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6 Killed, 13 Wounded in attack on Arizona Congresswoman

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Vicksburg Daily News is currently gathering more information on this breaking story. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is in the ICU at a Tucson, Arizona hospital following a deadly shooting at a local Safeway supermarket.  Congresswoman Giffords was holding one of her popular town hall style events called “Congress on Your Corner.” There were six people killed in the shooting, including US District Court Justice John Roll, Rep. Giffords’ Director of Community Outreach, 30 year-old, Gabe Zimmerman and 9 year-old Christina Taylor Green.  Green was taken to Congresswoman Giffords’ “Congress on Your Corner” event at a local Safeway store by a neighbor.  That neighbor, according to Green’s uncle, decided to “invite Christina to the event because she thought [Christina] would enjoy it.”  Green had just been elected to her school’s student council. There are thirteen other victims, including Rep. Giffords, recovering from injuries in today’s violent attack.  Two of those victims are on the Congresswoman’s staff. Police took 22-year-old Jared Loughner, a student at Pima College in Tucson into custody as the alleged shooter.  Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, said at a press conference that Loughner, who he described as unstable, acted as the lone shooter in today’s attack but that police are actively in pursuit of a second suspect who they believe collaborated with Loughner.  He said that Loughner was being uncooperative and had “invoked his rights.” Dupnik said that police had been in contact with Loughner because of inflammatory statements and threats to other public figures in the recent past.  The sheriff, 74, also stated that there was a report of a “suspicious package at the Congresswoman’s headquarters” that was being investigated.  The press conference also revealed that the Congresswoman did not request, nor did she have a security detail with her at the time of the attack. Multiple news agencies have reported that Loughner posted videos on YouTube and other social sites exhibiting his distrust in government.  Some reports have made their way into the public eye stating that Loughner had a “suicide note” on his person when he was subdued by two unidentified people from the crowd gathered for the event.  Sheriff Dupnik, when asked about the note, replied, “I’m not at liberty to talk about that.” Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon and chief of the trauma, critical care and emergency surgery, said he is “very optimistic” about the congresswoman’s recovery.  State Sen. Linda Lopez, a close friend of Giffords’, told Fox News that the three-term congresswoman was shot in the temple and the bullet exited through her forehead. Lopez said Giffords was responding to commands. Giffords was re-elected to her third term as representative of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District this past November. She was one of 19 Democrats who voted against House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker this week.]]]]> ]]>

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Two killed and multiple injured in Friday’s six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20

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On Friday, Oct. 16, at around 8:40 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 eastbound west of the village of Delta.

This crash claimed the lives of two men and involved four commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers) and two passenger vehicles.

Troopers have been working since yesterday evening to identify victims and determine the events of the crash with many factors remaining under investigation at this time.

Although the exact sequence of events in the crash remains under investigation, the preliminary findings revealed a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer were struck by at least one of the 18-wheelers involved.

The driver of the Silverado, identified as 36-year-old Jose Luis Venegas-Nuno of Dallas, TX, and the driver of the Trailblazer, whose name is being withheld pending notification, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Four additional vehicle occupants from both the passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were taken to local hospitals with moderate/severe injuries.

Interstate 20 eastbound was closed for approximately eight hours as investigators and vehicle recovery crews worked to clear the roadway. The crash investigation remains active and ongoing.

In 2020, Troop F has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 deaths.

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Mangham police officer in critical condition; suspect in custody

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Officer Marshall Waters (courtesy of Mangham Police Department)

Mangham Police Officer Marshall Waters is in critical yet stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1 p.m., Waters executed a traffic stop heading southbound on LA 425 near the Franklin / Richland parish line. Officer Waters was shot by a subject who fled the scene of the stop southbound on US 425 into Franklin Parish.

Waters was transported to Franklin Medical Center for treatment and later transported to Rapides Hospital via helicopter.

At approximately 2:30 pm, the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crashed vehicle on LA Highway 562 near Fort Necessity that matched the description of the subject’s vehicle.

The suspect, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, of Ville Platte, LA, was apprehended placed into custody by the Franklin Parish Sheriffs Office.

Hermandus Dashanski Semien (courtesy of Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office).

Mangham Police Chief Perry Fleming expressed his gratitude on Facebook to all who have called, texted and prayed for Officer Marshall Waters and to the many responding officers who assisted.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb also took to social media to thank the many law enforcement agencies responded and assisted in the ultimate apprehension of Semien and extended his thoughts and prayers to the Officer Waters, Chief Perry Fleming, Sheriff Gary Gilley and the law enforcement community of Richland Parish.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Warren County

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A pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Warren County.

The collision occurred just before 7 p.m. Saturday on Highway 80 near Business Park Drive.

The victim was transported to Merit Health River Region with serious injuries.

Multiple State Troopers along with several Warren County Deputies responded to the crash, along with Vicksburg and Warren County Fire Fighters.

The Vicksburg Daily News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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