After following more than 850 leads and conducting nearly 500 interviews, the FBI and police in Lumberton, North Carolina arrested and charged a man in connection with the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
Agents announced early Saturday morning that Michael Ray McLellan, 34, was being held at the time of his arrest in law enforcement custody for another attempted kidnapping case.
McLellan is charged with a number of felonies, including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape and first-degree kidnapping.
Investigators received new test results Friday, which identified McLellan as the suspect in Aguilar's case.
Officials said McLellan will have his first court appearance at 9 a.m. Monday.
Aguilar’s funeral is set for Saturday in Lumberton.
Fairmont police said that on Oct. 15, McLellan pointed a gun at a woman, tried to take her car, and demanded money. He left the scene without hurting the woman. Officials said he turned himself into police Nov. 13, eight days after Aguilar was kidnapped.
A body found in Robeson County was preliminarily identified as Aguilar, investigators said Nov. 27, ending a three-week search involving hundreds of investigators.
“We are absolutely devastated. I wish we had a different outcome for Hania’s family, for the community and for the hundreds of law enforcement officers and searchers who put everything they had into finding her alive,” Lumberton police Chief Michael McNeill said at a news conference.
McNeill told reporters that state crime lab tests indicate the body found was Hania. While a final determination will be made with dental records, investigators believe the body is hers.
"This is the outcome that we all feared," he said. "We did not want to hear this. We wanted to bring Hania back home and bring her back home alive to our community. It hurts."
The chief said Hania's body was found in a body of water in Robeson County about 10 miles south of the mobile home park where she was kidnapped Nov. 5 after going outside to start a relative's SUV before school.
Authorities wouldn't elaborate on whether the body had been concealed, but said it was not visible from the road or obvious to people passing by. Investigators spent Wednesday combing the area in daylight after finding the body the previous night.
The cause of death hasn't been released, pending an autopsy. Investigators would not describe the condition of the body. An FBI official said he did not have any information as to whether Hania was killed where she was found or elsewhere.
Police said a man forced Hania into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was found several miles south of her mobile home park. The body was found a few miles farther away.
McNeill has previously said that a witness saw a man dressed in black with a yellow bandana grab Hania in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton. Police said the eighth-grader had taken her aunt's keys to start the vehicle to prepare to leave for the bus stop. They say the man forced her into the green Ford Expedition and drove off.
The FBI soon joined the search, offering reward money and transmitting her picture around the country. The SUV was found abandoned several days later, but signs of the girl or her remains eluded investigators for several weeks.
Aguilar's mother and other family members gathered at the Lumberton Police Department Tuesday night, waiting on developments in the case. Her mother, visibly distraught, was led away in an ambulance. The FBI said that the last three weeks have taken a toll on the family.
Authorities responded to reports of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school Friday morning, WECT reported. But a county commissioner and the county’s emergency director said the noises coming from the Topsail High School campus could have been caused by malfunctioning equipment, the television station reported.
School was not in session at the time, authorities said.
Pender County Commissioner George Brown told WECT that he was not aware of a shooter or whether one has been identified.
Brown told the television station that there is a piece of equipment at the high school that has been malfunctioning in recent days, and when it makes noise it sounds like gunfire.
It is being investigated as a source, WECT reported.
According to Capt. James Rowell of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, there are no reported injuries as of 7:04 a.m.
According to WWAY, a parent said he received a telephone call from the school district Friday morning. He told the television station that all schools in the eastern part of Pender County were on lockdown. Buses are at Lowe's Foods across from the high school as a staging area, and parents were told they could pick up their children there, WWAY reported.
Helicopters were hovering over the school, WECT reported.
Check back for updates to this developing story
Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.
The shooting happened “outside the stadium footprint” while a game was underway, but did not impact the game, authorities said
Update 5:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Jacksonville police released a photo of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting Sunday that injured six people, three of them critically.
Investigators believe the suspects were driving a silver grey four-door sedan, and that the victims were intentionally targeted.
Update 3:31 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The shooting occurred on a sidewalk at 12:35 p.m at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Sunday. The victims -- five men, one woman -- ranged in ages from “their 20s to 70s,” the spokesman said. The vehicle carrying the suspect or suspects was a silver gray sedan and possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Authorities said the shots appeared to come from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The spokesman said the shooting could be gang-related.
Update 3:28 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that six adults were shot, with three people in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was driving a gray-silver four-door vehicle.
This is a developing story.
A school bus carrying children ran over an embankment in a construction zone in Mars, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon and landed on its side.
Update 5:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 24: The exact number of students who received medical care is not known, but Mars district officials said six children were hospitalized immediately for treatment of minor bumps and bruises. Other students were taken to area hospitals for a check-up as a precaution.
Police and emergency responders are on the scene, according to WPXI-TV, and multiple injuries have been reported.
At least four people were receiving treatment at the scene for minor injuries, according to officials with the Mars Area School District, who also confirmed 41 students were on the bus at time of the accident.
Here’s the statement the district issued after the accident.
“Mars Area School District School Bus #4 was involved in a single vehicle accident on Route 228 at approximately 3 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 24).
As per District procedure, 911 was immediately called and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. All students are being examined by emergency medical personnel. Some minor injuries were reported.
The District is contacting the parents of all students who were on the bus at the time of the accident directly. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
Mars is located between Pittsburgh and Butler in southern Butler County.
A shooter killed two people before taking his own life Sunday during a video game tournament at a popular riverfront destination in in Jacksonville, according to investigators.
Update 5:07 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: The chief executive officer for Electronic Arts, known as EA, announced Monday night that the remaining Madden events have been canceled in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday.
"The event was a qualifying tournament for the Madden Classic, our first Madden EA Major competition of this season. While these qualifying events are operated independently by partners, we work with them to ensure competitive integrity and to gather feedback from players. We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators," Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA, announced Monday. "We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events."
The statement continued: "Their love of competition was evident through their participation in our events over the past few years. We are committed to supporting Taylor and Elijah’s families through this difficult time, and we send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones, to those injured yesterday, and everyone affected.”
Update 4:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The family of Eli Clayton, one of the two competitors killed Sunday in a shooting during the “Madden 19 NFL Classic,” in Jacksonville, thanked supporters and asked for privacy as they mourn the 22-year-old.
“We are devastated by yet another senseless act of gun violence,” Clayton’s cousin, Brandi Pettijohn, said in a family statement read Monday for reporters. “Every person who has stood in this position has said that they never thought that this would happen to their family and we are no different.”
Clayton is survived by a large family, including six brothers, three sisters, his parents and his stepparents.
“Elijah’s family wants you to know that he was a good man,” Pettijohn said. “He did not believe in violence -- he never even had a fist fight. He loved football, and out of all the video games he could play, he settled (on) and mastered Madden.”
Pettijohn said Clayton participated in video game competitions to save money for college.
“My cousin has to bury her firstborn and it is just as terrible as that sounds,” she said.
Two people, including Clayton, were killed in Sunday’s shooting and 10 others were wounded in the gunfire. A 13th victim sustained injuries not related to the gunfire, investigators said. Family members told WJAX that Taylor Robertson, 27, was also killed in the attack.
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: At a news conference Monday, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities continue to search for a motive in Sunday’s deadly shooting.
Williams said authorities are investigating reports that David Katz, 24, was upset after losing in the “Madden 19 NFL Classic” competition.
“(There’s) lots of conversation about that,” Williams said. “We have yet to have a concrete motive.”
Officials said 13 people were injured in Sunday’s attack, including two gamers who were killed in the shooting. Family members identified the slain competitors to WJAX as Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27.
Authorities said surveillance footage taken from the scene showed only one shooter carried out Sunday’s attack. Officials said Katz shot and killed himself during Sunday’s incident.
“All of the other shooting victims are expected to recover from their injuries,” Williams said. “As bad as this is, it could have been much worse.”
Katz had two handguns and extra ammunition on him during Sunday’s shooting, but Williams said surveillance footage indicated that he only fired one of the guns. Investigators believe he bought the guns legally from a dealer in his hometown of Baltimore.
He specifically targeted gamers who were part of the Madden 19 competition, walking past other patrons at Chicago Pizza before shooting, Williams said. The chief estimated that between 130 and 150 people were in the restaurant when the shooting started.
Charles Spencer, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Division, said authorities have been in contact with Katz’s parents in Baltimore, who have been cooperative in the ongoing investigation. Officials have seized items from Katz’s hotel room and vehicle, Williams said.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Update 2:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is expected to provide updates on the investigation into Sunday’s shooting at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Update 2:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Doctors at UF Health Jacksonville told WJAX that four of the six people taken to the hospital as a result of Sunday’s shooting have been released.
One of the patients suffered a severe hand injury, according to WJAX. He was undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to repair the damage, the news station reported Monday.
Another patient had a bruised heart. That person was released Monday, WJAX reported.
Update 1:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The shooting has led gamers to speak out about the need for more security at esports events.
“It’s very clear we need to be more proactive for 2019 and beyond,” Joy Cuellar, tournament director for the esports Evolution Championship Series, wrote in a tweet Sunday.
Organizers with the competition, which draws thousands of spectators, in March called the FBI after someone wrote online that there would be a mass shooting at the event. The tournament was held Aug. 3 to Aug. 5 in Las Vegas without any issue, according to The Associated Press.
“The amount of undercover law enforcement at Evo was unprecedented and we will be installing metal detectors for ALL days next year,” Cuellar wrote.
Sunday’s tournament in Jacksonville was being streamed on Twitch, a gaming live stream platform, when the sound of gunshots rang out. The director of Twitch’s esports programs, Cristian Tamas, said on Twitter that he was heartbroken to hear of Sunday’s deadly attack.
“Unfortunately, this was a matter of when not if,” Tamas wrote. “Esport event security, in general, has been extremely poor over the years, we should've stepped it up long ago.”
It was not immediately clear what kind of security measures were in place for Saturday’s “Madden 19 NFL Classic,” according to the AP. Derek Jones, a gamer who traveled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Jacksonville for the event, told the AP he saw no noticeable security at the tournament.
“I’ve been telling them this for a while, that you need to make the players feel safe,” Jones told the AP.
Update 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Dennis Alston, a New Jersey man known in the Madden competitive gaming circuit as “Evil Ken,” told WJAX that he thought the man who opened fire during Sunday’s Madden tournament in Jacksonville targeted players, but not necessarily those who beat him.
Alston told WJAX he tried to shake David Katz’s hand after he beat the 24-year-old, but that Katz didn’t respond.
“He just looked at me,” Alston said. “He didn’t say anything.”
He said he and another player beat Katz and “we’re both still here so, I felt like he was targeting but I don’t think it was the people that beat him.”
Later, Alston said he saw Katz fire as many as 10 shots.
“(He) pointed my way,” Alston told WJAX. “I had to to cover.”
He described Katz as a “well-known competitor” but added that he appeared to be acting strangely Sunday.
“He had shades on,” Alston told WJAX. “He didn’t speak to anybody.”
Authorities said three people, including Katz, were killed and 11 others injured in Sunday’s attack.
Update 9 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: Officials at Jacksonville’s Memorial Hospital have identified four people treated as a result of Sunday’s shooting, WJAX reported.
Officials said David Echevarria, 28, was treated for minor injuries and released while three others remained hospitalized Monday in good condition.
George Amadeo II, 17, suffered unspecified injuries. Alexander Madunic, 27, was treated for a gunshot wound to his foot. Christoper McFarland, 31, was treated for a bullet graze to his head.
Two other people, identified by friends and family as Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, were killed in Sunday’s shooting.
Update 11:52 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: Competitors Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson were fatally shot Sunday during a Madden 19 competition, the victims’ families told WJAX.
While investigators have not released or confirmed the victims’ identities, friends and family are sharing their condolences on social media.
Update 7:37 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: Two people were killed and nine others wounded by gunfire when David Katz opened fire Sunday afternoon during a video game competition, officials said. Katz killed himself in the melee.
Two other people were also sustained injuries but they were not gunshot wounds, Sheriff Mike Williams said.
Although witnesses have said he was angry about the tournament, Williams did not give a motive as to why Katz, 24, of Baltimore, started shooting.
Update 5:43 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The shooter lost an intense game at the tournament, snapped, and started shooting, sources told WJAX.
The shooter, who has not been identified, died at the scene, investigators said.
Update 4:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: A Jacksonville area hospital confirmed that six patients were admitted from the shooting. One is in serious condition and five are in good condition, officials said.
Update 4:03 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Florida Highway Patrol has closed the Main Street Bridge, which leads to the Jacksonville Landing, to pedestrian traffic.
UF Health Jacksonville confirms: Six patients here. One serious condition, five good condition.
Update 3:52 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Donald Trump had been briefed about the shooting and was monitoring the situation.
FHP now closing the Main St. Bridge to pedestrian traffic
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Jacksonville Landing was live-streaming a tournament for the NFL computer game qualifying round when the shooting occurred. Organizers of the event said the average age of children in the tournament was 16.
Update 3:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office asked people that were hiding to call 911 so authorities could escort them safely from the scene.
Update 3:10 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The shooting reportedly happened at Chicago Pizza during a Madden Tournament video gaming event, the Sheriff’s Office said, and occurred at about 1:45 p.m.
Update 3:02 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said one suspect was dead at the scene. Authorities added that it was unknown whether there were other suspects.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Neil Simon, the author of iconic plays such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died Sunday, The Washington Post reported. He was 91.
According to a statement,“Neil Simon the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, died last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The cause was complications from pneumonia.
“His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.”
Simon, who was born in The Bronx, won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and a Golden Globe Award, The New York Post reported. IKn 1983 a Broadway theater was named after him, making him the only living playwright to have such an honor, the newspaper reported.
Time magazine once called Simon the “patron saint of laughter.”
Simon wrote dozens of plays, the scripts for five musicals and more than 20 screenplays, the Washington Post reported.
In the late 1960s and in the mid-1980s, there were four Simon shows playing simultaneously on Broadway, according to the Washington Post. In 1966, those plays were “Sweet Charity,” “The Star-Spangled Girl,” “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park,” according to Variety.
“The Odd Couple” also had success as a film and as a television series, while “Barefoot in the Park” also had a memorable run as a film.
A Virginia jury has found Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, guilty on eight charges, but could not reach a consensus on 10 other counts in Manafort’s bank fraud and conspiracy trial, according to The Associated Press.
The judge in the case declared a mistrial on those 10 counts.
The jury found Manafort guilty of five counts of tax fraud, two charges of bank fraud and a charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, according to multiple news outlets.
Trump, saying he felt bad for Manafort, weighed in on the verdict calling it a “witch hunt” and a “disgrace.”
He also said Manafort’s conviction “has nothing to do with Russian collusion,” the AP reported.
There’s no sentencing date, yet, but Manafort is facing 80 years in prison on the 8 guilty counts, CNN reported.
Prosecutors have until the end of August to make a decision on the 10 counts that jurors could not reach a decision on which resulted in the mistrial.
Manafort was charged with 18 counts of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, as well as filing false income tax forms and failing to file foreign bank account reports.
Jurors deliberated for five days before returning a partial verdict Tuesday.
They heard 11 days of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including Manafort’s longtime business partner and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, according to Reuters.
Earlier Tuesday, jurors has asked how to handle the case if they were unable to come to consensus on one of the 18 charges. Judge T.S. Ellis ordered them to continue deliberating but added that he might accept a partial verdict, if no consensus could be reached.
Prosecutors said Manafort hid at least $16 million in income from the IRS between 2010 and 2014 by disguising the money he earned advising politicians in Ukraine as loans and hiding it in foreign banks. Then, after his money in Ukraine dried up, they allege he defrauded banks by lying about his income on loan applications and concealing other financial information, such as mortgages.
The cash supported Manafort’s extravagant lifestyle, prosecutors said, funding real estate purchases in New York and Virginia and the purchase of luxury items, including a $15,000 jacket made of ostrich skin, Reuters reported.
The defense tried to pin the blame for Manafort’s financial mistakes on Gates, who was indicted alongside Manafort in October. Gates pleaded guilty in February to charges of making false statements and conspiring against the United States and agreed to work with prosecutors.
Manafort’s attorneys did not call any witnesses to testify in his defense. He did not take the stand.
Manafort’s trial was the first prompted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, although the case didn’t touch on allegations of interference. It was during the special counsel’s investigation that Mueller’s legal team said it discovered that Manafort had hidden millions of dollars that he had received in exchange for work he did for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manafort is expected to face a second trial on additional charges in September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was among the passengers on board an American Airlines plane that was quarantined in Nashville early Thursday. That plane has since “been cleared” and the passengers allowed to leave, according to WZTV.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Huckabee thanked American Airlines employees for their professionalism in a tweet Thursday morning.
“Kudos to @AmericanAir pilot and crew -- handled medical issue on red eye from LAX to Nashville very professionally,” Huckabee wrote. “We were held for a while as medical personnel made sure the person wasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow from Contagion. Seriously, hope the lady is okay -- taken on gurney.”
Airport officials said in a statement released to The Tennessean Thursday morning that American Airlines Flight 1289 was quarantined as a precaution because of fears that a passenger’s recent illness might still be contagious. The plane has since been cleared and all passengers released, according to multiple reports.
Officials did not identify the illness.
Update 8:40 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Nashville International Airport spokesperson Shannon Sumrall said in a statement released to The Tennessean that passengers were held Thursday morning on American Airlines Flight 1289 as a precaution because of a passenger’s recent illness.
Sumrall told the newspaper that a physician “medically cleared” the passenger ahead of the flight, but that the passenger did not have paperwork to confirm his or her health.
“(The passenger) was talking bout the recent illness and other passengers on board became worried of exposure,” Sumrall told The Tennessean. “For safety, passengers were held by BNA (Nashville International Airport) Police until contact was made with the physician to confirm clearance, which it was.”
Officials did not identify the illness.
Update 7:52 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: The American Airlines passenger who appeared to be ill “has been cleared,” WZTV reports. The passengers are now off the plane, the station said.
Original report: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on board an American Airlines plane that has been quarantined in Nashville, WZTV reports.
Flight 1289, which traveled from Los Angeles to Nashville overnight, was detained at Nashville International Airport after a passenger appeared to be sick, an American Airlines spokeswoman told the news station.
Huckabee tweeted about the incident early Thursday.
“5 hr red eye flight on @AmericanAir Nashville from LA. On ground for 40 min and now told someone on board is sick & we are being towed to other gate and quarantined until all checked out. Can’t get up to go to bathroom or get off plane. It’s the Russians! I just know it!” he wrote just after 6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday.
“1 hr after landing got to far away gate where @AmericanAir will hopefully get us off this plane! Medical [personnel] at gate. Hope it’s not because I got that straw in CA,” he added.
According to WZTV, “the plane was taken to a remote portion of the airport where emergency personnel were waiting for the plane.” Those on board were instructed to stay put as a Vanderbilt Hospital doctor examined the patient.
An Arizona state trooper was shot and killed and two others were wounded Wednesday night after a man wrestled a gun from one of the troopers and opened fire in Avondale, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 12:10 p.m. EDT July 26: Two troopers injured Wednesday in a deadly struggle with a suspect on Interstate 10 have been released from the hospital, according to authorities.
Trooper Dalin Dorris suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder while Trooper Sean Rodecap suffered unspecified injuries after responding to reports of a man throwing things at vehicles in the eastbound lanes of I-10 in Avondale. Officials said Dorris joined the Arizona Department of Public Safety in December 2005. Rodecap was hired in May 2008.
A third trooper who was shot in the attack, Tyler Edenhofer, died of his injuries, Arizona DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead said.
A man was in custody in connection with the incident on Thursday. His name was not immediately released.
Authorities continue to investigate the shooting.
Update 10:15 a.m. EDT July 26: Authorities said Thursday morning that a third Arizona state trooper also suffered injuries in a deadly shooting Wednesday night on I-10.
The trooper was identified as Sean Rodecap, 32, KPHO reported. According to the news station, Rodecap’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Update 10:05 a.m. EDT July 26: Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, identified the slain trooper as Tyler Edenhofer on Thursday morning. Milstead said Edenhofer was still in training after graduating in May from the State Trooper Academy.
“The DPS family is in mourning,” Milstead said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Lives have been shattered and ruined, and we’re all in a little bit of a state of shock this morning.”
Edenhofer and Trooper Dalin Dorris were injured Wednesday after responding to a report of a man throwing things at vehicles on Interstate 10, Milstead said. Witnesses told police the man was going in and out of the roadway.
One trooper initially responded to the incident. Milstead said two other troopers later arrived, including Edenhofer. The man struggled with authorities when they attempted to take him into custody, officials said.
“During the struggle, one of the troopers lot his firearm to the subject,” Milstead said. “The subject fired at least two rounds from the duty weapon, striking Officer Dalin Dorris in the upper right trap, a through-and-through wound.”
Dorris was continuing to recover Thursday.
“He’s in good spirits, considering the circumstances,” Milstead said.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
Update 6:55 a.m. EDT July 26: According to KNXV, the Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a report of a “vehicle behaving erratically on Interstate 10.” They confronted the suspect, who grabbed one trooper’s gun and opened fire, authorities said.
One trooper died, while the second, who was shot in the shoulder, was injured, the DPS said.
KNXV’s Megan Thompson tweeted that the slain trooper “had just graduated from the academy about 2 months ago” and “was finishing up his field training.”
A man detonated a bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, Beijing police said. The suspected bomber was the only person injured in the blast, according to an embassy spokesperson.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 8:45 a.m. EDT July 26: In a statement posted on its website, the Beijing Police Department identified the suspect by his surname, Jiang, and said he was a 26-year-old man from Tongliao city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, according to The Associated Press.
“He was injured on the hand by the explosive device, which was made from fireworks,” the AP reported, citing police.
The circumstances leading to the bombing were not immediately clear. Authorities continue to investigate.
A U.S. Embassy spokesperson earlier said in a statement to CNN that the suspect was the only person injured in the explosion. No embassy property was damaged.
Update 3:04 a.m. EDT July 26: The Hong Kong Free Press, citing an embassy spokesperson, is reporting that “an explosive device was detonated” outside the building about 1 p.m. local time Thursday. Only the bomber was hurt, the newspaper tweeted.
Police identified the suspected bomber as a “26-year-old Inner Mongolian man,” the newspaper reported.
The Free Press said it wasn’t yet known whether the explosion was connected to earlier reports that a woman sprayed gasoline on herself.
Update 2:32 a.m. EDT July 26: State media is reporting that police detained a woman who sprayed gasoline on herself about 11 a.m. local time Thursday, according to the AP.
Several photos and videos circulated on social media after the possible blast filled the air with clouds of smoke.
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