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Sen. Cruz: At Easter, We Celebrate That Jesus Paid the Price for Our Sins

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'If you're alive, raise your hand' desperate rescuer said in Pulse nightclub

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By Kelly Terez

Orlando Police(ORLANDO, Fla.) — “If you’re alive, raise your hand.”

That is what officers responding to the ISIS-inspired shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub instructed people to do when they came upon the horrific massacre that left dozens dead.

Twenty victims died where they were dancing. Thirteen more died in bathrooms, where they hid from the gunman.

These are just some of the newly-released facts about the shooting that left 50 people dead in June that were shared in a presentation from the Orlando Police Department that has been obtained and reviewed by ABC News.

The report includes the most comprehensive timeline of the night as well as never-before-seen photos from inside the club. Many of the photos were taken from police officers’ body cams.

The timeline details how shooter Omar Mateen barricaded himself in the club’s northwest bathroom with other victims who used text messages to plead for help. Meanwhile, it also explains how officers were able to remove other victims from other parts of the nightclub.

The report states that at 2:48 a.m., Mateen spoke with officers via phone, and told the officers that he was wearing a bomb vest and had enough explosives in his vehicle parked outside “to take out city blocks.”

The presentation also describes where each of the 49 victims died — nine people inside the northwest bathroom, four in the southwest bathroom, three on the stage, one in the club’s front lobby, one on the patio and 20 on the stage area and dance floor.

An additional nine people died at the hospital and two at a triage area across from the club, according to the presentation.

The report describes how “officers are seen loading numerous critical victims onto the bed of the pickup truck transporting victims,” because the fire department was so “overwhelmed with patients.”

The 78-page presentation does not contain information about whether any of the victims were struck by police bullets.

The siege ended when police stormed the club and shot Mateen. His wife, Noor Salman, is currently facing federal charges. State authorities are still investigating the actions of the officers that night.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina has presented the slides in front of about 10 police groups from around the world in an effort to detail his department’s response to the attack, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, which first obtained the presentation.

One photo from after the incident showed double doors leading to what looks like main bar area propped open. A liquid runs out into a parking lot. Next to it, a window is blown out, which the presentation suggests was broken by officers preparing to make entry during the siege.

The attack on June 12 was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

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Police release 911 calls during San Bernardino

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) — Audio of 911 calls received during Monday’s fatal school shooting in San Bernardino, California, capture the panic and fear in the caller’s voice moments after shots were fired.

The San Bernardino Police Department released the chilling recordings Friday, days after an 8-year-old boy and his teacher were killed by a gunman at North Park Elementary School.

In the phone call placed to police, a woman is heard notifying authorities about an “active shooter.”

“We have an active shooter in North Park Elementary,” the caller says in a frightened voice. “One of our teachers was shot.”

The 911 responder urges the woman not to hang up and to “hold on” as she transfers the call to school district police. The woman then repeats the emergency with further alarm when speaking to school district police.

“We have an active shooter. One of our teachers got shot in the classroom,” the caller says. “Please hurry.”

School district police ask the caller for a description of the shooter.

“He’s a black male. He’s our — Mrs. Smith’s husband,” the caller says, breathing heavily. “He was wearing a beige blazer.”

The caller, who is not identified, notifies police that the victim is located in Smith’s classroom. School district police then ask the woman, “Is the guy still on the campus right now?”

“As far as I know he is. I’m scared, I’m in the office,” the caller says.

The San Bernardino Police Department also released the recording of an emergency dispatcher notifying authorities that there were “units in route to the shooting.”

“We have a possible suspect: black, male adult, bald, black shirt,” the dispatcher says. “Looks like it’s possibly a husband of the employee. It’s going to be in classroom Baker 1. B-1.

The gunman has been identified as Riverside resident Cedric Anderson, who went to North Park Elementary School on Monday morning armed with a .357 revolver and opened fire on his wife, Karen Elaine Smith, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

Anderson and Smith, both 53, were found dead in a classroom that serves special-needs students. Anderson entered the classroom “without saying anything” before he opened fire and then turned the gun on himself, Burguan said. There were 15 students and two aides in the classroom at the time, the police chief added.

Two male students, who were injured as Anderson fired at his wife, were transported to hospitals for treatment. One of them, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, later died from his injuries after being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, Burguan said.

Jonathan had Williams syndrome, a rare developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body, according to San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden.

The other student, a 9-year-old, is hospitalized in stable condition. He sustained a single gunshot wound to his upper body, Burguan said at a news conference Monday, declining to further discuss the boy’s condition.

The students were not targeted but were standing behind Smith when her estranged husband opened fire, Burguan added.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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Mark Hamill says "it's possible" Luke goes to the Dark Side in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

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By Andrea Dresdale

Lucasfilm/Disney(ORLANDO, FL) — Today, the first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, and the most jarring moment comes at the end, when Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is heard saying, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

Asked by ABC News Friday what has happened to Luke in the film that causes him to say such a thing, Hamill explains, “There’s a difference between teaser and a trailer. A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible…I think that’s the only story point that’s in the teaser.”

Hamill added, “It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson, the movie’s writer and director] had written as I’m sure it will be for the audience.”

Asked if Luke could possibly turn to the Dark Side, Hamill said, “It’s possible. Anything’s possible.”

But take that with a grain of salt. Earlier in the day at a panel at the Star Wars Celebration fan event, Hamill admits that he “lies all the time.”

ABC News and Lucasfilm are both part of parent company Disney.

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How this Canadian woman catfished an NBA star and an aspiring model, almost ruining their lives

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By Kelly Terez

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Shelly Chartier is a soft-spoken Canadian woman who seems so childlike at first that she looks more like a teenager than someone in their 30s.

The 33-year-old lived an isolated life for years caring for her invalid mother inside their small home in the tiny town of Easterville, located in the Canadian province of Manitoba. She only has a 6th grade education and had no contact with the outside world except for a computer and an internet connection.

Given her seemingly simple and very quiet life, it’s hard to imagine that Chartier was the mastermind behind a massive “catfishing” scheme that launched an international criminal investigation and, authorities say, almost ruined the career of an NBA star, terrorized an aspiring model in Los Angeles and manipulated several other victims.

“She tends to try and downplay or mitigate what she did, to pass it off on others, to make it seem as if she was just some innocent bystander who got caught up in all this,” said Mike McIntyre, reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press.

In fall 2011, aspiring model Paris Dunn, who goes by her stage name online, Paris Dylan, was 17 years old when she thought she had caught the eye of pro-basketball player Chris “Birdman” Andersen. At the time, Andersen was 33 years old, playing for the Denver Nuggets, and known for his impressive plays on the court and his colorful tattoos.

Over the course of several weeks, the two developed an online relationship, exchanging hundreds of messages and eventually they shared nude photos with each other. At one point, Paris agreed to fly to Denver to meet Andersen in person at the urging of someone else she met online, who called himself Tom Taylor and claimed to be Andersen’s best friend. While she was at his home, according to Paris, some of the things Andersen claimed Paris had previously said online didn’t make sense, but she brushed it off.

One week after their weekend rendezvous, Paris said she was barraged with messages from who she thought was Taylor, and when she mentioned that she was going to meet another pro-basketball player, the messages became angry and aggressive. At one point, she said Taylor threatened to have her “raped, and murdered, and thrown on the side of the street.”

Dunn said then Taylor told her Andersen shared the nude photos she sent him and Taylor was going to post them online along with her name, address and phone number. She then said Taylor sent her a link that included all the photos she had sent Andersen. She said the photos were then posted online for a short time.

Frightened, Dunn finally told her mother what had been going on and they called the police.

Andersen declined ABC News “20/20” requests for comment, and instead his attorney Mark Bryant sat down for an interview.

Bryant said in February 2012, Andersen was playing an away game in Oklahoma City when he got a strange email and handed Bryant his phone. Bryant said the writer of the email claimed to be Dunn’s mother and said she knew that Andersen had spent the weekend with her 17-year-old daughter. Bryant said Andersen believed Dunn was older and she had lied about her age when she booked her plane ticket to Denver.

Bryant said the author of the email was threatening to ruin Andersen’s life and career.

“I respond back, ‘You’re talking to his attorney. There’s nothing that’s happened here that’s criminal. You’re engaged in extortion. Go away,’” Bryant said.

He said he ended up sending her $3,000 in hopes the situation would disappear.

However, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Andersen’s home in May 2012. Even if Dunn was only 17, Andersen’s relations with her are legal in the state of Colorado, where the age of consent is 15. But the nude photos of her on Andersen’s phone could be considered child pornography since Dunn was under 18.

After combing through both Andersen’s and Paris’ electronic records, investigators eventually deduced that their correspondence had been occuring through fake online accounts. Detectives found IP addresses and phone numbers originating in Canada and reached out to Canadian authorities. The IP addresses were eventually traced back to Shelly Chartier.

“20/20” tracked down Chartier at her home in Easterville, where she said she was the caregiver for her bedridden mother. She said she never went to the doctor or dentist — most of her teeth are gone. She said she had no outside friends, was bullied at school and dropped out at age 12 when she was in the sixth grade.

“I went through a period where I didn’t leave my house for 11 years,” Chartier told “20/20.”

With the internet as her only window to the outside world, investigators say Chartier allegedly tormented 11 victims over three years by making numerous fake Facebook pages impersonating a YouTube comedian, a Playboy Playmate and reality TV star, Brody Jenner.

Chartier explained how she orchestrated the complex catfishing scheme she set up between Paris and Andersen.

“I was bored one night and I thought, I saw this girl on Facebook on his page, and she was like, ‘Hey, call me,’ like, seeking attention,” Chartier said.

So Chartier decided to create a fake profile, posing as Andersen, and message Paris.

“I said, ‘Hey, it’s Chris,” Chartier said. “And she said, ‘Oh my God.’”

“And then I thought, ‘I have to get him to notice her, but I couldn’t,’” she continued. “So I just texted Chris from a different app and I said, ‘Hey,’ and he said, ‘Who are you?’ and I said, ‘It’s Paris,’ and he said, ‘How’d you get my number?’ I said, ‘Facebook.’ He said, ‘Oh, OK.’”

Police can’t say for sure how Chartier got Andersen’s phone number but she did, and she got …read more

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