Washington school gunman was homecoming prince, students say

By Associated Press 1:13pm, October 25, 2014
People react as they wait at a church, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A student recently crowned freshman class homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others - including two of his cousins - before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

Students said the gunman was staring at his victims as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.

The gunman was identified as student Jaylen Fryberg, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Students and parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from the nearby Tulalip Indian tribes and a freshman who played on the high school football team. He was introduced at a football game as a prince in the 2014 homecoming court, according to a video shot by parent Jim McGauhey.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound, but he could not provide more details.

Shaylee Bass, 15, a sophomore at the school, said Fryberg had recently gotten into a fight with another boy over a girl.

"He was very upset about that," said Bass, who was stunned by the shooting.

"He was not a violent person," she said. "His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That's what makes it so bizarre."

Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition. Two unidentified young women were at Providence Everett Medical Center, and 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.

Another victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition at Harborview, the hospital said. Family members told KIRO-TV that Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are cousins of Jaylen Fryberg.

Witnesses described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria.

Isabella MacKeige, 18, was having lunch with a friend when they suddenly heard gunshots behind them.

"I heard six shots go off and I turned and saw people diving under the tables," she told The Associated Press. "In my brain I thought `run!' So I left my backpack, my phone and my purse and got out the door as fast as I could."

MacKeige and the other students in the cafeteria rushed out the door. Some students got hurt when they tripped and fell in the chaos, she said. They ran across an open field to the fence that circles the schoolyard and climbed over.

She kept running until she felt safe and found a phone.

"I called my mom and she said, `stay where you are -- I don't want to lose you,"' MacKeige said.

Brian Patrick said his daughter, a freshman, was 10 feet from the gunman when the shooting occurred. She ran from the cafeteria and immediately called her mother.

Patrick said his daughter told him, "The guy walked into the cafeteria, pulled out a gun and started shooting. No arguing, no yelling."

A crowd of parents later waited in a parking lot outside a nearby church where they were reunited with their children.

Patrick said after the shooting that his other daughter, a senior at the school, was "hysterical" when she called him from her classroom.

"I thought, `God let my kids be safe," he said.

Some students described Jaylen Fryberg as a happy, popular student, but social media accounts suggested he was struggling with an unidentified problem.

On Wednesday, a posting on his Twitter account read: "It won't last ... It'll never last." On Monday, another tweet said: "I should have listened. ... You were right ... The whole time you were right."

Marysville-Pilchuck High School has a number of students from the Tulalip Indian tribes.

Ron Iukes, a youth counselor with the tribes, said Jaylen Fryberg was from a well-known tribal family.

"They're real good people, very loving, a big part of the community," he said. "Jaylen was one of our good kids. ... I've known this boy since he was a baby."

Nathan Heckendorf, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, said he saw Jaylen Fryberg on Friday morning before the shooting and there was nothing to indicate he was upset.

"He looked happy," Heckendorf said.

State Sen. John McCoy, a tribal member, said the shooting devastated the tribal community.

"We're all related in one shape or form. We live and work and play together," he said.

Hundreds of people prayed and sang at a church vigil Friday night for victims and family members.

The Oak Harbor high school football team, which had been set to play Marysville on Friday night, lined the front row of Grove Church in their purple jerseys. The game was canceled and Oak Harbor offered to give the win to Marysville.

"It's something we need," Felecia Thompson said about the vigil. "And getting together right away, we can help move through it."


Philly health department monitoring 30 for Ebola

By Alison Burdo, NBC 10 1:48pm, October 25, 2014 - Updated 1:49pm, October 25, 2014
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Officials with the Philadelphia Health Department confirmed Friday they are monitoring approximately 30 people in the city for the Ebola virus, although none are showing symptoms, since they recently traveled from affected areas.

Medical officials will check on the individuals, who have not been quarantined, over a 21-day period.

It is unclear when those being monitored arrived in Philly or how they traveled to the city. Philadelphia International Airport does not receive direct flights from West African countries and now the Philly airport -- and others in the Keystone State -- are no longer accepting airline passengers from parts of the world affected by Ebola, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. That means a traveler, who visited Liberia a month ago, will be prohibited from taking a Philly-bound flight from London or another part of the world.

Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control Prevention asked local health departments to follow-up on any travelers who entered the U.S. at one of the country's designated entry sites -- O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport in north Jersey and Washington Dulles International Airport -- and then moved to another destination.

Philadelphia health officials urge calm, and remind the public that the monitoring is a precautionary measure and there has yet to be a confirmed case of Ebola in the Delaware Valley.


3 states issue stronger Ebola quarantine

By Associated Press 1:24pm, October 25, 2014
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New Jersey, New York and Illinois have issued a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa.

Officials in all three states say any person traveling from the three hard-hit West African nations who had contact with infected or possibly infected people will be quarantined for 21 days. That includes doctors.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo say a health care worker who had contact with Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined after landing at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey on Friday. Health officials say she later developed a fever but a preliminary test for Ebola was negative.

Aid groups have warned that such restrictions could cost them health care volunteers.

Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder

Friends and co-workers described the physician being treated for Ebola in New York City as a globe-trotting do-gooder who couldn't stay away from the fight against the dangerous disease.

Dr. Craig Spencer has been hospitalized since Thursday. He came back from Guinea on Oct. 17 after treating Ebola victims with the group Doctors Without Borders.

That assignment was just the latest in a string of trips Spencer made to far-flung lands to assist the poor and sick.

He's previously worked in Rwanda, Burundi, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

The founder of one group he worked with said Spencer was "never afraid of getting his hands dirty."

Experts say Spencer probably wasn't contagious enough to infect anyone during the days he spent in New York before falling ill.


Solar-powered lights in Browntown trees to shine a light on crime

By Tom Lehman 7:32pm, October 24, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.
City officials and residents gathered in Browntown on Friday to hang lights in trees lining several neighborhood streets, a move they hope will improve public safety in the Wilmington community.

The neighborhood's block captains bought solar-powered lights with a $1,500 grant from Blue Print Communities.

The lights are intended to illuminate streets that are often dark at night, potentially discouraging criminal activity that would otherwise be unseen, Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker said.




WPD probe nets gun, bullets, drugs, cash and suspects

By Frank Gerace 11:21am, October 25, 2014 - Updated 1:01pm, October 25, 2014
Wilmington police say a drug investigation turned up crack cocaine, pot, a gun, bullets, money and suspects.

Police say officers with a warrant searched a house in the 900 block of East 17th Street Thursday and found a .357 magnum handgun, several boxes of bullets, 22 grams of crack, about the same amount of pot and $460 in suspected drug money.

Larry Horsey was charged with drug and weapons offenses; Amir Watson was booked for possession of crack with intent to deliver, and Donald Williams was charged with marijuana possession.


Police: Phone scammers targeting Middletown

By Frank Gerace 11:21am, October 25, 2014 - Updated 12:59pm, October 25, 2014
Middletown police are warning businesses and residents to be on the alert in the wake of a recent rash of phone scams.

Police say con artists have been calling businesses in the Cricklewood Shopping Center and individual residents and saying they're collecting payments for the town's electric company.

Police say scammers have impersonated Delmarva Power workers in the past, asking victims to pay allegedly overdue electric bills using Green Dot money pack cards.

Police say you should never pay a bill by phone unless you know the caller is legitimate, and anyone with a question can call Middletown police or the town's billing department.


Troopers seek masked gunman in gas station heist

By Frank Gerace 11:21am, October 25, 2014 - Updated 1:01pm, October 25, 2014
State police hope you can help them find a masked gunman, who they say held up a Stanton gas station this week.

Police say the suspect demanded and got cash from the clerk at the Exxon station on Main Street Thursday afternoon.

No one was hurt.


Car, motorcycle crash hospitalizes two

By Frank Gerace 11:21am, October 25, 2014 - Updated 1:09pm, October 25, 2014
County paramedics say a crash involving a car and a motorcycle sent a man and woman to the hospital Friday afternoon.

Paramedics arrived at the intersection of South DuPont Highway and Saienni Boulevard in New Castle at about 4:30 p.m. to find a motorcycle had rear-ended a car.

The man who had been riding the motorcycle was taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A woman in the passenger seat of the car is in serious condition at Christiana with lower-body injuries and possible internal injuries.

State police are investigating.


Knife-wielding suspect sought in gas station heist

By Frank Gerace 11:21am, October 25, 2014 - Updated 1:09pm, October 25, 2014
State police are looking for a knife-wielding man they say held up a 7-11 in Edgemoor early Friday morning.

Police say the robber targeted the 7-11 in the 4800 block of Governor Printz Boulevard around midnight, demanding cigarettes from the clerk before going behind the counter, pulling a knife on the worker and grabbing several packs of smokes.

He took off and is still at large.


After NJ Turnpike widened, stepped up police patrols

By Associated Press 1:24pm, October 25, 2014
Drivers may want to think twice about speeding on the New Jersey Turnpike's new lanes.

The New Jersey state police say they will increase traffic enforcement patrols and will be on the lookout for speeders, aggressive drivers, and those not wearing seatbelts or using cellphones.

Officials marked the end of a $2.3 billion project to widen turnpike Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Molly Pitcher service area in Cranbury Township.

Work began to expand the number of lanes from 6 to 12 between Interchange 6, in Burlington County, and Interchange 9, in New Brunswick, in June 2009. The project's goal is to ease the chronic traffic bottlenecks that occur near Interchange 8A, where the car and truck lanes merge.

The northbound lanes will open Sunday and the southbound lanes will open next weekend.



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