Stampede in Houston mall after man issues public threat

first_imgABC News(HOUSTON) — Chaos ensued at the Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas, this weekend when a masked man jumped on a table in the food court and proclaimed he was going to kill himself, sending hundreds of panicked people fleeing.Constable Ted Heap of the Houston Police Department said the incident took place Sunday around 3:15 p.m. and the suspect was a white male in his late teens or early twenties.Heap told reporters the suspect “put on what appears to be a half mask … kind of a red mask, came down the escalators, came down to the food court, and then at a slow trot went through the food court. About halfway through the food court he jumped up on a table and declared that he was going to kill himself.”“He had something in a bag,” Heap continued. “At that point he had thrown down the bag. Of course, at this point we had chaos. People started fleeing.”The suspect, according to the police, allegedly made his way through the south entrance of the mall toward a block of apartment complexes.A 16-year old boy and his mother were treated for ankle and leg injuries after the chaos, officials said.Police indicated the suspect remains at large and could face possible charges of making terroristic threats.“We don’t take this type of thing lightly,” said Houston Police Assistant Chief Sheryl Victorian.“We had an explosive detection dog … come out and check the evidence that the suspect dropped on the scene. In the end there was no evidence of an explosive device … we have not determined exactly what that item is,” Victorian continued.This is not the first incident of the public panicking over a possible threat in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.Just last week thousands of people who were crowded into a packed Times Square fled in panic after a motorcycle backfired and caused fears over a possible active shooter.Heap suggested that it was challenging for law enforcement to deal with these kinds of incidents.“Our job is to keep people safe and to neutralize any threat. We’ve got uniforms from a lot of different agencies — federal agencies, state, local agencies, county, city — so there’s a lot of police officers involved here who have joined together to try to be sure that this is a safe scene,” Heap said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Announce Joint Outdoor Show

first_imgToday, Phil Lesh-owned San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads announced a very special double-billed performance at its outdoor Beach Park space. Set to take place on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15th (doors at 1 pm, show at 2 pm), the day’s festivities will include performances by funky favorites Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe as well as Lesh himself in the form of a star-studded Phil Lesh & Friends show.In addition to leading his own band, the multi-talented Karl Denson will join the ranks of Phil’s “Friends” alongside versatile guitarists Eric Krasno and Stu Allen, Ghost Light keyboardist Holly Bowling, drummer John Molo, and the familiar Trey Anastasio Band horn/vocal tag team of Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet) and Natalie Cressman (trombone).To grab your tickets, head to the Terrapin Crossroads website here. For a full list of Phil’s upcoming performances, head to his website. To check out Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s upcoming touring schedule, head here.last_img read more

PREMIUMEvacuees struggle in shelters as floodwaters remain high in Tangerang district

first_imgForgot Password ? Lina, a 56-year-old housewife, relocated herself to a shelter as floodwaters as high as an adult’s waist hit her house in Tangerang municipality in Banten.But the situation remained a challenge for the widow who lives by herself. Cold and hunger struck as she claimed that the Tangerang administration that set up the emergency posts were always late in delivering food.She joined dozens of other affected residents in the flood evacuation center in Persada Sports Arena in Tangerang. They fled from their houses in the heavily inundated Total Persada Housing Complex in Gembor subdistrict after heavy rains forced the nearby Kali Ledug River to overflow and break the embankment that held back the water on Monday after the flooding started over the weekend.The flooding affected 1,493 families in six community units (RW) in the subdistrict. Most of the residents had evacuated imme… Topics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Tangerang Banten flood flood-mitigation shelters evacuees Log in with your social account Linkedin Googlelast_img read more