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Breaking News!!: Fresno, CA: Deadly shooting spree leaves several people dead and the suspect arrested.

Breaking News!!: Fresno, CA: Deadly shooting spree leaves several people dead and the suspect arrested.

According to the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, at least 3 people are dead and a suspect arrested in a deadly shooting spree in Fresno, California on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

The suspect in the deadly shooting spree has been identified as 39 year old Kori Ali Muhamma and was a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at a Motel 6 on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

According to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer, Kori Ali Muhamma was arrested and was being held awaiting at least 4 counts of murder,

At least 16 rounds were fired in less than a minute at 4 locations in the Fresno, California area, including a Catholic Charities facility, where the suspect killed a man in the parking lot.

According to Fresno Police Department, the suspect reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) during the deadly shooting spree.

But, the Fresno Police Department is saying that it’s too early to say whether terrorism was a factor.

According to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer, Kori Ali Muhamma is black and all of the victims were white, and a social media accounts linked to Kori Ali Muhamma expressed anti-white and anti-government sentiments.

“This was a random act of violence. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today,” said Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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Downtown Needles, CA: River’s Edge Community Christian Church’s Easter Sunrise Service at Santa Fe Park today.

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Downtown Needles, CA: River’s Edge Community Christian Church’s Easter Sunrise Service at Santa Fe Park today.

River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be having an Easter Sunrise Service starting at around 6:30am PT on Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The Easter sunrise service by River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Coffee and donuts will be served and the Easter sunrise service is open to everybody.

Come and join River’s Edge Community Christian Church for Easter sunrise service.

ZachNews will be streaming the Easter sunrise service live at ZachNews on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

For more information or if anyone needs transportation to the Easter sunrise service, please contact Pastor Fred Torres of River’s Edge Community Christian Church at: 1 (760) 221-7718.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

A fire has occurred at the Americas Best Value Inn, located on East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California.

The motel fire started before 9:30am PT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

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A news tip sent into ZachNews from Frank Costigan alerted ZachNews of the fire and rushed over to the motel fire.

The motel fire is burning near the old Dollar Tree store and just across the street from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 32.

 

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Fire was seen coming through the roof of the motel as firefighters arrived and smoke could be seen for miles.

Everybody staying at the motel, including families with children, were all evacuated safely as firefighters began battling the fire.

As the fire grew, a “2 Alarm Fire” call was made calling me more fire department resources to the motel fire.

Multiple fire department agencies arrived on scene of the motel fire, including Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, and Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

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Also on scene, at least 2 ladder fire departments trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department and Lake Havasu City Fire Department were helping in the battle of the motel fire, which local residents tell ZachNews that the last time a ladder fire departments trucks was called and used to battle a large structure fire was when the old Masonic Temple, also known as the old Needles Theatre, caught on fire in the early 1990’s.

Baker Emergency Medical Service, located just a block away from the motel fire, responded to the motel fire in case of any medical assistant as well as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and City of Needles street crews responded to block off traffic around the motel fire.

Both directions of East Broadway, also known as U.S. 95 and Highway 95, was closed because of the fire sending motorists, including semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and families trying to get to their Easter weekend destinations, on a detour along Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road.

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As firefighters continued to battle the motel fire, a person was seen inside an ambulance being checked out by paramedics.

Witnesses tell ZachNews are saying that the person inside the ambulance was the property manager.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the person inside the ambulance was being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

An hour later, the fire at the Americas Best Value Inn was put out.

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A total of 21 motel units suffered damage in the fire, including at least upstairs 12 motel units appear to have suffered fire, smoke and water damage as well as the roof of the motel appear to suffered fire destroyed with parts of the roof collapsed from the motel fire, and downstairs, at least 11 motel units appeared to have suffered damaged by water.

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Later, fire department trucks from San Bernardino County Fire Department arriving from Twentynine Palms, California; Wonder Valley and; Helendale, California; and Victorville, California arrived to the aftermath of the motel fire as the other fire department crews headed by to their communities.

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Both directions of East Broadway, also known as U.S. 95 and Highway 95, were reopened after being closed for the motel fire.

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The case of the motel fire is under investigation and fire department investigators were seen checking the property for clues to where the fire may have originally started.

 

San Bernardino County Fire Department have not provided any information regarding their response time to the motel fire or if there were any fire hydrants out during the motel fire.

ZachNews is awaiting more information on how the community can help the people who were affected by the motel fire and will post that information on this posting as soon as ZachNews obtain that information.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

A fire is burning at the Americas Best Value Inn, located on East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California.

Started before 9:30am PT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

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A news tip sent into ZachNews from Frank Costigan alerted ZachNews of the fire and rushed over to the fire.

Multiple fire department agencies are on scene, including 2 ladder trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department in Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

Cause unknown and a person is seen in the ambulance being checked out by paramedics.

Both directions of East Broadway Highway 95 is closed.

Detour is Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road.

ZachNews is at the motel fire gathering more information and is on Facebook Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

Downtown Needles, CA: River’s Edge Community Christian Church’s Easter Sunrise Service at Santa Fe Park.

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Downtown Needles, CA: River’s Edge Community Christian Church’s Easter Sunrise Service at Santa Fe Park.

River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be having an Easter Sunrise Service starting at around 6:30am PT on Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The Easter sunrise service by River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Coffee and donuts will be served and the Easter sunrise service is open to everybody.

Come and join River’s Edge Community Christian Church for Easter sunrise service.

ZachNews will be streaming the Easter sunrise service live at ZachNews on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

For more information or if anyone needs transportation to the Easter sunrise service, please contact Pastor Fred Torres of River’s Edge Community Christian Church at: 1 (760) 221-7718.

News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California that occurred on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

** Latest Information: **

**** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, April 16th, 2017: ****

Students at North Park Elementary School will be returning back to school on Monday, April 17th, 2017 just a week after a gunman shot and killed a teacher and student inside a classroom.

Meanwhile, 9 year old Nolan Brandy has left the hospital as of Friday, April 14th, 2017 and is at home recovering.

Doctors said Nolan Brandy could be ready to return to school later this month.

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**** As of 6:00pm PT on Friday, April 14th, 2017: ****

Good news to report, 9 year old Nolan Brandy, who was hit in the upper body and was sent to the hospital after the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School, has been released from the hospital and heading home to his family.

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**** As of 6:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: ****

The 9 year old student who wounded in Monday’s deadly shooting is recovering and in “good spirits.”

The student, identified as 9 year old Nolan Brandy, was hit in the upper body and was sent to the hospital after the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School.

In a released a statement by the parents of the surviving victim, Leon and Rachel Brandy thanking the community “for the outpouring of prayers and support” and said their son is recovering very well, adding that they are “grateful.”

Leon and Rachel Brandy added, “Please continue to pray for him and also for Jonathan Martinez’s and Karen Smith’s families.”

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

Meanwhile, both San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and the San Bernardino County Fire Department Firefighters gathered up teddy bears for students at North Park Elementary School.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies from Central Station “dropped teddy bears off at Cal State for the kiddos of North Park Elementary“.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Firefighters from Lake Arrowhead, California “drop off teddy bears collected in the mountain communities at Cal State San Bernardino for students at North Park Elementary School“.

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**** As of 12:20pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017: ****

A news conference was held on Tuesday providing the latest information regarding Monday’s deadly shooting.

  • According to the San Bernardino Police Department, a teacher identified as Karen Elaine Smith in the shooting and a 8 year old student identified as Jonathan Martinez died in route to the hospital after the the shooting,.
  • According to the San Bernardino Police Department, a 9 year old student was sent to the hospital after being wounded in the shooting.
  • San Bernardino Police Department and School Officials say the 9 year old student was “doing better” and was “up and watching cartoons” as of this morning.
  • According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the suspect, identified as Cedric Charles Anderson, died after shooting Karen Elaine Smith.
  • According to San Bernardino Police Department Caption Ron Maass, “There was no indication the gun was visible upon his arrival at the school.”
  • According to San Bernardino Police Department, Cedric Charles Anderson followed the proper protocol and got into the school through the front office by telling staffers he had to drop something off for Karen Elaine Smith.
  • The firearm used in the shooting was a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver that was sold in 1979 in Michigan, but the firearm was not sold to Cedric Charles Anderson (Suspect) and no further records for the gun are available.
  • The suspect fired 10 rounds into the special needs classroom.
  • San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden said North Park Elementary School will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to give investigators time to complete their work and students and staff time to recover emotionally.
  • “Our hearts are broken. This is truly tragic,” said San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden.
  • San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden spoke to the news media about his meeting Tuesday morning with the family of Jonathan Martinez.
  • By all accounts, Jonathan Martinez was a happy child who was born with Williams syndrome and the family wants, in memory of Jonathan, for our nation to be aware and conscious of what is Williams syndrome. This is a genetic condition present at birth and characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delay, and learning disabilities. Jonathan had had previous heart surgery. These often occur side-by-side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people a year in the United States have Williams syndrome. It is known to occur equally in both males and females, and in every culture. We would like the nation to honor his memory, the only son of this family, Jonathan. Unlike disorders that can make connecting with your child difficult, children with Williams syndrome tend to be social, friendly, and endearing. Parents often say the joy and perspective the child with this syndrome brings into their lives had been unimaginable. The district will be announcing an agency that will coordinate further counseling services, services, and donations. We appreciate the outpouring in partnership with HOPE worldwide,” said San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden.
  • A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:00pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street, in San Bernardino, California.
  • NBC affiliate KMIR Channel 6 has posted the raw audio recording from 911 dispatch from the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School.

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** How the Deadly Shooting at North Park Elementary School unfolded: **

 According to the San Bernardino Police Department, at around 10:27am PT on Monday, April 10th, 2017, a report came in of an active shooter at the campus.

A man entered North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street, in San Bernardino, California.

The man, armed with a .357 revolver, opened fire into the special needs classroom killing the teacher and inadvertently hitting an 8 year old student who was behind his teacher.

The suspect then reloaded his handgun and used the last round to take his own life.

The North Park Elementary School of about 600 students, kindergarten through 6th grade, was placed on lockdown as law enforcement and first responders swarmed the campus.

According to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan, the 8 year old student was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, but died on his way to the hospital.

According to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan, the 9 year old student was taken to the hospital and was listed in critical condition.

There were 15 students in the special needs classroom ranging from 1st to 4th grade, along with 2 adult aides.

The San Bernardino Police Department called the deadly shooting a “murder-suicide”.

It was not immediately clear whether the North Park Elementary School has metal detectors or other equipment designed to prevent weapons from being carried into the campus.

**** The Victims: ****

The San Bernardino Police Department release the identity of the teacher killed in the shooting as 53 year old Karen Elaine Smith.

Karen Elaine Smith dedicated her life to the growth and success of her students.

Karen Elaine Smith home-schooled her 4 children, all adults, for 8 years before she went back to school to pursue a career in education.

Karen Elaine Smith taught at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, California before she transferred to North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California.

Karen Elaine Smith was a loving grandmother to 3 grandchildren and loved her family and all of the students she taught; always challenging her students academically and seeing them excel.

The San Bernardino Police Department then release the identity of the student who died on his way to the hospital as 8 year old Jonathan Martinez.

According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the 8 year old student shot was not targeted and was likely struck by accident.

Jonathan Martinez’s family set up a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses.

The GoFundMe account’s statement reads, “Ive created this go fund me page for my cousin jonathan who was unfortunately taken from us to soon. I’m trying to help my cousins raise money for funeral expenses & meals to help provide for her family in this time of need. My whole family would greatly appreciate any forth coming donations, the love and support in this time of need. May god bless you all. #@ngeljonathan”.

** Donations: GoFundMe Website: **

https://www.gofundme.com/jonathan-our-family-angel-ngeljonathan

In the last 14 hours, people have donated over $29,569.

“We honestly can’t thank everyone enough. We appreciate everyone’s sweet words, and we are very speechless. Thank you coming together. We will keep everyone updated on any further news. My family truly truly appreciates everything from the bottom of our hearts,” wrote Brianna Lopez to all of the people who had donated.

**** The Suspect: ****

The San Bernardino Police Department release the identity of the suspect as 53 year old Cedric Charles Anderson from Riverside, California.

According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the victim, Karen Elaine Smith, was the estranged wife of suspect, Cedric Charles Anderson.

Karen Elaine Smith and Cedric Charles Anderson married in January 2017 until Karen Elaine Smith left Cedric Charles Anderson over a month later.

Karen Elaine Smith’s mother Irma Sykes told the Los Angeles Times that Cedric Charles Anderson had a “different personality” after Karen Elaine Smith left him.

Cedric Charles Anderson was unemployed at the time of the shooting but had worked as a maintenance man and a pastor at a church in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

Cedric Charles Anderson has at least 3 adult children.

Authorities said Cedric Charles Anderson had been in trouble with the law in the past, stemming from domestic violence and weapons, as well as drug-related offenses.

**** Community In Mourning  ****

Soon after the deadly shooting, San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis‏ announced a prayer vigil being held at 6:00pm PT on Monday, April 10th, 2017 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, located at 796 West 48th Street, in San Bernardino, California.

A large crowd of people arrived into the Our Lady of the Assumption Church to remember the teacher and student killed in the deadly school.

In a release statement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “This is a tragedy, especially for young students, but school officials and law enforcement acted quickly to deal with the event. As we grieve for those who died or were injured, this is also a time to remind all California public schools to make sure they annually update their mandatory school safety plans.

In a release statement, United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said: “My heart and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible act and to all students and members of the North Park Elementary School community. I want to thank the first responders, teachers and school administrators who were there to protect the students in harm’s way. As a mother and grandmother, today’s senseless violence is a tragedy no parent should ever have to face. I ask everyone to join me in keeping all the victims and those impacted in your prayers.

The San Bernardino Unified School District tweeted on Twitter, “Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this morning’s tragedy. North Park classes will be cancelled for Tues. and Wed.

Sarkis Ohannessian, Lieutenant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Affairs Division, tweeted on Twitter, “Rest In Peace! May god help all who are affected today.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tweeted on Twitter, “Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy. Your community mourns with you and supports you.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted on Twitter, “Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting at North Park Elementary in SB. We stand united. #SBStrong @SanBernardinoPD“.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig tweeted on Twitter, “Heartfelt condolences from the men and women @SBCountyFire. We mourn with the impacted families in our community….

Michael Ramos, District Attorney of San Bernardino County, tweeted on Twitter, “Our Victim Advocate team has now moved to Cal State San Bernardino to assist students and staff from Northpark Elementary“.

California Governor Jerry Brown tweeted on Twitter, “Anne and I send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by today’s tragic shooting at North Park Elementary.

Senator for California and Former CA Attorney General Kamala Harris tweeted on Twitter, “Heartbroken to hear about the shooting in San Bernardino. I’m praying for the community and the families of those killed and injured.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted on Twitter, “Thinking of all those affected by today’s events in #SanBernardino.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School. ****

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​Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

​Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

There has been a shooting at North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street, in San Bernardino, California.

The shooting happened at around 10:15am PT on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

San Bernardino Police Department confirmed 2 adults were killed in what’s being calling an apparent “murder-suicide” when a armed person who walked into a classroom and shot a teacher.

San Bernardino Police Department also say 2 students were injured and are being hospitalized, but details about their conditions were not immediately available.

Authorities are sweeping the school and at this moment, everything is under control.

Students being sent via bus to Cal State San Bernardino and parents are being asked to check in at Cajon High School, located at 1200 Weat Hill Drive, in San Bernardino, California.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **