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3 Dead, 1 Missing After Car Careens Into Delaware Canal

3 Dead, 1 Missing After Car Careens Into Delaware Canal

An 18-year-old driver and two of his young passengers are dead after his car careened off a Delaware canal bank Sunday morning and crashed into the water below, Delaware officials said.

The two passengers were 16 and 12 years old. A third passenger, a 6-year-old boy, has not been found, Delaware officials said.

The accident happened around 9:41 a.m. in Middletown, about a mile from the Sen. William V. Roth Jr. Bridge, state police said. The car fell into the southern side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin.

A 16-year-old female passenger managed to escape the wreckage and swim to shore with the help of the driver, Austin said. Once she reached safety, the driver swam back to help the remaining three passengers. 

“He was a hero,” Austin said of the driver, who has not been identified. “He tried to do everything he could.”

A multiagency operation, including dive teams, located the submerged car around 3 p.m. Sunday. It was pulled out of the water two hours hours later.

A search for the missing 6-year-old passenger continues, police said.

The driver and three of the passengers were related, according to police. The 16-year-old girl was described as a family friend.

“They’re holding up but it’s not going to be easy,” relative Rudolph Jones said. “It’s going to stay with them.”


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Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dead in New York at 75

Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dead in New York at 75

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York at age 75.

Police said they received a call around 4 p.m. for an unconscious male at a townhouse on East 19th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement sources confirmed the deceased was Ocasek.

Ocasek and his band were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2018. The institution described the band as “hook-savvy with the perfect combo of new wave and classic rock.”

The band had 13 top-40 singles, and Ocasek went on to a successful producing career after The Cars broke up in the late 1980s.

He was also known for his long-running marriage to the Czech supermodel Paulina Porizkova. She announced their separation in 2018 after 28 years of marriage. 

They listed the 19th Street residence for sale earlier this year for more than $15 million. 


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El Paso Shooting: At Least 19 Dead in Walmart Attack

El Paso Shooting: At Least 19 Dead in Walmart Attack

A gunman opened fire at a Walmart and a nearby mall in El Paso, Texas, in a Saturday morning assault that killed at least 19 people and wounded 40, law enforcement officials told NBC News. One suspect was in custody.

Police identified the suspect as Patrick Wood Crusius, a resident of the Dallas area, who turned 21 last week, law enforcement sources told NBC. 

El Paso Police Department Sgt. Robert Gomez said first reports of the shooting at a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall came in around 10 a.m. local time. Photos and videos on social media showed victims both inside and outside a Walmart SuperCenter located to the west of the mall, just across a parking lot. He would confirm only mulitple victims.

“Our hearts go out to those that have been injured…families of those who may have been killed,” ” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said. 

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Earlier, the mayor had said police had captured three suspects, but according to police, just one person, a male, was in custody.

“At this time, we have ruled out multiple shooters,” Gomez said. “It’s still active, but as of right now, we have one person in custody.”

He said that police were still investigating a motive. Law enforcement officials believe that Crusius posted a racist, anti-immigrant essay online just before the shooting, NBC News reported.

At Least 19 Dead, 40 Injured in El Paso Mall Shooting: SourcesAt Least 19 Dead, 40 Injured in El Paso Mall Shooting: Sources

A Walmart shopper,Adriana Quezada, told the AP, “I heard the shots but I thought they were hits, like roof construction.”

Quezada, 39, who was in the women’s clothing section of Walmart with her two children. Quezada’s 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son threw themselves to the ground, then ran out of the Walmart through an emergency exit. She said they were not hurt.

Walmart tweeted Saturday afternoon, “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate.”

The area where police converged Saturday afternoon is east of downtown El Paso, near the city’s international airport about two miles from the Mexican border.

“There has to be a point where enough is enough. Enough is enough,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar, the Democrat who represents El Paso in Congress, in an interview on MSNBC. “We have been plagued by gun violence in this country and needless tragedy week after week after week and it is about time for sensible gun violence prevention legislation.”

“Here in this community we are going to wrap our arms around each other,” said Escobar, who ended a town hall meeting at Coronado High School 15 miles from the mall because of the shooting. “But the folks elected to every office that have the ability to legislate safety, we have to do it. The time has come … the time came a long time ago.”

University Medical Center, a level one trauma center, got 12 victims, some of whom were dead, others of whom had nonlife-threatening injuries, spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Two children were taken to El Paso Children’s Hospital, 2 and 9 years old. They are in stable condition, officials said. 

Del Sol Medical Center took in 11 patients ranging in age from 35 to 82, according to the NBC affiliate KTSM television station. Nine are in critical condition, two others were stable.

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President Donald Trump tweeted, “Terrible shootings in El Paso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed.”

The shooting comes six days after a man opened fire on a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing two children and a man and then himself. Twelve people were injured.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting “a heinous and senseless act of violence” and said the state had deployed a number of law enforcement officers to the city, according to The Associated Press. 

An emotional Beto O’Rourke, a presidential candidate and former representative, said he was returning to El Paso, his home town, to be with his family and his community.

“We know there’s a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” O’Rourke said. “I’m incredibly saddened, and it is very hard to think about this, but I’ll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world. This community is going to come together.”

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Earlier he tweeted: “Truly heartbreaking. Stay safe, El Paso.”


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3 Dead, Suspect Killed in Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

3 Dead, Suspect Killed in Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

Three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 12 others were wounded Sunday after a gunman cut through a fence to avoid security and opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.

The other two people killed in the shooting have been identified as a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s, police said.

The gunman, who was shot and killed by police, has been identified as Santino William Legan, a federal law enforcement official confirmed to NBC News. Police in a news conference Monday said the gunman used an AK-47 type assault rifle purchased legally in Nevada on July 9.

“This is a tragic incident for our community,” Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco said. “On behalf of the city and the Gilroy City Council our thoughts and prayers go out the victims and families.”

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There were reports that a second suspect may have been involved in the shooting. Police are still trying to determine if that is the case.

“We don’t have any confirmation that any second suspect did any shooting, but we certainly are investigating all leads to try to determine who that potential second suspect is and what exactly that person’s role was,” Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said Monday.

A motive behind the shooting remains unknown, Smithee said.

The 6-year-old boy who died was identified as Steven Romero by members of his family.

“My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6,” his father Alberto Romero told NBC Bay Area. “That’s all I can say.”

Police and emergency personnel responded to reports of an active shooter incident at Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park at around 5:40 p.m. PT, Smithee said. Officers engaged the suspect and killed him within a minute.

Witnesses reported seeing a potential second suspect, and as of early Monday morning the scene was still active, with multiple agencies searching for the possible outstanding suspect, according to Gilroy police.

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Late Sunday, officials said 15 people were injured in the shooting. They later clarified to say 12 people were hurt.

Officials with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center said they received five victims from the shooting, including two major trauma victims from St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy.

St. Louise initially received six gunshot wound victims, and of the four that remained there, one died, a hospital spokesperson said. 

An official with Regional Medical Center in San Jose said the hospital received four victims, one of whom was in critical condition.

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One witness told NBC Bay Area he was on his way out of the festival when he felt a bullet pass by his head, and when he turned around, he saw everyone running.

Another witness said some people were stranded at nearby Las Animas Elementary School.

San Jose police and fire units responded to the scene to assist, according to a tweet from Mayor Sam Liccardo. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies also were on scene, along with California Highway Patrol units.

For those searching for loved ones, a reunification center was set up at nearby Gavilan College in parking lot B, according to Gilroy police. 

President Donald Trump, Gov. Gavin Newsom and other political leaders reacted to the shooting on social media late Sunday.

Attorney General William Barr was also briefed on the shooting, and the Justice Department is providing resources and monitoring the situation, a department spokesperson said early Monday.

The festival, now in its 41st year, is a local tradition that attracts thousands annually. It was wrapping up its third and final day when reports of the shooting came in.

NBC Bay Area’s Laura Garcia, Marianne Favro, Robert Handa and Janelle Wang contributed to this report.


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Suspect Sought in Overnight Shootings That Left Three Dead in San Fernando Valley

Suspect Sought in Overnight Shootings That Left Three Dead in San Fernando Valley

A man suspected of fatally shooting his father and brother at a Canoga Park apartment was sought early Thursday by police.

Law enforcement sources tell NBC4 the man wanted for the double-murder also is suspected in an overnight shooting in North Hollywood. That shooting left one gas station employee dead and another hospitalized in critical condition.

Police were searching for Gerry Dean Zerogaza in connection with the shootings. 

The father and son killed early Thursday were were found dead at the apartment. A woman identified as the suspect’s mother was wounded in the shooting, but details about her condition were not immediately available.. 

No arrests were reported in the shooting in the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley community. Investigators said the shooting occurred in the residence.

Also Thursday morning, two employees were hospitalized after the gunfire at a Shell station near Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street in North Hollywood. The woman died at the hospital.

A motive remained unclear.

NBC4’s Eric Leonard contributed to this report.


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Denise Nickerson, Who Played Violet Beauregarde in ‘Willy Wonka,’ Dead at 62

Denise Nickerson, Who Played Violet Beauregarde in 'Willy Wonka,' Dead at 62

Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as the bratty, bubble-gum blowing Violet Beauregarde in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” died Wednesday night after complications from strokes, her family said. 

She was 62, NBC News reported.

Nickerson’s son, Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, announced on Facebook that she had died, writing “She’s gone.” Jasmine told NBC News that she died at about 10:15 p.m.

Nickerson suffered a stroke in June 2018 and a massive seizure on Tuesday after complications from pneumonia, her family had said. She entered a “coma-like state” and could not be saved, they said. 

Early Wednesday, the family decided to take her off anti-seizure medication and an oxygen pump because “none of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable.”


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1 Dead, 5 Hurt in Shooting at Philadelphia Grad Party

1 Dead, 5 Hurt in Shooting at Philadelphia Grad Party

A night of celebration turned to one of violence and tragedy when a mass shooting left one person dead and five others injured during a graduation party in Southwest Philadelphia.

Around 60 people were attending the party at 70th and Buist avenues around 10 p.m. Sunday when an unidentified gunman fired at least eight shots.

A 21-year-old and four teenagers ages 15 to 17 were struck by the gunfire, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small confirmed early Monday. The person who died was 24.

The wounded are in stable condition and expected to survive, according to police. Earlier it was reported that seven had been injured in the shooting.

No arrests have been made and police have not yet released a description of the shooter. Police found multiple private surveillance cameras and they are working to retrieve the video, Small said.

The shooting came at the end of a violent weekend in Philadelphia. Prior to the incident, at least three people were killed and 15 others hurt in separate shootings across the city.

“What you got to get at is the hearts and minds of people who want to pull out a gun and fire at a group of 60 people,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. “That’s something that’s even more troubling.”

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia police.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.


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Helicopter Makes Hard Landing on Manhattan High-Rise; 1 Dead

Helicopter Makes Hard Landing on Manhattan High-Rise; 1 Dead

The pilot of the helicopter who died when he crash-landed on the roof of a 54-story high-rise in midtown Manhattan Monday, sparking a fire and evacuations in the heart of the city, was a “respected” volunteer fire chief and “beloved” family man, according to relatives and colleagues.

Tim McCormack was identified as the pilot by a manager at Linden Municipal Airport, a senior official told News 4. He had just dropped off a passenger at the East 34th Street heliport and may have been making his way back to the chopper’s base in New Jersey when he crashed onto the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue and West 51st Street shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.

He was the only person on board — and by many accounts, he died trying to save the lives of others. 

McCormack’s brother, Michael, said in a statement: “My brother Tim was a professional pilot with years of experience in private transport as well as being a flight instructor. From my point of view, Tim put other people’s lives first with what happened today by putting the helicopter on the roof of a building, which took great skill, and in my opinion he saved many lives by doing such. It is a true act of heroism.”

McCormack served as a volunteer fire firefighter with the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department in Clinton Corners, New York, for more than 25 years, serving as its chief for 10 years. He had two stepdaughters and three grandchildren.

Trish Minns, one of McCormack’s stepdaughters, called him a “truly great man to all those who knew him. He was a devoted father and grandfather, making memories canoeing at the lake, attending school graduations and teaching the kids how to drive a stick shift.”

Officials are still unsure how the aircraft ended up flying over Midtown, or why it was flying in the poor weather conditions — which could have disoriented McCormack, the senior official said. Both Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said it was not clear if the chopper had permission to be flying in Midtown, given the flight restrictions usually in place in the area. 

The airport manager, Paul Dudley, said that McCormack was highly trained and experienced, with intimate experience with the area. Dudley believes that McCormack chose to go to the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue to spare people on the ground.

The fire department where he volunteered echoed that statement on his emergency training, no matter the situation.

“Tim was a dedicated, highly professional and extremely well trained firefighter,” the fire department said in a statement on its Facebook page following McCormack’s passing. “Tim’s technical knowledge and ability to command an emergency were exceptional. Chief McCormack was extremely respected by not only the members of the department, but throughout the Dutchess County fire service. Tim will be exceptionally missed by this department’s members, not only for his leadership but for his wonderful sense of humor.”

McCormack told workers at the East River helipad he thought he had a clearing in the skies where he could make the flight, according to law enforcement sources. Once he was in the air, he got on the radio saying he might need to return, the sources said.

O’Neill said the chopper was airborne for about 11 minutes before crashing. According to law enforcement sources, the aircraft could be seen flying erratically in the sky, making dramatic dips and turns before vanishing into the clouds. Investigators say there is no indication of terrorism.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was an Agusta A109E helicopter, and that air traffic controllers did not handle the flight. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. The agency is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

The first responder to the scene was FDNY Lieutenant Adrian Walsh, who confirmed the victim was dead when they arrived.

The hard landing and subsequent fire sent thick gray smoke billowing from the top of the towering building, which also houses offices for BNP Paribas, the French bank. The blaze was out within about 30 minutes, and the FDNY placed the three-alarm scene under control just before 4:30 p.m.

The NYPD shut down a broad stretch of roads all around the scene, with 42nd Street to 57th Street closed off for a few hours between Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. Most roads were re-opened within a few hours.

At the time of the crash, the cloud ceiling height was around 600 feet — meaning it’s likely the top of the building was enshrouded in clouds, according to the National Weather Service. 

As the cause of the crash remains under investigation, lawmakers are renewing calls to ban the use of non-essential helicopters in New York City. 

“Today is one of the nightmares New Yorkers talk about,” Rep Carolyn Maloney said. “This pilot’s death is one too many. We cannot rely on good fortune to protect people on the ground. It is past time for the FAA to ban unnecessary helicopters from the skies over our densely-packed urban city. The risks to New Yorkers are just too high.”

There have been multiple incidents over the years with small aircraft hitting skyscrapers in Manhattan. In 2006, a plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle hit a 40-story condominium tower on the Upper East Side.

In 1977, a helicopter crash on the roof of what was then the Pan Am Building killed five people.


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