Johnson shoots twelve police officers, killing five, in an ambush during a Dallas protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
The 35-year-old actress is found dead in her apartment by her boyfriend. They were having relationship problems and he is questioned by police. The autopsy determines she was strangled. The Daily Mail says Olsen had shared pictures on Instagram suggesting she was being stalked. She posted the first picture 12 weeks ago that shows her back, a coffee cup in her hand as she walks her dog. Police:
[Olsen’s death is] a very grave occurrence and we are giving it utmost attention and we are working in sync with the prosecutors’ office, but it could have happened in any city.
A Jordanian policeman shoots and kills two of his American instructors in Jordan. The attacker is said to be a Captain with the Jordan police force is also said to have killed a South African along with injuring two others Americans and four Jordanian. An investigation had been launched. U.S. Embassy:
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of all of the victims. The investigation is ongoing and it is premature to speculate on motive at this point. We are working closely with the government of Jordan and local security services on a full and comprehensive investigation. We strongly condemn this incident and we deeply appreciate the co-operation and support received from our Jordanian partners.
Parker and Ward are fatally shot on live television during an interview with Gardner outside Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta, VA. While Parker is interviewing a woman, shots ring out. Both women scream and Ward falls to the ground. The audience sees a glimpse of a man who appears to be pointing a gun toward Ward. The station cuts away to a shocked anchor, Kimberly McBroom, back in the studio. Gardner is shot in the back and taken to hospital.
ISIS murders 19 girls for refusing to act as sex slaves to ISIS soldiers. A Kurdish official from the area reports the girls were part of a group of women, taken as sex slaves, who hail from non-Sunni Muslim demographics that include Yazidis, as well as Christians. The group is reportedly being held in Mosul. UN Envoy:
The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol.
Hines, Freeman’s step-granddaughter, is fatally stabbed in New York City. Her body is found lying in the street outside her home, with multiple stab wounds to her torso. EMS to Harlem Hospital and pronounced dead. A 30-year-old man is arrested at the scene. Freeman:
The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
A cousin of Syria’s president shoots dead a senior air force officer in a road rage incident according to a monitoring group. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the incident happened when the cousin followed the officer because he overtook him at a crossroads, then swerved the car around, got out and shot him dead. The cousin has not been arrested.
One woman in her thirties dies after a shooting incident in Perth. Police are called to Mayfair Street after gunshots are heard at 2 AM. They arrest two men. The street is cordoned off and forensic experts are also present to investigate. A neighbour:
I opened my window to tell the people to be quiet and I noticed there was a group of police trying to gain entry to the unit,
Middleton’s body is found in a Santa Cruz dumpster. An unidentified 15 year old allegedly lured her inside his apartment and killed her, hiding her body in a recycling bin. Police Chief:
[The body was] concealed in a way that wasn’t obvious or readily apparent.
Five people are shot and four are dead with one critically wounded in Suwanee, GA. Three, and adult male and two children under the age of ten, are found dead at the scene. An adult woman dies either on her way to the hospital or at the hospital from a gunshot wound to her back. An older man remains in critical condition and is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities have not identified a motive. Sheriff:
We have absolutely no clue at this point what precipitated it. We hope to find a motive during the ongoing investigation.
Falls is shot in a Charleston, West Virginia home. Falls allegedly was answering an escort ad online and showed up to the house armed with a gun. The victim only identified as Heather:
When he strangled me, I grabbed my rake, and when he laid the gun down to get the rake out of my hands, I shot him. I grabbed the gun and shot behind me.
Kantral Brooks and Esther Deneus, both aged 29, are shot by three intruders around 4:00 A.M. on the morning of Thursday July 9th at their home in Bradenton, Florida. Several of the five children who witnessed the event unfold after they were awakened by noises caused by a brick being thrown against the front door. Authorities are investigating a possible drug-related motivation in the crime.
Steinle, a medical device sales person, is walking on a busy pier in San Francisco with her father when there is a single popping sound in the air. She falls to the ground, struck by a bullet in the upper body. Mother:
She just kept saying, ‘Dad, help me, help me’.
She is taken to San Francisco General Hospital. Her heart stops twice on the way to the hospital. She dies during surgery.
She fought for her life. They said how strong she was but they just couldn’t save her.
A gunman kills six women and three men, at a bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Victims include Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor, who was a Democratic member of the State Senate. The gunman arrives at the church and asks for the pastor, the Rev. Pinckney, and sits among parishioners during a Bible study meeting. At the conclusion of Bible study , the gunman opens fire on the gathering, wounding several people, including the pastor. A survivor says the gunman reloads five different times and that her son was trying to “talk him out of doing the act of killing people,” but he does not listen. The shooter says to the group:
You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.
Eight people are killed inside the church and one more dies at the hospital soon after the incident. Three people survive. Police are still searching for the suspected shooter – a clean-shaven white male about 21 years of age. He is reportedly wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots.
A blogger critical of Islam is hacked to death when four masked men attack him, hacking him to death with cleavers and machetes, as he left on his way to work at a bank. Ananta Bijoy Das’ death is at least the third known killing of someone posting online critical of Islam in India. In each case, the murder was committed in public on city streets.
A 13-year-old student forces entry into Joan Fuster secondary school and shoots and kills a teacher with a crossbow. The student is under arrest. Police are not releasing the student’s identity, gender, or if the student attends the school. Police confirm only one shooter is involved. Four students are being treated at a local hospital.
We can confirm a teacher has died and a person has been arrested. We are not in a position at the moment to confirm if that person is a male, female or ex-pupil.
Hernandez is placed on suicide watch at his Massachusetts prison. Hernandez has been held at MCI Cedar Junction since his conviction. It is not an uncommon move by prisons, especially when an inmate has recently been handed a long sentence. Hernandez is separated from other inmates.
Nemtsov is murdered in central Moscow. He is shot four times in his back with a pistol while returning from a restaurant with his girlfriend.
Puhar, a finalist on the show, and two other people are found dead in a Charlotte, North Carolina home Tuesday evening. Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, 19, is charged with three counts of murder. Initial reports indicate the murders are drug-related.
Two members of Minaj’s touring crew are stabbed after an incident at Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia. De’Von Pickett dies from his wounds, while Eric Parker is in critical condition at a hospital. Minaj announces the news via her Twitter and Instagram pages.
Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) February 18, 2015
ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of a dozen Syrian soldiers that ends with a militant standing over a severed head he says belongs to Kassig. U.S. officials said they are working to determine the video’s authenticity. The main militant has a British accent (although the video appears to have been distorted to hide the speaker’s identity) and warns that U.S. soldiers will meet a similar fate.
We say to you, Obama: … You claim to have withdrawn from Iraq four years ago. Here you are: You have not withdrawn. Rather, you hid some of your forces behind your proxies.
The militant claims Kassig was killed because he “fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier”. Kassig’s family says it is awaiting the outcome of the investigation.
The family respectfully asks that the news media avoid playing into the hostage takers’ hands and refrain from publishing or broadcasting photographs or video distributed by the hostage takers. We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause.
Kurdish rights activist Bazran Halil and his wife, Raushan, say the group beheaded a man with Down Syndrome in Kobani and impose horrific punishments for violating what they say is Islamic law. Bazran in an interview in Turkey:
There was a man with Down Syndrome. He couldn’t understand the situation, to flee, or to run away from the frontline. When ISIS arrived they beheaded him and took photos, shared them on social media and said ‘we killed an atheist, a Kaffir’.
For smoking, they chop your fingers off. Drinking is punished by jail. And if a woman is seen in the company of a man who is not her relative, she is stoned to death.
They say ISIS also abducted a group of high-schoolers in Aleppo for exams and made the boys study Shariah law in a mosque, shocking them with electric cables if they did not learn quickly enough.
Activists in Syria suggest Henning may have been killed on Sept. 20.
A Twitter user who has offered previously credible accounts of ISIS activities says a captive dressed in an orange jumpsuit was driven to a hill near Raqqa where Foley was beheaded. Roads are sealed, and a man with a knife is present. @Raqqa_SI:
We believe it’s the same person who executed the reporters before.
The killing takes place at 7:50 a.m. local time (00:50 Eastern time):
Isis beheaded this captive at 7:50 am and many cars went with them, one of cars were carrying a big TV camera in it
The Twitter user says two more cameras captured the killing, and another prisoner is readied to appear in a video:
We notice a Nissan red station and a black 4×4, in this black car there was another captive who was protected with many Isis troop
ISIS executes eight people in a Sunni village over the course of two days. An eyewitness says that on Friday night a pair of masked ISIS gunmen openly murdered a police officer in al-Jumasah village, 75 miles north of Tikrit, after accusing him of spying for the Kurdish and Iraqi military forces. They gather residents in the village square to watch the execution:
Islamic State members said that this is the fate of anyone who opposes them. They presented as evidence CDs and copies of the man’s correspondences with the security forces.
A small group of villagers opens fire on the house of an ISIS officer after the policeman’s killing. On Saturday morning, 10 Islamic State cars drive around al-Jumasah with two masked informants who help identify 10 people suspected of attacking the ISIS member’s house. On Saturday evening, three are released and seven others – all but one relatives of the slain policeman – are executed.
He says that the Western allies have no chance of winning:
Your evil alliance with America which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam will only accelerate your destruction and playing the role of the obedient lapdog Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.
ISIS kills at least 17 Sunni tribesmen in an apparent revenge attack. The group deploys an explosives-laden Humvee – apparently captured from the Iraqi military – at an entrance to the town of Dhuluiya, about 50 miles north of Baghdad. Some of the district’s most prominent Sunni tribes, including the Al-Jabour, have been openly fighting the Sunni extremists of ISIS for the last two months.
Two suicide bombings kill at least nine people and leave 70 wounded in the northern Iraqi Sunni town of Dhuluiya, which has been under siege by ISIS for more than two months. A suicide bomber in a seized military Humvee strikes a dirt berm built to reinforce the southern part of the town around 9 a.m. local time (0200 EDT), clearing the way for a second suicide bomber in another Humvee to drive into the center of the town and strike the market area. Dhuluiya journalist Shaalan al-Jibouri:
In the name of humanity we call on President Obama, who says they are the protectors of humanity — where are your planes, your missiles? Why this terrorism, why are our children being killed, our homes destroyed? We call on the American people to pressure their government to help us.
The family of Lebanese soldier Abbas Medlej, a Shiite from the eastern city of Baalbak, say that photos posted online by ISIS apparently showing his beheading are real. The group says he was killed attempting to escape. If confirmed, he would be the second Lebanese soldier to be killed by the group. His mother, Zeinab Noun:
My son was sacrificed.
She says the family will seek retribution against Sunnis:
We have to take our revenge from those apostates.
A video appears to show the killing by ISIS of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. The man identified as Sotloff addresses the camera:
I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing. Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?
A militant warns the U.S.:
Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.
The militant then appears to kill Sotloff by beheading him.
Sotloff was last seen alive at the end of a similar video which showed the execution by beheading of American journalist James Foley. He told Obama that his life was in the President’s hands. The most recent video ends with an apparent threat against the life of a man identified as David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen.
American national Douglas McArthur McCain is killed fighting for ISIS against the al-Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. He is believed to be the first U.S. citizen killed while fighting for the group, also known as Islamic State.
Foley is beheaded by ISIS in a video posted online and titled A Message to America. Foley addresses the camera before his death, leaving a message for his brother, John, who serves in the US Air Force:
I died that day, John, when your colleagues dropped that bomb on these people. They signed my death certificate.
Foley recites a long list of anti-American statements, and ends his speech with:
I wish I had more time, I wish I could have the hope of freedom and see my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.
There is a member of the Islami State shown standing over Foley:
Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty & safety under the Islamic caliphate, will result in the bloodshed of your people.
Foley is then beheaded, and his head is placed on top of his body.
Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old is shot by a Ferguson police officer after a robbery at a convenience store. Lawyers reveal that the officer doesn’t attempt to resuscitate Brown. A second officer and a supervisor arrive on the scene along with an ambulance to assess Brown. A large crowd confronts officers, yelling such things as ‘Kill the police!”
The St. Louis County NAACP begins an investigation and asks the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist.
Nine-year-old Michael Verkerke dies after a stabbing on a playground. While Verkerke and three other children are playing, the suspect begins stabbing him. Verkerke runs home and collapses on his porch. He passes away on the ride to the hospital. The suspect asks to use a phone and calls 911. He gives no reason for the attack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEllq4pFHLM
Rodger fires at four sheriff’s deputies running across Little Acorn Park in response to the shootings. The deputies return fire, striking his car. Sheriff Bill Brown believes one of the bullets strikes Rodger in the left hip. However, Rodger continues driving, backtracking down Del Playa, where he hits another cyclist. The cyclist lands on Rodger’s windshield with such force that he caves in the windshield. Rodger loses control and crashes into several parked cars. Deputies rush to arrest him, and drag him from the car, but find him already dead with what Brown later calls an “apparent gunshot wound to the head.”
In total, Rodger kills seven people, including himself, and injures thirteen more. Deputies find three semi-automatic handguns in his car and 400 unspent rounds. All are later determined to have been purchased legally.
Rodger, having already killed six poeple, drives off, firing at two people on the sidewalk and even driving on the wrong side of the road to try to shoot them. He then tries to shoot a woman on Del Playa Drive. He exchanges shots with a sheriff’s deputy before driving further down Del Playa, where he strikes a cyclist. Turning onto another road, he then shoots at several pedestrians, injuring three of them. UCSB student Brad Martin later says his girlfriend narrowly avoids being shot:
She is absolutely hysterical, and so she tells me that these guys pulled up and said ‘hey what’s up.’ She turned and looked and they had a gun and she wasn’t sure if it was a real gun or a fake gun or what type of gun it was. She said the next second he raised it up to her face … and she turned around and started running. That’s when she heard ‘bang bang bang’ right behind her as she was running, and she could feel the wind hitting her hair from the power of the gunshot from less than five feet away from the car.
(Martin is incorrect in stating that Rodger was not alone.) Bicyclist Nick Pasichuke later recalls being struck by Rodger’s car:
There was a guy driving a BMW. [H]e aimed his car at our group of friends and gunned it into us. I have two broken legs and need surgery. The police said I flew roughly 50 feet into a busy intersection. This is all so crazy.
Other witnesses later say that Rodger yells at his victims as he shoots at them.
Before beginning his murder spree, Rodger e-mails a 140-page manifesto, titled “My Twisted Life,” to local TV station KYET and to over a dozen, family friends and relatives. In the manuscript, Rodger blames women for the actions he soon carries out — “all because the females of the human species were incapable of seeing the value in me” — and describes himself as “the good guy.” He writes in part:
All of those beautiful girls I’ve desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy. All of those popular people who live hedonistic lives of pleasure, I will destroy, because they never accepted me as one of them. I will kill them all and make them suffer, just as they have made me suffer. It is only fair. Their behavior towards me has only earned my hatred, and rightfully so! I am the true victim in all of this. I am the good guy … Humanity struck at me first by condemning me to experience so much suffering. I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t want this. I didn’t start this war… I wasn’t the one who struck first… But I will finish it by striking back. I will punish everyone. And it will be beautiful.
Rodger goes into great detail about his experiences on “Men’s Rights Activism” (MRA) and Pick-Up Artist (PUA) Internet forums. He describes one such site as a
forum full of men who are starved of sex, just like me. Many of them have their own theories of what women are attracted to, and many of them share my hatred of women, though unlike me they would be too cowardly to act on it. Reading the posts on that website only confirmed many of the theories I had about how wicked and degenerate women really are.
He describes himself as an INCEL, or “involuntary celibate,” a term often used on MRA and PUA forums. Sex is evil, he writes, and women are depraved:
The fact that life itself exists through sex just proves that life is flawed. The act of sex gives human beings a tremendous amount of pleasure. Pleasure they don’t deserve. No one deserves to experience so much pleasure, especially since some humans get to experience it while some are denied it. … Women are incapable of having morals or thinking rationally. They are completely controlled by their depraved emotions and vile sexual impulses. Because of this, the men who do get to experience the pleasures of sex and the privilege of breeding are the men who women are sexually attracted to … the stupid, degenerate, obnoxious men … Women should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with. That decision should be made for them by rational men of intelligence. If women continue to have rights, they will only hinder the advancement of the human race by breeding with degenerate men and creating stupid, degenerate offspring. This will cause humanity to become even more depraved with each generation. Women have more power in human society than they deserve, all because of sex. There is no creature more evil and depraved than the human female. (read the manifesto)
Rodger goes to the Alpha Phi sorority at UCSB, and reportedly bangs loudly on the door for several minutes. After no one answers the door, Rodger shoots three young women who are standing outside the sorority house. Two, Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, die; a third Bianca de Kock, 20, is hit in the arm and chest. She had seen Ridger smile at the girls from his black BMW before he pulled the trigger.
He wanted to do this, he looked happy about it.
Another student, Kyle Sullivan, hears the gunfire and ran towards the girls. He searches for a police officer and takes the officer to the scene, before laying down beside de Kock, comforting her, before she is taken to hospital.
A senior Iraqi intelligence official says senior ISIS leader Haji Bakr has been assassinated in a killing related to the dispute between ISIS and other opposition groups. Haji Bakr’s real name was Sameer Abid Mohammed Al-Halefawi, and he is reported to have served as an air-defense officer in Saddam Hussein’s army before joining Al Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
According to a warrant released by the Superior Court in Bristol police think that Hernandez was in a silver SUV that drove around, waiting for the victims to get in their own vehicle. Later at a stoplight the SUV pulled alongside the victims’ vehicle and someone fired five or six shots in rapid progression, killing two and injuring one of the five men in the other car. The warrant doesn’t indicate whether police suspect that Hernandez was the man who pulled the trigger. Police have taken the murder weapon and towed the silver SUV they believe was used in the shooting from a Hernandez family home in Bristol.
Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, pleads not guilty to charges that she helped one of his friends flee to Florida after the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Singleton, along with Hernandez, his fiancee and two of his friends, face charges related to Lloyd’s death. She agrees to be held without bail for the conspiracy charge, as well as for a second contempt charge after refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in Hernandez’s case, and can request a bail hearing at a later date.
Kyle is killed by Routh on a Texas gun range. Routh reportedly suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant:
Apparently Mr. Kyle works with people that are suffering from some issues that have been in the military and this shooter is possibly one of those people, that he had taken out to the range to mentor, to visit with, to help him, you know, that’s all I can tell you. Kind of have an idea that maybe that’s why they were at the range, for some type of therapy that Mr. Kyle assists people with, and I don’t know if it’s called shooting therapy. I don’t have any idea but that’s what little bit of information that we can gather so far.
When Combs is only three years old his father, Melvin, is fatally gunned down after a failed drug deal due to being mistaken as a police informant. He is killed in his car in Central Park by a former friend and associate. Melvin Combs is a known friend to convicted New York drug dealer Frank Lucas.
They say you can’t miss something you never had, but that’s only a little ways right. There’s definitely been times as I’ve gotten older that I’ve missed my father – – his presence – – not being here.
Oswald is killed by Ruby – in revenge for his assassination of President JFK – as Oswald is moved to a high security prison. Ruby claims it was out of patriotism. Oswald is awaiting trial at this time.
[I did it to spare] Mrs. Kennedy the discomfiture of coming back to trial.
Rabin is shot by Amir after a peace rally held in Kings Square in Tel Aviv. Rabin is in the process of retrieving his care when he was shot in the back and the arm. A third shot slightly wounds a security guard. The Prime Minister later dies on the operating table at Ichilov Hospital, in Tel Aviv, from blood loss and a punctured lung within 40 minutes. Announcement:
The government of Israel announces in consternation, in great sadness, and in deep sorrow, the death of prime minister and minister of defense Yitzhak Rabin, who was murdered by an assassin, tonight in Tel Aviv. The government shall convene in one hour for a mourning session in Tel Aviv. Blessed be his memory.