Ex-Worker Kills 5 in Shooting Rampage At Aurora, Illinois (Filmed on Feb 15); Aurora Shooting Updates; Victim Texted Wife Before Dying; Florida Inmate Rescues Baby From Locked Car Using Car Theft Skills; Powerlifter Lifts SUV To Rescue Man; Jussie Smollett Case Shifts From Hate Crime to Hoax; California Man Sentenced 12 Years For Sparking Wildfire; Kaepernick and NFL Settles Collusion Grievance; “Kissing Sailor” in Iconic Photo Dies at 95; Guest Deaf Bing
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, February 18. Happy Presidents Day! Ready for news?
On Friday night, I posted a video on Daily Moth Facebook about the shooting in Aurora, Illinois. I’ll show this here for YouTube viewers, then give an update in the next video.
Ex-Worker Kills 5 in Shooting Rampage At Aurora, Illinois (Filmed on Feb 15)
Today there was a mass shooting at a manufacturing company in Aurora, Illinois.
Five people died. Several others were wounded, including five police officers.
Police named the gunman as Gary Martin (45). He was a former worker and was recently laid off or fired after 15 years. He died in a shootout with police. So a total of six people died.
News covered this event live all afternoon, but it was not known how many people died until the early evening. There was a massive police and emergency response.
The gunman's mother said he was stressed out before the shooting. She said her heart goes out to all the victims.
A worker told news that he saw Martin running inside the building with a pistol that had a laser sight on it and was firing at people.
When officers responded, they were fired upon immediately. All of the wounded officers are in stable condition.
The manufacturing firm is the Henry Pratt Company. They make valves. Aurora is about an hour away from Chicago.
It is a terrible mass shooting a day after the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
Aurora Shooting Updates; Victim Texted Wife Before Dying
Here are updates on the Aurora, Illinois workplace shooting that killed five people on Friday.
The victims have been identified. All of them were men and worked at the Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing plant. Two were managers, two were staff, and one was a college student intern on his first day.
One of the managers who died, Josh Pinkard, texted his wife, “I love you, I’ve been shot at work.” His wife Terra said she tried to call him, text him, FaceTime, but there was nothing.
She drove to the workplace, then to two hospitals, then found out he died at a staging area for families.
Terra said he was an amazing man that he had the clarity of mind, as he was dying, to send her one last text.
There were two vigils yesterday with over 1,700 people. They honored the victims by carrying crosses for each one from the plant to the Aurora Police Department, where they thanked the officers.
The crosses were made by an Aurora resident, Greg Zanis, who is already well known for making over 25,000 crosses since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 to honor crime and accident victims. He’s set up crosses for the Las Vegas shooting and the Parkland shooting.
The New York Times did a profile on him. He said he, from his home, saw many police cars drive past by to respond to the plant shooting. He said his emotions are more complicated because he lives there.
Police said the gunman, Gary Martin, brought his gun to his termination meeting and started shooting when he found out he was fired after 15 years of working there.
Martin shot at people in the meeting room, then at people who were working in the warehouse. Police officers shot and killed him.
Police said he did not legally own his gun because of an aggravated assault conviction in 1995. He was supposed to surrender his weapon to police, and it is now being investigated why he didn’t.
Florida Inmate Rescues Baby From Locked Car Using Car Theft Skills
ABC 7 news reported that in Florida, a father accidentally locked her baby girl in a SUV with the keys stuck inside.
There was a group of inmates and deputies nearby working on road repairs. They immediately came to the SUV to help.
One of the inmates used a clothes hanger to unlock the door. The sheriff said it was an unique situation — to allow an inmate use his skills to break in a car for the right reasons.
The baby is fine. The mother said she wants to contribute to the inmates’ commissary accounts.
Powerlifter Lifts SUV To Rescue Man
Fox News reported that a powerlifter from Michigan, Ryan Belcher, helped to rescue a man who was pinned under a SUV by lifting it.
Belcher said he was at work when he heard a crash. When he went outside, he saw a Jeep Cherokee flipped upside down. There were four men trying to help the driver, who’s body was halfway pinned underneath the vehicle. His other half was outside and trapped by a speed limit sign.
Belcher said he realized that this is the time where all of his power and training can be used in a good way to help someone.
He said he stuck his arms in the back of the SUV, lifted it up, and pushed it. He said the other men told him that it was enough to pull him out.
The man and another woman sustained serious injuries, but are still alive.
Belcher met with the man and his family yesterday at a hospital. He said it was emotional, that both of them cried. Nurses said if he was not there to help, the man could have died.
You can follow Belcher on Instagram at @iam1him.
Jussie Smollett Case Shifts From Hate Crime to Hoax
The Chicago Police investigation on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has shifted in a different direction. The two suspects that were arrested on Friday have been released and police said they want to talk with Smollett.
There are multiple news reports that say the two former suspects, who are brothers from Nigeria and are U.S. citizens, one of whom once worked on “Empire,” told police that Smollett paid them to fake the attack.
Police found evidence that the brothers bought rope from a hardware store that was the same rope that Smollett claimed was tied around his neck during the attack. It was the same rope.
Smollett’s attorneys denied that he organized the attack. They said he was angered and devastated that the attackers were people he knew, that he was shocked.
Smollett’s attorneys said they will continue to talk with Chicago police, but that he himself doesn’t plan to meet with Chicago detectives for a follow-up interview.
Smollett said on January 29 that he was attacked at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs and said, “this is MAGA Country.” That’s what he said.
If Smollett is convicted of filing a false report, he could face up to three years in prison.
This case became politically divisive because of the mention of “MAGA.”
California Man Sentenced 12 Years For Sparking Wildfire
A California man, Brandon McGlover, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for purposefully starting a fire near Idyllwild.
He was arrested in July after someone reported him starting several fires.
One sparked the Cranston fire that forced 7,000 people to evacuate. The fire started July 25 and was contained on August 10.
One man died several days after after he had a heart attack as he drove away from the fire.
The impact of that fire continues today. There are news reports of major damage to roads in Idyllwild from heavy rains causing mudflows on some mountains that didn’t have vegetation because of the fire.
McGlover pleaded guilty to two counts of arson. The Deputy District Attorney said for whatever reason, he got a rush from watching the fires burn, watching people flee their homes in terror.
Road Damage: http://bit.ly/2InTsuv
Kaepernick and NFL Settles Collusion Grievance
On Friday, the National Football League and a lawyer representing NFL player Colin Kaepernick said they have reached a resolution on collusion grievances filed by Kaepernick and another NFL player Eric Reid.
The parties said they have reached a confidentiality agreement and will not comment any further.
So there is no information on what the potential payment is. Several sports reporters think it could be between $50 to $80 million.
AP News reported that there was a public hearing scheduled this month about this and that NFL owners faced depositions (questioning by lawyers). This put pressure on the NFL and they’ve settled.
In the grievance, the two players accused NFL team owners and the league of colluding to keep them from being able to play because of their protests during the national anthem.
Kaepernick haven’t played since 2016 while Reid missed three games last season before signing with the Carolina Panthers.
Kaepernick’s lawyer said he still wants to play in the NFL and believes a team will sign him soon.
“Kissing Sailor” in Iconic Photo Dies at 95
The man who said he was in the famous, iconic image of a Navy sailor swooping and kissing a female in a white outfit, has passed away at 95.
His name was George Mendonsa. The image was snapped at New York City’s Times Square on August 14, 1945 as people celebrated news of Japan’s surrender during World War II.
He said in a 2015 interview that he, while on leave after serving in the Pacific, was on a date watching a movie when people pounded on doors shouting, “The war is over!”
He walked outside and saw celebrations on the street. He drank several drinks. He then went to Times Square and saw a nurse and said just by instinct, he grabbed her and kissed her to show appreciation for nurses’ work during the war.
The woman is Greta Friedman. She was not a nurse, but a dental assistant. She never saw the photo until the 1960’s and recognized herself. She said it was not romantic, it was more that the war was over and people were thankful. She passed away in 2016 at 92 years old.
There have been people who said this image is an example of sexual harassment. Both of them said it wasn’t.
Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the image and it was published by Life magazine. He died in 1995 at age 96.
Life magazine never confirmed that it was Mendonsa in the image, even after he has tried again and again to convince them. Other historians believe it is Mendonsa, but there are those who doubt it was him. So it’s still up in the air.
Mendonsa married the woman he was on a date with that day. She said she is in the image, just above his shoulder. They were married for over 70 years.
Guest Deaf Bing
Here is a guest Deaf Bing from Zander S.
Zander: Deaf family bing: with a dog.
Alex: That dog is smart. Thanks Zander for sending the video.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!
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