Soul food restaurant co-owner among 6 killed in Baltimore weekend shootings

Six people were killed in shootings over the weekend in Baltimore, including one of the owners of a soul food restaurant in Little Italy.

Trevor White, one of the co-owners of RYMKS Bar and Grille, attended AFRAM on Friday and was part of a podcast in which he talked about being a Black businessman in Baltimore. White, 40, promoted his businesses and pushed for other minorities to start their own.

“Baltimore City is a great place to open a business start a business and build your footprint,” White said in the podcast. “My thing is the more businesses I can be a part of, the more businesses I can open, the more ability I have to employ people and get people to work.”

He was killed hours later. Police said officers were called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of gunfire in northeast Baltimore. Police said officers arrived on Lakeside Avenue and found White shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

A sign posted on the restaurant’s door read: “Due to unfortunate events, RYMKS Bar and Grille will not be opening today (Monday). We look forward to your support in the future.”

White also operated VBS Tax and Accounting on Liberty Road and was the director of ReBuild Metro, a nonprofit group that focuses on affordable housing.

Police are investigating other weekend homicides, including the killing of a woman near a bus stop around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“My brother was standing on the porch. He actually saw the victim fall,” said a resident who asked to remain anonymous.

The woman was shot multiple times on Talbot Road in northwest Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they are still trying to find family members before releasing her name.

According to police, from Friday through Sunday, there were six fatal shootings in Baltimore and six other shooting victims survived.

Police told 11 News the city has had 166 homicides so far this year, compared to 158 this time last year. There are 317 nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to 323 at the same time in 2021.

Communities are stunned by the violence.

“I thought, ‘Here it is in our neighborhood. You can’t get away from it,'” a resident said. “It’s a drag. People getting shot in the streets, and who knows what for, you know?”

Police said they are trying to find suspects and motives for the killings.

Source: WBAL

Police: 3 people killed following shooting in Smithsburg, suspect identified

Three people are dead and three were injured following a shooting on Thursday in Smithsburg, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers said they responded around 2:30 p.m. to Columbia Machine INC., a manufacturing plant, for reports of an active shooter.

Upon arrival, police said they found three men dead. The three victims were identified as 50-year-old Mark Alan Frey, Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31 and 30-year-old Joshua Robert Wallace.

A fourth victim, Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was critically injured, officers said.

Police said the suspect, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia fled the scene before officers arrived.

Esquivel and the victims were employees of the manufacturing plant, officers said. He worked throughout the day at the business prior to the incident.

Police said around 2:30 p.m., Esquivel exited the building, took a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and re-entered the business. He went to the breakroom area and then shot at employees.

A short time later, Maryland State Police encountered Esquivel inside a vehicle in the area of Mapleville Road and Mount Aetna Road, officers said. They exchanged gunfire.

Police said Esquivel and a trooper were injured and taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.

The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital, officers said. Esquivel was also released from the hospital and is now being held at the Washington County Detention Center on no bond.

Police said Esquivel faces numerous charges that include multiple counts of first- and second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges.

A motive for the shooting is under investigation.

Source: WBAL

Tulsa police: 3 killed in shooting at medical building

Three people were killed Wednesday in a shooting at a Tulsa medical building on a hospital campus, a police captain said.

Capt. Richard Meulenberg confirmed the number of dead. Meulenberg said the shooter also was dead.

It was unclear how the shooter died.

“Officers are currently going through every room in the building checking for additional threats,” police said in a Facebook post just before 6 p.m. “We know there are multiple injuries, and potentially multiple casualties.”

Meulenberg also said multiple people were wounded and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”

St. Francis Health System locked down its campus Wednesday afternoon because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building. The Natalie building houses an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center.

Aerial footage from a TV helicopter appeared to show first responders wheeling someone on a stretcher away from the hospital building.

Dozens of of police cars could be seen outside the hospital complex, and authorities shut down traffic as the investigation went on.

A reunification center for families to find their loved ones was set up at a nearby high school.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesperson said.

Source: WBAL

1 teen dead, 1 teen injured in Inner Harbor shooting

One teenager is dead and another was injured Saturday evening in a double-shooting at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, police said.

City police told 11 News two people — a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy — were shot shortly after 7:30 p.m. at Pratt and Light streets.

The boy, Neal Mack, has since died and the girl was taken into surgery and is in stable but serious condition, police said.

Police said officers are searching for the assailant. Police said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation, and it’s unknown whether the two victims were together at the time of the shooting.

“This is an unnecessary tragedy,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. “It’s about young people carrying guns, young people with the willingness to use those guns indiscriminately in crowds. It is about them having a total disregard for human life.”

Source: WBAL

Man fatally shot inside Bel Air apartment, sheriff says

A 23-year-old man was found fatally shot early Monday morning inside a Bel Air apartment.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called around 5:25 a.m. to the 1900 block of North Fountain Green Road for the report of shots fired. Authorities found the man, who died at the scene.While the motive remains under investigation, detectives do not believe this was a random act, authorities said.

The man’s identity was not immediately released pending family notification.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Reynolds at 443-409-3502 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

Source: WBAL

Gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers in Texas school rampage

The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “began shooting anyone that was in his way,” authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S.

Law enforcement officers eventually broke into the classroom and killed the gunman. Police and others responding to Tuesday’s attack also went around breaking windows at the school to enable students and teachers to escape, Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”

Olivarez told CNN that all the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary.

The killer “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” he said. “It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.”

Investigators did not immediately disclose a motive but identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos, a resident of the community about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio. Olivarez said investigators were working with the FBI and looking at social media to see if there were any “red flags” before the shooting.

Source: AP News

Suspect arrested in shooting at Garrison pizza shop, police say

Baltimore County police arrested a man after a shooting Friday afternoon at a pizza shop in Garrison that left a man hospitalized.

County police said officers were called around 3 p.m. Friday to Vocelli Pizza in the 9600 block of Reisterstown Road for a shots fired call.

According to preliminary information from police, officers found a victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a hospital. Police told 11 News the victim is in critical but stable condition.

Relatives of the victim told 11 News they are asking for prayers.

“Nobody is prepared for situations like this. There’s no course, there’s no counseling, there’s no preparation,” said Beatrice Gallop, who identified herself as a sister of the victim. “For those of us that know the word of prayer and the miracle that can take place through healing, that’s what the family is asking for.”

Family members said the victim is in his early 60s.

Baltimore County violent crimes detectives are working the case, combing through surveillance video.

Sheila Armstrong, who works at a neighboring business, told 11 News that some of her co-workers heard the gunshots. She went over to see what happened and saw the victim.

“It was terrible. I just wanted to try and save him. All I saw was this poor man lying there, and I went there talking to him, thinking he had a little wound, thinking I can patch him up, and he way laying there still breathing,” Armstrong said. “We were told by 911 operators, do not touch him. He was still alive. (It) just looks like he got shot in the back.”

Armstrong said she has seen the victim before and is upset about what happened.

“(He’s a) very nice man, just quiet and keeps to himself. But he comes over, brings our food for us and (he’s) just a nice person,” she said.

Source: WBAL

Trump pays $110K fine, must submit paperwork to end contempt

Former President Donald Trump has paid the $110,000 in fines he racked up after being held in contempt of court for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York’s attorney general.

Trump paid the fine Thursday but must still submit additional paperwork in order to have the contempt order lifted, the office of Attorney General Letitia James said Friday.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with Trump’s lawyer.

A Manhattan judge declared Trump in contempt of court on April 25 and fined him $10,000 per day for not complying with a subpoena in James’ long-running investigation into his business practices.

Judge Arthur Engoron agreed May 11 to lift the contempt order if, by Friday, Trump paid the fines and submitted affidavits detailing efforts to search for the subpoenaed records and explaining his and his company’s document retention policies.

Engoron also required a company hired by Trump to aid in the search, HaystackID, finish going through 17 boxes kept in off-site storage, and for that company to report its findings and turn over any relevant documents. That process was completed Thursday, James’ office said.

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CA Officer Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Home During Domestic Disturbance Call

According to reports, a California cop was arrested after allegedly masturbating in the home of a domestic disturbance victim during an investigation. 

San Jose Officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, allegedly “touched himself” in front of two female family members during the investigation. Dominguez fully exposed himself forcing the “shocked and scared” women to search out others in house for refuge. 

“The charged behavior is beyond disturbing,” DA Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Law enforcement officers respond to our homes to help crime victims, not terrorize, traumatize, and create new victims.”

Dominguez’s case comes amid changes to disciplinary proceedings within the San Jose Police Department. 

“Let me start by sharing my commitment to transparency,” Police Chief Anthony Mata said in a previous statement. “The days of saying this is a ‘personnel matter’ are over in the San Jose Police Department. My administration and I will share what we can when it comes to investigations. Although the amount of information we can provide may be limited, we will provide it.”


At least 10 dead in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket

A gunman wearing military-style clothing and body armor opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people before being taken into custody Saturday afternoon, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Details on the number of additional people shot at the Tops Friendly Market and their conditions weren’t immediately available. The two officials were not permitted to speak publicly on the matter and did so on the condition of anonymity.

Investigators believe the gunman may have been streaming the shooting through a camera affixed to his helmet, one of the officials said. The video showed the gunman, dressed in military gear, pulling up to the front of the store with a rifle on the front seat and then pointing the rifle at people in the parking lot as he exited the vehicle and opening fire, the official said.

It also shows the suspect walking into the supermarket and shooting several other victims inside, the official said. One of the victims was a recently retired police officer who was working as a security guard at the store, according to the official.

One of the officials cautioned the investigation was in its preliminary stages and that authorities hadn’t yet discerned a clear motive, but were investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.

The supermarket is in a predominately Black neighborhood, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.

Buffalo police confirmed the shooter was in custody in a tweet, but did not identify the suspect. Police officials did not immediately respond to messages from the AP seeking comment.

Witnesses reported the gunman was wearing military-style clothing in addition to the body armor, one of the officials said

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was exiting. They described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.

Source: AP News