After opening fire at Georgia courthouse, shooter killed


White doves are released at the conclusion of the funeral for 6-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto at St. Paul's Baptist Church in East New York on June 6, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
June 6, 2014
GEORGIA
Man who opened fire at courthouse killed

A man wielding an assault rifle, explosives and supplies to take hostages opened fire outside a Georgia courthouse Friday, wounding a deputy before he was killed in a shootout with officers, authorities said.

Dennis Marx had been due in court Friday morning to plead guilty in a drug case. He arrived at the courthouse in Cumming wearing body armor in a rented SUV with both homemade and commercially made explosives, zip ties, water and other gear, police said.

Marx had booby-trapped his home about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta when officers came to arrest him in the past. Bomb squads were carefully checking his home in a wooded area Friday, fearing he may have set explosive traps around the property.

— Associated Press

EDUCATION
Koch brothers give $25 million to scholarships

The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, known best for shepherding big money to conservative causes and candidates, have given a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund, the organization said Friday.

The money will come from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, which are headed by the brothers. Most of the money ($18.5 million) will go toward a scholarship program. The other $6.5 million is provided for general support to historically black colleges and universities and the UNCF.

— Sean Sullivan

WASHINGTON
Mental illness said to be factor in shooting

The man accused of killing one person and wounding two others in a shooting spree at a small Christian college in Seattle suffers from “significant and longstanding mental health issues” that were a factor in the tragedy, his lawyer said Friday.

Speaking to reporters after a court hearing in which a judge ordered the suspect, Aaron Ybarra, 26, held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder and assault, defense attorney Ramona Brandes also said her client had been involuntarily committed in the past because of mental illness.

Ybarra is accused of walking into an academic building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University armed with a shotgun and opening fire on three people before pausing to reload his weapon. At that point, police said, a student building monitor, Jon Meis, 22, pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman, who is not a student at the university. Police said Meis’s action likely prevented further carnage.

— From news services

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