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GRAND TERRACE: Security firm owner slain in roller rink shooting

GRAND TERRACE: Security firm owner slain in roller rink shooting


Investigators work the crime scene of a early Thursday shooting in a Grand Terrace parking lot that left a security guard dead and two other men with injuries.


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A Riverside security firm owner working a New Year s Eve party at the CalSkate roller rink in Grand Terrace was killed Wednesday night by shooters who opened fire in the parking lot, police said. Police identified the slain guard as Riverside resident Richard Williamson, 48.

Williamson, known as Big Will, founded and owned Big Will s Security Services on Brockton Avenue in Riverside.

There were two other victims in the shooting, including another security guard who was one of Williamson s employees, but their wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

Williamson was pronounced dead about 3:10 a.m. His company s website identifies him as the CEO, founder and owner.

Big Will s provided armed and unarmed security guards and patrol services, and offered security guard training.

People posted Facebook comments describing him as having a big heart and being hard-working. Riverside Indoor Shooting Range employee Ray Dillick Jr. met Williamson at the gun range.

He was just a very cool guy (who) had a big personality, Dillick Jr.

said via Facebook on Thursday. Always talking with us at the range and would tell us to stay safe.

The rink hosted an all-night skate event on New Year s Eve that was scheduled to run from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m.

Thursday. The event, which featured a ball drop at midnight, attracted a crowd of about 200.

The shooting, which is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff s Department, was reported at 2 a.m. When deputies arrived, they found three victims in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds.

One victim was treated at the scene and two were taken to a hospital.

Names of the other victims have not been released, but they are both men in their 20s.

No arrests have been made. Investigators ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to call them. No additional information was released Thursday.

Anyone with information may contact Detective Ryan Smith or Sgt.

Jason Radeleff of the Sheriff s Homicide Division at 909-387-3589.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website, www.wetip.com2.

The rink was closed Thursday while investigators worked the crime scene.

In a statement on the rink s Facebook page, an administrator said the business is working with the department during the investigation.

Our prayers are with the officer and who was involved and those who witnessed this tragic event, the statement said.

Staff writer Suzanne Hurt contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: [email protected]3, 951-368-9698, @PE_Claverie


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LI security guard arrested for sex with minor

Corragio has been charged with multiple counts of criminal sex acts with a minor.

A former Long Island school security guard, who also worked as a contractor for Stony Brook University, was arrested early Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of criminal sex acts with a minor, police said.

Sean Corragio, 22, was busted in his Forest Avenue home at 12:30 a.m., after Suffolk County cops with the computer crimes section, executing a search warrant, uncovered sex files involving at least one minor.

It wasn t immediately clear if the files were video, photos or both.

He was previously employed as a security guard with the Longwood and William Floyd school districts and also worked as a contractor for Stony Brook University but it wasn t immediately clear if the victim was a student, police said.

Corragio has been charged with criminal sex acts with a minor, promoting sexual performance by a child, possession of sexual performance by a child, and acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17, cops said.

He will be arraigned Tuesday in Central Islip.

Suffolk County emergency services officers along with the detectives squad are still actively investigating the case.

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Taliban Attack on Pakistani Army-Run School Leaves 135 Dead, 125 Injured

A Taliban attack on an army-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar1 left 141 people, mostly children, dead in the country s most violent terrorist strike since at least 2007.

An army operation ended the assault about nine hours after it began today with all seven terrorists dead, military spokesman Asim Bajwa told reporters in Peshawar. More than 121 people were injured and about 960 were rescued, he said.

The attack was in response to the army offensive against Taliban insurgents near the Afghan border that began earlier this year, said Omar Hamid, head of Asia-Pacific country risk at IHS Inc. (IHS)2 in London3. The military will want to retaliate aggressively as the Taliban seeks soft targets such as shopping centers and restaurants linked with the armed forces, he said.


A lot of the kids that go to this school would have parents in the army who are taking part in the operation, Hamid said by phone. It s an attempt to bring the conflict into the homes of the military, especially in Peshawar.

Of the fatalities, 132 were students at the school and nine were employees, Bajwa said. Seven soldiers were injured, he said.

Names of the dead were put up in the Lady Reading Hospital, where most of the injured were being treated. Most of the people killed were 14 years old, the list showed.

The terrorists fired indiscriminately in the school auditorium during their assault, Bajwa said. They had entered the campus using ladders to climb over a back wall, he said.

They made no demands and had attempted to plant explosives on the school grounds during the attack, he said.

All seven perpetrators wore suicide vests, he said.

Inhuman Beasts

These people were not humans; they were monsters, Bajwa said.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Express Tribune4, citing Muhammad Khorasani, a spokesman for the group. The attack was in retaliation for the military s operation in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal agency, it said.

Pakistan5 army chief General Raheel Sharif termed the terrorists inhuman beasts and vowed to destroy them in a Twitter posting by military spokesman Bajwa before the end of the attack. Sharif said the military already had begun to retaliate and that 10 air strikes were conducted in the Khyber tribal agency today.

This is a decisive moment in the fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif6 told reporters in Peshawar before the end of the incident.

The people of Pakistan should unite in this fight. Our resolve will not be weakened by these attacks. The prime minister isn t related to the army chief.

Our Children


Secretary of State John Kerry7 and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon were among international leaders who condemned the attack. Wherever you are, those are our children and this is the world s loss, Kerry said. Ban said no cause can justify such brutality, no grievance can excuse such horror.

Terrorism has killed more than 50,000 people in Pakistan since 2001 and complicated efforts to revive South Asia8 s second-biggest economy.

Today s strike was the deadliest on a school since a 2004 assault by Islamic militants in Russia9, according to Rohan Gunaratna10, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore11. Some 350 people died then in Beslan, North Ossetia, half of them children.

The attack came a day after a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric from Iran12 held 17 hostages at a Sydney cafe for 16 hours. He died along with two hostages.

North Waziristan

Due to the momentum of events in Syria and Iraq13, the number of groups in Pakistan have become more galvanized, Gunaratna said.

You can see a trend toward hostage taking and barricade-type situations. It s a very serious situation.

Pakistan s benchmark KSE100 Index (KSE100)14 today fell 2.6 percent, the most in four months. Oil and Gas Development Co., the nation s biggest explorer, fell by the limit of 5 percent, the most in three years.

Pakistan s military started a ground offensive in June to flush out militants from North Waziristan, a tribal region on the Afghanistan15 border the U.S.

has called the epicenter of terrorism. That came after successive Taliban attacks on a Pakistan International Airlines Corp. flight and Karachi s international airport.

After the U.S.

invaded Afghanistan in 2001, North Waziristan became a safe haven for foreign militants like Uzbeks and Turks who fought alongside the fallen Taliban regime. In 2007, militant groups in the area united to form the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, which went on an offensive toward Islamabad.

U.S. Drones

After Pakistan s army flushed them out of the Swat valley and most tribal regions, it resisted U.S.

pressure to follow through with a push into North Waziristan, which was also home to the Haqqani network and Gul Bahadur, who were fighting American troops in Afghanistan.

Unable to convince Pakistan to take action, the Obama administration intensified its campaign of drone attacks that President George W. Bush16 started in 2004.

Nawaz Sharif told Kerry earlier this month that militants were cleared from 80 percent of North Waziristan, state-run Pakistan Radio reported. He called on the international community to better recognize Pakistan s anti-terrorism efforts.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for a suicide blast at the India-Pakistan border last month that killed 53 people.

Today s attack was Pakistan s deadliest since 2007, when a suicide bomber killed more than 140 people at a political rally for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto17, who was later assassinated.

Schools are frequent targets for Taliban militants, according to Rashid Ahmad Khan, a professor of international relations at the University of Sargodha in Punjab province.

Whatever happens, terrorism in Pakistan will continue, as it doubtless will in so many Muslim nations, said Anatol Lieven, the author of Pakistan: A Hard Country , in a phone interview from Doha, Qatar.

But it could be reduced, if there were concerted calls now for action.

Mushtaq Ghani, information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province18, said

To contact the reporters on this story: Faseeh Mangi in Karachi at [email protected]19; Kamran Haider in Islamabad at [email protected]20; Khurrum Anis in Karachi at [email protected]21

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at [email protected]22 Dick Schumacher, Arijit Ghosh


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