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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A security guard is speaking out tonight, after surviving a shooting in 2014. Metro Police identified Lazarus Payton as the gunman that opened fire on WKND Lounge in Midtown July 18th, 2014. The suspect shot hit three victims according to officers, including Demetrius Tucker. Working in the security industry for 14 years, Tucker says his first day at the nightclub became his last when he ended up in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
“It pretty much changed everything, says Tucker, who faces more surgeries years later. Police say the gunman was kicked out of the bar and 15 minutes later Payton
He came back and decided to shoot everybody that was outside. He pretty much ambushed us. He had an umbrella and kind of concealed himself. He shot me and a couple of other people that were there. This guy was malicious, explained Tucker. The victim adds that he was shot 8 times, before the suspect ran away. Tucker says his injuries ranged, Completely shattered along my jawline, they had to repair my jaw, there’s metal in my face. I have no feeling under my lips. I lost sense of taste. I had to basically learn how to walk again…chiropractors, dentist, pain clinics, regular doctors…my life now is mostly seeing doctors.
And seeing medical bills pile up. Attorney, Candes Prewitt says, “Several hundreds of thousands of dollars already and none of these expenses have been paid. It’s just unfortunate while trying to keep others safe, they’re hurt and left for dead so to speak. Tucker says, The WKND they told my mom they would help me with anything I needed. They told me I was a hero and now years later they have not done one thing to help me and my situation.
Now Tucker and his attorney say a civil suit is pending in court with WKND and the property owner
Dialysis Clinic because I am sure that no one knows that that is who owns the building. It’s a matter of letting the community be aware of the types of businesses we have and just people doing the right thing in general. Just as important as it is to see people doing the right thing, it’s important to see those that don’t. By people being made aware: hopefully we don’t have these situations where people have to come to me just to have the right thing happen, explains Prewitt. Tucker says, I’ve lost a lot. I’ve lost a lot of feeling, a lot of joy in my life all because I worked at the WKND one day. Fox 17 reached out to WKND Lounge and Dialysis Clinic for comment. We will keep you updated upon any response.
In the meantime, Prewitt says similar and general crime in the mid-town area is also a concern. Tucker says he is also focusing on more surgeries he will have to undergo, in addition to his other recovery treatments.
It says the president then told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador that he “faced great pressure because of Russian Federation”. Trump was leaving for his first foreign trip, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, and a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily. Mueller’s former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Kushner – who has been in the spotlight over the president’s decision to fire James Comey from the FBI and for meeting with Russian officials – and Manafort, who is now under federal investigation. If the White House couldn’t get Mueller removed, they’d use the rule to cast doubt on his impartiality, according to Reuters:”Under this strategy, the sources said the administration would raise the issue in press conferences and public statements”, Julia Edwards Ainsley reported.
While the White House initially pointed to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey’s mismanagement of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as the impetus for his termination, Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation, which the president has called a “hoax”, played a role. Trump has denied any collusion. Trump’s first national-security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked over misstatements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The White House was rocked by a further revelation Friday, when reports emerged that Trump said his sacking of FBI director James Comey has relieved “great pressure” on him caused by the Russian Federation investigation. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings called Trump’s reported comment “astonishing and extremely troubling”.
The committee’s chairman, Senator Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, announced that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.
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A win for Arsenal would put huge pressure on Liverpool . “And I was delighted to see so many of them not turn up the other day”. Liverpool host already-relegated Middlesbrough and Manchester City travel to Watford who languish 16th in the standings. Cummings said the committee’s GOP chairman, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, “should … have his subpoena pen ready” to obtain any White House documents related to Trump’s meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. But the president undercut that argument a day later, telling NBC News, “When I chose to just do it, I said to myself – I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story”. The FBI’s investigation has bedeviled the Trump administration, and the president personally. The date of the hearing has not yet been set.
The conversation reinforces the notion that the president dismissed Comey primarily because of the FBI’s inquiry into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives. Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Comey has told associates, Trump asked for his loyalty. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation”.
Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting.
Burr said on Friday the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director would testify in an open setting before the committee which wanted to know from Comey about his role in the assessment Russian Federation interfered in last year’s election and his response to questions that have arisen since his dismissal.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he’s willing to help ties with South Korea return to a “normal track” amid a rift over Seoul’s deployment of a high-tech U.S. missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats. Xi’s remarks came in a meeting with South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan, who was dispatched to Beijing by new President Moon Jae-in on a mission to reopen contacts and seek a way out of the current impasse that has hit South Korean businesses hard. China “is committed to resolving any issues through dialogue and coordination, which is in the fundamental interests of both countries and the region,” Xi was quoted as saying by China’s official Xinhua News Agency.
Earlier in the day, Lee met with State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Xi’s senior foreign policy adviser, and on Thursday with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They were believed to have held talks on prospects for containing North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons activities as well as the economic fallout over the deployment in South Korea of the U.S. missile defense system called THAAD. It wasn’t clear if THAAD came up in Xi’s talks with Lee, during which the Chinese leader sat at the head of the table in a manner usually reserved for meetings with lower-ranking Chinese officials. However, Lee was quoted by Xinhua as saying that South Korea “understood China’s major concerns and was ready to strengthen coordination with China to remove any obstacles to the development of bilateral ties.”
Lee earlier said Moon had sent him to China to keep communications open “at a critical time.”
Seoul and Washington have argued that the missile system is aimed at North Korean aggression, while China sees it as a threat to its own security because its radar can peer deep into northeastern China. China is North Korea’s biggest economic partner and source of diplomatic support and has come under heavy pressure to use its influence to rein in the North’s missile and nuclear activities.
China says its influence has been exaggerated and has called on South Korea and the U.S. to end large-scale wargames seen as threatening by North Korea in exchange for the North suspending its missile launches and nuclear tests. Beijing has retaliated against Seoul over THAAD by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the missile shield is being constructed. Wang on Thursday reiterated calls for its dismantling.
“We’re now at a crossroads in our relations,” Wang told Lee as he urged the new South Korean administration to make a decision to “remove the obstacles” that stand in the way of healthy ties between the two Asian economic powerhouses.
In recent weeks Beijing and Seoul have signaled a desire to repair relations following the election of Moon, who has taken a friendlier stance toward China than his conservative predecessor. Although he has sometimes criticized the THAAD deployment, Moon has not said he will remove it.
When Xi called Moon last week to congratulate him on his election, Moon reportedly asked Xi for help in ending the economic retaliation that has taken a toll on South Korean businesses.
Beijing has maintained its hard line, and in an editorial Thursday, the Communist Party newspaper Global Times said China’s opposition “cannot be traded for the new government’s friendly posture toward China.”
“Stopping the deployment of THAAD is the bottom line of China,” the newspaper said. “Seoul needs to make a choice between deploying THAAD and resuming Sino-South Korean relations. It should not hope to have it both ways.”