In Case You Missed It: Thanksgiving Security

In Case You Missed It: Thanksgiving Security

The majority of the United States had some time off last week to enjoy Thanksgiving, family and holiday shopping which means a lot of people might have missed quite a few high profile security stories that broke over Thanksgiving and the weekend that followed.

Even if you saw the headline, but forgot to look back for some details, or you missed the story completely, I’ve got you covered. The holiday weekend saw many security news stories hit mainstream media channels, many of them shootings.

Thanksgiving Day – Louisville Shooting

On Thanksgiving Day, at least one gunman open fired on a youth football event in Louisville, Kentucky killing two and wounding five others.

The violence, which erupted just before 2 p.m., happened at Shawnee Park where the city’s mayor and several hundred children, men and women were enjoying an annual Thanksgiving Day event they call the “Juice Bowl.”

The gunfire erupted after a “dispute” in the back of the park where dozens were gathered. Police believe 15 to 20 shots were fired at a distance a couple hundred yards away from the main events.

The homicides have brought Louisville’s count to 112 this year, surpassing the record high 110 homicides in the city in 1971.   

Louisville Police say no one has been arrested in connection to the attack and Mayor Greg Fischer has asked “silent witnesses” to step forward to help identify those involved.

Black Friday – Shootings in Two States

Two men were shot, one fatally, outside a New Jersey Macy’s in the early morning hours of Black Friday.

Around 1 a.m., several shots were fired into the parking lot of a Macy’s that had just closed for the night at Hamilton Mall in Hamilton, New Jersey.

The victims were identified as brothers, one of them suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while the other sustained several gunshot wounds, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police have no suspects or motive in this case as of Monday, November 28.

In Texas, a Good Samaritan who was trying to stop violence against a woman was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart packed with Black Friday shoppers.

The man had stopped his car in the parking lot to engage with another man who he saw was hitting a woman, according to San Antonio police. When the Good Samaritan shouted at the man to stop, he pulled out a gun and shot him in the neck, killing him.   

A woman who was in the car with the Good Samaritan was injured by shrapnel and a 31-year-old was hit by a stray bullet in the parking lot. She is listed in critical condition.

Police have arrested and accused 21-year-old Telles Juarez for the crime.

Sunday – New Orleans Shooting

An argument between two men on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana turned into a shootout killing one person and leaving nine others wounded.

Police believe the two men ran into each other on the street just before 1:30 a.m. and an argument from before was brought up sparking the violence. Those who were caught in the gunfire were not the intended targets, according to police.

Two women and eight men between the ages of 20 and 37 were shot. Five of the victims have been released from the hospital as of Monday morning. The four that remain in the hospital are expected to make a full recovery.

The shooting took place during Bayou Classic Weekend, four days of festivities that include a Thanksgiving parade, a Saturday college football game between Grambling State and Southern University and a Saints game on Sunday.

About 40 police stationed in the neighborhood for Bayou Classic special events responded to the call on foot and horseback, police said.

Police say they have “strong” information leading to the suspects identities and believe they are from outside of the New Orleans area.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016

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