Crime: Final victim identified in Colorado gay bar massacre that killed five

5 dead, 25 injured in shooting at LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs: Live updates

  5 dead, 25 injured in shooting at LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs: Live updates Occurred on October 1, 2022 / Springfield, Tennessee, USA: "We drove up to a deer in the road not moving. I got out of the car and petted the deer before it moved."

A Union Pacific freight train passes along a section of tracks littered with debris from packages stolen from cargo containers stacked on rail cars on January 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. The area has seen numerous thefts of the containers aboard trains which sometimes are required to stop in the area on their way to other destinations. Union Pacific has seen a 160 percent increase in rail thefts in Los Angeles County over the past year. Many of the packages are from Amazon and other retailers.

Union Pacific freight train passes a section of littered rail tracks in Los Angeles © Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Union Pacific freight train passes a section of littered rail tracks in Los Angeles

Union Pacific kicked off 2022 with some bad news: Its freight trains were being raided on tracks in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. Thieves tore open packages, leaving garbage and items they were unable to resell littering the tracks.

Police say LGBTQ club shooter used 'long rifle' and acted alone: What we know about the attacker and Colorado gun laws

  Police say LGBTQ club shooter used 'long rifle' and acted alone: What we know about the attacker and Colorado gun laws El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said investigators were looking into whether the attack should be prosecuted as a hate crime. But charges against the suspect “will likely include first-degree murder,” he said.Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. The shooting rekindled memories of the 2016 massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people. Colorado has experienced several mass killings, including at Columbine High School in 1999, a movie theater in suburban Denver in 2012, and at a Boulder supermarket last year.

Back in January images of packages strewn about train tracks infuriated Americans still desperately struggling through supply chain woes. UP admitted thefts from train cars were up a staggering 160 percent. More than 90 shipping containers were compromised every day thanks to easy to bust locks and a reduction in security staff on the rails. The rail operator said it cleaned up the debris at least once a month, but discarded packages and boxes stacked up faster than it could remove them.

To combat the thefts LA police formed a special task force, which executed over 700 arrests and 49 search warrants in its crackdown of train thefts, according to the LA Times:

In the months-long operation aimed at curbing rail theft across Los Angeles County, a task force has made more than 700 arrests and recovered millions of dollars in stolen goods, including designer handbags, power tools and a pair of empty coffins, authorities said.

Colorado Springs community mourns Club Q shooting victims: 'We all feel shock and grief'

  Colorado Springs community mourns Club Q shooting victims: 'We all feel shock and grief' Mourners left flowers and signs in a memorial to the victims after a gunman opened fire in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, club, killing 5 Saturday.Couples holding hands and parents with babies bundled in fleece blankets shuffled along where a makeshift memorial of cellophane-wrapped flowers and handwritten notes had been steadily growing outside the gay and lesbian club since early Sunday.

“This needed a dedicated series, and it also needed police resources outside of just LAPD, California Highway Patrol, the Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement agencies,” Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said at an afternoon news conference. “People’s willingness to buy something at a discount and seeking that out is fueling the greed of receivers to go find individuals who’ll go out and who’ll commit burglaries.”

I’m just trying to imagine a group of thieves tottering off with not one, but two coffins. Also, very nice of the LA Police Chief to blame folks who unwittingly purchased the stolen goods while looking for a good deal as the cause of these thefts. That’s a whole new ballpark for victim blaming.

While some suspects were working alone, police charged 22 suspects with burglary, cargo theft and receiving stolen property as part of two different train robbery rings, according to the Hill. The two organized theft rings used four warehouses to store stolen goods before fencing them out of state. Police also found illicit drugs and assault weapons stored along with the stolen goods.

Mothers, friends, performers among dead at Colorado gay club

  Mothers, friends, performers among dead at Colorado gay club A loving boyfriend. A 28-year-old bartender who loved to perform. A mother visiting from a small town who enjoyed hunting. These are among the victims of the rampage at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs that left five people dead and 17 others with gunshot wounds. Club regulars and newcomers — gay and straight, transgender and cisgender — flocked to Club Q over the weekend to dance, enjoy a comedy show or work behind the bar. What began as a typical Saturday evening of dancing and drinking at the preeminent LGBTQ establishment in the conservative-leaning Colorado city south of Denver ended in tragedy when a gunman entered and began spraying bullets before he was tackled and sub

While UP initially blamed the LA district attorney for the rapid uptick in thefts, the train operator was also running a skeleton crew thanks to cost-saving, profit increasing measures such as reducing staffing. Train operators run their own security on tracks, though they frequently collaborate with law enforcement. UP said in a statement to the Hill that it has increased security at its Los Angeles facilities, both via technological monitoring and increased staffing.

Freight train operators across the industry shrank employment roles during the pandemic, leading to a big boost in profits but also a bevy of underpaid, over-worked union members. All the cost cutting in favor of shareholders over workers is coming home to roost, as freight train unions seem to be heading to a general strike, which could cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day.

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Club Q suspect and mother accused of verbally attacking airplane passengers with racial slurs months before the Colorado shooting .
"Even my friend was like, we won't be surprised, like, if he's a mass shooter. And it was scary to think that," one passenger told KDVR.In June, President Joe Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act — the most significant piece of gun legislation to pass in decades. Part of the bill included $750 million in federal funding for states to implement intervention programs such as gun restraining orders, more colloquially known as "red flag laws.

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