Gunman kills three people
A gunman killed three people in California on Tuesday, including at least one execution-style, in a series of shootings and carjackings before taking his own life, police said. At least two other people were injured as the gunman fired randomly on other vehicles on a freeway, before he shot and killed himself near the city of Orange, south of Los Angeles. The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Ali Syed, who was unemployed, had no criminal record, and was living at home with his parents and taking a class at a local college.
Shotgun is enough: Biden
Vice President Joe Biden told Americans on Tuesday that a few blasts of a shotgun should be ample for self defense, as he pushed White House gun reform plans. “If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun,” Biden said, on a Facebook forum hosted by Parents Magazine as he related advice he once gave to his wife, Jill, as their home in Delaware was in a secluded area. “’Jill, if there is ever a problem, walk out on the balcony, flick that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.’ You don’t need an AR-15 [semi automatic rifle] ... it is harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun,” Biden said.
Gas blast sparks blaze
A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said on Tuesday, adding that it is believed that an accident involving a utility contractor may have caused the blast.
Montreal City Hall raided
Quebec’s anti-corruption squad on Tuesday raided Montreal City Hall, asking employees to leave the building as they searched through files. A spokeswoman for the anti-corruption unit confirmed evidence was being gathered of alleged fraud and breach of trust there, as well as at eight other locations, including the offices of several boroughs.
Diamond robbers hit airport
Heavily armed robbers disguised as police made off with US$50 million worth of diamonds in a spectacular heist on the tarmac at Brussels airport that lasted about five minutes. The Monday night robbery at Zaventem Airport just before 8pm was “one of the biggest” ever, said a spokeswoman for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the global dealers’ syndicate. The raid saw a gang of eight hooded thieves pull up on the runway in two black vehicles with blue police-like markings, Brussels prosecutors’ spokeswoman Anja Bijnens said. They forced their way through security barriers and sped towards a Swiss passenger aircraft about to take off on the runway, forcing open the cargo hold to reach gems that had already been loaded, she said.