BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Alabama have fatally shot two suspects following separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart, one of which left three dead.
Authorities in Cleburne County said a male suspect was shot in eastern Alabama by police following the fatal shooting of three males at a mobile home park. Police said the suspect led police on a chase that ended at a busy interchange near Interstate 20. They said the suspect was armed with an AK-47 and wounded a police officer during the pursuit.
The identities of the gunman and the three gunshot victims had not been released late Saturday evening.
In a separate incident, police said 38-year-old Jason Letts of Jemison opened fire early Saturday morning at a hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police have arrested a man who fired about 50 shots in the parking lot of a Southern California shopping mall, forcing a lockdown of stores.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Cathy Lowe says 42-year-old Marcos Gurrola fired shots into the air and onto the ground before he was arrested by police officers patrolling around the open-air Fashion Island mall.
No one was injured, but the gunfire caused alarm, coming just a day after a gunman killed 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, and days after a deadly mall shooting in Oregon.
Lowe says some stores voluntarily closed their doors and kept shoppers inside while police investigated.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- A Bartlesville High School student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the campus auditorium on the same day that 28 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday.
An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students who didn't help.
The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports Chavez planned to detonate bombs at the doors as police arrived.
The school district says students were never in danger. Chavez is being held on $1 million bond.
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