Texas Shooter Using Mail Van to Randomly Target Drivers Killed by Police; 21 People Shot, 5 Dead

UPDATE (06:40 P.M.): Authorities in Midland, Texas have confirmed that one person has been “shot and killed” after opening fire on a highway in between Midland and Odessa, Texas.

Police said reports about two active shooters driving two separate vehicles were inaccurate, and the confusion arose from the shooter switching vehicles.

Midland police have confirmed that at least 21 people were shot, including three officers, and five are confirmed dead, including the shooter.

No information regarding a possible motive or about the suspect has been released.


Police in Texas are saying at least two active shooters driving two separate vehicles, one of which is a USPS mail van, are firing indiscriminately at drivers on the road.

Up to 30 people have been shot, including a Texas DPS trooper, police said, and at least two are already dead.

Police said the two suspects initially went on a shooting spree at Home Depot near Odessa.

Odessa police wrote on Facebook that one of the alleged shooters was “currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people” from a hijacked U.S. mail carrier truck.

Police said the other suspected shooter was driving a “gold/white small Toyota truck.”

Police confirmed to CBS News that 20 people were shot in Odessa, and another 10 were shot in Midland.

Police are urging people to avoid all roads and public spaces in those areas.

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10 Teens Shot at High School Football Game in Alabama, 17-Year-Old Arrested & Charged With Attempted Murder

Police say an Alabama teen has been arrested and is facing attempted murder charges after 10 people were shot after a high school football game in Mobile.

According to police, the ages of the victims in the shooting ranged from 15 years old to 18 years old.

The shooting happened Friday night (Aug. 31) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, a city-owned venue hosting a game between LeFlore High School and Williamson High School, WKYT reported.

Officials said the wounded teens were all rushed to area hospitals. Fortunately, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries and no one died as a result of the shooting, authorities said.

17-year-old Deangelo Parnell was arrested and charged with nine counts of attempted murder.

Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said the shooting stemmed from an altercation, and the suspect pulled out a gun and started “indiscriminately shooting.”

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage that clearly shows Parnell firing the shots.

Police believe Parnell was the only shooter, however, they also believe there are adults who knew something would be going down at the game, and have urged them to come forward with any information they may have about the shooting, which remains under investigation.

In a news conference, Battiste admonished young people for “bringing their beefs that they have with each other in their neighborhoods” into public settings and “putting people in harm’s way.”

Battiste called the incident “a cowardly act by an individual who didn’t know how to deal with a situation.”

“It’s not acceptable in our community, we won’t tolerate it,” he said. “We’re going to ask that the community help us by identifying those individuals that they know that bring this type of foolishness out to these type of events.”

Battiste added the incident “may have been a directed threat at one or two individuals and other people just happened to fall prey to their carelessness.”

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a statement: “Our children and their families deserve to enjoy a high school football game or any public event without the thought of gun violence.”

She continued: “As a community, we will heal. As a community, we have to get the guns out of the hands of our youth.”

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50 Cent Says Chris Brown is Better Than Michael Jackson, Can’t Believe MJ “Wanted to Touch Little Boys Booty”

50 Cent says there’s a new King of Pop in town, and his name is Chris Brown.

In a post on Instagram Saturday (Aug. 31), the Power executive producer reposted a screenshot of Brown’s recent stats, which state that he is now the seventh best-selling singles artist of all time after selling 69.5 million singles in the United States and totaling more than 100M RIAA certified units.

Fiddy also made a bold statement, saying that, in his opinion, Brown is better than Michael Jackson. “CB better then [sic] MJ to me now,” he opined.

The rapper also took a shot at MJ, referencing allegations made against the late legend in the controversial HBO documentary Finding Neverland.

“I can’t believe mike wanted to touch the little boys booty,” 50 added. “What the f**k man.”

Unsurprisingly, fans (and even some celebs) didn’t appreciate the disrespectful remark against Michael Jackson, and many of them expressed their distaste for 50’s statement in the comments on the post.

“Sh*t not funny … not Mike my nixxa,” wrote one fan, while another added: “50 cent what we won’t do…is slander Michael Jackson.”

Another fan wrote: “Chris Brown wouldn’t even approve this bullsh%.”

Another commented: “Just congratulate CB and keep it classy. No need to disrespect the dead. #DoingTooMuch.”

Producer Rodney Jerkins said: “Chill Fif! You’re disrespectful for that!”

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame wrote: “Sh*t not funny … not Mike my n***a,” to which 50 responded: “You don’t care about the kids man damn.”

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XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Wants Testimony Suppressed, Claims Police Violated His Constitutional Rights

One of the four men arrested in connection to XXXTentacion’s June 2018 murder wants his statement thrown out, claiming police violated his rights.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Michael Boatwright’s lawyer has filed a motion to have his testimony inadmissible in court on grounds that an investigator violated Boatwright’s constitutional right to remain silent during an improper interrogation.

Boatwright was arrested in July 2018 on an unrelated drug charge and then taken to the Broward Sheriff’s Office interrogation room, without having his Miranda Rights read to him.

A homicide detective investigating Boatwright as a possible suspect in Tentacion’s murder entered the room and began asking Boatwright “background questions.”

According to his lawyer, eight minutes into the interview, Boatwright said “[I] don’t wanna talk no more.” But the officer continued to ask questions. This action would have violated Boatwright’s right to remain silent.

The interrogation stopped when another officer entered the room to take photos and a DNA sample from Boatwright.

Only then was Boatwright read his Miranda Rights and the first officer resumed asking Boatwright questions regarding Tentacion’s murder. However, his lawyer says Boatright remained silent, only asking the occasional question.

The officer even allegedly said “Just tell me to f**k off then. So I know you’re done.”

Boatwright is currently incarcerated as he awaits trial for the rapper’s murder, but is actively building a defense.

Next month, Boatwright’s lawyer is expected to have XXXTentacion’s mother Cleopatra Bernard, the mother of the rapper’s son, Jenesis Sanchez, and a witness to the murder, Leonard Kerr, all deposed.

The depositions will then be used for Boatwright’s defense.

XXXTentacion was fatally shot in Florida in June 2018 during an apparent robbery gone bad while shopping for a new motorcycle at Riva Motorsports. He was only 20.

Boatwright was arrested alongside three other men for the murder: Dedrick Williams, Trayvon Newsome, and Robert Allen.

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Dallas Austin Reflects on the Time Monica Punched Brandy in the Face Before ’98 VMAs Performance: “Monica Was Very Ghetto”

It’s the beef that just won’t go away. The infamous Brandy and Monica feud has been ongoing for two decades with a few bright spots in between. And now, producer Dallas Austin is giving his take on the R&B diva beef.

Austin—who co-produced the 1998 duet “The Boy Is Mine”—sat down with VladTV and discussed the “heavyweight beef” between Monica and Brandy, including the punch that happened right before the duo’s only televised performance of the song.

“Monica was very ghetto when it came down to it,” he said of the teenager whom he admits was still trying to find her “real self.”

“If you didn’t have gold teeth, she didn’t like you,” he added. “So she was really hood in Atlanta.”

He says Monica felt Brandy was “too proper” and was open about her dislike for the singer/actress. She didn’t even want to record the song.

“So from that point, even to have them do ‘The Boy is Mine,’ Monica was like, ‘Nope. I’m not doing no song with her.’

“I was like, ‘C’mon. You got it. It just makes the most sense. Clive [Davis] wants it. Let’s just do it.’ So we did the song. I did Monica’s stuff out here and they did Brandy’s out there.”

And when they shot the video, Austin revealed there was “no interaction, no friendship.”

They saw each other for the first time when they were set to perform at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

Their feud came to a head backstage when Monica punched Brandy in the face right before the performance.

“And the first time they actually saw each other to do it, I think it was the American Music Awards [sic] or something and before they could even get to the stage, Monica decked her in the face, popped her in the face backstage. Slams his fist into his palm.

“And I went ‘Oh my God!’ So everybody was like ‘How are we going to have a performance that looks they’re not at war with each other?’ But it worked out because the song is they’re supposed to be at war with each other so nobody could tell that she punched her in the face before the performance.”

While promoting their 2012 follow-up, “It All Belongs to Me,” Monica revealed a physical incident occurred, but neither wanted to dwell on the past so they didn’t offer many details on the matter.

Their relationship again deteriorated after the release of that single and a failed joint tour.

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Alabama Man Who Served 36 Years of Life Sentence for Stealing $50 Granted Early Prison Release

An Alabama man sentenced to life in prison without parole for a $50 robbery has been granted an early release after spending the past 36 years behind bars.

According to court docs, in 1979, when Alvin Kennard was just 18 years old, he pled guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary in connection with a break-in at an unoccupied service station and was sentenced to three years’ probation.

On January 24th, 1983, Kennard used a pocket knife to rob a bakery, and ended up making off with $50.75 from the business. After being convicted of first-degree robbery, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Because the bakery robbery incident was Kennard’s fourth offense, an Alabama state law at the time stated that the judge had no other option than to sentence him to life in prison.

The law, called the Habitual Felony Offender Had, has since been changed and allows judges to give repeat offenders the possibility of parole, however, when the law changed in the early 2000s it didn’t apply to cases before then, including Kennard’s.

Thanks to the curiosity of Circuit Judge David Carpenter, Kennard—who is now 58 years old—was able to be re-sentenced and now, after being credited for time served, he’s scheduled to be released from the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer within the next few days

At his hearing Wednesday, Kennard’s attorney, Carla Crowder, argued that under Alabama’s current sentencing guidelines, he would have received 10-20 years in prison instead of life without parole.

“Even if under today’s Habitual Offender Act, if that was invoked in this case, he’d be eligible for a sentence up to life,” Crowder told the judge.

Crowder went on to make the case for Kennard’s release, highlighting that he’s currently residing in the prison’s honor dormitory and hasn’t had a disciplinary infraction in more than 10 years.

Crowder also pointed out that Kennard had over a dozen friends and family members who were present in the courtroom for his re-sentencing, and that “he has maintained family ties, and he’s got a niece that had regularly visited him. He’s got a home to come back to.”

She added, also speaking on behalf of his family: “We have no doubt that he would do well on the outside. When we spoke this morning, he brought up that he just wants to work. I think that is commendable.”

Before Judge Carpenter announced his decision to grant him time served and order his near-immediate release from prison, Kennard apologized for what he had done in the past.

“I just want to say I’m sorry for what I did,” Kennard said. “I take responsibility for what I did in the past. I want the opportunity to get it right.”

Carpenter replied: “It means a lot for me that you are taking responsibility for what you have done.”

Kennard said upon release, he plans to live with relatives in Bessemer and hopes to find work as a carpenter.

His niece, Patricia Jones, was happy about her uncle’s release and said she knows he’s a changed man.

“God is just showing his power,” Jones—who who said she’s been visiting Kennard in prison for as long as she can remember—told CBS 42.

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Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Died by Choking on Vomit After Overdosing on Fentanyl, Oxycodone & Alcohol

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had a deadly combination of drugs, as well as alcohol, in his system when he was found dead in his Texas hotel room on July 1st.

According to the results of Skaggs’ autopsy and toxicology reports, his official cause of death was listed as a mixture of “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” which means that the 27-year-old basically choked on his vomit while over the influence, causing his immediate death.

Skaggs was found on his bed, fully clothed, and there were no signs of trauma, the report states. His death, according to the report, was ruled an accident.

Police in Southlake, Texas continue to investigate.

Tyler Skaggs’ family released the following statement, which includes a mention about an Angels employee possibly having some involvement in his death:

“We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol. That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much.

“We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tyler’s death. We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us.”

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Simone Biles’ Brother Tevin Biles-Thomas Arrested for Killing 3 People in New Year’s Eve Shooting

The brother of Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles has been arrested in connection to a triple murder in Ohio.

Tevin Biles-Thomas was arrested at Fort Stewart in Georgia—where is on active duty in the army—on Thursday (Aug. 29) and charged with murder for a New Year’s Eve shooting in Cleveland that left three young men dead and injured two other people.

Biles-Thomas, 24, was charged with six counts of murder, three counts of voluntary manslaughter, five counts of felonious assault, and perjury.

He is currently being held in Liberty County jail in Georgia. It’s unknown if he has obtained counsel or when he’ll be extradited to Ohio.

According to Cleveland police, the fatal shooting occurred when uninvited guests arrived at an Airbnb on New Year’s Eve. When the uninvited people refused to leave, Biles-Thomas pulled out a gun and opened fire into the crowd of people.

Toshaun Banks, 21, and Delvante Johnson, 19, were pronounced dead on the scene. Devaughn Gibson, 23 was later pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley praised Cleveland police for the arrest after the eight-month-long investigation.

“The relentless persistence of Cleveland Police Homicide detectives helped secure an indictment in this case,” O’Malley said in a statement. “It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims.”

An arraignment for Biles-Thomas is scheduled for September 13th.

Biles-Thomas and his sister, Simone, were raised in Ohio and were both adopted by their maternal grandfather and his wife. Simone calls them dad and mom.

Back in 2017, Simone shared photos of her brother, Tevin.

“My brother tevin,” she wrote. “Everyone says we look like twins but we don’t see it.”

Biles—who recently made news for successfully performing two gymnastics skills never done before—has not explicitly commented on her brother’s arrest. However, she did share a tweet late Thursday night.

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Future’s 6th Alleged Baby Mama Claims He Has a 7th Baby Mama Who Just Gave Birth a Month Ago

Earlier this week, several outlets erroneously reported that Future’s seventh baby mama had filed a paternity suit against it him; it was actually his alleged sixth baby mama, Eliza Reign.

But hold up…the sixth baby mama just dropped a bombshell and claims that there is a seventh baby mama named Cindy Renae.

Reign made the claim while posting a series of Instagram stories defending her decision to file a paternity lawsuit against Future after he ghosted her shortly after she gave birth and now, she’s requesting child support.

“He came back around. We got cool. Hashed out the past. He made promises. Then disappeared again. I’m not running no n*gga down to do what he supposed to do. So I finally decided to let the courts chase him instead.

“Regardless of how she got here, SHE’S HERE! So stop making excuses and justifying a grown man abandoning an innocent child.”

Straight from the A caught screenshots of Reign’s posts.

Reign also writes that she’s not trying to “secure the bag.” The Instagram model said that she was already stable and was enjoying several luxuries before Future entered her life.

“I don’t need him to take care of me, I need him to take care of his child,” she wrote.

She dropped the seventh baby mama bomb in her final IG story, alleging that Future also ghosted Cindy Renae, who apparently just gave birth to his son, a few months ago.

“[Future’s] clearly the problem. Not the kids or the mothers. He goes around making promises and babies, then disrespects you and disappears,” she wrote.

Browsing Renae’s Instagram account, she has been posting pictures of a one-month-old boy named “Legend Ary.”

Baby Legend would be Future’s seventh child and Renae would be his seventh baby mama. He has yet to comment on Renae or Reign’s recent paternity suit.

Future’s team of children seems to be growing exponentially as he also welcomed his fifth child with Joie Chavis (Bow Wow’s baby mama), a son named Hendrix, back in December.

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If Future really does have a sixth and seventh baby mama, that would mean he currently has three children all under the age of 1.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for DeMarcus Cousins on Domestic Violence Charge

Police in Mobile, Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for NBA player DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge over a threatening phone call he allegedly made to his baby mama.

“Yes, a warrant has been signed,” Cousins’ ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, Christy West, said in a text message to USA Today Sports reporter A.J. Perez.

A police spokesperson told TMZ Sports: “No arrest has been made yet. Hopefully, he will turn himself in on the active misdemeanor arrest warrant.”

TMZ reported earlier this week that Cousins allegedly threatened West over the phone, telling her he would “put a bullet in [her] f**king head” if she didn’t allow their 7-year-old child to attend his wedding.

During the call on August 23rd (the day before Cousins was set to marry his new girlfriend Morgan Lang), West told cousins she would not be letting their child attend the nuptials, though didn’t explain why.

The gossip site also shared audio of the call (listen above), and the guy on the end sounds a lot like Cousins.

West lives in Alabama and the wedding took place in Atlanta Saturday (Aug. 24).

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Cousins’ former girlfriend is also reportedly seeking a restraining order against Cousins after she revealed in court documents that the Los Angeles Lakers star choked her during a previous incident.

The NBA and the Lakers said in separate statements on Tuesday that they were “investigating the allegations.”

DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Lakers back in July after spending the previous season with the Golden State Warriors, who lost this year’s NBA Championship to the Toronto Raptors.

Cousins tore his ACL two weeks ago and is expected to miss the entire 2019-2020 NBA season.

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