Sunday, June 8, 2014

MASS SHOOTINGS: "Senseless Act Of Violence" - Las Vegas Shooting Leaves 2 Police Officers, 3 Others Dead; One Shooter Yelled "This Is A Revolution" Before Killing The Officers!

June 08, 2014 - LAS VEGAS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Two police officers were "simply having lunch" at a strip mall pizza buffet in Las Vegas when a man and a woman fatally shot them in point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Walmart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

The suspected shooters, a man and a woman, allegedly yelled 'This is a revolution' before killing two
Las Vegas police officers in a pizza parlour. (Steve Marcus/Reuters,Las Vegas Sun)

The attack at a CiCi's Pizza restaurant Sunday killed Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, who are both husbands and fathers. One of the shooters yelled, "This is a revolution," but a motive remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield said.

"It's a tragic day," Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. "But we still have a community to police, and we still have a community to protect. We will be out there doing it with our heads held high, but with an emptiness in our hearts."

Photos of slain Las Vegas Metro Police officers Alyn Beck
and Igor Soldo are displayed during a news conference
Sunday afternoon. (Steve Marcus/Reuters, Las Vegas Sun)
For added safety, officers who normally work alone will be paired up with another officer for a time, Gillespie said.

The deadly rampage in the aging shopping centre about five miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip took place in a matter of minutes. Police were called at 11:22 a.m. to the pizzeria, where one of the officers was able to fire back at his assailants. It's unclear whether he hit them, Gillespie said.

Shots were reported five minutes later at a nearby Wal-Mart, where the shooters gunned down a person just inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves, police said.

The female suspect shot the male suspect before killing herself, Gillespie said. The victim's identity hasn't been confirmed, and the suspects' names haven't been released.

'Suddenly he had a gun'

Both officers were pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Beck had been with the department since 2001 and leaves behind a wife and three children. Soldo had been with the force since 2006 and is survived by a wife and baby, police said.

He was described as a good father and a "great guy" by his sister-in-law, Colleen Soldo of Beatrice, Nebraska. She said he attended high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and previously worked as a corrections officer.

Sheree Burns, 48, told the Las Vegas Sun she was eating at the restaurant, seated just behind the two officers.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers put police tape up outside a Wal-Mart
on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers stand near Wal-Mart employees near their store
on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

A man came up to one of the officers and shot him in the head, Burns said. She said she ducked under her table but peeked up and saw the other officer being shot.

She said the man took an officer's handgun and the two attackers fled.

Pauline Pacheco was shopping at Wal-Mart when she saw the armed man and grabbed her father to escape, KLAS-TV reported.

"We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun," she told the station. "It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy."

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the male suspect yelled "everyone get out" before shooting at Wal-Mart. The suspects then walked to the back of the store.

'Senseless act of violence'

Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement he was devastated by the murders of the two officers and an innocent bystander in an "act of senseless violence."

In a statement, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called the killings a "cruel act" and praised the officers for dedicating "their lives to protecting all of us in our community."

Wal-Mart employees and shoppers were taken to a nearby women's clothing store to be interviewed by police. The restaurant and Wal-Mart remained closed as detectives processed evidence. McMahill said the investigation is "very complex" because it involves more than 1,000 witnesses.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers hug near a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

Emotions are high outside Walmart at Nellis and Eastern in shooting that left five dead including 2 police officers.
(Kevin M. Cannon)

Wal-Mart expressed its condolences in a statement and that the company is working with police on the investigation. Cici's Pizza said in a statement the company was deeply saddened by the shooting and would keep the location closed until further notice.

Sunday's killings come less than a year after the Las Vegas police department's most recent on-duty death. Officer David VanBuskirk died while rescuing a stranded hiker by helicopter on July 22, 2013.

The department has lost officers over the past decade in vehicle accidents and in an off-duty shooting, but the most recent on-duty shooting death happened Feb. 1, 2006, when Sgt. Henry Prendes was ambushed during a domestic violence call. - CBC

ICE AGE NOW: Weather Anomalies - Chilean Meteorological Office "Surprised" By Coastal Snowfall?! [PHOTOS]

June 08, 2014 - CHILE - They see the snow as "an anomaly" rather than as the beginning of a new Ice Age.

Chile, 06-06-2014: The snow that fell on Route 90 at the entrance of Pichilemu during the afternoon on Friday was "unusual," said La Primera Compañía de Bomberos (the First Fire Company) on its Twitter account

The phenomenon not only surprised the transiting area, but also the Chilean Meteorological Office who listed the snowstorm as an "anomaly".

According to meteorologist Patricio Silva "we had expected snowfall above 1,000 meters, but not in the coastal zone".

Higher parts in southeastern Santiago (the Chilean capital) were completely covered in white.

The frontal system came in the afternoon Friday to Santiago, brought rain and snow in the higher parts of Santiago in the south east.

In social networks, many users reported the phenomenon in The Vizacachas, San José de Maipo and Puente Alto.

See more pictures here and here.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links
Reader's comment: MET Offices, like the one in Chile, cannot even predict the weather and are completely surprised by the snowfall. And if the pictures of the snow were not put on the social media, they would not even report about the snowfall. They see the snow as "an anomaly" rather than as the beginning of a new Ice Age.

- Ice Age Now

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Great Deluge - 2014 Is The United Kingdom's "WETTEST YEAR EVER"!

June 08, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM - As the Met Office issues a severe weather warning for the weekend, meteorologists say the first five months of 2014 had the most rain on record.

If you thought news of a stormy, wet weekend was disappointing here's more grey news - weather experts believe that in some parts of the country, the start of 2014 has been the wettest on record.

While the Met Office is yet to release figures, more rain than ever has been recorded in Reading, Berkshire, in the first five months of the year, say experts at the town's university, where records go back to 1908.

"The start of 2014 has been the wettest first five months of any year on record," said meteorologist Dr Roger Brugge.

"Following the wet winter, spring (March to May) has also seen more rain than normal this year.

"At the University of Reading's observatory 194mm of rain fell - about 50% more than normal - also making it the wettest spring here for six years."

The total rainfall for Reading in Berkshire is 462mm, which is 25mm more than any other January to May period in the past century in Reading.
But despite the increased rainfall, the first five months of the year have been much milder than usual.

The university's flooding expert, Dr Hannah Cloke, warned that parts of Britain could see flash floods over the weekend after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for severe weather.

"The problem is likely to be exacerbated in areas where the ground is still wet from the winter floods, particularly in catchments with high groundwater levels and where rivers are still high following Britain's wettest winter ever," she said.

"Urban areas and small, steep catchments are likely to be vulnerable, especially those with little soil to absorb the water. Some towns and major roads could be quickly swamped as drainage systems become overwhelmed."

"But when it rains very heavily, almost anywhere could be at risk. Extremely intense bursts of rain can mean that the soil is simply unable to soak up the water fast enough, so excess water runs off and causes floods in all sorts of unexpected places."

Figures released by the Met Office in February confirmed the winter had been the wettest on record.

But the possibility of it being the wettest spring in parts of the country is not all bad news - temperatures are set to be mild but it is likely to be humid.

Meteorologist Dr Rob Thompson said that despite some media reports of huge hailstones, it is unlikely that any hail, if there is any, will be damaging.

However, he added that warm humid air coming from the continent would provide "the perfect recipe for an explosive thunderstorm" on Saturday.

"It is likely that there will be intense thunderstorms with very heavy rain, providing the potential for flash flooding," he said. - BT