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Family: Walmart shooting victim paralyzed from neck down

The victim shot at random Sunday night at a Walmart south of Seattle is paralyzed from the neck down, his son told KIRO 7. 

Ricky Fievez was in the parking lot when the suspect, Tim Day, tried to carjack him. Fivez was flown to Harborview Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Monday. 

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During the crime spree at the Tumwater Walmart, Day was approached by two armed civilians. One shot and killed him in the parking lot.

Earlier, police said Day carjacked a 16-year-old. He then entered the Walmart, which is about 65 miles south of Seattle, and fired at least one shot at a display case. No one in the store was injured.

Day, 45, then left and shot Fievez, trying to carjack Fievez. 

Police: Armed civilian took down shooter at Washington state Walmart

Records show Day has seven felony convictions in Washington dating back to 2001 and at least three gross misdemeanors going back to 2004. He also had convictions for malicious mischief and a failure to comply case from 1993. 

He was released from prison March 1, 2016 and was put on community supervision until October 2, 2017, according to the Department of Corrections. 

Follow this link to see a timeline of how the Walmart shooting unfolded.

GoFundMe account was set up to help with medical expenses. 

KIRO 7 reporter Michael Spears contributed to this report.

Student who died by suicide left out of middle school yearbook

A seventh-grader who took his own life was left out of his middle school yearbook, and his family is heartbroken.

Kaiden Kauffman, 12, who died in September, suffered from mental illness, his family stated in his obituary.

When Kauffman’s family received the spring yearbook, family members realized his school picture wasn’t there and the yearbook didn’t mention him at all.

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The boy’s grandmother, Dawn Kauffman-Mace, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the school failed the family.

“We are really angry,” said Kauffman-Mace. “It’s hurtful. We would have hoped there would have been a photo. His friends could have written notes. That would have been a lovely keepsake. Not to even mention his name is unacceptable.”

In a Facebook post, Kaiden Kauffman’s aunt, Sarah Erickson, said that erasing him from the yearbook is like “erasing his existence.”

The seventh-grader was enrolled in the school district since preschool, a school spokesperson told CNN. The official said that leaving Kauffmen out of the yearbook was “sincerely unintentional,” and it happened because anytime a student dies, they are removed from the class list.

“We deeply value every single student in our schools. This was no different with Kaiden,” Shawna Carpentier, communications coordinator for the Cambridge-Isanti School District told CNN. “This is not a light issue we have looked past. This was a very tragic situation we feel badly about. We made an unfortunate mistake.”

Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the district told the family it would remember Kaiden Kauffmen in next year’s yearbook, but the family said it is too late.

“He died in 2017, not the 2018-19 school year,” said Kauffman-Mace. “You can’t go back. He deserved to be recognized.”

Family members told CNN this was a missed opportunity to talk to fellow students about suicide.

“Suicide is something nobody wants to talk about,” Erickson said. “You can’t just erase a kid and expect to prevent future suicides. Nothing changes unless it is talked about. The school failed.”

Armed civilian who took down Walmart shooter is a pastor, works at fire department

An armed civilian took down a shooter after at least two people were shot Sunday night at a Walmert in Tumwater, Washington, police said.

Police said the civilian, described by officers as a good Samaritan, shot and killed the suspect at the scene. 

On Monday night, KIRO confirmed the civilian is a pastor and works with the Oakville Fire Department, where he is a lieutenant and an emergency medical technician. 

The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m. at a Walmart Supercenter about 65 miles south of Seattle.

“I heard two bangs. It sounded like gunshots to me,” witness Robert Berwick said. "I looked down the aisle and saw a person running.” 

That’s when Berwick ran, too. There was chaos in the parking lot, and he said the shooting suspect tried to carjack another man. That’s when the suspect was shot.

“I thanked him for saving my life,” Berwick said of the attempted carjacking victim who shot the suspect. “He didn’t look like he had any regrets. I hope he doesn’t have any."

Another witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, said her husband saw the civilian take down the shooter.

"He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath," Chadwick said. "There were three civilians going after (the shooter) to shoot him and two of them had their guns up, and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car."

Chadwick said her husband was armed as well. She and her children were inside the Walmart during the shooting.

"I looked over and saw hundreds of people running out. Just a flood of people and everyone was screaming and frantic. When we got about to the door, I heard someone say, 'Gun. Shooter.' And I knew something was serious," Chadwick said.

Chadwick Boseman wins MTV best hero award, gives it to Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr.

A big-screen hero honored a real-life one during MTV’s Movie & TV Awards ceremony Monday night.

Chadwick Boesman, who played T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” as well as, in the “Avengers: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” films, won the award for best hero in a movie, but instead of keeping the spotlight for himself, he invited James Shaw Jr. to the stage to give a real-life hero the award, saying the golden popcorn trophy will live at his house, CNN reported

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“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life,” Boseman said when introducing Shaw. 

Shaw was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee in April. Four were killed in the attack. 

Shawe had been at the restaurant with a friend when the gunman, Travis Reinking, entered and opened fire. Police said Shaw grabbed the gun from Reinking and threw the rifle over the counter. 

Reinking was arrested after a manhunt.

Clergy group brings church charges of child abuse, immorality against Jeff Sessions over zero-tolerance policy

A group of United Methodist clergy and laity said it is bringing church law charges against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the  “zero tolerance” immigration policy, according to a story from the United Methodist News Service.

The group has accused Sessions, who is a member of a Mobile, Alabama, Methodist church, of, among other things, child abuse for his part in the policy that leads to migrant children being separated from their parents once they enter the United States illegally.

The  June 18 statement says that Sessions violated Paragraph 2702.3 of the denomination’s Book of Discipline. The charges brought by the clergy include:

  • Child Abuse (examples: Advocacy for and implementation of documented practices that indefinitely separate thousands of young children from their parents; holding thousands of children in mass incarceration facilities with little to no structured educational or socio-emotional support) 
  • Immorality (examples: The use of violence against children to deter immigration; advocating and supporting the separation of children from their families; refusal of refugee/asylee status to those fleeing gang or sexual violence; oppression of those seeking asylum or attempting to enter the United States with refugee status; directing employees and staff members to kidnap children from their parents) 
  • Racial discrimination (examples: Stopping investigations of police departments charged with racial discrimination; attempting to criminalize Black Lives Matter and other racial justice activist groups; targeting incarceration for those engaged in undocumented border crossings as well as those who present with requests for asylum, with a particular focus on those perceived as Muslim or Latin) 
  • Dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church (examples: The misuse of Romans 13 to indicate the necessity of obedience to secular law, which is in stark contrast to Disciplinary commitments to supporting freedom of conscience and resistance to unjust laws)

The statement went on to say that while other entities of the government played a part in the implementation of the policy, Sessions, being a longtime Methodist, is “particularly accountable” to the church.

“He is ours, and we are his,” the statement reads. 

The Rev. David Wright, a Pacific Northwest Conference elder and chaplain at the University of Puget Sound in Washington state, organized the effort to bring church charges against Sessions. He told the United Methodist News Service that he “really never would have thought I’d be working on charges against anybody in the Methodist connection, much less a lay person.”

Wright said Sessions use of the New Testament passage from the book of Romans, along with the zero-tolerance policy, led him to bring the charges.

“I hope his pastor can have a good conversation with him and come to a good resolution that helps him reclaim his values that many of us feel he’s violated as a Methodist,” Wright told the United Methodist News Service. “I would look upon his being taken out of the denomination or leaving as a tragedy. That’s not what I would want from this.”

Click here to read the full statement issued by the more than 600 church leaders.

 

 

Mom: Bullies ‘killed my son’ by pushing him into swimming pool

A teen in Henrico, Virginia, has drowned after his mother said several high school bullies pushed him into the deep end of the pool, according to his mother.

Angie Morton told WWBT her son, 16-year-old Vernard Morton, had a learning disability and was often bullied.

In a Facebook post, Angie Morton said bullies made her son jump into the deep end of the pool.

On Friday, Angie Morton said her son was invited to hang out at a local swimming pool, WRIC reports.

“He just wanted friends, and he figured if they (are) hanging with me, maybe they'll be my friend,” said Angie Morton.

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Almost immediately after Vernard Morton arrived, he was pushed into the deep end of the pool, allegedly hit his head and sank underwater, Angie Morton said.

“My son died because these little boys dared him and forced him into the pool,” said Angie Morton. “I think someone killed my son, because they say everyone ran and left my son in the water.”

WWBT reports that Vernard Morton died at the hospital on Saturday morning and the incident is under investigation. 

Elementary school’s name changes from honoring Confederate general to honoring Barack Obama

Elementary school students will be attending a new school but in the same building when they return to class in the fall. 

The Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School. It was the city’s only school named in honor of the Confederacy, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The lone holdout, Kenya Gibson, had asked for a delay of the vote because there were no local names being considered in the school’s renaming. Gibson represents the 3rd District where Barack Obama Elementary School is located.

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This isn’t the first school named for the country’s first African-American president. A new elementary school in New Haven, Connecticut will be named after Obama. Another school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is also named for the 44th president, the Times-Dispatch reported.

A school in Mississippi changed its name from Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, to Obama.

The Richmond School Board said it will cost the district $26,000 to make the change, including new signage, new mats with the name written on them, new stationery, business cards and other office supplies and T-shirts for faculty, staff and students, the Times-Dispatch reported.

Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

A recording of crying immigrant children who reportedly were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border circulated online Monday, sparking outrage among critics of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

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>> Jamie Dupree: Trump to meet House GOP amid furor over immigrant families

The eight-minute audio clip, first published Monday by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site, was recorded at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection center last week, the outlet reported. Children can be heard calling for "Mami" and "Papa" as one girl asks to call her aunt. One man, identified by ProPublica as a Border Patrol agent, can be heard saying of the sobs: "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is a conductor."

>> Immigration: Trump administration defends 'zero tolerance' policy (live updates)

According to ProPublica, the person who secretly recorded the audio gave it to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury, who then passed it along to the news site.

>> All 5 living first ladies speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

According to The Associated Press, the "zero tolerance" policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children. 

>> Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy: 4 things to know

At a White House press briefing Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the recording, which one reporter played on speaker phone during the briefing. She said the children are treated humanely and given meals, education and medical care. 

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Nielsen said recordings and photos from the border facilities that have circulated online "reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives."

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Jeff Bezos now worth $141.9 billion, tops billionaire list

The difference between a billionaire and a BILLIONAIRE is growing wider now that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is said to be worth $141.9 billion, up $5 billion from the last check, CNBC reported

Bezos is now worth about $49 billion more than Microsoft founder Bill Gates and $60 billion more than Warren Buffett, CNBC reported.

Looking at the Forbes World’s Billionaires list, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is listed at No. 5 with $75.6 billion, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is No. 11 with $52.2 billion and the Koch brothers each come in at No. 12 just, behind Bloomberg, with $51.6 billion. Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk is No. 42 with $21.8 billion.

Click here to see the complete list from Forbes.

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2018 has been Bezos’ year after he was officially named the richest person in the world and Amazon was named the second most valuable company. Only Apple ranks higher, CNBC reported.

Bezos is said to have come up with the idea of an online bookstore when he was 30, The Daily Mail reported. At the time, the internet was growing at 2,300 percent a year. He was working at a hedge fund in New York, and despite the stability that his boss and the job offered, Bezos, with the urging of his wife, MacKenzie, decided to launch his idea. The rest, they say, is history, as his dream of an online bookstore launched in 1994 and has evolved into an online retailer that threatens top seller Walmart, CNBC reported.

But selling books isn’t Bezos’ only focus.

He founded Blue Origin, a private space flight company that will offer space tourism. Amazon also is at the forefront of the cloud storage. Companies such as Netflix and government organizations such as the CIA use Amazon’s storage through cloud services, CNN reported. In 2013, Bezos moved from books to newspapers when he bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Amazon doesn’t own the iconic paper; Bezos himself does, CNN reported

All 5 living first ladies speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Every living first lady has weighed in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.

>> Immigration: Trump administration defends 'zero tolerance' policy (live updates)

Here are the latest updates:

Update 7:17 a.m. EDT June 19: Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter are reacting to the separation of immigrant children and their parents at the border.

On Monday afternoon, Obama retweeted former first lady Laura Bush, who criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday.

“Sometimes truth transcends party,” Obama wrote in agreement with Bush.

>> Read the tweet here

Former Democratic presidential nominee, Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton had a lengthier response, speaking about the policy to the Women’s Forum of New York and later tweeting her remarks.

 “What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged,” she tweeted Monday afternoon. “Despite what this White House claims, separating families is not mandated by law. That is an outright lie, and it’s incumbent on all of us – journalists and citizens alike – to call it just that.”

She continued: “Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity. Jesus said ‘Suffer the little children unto me.’ He did not say ‘let the children suffer.’”

>> Read the Twitter thread here

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter also issued a statement slamming the policy as “disgraceful.”

“When I was first lady, I worked to call attention to the plight of refugees fleeing Cambodia for Thailand,” her statement read. “I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control. The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents’ care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country.”

>> Read the statement here

Original report: Two first ladies are weighing in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.

>> Five undocumented immigrants dead after chase with Border Patrol, officials say

Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration as "cruel" in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday.

>> Read the piece here

"I live in a border state," Bush wrote. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."

According to The Associated Press, the policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children. 

>> Reports: 1,500 immigrant children missing, feds say they’re not responsible

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," Bush continued. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

She added: "In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can."

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First lady Melania Trump also shared her thoughts on the issue Sunday.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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