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UPDATE: December 29th, 2011 @ 4:20 PM -
Yazdanpanah’s niece, 22-year-old Sara Fatemeh Zarei, sent a text to a friend just before 11am saying they had arrived at the apartment and that Yazdanpanah was there.
‘Soo we’re here. We just got here and my uncle is here too. Dressed as Santa. Awesome,’ she said in one text.
At 11:15 am she texted: ‘Now he wants to be all fatherly and win father of the year.’
Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling said police believe that after Yazdanpanah shot his six family members, he called 911 at 11:34 am and then shot himself.
Police arrived about three minutes later and found everyone dead. It appeared they had been opening presents around their Christmas tree just before the attack.
A recording of the 911 call released yesterday revealed someone saying: ‘Help, help’ and then ‘I am shooting people.’
Police said those words, muffled by the caller’s labored breathing, couldn’t be heard by the dispatcher on Christmas Day but were audible when investigators used a different software system. They believe the call was made by Yazdanpanah.
Aziz Yazdanpanah, 56, had separated from his estranged wife in March of this year. On Christmas morning in Grapevine, Texas, Yazdanpanah came into an apartment dressed as Santa and shot dead many victims before turning the gun on himself. Among some of those murdered were two of his children as well as his estranged wife and it is believed that the separation is what led to this disastrous Christmas.
The victims have been identified as his wife Nasrin Rahmaty, 55, the couple’s two children Nona Yazdanpanah, 19, and her brother, Ali, 15.
Yazdanpanah also killed his sister-in-law’s family. Zohreh Rahmaty, 58, who was Nasrin’s sister, and her husband, Hossein Zarei, 59. Their daughter Sahra Zarei, 22, was also shot.
Although the family was having financial troubles and had to declare bankruptcy, no one expected that this loving father would take the lives of his children and other family members. Police had said it was the most gruesome gun crime that they had seen in this district.
Police dispatched at about 11:30am local time on Sunday, found the bodies in the first-floor living room of a two-story unit in the Lincoln Vineyards apartments, police said.
The 911 caller never spoke to police, and officers did not see the telephone when they arrived, officials said.
Eberling said he believed police had to kick in the door to enter. No neighbors reported hearing gunshots, he said.
For a father to kill his own children is absolutely horrendous, and then to be so cruel and dress as Santa Clause before gunning down everyone, I just can’t possibly imagine what was going on in this man’s head. Money, despite it being a major cause for stress, should never be so important that not living seems to be the only solution. The children who were murdered through this had full lives to live and could have been responsible for doing something miraculous, but because you allowed the finances to become unbearable, you took their lives from them.
These children were innocent, and had to pay for your stress, unhappiness, and selfishness. You are lucky to have died because quite honestly, it would have been a better scenario if you had to live with the guilt of what you had done.
- Texas Shooting: 7 Dead, Shooter Dressed as Santa (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Man Dressed As Santa Claus Killed Six Relatives On Christmas (dreamindemon.com)
- Cops: Man in Santa Suit Killed Relatives (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Police: Gunman in murder-suicide dressed as Santa (sfgate.com)
- Man Dresses As Santa Claus, Kills Entire Family (inquisitr.com)
UPDATE: Monday December 12th, 2001 @ 4:15 PM -
The shooting suspect has now been identified as Tyler Brehm and his ex-girlfriend, Alicia Alligood, is speaking out about the reason she believes he went on the shooting rampage. Alligood, 24, has shed light on a possible motive for the shooting, their December 1st break up.
The former girlfriend of a gunman shot dead by police after he went on a shooting rampage along a Hollywood street has described how she woke to 14 text messages informing her of his death.
Alicia Alligood, 24, had broken up with her boyfriend of four-and-a-half years Tyler Brehm, 26, just days before he went on the spree that left one man in critical condition and two injured.
But she was unaware of his involvement in the shooting until she woke at 7 a.m. the following day to 14 text messages – some from the shooter himself.
Sadly, this man seems to seriously have been a good guy who simply went crazy after the break up. It’s rather terrifying to know that someone that people described so nicely, can be capable of the fear and harm that he had caused. His family is now left with unanswered questions and other people are dealing with the consequences of his actions.
But Alligood described her former boyfriend as a ‘humanitarian’, and someone who was ‘extremely motivated to change the world for the better’, even managing a non-profit organisation for a friend.
He had met a woman he thought was a pharmaceutical saleswoman who had given him some kind of pills, Alligood said.
He began taking the pills, which Alligood found alarming as he had never taken ‘hard’ drugs before.
Police received a call in regards to a man who was apparently firing at random near Sunset Blvd. and Vine Street at around 10:30 this morning. According to one witness, Oscar Herrera, the man fired at at least three cars that he had seen.
At some point, Herrera said the suspect ran out of bullets and brandished a knife.
“He put the gun in his waist and he walked down there. And that’s when a policeman came this way, near the bank, and he saw him with the knife and the gun (and) he started shooting at him like maybe four or five times.”
Herrera said the man was screaming, “Kill me … I’m gonna die!”
The police are still trying to gather more information as well as identify the suspect turned victim. Seeing as he’s no longer alive, he will not be punished for the two police that he injured during his shooting rampage.
What a crazy pathetic son of a bitch. If you are wanting to die and too cowardly to do it yourself, that you have to put the lives of other people in jeopardy, then I would consider your death lucky. If I were that cop I would have tried my hardest to keep your sorry ass alive so that you could be imprisoned and have an even more miserable existence than you thought you had. Unfortunately, he was just trying to protect himself like many others and couldn’t think about the rightful punishment for a careless dick like yourself.
- Hollywood shootout: Gunman killed after opening fire near ArcLight Theater (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Hollywood shooting suspect killed by LAPD (abclocal.go.com)
- 1 dead, several hurt in Hollywood shootout (cbsnews.com)
- Hollywood shootout: Gunman ‘wanted to die a loud death,’ witness says – Los Angeles Times (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
Virginia Tech University is a widely known campus, mainly due to the massacre that had occurred here on April 16th, 2007. Well today, the school is facing yet another shooter, one who has already killed two people.
The school said the suspect is at large and students are being told, “Stay indoors. Secure in place.”
An alert on the Virginia Tech school’s website said: “There is an active campus alert in Blacksburg. Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are. Blacksburg Transit service is suspended until the alert is lifted.”
A school police officer was performing a routine traffic stop around noon at the school’s Coliseum parking lot, near McComas Hall.
“During the traffic stop. the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting,” Owczarski said in the statement.
“Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased,” he said.
The suspect is still on the loose and there has been a description given to everyone, in case they encounter the individual. The man is apparently a white male who is wearing gray sweatpants, a gray hat with neon green on the brim, a maroon hoodie along with a backpack.
Although the last day of classes was yesterday, Wednesday, some students are still on the premises because it is Reading Day, a day of studying. All students and faculty are being urged to stay inside until the police have the situation under control.
- Virginia Tech alerts: Police officer shot, gunman at large (knoxnews.com)
- Virginia Tech: Police officer shot on campus, gunman sought (mercurynews.com)
- Shots fired in parking lot near Virginia Tech (ctv.ca)
- Virginia Tech: authorities hunt suspect after gunshots fired on campus (guardian.co.uk)
- Report: Shots Fired At Virginia Tech Campus (mediaite.com)
- Virginia Tech seeks to block fine in shooting case (sfgate.com)
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is the very religiously and socially confused man who attempted to shoot bullets into President Barack Obama’s window at the White House in Washington D.C. The reason I am under the assumption he’s confused is due to the conflicting artwork all over his body.
The Park Police had also released photographs showing that Mr. Ortega had distinctive tattoos, including the word “Israel” on the left side of his neck. He is also said to have three dots tattooed on his right hand, the name “Ortega” on his back, rosary beads and hands clasped in prayer on his right chest and folded hands on his left chest.
Even if he were to say that this was done because of religious beliefs, we’d have to ask him which religion he was even currently interested in. My belief, is that the man is clearly out of his mind and this is probably the most notoriety and attention he’ll ever receive.
While he was a missing suspect for quite some time, he has now been taken into the custody of the Pennsylvania State Police after being reprehended in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He is in for a rough time. I mean, he shot bullets into the fucking President’s window. Crazy or not, my bet is this is now GAME OVER.
- White House bullet: shooting suspect arrested in Pennsylvania (guardian.co.uk)
- White House Shooting Suspect Arrested in Pennsylvania [White House] (gawker.com)
- White House Shooting Suspect Arrested In Pennsylvania Hotel (huffingtonpost.com)
- White House Shooting Suspect Detained (time.com)
Elena Rendell, 17, is currently being held on $300,000 after her sister, 14, died from being shot with a 9mm pistol.
Apparently the girls were arguing about a cell phone when Elena decided to go and grab a gun from the other room. She pointed it at 14-year-old Christina Sneary, and fired. Sadly, she hit the girl in the neck and then ran outside asking for help, saying that her sister had been shot.
Sneary was rushed to the hospital, and Rendell was taken to a juvenile detention center. While Rendell was there, she was informed that her sister had died and she would now be charged with 2nd degree murder as an adult, because a firearm was involved.
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William Falkingham, 34, has successfully scared neighborhood children in Idaho thanks to his terrifying bunny suit. Apparently, it’s not just the suit that’s threatening, but the way he makes his hand into a fake gun, points it at children and pretends to fire at them. And sometimes he even makes himself even more terrifying by sporting a tutu on the bunny suit.
A bunny wearing a tutu, shooting at children doesn’t sound all that bad right? Well, the police think so and have asked that he stop terrorizing the children. Obviously Faulkner understood why the children were so scared and has agreed to stop wearing the suit around town.
What a pussy. You have a great gag going on, that’s completely legal and have made a name for yourself, but you give in to peer pressure. Granted, it is pressure from police who have some authority, but come on, you shoot children!
In Plainville, Connecticut - One officer was shot, another injured during apprehension of a child molester who was attending the Harry Potter movie premier. The suspect Eric Gothberg did not go willingly which is what triggered police to pull their weapons. The officer that was shot had just arrived on the scene when a bullet missed the suspect and came his way. Both officers are now fine and suspect is in custody.
A group of Papua New Guinean tribesman hunted a foreign couple through the forest to a river, then shot them with arrows and pelted them with rocks, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Matt Scheurich, a 28-year-old New Zealander, was struck in the chest and stomach by arrows as the tribesmen attempted to molest his french girlfriend, an anthropologist, last month.
Tours to villages in PNG’s remote highlands, which are marketed as unique opportunities to visit fascinating indigenous communities, are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately, violence is perhaps the only common theme among native cultures.
PNG’s terrain is so rough that many villages have entirely different traditions and languages than their neighbors. One rite of passage many of these peoples shared (and may still share in places) is headhunting: Young men are not considered adult until they kill an enemy in battle and behead him. Think of it as a strange combination bar mitzvah and bris.
While Scheurich’s head was probably not the prize the tribesmen were after, it can be inferred that their intentions were probably not benign.
Meeting diverse peoples has become a priority for international travelers – no doubt a positive development – but talking to strangers can be risky even for adults. Not all savages are noble (and some nobles are savage).
The premium placed on the exotic has driven a certain sort of person to take increasingly extreme risks as the beaten path has gotten beaten wider and wider. India is easy, so travelers head to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is peaceful, so they move on to Borneo. Borneo is accessible, so travelers look to PNG.
PNG is incredibly dangerous. Hurrah.
The U.S. State Department recommends that visitors take precautions before traveling in the highlands and in the capital Port Moresby, which is basically Mos Eisley on the ocean.
Apparently an addendum should be added to those recommendations advising visitors to cover their tracks.
Okay, so I’ve heard many things about Papau New Guinea, including a tribe that has young men eat the semen of the older tribesmen to enter into adulthood; To me, that just sounds like a blowjob, but whatever. Now I hear that they are HUNTING tourists?! I am no longer interested (nor was I ever) in visiting this place. I’d much rather play video games about hunting than actually be hunted. I’d also like for my 13 year old boy (if I had one) to just get a shaky voice as he’s entering manhood and not have to deal with sucking off his elders.
As we all know, the rapture that was predicted to occur, never happened. Unfortunately, many people took this very seriously, especially Dale O’Callaghan. He went so far as to shoot co-workers that made fun of him for believing. I’m sure if the rapture did come, he would not be taken up now.
KPTV – The motive in a workplace shooting in Eugene may be the ribbing one employee took from a co-worker after the predicted May 21 rapture failed to occur. The mother of the victim told The Register Guard that her son said Dale O’Callaghan took it personally when he was needled about his belief that he would be taken to heaven by the return of Jesus Christ. Eugene police say O’Callaghan shot Jerry Andrews on Friday morning at LHM Hydraulics, where they worked. Andrews suffered a fractured shoulder. Police say O’Callaghan was still at the business when they arrived just before 7 a.m. His mother, Robin O’Brien, says her son didn’t want to speak with a reporter about the shooting, but she said O’Callaghan had expected to be taken up in the rapture.