Mall gunman found dead
A 20-year-old man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lockdown at New Jersey’s largest shopping mall was found dead of a self-inflicted wound, officials said yesterday. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said the body of Richard Shoop of Teaneck, was found in a back area of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus and that he had killed himself with the same weapon he used earlier. Chaos erupted on Monday night shortly before the mall’s 9:30pm closing time when authorities said a man dressed in black and wearing what is believed to be a motorcycle helmet fired shots. There were no other injuries.
Spy activities confirmed
The government confirmed on Monday that its intelligence service targeted US, Russian, Iranian and Iraqi diplomats and property during spy activities carried out about a decade ago in Brasilia. The relatively low-key surveillance was reported by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, based on intelligence service documents it obtained from an undisclosed source. The revelation forced the government to defend its espionage while remaining the loudest critic of the US’ National Security Agency (NSA) programs that have aggressively targeted communications in the nation, including the personal telephone and email of President Dilma Rousseff.
NSA’s spying denounced
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua on Monday denounced a new report that the US made Caracas a spying priority, and warned that bilateral ties would remain frozen. “It is unacceptable that they’re spying on us,” he told a news conference in Mexico City after talks with Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Venezuela was one of six “enduring targets” in the NSA’s official mission list from 2007. Citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper said the agency monitored the government and personal emails of the top 10 Venezuelan economic officials. “The revelations show once more the reasons why we regrettably cannot have good relations with the United States,” Jaua said.
Bus hijacker kills three
Three people were killed when a man armed with a knife hijacked a bus on Monday. Police commissioner Ronny Iden told reporters that the suspect, a 31-year-old man originally from South Sudan, lived in Aardal, near the scene of the attack. The victims were two men in their 50s — the bus driver and a Swedish passenger — and a 19-year-old woman, police said, adding that they were the only ones on the bus besides the suspect. The suspect also suffered knife wounds and is hospitalized in Bergen. He was overpowered by firefighters who responded to what they believed was a traffic accident.
Axe thrower scares burglar
Police say a Southern California woman can throw a mean axe — and she used one to chase a burglar from her home. Hemet police say the woman called police on Saturday morning and said she had been awakened by a man trying to remove her watch from her wrist. The woman is a tomahawk-throwing champion, and she quickly grabbed a throwing axe and chased the man out of the apartment. Police found a man hiding behind some nearby bushes, along with property belonging to the woman. Nicholas Ulloa, 22, was arrested on suspicion of burglary.