Fire Kills in London, Shooters in USA
Fire kills in London as another catastrophe strikes the city. A fire broke out at the Grenfell Tower during the early hours this morning. At least 12 people have been killed at the 24-story west London building, and 20 are in critical condition; another 44 people are injured. It is believed that the fire started on the third or fourth floor with hundreds of people inside. Firefighters were unable to reach beyond the 19th and 20th floors. Although it has not been officially determined it is believed the it was caused by air flow and a chimney type effect that funnelled the flames upwards. One of the investigators said he believes sprinklers could have helped prevent the fire from taking hold so fast and possibly prevented some of the deaths and injuries.
Building was Refurbished Last Year
The structure was built in 1974 containing 120 homes. It was refurbished May, 2016. The fire caused a great deal of panic. Many people were seen jumping from windows. Some families threw babies and children out the windows to try to save their life.
Gunman Opened Fire on Republican Members
A group of Republican members of the congressional baseball team were at a baseball field practicing for their annual charity game. Suddenly there was a shower of bullets that resulted in striking five people. One of the victims was Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives. The shooter was identified as James T Hodgkinson, 66. Law enforcement reported the gunman had been killed.
At least five people were shot and taken to the hospital. Two of the victims were reported to have been critically injured. The scene was described as a chaotic, terror-filled ten minutes that turned the baseball practice into an early morning nightmare.
Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, said, “Our lives were saved by Capitol Police. Had they not been there, I think it would have been a massacre.”
Deaths in S.F. UPS Facility
Multiple people were injured at a shooting in the UPS Facility this morning near 17th Street and San Bruno Avenue. After the shooter shot his victims he turned the gun on himself. At least three people were shot and multiple victims have been taken to the SF General Hospital. It is believed that the suspect may be a disgruntled employee.