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6-year-old boy found with loaded gun in backpack at school

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Columbus Police Department(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An Ohio elementary school student may have thwarted a potential crisis on Wednesday by quickly reporting a first-grader who came to school with a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his backpack, according to police.

“That student did exactly what we ask students to do: see something, say something,” Columbus Division of Police Detective David Bucy told reporters Wednesday. “I think it’s very obvious this could have been the worst day that that school could have ever experienced.”

Staff members at Kids Care Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, made the alarming discovery at around 9 a.m. when the 6-year-old boy revealed the gun to a classmate. School administrators secured the gun immediately and placed the school on lockdown.

Bucy said the boy’s grandparents had recently reported the gun stolen. It’s unclear why he may have taken the weapon from his grandparents, who are also his guardians.

“Given the child’s competency and the age, charges will not be forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor,” Bucy said. “The incident remains open and will be investigated for any other charges that can be filed against any other known persons.”

He said it was “difficult” for investigators to get answers from the child due to his age, but Bucy said he may have brought it to school to brag about it.

“The reason for why the child brought the gun to school could be any number of reasons. I think it was curiosity to one extent; I think it was, ‘Look what I have in my bag,’ to another extent,” Bucy said. “The true reason why the gun was brought to school was not determined.”

The child’s grandparents were brought in for questioning, but no charges had been filed as of Wednesday night, the department said. If probable cause is found charges will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, it said.

Bucy said it’s common for schools to see an uptick in these types of incidents around the beginning and end of the school year. He said he hopes it serves as a reminder for parents and teachers alike.

“Certainly, if you’re a firearm owner, we expect that the firearm is secured within your house or within within your person at all times,” he said. “And keeping firearms away from juveniles is a must, not a request.”

Kids Care Elementary School said it was “proud of the school’s quick response to protect all staff and students from any potential harm and thankful to the police for their assistance.”

Police said they’re planning to refer the case to child protective services.

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Elderly man dies after falling 22 feet down lava tube in his own yard

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katifcam/iStock(NEW YORK) — An elderly man who went missing for several days was discovered to have died after falling into a lava tube in his own yard on Monday.

Hawai’i Island Police responded to a residence in Hilo at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning following a report that an elderly male had not been seen or heard from in several days.

When authorities arrived on the property they discovered a soft area of ground and a hole in his backyard which authorities identified to be a lava tube.

A lava tube is a large underground channel that is formed naturally by lava flowing beneath the ground’s surface. When the lava finally stops flowing, a large underground cave is left behind which can often be big enough for people to walk through.

Hawai’i Fire Department Rescue personnel who responded to the call then repelled down the lava tube in the man’s backyard and discovered the victim’s body approximately 22 feet below the surface.

The victim, who currently remains unidentified until his next of kin have been notified, was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy performed on the man determined that he died of injuries that are consistent with a long fall.

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10-year-old boy shot in back of head, in critical condition in Philadelphia: Police

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PhotosbyAndy/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — A 10-year-old boy was shot in the back of the head in Philadelphia on Wednesday and rushed to a children’s hospital in critical condition, authorities said.

The shooting was just after 3:30 p.m. in the city’s Frankford section, according to Philadelphia Police Department.

The little boy was walking home from school at the time, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.

The gunman is not known and no weapon was recovered, police said.

This comes just weeks after a 2-year-old girl, Nikolette Rivera, was in the shot dead in her North Philadelphia home on a Sunday afternoon.

Nikolette was in her mother’s arms when bullets from an automatic rifle came through the wall and hit her in the head.

One day before Nikolette was killed, an 11-month-old boy, Yazeem Jenkins, was shot four times and critically injured while in the back of a car in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood.

“Yazeem is fighting for his life at Children’s Hospital,” William McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said Monday.

After those two shootings Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said weapons are “flowing” into the city “like a river.”

“Outraged, disgusted, and heartbroken by the violence this weekend that claimed the life of an innocent 2-year-old and left another infant fighting for his life,” Kenney tweeted. “Philadelphians should not live in fear of violence that could take away a child’s life.”

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Milwaukee man charged with hate crime in racist acid attack, authorities say

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(Milwaukee County Jail) Clifton Blackwell, 61, in a police photo, a suspect in an acid attack in Milwaukee, has been charged with a hate crime.(MILWAUKEE) — A Milwaukee man was charged with a hate crime on Wednesday for allegedly throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man in a suspected racist attack, authorities said.

Clifton Blackwell, 61, was charged with first degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon and a hate crime after video appeared to show him dousing a man with acid during an argument over the victim’s immigration status, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Mahud Villalaz, 42, said Blackwell confronted him on Friday, complaining about how he parked his vehicle. A surveillance camera captured the scary encounter on video, showing the suspect raising his hands and pointing in Villalaz’s face right before he splashed him with the liquid.

“He started arguing, saying, ‘Why you came here and invade my country? Why you came here illegally?’ [I said], ‘Sir, you don’t know my status. I’m a U.S. citizen too,'” Villalaz recalled. “He got mad when I told him ‘everybody came here from somewhere else.'”

Villalaz, who was on his way to a restaurant, said he had begun to walk away when the man suddenly tossed the acid in his face.

He said he tried to defend himself, “but then it started burning really bad.”

Blackwell could face up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, if convicted as charged. It’s unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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Coast Guard searching for airman who fell out of C-130 plane into Gulf of Mexico

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U.S. Air Force(DESTIN, Fla.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is among several agencies searching for an Air Force airman who fell out of the C-130 he was flying in over the Gulf of Mexico.

Rescue crews were searching for the man about 2 nautical miles offshore from Destin, Fla., according to the Coast Guard.

Officials received the report that the airman fell into the water on Tuesday around 11:30 a.m.

The staff sergeant was in training at the time and fell from the aircraft at about 1,500 feet, ABC Pensacola affiliate WEAR reported.

Others in the plane saw the airman’s parachute deploy and that he was treading water once he landed, according to the station. Additional information was not immediately available.

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