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World Gone Bad: Doctors in Kolkata Beat, Slash Suspected Thief to Death

Authorities have ordered an inquiry into the attack in the eastern city of Kolkata in which the 30-year-old man was beaten with bamboo sticks and slashed on Sunday, a senior police officer said.

“Preliminary inquiries have revealed that nearly a dozen junior doctors picked up the man on suspicion of stealing mobile phones,” Kolkata’s deputy police commissioner Dhrubajyoti De said.

They dragged him into a room at the state-run Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, tied him to a pillar and carried out the attack, before leaving him to die.

“Some of them even slashed him on his private parts,” De told AFP, adding that labourers working nearby alerted police to the attack.

“Police found the man lying in a pool of blood. A razor was also seized from the spot,” he said.

Mob of doctors attack, kill suspected thief at Indian medical college. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 11-17-2014.

“I hacked them to death with a machete”: Man Kills 19-Year Old over “witchcraft”

A 21-year-old Stillwater man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of an area college student who, according to police, was nearly decapitated.

Isaiah Zoar Marin, 21,  is accused of using a “long knife or sword” to kill 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett at an apartment in the 400 block of S. Oakdale in Stillwater.

Police say the two men were “acquaintances” and Crockett was attending class at Northern Oklahoma College, but was planning to transfer to OSU.

On Wednesday afternoon, officers say they received a 911 call from Marin, saying he had just killed someone.

According to an arrest affidavit, Marin told police, “I murdered someone.”

According to the affidavit, he began “rambling about sacrificing and magic.”

Officers found him walking along State Highway 51 in western Stillwater, covered in blood and carrying a knife.

Court records show that after police approached Marin, he said, “I hacked them to death with a machete.”

Marin’s brother, Samuel Marin, told police he and Isaiah were playing a card game and the victim was in the room with them.

The report says Samuel stated Isaiah had been watching YouTube videos related to his Christian beliefs.

During the card game, the affidavit claims Isaiah picked up a large black sword and began swinging it.

Samuel stated he heard a noise “described as the sound of someone getting stabbed. He stated he looked up and saw Jacob stand up and blood gushing from his chest.”

Samuel told police that Isaiah was still holding the knife.

At that point, the witness says he ran from the apartment.

He says Isaiah followed him, trying to calm him down and “would explain why he killed Jacob from letters he would write while he was in prison.”

Samuel told police Crockett and Isaiah had disagreements in the past.

He said Jacob Crockett and his brother, Jesse, “were practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs.”

Graphic: New details released in near-beheading murder of Stillwater teen, one in custody. KFPR.com, 10/31/2014.

UPDATES: Man Beheads Woman, Throws Self in Front of Train: Murder-Suicide

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Patricia Ward of Farmingdale was a 28-year veteran faculty member who taught language arts, said Patrick Calabria, vice president of institutional advancement at the college.

“We are in shock,” he told The Post. “The staff in her department is teary-eyed. We are providing counseling to the staff who need it. It’s a very sad day. A lot of people are taking it very hard.”

Ward was beheaded by her son, a source said. He dragged her body out of the Farmingdale apartment and into the street where he kicked her severed head about 20 feet, Nassau County cops and witnesses said.

He then jumped in front of an LIRR train, his body was found about a mile from the murder scene, cops said.

Some of the horrified neighbors initially thought the headless body was a Halloween prank, only finding out it was real when they tried to lift the lifeless body, witnesses said.

Mom beheaded by son was beloved professor. NY Post, 10/29/2014.

The body of the female victim, wearing only a bra and pants, was lying on one side of the street and her head was on the other, said witness Jack Imperial, 41, of Briarwood, Queens, who was taking a taxi to a meeting when he came across the grisly scene.

“The body’s feet were at the curb, the shoulders were at the middle of the street. The head was across the street,” said Imperial. “I’ve seen some gruesome stuff in my years of living … but nothing like this. I didn’t expect to see something like this, especially not out here.”

Just 20 minutes after finding the corpse, MTA police confirmed a man in his 30s, identified by law enforcement sources as possibly the woman’s son, stepped in front of a Ronkonkoma-bound Long Island Rail Road train near the Clinton St. crossing.

The woman’s head may have been kicked across the street after the murder, a police source said.

It was not immediately clear if the killing occurred outside or in the apartment building. The identities of the dead man and woman were not immediately released.

Nick Gordon, who said he lived across the hall from the woman, said she moved in a few months ago and had a small white dog.

He speculated that the murder occurred inside the building. “When I came out the door, I saw the blood on the tile. It was all over, as if someone could’ve been pulling a body. You could see the smears going down the stairs.”

Woman found beheaded on Long Island minutes before man steps in front of train. NY Daily News, 10/29/2014.

[Law enforcement] officials said police found the body of a woman in her 60s outside a Farmingdale apartment complex on Secatogue Avenue at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Her head was severed.

Twenty minutes later, the MTA called police to say that a man had been struck by a train on LIRR tracks about 1,000 feet away from the home.

Officials say that when investigators they arrived, they found the body of a 30 year old man who they think may be the woman’s son. He appeared to have jumped in front of the train.

Man Beheads Woman, Jumps in Front of LIRR Train: Officials. NBC New York, 10/28/2014.

Man Beheads Woman, Throws Self in Front of Train: Murder-Suicide

[Law enforcement] officials said police found the body of a woman in her 60s outside a Farmingdale apartment complex on Secatogue Avenue at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Her head was severed.

Twenty minutes later, the MTA called police to say that a man had been struck by a train on LIRR tracks about 1,000 feet away from the home.

Officials say that when investigators they arrived, they found the body of a 30 year old man who they think may be the woman’s son. He appeared to have jumped in front of the train.

Man Beheads Woman, Jumps in Front of LIRR Train: Officials. NBC New York, 10/28/2014.

Man Shoots Fellow Deputy in Back, Kills Him

Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, was pronounced dead at a Las Cruces hospital, while the shooter — identified by his attorney as 27-year-old Tai Chan — was being questioned by police Tuesday morning.

Police say the two deputies were taking a prisoner to Arizona, and were returning through Las Cruces where they rented a room at Hotel Encanto around 4 p.m. Monday. That night they went to Dublin’s Street Pub, a local bar, where police say the two started arguing. “It’s believed they consumed alcohol,”  reads a release from the Las Cruces Police Department. The argument escalated when they returned to their seventh floor hotel room, and that’s when police say the shooter fired several rounds from a semi-automatic gun at Martin, who was trying to escape by running to the elevator.

Officers found Martin bleeding heavily just outside the elevator in the lobby around 12:30 a.m., with gunshots to his back and arms. He was rushed to the Mountain View Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police began searching the hotel for the shooter, who was found in a stairwell near the roof of the hotel.

Santa Fe deputy shooting: Victim was fleeing toward elevator when shot in back. Albuquerque Journal News, 10/28/2014.

Man Shoots 13-Year Old 9 Times for Laughing at Him

According to the Gary Post-Tribune, police have not released the shooter’s name, but said that he shot Kobe Jones, 13, nine times. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m. on Friday by the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Gary Police Lt. Thomas Pawlak told the Post-Tribune that the gunman’s home was broken into and robbed some time on Friday afternoon. The man arrived home around 5:00 p.m. and discovered the robbery and flew into a rage.

As he was having a noisy tantrum in his back yard, a crowd of neighborhood residents gathered. Jones made the mistake of laughing at his neighbor’s histrionics, which drove the man to even greater heights of rage.

He produced a gun and shot Jones nine times, killing him. The shooter and his girlfriend fled the scene in a car, but returned at around 7:00 p.m. and surrendered to police.

Indiana man shoots and kills 13-year-old neighbor for laughing at him. The Raw Story, 10/25/2014.

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday evening in Gary by a neighbor who was upset about his house being burglarized and became enraged when the teen laughed at him, according to police.

Kobe Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds near his home in the 1000 block of Polk Street and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m., the Lake County coroner’s office reported.

A suspect is in custody and the residents on the block who know the connection aren’t talking.

“We know there were a lot of people out there when he was ranting and raving, but no one wants to tell us what they saw,” a frustrated investigations Cmdr. Del Stout said Saturday.

Without eyewitnesses who can connect the suspect to the shooting death of Jones, the boy’s 30-year-old neighbor may go free.

“He started then, up and down the street, knocking on doors and wanting to know who broke into his home,” Nielsen said. This continued on and off until shortly before 5 p.m., when Jones, who was sitting on his own front porch, was shot several times.

The suspect and his girlfriend were seen leaving the area immediately. They returned about two hours later, after police had completed processing the scene in front of Jones’ house.

They were both arrested then, Nielsen said. The shooting suspect told police he had just been released from Kane County Jail the day he discovered the burglary. His girlfriend had been at work during the day, police said.

Cops: ‘No one wants to tell us what they saw’ when 13-year-old was killed. Post-Tribune, 10/24/2014.

“Hurry up. I don’t want to hurt you”: Man Kills 2 Cops, Wounds 1 and Civilian

“a ‘perfect storm’ of violence”

At about 10:30 a.m., a man armed with an AR-15 rifle aimed out of the car from the parking lot of a Motel 6 at Arden Way and Ethan Way and opened fire, killing [officer Danny] Oliver with a shot to the forehead.

Over the next six hours, authorities say, 34-year-old gunman Marcelo Marquez eluded hundreds of officers from Sacramento to Auburn in a crime spree that left Oliver and Placer County sheriff’s Detective Michael David Davis Jr. dead. A third Placer deputy, Jeff Davis, was wounded and later treated and released from a hospital. A motorist was in serious condition from a gunshot to the head.

The carnage ended around 4 p.m., when Marquez meekly surrendered to deputies who converged on a home in Auburn where he had been hiding for hours as one of the largest manhunts in Sacramento history unfolded.

Marquez, who public records indicate is from Salt Lake City, was expected to be transferred to the Sacramento County jail late Friday along with a woman who authorities say had accompanied him on part of his rampage.

She was identified as Jannelle Monroy, 38, of Sacramento, although public records online suggest she is Marquez’s wife and that the couple are from West Valley City, Utah.

The ordeal began at the Motel 6 near Sacramento’s bustling Arden Fair mall and a popular movie theater complex.

Oliver and his partner were approaching a car in the motel parking lot that had a man and woman inside when the gunman suddenly opened fire, Jones said.

“As the officer approached the vehicle, the person inside the vehicle fired several rounds at Officer Danny Oliver,” the sheriff said in an afternoon press conference. “At least one of those rounds struck Deputy Oliver in the forehead, which caused his death.”

Oliver didn’t have time to react, but his partner drew his weapon and opened fire as the suspects fled the parking lot.

The suspects drove a short distance away, to the 700 block of Howe Avenue. There, they tried to carjack a vehicle driven by a man who apparently resisted and was shot in the head, then fell back into his vehicle.

That victim was identified as Anthony Holmes, 38, who was listed in serious condition Friday night at the UC Davis Medical Center.

The suspects fled that parking lot into a nearby neighborhood, where they carjacked yet another vehicle, this one a white Ford Mustang convertible, then raced a few blocks away to a home on Coronado Boulevard at Castec Drive, where they encountered Jose Cruz, a gardener working on a home.

“I need a favor,” the man told Cruz as he pointed a pistol at him with his right hand and held his left arm wrapped in a bloody shirt.

“What’s the favor?” Cruz asked.

“I need your keys,” the gunman said. “Hurry up, because they’re chasing me. Hurry up. I don’t want to hurt you.”

The suspect then helped Cruz unhitch a trailer full of gardening equipment from the truck, and he and the woman raced off to Fair Oaks Boulevard and, within minutes, a Carmichael neighborhood.

There, a county park ranger spotted them changing clothes and alerted authorities, who raced to Van Alstine Avenue and cordoned off a neighborhood.

But they were too late. By then, the pickup truck was racing up Interstate 80 and exited at Auburn, where the occupants pulled over to the side of the road and two Placer County deputies spotted it.

The deputies approached but immediately were met with gunfire from an AR-15 rifle, authorities said, striking both of the officers. Both were taken to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where Michael David Davis Jr. later died.

Monroy was arrested at that scene, and authorities said a pistol was found in her purse. However, they added that they believe Marquez did all the firing during Friday’s events.

As Monroy was being arrested, Marquez fled into a residential area near Placer High School, forcing that school and others to lock down their campuses, authorities said.

The gunman took refuge inside a home on Belmont Drive while a massive law enforcement response that included several helicopters converged on the area.

For the next three hours, officers carefully tightened the noose around the neighborhood, focusing SWAT teams on the home and contacting the homeowner, who helped draw a floor plan of the home for deputies.

In Auburn, meanwhile, scanner traffic that had been describing efforts to capture the suspect suddenly went silent.

After about 45 minutes of minimal traffic, the scanner came back to life just before 4 p.m. with a simple announcement: “He’s cuffed,” a dispatcher said.

Officers had entered the home and arrested Marquez, apparently without him putting up a struggle.

Gun rampage kills 2 deputies in Sacramento region. The Sacramento Bee, 10/24/2014.

Man with Hatchet Attacks Cops in NYC

The chaotic scene unfolded about 2 p.m. when a freelance photographer approached four officers assigned to foot patrol with the 103rd Precinct and asked to take their picture on Jamaica Avenue near 162nd Street, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said during a Thursday evening press conference.

As the officers posed for the shot on the rainy street, Zale Thompson, who was swinging an 18 1/2-inch metal hatchet, charged and struck Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, in the right arm, Bratton said. Thompson swung again, striking Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.

Thompson never uttered a word and investigators have no motive for the attack,….

Surveillance video released by the NYPD shows Thompson, 33, a Queens resident, in a green raincoat with the hood up run up and swing at the officers with a two-handed grip on the hatchet.

Two other officers shot and killed Thompson in front of the Conway department store.

VIDEO: Hatchet-Wielding Man Attacks Police Before Being Gunned Down. DNAinfo New York, 10/23/2014.

Canada? Gone Bad?

Really?

A little before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, police received several emergency calls reporting a gunman had opened fire at Ottawa’s National War Memorial , fatally shooting a Canadian soldier who was standing guard. The identity of the deceased soldier has not yet been released.

Witnesses told Reuters that the gunman then ran towards Parliament Hill, which is located across the street from the Memorial.

Construction worker Scott Walsh told the news service that he saw a man dressed in black with a scarf over his face running towards parliament. He added that the masked man was carrying a double barreled shotgun. He saw the assailant hijack a car and drove it to the main Parliament building.

A video released by the Globe and Mail Newspaper captured a gunfight inside the Parliament building, showing officers scrambling to take cover.

The incident comes just two days after police killed a Muslim convert in Quebec after he had hit two soldiers with his car in a parking lot near Montreal. Police say Martin Couture Rouleau fled in his car after hitting the two soldiers. He was shot by police after a car chase in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, near Montreal.

Multiple Shootings Near Canadian Parliament In Ottawa, Soldier Killed. The World Post, 10/22/2014.

Contrary to earlier reports no incident occurred near the Rideau Centre.

One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.

Next of kin notification is underway and as such, the victim’s identification will not be released.

One male suspect has also been confirmed deceased. There is no further update on injuries at this time.

This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time.

Ottawa residents are asked to stay away from the downtown area while the investigation continues.  If you work in one of the downtown buildings, follow the instructions from the building management you are in.

A number of RCMP and Federal government buildings are also closed to the public; as is Ottawa City Hall and all Ottawa Police stations.

Shooting incidents in Ottawa today: ongoing investigation. Ottawa Police Service, 10/22/2014.

Cellphone video shot by a Globe and Mail reporter showed a chaotic scene in the elegant hallway leading from the front doors of Parliament’s Centre Block to the Library of Parliament during the attack.

First responders arrive after multiple shots were fired at Ottawa’s National War Memorial on Wednesday morning. A soldier was shot and one gunman is dead, and much of the downtown Ottawa area remained in lockdown. (Laura Payton/CBC)
A sustained volley of shots was fired. Startled security personnel and political staff scrambled to take cover in the limestone alcoves as bullets flew.

In the minutes after the shooting on Parliament Hill, MPs and parliamentary staff began tweeting and telling reporters that it was Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers who shot the suspect. The tweets included:

NDP MP Craig Scott: “MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms.”

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, former head of the Ontario Provincial Police and ex-Toronto chief of police: “I am safe & profoundly grateful to Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our security forces for selfless act of keeping us safe.”

Justice Minister Peter MacKay: “Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our Cdn security forces. True heroes.”

Parliament Hill attack: Soldier dies of injuries, gunman also shot dead. CBC News, 10/22/2014.

Man Beats 3-Year-Old Girl to Death over Soiled Pants

Cops found the dying girl after a 911 caller reported bloodcurdling screams echoing from the apartment in a city homeless shelter at 38 Cooper St. shortly before 4 p.m., cops said.

…Jeida Torres, 3, died at Wyckoff Hospital after her mother’s enraged boyfriend “punched and choked” the tiny child — who suffered injuries to her head and body, sources said.

“She either pooped her pants or peed on herself, and he got agitated,” a source said.

Suspect Kelsey Smith, who fled the scene and left the mortally injured child behind with her battered big brother, has a rap sheet with with 14 prior arrests dating to 2008, cop sources said.

Jeida’s 5-year-old brother, Andrew, was also beaten black and blue by Smith, 20, although a police source said the boy’s injuries were possibly inflicted before Saturday.

Neighbor Marilyn Cruz said the afternoon killing capped two solid weeks of fighting and violence inside the apartment.

Smith was busted just across the Queens border after the NYPD received a tip on the fugitive’s whereabouts. Cop sources said he tried to slash himself in a failed suicide try.

[Mother of children Kimberly] Torres — who arrived at the location 30 minutes after the 911 call — told police she left Smith alone with her two kids when she went to work Saturday.

The dead girl’s grandfather broke down completely after he learned of little Jeida’s fate, and his daughter sobbed relentlessly before police brought her to the hospital.

Battered Andrew Torres, who was placed in a police car for the trip to Wyckoff, was in stable condition with visible bruises to his face and upper body.

“Papa! Papa!” the terrified boy shouted at his grandfather, who had just come downstairs from the apartment where his granddaughter’s body was found.

The little girl was already motionless when EMTs rushed her outside in a desperate if vain effort to save her life.

“I saw the paramedics run out with little girl wrapped in a blanket,” said Best. “Her hands were just hanging out … just limp.”

Brooklyn girl, 3, beaten to death by mother’s 20-year-old boyfriend after going to bathroom in her pants: police. NY Daily News, 10/18/2014.

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