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Videos, 911 calls capture frantic response to deadly New Mexico rampage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of frantic calls poured in to dispatchers about a barrage of gunfire and bloodied victims along a busy street during this month’s deadly shooting in Farmington, prompting authorities to rush to the chaotic scene not knowing what was in store.

Breathless with guns drawn, officers rushed toward the gunman. More shots popped off, and an officer yelled, “Subject down! Cease fire, cease fire!” Another officer who had been shot in the leg was put in a patrol car and taken to a nearby hospital.

The minutes that followed were a scramble as authorities searched the neighborhood for a possible second shooter, while other officers huddled to figure out how far the crime scene stretched and which vehicles had been hit by gunfire.

Hours of police body and dash camera videos released Friday along with hundreds of dispatch recordings paint a vivid picture of the May 15 shooting that rocked the northwestern New Mexico community. Three women were killed and six other people were injured — all at the hands of a lone 18-year-old gunman who was killed by officers.

The 911 calls convey the widening chaos as residents called in the location of bullet-pocked vehicles, including an abandoned car with a door flung open and shattered windshield. Others helped a woman struck by flying glass inside her car.

“A lady is in the car. And it looks like there was a bullet that went through the windshield and she’s bleeding bad,” one caller told an emergency dispatcher.

As officers gathered on a street corner, they tried to make sense of what they were hearing from dispatchers and witnesses and take stock of their colleagues and the victims who had been taken to the hospital. Deputy Chief Baric Crum asked if it was a traffic stop that went bad.

“No, just shots fired,” Detective Christopher Stanton replied. “People started calling in, ’Hey, we’re getting multiple shots down here — 30, 40 rounds, and then they just started pouring in.”

He talked about the woman believed to be the first victim. A bullet broke through her windshield as she drove down a street lined by homes and churches. Shards flew and there was more gunfire, and she pulled down a side street not knowing where it was coming from.

Meanwhile dispatchers were juggling 911 calls in rapid succession, coaxing details from rattled callers with quavering voices.

“There’s a lady here, she’s bleeding right now,” one caller said to a dispatcher, who provided first aid instructions.

Another call came from inside a home: “We heard screaming and crying,” the woman said.

In another 911 audio recording, labeled “Suspects Mother,” a woman said her son had been suffering from depression and worried he might be involved in the shooting. The woman’s identity could not be immediately confirmed.

“I’m just concerned. I have a son that’s been very, very depressed and I’m driving over and just wondering if you could give me any information. You know, he might be just fine. He’s just been really depressed and I was really concerned.”

Authorities have said the shooter, Beau Wilson, 18, discharged more than 190 rounds during the rampage, most of them from the home he shared with his father.

Video released Friday showed officers entering the suspect’s home to clear it, guns drawn, shouting, “Farmington police!”

Family photos lined the wall to the right of the entrance, with a framed cross in the middle. Casings littered the front porch, where authorities said the gunman had walked outside that morning and indiscriminately started shooting at passing vehicles.

Left dead were Farmington residents Gwendolyn Dean Schofield, 97, her 73-year-old daughter, Melody Ivie, and 79-year-old Shirley Voita, police said.

The audio recordings included an anguished call from a daughter of Ivie after word reached her in Salt Lake City that her mother and grandmother were killed.

“They were shot and killed this morning, potentially on their way to pick up my nephew from school, and I don’t know if there’s anything at all that you might be able to tell me,” Julianne Hamblin said.

Audio conversations also indicated the large scale of the police response, including the coordination of an aircraft to possibly bring in more police. Some off-duty officers were called in, and others cut short calls across town to rush to the scene.


Associated Press journalists Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada, and Rio Yamat and Ty O’Neil in Las Vegas, Nevada, contributed to this report.

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“Hot labor summer“: Los Angeles unions back Hollywood writers


Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) East picket outside Peacock Newfront streaming service offices, in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2023. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Unions representing teachers, truck drivers and other workers who will be headed soon to the bargaining table turned out in downtown Los Angeles on Friday to support Hollywood’s striking film and television writers.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) began a work stoppage on May 2 after failing to reach an agreement for higher wages with media companies including Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Warner Bros Discovery Inc (WBD.O).

On Friday, a few hundred members of unions in the tourism and hospitality industries, teachers, logistics workers and public employees rallied in downtown Los Angeles in a show of unity. The participating unions represented more than 200,000 workers with collective bargaining agreements also due to expire in 2023, organizers said.

“It’s going to be a hot labor summer,” Lorena Gonzalez, executive secretary of the California Labor Federation, told the crowd. “It’s your strength in standing together that’s going to ensure the next generation of workers have the ability to live.”

Organizers said the unions had universal demands for livable wages amid rising food, housing and transportation costs.

Writer Danielle Roderick said she hoped the writers would lead a movement of “everybody not taking it.”

“Everybody feels like they are getting eaten alive in some way,” said Roderick, who attended the rally with her husband, also a writer, and two children.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents major studios, has said it offered “generous” increases in compensation to writers. No new talks between the two sides are scheduled.

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DeSantis’s team would have ‘preferred the internet had not broken’ during the governor’s campaign announcement on Twitter, leaked audio shows

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  • Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign team held a donor briefing on Thursday at Four Seasons Hotel Miami.
  • The event was held a day after the governor’s glitch-filled campaign announcement on Twitter.
  • Members of the campaign team gave talking points on how to spin the Twitter meltdown.

Ron DeSantis’s supporters have been playing up the 2024 candidate’s fundraising haul after his glitch-filled presidential campaign launch on Twitter, but his team would have preferred if the servers didn’t have a meltdown in the middle of Wednesday’s announcement, leaked audio obtained by reveals

During a donor briefing held on Thursday at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, DeSantis’s campaign team responded to a question about the Twitter event that was supposed to kick off DeSantis’s highly anticipated 2024 presidential run.

Instead, the announcement was marred with crashes, awkward silences, and standby music as nearly 500,000 people attempted to tune in.

“We all know we definitely would have preferred that the internet had not broken, without question,” a member of DeSantis’s campaign team said in the audio. “We didn’t script it that way.” 

The rocky launch quickly provided fodder for the governor’s main rival, Donald Trump.

“Wow! The DeSanctus TWITTER launch is a DISASTER! His whole campaign will be a disaster,” Trump wrote on Truth, his social media platform. “WATCH!”

Trump’s responses also gave a preview of how AI technology will be used to attack candidates. In an Instagram post, Trump shared a video mocking the event by using AI-generated voices of Musk and DeSantis. Other characters featured were George Soros, Adolf Hitler, and “The Devil.”

But DeSantis’ camp has tried to downplay the technical hiccups of the event and focus on the money that was raised following the governor’s announcement. In 24 hours, the campaign raised more than $8 million through online donations and donors.

DeSantis spokespersons Bryan Griffin and Christina Pushaw shared a New York Times article reporting the numbers.

Overall, the campaign has cast the Twitter malfunction as a sign of overwhelming interest in a DeSantis presidential run. By Thursday afternoon, the campaign was selling merch about the event. 

—Kimberly Leonard (@leonardkl) May 25, 2023


During the donor planning session and presentation, DeSantis’s campaign also provided a few perspectives and talking points to spin the Twitter event as a beneficial moment for the governor.

One team member surmised that most candidates would have “melted” under the pressure of people waiting for the announcement to kick off. He also supposed that most campaign teams would have had someone on the phone, speaking to a reporter and “leaking to throw someone under the bus” before the event was over “and that didn’t happen.”

Accounting for the extensive media coverage of the Twitter debacle, a DeSantis campaign team member concluded that the announcement was successful and argued that DeSantis was “willing to engage on substance” regarding policy. 

“The goal last night was the largest reach possible and we achieved that,” he said. 

A spokesperson for DeSantis did not return a request for comment.

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New York City mayor signs ban on weight and height discrimination

New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed legislation Friday that will ban discrimination based on body size by adding weight and height to the list of protected categories such as race, sex and religion.

“We all deserve the same access to employment, housing and public accommodation, regardless of our appearance, and it shouldn’t matter how tall you are or how much you weigh,” said the mayor, who joined other elected officials as well as fat-acceptance advocates at a City Hall bill-signing ceremony.

Adams, a Democrat who published a book about reversing his diabetes through a plant-based diet, said the ordinance “will help level the playing field for all New Yorkers, create more inclusive workplaces and living environments, and protect against discrimination.”

Exemptions under the ordinance, which the city council passed this month, include cases in which an individual’s height or weight could prevent them from performing essential functions of a job.

Some business leaders expressed opposition to the legislation when it was before the council, arguing that compliance could become an onerous burden.

“The extent of the impact and cost of this legislation has not been fully considered,” Kathy Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, said in a statement.

Several other U.S. cities have banned discrimination based on weight and physical appearance, including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin. And legislation to ban weight and height discrimination has been introduced in states including New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Tigress Osborn, the chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, said New York City’s weight discrimination ban should serve as a model for the nation and the world.

Osborn said the city’s adoption of the new ordinance “will ripple across the globe” and show that “discrimination against people based on their body size is wrong and is something that we can change.”

The ordinance will take effect in 180 days, on Nov. 22.

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