|Sat, February 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The shooting of a child always leaves a community in pain and disbelief. Think about it for a moment. A child simply wants to play and have fun. No matter who the child is, there's a common thread among children called joy, happiness, love, and innocence. Under no circumstances should a child be forced to live and endure a nightmare.
Unfortunately, 8-year-old Donald Maiden, Jr known as D.J. is suffering his own nightmare after being shot in the face by a neighbor outside an apartment complex in Dallas. D.J. was playing tag outside when 46-year-old, Brian Cloninger, a white man shot little D.J. When police asked Cloninger why he shot D.J., he told police, 'he wanted to.' Words cannot express how his behavior has triggered outrag within the community and for those who are following this story.
D.J., as you can imagine, had to undergo major surgery. He was hooked up to machines and breathing tubes. A metal plate and wire mesh were used to hold his jaw together. "
D.J. still has a tracheotomy tube in his neck to help him breathe, and is due for reconstructive surgery on March 10, but he is functioning normally as anyone could expect an 8-year-old was shot for seemingly no reason to function."
Even though D.J. will face many surgeries to repair the physical damage, the emotional and psychological damage will not easily go away. D.J.'s mother, Monique Locklin says that her son fears that Cloninger will get out of jail to return to hurt him or somebody else. D.J. tries to avoid talking about the shooting and his family is supportive of that. .
With regard to Cloninger, he is still in jail and no trial date has been set. The family wants him to receive the maximum so that justice can be brought to D.J.
This is definitely a sad story. I want to caution you after reading this, the heinous act of one person cannot bring judgment on a group of people
|Sat, February 01, 2014 at 3:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Once again, gun violence has targeted another community. On Monday before 6pm, a gunman opened fire at a local basketball court in Rocky Mount, North Carolina behind the sanctuary of Word Tabernacle Church critically injuring one boy. Three others were hit, treated, and released. However, the one critically injured is 12-year-old, Nyreek Horne.
According to Rev. James Gailliard, the Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church, there were more than 15 gunshots before he ran outside. When he arrived outside, he saw Horne bleeding and went over to help the boy until help arrived. The bullet hit Nyreek in the eye and went out the back of his brain.
Rev. Gailliard said, 'in our community, we do hear gunshots from time to time. But what was different this time was that it was so close and it was so many. I held him in my arms until the paramedics got there.' As of Tuesday, Horne remained in critical condition.
Rocky Mount police have a vague description of the shooter. They are asking for anyone who has information about the shooting to contact local authorities.
Rocky Mount is a city with roughly 60,000 residents. It is located about 50 miles east of Raleigh, which sits along Interstate 95. Its location makes it a prime target for moving drugs and illegal guns between East Coast Cities. "In 2012, the most recent year for which FBI crime statistics are available, the homicide rate in Rocky Mount was more than twice that of New York City."
Without a doubt, Rocky Mount is facing many of the same problems other larger cities are facing. Rev. Gailliard moved from Philadelphia to Rocky Mount to start his church. He and the church are involved with working with people in the community.
Questions surrounding whether the shooting was in retaliation to gang violence that happened recently in the area is currently being investigated.
A community that is troubled is looking for answers. A vigil was organized on Tuesday to pray for Horne's recovery and to put an end to violence.
|Sat, January 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
(CNN) -- A gunman strapped with large amounts of ammunition Saturday shot and killed two workers at a busy Columbia, Maryland, mall before turning a shotgun on himself, police said.
The shooting, which also left five others injured, capped a violent week which saw shootings or gun scares at American schools or shopping centers -- ordinary places where people once felt safe.
"This should not happen at the Columbia Mall," Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters. "This shouldn't happen anywhere."
McMahon told reporters that the shooter apparently fatally shot a man and woman -- both store employees -- before shooting himself in a store on the second floor of The Mall in Columbia. The motive was unclear.
Police identified the dead employees as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City. Both worked at Zumiez, a shop that caters to skaters, where the shootings took place
The body of the unidentified suspected shooter was found near a shotgun on the floor of Zumiez, police said. A large amount of ammunition was found near the body, leading investigators to suspect that he might be carrying explosives.
The first 911 call about the shooting came at about 11:15 a.m. and officers were in the mall within two minutes, police said.
It started out as a routine day in busy mall
The shooting "seems to have been very contained to that store and the area just outside," McMahon told reporters.
Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement: "On behalf of the people of Maryland, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. Protecting the public's safety is our most solemn obligation."
Police entered the mall within minutes of the first 911 calls and found three people dead. The scene was secure shortly before 1 p.m., police said.
Investigators said there were thousands of people in the mall at the time, with many hiding in fear behind store counters, in restrooms or fitting rooms for hours after the shooting stopped.
"Think about this, on a Saturday afternoon at the mall, how many people may be in there," McMahon said. "Something like this happens and people run in many directions, and they also do what we train them to do -- to shelter in place."
A federal official briefed on the shooting told CNN that preliminary information indicates the shooting may have been related to a domestic dispute. Police, however, said haven't yet reached that determination, saying investigators have not even determined whether the shooter and victims knew each other.
"We have no knowledge of that," McMahon said. "We do not know yet what caused the incident."
Five people from were transported to Howard County General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said in a statement. They were treated and later released.
One patient had a gunshot wound to the foot; the others suffered injuries after the shooting. McMahon said one person had a seizure, another a sprained ankle.
In a statement, management of the mall said: "Our hearts & prayers are with everyone in the Columbia community. The Mall in Columbia will remain closed for the remainder of the day . ... Please keep the community in your thoughts and prayers."
A statement from Zumiez, the store where the shooting occurred, said management was arranging counseling for other employees.
"We are deeply saddened by the violence that has occurred this morning within our store in Maryland at The Mall in Columbia," the statement said. "Our hearts go out to the victims and their families."
Employees told CNN the gunfire erupted near a second-floor food court in the late morning, sending shoppers and workers running for cover.
Photos: Shooting at Columbia Mall in Maryland Photos: Shooting at Columbia Mall in Maryland
Mall employee: I think shooter had rifle
One person found dead near guns, ammo
|Wed, December 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
South East Hip Hop Magazine recently spoke with the director of Wess Musiq's critically acclaimed single and video "Just Ask", Tim Carr. In this direct, one on one interview Tim Carr shares his experiences as a director, his forthcoming projects, his vision, and more! Read all about what this rising talented dream maker has to say.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: How are you doing Tim Carr?Tim Carr: I am fantastic. Been staying pretty busy which is always great in this line of work.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: How long have you been making films and directing? Tim Carr: I have always been an artist and movie nerd but really started film-making in 2008 while going to school for my Bachelors in Visual Communications.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What inspired you to want to get into this business? Tim Carr: I always wanted to make movies since I was a kid. I saw Return of the Living Dead from the roof of my parent's station wagon at a drive in outside of Los Angeles and that was it for me, but 10 years as a firefighter in the Air Force kept me pretty busy. Once I got out I went to school. Then I got a job in Kuwait to teach precision driving. While I was there I was on a traveling pro paintball team. I got tired of us not having any footage of us in action. So one tournament I shot the event while taking turns playing and filming each match. The video blew up on the internet and I caught the directing and editing bug. I sold my paintball gear and bought film-making gear and the rest is history.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What are a few things you have on your resume? Tim Carr: The Gulfrun International Exotic Car Race in Bahrain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roylqva9bH8
The Ohr - O;Keefe Documentary in Biloxi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1TY2JNDxdU The PK Jaguars In London http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWABDNjTm2s and over a 100 other videos on my youtube channel.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What are some of your favorite films? Tim Carr: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Only God Forgives, I Saw The Devil, The Way OF The Gun, Old Boy, The Good The Bad and The Weird, Sin City, Drive, Helvetica, Battle Royale, Inception, Let Me In, Sha Po Long, Indie Game....I could go on LOL. I love dark, violent dramas and horror. Especially Korean and Japanese stuff. I'm also a big documentary fan and comedies too.
South East Hip Hop Magazine: Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses? Tim Carr: For actors probably Lee Byung-Hun, Choi Min-Sik, Michael Ealy, Daniel Day Lewis, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Michael Kelly...Too many to list. Actresses maybe Zooey Deschanel, Kat Dennings, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Silverman, Franka Potente, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone
South East Hip Hop Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?Tim Carr: I've got a reall
|Fri, December 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A teenage student opened fire in Aurora, CO today at a local high school where he reportedly injured 2 students before turning the gun on himself.
A gunman opened fire at a high school in Colorado on Friday, seriously wounding a fellow student before killing himself, authorities said.
A third student was injured and was reported in good condition. It wasn't immediately clear whether that student was shot.
The shooter, a male student, said he was looking for a specific teacher by name when the incident began about 12:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. Robinson said investigators knew his identity and were talking to his family.
A second student confronted the gunman, who shot and seriously wounded the youth, Robinson said.
They said that while they had no indication of a second shooter, they were proceeding as though there might be one as a matter of caution. Students were led out of the building in an orderly evacuation, filing out in lines with their arms in the air. Some were patted down by police.
Story still developing...
|Wed, September 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to TMZ The Game is paying for the funeral of the beautiful little six-year-old girl, Tiana Ricks who was shot to death in her front yard by two guys who also shot her father.
6-year-old Tiana Ricks was shot and killed when two men approached her family's home in Moreno Valley and opened fire, striking Tiana and her father.
As she lay dying, Tiana reportedly turned to her father and asked,
"Are you okay, Daddy?"
The Game read about the tragedy and tweeted,
"This very sad story hit me in a place nothing ever has ... Tiana did not know she was shot & kept asking was her father okay."
Game got a hold of Tiana's family and pledged $10,000 to her family to cover funeral costs.
TMZ spoke with Tiana's mother Marquia Macklin who said,
"Game told me that he heard about my story and was really sorry. He said that he wanted to help out and put me in touch with his financial team. It costs so much to bury her ... sadly $10,000 only covers half of the casket and the plot."
We're told the money is being wired to Marquia today. Tiana's funeral will be Saturday.
As for the shooting, cops are still on the hunt for the culprits and encourage anyone with information to contact the Moreno Valley Police Department.