At least five people were killed when a man opened fire Wednesday afternoon in a bank in Sebring, Fla., according to officials. At a brief news conference, Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund named 21-year-old Zephen Xaver, of Sebring, as the suspect. Xaver is in police custody. At approximately 12:36 p.m., Sebring police and Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a SunTrust bank branch after a man called police dispatchers and said he had fired shots in the bank. Police didn’t release information about the victims, saying they would provide more details on Thursday morning.
A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting that authorities said Sunday appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack, as her family feared. Jazmine Barnes’ family had described the gunman in the Dec. 30 slaying as a white man driving a red pickup and believed race played a role in the shooting. The shooting took place at a stoplight while Jazmine, her mother and three sisters were on their way to the grocery store.
Four people were killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Monday, including the gunman. After shooting the apparent target in the parking lot, the gunman went inside the hospital where he killed two female staff members and a police officer. The staff members killed were a doctor and pharmaceutical assistant. It is not clear if the gunman took his own life.
US Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long killed 12 people in a Thousand Oaks, California bar on Wednesday. Long, who had mental health issues, used a smoke bomb and handgun during the attack. Authorities have not identified a motive for the shooting. Long is believed to have taken his own life after the attack.
Scott Beierle who killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida before killing himself, posted a variety of racist and misogynistic videos and songs before the attack. Police reports claim Beierle had been previously accused of harassing other women in the area. Five other people were wounded in the attack.
Robert Bowers the man accused of killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges on Thursday. Bowers’ plea came as the city’s Jewish community continued holding funerals for the victims. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The shooting has been called the worst anti-Semitic crime in US history.
President Trump and First lady Melania Trump paid their respects at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue where 11 people were killed in a shooting over the weekend. Protestors gathered outside the synagogue to express their disapproval of Trump. President Trump placed stones on memorials outside the synagogue to honor Jewish custom.
Two victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting will be buried on Tuesday while other burials will be delayed by the investigation. Eleven were killed and others injured by gunman Robert Bowers who reportedly wanted all Jews to die. Federal authorities claim 56-year-old pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc worked as a DJ hours before his arrest.
An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse in Harford County fatally shot three co-workers and injured three others before killing herself Thursday morning. The sheriff’s office identified the suspected assailant as a 26-year-old woman. The shooting was one of three to erupt in US workplaces in the space of 24 hours.
Gunman Javier Casarez killed 5 people including his ex-wife before killing himself on Thursday in Bakersfield, California. The attacks show ‘strong indications’ of connection to a domestic violence case, but authorities continue to investigate motives. The shootings took place within a 40-minute window and ended when Casarez was confronted by a sheriff’s deputy.