- Created on 12 November 2013
HOUSTON (AP) — Two suspects have been charged in connection with a shooting at a house party in suburban Houston that left two teenagers dead and injured 19 others, authorities announced Monday.
Investigators said they still believe the deadly shooting started as a result of celebratory gunfire, despite court documents that seem to indicate the incident started when the suspects shot at two individuals before then firing into the crowd.
Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested Monday morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct, while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. Bail for each suspect was set at $250,000. Court records did not indicate whether Young or Stewart has an attorney.
The victim killed at the scene has been identified as 17-year-old Qu’eric Richardson. The 16-year-old girl who died at a hospital was identified as Arielle Shepherd.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia had previously said Saturday’s shooting in Cypress, an unincorporated area about 25 miles northwest of Houston, began when someone fired a pistol in the air in celebration. In the ensuing confusion, someone else began firing into the crowd, causing people to flee into the narrow street, Garcia said. Officials said more than 100 people were at the party, which was promoted openly on several social media sites.
According to probable cause affidavits for Young and Stewart, two of the people at the party say the suspects initially began firing at them.
Dominic Adams said that after Stewart entered the home, Stewart “pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him and discharged the weapon.”
Adams “was struck in the arm. (Adams) stated that the defendant began randomly shooting into the crowd,” according to Stewart’s probable cause affidavit.
The affidavit related to Young presented a similar scenario. Jamario Wilson, another partygoer, told investigators that he saw Young in the home’s living room when Young pulled out a handgun and began firing in his direction. Wilson said that Young also began “randomly shooting” into the crowd. It didn’t appear that Wilson was injured.
Both Adams and Wilson said they knew the suspects “from the neighborhood.”
Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alan Bernstein said investigators do not believe that people were hunted down or singled out in the house. He said evidence, including bullet holes on the ceiling, supports the belief that everything began with the celebratory gunfire.
“Someone in a crowd of people that is randomly being fired upon is probably going to see a weapon pointed at them randomly. … That does not mean they believe they were singled out and it doesn’t mean we believe the shooter singled them out,” he said.
Young and Stewart might face additional charges and additional suspects might be sought, Bernstein said.
In September, Stewart pleaded guilty to making a terroristic threat – a misdemeanor – after being part of a group that in December assaulted and then threatened to kill a student at Cypress Woods High School. Stewart was sentenced to five days in jail. Last month, Stewart was charged with check forgery. Young was arrested earlier this year for evading arrest but the charge was later dropped.
- Created on 11 November 2013
Interlopers with preconceived notions of morbid crime scenes, obscene poverty and the remnants of a city that resembles the fifth level of hell in Dante's Inferno regulalrly descend on Detroit, intent on startling viewers with the horrors of this city – real or not.
No doubt Detroit does have more than its fair share of woes, and the city's image
- Created on 11 November 2013
A bus carrying activists, history aficionados and visitors from other cities weaved across Chicago’s South Side Sunday. Marking five years since President Barack Obama‘s election, the one-time tour stopped at places that influenced the Commander-in-Chief’s life.
Organized by Forgotten Chicago, a group that documents Chicago’s lesser-known infrastructure, the tour first stopped at Chase Tower, where Obama first met Michelle Robinson in 1989. It then headed to Altgeld Gardens, a housing project where a young Obama volunteered his time.
However, he was not accepted at first, according to Cheryl Johnson (pictured center), whose mother worked with him on infrastructure issues at the houses, the Chicago Tribune reports.
“Altgeld didn’t really accept outsiders, and he was considered an outsider,” Johnson told the riders.
“He used to come to our house, he used to sit at our kitchen table,” she added. ”He had such cha...
- Created on 11 November 2013
It’s been eight months since Pedro Quezada (pictured right) got lucky by winning the fourth-largest lottery pot in history at a whopping $338 million. Now Quezada is being sued by his former 10-year live-in girlfriend, Inez Sanchez (pictured), for reportedly not sharing his wealth because, in his eyes, they were never legally married, according to The Record.
When Quezada collected his winnings, he actually told reporters at a press conference last March that he would buy Sanchez “whatever she wants.”
But now the script has been flipped: According to Quezada’s attorneys, his live-in love of 10 years and the Mother of one of his children is not deserving of a red cent because she is not his wife.
Sanchez’s attorneys totally disagree with Quezada’s alleged penny-pinching ways and argue that he and their client purchased the winning ticket with their earnings as a couple.
In 2006. the then-couple opened up a bodega in Passaic, New Jersey, which was run by Quezada’s son. After the feds took their huge chunk out of Quezada’s winnings, he was left with a whopping $152 million. Last Friday, during a court proceeding, a judge decided not to throw out the Sanchez lawsuit but she did decide not to freeze his monies as was requested by the complainant’s legal team.
Instead, the Superior Court Chancery Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh acknowledged the relationship between Sanchez and Quezada and their shared contributions to their former household.
Legally, however, the judge could not freeze Quezada’s assets.
“That’s what money does to people: It changes positive relationships into bad ones,” McVeigh stated. “It doesn’t always enhance a relationship, or bring out people’s better qualities. Her [Sanchez’s] life has been up-ended by this winning ticket…But I am a judge. I don’t create the law. I have to follow it.”