Aug 05, 2020
Homemade bombs damage ATM at New Zealand mall
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Would-be thieves apparently detonated two homemade bombs at a New Zealand mall ATM early Thursday and left other unexploded bombs behind, according to police.
Authorities closed the Chartwell Shopping Centre in Hamilton and some nearby streets while they searched the area to make sure it was safe.A military bomb disposal team was called to the site.
Police said they found several homemade explosive devices including two that appeared to have exploded. They said the bombs had damaged the ATM and the immediate area around it but hadn’t injured anybody.
The ATM stood at an exterior wall of the shopping center at an ANZ bank branch.
Police initially declined say what the devices were made from or to confirm that no money had been stolen, saying they would release more details later in the day.
Yolanda Julius, who lives across from the mall, told news agency RNZ that a loud bank woke up her and her husband at about 3:45 a.m. and she saw two people wearing black clothes running across the mall’s parking lot. She said their faces were covered.
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Police arrest 15-year-old suspect in Wisconsin mall shooting that injured eight people
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said an arrest was made Saturday night, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"We do know there was some sort of altercation, and that's when the bullets started flying," Weber said during a Sunday press conference about the shooting at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, which is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
Police said four bystanders were among those who received non-life threatening injuries during the shooting, and it appears the other four were part of two groups involved in the altercation.
Police said other arrests have been made, but the 15-year-old from Milwaukee is suspected to be the shooter. The suspect has not been named, but Weber described him as Hispanic, different from an earlier description police gave where they cited witnesses who believed the suspect to be a white man in his 20s or 30s.
Police said in a press release that the firearm used in the shooting was recovered at the scene. Weber said the suspect fled the scene on foot.
Video and images from outside the mall captured by bystanders and journalists showed a large police presence, with more than a dozen squad cars and officers with long guns guarding a Macy's entrance.
According to Fox 6 of Milwaukee, Weber and Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride both described Mayfair Mall as generally a safe place, and said no one should be afraid of shopping there in the future.
"This is an incident that can happen at any time and any place," McBride said, adding that people should "show support" for Mayfair.
McBride also said he's "never had a problem shopping at Mayfair and I never will."
The Mayfair Mall was the site of a fatal police shooting on Feb. 2. Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah, who shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole outside the mall, and had been involved in two other fatal shootings while in the line of duty previously, agreed to resign from the force last week.News Wisconsin shooting Law Enforcement Police Milwaukee Crime guns Gun Violence Gun Control