Gunman kills 1, self at Nevada medical building

December 17, 2013
NEVADA
Gunman kills 1, self at medical building

A lone gunman shot and killed one person and injured two before killing himself at a sprawling medical campus in Reno.

City police said the man entered the Center for Advanced Medicine at Renown Regional Medical Center about 2:45 p.m. with at least one gun and began shooting. The shooter turned the gun on himself before 3 p.m., police Lt. Tom Robinson said.

One of the shooting victims was in surgery, Robinson said. Information on the condition of the other was not immediately available, and the shooter’s motives were not immediately known.

— Associated Press

MINNESOTA
Archbishop denies sex-abuse claim

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from public ministry while police investigate an allegation that he improperly touched a boy during a public photo session four years ago, an accusation he strongly denies.

The announcement is the latest setback for an archdiocese that has faced intense scrutiny since a former employee went public with claims that church leaders mishandled allegations of sexual abuse.

In a letter posted on the archdiocese’s Web site, Nienstedt said he is accused of touching the boy on the buttocks during a photo session after a confirmation ceremony in 2009. Confirmation is a Roman Catholic sacrament in which a person becomes a full adult in the eyes of the church.

Nienstedt said he learned of the accusation over the weekend and does not know who is making the claim.

Nienstedt had already been facing public calls for his resignation. In recent months, police have begun investigating several abuse claims, and Nienstedt’s top deputy stepped down.

Nienstedt was a polarizing figure in Minnesota even before the clergy abuse scandal. Some of the archdiocese’s 825,000 Catholics were angered in 2010 after he mailed out a DVD against same-sex marriage, and they were angered again in 2012 after the church spent $650,000 in a failed effort to ban such unions in Minnesota.

— Associated Press

COLORADO
Officials say student planned bigger attack

The student who opened fire at his suburban Denver high school last week apparently planned to attack at least five areas, investigators said Tuesday.

Letters and numbers corresponding to the locations of the Arapahoe High School library and four adjacent classrooms were written in indelible marker on Karl Pierson’s arm, and investigators think he planned to target those spots, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said in a statement.

Robinson has previously said that investigators believed a librarian who headed the school’s speech and debate team was Pierson’s intended target Friday, but he also planned to harm many others. The librarian escaped, but Pierson critically wounded a 17-year-old senior and later killed himself.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Man indicted in shootings at airport

A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of a deadly shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport on first-
degree murder charges.

The indictment charging Paul Anthony Ciancia with 11 felonies was filed Tuesday in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Ciancia, 23, is charged with murder in the death of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez in the Nov. 1 shooting. The indictment states that Ciancia “willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice aforethought” killed Hernandez and targeted two other TSA officers.

Ciancia is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of the two other officers, Tony Leroy Grigsby and James Maurice Speer. He is also charged with committing acts of violence against people at an international airport, including a passenger, teacher Brian Donovan Ludmer, who was wounded and underwent surgery.

— Associated Press

Student charged in Harvard bomb hoax: Federal prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Harvard University student with making bomb threats that led to the evacuation of four campus buildings and the cancellation of some final exams Monday. The U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday that a criminal complaint charges Eldo Kim of Cambridge, Mass., with e-mailing the 8:30 a.m. hoax messages with a subject line “bombs placed around campus” to Harvard police, two university officials and the Harvard Crimson newspaper.

Part of Greenwich Village gets historic status: Thirteen blocks in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, a playground for generations of American cultural greats, from Edgar Allan Poe to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, gained historic-
district status Tuesday from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Teacher sent on leave after Santa remark: A suburban Albuquerque teacher who told a black student that Santa Claus is white has been placed on paid administrative leave. A Rio Rancho school district spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the teacher at Cleveland High School is out of the classroom while the incident is being investigated.

— From news services

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