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Dayton shooter had a 'history of obsessions with violent ideations,' police chief says

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Kameleon007/iStock(DAYTON, Ohio) — Authorities investigating Sunday’s mass shooting in Ohio have determined that the gunman had been exploring violent ideologies and the prospect of committing a mass shooting before he opened fire in Dayton.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that “while we do not have true clarity on the motive of the assailant,” investigators have “a more developed picture” of his mindset.

Biehl said Tuesday afternoon that evidence has revealed the gunman had a “history of obsessions with violent ideations” and that he “expressed the desire” to commit a mass shooting.

Todd Wickerham, the FBI special agent in charge, said that “the shooter was exploring violent ideologies” and that he was “very specifically seeking out information that promotes violence.”

Wickerham did not go into specific detail about the nature of the evidence or what ideologies were involved.

The agent did say that there was no indication that there was a “racial motivation” for Sunday’s attack, nor was there any indication that the El Paso shooting that took place hours before the Dayton shooting influenced the Ohio suspect. Nevertheless, Wickerham said “we have lots of evidence to go through.”

As the investigation into the deadly Sunday morning shooting continues, local officials say they’re hoping to make it harder for something similar to happen again.

In an address delivered Tuesday morning, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he agreed with protesters who called on him to “do something” in the aftermath of the shooting — so he had decided to do just that.

The Republican governor, who was sworn into office earlier this year, announced 17 measures that he hopes will curb future shootings in the wake of the Sunday’s attack in which nine people were killed and dozens of others were injured.

DeWine made his first comments about the shooting on Sunday just hours after the attack, but he was shouted down by hecklers who called on him to “do something!” In an address Tuesday morning, DeWine said that those who chanted “were absolutely right. We must do something and that is exactly what we’re going to do.”

Among the initiatives that DeWine announced are the implementation of background checks and safety protection orders, as well as increased police training to identify potentially dangerous individuals, and tougher punishments for those who help others obtain guns.

All of the initiatives are being proposed to the state legislature, which will have to approve them in order for the measures to become state law.

“If we do these things, it will matter. If we do these things it will make us safer. Each one of these by themselves is not going to solve all of the problems, but I believe in my heart that each and every one of them will help … that each and every one of them will make this a better state and make this a stronger state,” DeWine said Tuesday

“We can do meaningful things to protect lives,” he said.

The increased background checks for all gun sales in the state of Ohio would include exceptions for the transfer of firearms within families, DeWine said.

The safety protection orders would allow family members or loved ones to prompt the issuance of orders that would take guns away from those who pose a danger and have access to guns. Police and sheriffs deputies would also be able “to activate the criminal justice system when they find an individual … who is a danger to themselves or who is a danger to others and has access to a gun,” DeWine said.

Speaking about the proposed safety protection orders, DeWine stressed the role that due process would play in the proposed removal of guns from potentially dangerous individuals. Other states have similar regulations, which are sometimes called ‘red flag laws.’ DeWine said that such laws can not only protect the public from shootings, but also aid those who may be suicidal.

“You’re going to eliminate some suicides by doing this,” DeWine said, adding that “sometimes these people are their own worst enemy.”

Other initiatives include increased access to state psychiatric hospitals, increased access to mental health services, an anonymous school safety tip line, and a partnership with Sandy Hook Promise to train schools and community members to “know the signs” of a possible school shooter.

DeWine also called for stricter punishment for people who purchase guns illegally and those who continue to possess and use guns when they are not legally allowed to do so.

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Newcomer Travis Denning admits he started so young, he'd sometimes drive his parents home "After a Few"

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ABC/Image Group LA Newcomer Travis Denning scored his first hit with “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” a song about the name on his fake ID. Now, his follow-up single is just beginning its journey in the top forty, and “After a Few” also considers what happens when you have a drink or two.

If it seems like a theme for Travis, well, the Georgia native admits he was playing in clubs long before he was old enough to belly up to the bar. In fact, in the beginning, he had to take his parents along to chaperone.

“Yeah! Which sometimes meant that they drove me there, and then I drove them home,” Travis laughs. “It kind of depended on the show.”

“But yeah, I mean my first gig, I was 16,” he recalls. “It was at the Statham’s Landing Country Club. This [was with] my buddy Ben, and we made about 50 bucks apiece to play for two hours, and I thought I was the king of the world!”

Travis believes his early beginnings gave him a leg up when he moved to Nashville to pursue a music career.

“I spent pretty much all my years in high school playing shows…” he tells ABC Radio. “And I’m really thankful for that time, because I think it helped me… cut [my] teeth on stage, and figure it out, you know. So when I moved to Nashville, I already felt comfortable in that scenario.”

“And I think there’s a lot of people that don’t do that — which is okay,” he adds, “but I think it’s just a great element to have coming into this.”  

Later this month, Travis plays a pre-race concert at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Virginia on Saturday, August 17.

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"This One's for…" the record books: Luke Combs' debut is country's longest-running #1 album by a male artist

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleThanks to This One’s for YouLuke Combs now holds the record for the most weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart by any male artist in history.

Currently in its 44th week at the top, Luke’s debut album passes Randy Travis’s Always & Forever, which started a 43-week run in 1987. Only one record has lasted longer at the top: Shania Twain’s Come On Over, which spent 50 weeks on top after it was released in 1997.

The double-platinum This One’s for You also remains the most-streamed country album so far this year.

Luke’s newest feat comes as his latest single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” becomes his sixth consecutive number one on the country airplay chart. “Beer” made it to to the top faster than any of his songs so far: just 13 weeks.  

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Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood and more tapped to star in Octavia Spencer's 'Madam C.J. Walker' series

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Netlfix/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — Octavia Spencer’s forthcoming Madam C.J. Walker Netflix series has found its starting lineup.

According to Deadline, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll have signed on for principal roles in the series about the legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist. They join Spencer, who has already been cast as Sarah Breedlove, the woman known as Madam C.J. Walker.

Walker, who died in 1919 at age 51, was America’s first female self-made millionaire. She amassed much of her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women, via her Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

As previously reported, the eight-episode series is based on Walker’s granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles book, On Her Own Ground.  It’s the first scripted drama from LeBron James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment. James and Spencer will co-executive produce the drama, with Bundles to serve as a consultant on the series.

Deadline reports that Haddish will play Lelia, the “smart and feisty daughter” of Breedlove and her late first husband, while Ejogo will portray Breedlove’s former friend Addie, a hairstylist who doesn’t support Sarah’s ambitions.

Underwood will star as C.J. Walker, Sarah’s supportive and encouraging husband; Morris will play C.J.’s father Cleophus, a former slave, and Carroll will play Ransom, Sarah’s lawyer, who helps her with her hair product patents.

A release date for the Madam C.J. Walker series has yet to be announced.

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FBI will open domestic terrorism investigation into Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(GILROY, Calif.) — The FBI on Tuesday said they will open a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that left three people dead, officials said.

The suspect, Santino William Legan, 19, intended to target other churches, religious groups political parties and other organizations that are nationwide, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official said on Tuesday, declining to identify additional suspected targets.

“The FBI and the Gilroy Police Department have uncovered a list of organizations on the suspect’s digital media, that may have been potential targets of violence,” John Bennett, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s San Francisco field office said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Three people — ages 6 to 25 — were killed in the attack on July 29, when Legan allegedly opened fire on the festival.

Meanwhile, on the same day that the FBI announced their domestic terrorism investigation, the family of the man authorities say committed the murders issued a statement of apology to the families of the victims and the city of Gilroy.

“Our family is deeply shocked and horrified by the actions of our son,” Legan’s family said in a statement released by a family attorney to San Francisco ABC station KGO. “To the families of Stephen Romero, Keya Salazar, Trevor Irby, and to the injured that survived this tragedy, we cannot begin to describe our despair at his actions.”

The statement goes on to say that “it is impossible to reconcile this with the son we thought we knew.”

“To the City of Gilroy and to everyone affected, we are tremendously sorry,” the statement concludes. “No words can begin to express this.”

Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said on Tuesday that authorities found a shotgun in Legan’s car, and the shooter’s bag was found in the creek nearby — with two loose rounds, a scope in the bag, a flashlight, a shovel and two additional 40 round magazines and four loose magazines that belonged to the shotgun.

Bennett said that no manifesto by this shooter has been located, and authorities haven’t yet determined a motive.

The suspect had a 75-round drum magazine — with 71 rounds left in the drum — and two 40 round magazines on his body. Two more 40 round magazines were found on the ground, Smithee said.

Bennett said that “everything” is being done with the victims in mind.

Last week, Bennett cited “erroneous reporting,” and said there’s been no determination yet on any ideology of the suspect.

The domestic terrorism investigation comes after renewed calls from Congress and the FBI Agents Association — which represents nearly 14,000 active and former FBI agents — to look at cases from a domestic terrorism perspective.

In seperate letters sent on Tuesday, the two ranking senators on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) pushed the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on ways to combat domestic terrorists.

The letters ask FBI Director Wray and Attorney General William Barr to respond to a letter they sent in May regarding information on how the DOJ and FBI tracks data on domestic terrorists.

FBI Agents Association president Brian O’Hare called on Congress to codify domestic terrorism as a federal crime.

“Domestic terrorism is a threat to the American people and our democracy. Acts of violence intended to intimidate civilian populations or to influence or affect government policy should be prosecuted as domestic terrorism regardless of the ideology behind them,” O’Hare said in a statement. “FBIAA continues to urge Congress to make domestic terrorism a federal crime. This would ensure that FBI Agents and prosecutors have the best tools to fight domestic terrorism.”

The Gilroy shooting happened a week before the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio which left more than 31 dead.

Smithee said that he finds it sad that people commit such violent crimes targeting strangers.

“I can only imagine what they are going through.”

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