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monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) -- A 6-year-old boy is "fighting for his life" after being critically wounded in the shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, according to the city's fire chief who spoke at a news conference on Thursday

Jacob Hall, a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School, was shot in the leg by a suspected 14-year-old gunman who opened fire at the school's outdoor playground during recess on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

A "bullet ripped through little Jacob's femoral artery," a major artery located in the thigh, wrote South Carolina Rep. Alan Clemmons on his Facebook page Wednesday. Clemmons noted that Jacob was a nephew of "dear friends" of his.

Jacob "died twice, and was revived, during medical transport and again during surgery," Clemmons said.

The state representative added in an update today that the "shot that severed Jacob's femoral artery required immediate chest surgery to staunch the blood flow."

Jacob remained in critical condition at Greenville Health System Children's Hospital as of Thursday afternoon according to Sandy Dees, Greenville Health System senior media relations coordinator.

"We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital," Jacob's parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time."

During a news conference, Townville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy McAdams asked for prayers for all those involved in Wednesday's shooting, "especially for little Jacob," who he said was "still fighting for his life."

McAdams was one of several first responders who tended to Jacob and his teacher during the shooting. He noted that the teacher told him and other emergency personnel to "take care of Jacob first" and not worry about her.


The fire chief also read a statement prepared by Townville veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, who has been credited as the hero who took down the suspected gunman.

In the statement, Brock said that "the true heroes of yesterday's senseless tragedy" were the teachers and principal who "put their lives on the line to protect the students."

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Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- At least one woman is dead, and 114 were injured, some seriously, when a NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people and traveling at a high speed crashed into Hoboken's historic train station at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning, authorities said.

The train came in fast and crashed through barriers until it hit an interior wall, said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference. The engineer who was operating the train has been treated and released form the hospital and is cooperating with law enforcement investigating the crash, authorities said.

The woman who died was not a passenger on the train but was killed by debris that fell onto the platform after the train crashed into it, Christie said.

"We know what happened," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to the train's speed. "We don't know why it happened."

The historic Hoboken Terminal has structural damage and officials have no estimate on when the NJ Transit section of the station will reopen, Christie said.

The part of the terminal used by PATH trains however is fine, officials said. PATH service to the station was restored at 3 p.m., in time for the evening commute.

Both governors applauded the emergency responders and civilians who assisted rescue efforts, evacuating the train as quickly as possible and helping the injured get medical care.

Witnesses described a scene of horror, with one NJ Transit worker who saw the crash saying the train hit the edge of the station platform so hard that it flew up onto the platform and didn't stop until it ran into the wall of the station's waiting room.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," NJ Transit worker Michael Larson told ABC News station WABC.

All of the injured are receiving care at local hospitals, Christie said. One area trauma center, the Jersey City Medical Center, reported earlier in the day Thursday that it was treating three people who sustained critical or serious injuries in the crash.

Dozens of people are being evaluated or treated at various area hospitals.

ABC News/Google EarthThe train, on NJ Transit's Pascack Valley line, started in Spring Valley, New York, at 7:23 a.m. Eastern time, with a scheduled arrival in Hoboken of 8:38 a.m. It struck the terminal building on track 5 at approximately 8:45 a.m, according to NJ Transit.

Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railway Administration are investigating the crash. As is standard, investigators will be looking at all possible causes, including human failure and mechanical problems; they will also look at the possibility of sabotage or foul play, although they suspect neither, officials said.

The Hoboken Terminal was evacuated and all service there was suspended, including boht NJ Transit and PATH train service.

“There is heavy structural damage to the terminal, which is why it was evacuated," said Jennifer Nelson, the director of media relations for NJ Transit. "It is not safe to go in there right now.”

Corey Futterman was riding in one of the last cars of the train and was not injured. He told ABC News that this was "something I've never seen before."

"We had just left Secaucus, and that's where about half or, if not, more than half of the train gets off the car to transfer to New York. We were approaching Hoboken, and the train did not seem to be slowing down whatsoever, and then all of a sudden, everything just crashed and shook," he said.

William Blaine, who said he is a freight engineer and was in the Hoboken Terminal near the track where the crash happened, estimated that the train may have been going 30 or more miles per hour, when it should have been going half that speed as it approached the station.

"I just heard kaboom, and everything just went down," he said. "Your body just shook. I swear, it sounded like a bomb. And I am sure that's probably what people were thinking, because this is what it sounded like."

Blaine told ABC News he guessed the train may have been traveling at "30 to 40 miles per hour" when it struck the station platform.

NJ Transit's Larson said he was standing about 30 feet away when he saw the train coming into the station "at a high rate of speed."

"It went over the bumper block [at the edge of the platform], basically through the air, traveled about another 40 feet and came to a rest when it hit the wall of the waiting room," he said. "It was initially just a horrendous, horrendous exploding noise."

He said he was among those who rushed over to help passengers. The first car sustained the worst damage, he said.

"There were a lot of people kicking out windows trying to exit the train," Larson said. "The second half of the first car was completely destroyed, to where they were crawling on their hands and knees" to try to exit, he said.

Passengers in cars farther back were able to walk off the train, officials said. The train's engineer is among those hospitalized.

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El Cajon Police(EL CAJON, Calif.) -- Federal officials tried twice to deport Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old man who was shot by police in Southern California on Tuesday. But his native country of Uganda refused to take him back, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Olango's history with federal immigration authorities came to light in the wake of his being killed Tuesday by an El Cajon police officer after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from his sister saying that he was "not acting like himself."

The shooting spurred protests Tuesday and Wednesday nights in El Cajon, about 16 miles northwest of San Diego.

Olango arrived in the U.S. in 1991 as a refugee from Uganda, but was ordered to be deported after he was convicted for transporting and selling narcotics, the U.S. immigration agency's western regional communications director, Virginia Kice, told ABC News in a statement. He was later released from immigration custody in 2003 after multiple requests were to the Ugandan government to obtain travel documents for Olango.

Olango was then placed under an order of supervision, directing him to report to the agency on a regular basis, the immigration agency said. He was placed in immigration custody again in 2009 after serving prison time for a firearms charge conviction in Colorado. ICE tried again to obtain travel documents from Uganda for Olango, but their attempts were again "unsuccessful," Kice said.

He was released from custody for a second time and reported to the agency as required until February 2015. He has not been in the contact with the agency since then, Kice said.

On Tuesday night, the caller to 911 in El Cajon said Olango was walking in traffic, endangering himself and motorists, according to police.

When police arrived, Olango refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, causing one officer to draw his firearm, police said. At one point, Olango "rapidly drew an object from his front pants pockets, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance," police said Tuesday.

The El Cajon Police Department disclosed Wednesday evening that the object Olango pulled from his pants pocket was a vape smoking device.

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Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- Internal police and EMS calls reveal the horror at the scene of Thursday morning's train crash at Hoboken Terminal in northern New Jersey that killed one woman and seriously injured dozens more.

“We have a train that has gone through the station,” according to one dispatch between New Jersey State Police and Warren County Fire and EMS. “Hoboken Terminal, we will be checking for injuries.”

Officials scrambled for backup after realizing the magnitude of the situation. "All units, Hoboken track number 5," a dispatcher said.

The New Jersey Transit commuter train carrying 250 people crashed into Hoboken's historic train station a little after 8:30 a.m., according to authorities.

"We need electricians here as well, at this time we’re not sure if anything is still alive," a dispatcher said.

"We’ve got multiple walking wounded, we’ve got serious structural damage here in Hoboken Terminal," according to another dispatch. "I need you to contact rail operations. We need no further trains to Hoboken Terminal. Hold everything at Secaucus.”

Dispatchers went on to say they have "PD, FD, EMS, and ALS responding" to the scene.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) -- The fire chief of Townville Volunteer Fire Department in Townville, South Carolina, described to ABC News Thursday how a veteran volunteer firefighter heroically took down the suspected teen gunman who opened fire at Townville Elementary School's playground during recess on Wednesday.

Fire Chief Billy McAdams said he was in his personal vehicle with 30-year veteran firefighter Jamie Brock when they heard the call about shots fired at the school. The chief was especially concerned because he had a son at the school, he said.

After arriving at the scene, the two split up, McAdams told ABC News Thursday. Brock went off to look for the shooter despite being unarmed, while McAdams tended to a seriously wounded child.

Brock was able to tackle the 14-year-old suspected shooter, who was armed with a handgun, McAdams said. Meanwhile, the fire chief said he had been applying a tourniquet to stop the bleeding in the wounded child's leg.

The suspected teen gunman was taken into custody with incident at the school, officials said at a news conference on Wednesday. A county EMS official noted that Brock wanted to remain humble and quiet.

It was not immediately clear how the suspected teen shooter got into the school on Wednesday, according to officials. They did note, however, that all schools in the district have undergone active shooter training.

Three people were injured in the shooting -- including a student shot in the leg, another student shot in the foot and a teacher shot in the shoulder -- officials said.

The suspect, who officials did not identify by name, was described at the news conference as the son of 47-year-old Jeffery Dewitt Osborne, who was found dead in his home on the same day of the shooting.

Authorities said that the suspected teen shooter's grandparents received a phone call from the teen early afternoon. The shooter was crying and upset, according to the grandparents, who then went to the home of their son, Jeffery Dewitt Osborne. The grandparents found the teen's father dead and called 911.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Osborne Thursday, according to officials.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked on Wednesday "that everyone across South Carolina join" her and her husband, Michael Haley, "in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family and those touched by today's tragedy" as "we work together with law enforcement to make sure they have the support they need to investigate what happened."

The family of the suspected teen shooter said in a statement Thursday that they "were absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son."

They added that they were praying for "the two precious children who were wounded" and for "their courageous teacher."

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Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- Witnesses described the harrowing scene Thursday morning after a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into a platform at Hoboken Terminal in northern New Jersey, killing at least one person and seriously injuring others.

Officials said at least 100 people were wounded in the crash.

Corey Futterman was riding in one of the last cars of the train but was not injured in the crash. He told ABC News that this was "something I've never seen before."

"We had just left Secaucus and that’s where about half or if not more than half of the train gets off the car to transfer to New York [Penn Station]. We were approaching Hoboken and the train did not seem to be slowing down whatsoever and then all of a sudden everything just crashed and shook," Futterman said.

There was no indication that something was wrong before the crash, according to Futterman.

"We were just going a little quicker than expected," he said. "We were not slowing too much."

Futterman said his train car was not severely damaged in the crash.

"But when you got out, I immediately saw like the roof caved in and the car was on top of the platform and it was wires everywhere and total destruction inside. And chaos," he told ABC News. "People were freaking out and crying. People’s faces were bloody."

Another witness, who was identified only as Jamie, described the moment of the crash to ABC News station WABC-TV in New York.

"We're panicking, because I believe those people in the front were very badly injured. So they started yelling, because they saw the blood," she said, adding, "[the train] was super packed."

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ABC News(BOSTON) — Nathan Carman, the 22-year-old man rescued after eight days at sea, denied Wednesday that he had anything to do with the disappearance of his mother, who is presumed dead after their boat sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

"I know I wasn't responsible for the boat sinking. I know that I wasn't responsible for anything that resulted from the boat sinking. I know I wasn't responsible for my mom's death," he told ABC News' Linzie Janis Thursday. "But at the same time I feel like I was responsible for my mom and I being out there and in the situation. If I hadn't asked my mom to go fishing with me that weekend, she would still be alive with me today."

Just hours after Carman arrived on shore Tuesday morning, however, police in Vermont seized items from his Vernon home. A search warrant indicated that he was under investigation for reckless endangerment for allegedly taking his mom, Linda Carman, out on the boat when it was in need of repair and taking her to a "different location than what were his mother's intentions and understanding," the documents say.

"The investigation revealed that Nathan's boat was in need of mechanical repair and that Nathan had been conducting a portion of these repairs upon his own volition which could have potentially rendered his boat unsafe," the affidavit supporting the warrant says. He has not been charged in this case.

Nathan Carman and his mom were first reported missing Sept. 18, after failing to return from a fishing trip they began from Point Judith, Rhode Island, the previous day, according to the Coast Guard. He said the two were offshore fishing for tuna when he heard a strange noise and saw water in the boat.

Nathan Carman told ABC News Wednesday that he did not activate the distress signal when the boat started taking on water because he did not realize they were in danger.

"I didn't know that we were sinking. I knew that we had a problem but I didn't know that we were sinking until we sank," he said in an interview with ABC News Wednesday. "I did not realize we were in distress. I wasn't certain that we were in distress."

"I didn't think we were sinking. ... I thought I was going to diagnose the problem and that we were going to go back to shore," he said. "As I was carrying one of the pieces of safety equipment, the boat sank and I felt the boat was sinking very rapidly. ... I was walking on the deck and it was there and then it wasn't."

He said his mother was in the cockpit and he was at the front of the boat.

"The whole time from when I saw water in the boat to when the boat sank was probably three to five minutes," Nathan Carman said. "I did not see or hear my mom."

He was found alive Sunday after eight days at sea. His mother, 54, of Middletown, Connecticut, remained missing, according to the Coast Guard.

A Chinese freighter called the Orient Lucky found Nathan Carman more than 100 nautical miles from Martha's Vineyard, the Coast Guard said. He was reportedly found in a life raft with food and water.

The Coast Guard said Nathan had told them that the pair's 32-foot boat had taken on water on Sept. 18 off the coast of New York, near Block Canyon. When he escaped to the raft, he told the Coast Guard he could not find his mother.

On Monday, the Coast Guard said that it would not reopen a search for his mother.

On Wednesday Carman said that while he'd done repairs on the boat before their trip, the boat was safe.

“I would not have taken my mom out fishing with me had I not believed the boat was seaworthy,” he said.

Also on Wednesday, Nathan's father, Clark Carman, addressed recent reports that Nathan had been investigated in the December 2013 killing of his 87-year-old maternal grandfather, John Chakalos. His son was not charged in Chakalos death and the case remains unsolved.

A firearms seizure warrant from 2014 allegedly implicated Nathan in the unsolved December 2013 murder of Chakalos, Nathan's grandfather and the father of Linda Carman.

According to the warrant, Nathan Carman was the last person known to see Chakalos alive around 8:30 p.m. in December 2013. Authorities also said that during their investigation, there were "several inconsistencies" in Nathan Carman's "depiction of his activities" during the time of the murder from 10 p.m. Dec. 19, 2013 to 8 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013, in particular one hour from 2:57 a.m. to 4 a.m. when Nathan Carman was unaccounted for.

Nathan Carman also allegedly discarded the hard drive of his computer as well as the GPS unit used the morning of Dec. 20, 2013, according to the warrant.

Authorities say he purchased a Sig Sauer 716 Patrol .308 caliber rifle from a gun store in New Hampshire that is consistent with the murder weapon and concealed this purchase from investigators. Authorities also said that at least one of the three bullets that hit Chakalos had come from a .308 caliber class, the kind the victim kept in his home.

On Wednesday Nathan said he had "absolutely nothing" to do with the slaying of his grandfather.

"My grandfather was the closest person to me. He was like a father to me and I know I was like a son to him," Nathan said. "I know that my grandfather was the biggest victim in his homicide but it feels like I was the second biggest victim cause I lost the most important person in my world totally."

He said he'd tried his best to work with the police.

"It was very, very difficult to deal with," Nathan said.


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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Amanda Knox, the Washington woman who was accused of murdering her roommate in Italy, said she is speaking out now in a Netflix documentary to "explain what it feels like to be wrongfully convicted."

"What I’m trying to convey is a regular person like me, just a kid who was studying abroad who loves languages, could be caught up in this nightmare where they’re portrayed as something they’re not,” Knox, 29, said Thursday on Good Morning America. "I think I’m trying to explain what it feels like to be wrongfully convicted, to either be this terrible monster or to be just a regular person who is vulnerable."

The "Amanda Knox" Netflix documentary investigates the murder of Knox's then-roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, while the two were studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. Knox was initially convicted by an Italian court of killing Kercher in 2007, but that decision was overturned on appeal in October 2011 after she had spent four years in prison.

Knox returned to the U.S. but was convicted again in 2014 and sentenced to prison. In March 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned that decision. The ruling ended the possibility of any further appeals.

Knox said that one year after that ruling she is "redevoloping" her relationships with friends, family and a world where she is not "being hunted down." She hopes to use her voice and the attention on her case to help other people who have been exonerated.

"A lot of times their stories go overlooked and I think that it’s our moral duty to examine the cases of a wrongfully convicted person from the perspective of their humanity," Knox said. "To really demand that we have objective looks at their cases and the facts of their case as well as them as people as opposed to demonizing in the way that I was."

Knox’s boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, makes an appearance in the documentary. Like Knox, he was convicted for the murder, eventually acquitted and released from prison. Rudy Guede, the third suspect in the case, sought a separate fast-track trial. He was convicted of Kercher's murder and is serving a 16-year prison term.

The Netflix documentary, made with Knox’s participation by filmmakers Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

"What I really appreciate about this documentary is that it’s good journalism in the sense that they give you the reliable facts of the case and they say, ‘Decide for yourself,'" Knox said. "By showing who was a part of it, not just me, not just my codefendant, but also the prosecutor and the media, they’re shedding more light on what happened than all the speculation that’s been put out there combined.

Kercher's family did not participate in the documentary. Knox said she knows the attention around the film will be difficult for the family but said for them it is "never going to end."

"That’s the really sad part about this tragedy is that as soon as the prosecutor made it about it has to be Amanda, it has to be Amanda, they took away the fact that this case is about her and what the truth was about what happened to her," Knox said. "She’s been lost in all of that but that doesn’t change the fact that we have also an obligation to everyone that could potentially be innocent to find out the truth for the sake of the victim and the sake of them as well."

Knox, whose memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, was released in 2013, has rebuilt her life in her hometown of Seattle. She has graduated from the University of Washington and now writes for a small newspaper.

In addition to attending graduate school, Knox said she wants to continue to "put forth my passion" for the exonerated.

"I’ve healed because other people have reached out to me. Other exonerees, other experts have reached out to me and I feel like it’s my turn now to turn the attention towards them," Knox said. "To have this negative thing that happened to me and the attention put on me put towards them because their stories are important and I don’t think we quite recognize that yet."

Amanda Knox will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning at midnight on Sept. 30.

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iStock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered for a second night at the scene of a fatal police shooting in El Cajon, California on Wednesday.

Protesters chanted slogans and engaged in rowdy and at times tense interactions with police and passersby, but remained mostly peaceful in the city of about 100,000 in San Diego County.

El Cajon has become the latest U.S. city to be roiled by a police shooting of a black man. Protests have erupted in recent weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Sacramento, California, echoing the unrest seen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul Minnesota earlier this year and in Ferguson, Missouri in 2015.

Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, was shot and killed in El Cajon on Tuesday.

Police initially said they received a 911 call from Olango's sister, saying her brother was "not acting like himself." According to the caller, he was walking in traffic, endangering himself and motorists, police said. Two officers located Olango behind a restaurant, where they attempted to approach him.

Olango refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, which caused one officer to draw his firearm, police said. Olango continued to ignore further commands and paced back and forth while officers tried talking to him, according to police.

At one point, Olango "rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance," police said Tuesday. That's when one officer deployed his Taser and another fired his gun several times, striking Olango, according to police.

The object that a pulled from his pant pocket before being fatally shot by police was not a deadly weapon -- but a vape smoking device, the El Cajon olice Department said Wednesday evening.

"The vape has an all silver cylinder (Smok TFV4 MINI) that is approximately 1 inch diameter and 3 inches long that was pointed toward the officer," the police statement said. "The vape was collected as evidence from the scene."

Olango was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that he had watched the video and "saw a man who was distraught" and in pain.

The mayor said Olango's sister indicated in the 911 call that he had a mental illness, adding that all officers in the El Cajon Police Department receive psychiatric training.

"There have been several questions about the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT)," police said in Wednesday's statement.

"The El Cajon Police Department does have an agreement with Community Research Foundation/PERT which allows certified licensed clinicians to partner with police officers in the field in order to provide direct support for mental health calls."

Tragically, the police statement said that an officer teamed with a PERT clinician was on another call at the time of Tuesday's shooting and was not available.

The aftermath of the shooting was recorded via Facebook Live. In the video, which lasts for more than 25 minutes, an unidentified woman who claims to be a witness is seen speaking with police about what she says she saw.

"When he took his hand out, he did have something in his hand, but it was no gun. And that's when they shot him," she told the officers.

The Facebook Live video also shows a distraught woman who says she is the victim's sister and is crying to officers at the scene.

"Oh, my God, you killed my brother!" the woman yells through tears. "I called you guys to come help, and you killed my brother. I told you, he's sick. Why didn't you Tase him? Why, why, why, why?"

Police said a witness voluntarily provided a video of the incident on a cellphone, the only phone provided to officers in the investigation. The video has not yet been released. Investigators are reviewing the cellphone video and other recordings recovered from the scene — which police say support their version of events.

The district attorney's office has the video of the shooting and will release it if they see fit, Wells said.

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis has vowed that there will be a thorough investigation.

"This will be transparent," he said at a news conference late Tuesday night. "This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours."

Olango's family has hired a local high profile attorney, Dan Gilleon, KGTV, a local ABC affiliate, reported.

Gilleon released a statement that reads, in part:

"With the family in shock from yesterday's shooting, the last thing they wanted to do was hire an attorney to defend a case being litigated against their son in the media. However, given ECPD's release of a single, cherry picked image from a video they refuse to release, we must respond."

Olango is a refugee from Uganda and one of nine children, KGTV reported. His family immigrated to the United States in 1991, leaving Uganda as refugees and claiming political persecution.

Since Tuesday, dozens of protesters have gathered at the scene of the shooting, chanting, "Black lives matter" and "Hands up, don't shoot!"

The incident is the latest in a string of police shootings of black men this month that have sparked protests. On Sept. 20, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who investigators said was holding a handgun. On Sept. 16, police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed. The officer who shot Crutcher has been charged in his death and will make her first court appearance on Friday.


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domoyega/iStock/Thinkstock(CATAWBA, N.C) -- The FBI announced Wednesday night it had found an 11-year-old girl who disappeared Tuesday afternoon in Catawba County, North Carolina.

Emily Jaide Dowdle was last seen Tuesday at about 2:45 p.m. after the school bus dropped her off along Hudson Chapel Road, according to the FBI. She was reported missing by a family member 45 minutes later.

But on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m., the FBI said in a statement, "Emily was located within the last half hour in a wooded area near her home. She is safe will be checked out by medics. Our thanks go out to hundreds of law enforcement, fire fighters, and other first responders. Additional details will be released when appropriate, likely sometime tomorrow morning."

#SAFE!: Emily Dowdle was found walking out of the woods behind her Catawba County home. Latest on #TV64 Livestream: https://t.co/9xkJOtlaND pic.twitter.com/X5XvxvNaMN

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JayonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C) -- A teenager opened fire at an elementary school playground during recess in South Carolina Wednesday, injuring two students and a teacher, but was brought down by a volunteer firefighter who jumped into the fray without being armed, officials said.

And investigators believe the incident is connected to the shooting death of a man nearby, who appeared to be the suspect's father.

A teacher placed a 911 call stating that a man was on the grounds at Townville Elementary School around 1:45 p.m., said Anderson County Emergency Service Director Taylor Jones and deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office were on the scene within seven minutes, said Capt. Garland Major.

But a volunteer firefighter, who was among the first on the scene, "used enough force" to take the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, down, said Anderson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Keith Smith. The suspect never entered the school, and the entirety of the incident happened on the playground during recess, Smith said.

A female teacher and a student were taken to AnMed Health Medical Center and have since been released. One child was airlifted to the Greenville Memorial Emergency Trauma Center, according to a Greenville spokesperson. He was still listed in critical condition as of 8 p.m., the hospital said.

The teacher was shot in the shoulder, while one student was shot in the foot and another in the leg, Major said.

Students from the school were evacuated in the wake of the incident. All of them have been accounted for, said Anderson School District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery. School has been canceled for the rest of the week, and counseling services will be available, Avery said.

The Anderson County Coroner's Office is working on a death investigation about two miles away from the school that they believe to be related to the shooting, according to the Anderson County Coroner. That death appears to be a homicide, the spokesperson said.

A 911 call was placed by the 47-year-old man's family shortly after the school shooting was reported, said Coroner Greg Shore. When officers arrived, they found the man dead from a gunshot wound.

It is not known if there is a connection between the victims from the elementary school and the suspect, officials said.

The investigation into the two incidents are at the initial stages and will be "slow, methodical and meticulous," Major said.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the shooting a "tragedy."

"As we work together with law enforcement to make sure they have the support they need to investigate what happened in Townville, Michael and I ask that everyone across South Carolina join us in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family and those touched by today's tragedy," Haley said.

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FBI(NEW YORK) -- The FBI has identified the two men seen on surveillance camera taking a suitcase that had held one of the explosive devices that failed to detonate earlier this month in Manhattan, according to law enforcement officials.

Authorities had previously said the men were not considered suspects in the attempted bombing and appear to have removed the device from the bag on Manhattan's 27th street in order to lug away the suitcase.

The two men are believed to be Egyptian pilots and are presumed to have returned to Egypt, officials said. At this point remain witnesses in the case.

Authorities say the men picked up the bag shortly after it was left on 27th street on the evening of Sept. 17 by Ahmad Rahami, an American citizen from Afghanistan. Rahami has been charged with a number of purported crimes related to that bomb, another that exploded on 23rd street the same night and several other devices discovered in New Jersey, most of which failed to detonate. At least 29 people were injured in the 23rd street blast.

NYPD chief of counterterrorism James Waters said last week the men who took the bag were "very, very lucky" after perhaps unknowingly handling the explosive device.

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WABC(NEW YORK) --  For the past six years, Ssiller the dog devoted his life to keeping the public safe as an explosives detection canine for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at John F. Kennedy International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world.

The 7-year-old black Labrador retriever -- alongside his partner, TSA inspector Christopher Neeson -- worked shifts of more than 10 hours a day at the New York airport, sniffing around its hundreds of acres to flag any signs of possible explosives.

But this past Sunday, Ssiller "turned in his badge" after getting a well-deserved retirement, according to a TSA news release.

Fittingly, the canine retired the same day of the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk -- an event commemorating the 9/11 hero he's named after, the TSA said.

Firefighter Stephen G. Siller died in the 9/11 attacks while saving people at the Twin Towers.

 Neeson and Ssiller the dog started the race on Sunday, which followed Siller's footsteps from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11, 2001, according to the TSA.

The pair were also honored that day with a plaque that recognized Ssiller's "immeasurable contributions, untiring spirit and faithful service to the mission of protecting our nation’s transportation systems and dedicated service to our country."

Neeson has since adopted Ssiller as a pet, and the canine is now spending his days at home "just being a dog," the TSA said.

"I'm going to have to ween him down and then try and give him a new purpose," Neeson told ABC station WABC.

Ssiller may become a therapy dog in the future, Neeson added. But for now, the pup is just catching up on some well-deserved rest.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former college soccer coach Oral "Nick" Hillary was found not guilty Wednesday in the murder of Garrett Phillips, the 12-year-old son of his ex-girlfriend.

The decision was made by Judge Felix Catena. Hillary waived his right to a jury trial and requested a bench trial.

Garrett's younger brother, Aaron Collins, burst into tears after the judge announced his decision, and Garrett's mother, Tandy Cyrus, cried softly. Hillary embraced his attorneys and left the courtroom shortly after the decision was announced.

First responders took two stretchers to the courthouse after the verdict to assist distressed family members, including Garrett's cousin Kayla Phillips, who is believed to be one of the last people who saw him alive. Kayla, who appeared distraught, was then escorted down the courthouse steps and to a waiting car.

 Garrett had just begun the sixth grade when he was found unresponsive in his Potsdam home in October 2011. Cyrus had dated Hillary for about one year, and the two broke up months before Garrett's death.

Hillary was arrested several years after Garrett's death, and the case went to trial this September in Canton, New York, a town about 10 miles from Potsdam.

Hillary told ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas earlier this year, before the trial began, that he's innocent.

 "I have absolutely nothing to do with what has happened to Garrett," Hillary said. "Why would I even want to hurt a child, after having worked with kids for over two decades? It just blows my mind."

Hillary, a father of five, was smiling and laughing with his lawyers before the verdict was read. Afterward, he cried tears of happiness.

As he prepared for trial, Hillary told Vargas earlier this year that he tried to keep his children "in as much as a normal setting, but obviously it’s impossible."

"The one good thing to always hear [was my teenage daughter] Shanna come home and say, 'You know, Dad, you know, all my friends who know who you are, who have been to the house, who have interacted with you, they are very supportive of you.'"

Hillary said he had to sit down with his children "and let them know, 'Look, your dad has absolutely nothing to do with the death of Garrett Phillips' ... My kids look back at me and [say], 'Dad, we know that’s not who you are.'"

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The father of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami told ABC News that his wife and one of his other sons have been detained in Afghanistan, after being pulled off a flight in Dubai and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there.

In his first in-depth broadcast interview, Mohammad Rahami said his wife, Najiba, and son, Qassim, were trying to return to the U.S. when they were held in the United Arab Emirates and eventually sent to Kabul.

"Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home, [don't] send him to a different country," Mohammad Rahami said of Qassim.

The elder Rahami denied that anyone in his family, including Qassim, had anything to do with Ahmad's alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17 that injured 29 people.

Mohammad Rahami, whose family is originally from Afghanistan but lived in New Jersey, said that he hadn't spoken with Ahmad since a falling out in May. But he knew that in the months before the attack, his son had become secretive, changed the lock on his bedroom door and became extremely angry when a young relative once tried to enter without permission.

Ahmad's wife left the U.S. in June -- for dental work in Afghanistan, according to Mohammad -- and that's when a criminal complaint says Ahmad began buying bomb components. Mohammad said that also appears to be when Ahmad started to grow out his beard.

"He did everything by himself. He buy everything by himself -- order, online, he did [it] by himself," Mohammad said.

After the bombing, Mohammad said it was the FBI that told him his son was the suspect.

Though Mohammad said he was "shocked" at the news, he also responded by telling agents, "This is [a] stupid son."

In light of the bombing, Mohammad described Ahmad as "not a human being... not a Muslim."

"If you're Muslim, you respect your father. If you're Muslim, you respect religion. If you're Muslim, you respect your country," Mohammad said.

Mohammad said that as far back as 2011 he was concerned his son may have fallen in with the "wrong kind of people" during a trip to Pakistan. Mohammad said his brother, who lived in Pakistan, warned him about suspicious characters Ahmad may have been in contact with, but neither Mohammad nor his brother knew exactly who the people were.

When Ahmad was back in the U.S. the next year, Mohammad said he caught him watching disturbing jihadist videos online. Mohammad kicked him out over it.

"I said, 'Listen, if you watch this video in my home, please leave my house,'" Mohammad said.

A U.S. official previously told ABC News that Ahmad returned to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2013 and stayed for nearly a year before coming back to the U.S. in 2014.

It was after his return in 2014 that Mohammad called the FBI on his son after a domestic dispute. Mohammad said he told federal agents they needed to "watch this guy" and that Ahmad was "not a normal person."

The FBI said last week they looked into Ahmad at the time and found no terror ties. Law enforcement officials also alleged that Mohammad had called the FBI back and recanted some of his statements about Ahmad.

In the interview with ABC News Tuesday, Mohammad said that's not true and that he never recanted.

"No. It's 100 percent wrong," Mohammad said. "They [did] not do their job."

Mohammad said FBI agents were the ones to tell him that Ahmad was not a terrorist in 2014. "I said, 'Thank you, God, that's very good,'" Mohammad said.

Coincidentally, Mohammad said the FBI agent with whom he interacted in 2014 was present when Ahmad was shot and captured last week.

Just hours before Mohammad's interview with ABC News Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey responded to a question in a Senate committee hearing about Mohammad allegedly telling the FBI that Ahmad was a "terrorist" by saying that those "facts are wrong about what [Ahmad's] father told the FBI."

"But there as well, we will go back and scrub our prior contact with that matter very, very carefully," Comey said.

Comey said it did not appear that the suspect had acted as part of a terror cell. Federal agents said, however, they're looking closely at some of the radical social media posts shared by one of Ahmad's sisters who lives in Pakistan. Mohammad was surprised when he saw what was on a Facebook page that appeared to belong to his daughter and said he did not believe it could be hers because she's "a really good person."

"No, no. She's never part of that thing," Mohammad said.

The bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, 28, is still being treated in a hospital in New Jersey for serious gunshot wounds he purportedly sustained in a shootout with police.

Mohammad told ABC News he spoke with Ahmad's doctor Monday, who told him Ahmad was suffering from some infections. Mohammad said he was not told if his son was expected to survive.

Ahmad has been charged with a litany of crimes related to the bombing -- in which 29 people were injured -- and the police shootout. When asked about the possibility that his son could spend the rest of his life in prison, should he pull through, Mohammad said that it is all in Allah's hands.

"He needs a trial, that's what he wanted," Mohammad Rahami said. "I told him, 'If you do wrong, you're going to receive bad [things].' He didn't listen to me."

Mohammad also told ABC News he wanted to apologize to the victims of his son's purported bombing.

"I say to everybody, 'I'm sorry, forgive me,'" he said. "I don't have any connection [to the bombing] but I still say, 'I'm sorry.'"

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