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Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office(BROOKLYN, Iowa) -- A first-degree murder charge was filed on Tuesday against a young man in the case of missing Iowa jogger Mollie Tibbetts, state officials said Tuesday.

The suspect, 24-year-old Cristhian Rivera, is an undocumented immigrant who lives in the rural area where the college student vanished one month ago, according to Rick Rahn of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

A body recovered Tuesday morning in a farm field is believed to be Tibbetts, Rahn said, but the identity has not yet been confirmed.

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Iowa, disappeared the evening of July 18 while jogging in the rural farming town of Brooklyn, a close-knit community of about 1,500 residents.

A critical break in the case was finding a local person with security cameras showing Tibbetts jogging, Rahn said.

"Through that we were able to identify a vehicle that we believed belonged to Mr. Rivera," Rahn said. "From that we were able to track his patterns and the routes that he took. We were also able to find Mollie running on this video and we were able to determine that he was one of the last ones to have seen Mollie running."

In an interview, Rivera told authorities he saw Tibbetts running, got out of his car and ran alongside of her, Rahn said.

Rivera claimed Tibbetts grabbed her phone and said, "I'm gonna call the police," according to an arrest affidavit.

Rivera told authorities he then panicked, got mad and "blocked" his "memory," and didn't remember anything after that until he reached an intersection, according to the affidavit.

Rivera claimed he then drove to a field entrance and into a cornfield driveway, before realizing he had Tibbetts in the trunk, the affidavit said.

Rivera said he went to get the 20-year-old out of the trunk and saw blood on the side of her head, according to the affidavit.

Rivera then said he dragged the college student from his car to a secluded part of a cornfield and left her in corn leaves, face-up, the arrest affidavit stated.

Rivera led authorities to Tibbetts' body, according to Rahn.

"I can't really speak about the motive," Rahn said. "I can just tell you that he followed her and seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day. For whatever reason he chose to abduct her."

Rivera was first approached on Monday, Rahn said, and "he was willing to talk with us."

Laura Calderwood, Tibbetts' mother, told ABC News last month there are "no words to describe how you feel when you don't know where or how your child is," calling it "excruciating."

One of Tibbetts' brothers, Scott Tibbetts, told ABC News last month he believed his sister was "fighting her best to get back home."

"I think the best thing, personally, to hang onto hope is ... she's a better fighter than anyone I know," he said. "So whatever situation she's in, it's not like she's going to sit there and give up."

"We are all suffering over the death of Mollie, knowing that it could have been our own daughter, sister or friend," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement Tuesday.

“I spoke with Mollie’s family and passed on the heartfelt condolences of a grieving state," she said. “Over the past month, thousands of Iowans searched and prayed for Mollie’s safe return. Now, we are called to come together once again to lift up a grieving family."

“We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can bring justice to Mollie’s killer," Reynolds said.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A plane made a successful emergency landing in New York after blowing two tires during takeoff at Teterboro airport in New Jersey, authorities said.

Sixteen people are on board the aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A spokesman for rapper Post Malone confirmed to ABC-owned station WABC-TV that he is on board the plane.

The plane, a Gulfstream Aerospace GLF-4 aircraft, was diverted to Stewart International airport in Orange County, New York, the FAA said. Emergency crews were standing by at the airport to meet the plane, which appeared to make a safe landing. The plane was previously being diverted to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts.

It was originally heading to London's Luton Airport and took off around 10:50 a.m., the FAA said. It has been circling over Connecticut to burn some of the fuel it had ready for the trans-Atlantic flight before attempting the emergency landing. Stewart airport is about 50 miles north of Teterboro airport.

The type of aircraft is mainly used for private and business flights, ABC-owned station WABC-TV reported.


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Sacramento Police Department(SACRAMENTO) -- The suspected "Golden State Killer," accused of murders across California, will be prosecuted in one combined trial in Sacramento, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Joseph DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was arrested this April, following decades in which California law enforcement officers were stumped by what became known as the "Golden State Killer" case.

An amended complaint filed Tuesday morning in Sacramento alleges crimes including 13 counts of murder, spanning six jurisdictions in the northern, central and southern parts of the state, prosecutors said at Tuesday's news conference.

The unified prosecutors said they are committed to delivering justice for the victims and their loves ones in the single jurisdiction.

"We stand united" on "team justice," Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said Tuesday.

DeAngelo is in custody in Sacramento County and has not entered a plea.

He will be arraigned on the amended complaint on Thursday, Schubert said.

The "Golden State Killer" was believed to have committed a string of murders, rapes and home burglaries throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s, with the last known crime in 1986.

But no arrest was made for decades.

In the early 2000s, investigators obtained the unknown killer's DNA at one crime scene: The murders of Lyman and Charlene Smith, who were bludgeoned to death at their Ventura County home in 1980.

Investigators then started reviewing rape kits -- which contained DNA samples from victims -- in other jurisdictions, prosecutors said.

This year, investigators plugged the mystery killer's DNA into a genealogy database.

Based on the pool of people on the genealogy website, investigators were then able to build a family tree of the unknown killer’s relatives, who had submitted their DNA to the database on their own.

Investigators narrowed the search based on age, location and other characteristics, leading them to DeAngelo.

Authorities conducted surveillance on DeAngelo and collected his DNA from a tissue left in a trash. Investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo's DNA to evidence gathered at multiple crime scenes, prosecutors said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Shanann Watts' father was overcome with emotion in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday, crying with his head buried in his hands as murder charges were read against his son-in-law.

Chris Watts is accused of killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, last week.

He faces three murder charges; two counts of murdering a child under 12; three counts of unlawful tampering with a body; and one charge of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

He has not yet entered a plea.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit with his feet chained, Watts, 33, repeatedly answered "yes, sir," to the judge's questions at his court appearance.

The judge has denied bond.

The case began Aug. 13 when Shanann Watts, Celeste and Bella were reported missing by a friend in their town of Frederick, Colorado.

Chris Watts -- who at first spoke to reporters, saying his wife disappeared without a trace -- was arrested Wednesday.

Shanann Watts' body was found in a shallow grave near an oil tank, according to court documents filed in Weld County and obtained by ABC News. The property where she was found is where Chris Watts worked, according to ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.

The daughters' bodies were found inside mostly full oil and gas tanks, according to a court document filed Thursday by Weld County prosecutors.

Chris Watts stated that he told his wife he wanted a separation, then walked downstairs and then returned to his bedroom to speak with Shanann again, according to the affidavit. Chris Watts said he saw Bella sprawled out on her bed and Shanann "actively strangling" Celeste, according to the affidavit. Chris Watts said he went into a rage and strangled Shanann to death, according to the affidavit.

Chris Watts claimed he loaded the bodies into his car, took them to an oil worksite and buried his wife near two oil tanks and dumped his daughters' bodies in two oil tanks, according to the affidavit.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)  -- A woman who was killed by an alligator on a South Carolina golf course is being remembered by colleagues as a dedicated kindergarten teacher.

Cassandra Cline, 45, was attacked by an alligator Monday as she walked her dog near a lagoon on a community golf course at Sea Pines Plantation, a gated community on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Cline worked as a kindergarten teacher for the Union-Endicott Central School District in New York for 16 years, school district officials said on Tuesday. She taught at George F. Johnson Elementary School in Endicott.

"Casi was a dedicated teacher, working with our youngest students in their first year of school," district officials said in a statement. "She was a sweet, kind individual who was respected by her colleagues and loved by her students and their families."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Authorities have launched an investigation into the heartbreaking death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found in a dryer at a townhouse where he lived with his father in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The child's body was found inside the dryer by his father earlier this month at their residence near Chic's Beach, police said.

The boy was found dead one day after his birthday, his father told the Virginia Pilot newspaper.

The cause of the child's death remains unclear, pending results an autopsy.

Police said no charges have been filed in the case.

The boy's father, Chet Lloyd, told the Virginia Pilot that he called 911 after he found his child, Brantley, in the dryer on Aug. 7 and tried to resuscitate him.

He said his son climbed out of his crib and somehow got inside the dryer.

"He was unresponsive and covered in sweat and extremely hot," Lloyd told the newspaper. "I don't know if he panicked and couldn't get out. He had asthma."

Lloyd did not immediately respond to requests from ABC News for comment. He has since moved out of the Virginia Beach home where he lived with his son.

Lloyd called 911 about 5 p.m. on Aug. 7.

He said that on the day before Brantley's death, the boy was crying and throwing tantrums all day.

"He wasn't being himself," Lloyd said.

The boy's mother, Amanda Ray, told the Virginia Pilot that Lloyd called her after finding their son and told her to come to his house immediately. Ray said she moved out of the home more than a year ago and that Lloyd had full custody of their son.

Ray said that when she got to the house, police were on scene.

"It doesn't make sense to me," Ray said. "Nothing is adding up. I don't understand how my baby was in a dryer. I don't understand how he died."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hurricane Lane is a powerful Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, and gusts to 185 mph, as of Tuesday morning.

The forecast takes the hurricane toward the islands of Hawaii, possibly coming close to Honolulu by Friday.

Hurricane conditions are possible in Hawaii later this week.

Flash flooding moves east

A storm system responsible for three tornadoes from Arkansas to Iowa and an all-time 24 hour rainfall record in the state of Wisconsin is now moving east into the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

Flood watches continue for the Great Lakes Tuesday morning.

As the storm system moves east, severe storms will break out from western New York to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania and down to all of West Virginia, western Virginia and parts of Maryland.

Major cities included in the risk area are Rochester, New York; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, West Virginia; and Roanoke, Virginia.

The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, flash flooding and maybe an isolated tornado.

More than 3 inches of rain is possible locally for parts of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) -- A woman died after being attacked by an alligator while trying to save her dog on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina Monday morning, according to local authorities.

Witnesses saw the woman walking a dog near a lagoon at Sea Pines Plantation, a gated community on Hilton Head, when she was attacked by the over 9-foot-long alligator and pulled underwater, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

The woman was walking her dog near the 13th green of the community's golf course when she got too close to the water and the gator tried to attack the dog, Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen said. Sam Chapplear, assistant chief of wild life for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, said the woman "got involved" when the gator grabbed the leash and there was a tug-of-war over it.

The alligator dragged the woman into the water, officials said. The dog was not injured.

It was the first documented fatal alligator attack in decades in South Carolina, local officials told ABC News.

“They were able to get her out of the water and she was still alive, but she died at the scene," according to David Lucas of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The victim was identified as 45-year-old Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island, said Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage.

An autopsy will determine her cause of death, the sheriff's office said.

An alligator believed to be responsible for the attack "was located and dispatched at the scene," according to a sheriff's office statement. An official later said the gator was euthanized.

"If she had a dog, that's pretty desirable for a gator," Sea Pines resident Mike Kuehler told ABC Savannah affiliate WJCL. "It's really sad. Can you imagine?"

Around the time of the attack, Kuehler said he was dropping his son off at school when he saw an 8-to-10-foot gator stopping traffic on the road.

"You don't get to see that every morning," he told WJCL. "Usually they're not crossing the street."

“We are extremely saddened by this news and will share information with the community as it is made available," officials from Sea Pines Living wrote in a post on the community’s Facebook page.

There has only been one reported death related to an alligator in the past 42 years in South Carolina, and it remains a mystery whether alligators actually caused that death, Lucas said.

“It was in 2016,” he said. “A lady wandered off from a nursing home and she was found [deceased] in a pond, bitten pretty badly. But we don’t know -- and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to determine because there were no witnesses -- whether she fell in and was then bitten, or whether she was attacked and then dragged into the pond.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A dispute over a Crock-Pot led to a confrontation at a backyard barbecue in Michigan in which police tased a father as he held his 2-month-old baby, an incident recorded by a witness in a cell-phone video that has gone viral.

Ray Brown, 33, was tased multiple times and arrested on suspicion of a slew of charges including resisting arrest, neglect of a minor and assault and battery of a police officer in the incident in the Detroit suburb of Westland, police said.

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Friday as Brown was making S'mores in the backyard of his home for friends and their children following a barbecue, his baby's mother told ABC News.

"When the man knew he was going to be arrested, he grabbed the child from another person's arms. The man was told several times by the officers and the baby's mother to give the baby back to her, but he refused," Westland Police Chief Jeff Judruskci said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

"The officers indicated in their report that the man was aggressive and was gripping the child so tightly that they feared the man might actually be hurting the child," he said.

Judruskci said the officers were left with limited options and in the quickly escalating episode, chose to deploy a stun gun.

"The officers were within inches of the man when they utilized the Taser," he said. "A Taser deployment in this manner does not transfer or affect anyone else who is in contact with that person. As a result, neither the baby nor the officers were at risk of the Taser effects."

But the baby boy's mother, Nicole Skidmore, 28, told ABC News on Monday that police deployed the stun gun on Brown at least three times and handcuffed him once they had him on the ground.

"I think they were way out of line," Skidmore said. "They could have handled the situation differently because my son was in his arms. They didn't care about my son."

Skidmore said the whole ordeal started over a Crock-Pot.

She said her former friend called her earlier Friday to ask if she could come and fetch a Crock-Pot Skidmore had borrowed.

"So we start barbecuing for the kids. Later on that night, her [former friend's] mom pulls up on my grass and says, 'I'm here for a Crock-Pot,'" Skidmore said.

She said her ex-friend showed up moments later asking for the Crock-Pot.

She said Brown became upset at how they demanded the Crock-Pot and an argument broke out.

"So, they start arguing back and forth and she ended up calling the police," Skidmore said. "The police came over here trying to tell him that he [Brown] destroyed somebody's property or that he was being disorderly."

The video shot by neighbor Kelvin Williams shows Brown raising his voice at the officers, who are heard warning him to calm down and accusing him of being drunk in public.

"Bro, I don't even drink," Brown is heard saying. "What are you talking about? Have you done a Breathalyzer on me?"

An officer responded, "Shut your mouth for two seconds," according to the video.

But Brown became even more agitated, yelling, "You don't have the right to tell me to shut my mouth. You can tell me to be quiet for a second."

Renée Henry, a neighbor, told ABC News that she was standing next to Brown holding his baby when an officer yelled at her, "Get that baby out of here."

Brown, according to the video, shot back, yelling, "That's my child. He can be exactly where he's at. Give me my child! Give me my child! This is my son. He ain't got to go nowhere."

"So, he took the baby out of my arms to hold him 'cause he kept crying. He wouldn't stop crying for me, so I gave him to his dad," Henry said. "Next you know, the cop pushed me out of the way and had the Taser in his hands and tased him in the chest."

Skidmore said she ran over and grabbed the baby as Brown fell to the ground.

Chief Judruskci said the initial call police received was from a woman who claimed she was assaulted by both Brown and Skidmore when she went to their house to retrieve her property. He said the woman complained that the couple also damaged her vehicle.

"It's important to remember that due to [Brown's] non-compliance, our officers were faced with a difficult tactical decision on how to take this man into custody while still trying to ensure the baby's safety," Judruskci said.

Judruskci said Brown was also arrested on outstanding warrants and remained in jail Monday.

"We are in the process of conducting a thorough internal investigation to determine whether our policy procedure was followed and whether the incident was handled in a proper manner," Judruskci said. "I just ask that you be patient and let us continue with our investigation."

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Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Demonstrators knocked down a controversial Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, capping off a night that began as a peaceful protest, school officials said.

The university said a group of protesters toppled the "Silent Sam" Confederate monument on campus at around 9 p.m. Monday as a part of a demonstration urging officials to remove the century-old statue.

At least 250 protesters attended the rally, according to the university, but it’s unclear how many participated in the statue’s destruction.

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt condemned the vandalism in a statement on Twitter after the incident, but said the school understood why people were frustrated.

“The monument has been divisive for years, and its presence has been a source of frustration for many people not only on our campus but throughout the community,” Folt said. “However, last night’s actions were unlawful and dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured.”

Police are investigating the incident and “assessing the full extent of the damage,” she added. There were no injuries reported.

Some protesters carried anti-white supremacy banners, while other uttered chants like "hey, hey, ho, ho, this racist statue has got to go."

Video posted on social media showed a group draping the monument with a large white tarp, obstructing it from the cheering crowd’s view, before it came crashing down.

The crowd roared as the bronze figure smashed against the concrete. Dozens of police officers surrounded the statue after protesters stomped on it and covered it with dirt. Gov. Roy Cooper's office said it was in contact with local police and the university in the wake of the incident.

"Governor Cooper has been in contact with local law enforcement and UNC officials regarding tonight's rally and appreciates their efforts to keep people safe,” Cooper’s office said in a statement. "The Governor understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change and he shares their frustration, but violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities."

Cooper proposed moving the Confederate-era monuments last year in the wake of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year that left one dead and 19 others injured.

The August 2017 rally began over the planned removal of a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Weld County Sheriff(DENVER) -- A Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters allegedly claims he walked in on his wife strangling their two children, a police affidavit stated.

Shanann Watts, 34, was reported missing along with daughters Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, on Aug. 14 after a friend said she became concerned for Shanann's well-being. The friend told police Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant and not feeling well when she dropped her off at the Watts' home after they returned from a business trip the night before.

Shanann's husband, Chris Watts, 33, told police that Shannan arrived home from her trip around 2 a.m. Watts said he woke up around 5 a.m. and "began talking to Shanann about marital separation and informed her he wanted to initiate the separation," an arrest affidavit stated.

Watts claimed it was a "civil conversation" and that it was "emotional," he allegedly told police.

Watts said he left the home at 5:27 a.m. and went to work. Video surveillance confirmed this, police said.

When investigators began searching the home, they located Shanann's personal items including her cell phone, purse, wallet and medication, the document showed.

After examining the scene for any signs of foul play, which were not found, investigators began questioning Watts again about the time leading up to his wife's disappearance.

Watts told police that at 4 a.m. he told Shanann he wanted to go through a separation and they "were both upset and crying," a police affidavit stated. Watts allegedly told police that Shanann informed him that she was going to stay at a friend's house that evening. Police observed a suitcase located at the bottom of the stairs of the home, but it is unclear if that is connected to Watts' statement.

According to a police affidavit, a two-day investigation revealed Watts was "actively involved in an affair with a co-worker which he denied in previous interviews."

While questioning Watts, he asked to speak with his father, claiming he would tell the truth after speaking with him, documents stated.

After speaking with his father, Watts allegedly told police that after discussing the separation with his wife, he walked downstairs for a moment. When he returned to the bedroom to speak with her again, he looked at the baby monitor in the room and saw his daughter Bella "sprawled out on her bed and blue and Shanann actively strangling Celeste," Watts told police, according to an arrest affidavit.

Watts, claiming he went "into a rage," allegedly told police he strangled Shanann to death, according to the documents.

He then loaded all three bodies into the back seat of his truck and took them to an oil work site where he says he buried Shanann "near two oil tanks and dumped the girls inside the oil tanks," the arrest affidavit stated.

Police showed Watts an aerial view of the oil site and he identified the locations where the bodies could be found, police said.

Prior to Watts' allegedly admitting his involvement, police found a bed sheet in the field near where the bodies were discovered. The bed sheet matched the pattern of several pillow cases and a top sheet found in the kitchen trash can of Watts' home, police said.

The search was done prior to when Watts allegedly revealed the locations of the bodies, officials stated.

Police found Shanann's body Aug. 15. Watts was arrested on murder charges that same day.

The children's bodies were found in the same area as Shanann's the following day, Aug. 16.

The causes of death for the victims has not been revealed.

Watts was formally charged with five counts of murder, as well as tampering with a deceased human body and unlawful termination of pregnancy, prosecutors announced Monday.

He has not yet entered a plea and is due in court for a hearing on Tuesday. It is unknown if Watts has hired an attorney.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Monday the city had “another unacceptable violent weekend” that led to several people shot and killed.

There were 58 people shot over the weekend in the city, six of which died from their injuries, police said.

The department has three persons of interest in custody from this weekend, Johnson announced in the press conference. Since Friday, he said, 83 illegal guns were taken off the streets and 29 people were arrested on gun related charges.

Police officers dispersed 68 informal block parties and park gatherings that may have had drugs and illegal activity, Johnson said.

“These shootings are not random, they’re fueled by gang conflicts,” Johnson told reporters.

Police are increasing their presence in the districts that see the higher crime rates.

Two teens who had been reported missing were found shot in a wooded area over the weekend, First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said.

The teens, 16-year-old Raysuan Turner and 17-year-old Darnelle Flowers, according to ABC affiliate WLS, had been reported missing by their mothers. One of the teens had been reported missing after 24 hours, while the other was reported missing after 48 hours.

Riccio said an officer was with the mother of one of the teens when she received an anonymous message saying they believed she could find her son in a wooded area. When the officer went with the mother and family members, both teens were found dead.

Police said one of the teens had no criminal history, while the other was known to police, Riccio said. He added they are speaking to two persons of interest to help determine the motive.

Johnson reiterated the importance of everyone doing their part to combat gun violence.

“We continuously fail to hold people accountable and until we do that we’re gonna continue seeing it,” he said. “These individuals are showing us every day they’re not afraid to do it, and we have to ask ourselves: 'Why? Why aren’t they afraid?'”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MISSOURI CITY, TX) -- A woman opened fire at a large food warehouse in Texas early Monday, killing a manager and injuring a fellow employee, authorities said.

The alleged shooter, an employee of the warehouse, also died after the incident and subsequent shootout at the Ben E. Keith Foods building in Missouri City, about 20 miles outside of Houston, police said.

Employee Kristine Peralez allegedly shot the two victims around 2 a.m. when about 20 to 25 employees were in the facility, according to the Missouri City Police.

Responding police engaged the suspect in a shootout and she later died, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezi said at a news conference.

Warehouse manager Francisco Reyes was shot and died at the scene, police said, and employee Fredencio Janas was hospitalized to be treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

The suspect's motive is unclear, Berezi said.

"A SWAT team conducted an extensive search of the building and no additional suspects or victims were discovered,” Berezi said in a statement.

“This is the first active shooter situation Missouri City has encountered and we want to assure the public that the shooting did not affect any area outside of the Ben E. Keith facility,” Berezin added. “The scene is completely contained.”

About 431 people work at the facility, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A 71-year-old woman who was severely injured in a confrontation with a bear in her kitchen recounted the "horrible experience."

Apryl Rogers of Groton, New Hampshire, who is wheelchair-bound, came across the bear after it entered through an open screen door, authorities said shortly after the incident on July 17.

"After the bear entered the house, the door shut behind it, leaving it trapped inside," Kevin Jordan of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department told ABC News.

Rogers accidentally blocked the bear's exit. In an effort to get out, the bear lashed out in a panic, causing lacerations to the woman's head and neck, police said.

Earlier this month, Rogers recalled the ordeal.

“That was a horrible experience. I never want to go through it again,” she told ABC affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“I just said, 'Now what?'" Rogers said of when she saw the bear. “And he joined me. He sat right next to me,” she said of the moments before the attack.

“And he kept going like this,” she said, imitating the gesture of the bear rocking its head left and right. “And I don’t why he was doing that. I think probably we was nervous."

The bear swiped at Rogers’s face, cutting her cheek, jaw, and scalp and fractured her neck, WMUR reported.

“It just about ripped this whole side of my face off,” Rogers told WMUR, pointing to the left side of her face.

Rogers managed to call 911 for help during the attack.

"I said to myself, 'You’ve got to do it, or you’re going to die right here,'" Rogers said.

Despite the horror of the experience, Rogers said she’ll keep laughing and living her life. “I am not going to let anything get me down. You know, it’s not worth it,” she said.

“I'd rather laugh than cry, and I do,” she said.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Students at a Texas high school where 10 died in a shooting this spring are starting their new school year with beefed-up security including metal detectors.

The new security measures come three months after a 17-year-old student allegedly burst into art rooms with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver on May 18, killing 10 students and staff. The alleged shooter was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Students throughout the district will begin the new year on Monday with metal detectors installed in all schools, said Superintendent of Schools Leigh Wall.

High school and junior high school students will enter through metal detectors throughout the school day, while elementary schools will use metal detectors for adults coming into the building, Wall said in a "welcome back" video posted to the district website.

The high school underwent renovations this summer to create an additional vestibule at entrances for security plus four more offices for trauma counselors, Wall said.

All schools in the district will also now have automatic electronic door locks, with all doors now locking from both the inside and outside.

Other security measures include the addition of five more police officers and 10 more security assistants, Wall said.

The superintendent also said that the district will use tip lines and social media monitoring to increase security. "We hope to encourage open lines of communications where students and parents can report any items of concern that need investigating," she said.

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