Fifty are dead and fifty three are wounded after a deadly terror attack in Orlando, Florida. The attack began just after two on Sunday morning as twenty nine year old Omar Mir Seddique Mateen stormed the Pulse night club, which caters to the L G B T community. During the attack, which lasted several hours and ended after police detonated explosives to blow holes in walls to gain access to the club, Mateen, who was born in New York City to immigrants from Afghanistan, called 9 1 1 so the world would know he’d pledged allegiance to ISIS. He’s reported to have mentioned the Boston Marathon bombing during the call. His pledge of allegiance to ISIS probably won’t come as a surprise to law enforcement, or maybe it will. The FBI investigated Mateen for terror ties in two thousand thirteen and fourteen, but found he was not a threat. Mateen, who had weapons training because of his job as a security guard, was shot and killed by police as they stormed the building.
Reaction ran the gamut across the political spectrum. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a statement yesterday saying it was unknown whether or not it was an act of terror or hate or the actions of a deranged individual. In media interviews, he blamed it, you guessed it, on the guns, as did the current occupant of the White House in a statement yesterday. Though he did call it an act of terror, he said the shooter’s motive was unknown and managed to also turn the horrific attack into an L G B T equality issue.
Hillary Clinton used the occasion to tout her plans to defeat Isis, say she was an ally of the L G B T community and say that the country had to act to keep guns like the ones used to commit the attack out of the hands of terrorists and criminals.
Of course, this all came well after presumptive G O P presidential nominee Donald J. Trump tweeted, he was praying for the victims and asked quote “when will we get smart, tough and vigilant?” However, he incurred the wrath of many about an hour later when he tweeted quote
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
About an hour after that he went on the offensive against the current occupant of the White House saying quote:
“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”
His final tweet was this:
“What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough”
News from our American backyard continues after this.
The Manchester Police Department believes it has captured the person they believe is responsible for two of the city’s shootings, both of them on West Street. The department, including the SWAT team, conducted a raid at 2 7 3 Belmont Street on Thursday night that nabbed thirty year old John Gebo of 3 3 6 Amherst Street and thirty three year old Kelvin Reddick, no fixed address, on arrest warrants for Sale of a Narcotic Drug. Gebo was also charged with Four Counts of Reckless Conduct and Felon in Possession of a Firearm for his actions on June 8th, at four in the morning when he allegedly fired four bullets into 91 West Street.
Detectives on scene also conducted a motor vehicle stop on Belmont Street, near Hayward Street, at the time of the operation and arrested the male passenger. Twenty seven year old vehicle owner Shannon McFarland granted consent to the search. Detectives located a cigarette pack with a used crack pipe inside. The item belonged to her passenger, twenty eight year old Brandon Griffin of 2 7 1 Lowell Street. Griffin was charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug and Falsifying Physical Evidence for attempting to conceal the cigarette pack as the officers stopped the vehicle.
“Thefts from motor vehicles and car break-ins continue to be a problem in Bedford. The majority of thefts from motor vehicles occur late at night and involve the vehicles being unlocked. Please make sure to lock your car and remove all valuables every time you exit your vehicle.”
That’s what Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski said as he and the department, yet again, urged people to lock their vehicle doors, even when the car is parked in the driveway or garage and to remove valuable items from the car, or at least out of plain sight, to help stem the rising tide of theft from vehicles in town. B P D is asking any member of the public who sees or has seen anything out of the ordinary or finds that any of their belongings have been stolen from their vehicle, to call the department at 4 7 2 5 1 1 3.
The Goffstown Police Department reported a bear sighting on the Rail Trail by the Recreation Department building. They’re advising trail users to be cautious and not to feed the bears. They also offered a reward for anyone who can answer the age old question about what the bears, you know, do in the woods.
That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is next!