Assailants in killings called gang members

first_imgGang members are responsible for two homicides over the weekend, authorities confirmed Monday. On Sunday evening, a 30-year old North Hollywood man was gunned down outside his residence in the 7000 Block of Fulton Avenue. Gabriel Garcia was walking with a friend outside the apartment complex where Garcia lived, when a vehicle with several Latino men pulled up and shot him with a large-caliber weapon, Los Angeles police Detective Mike Coffee said. “It’s definitely a drive-by,” Coffee said. “There’s no doubt about that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeIn another incident in Arleta on Friday evening, Mario Rodriguez, a 21-year-old man from Sylmar with no gang affiliation, was shot and killed after he and two friends were confronted by three individuals suspected of being gang members, police said. The shooting occurred about 11:35 p.m. in the 13100 block of Reedley Street. One of the suspects reportedly shouted an unknown gang name before pulling out a rifle and killing Rodriguez, who died at the scene, an LAPD spokesman said. Police are seeking the shooter, described as a Latino male, 17-19 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. There have now been 43 gang-related homicides in the San Fernando Valley this year, and 85 total. Anyone with information in the North Hollywood shooting can call North Hollywood detectives at (818) 623-4075; for the Arleta shooting, call Foothill Division detectives at (818) 834-3115. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pakistan still not safe for foreign teams, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgPakistan’s former fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has cautioned against inviting any foreign teams to Pakistan in the prevailing security situation in the country.Speaking two days after the terrorist attack on the police training centre in Quetta in which 62 police cadets and two armymen were killed and around 170 injured, Akhtar said that the security situation in the country was not good.”Until there is a complete normalcy as far as security situation is concerned we shouldn’t take the risk of inviting any foreign team to Pakistan,” he said on Geo News channel.”The security situation is such that we will have to be patient. I am sure international cricket will return to Pakistan but it will take some time,” he added. (Also read: Match-fixing was at its peak in 1996, says Shoaib Akhtar)The attack on the police training centre took place just few days after the Pakistan Cricket Board’s head of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Najam Sethi had announced the final of the second PSL would be held in Lahore in February.Sethi also told a meeting of the standing committee of the national assembly on Thursday that twice the PCB had succeeded in convincing the Ireland and West Indies teams to play some matches in Pakistan but both times some untoward incidents took place.He said that it was unfortunate that whenever the PCB tried to convince other boards to send teams to Pakistan some terrorist activity happened and it put everything back.No top test team has toured Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore although since than low ranked sides like Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe have sent their teams to Pakistan.advertisementlast_img read more

MPs on Parliament Hill stricken at death of Tory colleague Gord Brown

first_imgOTTAWA – Shell-shocked parliamentarians paid solemn, tearful tribute to Gord Brown, describing the well-liked eastern Ontario MP as a devoted family man and a lover of hockey and politics, one who rose above partisanship to earn the respect of all members of the House of Commons.Business on Parliament Hill ground to a standstill with the news that Brown, 57, died Wednesday after collapsing in his Parliament Hill office.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who was elected to Parliament in 2004 at the same time as Brown, was visibly shaken and “heartbroken” as he rose to formally inform the House of the death of his longtime Tory caucus colleague.“I don’t have the words to properly express how terribly this has struck our Conservative family,” Scheer said, surrounded by fellow MPs, their ashen faces riven with grief.Brown was the MP for the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. His wife, Claudine Courtois, also works on Parliament Hill as a policy adviser to Conservative Sen. David Wells. Their son, Tristan, is 5. Brown also has an adult son, Chance.Following statements from each party, Speaker Geoff Regan adjourned the House for the day. Brown’s assigned Commons seat was adorned with flowers, a framed photo from a Conservative team hockey game and Brown’s number 27 jersey.“He had as much passion for (hockey) as he did for his professional work,” said Scheer.Brown, a member of the Ottawa Morning Hockey League, played in an early game at a south Ottawa arena before heading to work for the day. Paramedics and parliamentary security rushed to his office in the Justice building shortly after 10 a.m. after receiving word of his collapse.“I just want to convey our appreciation to members of the Parliamentary Protective Service who were the first on the scene and who went above and beyond doing everything they could to try and save Gord’s life this morning,” Scheer said.The weekly Conservative caucus meeting was suddenly cut short around 11 a.m. before MPs were summoned back to be informed of the tragedy. They emerged stricken and crying, shocked by word of the third sudden death of a fellow caucus member since 2014.Former finance minister Jim Flaherty died in 2014 and Alberta MP Jim Hillyer in 2016.“He was just a good man,” said a weeping Tony Clement, who has known Brown since the two were just 20 years old and part of the Ontario Tory youth wing.“He was always there for all of us. I’m just at a loss for words. I’m sorry. I’ll miss him every minute of every day.”The life of an MP can be a tough one, Clement noted.“I’m not trying to be morbid, but it’s a death trap for people sometimes,” he said. “It takes years off your life, and I know we do it willingly, but sometimes the price is very high.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Brown was “particularly good at transcending the partisanship.”“Gord was a great guy,” he said. “He was a thoughtful engaging individual who brought out the best in anyone who worked with him and who interacted with him.”Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs recalled how Brown was the party whip when she first arrived on the Hill, and served as a mentor to her and other new MPs to help them learn the ropes.Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell said he had lunch with Brown and other Conservatives just one day earlier and “everything was right.”“Everything was perfect. He was a guy in good shape. He played hockey each and every week. He always put the emphasis on us, saying, ‘Keep calm, be careful of what you’re doing, keep in good form,’ then it happened.”Brown was first elected in 2004, then won four subsequent votes. Before entering federal politics, he was a town councillor in Gananoque, Ont., president of the Thousand Islands-Gananoque Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, a provincial government agency that owns parks and attractions from Kingston to the Quebec border.He also had an interest in a family-run food and accommodation business.Brown studied at Carleton University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.Scheer praised Brown’s recent work on behalf of a constituent who was left out of a compensation package for victims of the drug thalidomide because he, and about 30 other people, didn’t have paperwork proving their mothers took the drug while they were pregnant.He recalled how, just last week, he tried to get Brown to attend a function but Brown begged off, saying he had promised to treat his wife to a date night.“We’re glad that he kept it,” Scheer said.last_img read more