Update, 3:22 p.m.: NBC Connecticut reports that the suspect is a University of New Haven student, and that he was carrying two handguns in addition to a rifle. The Voice's request for comment from West Haven Police was not immediately returned.
Update, 2:40 p.m.: Afternoon classes have been cancelled. The university press office confirmed to the Village Voice that it is unclear how much longer the building-by-building search will continue.
Original item: A suspected gunman at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut has been taken into custody after sightings on the university's south campus.
In a crime likely to be a pie in the face for the city police department, an NYPD officer has been arrested as part of an international gun-smuggling ring. Officer Rex Maralit and his brothers Wilfredo and Ariel have been charged in a conspiracy to ship high-powered rifles from the U.S. to the Phillipines. The criminal complaint alleges Rex and Wilfredo, a customs officer at Los Angeles International Airport, used their law enforcement credentials to gain access to weapons, some of which are illegal for civilian use.
Basically, engineers have managed to take the concept of two-dimensional printing, in which ink is vertically layered on horizontal paper, to the next level. A computer design enables a printer to weave together plastic polymers from the bottom up to create any object you could possibly want.
Give that ability to the human race and leave it to us to mess it up: it was only a matter of time before we found out (a la the Vicedocumentary) that 3D printing was obviously being used to create illegal guns and drugs.
Today, GOP mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis released a radio ad touting his support for "pro-active police work" and blasting foes of the NYPD's controversial practice of stop and frisk. The ad followed on the heels of a new report out from the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene showing that firearm deaths per capita in New York City plummeted by 32 percent between 2000 and 2012. The report itself noted the state's tight gun laws and permit review process, while Mayor Bloomberg also highlighted "proactive policing" as a factor in a Sunday address.
Deborah Farley, a 53-year-old mother in Queens, was arrested today, a day after her second-grade son was caught in school with a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a flare gun, and live ammunition in his backpack.
Farley notified the principal at Wave Preparatory Elementary School about two hours after dropping her son off for the day. She'd stashed the guns in his backpack previously and forgot about them.
When she returned home, another family member reminded her that her son had the guns, a 10-round magazine, and loose bullets in his bag. She rushed back and told the principal that she had to pull her son out of class. But according to the New York Daily News, the child falsely told Farley that he'd given the weapons to someone else. Only then did she tell the principal, who notified police and put the school on lockdown.
Farley was charged today with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, unlawful possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Glory to God, Alex Jones uploaded a video after his interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, and dare we say that it might've outdone his original rant, which led to him trending nationally on Twitter. Jones was back in his hotel room after the taping, and he claimed to fear for his life.
Before yesterday, Jones was best known for his conspiracy theories, and in his video he recalled being cased after the show by shady, intimidating police officers in advance of a possible NYPD/Mafia murder plot. Jones broke it down: "The way this will work is, 'Oh see, they're here protesting gun grabs. Oh, some crack dealers shot 'em.' And if you don't know that Bloomberg's total Mafia, you're not living on Planet Earth and reality."
He ended what he suspected might be his last ever recorded video with this possibly eternal line: "We've got Goodfellas climbing out our butts right now. Alex Jones signing off for infowars.com. I love you."
The argument against gun control should've gone out the window the moment 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked up to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and with completely legal firearms he plucked from his mother sometime before shooting her multiple times in the head, blew through a wall of glass, walked inside, and began slaughtering young children and the staff who protected them.
By the time he was finished, mercifully ending the onslaught with a shot to his own head, 20 children were dead, none older than seven years old, along with six adults who gave their lives protecting their doomed students. It was the worst day in America since, well, a few months ago, when James Eagan Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and sprayed bullets, like raindrops, into the seats and limbs and torsos and heads of moviegoers, killing 12 and injuring 58.
We're all healing, as we've had to do too many times this year alone, and everyone's faced with the question of what to do now. This is America, after all, one of the greatest nations on earth and, more than a few people will tell you, a country whose lands and citizens are handpicked and protected by God Himself. This can't happen. Our children are not livestock.
If any good can come out of so many lives senselessly lost, it's that America would maybe, as John Surico wrote, seize the day to act on guns, so that what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School would never happen on our shores ever again.
Mayor Bloomberg has been on a roll defending stop-and-frisk lately, trying desperately to get people to embrace his controversial policing practices a decade into his administration. One tactic has been trying to convince New York liberals (who generally like the idea of gun control) that illegal guns are coming off the streets because of stop-and-frisk (the policy of searching hundreds of thousands of innocent black and brown folks a year which liberals generally don't like).
Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion talking to reporters yesterday.
New Yorkers who don't like stop-and-frisk can go live in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. and see how they like the murder rates there!
This is what a pretty braggy Mike Bloomberg said yesterday in response to a question from the Voice about the logic behind his repeated defense of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy -- that it saves thousands of lives.
We were interested in the argument of Michael Powell at the Times, who recently questioned the go-to response of the mayor and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that stop-and-frisk has played an important role over the past decade in saving 5,600 lives.
On Thursday night, at around 11:45pm, Franze Williams, 32, was non-fatally shot in the stomach at his apartment building on Tapscott Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was taken to the nearby Browndale Hospital and treated for his gun wounds.
Soon after, police officials applied for and received a search warrant to inspect the house the following morning. The next day, detectives went to Williams' apartment to gather some information about the shooting and the suspects involved. Except they found something completely different: 125 pounds of weed, a 9mm pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition.
Not sure if the expression "hit two birds with one stone" is applicable here but we'll throw it in anyway.