A man inadvertently streamed a mass shooting on Facebook Live believing he was filming people dancing in the street, according to reports. Bubba Hinson s video of a gunman opening fire and wounding six people during an argument at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sunday has since racked up more than a million views, much to his dismay, the News and Observer reports.
I always wanted a viral video, but I never wanted it to be like this, Hinson told the news outlet. Hinson, a volunteer firefighter in town for a convention, says he saw a throng of people blocking traffic around 12:25 a.m. and started streaming the gathering on his Facebook page, expecting people to bust a move.
Instead, someone pulled out a gun and busted some caps.
I thought they were dancing. That s why I started filming it, he told the paper. Then, they started fighting. Then, they started shooting. The video shows a group of people brawling before someone pulls out a gun and fires off at least 15 rounds, sending the crowd screaming and running for their lives.
Multiple people down! Hinson shouts as he narrates the mayhem. At least six people were shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and an armed security guard also shot the gunman, the News and Observer reports.
The shooter fled by carjacking a vehicle, but cops caught up with him a few hours later. The shooting was just one of three in a bloody weekend for the tourist town. Another gunman wounded a man in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach mall the day before, just 10 minutes before cops were dispatched to a shooting at a local resort, although no one was hit there. Some vacationers told the News and Observer they won t be returning to the city anytime soon.
We re just here on vacation, said visitor John Lee, whose friend s car ended up covered in bullet holes and blood after Sunday s shooting. This sucks.
Darren Osborne, the man suspected of deliberately driving a van into a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in north London, injuring 11 people and possibly killing another man, was unknown to security services, according to the Government. Police are treating the incident, which took place as worshippers were leaving the mosque in Finsbury Park just after midnight on Monday, as a terror attack the third such atrocity to hit the capital in recent months, after vehicles were used to mow down pedestrians in Westminster and on London Bridge. Security minister Ben Wallace said 47-year-old Osborne from Cardiff, was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism . He is believed to have acted alone, but police said they are investigating all circumstances leading up to the attack. Searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Welsh capital.
Osborne was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but he is now also facing charges relating to the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism. One man died at the scene, but police are investigating whether he died as a result of the attack or a separate health emergency, as he was already receiving first aid on the pavement outside the mosque at the time. Theresa May said the Government will review security at mosques across Britain, vowing that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed . Outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister said the attack on Muslims near their place of worship was every bit as sickening as those which have come before .
Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and the police will continue to assess the security needs of Mosques and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before Eid Al-Fitr, a particularly important time for the whole Muslim community, she said.
There has been far too much tolerance of extremism in our country over many years and that means extremism of any kind, including Islamophobia. That is why this Government will act to stamp out extremist and hateful ideology both across society and on the internet, so it is denied a safe space to grow.
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have contrasting receptions at Finsbury Park mosque visits
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: My thoughts are with all those affected by the appalling incident at Finsbury Park.
I am in contact with the Metropolitan Police who have confirmed it is being investigated by their Counter Terrorism Command.
We must all continue to stand together, resolute, against all those who try to divide us and spread hate and fear. Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, whose Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency lies close to the scene, called for police to review security at mosques. She tweeted: Terror attack outside #FinsburyPark mosque. Police must urgently review security for all mosques #StandTogether.
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said her thoughts were with the community and emergency services, adding: We will not be divided. Ms May met faith leaders at Finsbury Park Mosque the afternoon after the attack, but faced heckles as she left the building. Crowds shouted Have you got a faster taxi today? and how can you be so quick today? , a criticism of her response to last week s devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, in which 79 people are presumed dead. At around 12.20am, a speeding white van swerved into people gathered outside the Muslim Welfare House mosque on Seven Sisters Road. Nine people were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene. All the victims were Muslim.
The Metropolitan Police said they “responded instantly”and armed officers were on the scene within ten minutes. Abdul Rashid, 18, who witnessed the aftermath of the attack, described the driver as desensitised and said he wasn’t distressed, not in the slightest . He told The Independent it appeared the suspect knew exactly what he was doing .
When people were holding him down he was saying ‘you can kill me, I’ve done my job’. He was saying he had come here to kill Muslims, said Mr Rashid. He looked blank. You could tell he didn’t care. It was 100 per cent deliberate. Searches are being carried out at a residential address in Cardiff in connection with the mosque attack, according to the Metropolitan Police. Images of the van used in the attack showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire, around 12 miles west of Cardiff.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the capital would stay strong in the difficult period and not allow these terrorists to succeed.
While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect, he said. There has been a reported surge in hate crime against Muslims in Britain following the London attacks carried out by Islamist extremists and a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22 that killed 22 people, almost half of whom were aged under 20.
Finsbury Park attack
The week after the Manchester attack, which was claimed by Isis, verified reports of Islamophobic hate crimes increased more than fivefold, according to the organisation Tell Mama, which monitors anti-Muslim hatred in Britain. In the seven days after the London Bridge attack on 3 June, there was a 240 per cent rise in reported hate crimes, said the charity. Figures from City Hall also show a sharp rise in anti-Muslim incidents after three attackers hit pedestrians on the bridge before launching a knife attack on people in bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market.
An imam reportedly saved the van driver involved in the suspected Finsbury Park attack from being attacked by members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the crash. One witness said the furious crowd might have injured or killed Osborne were it not for the intervention of Mohammed Mahmoud. An eyewitness who gave his name as Abdul told The Independent Osborne tried to run away but we brought him down. He would’ve died because so many people were punching him but the imam came out and said ‘No more punching, let’s keep him down until the police come’. Community groups and charities have condemned the attack, warning against entering a cycle of tit-for-tat violence that is the goal of extremists. In a statement, the organisation Hope Not Hate said we must oppose far-right extremism with the same intensity that we oppose Islamist extremism – a plague on both their houses is our call, as we said back in 2013 after the murder of Lee Rigby.
Unfortunately the agents have returned to Turkey. The Washington, D.C., police have charged sixteen people over the fight that broke out on the Turkish Embassy lawn in May. The sixteen include twelve agents from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan security detail. From Fox News:
The agents, part of Erdogan s security detail, are in Turkey at this time. It s unclear how the arrests for the officers and agents will be carried out, but D.C. police said they will be taking necessary steps to apprehend the individuals. [District Police Chief Peter] Newsham added that the personnel will be arrested if they attempt to enter the U.S.
We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters, Newsham said. We re not going to tolerate this.
Newsman said the warrents were issued by the D.C. police, not the state department. The police also have arrest warrants for two Canadians. Officials arrested two Americans, Eyup Yildirim and Sinan Narin, on Wednesday. Protesters gathered outside of the embassy to condemn Erdogan s visit to America. Things became messy when the security detail and a few Erdogan supporters attacked the protesters. From ABC News:
Newsham recounted how video near the residence showed some attacking protesters with their fists and feet. Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. A man with a bullhorn was repeatedly kicked in the face. After officers struggled to protect the protesters and ordered the men in suits to retreat, several of the men dodged the officers and ran into a park to continue the attacks.
[Mayor Muriel] Bowser said the nation s capital is a frequent protest venue but police insist those be peaceful. We make sure they are safe, but we also make sure they follow our laws. And certainly anyone traveling to the United States will be held to that standard, she said.
In late May, The New York Times analyzed video of the brawl and identified the attackers. Of course Turkey has not taken responsibility for the actions of the security detail. Officials summoned the U.S. ambassador to Turkey to express their disgust over the actions of the police at the brawl. From USA Today:
In a statement Monday, Turkey s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ambassador was summoned and a written and verbal protest was delivered due to the aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. security personnel toward the close protection team of H.E Mevl t avu o lu.
It has been formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation, the statement said.
During the meeting with the Ambassador, it was emphasized that the lapses of security experienced during our President s stay in Washington, which were caused by the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program, will not overshadow what in every other aspect was a very successful and important visit, it added. Erdogan and his thugs insist the protesters have connections to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the US has listed as a terrorist group. Turkey and the PKK have been in a three-decade war with no end in sight. Some at the protest denied the connections.