Finding the Boston Bombers: What's Happened Up to Now

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The FBI identified these two men, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston bombing.
For two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the news media was so starved for public developments in the investigation that many outlets took to inventing breaking news. But in the last 12 hours, things have moved so quickly in the hunt for the bombers -- complete with a wild night full of shoot-outs, car-jackings, hurled explosives -- that it's hard to keep up. Here's what's happened so far:

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Empire State Building Shooting: Eight Victims Shot By Police, Sources Tell The Voice

This was the scene at the Empire State Building this morning, where sources say police shot eight people while trying to takeout gunman Jeffery Johnson.

Eleven people were shot at the Empire State Building this morning, the majority of whom were shot by police, sources now tell the Voice.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg confirmed at a press conference this morning that there's a chance some of the victims were accidentally shot by police who were trying to take out the initial gunman, 53-year-old Jeffery Johnson. We're told eight of those wounded were shot by police, who were returning fire at Johnson, who pointed a 45-caliber handgun at officers and witnesses say fired at least one round. However, it's unclear whether he actually fired the weapon.

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* 9:34 a.m. At least two people -- and as many as five -- have been shot outside of the Empire State Building (the tally is now at 10. see updates below), according to multiple reports.

The shooting happened just before 9 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and East 34th Street.

According to the @NY Scanner Twitter feed, the gunman was killed by police.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.


* 11:26 a.m.: From press conference by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly: suspect identified as 53-year-old Jeffery Johnson, who was laid off from his job as a designer of women's accessories at Hazan Imports -- which has offices near the Empire State Building -- about a year ago. At 9:03 this morning, Johnson approached his first victim -- a former co-worker who is yet to be identified -- and shot the victim in the head. A construction worker alerted police, who approached Johnson. Johnson then pulled a 45-calibur handgun and opened fire on officers. Officers returned fire. During the shootout, eight people were wounded -- some of whom may have been accidentally wounded by officers returning fire. All victims, with the exception of the co-worker initially shot by Johnson, are expected to survive. Johnson was killed by police at the scene.

* 11:19: Mayor Bloomberg says some victims may have accidentally been shot by police. Says suspect was fired from his job about a year ago. Mayor confirms one dead, nine others shot. "We are not immune to the national problem of gun violence."

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Empire State Building Shooting: Photo From The Scene

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From the scene of this morning's deadly shooting at the Empire State Building
The above photo was posted on Instagram by user "RyansTryin." It appears to show at least one person dead at the scene of this morning's shooting outside of the Empire State Building.

Details of the shooting are unclear. For now, the tally of those shot stands at 10, the gunman reportedly was killed by police, and there is no apparent link to terrorism.

Click here for continuous updates on this morning's shooting.

BREAKING: Shooting at Sikh Temple in Milwaukee

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This is the last bit of news we want to hear today.

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel is now reporting that a distress call at 10:26am came in to the Oak Creek Police Department - a town just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Apparently, a white man with two handguns attacked a service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. It has been reported that between 20 and 30 people may be injured. Police have no other information to provide as squads advance on the religious center. It has also been stated that the gunman may still be on the loose or holding hostages inside.

UPDATE: One of the victims may have included a police officer. Emergency medical helicopters and ambulances have rushed to the scene, as well as the Milwaukee County's Sheriff Department.

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel is also reporting that it received a text message from someone inside the service which stated that there were two gunmen as well as children hostages.

UPDATE: A reporter from the newspaper is live-tweeting from the site of the shooting. Follow her at @HerzogJS.

A CNN affiliate has told the organization that two people are wounded, one critically, and one person appears to be dead. One of the bodies was seen lying in the parking lot. More details to come.

UPDATE: One of the police spokesperson has told reporters that at least one of the gunmen has been "put down." Aerial shots are also showing multiple bodies in the parking lot, according to CNN. Evacuated service-goers are stationed at a day care center nearby.

NBC has a live video stream here.

UPDATE: According to the police chief in a briefing just moments ago, it can be said, for now, that seven people have been killed so far in this horrifying episode in Wisconsin. That number includes the gunman behind it. It is still unknown whether there is another gunman involved.

The Voice will absolutely keep you updated on this developing story.



DEVELOPING: Shooting at Midnight Screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado Leaves 12 Dead, 50 Injured

A mass shooting took place at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado last night. Aurora is a suburb of Denver, a short distance from the suburb Columbine, where 13 people were killed in a mass shooting in 1999.

Although initial stories reported 14 dead, WNYC's The Takeaway and ABC News are saying that the death toll has been revised down to 12, with at least 50 injured.

ABC News just reported that suspect "James Holmes, 24, of North Aurora, was apprehended at the scene clad in a bullet-proof vest and riot helmet."

The Takeaway host Todd Zwillich says there was great confusion as the shooting began, as the shooter appears to have opened fire during a scene in the The Dark Knight Rises where shooting was happening onscreen. Bullets apparently also went through the theater's walls into an adjacent screening. Zwillich says at first people thought it might have been "some kind of promotion."

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BREAKING: Rodney King Found Dead in His Pool in L.A.

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As of 11:25am, Reuters is reporting that 47-year-old Rodney King, the famous victim of LAPD police brutality and protest symbol in the early 1990s, has been found dead in his pool. 

According to the news wire, "there is no sign of foul play" and his representative, Suzanne Wickman, has confirmed the death, which comes just over 20 years since riots in L.A. broke out over the beating.

UPDATE: According to CNN, a 911 call was made around 5 o'clock this morning by Cynthia Kelly, King's fiancee, who had heard something in the backyard. Officers immediately came to the house and found King at the bottom of the pool. After numerous efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy and drowning investigation will be performed.

The Voice will keep you updated as more details are released.


Lakeside Lounge, the Alphabet City Hangout, To Close

The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim's on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good. In an e-mail message to Runnin' Scared, co-owner Eric Ambel confirmed that, "after 16 years on Avenue B, our last night will be April 30." What a shame.

And, like its other friends in the dive bar graveyard, the Lounge will be replaced by an upscale server of liquor -- a sign of the changing neighborhood, struck by gentrification and rising wealth. As the New York Music Daily writes, the local hangout and its $3 PBRs will be replaced by "a gentrifier whiskey joint, no doubt with $19 cocktails."

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Fire At 101 Orchard Street Under Control

via @skuyel

A fire in the ductwork of a restaurant at 101 Orchard Street that broke out this morning in its kitchen is under control as of 10:28 a.m., the FDNY told Runnin' Scared. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Singer Whitney Houston, 48, Dies

Sad news out of Los Angeles tonight: The Associated Press reported that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was scheduled to attend producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party tonight.

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