A funeral home director was scrambling to find a cemetery that would bury a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, ignoring protesters gathered outside his business and saying everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of his or her death.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died from “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities” and blunt trauma to his head and torso, said Worcester funeral home owner Peter Stefan, who has Tsarnaev’s body and on Friday read details from his death certificate. The certificate lists the time of his death as 1:35 a.m. on April 19, four days after the deadly bombing, Stefan said.
Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities who had launched a massive manhunt for him and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his younger brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing.
Police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, guns, three photos of “what appears to be a deceased human covered with plastic” and other evidence when they searched the Newtown, Conn., home of killer Adam Lanza, according to records released Thursday.
Five search warrants, which include lists of what detectives discovered in the first few days after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting that left 20 school children and six educators dead, were made public. We’ll embed them below. Though not overly graphic, they do include some details about what investigators saw when they discovered the body of Nancy Lanza, the gunman’s mother, at the home.
There isn’t anything else said in the warrants about the photos of what appear to be a dead person, but it is noted that Lanza had saved a New York Times article about a shooting at Northern Illinois University. It’s also reported that investigators found “one handwritten note pad with what appears to be to do lists for Nancy Lanza from December 14 through December 20.” And they came upon an “Adam Lanza National Rifle Association certificate.” While some computers, gaming consoles and other electronic devices were recovered, there was “a smashed hard drive on top of a desk in what is believed to be Adam Lanza’s bedroom.” He had a gun safe in the room, as well. A witness, whose name was redacted, told investigators that Lanza “rarely leaves his home.”
The Hartford Courant begins its report on the warrants this way: “Newtown shooter Adam Lanza kept an arsenal of guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, swords and knives at his home, search warrants released Thursday indicate.”
The Stamford Advocate leads with this: “Investigators found a trove of evidence … seven journals and drawings, three photos of dead people covered in plastic and possibly blood, and a huge cache of ammunition scattered through the home. … A gun safe and a military-style uniform were in his bedroom. Among other items in the home: three samuarai swords with blades ranging from 13 to 28 inches, 10 other knives, both X-box 360 and Sony Playstation game consoles and handwritten notes with locations of various gun shops.”
FBI agents said they found nearly a dozen guns in the home of a South Daytona man who, they said, is a convicted felon and member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Investigators said Kevin Lynch greeted agents at his door with a gun in one hand and a beer in the other.
Agents said Lynch dropped the gun when he realized the FBI was at his door.
According to agents, an investigation into street gangs gave them information that Lynch had guns. They said Lynch is not involved in a gang.
Agents said Lynch had close to a dozen pistols, shotguns and piles of ammunition at his home on James Street in South Daytona.
WFTV reporter Blaine Tolison asked Lynch, “Why do you hate certain people?”
Lynch replied, “I hate a lot of people.”
“Why? Why do you hate people?” Tolison asked.
“Shut the door,” said Lynch as he sat in a police cruiser.
Lynch was wearing a “White Pride Ride” T-shirt at the time of his arrest.
The investigation into Schmidt was conducted by a FBI Joint terrorism Task Force whose agents said they discovered he was tracking African American and Jewish leaders in the Detroit area.
Schmidt, 47, is a convicted felon who spent 13 years in Ohio state prison for a homicide after being convicted of killing a man and wounding two others in a shooting during a traffic stop, according to state prison records. Under federal law, Schmidt, who was released on parole in 2003, is barred from possessing any firearms.
Yet when FBI agents last December searched his home and store, they discovered a cache of 18 weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, 9 mm Ruger and Sig Sauer pistols, shotguns, high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition. Schmidt was originally reported to have been arrested on charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods, but was indicted last month on four federal charges —including possessing illegal weapons, body armor and ammunition. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“As a matter of policy, I don’t comment on pending cases,” his lawyer, Andy Hart, a federal public defender in Toledo, said when reached by telephone.
Dettelbach, who is overseeing the case, said that federal agents have been unable to determine how and where Schmidt obtained his weapons, prompting officials to conclude he likely acquired them at gun shows or through private sales — where under federal law no background checks are required. .
“It’s scary,” he said about Schmidt’s arsenal of weapons. “It’s not … that I won’t say” where Schmidt got his guns. “It’s that sitting here today as a senior federal law enforcement official in northern Ohio, I can’t say.”
California’s newly proposed gun laws would:
- Ban the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds
- Prevent the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer of any firearms that can accept detachable magazines
- Close the "bullet button" loophole by banning tools that allow the quick changing of gun magazines
- Regulate ammunition sales like the state regulates gun sales. Ammunition dealers would need to be licensed and anyone buying from them would need to obtain a permit and complete a background check.
- Create a 5-cent tax on each bullet purchased, for the purpose of funding crime prevention
- Prevent felons and other adults barred from gun ownership from living in a house that contains any guns
- Prohibit the loaning or sale of a firearm between people who know each other personally
- Take steps to phase out legal possession of assault weapons that were purchased before California outlawed their sale
- Require all firearms owners to take an hours-long gun safety course every year, similar to what the state now requires for obtaining a concealed weapon permit
- Require gun owners to purchase insurance to cover damage they may inflict
- Require CalPERS and CalSTRS, two of the nation's largest pension funds, to divest from companies that make, sell, or market firearms or ammunition
California has already enacted some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws, partly due to its experience with a Sandy-Hook-style massacre: In 1989, a mentally unstable ex-con opened fire with an AK-47-style assault rifle on an elementary school playground in Stockton, killing five schoolchildren and wounding 28 others. The shooting contributed to the passage that year of California’s assault weapons ban.
He claimed to have 18 M67 grenades — which are available only in the military — that he said he’d sell for $300 each, the ATF agent wrote.
According to the affidavit, Sandberg said he’d built some explosive devices with items available at hardware stores. He said you’d need a “formula” to know how to make them blow up — and they had a “kill zone” of 20 meters and a “hurt zone” of 60 meters.
The devices, he said, are “not firecrackers, not things to play with: (They are) life or death.”
The undercover agent told Sandberg he was going out of town to pick up illicit drugs, then met up with him Tuesday evening at the suspect’s house in Jefferson County, about 15 miles southwest of the Colorado capital.
Once there, Sandberg detailed his military background as a demolition expert who’d served in Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan, and had been trained “to build bombs and kill people,” the affidavit states.
He expressed contempt for President Barack Obama and his administration, and the ATF in particular.
He later showed the undercover agent “an iron-plated door barricade with gun turret/cutouts.” He said he was prepared to use it if law enforcement agents moved in on his house — adding he had several thousand rounds of ammunition.
“Sandberg made numerous threatening statements toward law enforcement (that if they) came inside his house to take his guns, it would be a bad day for them and lots of them would die,” the affidavit reads. “Sandberg stated that he was ready and willing to die.
The top photo is an ammunition cabinet from a Bass Pro Shops store. The bottom photo is an ammo cabinet from Wal-Mart. Both of these stores are in the South.
Although not shown in the images, both stores had signs up indicating a severe shortage of practically all rifle and handgun ammo. Bass Pro even had a per person limit on purchases.
Imagine these two cabinets were packed full. Then look at the photos again. Now consider how many empty ammo cabinets are sitting in Wal-Mart, Bass Pro and other gun stores across the country and you begin to understand how many thousands of rounds have been scooped up and stockpiled by Americans terrified Barack Obama and his Liberal henchmen are coming for their guns.
I support the 2nd Amendment. I believe in responsible gun ownership.
But I also believe our nation has a gun problem that needs to be addressed. I look at these pictures and I see more than empty ammo cabinets.
I see lives at risk. Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons.
America needs a change of attitude on guns. They have their place in a peaceful society. But there must be qualifications, there must be accountability. The amendment itself mentions a “well regulated militia”.
Let’s see what happens when we put as much effort into that part of it as we do the part that follows…
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
As if Africa didn’t have enough problems, it’s recently been discovered that Iran is behind the large quantities of unidentified AK-47 ammunition flooding the continent. There has been a major effort to keep new AK-47s and ammo for them from getting onto the illegal arms markets in Africa. Keeping new weapons out of the continent has been easier than blocking delivery of ammo for the millions of assault rifles already there. This was especially true of the mystery ammo, which had no identifying marks on the shell casings and came in plain brown boxes and crates. For the last several years the source of this stuff has remained a mystery. This ammo also showed up in Gaza and in southern Lebanon (where Iran-supported Hezbollah rules supreme). That indicated Iran might be involved as Iran is a major supplier of weapons to both areas. Iran has always denied it was the source of this ammunition.
Many groups analyzed the mystery ammo, looking for any kind of identifier (chemical composition, alloys used and other unique characteristics) but all that resulted from this was a pretty thorough chemical and metallurgical analysis of the ammo. The big break came in late 2011 when 13 containers of ‘building materials’ in a Nigerian port were found to contain mainly weapons and ammo, and most of the ammo was identical to the unidentified AK-47 stuff showing up all over Africa. These containers were traced back to Iran, as was most of the weapons and ammo. The Iranians tried to deny everything, but they were caught red-handed this time, with a clear paper trail tracing the containers back to an Iranian port and shipper. Despite all this, Iran continued to deny that it was the supplier of the mystery AK0-47 ammo.
The presence of all these assault rifles and ammo has led to the deaths of millions of Africans Once tribesmen, over the last two decades, got access to cheap AK-47s the death rate from banditry and tribal feuds skyrocketed. The AK-47 has become as much of a curse for Africa as many major diseases. Not just in the places you hear about, like Somalia, Angola, Congo, and Sudan but in many others as well. Easy availability of firearms has produced a murder rate in South Africa that is, per capita, ten times what it is in the United States.
The cheap AK-47s resulted in traditional crimes, like stealing cattle or land, turning into bloody battles. The violence has caused millions to flee their homes and wrecked local government in many areas. Sending in additional police and soldiers, when available, quiets things down somewhat. But the local guys with the guns know where to hide and the government reinforcements usually don’t. So, eventually, the police will leave and the AK-47s will still be there.
This is from a movie but it is irresistibly apt:
An immigration judge ordered his removal in 2011, a decision that was affirmed by the Board of Immigration Appeals. The 91-year-old Kalymon is in poor health and has remained in Michigan during the appeals.
In his 20s, Kalymon served in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in Lviv, which once was part of Poland. He denies shooting Jews. However, documents found in an investigation revealed that he accounted for ammunition he had used in the shootings. His attorney says an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible.
A nationwide manhunt is under way for an antigovernment fugitive who shot at an Idaho State Police officer over the weekend before kidnapping a woman and taking her from Idaho to Montana.
Mitchell Lee Walck, who served prison time in Montana for assaulting a police officer, released the 62-year-old kidnap victim unharmed 580 miles away in Glendive, Mont., after taking her at gunpoint from her home in Rathdrum, Idaho, on Saturday.
Walck, 57, is believed to be driving the woman’s stolen 2005 silver Subaru Forester station wagon, with Idaho license plate K230050, perhaps heading toward his home state of Pennsylvania, authorities told Hatewatch.
The FBI has joined the hunt for the fugitive, believed armed with a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and two rifles and ammunition he stole from the kidnap victim’s North Idaho home.
The suspect broke into the woman’s home on Saturday, attempting to hide after firing a 9 mm pistol at close range at an ISP trooper who stopped a stolen truck in nearby Spirit Lake, Idaho, Friday evening. The officer, who was wearing a vest, was not hit, said Capt. Greg McLean of the Post Falls, Idaho, Police Department.
A briefcase found in the stolen truck contained “various antigovernment writings” with references to federal sieges at Waco and Ruby Ridge and “a series of questions for the FBI,” McLean said.
While some of the suspect’s writings and scribbled rants have the hallmarks of the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement and he doesn’t have a driver’s license, nothing was found that specifically showed Walck has declared himself a sovereign citizen, McLean said. Sovereign citizens generally believe they are immune from many taxes and laws, including those requiring driver’s licenses and vehicle registration.
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