind the killing, said SP.
Son masterminded freedom fighter's killing in N'ganj for money: PBI
Freedom fighter Abdul Halim, who was found dead at his residence in Maulabazar in Narayanganj on February 1, was killed by a person hired by his son, in a plot to embezzle Tk 30 lakh, said Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI). Manirul Islam, superintendent of police, came up with the information while speaking at a press briefing held at Narayanganj District Police office on Sunday. PBI found the evidence after recovering the hard drive of CCTV footage of the house. On February 1, Abdul Halim, with his hands and legs tied, was found dead at his residence. Halim’s only son, HM Masud, claimed that robbers killed Halim after tying up his limbs. They also looted valuables including cash and gold ornaments from the house, said Manirul. Jaher Ali, son-in-law of Halim, filed a case with Fatulla Police Station on that day. Halim along with his son Masud were at the house on that day as Masud’s wife and children went to the house of Masud’s father-in-law two days back, according to the complaint lodged with police. Also read: Ayat’s head recovered from Ctg canal, PBI says Later, the case was handed over to PBI. PBI arrested Md Rubel, a human hauler operator from Shanir Akhra in Jatrabari of the capital and he gave a confessional statement under section 164. Police also recovered Tk 4.43 lakh cash and hard drive of the CCTV footage from the house of Rubel. Following the confessional statement of Rubel, police came to know that Halim withdrew Tk 30 lakh from his bank two months before the murder and to capture the money, Masud hired a hitman at Tk 5 lakh to kill his father, said SP Manirul. Masud went into hiding and police are trying to arrest him, said Manirul.
Man killed ‘by elder brother’ over land dispute
Chapainawabganj, Feb 02 (UNB)-A man was killed allegedly by his elder brother over land dispute on Thursday morning at Shiala Gabtola in Chapainawabganj municipality. The deceased was identified as Golam Morshed, 40, son of Golam Mostafa, a resident of Gabtola area of Chapainawabganj. Morshed’s elder brother advocate Elias Hossain went into hiding after the incident. AKM Alamgir Jahan, Officer-in-Charge of Chapainawabganj Sadar Police Station, said that Morshed had a dispute with his elder brother Elias Hossain for a long time over ownership of land and family issues. As a sequel to the enmity, Elias cut Morshed’s throat with a sharp weapon and fled home on Thursday morning, leaving Morshed dead on the spot, the OC added. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Chapai nawabganj 250-bed hospital for autopsy.
Man to die for killing wife in Cumilla
A Cumilla court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in 2012. The condemned convict is Moazzem Hossain Bhuiya Sumon, 30, son of Sheikh Ahmed Bhuiya of Chouddagram upazila. Cumilla Woman and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun handed down the punishment. Also Read: Kushtia rape and murder: Condemned convict hanged at Kashimpur Jail The court also fined him Tk 10,000. According to the prosecution, Sumon demanded Tk one lakh from his wife Rozina as dowry. As she refused to provide the money, Sumon stabbed Rozina indiscriminately on February 26, 2012, leaving her dead. Rozina’s sister Sharmin Akter lodged a complaint with Chouddagram Police. Police later registered a case.
Freedom fighter in Lalmonirhat murdered
Former principal of Patgram Women’s Degree College was murdered at Shahebdanga in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district on Friday (January 20, 2023) night. The deceased was identified as M Wajed Ali, a freedom fighter and son of Basir Uddin of the village. Quoting locals, Omar Faruk, officer-in-charge of Patgram Police Station, said a group of miscreants swooped on Wajed at his house around 9:30 pm and slit his throat, leaving him critically injured. Also read: Pabna rickshaw-puller murder: Jubo League activist put on 3-day remand Wajed was taken to the upazila health complex where the doctors declared him dead. The motive behind the murder could not be known immediately. “Police are investigating the incident and legal steps will be taken soon,” said OC. Read More: Lalmonirhat mother, daughter crushed to death by train
Protesters in Cambridge demand justice for Bangladeshi-American shot by police
Expressing anger and frustration, several hundred protesters on Monday (January 09, 2023) demanded justice for a Bangladeshi American college student who was shot and killed by police in the Boston suburb of Cambridge last week, a shooting that has drawn attention from Bangladeshi media. Sayed Faisal, 20, a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was shot on January 4 while advancing on officers with what police described as a kukri and after a less-than-lethal “sponge round” failed to stop him, authorities have said. A kukri is a short sword with an angled blade that originated in South Asia. Protesters at the rally outside Cambridge City Hall organized by the Bangladesh Association of New England held signs saying “Justice for Faisal” and “Faisal needed help not bullets,” while his friends and teachers remembered his friendliness, his positive outlook and his intelligence. An independent judicial inquest into the shooting has been initiated. The findings of that inquest will be forwarded to the Middlesex district attorney’s office to decide whether charges are warranted, a process that could take a year or more. Read More: Killing of Bangladeshi-American in US: Human chain in front of MoFA demands justice Faisal, who was known as Prince by his family, was an only child who was never violent and had never been involved with law enforcement before, his parents said in a statement released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We are completely devastated and in disbelief that our son is gone,” the Cambridge residents said. “Prince was the most wonderful, loving, caring, generous, supportive, and deeply family-oriented person. He loved to travel, create art, and play sports with his friends.” Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, City Manager Yi-An Huang, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, and Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine Elow are all expected to attend a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the shooting and answer questions from the public. The City Council has also scheduled a special meeting on Jan. 18 to discuss protocols, processes, and training of city police. Read More: Momen slams Bangladeshi expat's killing in US, denounces hate crime Authorities have not released the name of the officer who opened fire. The officer, who is on paid administrative leave, is a seven-year department veteran who has never been the subject of a citizen’s complaint, police spokesperson Jeremy Warnick said Monday. According to the preliminary investigation, police received a 911 call early last Wednesday afternoon from a resident who reported seeing a man jumping out of an apartment window with a machete which he appeared to be using to cut himself. Officers and paramedics found the man, identified as Faisal, bleeding in an alley. Faisal saw police, who requested that he drop the weapon, and ran for several blocks. Read More: We support calls for “thorough, transparent investigation” over Bangladeshi-American student's death: US Embassy He then reportedly moved toward the police while still holding the weapon, even when they fired a less-than-lethal round at him. He continued to advance and one officer fired a gun, striking Faisal, who later died at a hospital, authorities said.