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The Daily Brief: Deadly Attack at FedEx Facility in Indianapolis, IN

Eight people killed followed by the shooter taking his own life

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Summary:

  • An active shooter attacked a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, killing at least eight people.
  • The shooting, which occurred late Thursday night, is the fifth mass attack in the United States this calendar year.
  • The eight victims ranged in age from 18 to 74. Seven additional individuals were injured.
  • The gunman is believed to have started shooting in the parking lot, before proceeding indoors.
  • Identified as Brandon Scott Hole, Age 19, the gunman was a former employee of FedEx; it is alleged that his mother had contacted law enforcement about her son and that he might try to inflict harm on others.
  • US President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to ban military style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.
  • The President faces an uphill battle as gun control remains a highly sensitized issue in the United States.
  • The President has also suggested that shooting victims should be able to sue weapons manufacturers. 

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Iran Starts Enriching Uranium at 60%

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  • Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility has started uranium enrichment, a technique which is critical for the development of nuclear power, at triple the normal levels. 
  • This action comes after a suspected Israeli attack on the Natanz facility in which thousands of uranium centrifuges were destroyed. Israel has neither confirmed or denied it’s involvement. 
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the enrichment was “exclusively peaceful” but in retaliation to the “wickedness” of the damage inflicted after the attack. 
  • The United Kingdom, France, and Germany revealed their own “grave concern” to Iran’s response, stating that there is “no credible need for enrichment at this level.” 
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Body Camera Footage Showing Shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo Sparks Outrage Across Chicago

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  • Protests spark across Chicago in retaliation to released police footage which shows the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. 
  • On March 29th, a police officer pursued Toledo on foot down an alleyway, telling him to raise his hands and “Drop it, drop it.” The police officer then shot Toledo as he raised his hands, and rushed over to administer aid. There was “no evidence” of Toledo firing his own weapon.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement in response, saying “We live in a city that is traumatised by a long history of police violence and misconduct… So while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain.”
  • Protestors marched through the night, calling on the Mayor and the police superintendent to resign after failure to punish the officer involved in shooting Toledo. 
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Pakistan Temporarily Bans Social Media Amidst Anti-French Protest

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  • In an attempt to “maintain public order and safety” the Pakistani government blocked numerous social media sites on Friday.
  • Fear of continued violent protests on behalf of the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party led officials to place a temporary ban said to last from 6:00-10:00 GMT.
  • Protesters are upset over ‘blasphemous’ French cartoons and the arrest of TLP leader, Saad Rizvi, which occurred Monday.
  • Protestors have since held days of violent protests that have wounded more than 600 people.
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Hong Kong Arrests Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai, Continuing Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Activist 

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  • 73 year old Hong Kong billionaire and known pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai, was arrested and sentenced to 14 months in prison after being found guilty of unauthorized assembly.
  • Numerous activists who allegedly took part in demonstrations in August of 2019 were arrested and sentenced to prison on Friday.
  • In a handwritten letter from prison Mr. Lai wrote “It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.”
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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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