PODCAST: 8 dead in mass shooting at San Jose rail yard (BCNN1 5.26.21)

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According to NBC News, Gunfire erupted at a Northern California rail yard on Wednesday, leading to “multiple fatalities” of public transit workers before the suspected shooter died, authorities said. Calls of shots fired came about 6:34 a.m. PT near 100 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose, drawing a large law enforcement response, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said. “There are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case,” sheriff’s spokesman Russell Davis told reporters at the scene. “The suspect is confirmed deceased.” Davis did not say how the shooter died or specify how many were injured and killed. Citing an “active shooter,” deputies told the public at 7:12 a.m. PT to steer clear of the downtown San Jose neighborhood, about 50 miles south of downtown San Francisco. Less than an hour later, the sheriff’s department reported the shooter was down. “Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. “The shooter is deceased, and more information will be provided.” The Younger Avenue address is a light rail yard of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which provides rail, bus and various shuttle services to the booming Bay Area suburb and technology hub.

According to the Associated Press, An activist who has played a leading role in anti-racism demonstrations in Britain was in critical condition in a London hospital on Monday after being shot. The Taking the Initiative Party said Sasha Johnson, who played a leading role in Black Lives Matter protests last year, was shot in the head on Sunday. Police and a friend said it did not appear to be a targeted attack, though the party said Johnson had received “numerous death threats” related to her activism. The party said Johnson was “a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.” The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called to reports of gunshots in the Peckham area of the city just before 3 a.m. on Sunday. Police said the shooting took place near a house where a party was taking place. The police statement said a 27-year-old woman was in a hospital in critical condition after being shot. It did not identify her, but said “there is nothing to suggest it was a targeted attack or that the woman had received any credible threats against her before this incident.”

According to Fast Company, The Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) has announced that networking giant Cisco will give $150 million in order to aid historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The aid will take the form of $100 million in networking, security, and collaboration technologies, including ongoing technical support with help from cloud security services provider American Virtual Cloud (AVC) Technologies, in order to facilitate advancements to HBCU technology infrastructure and cybersecurity systems. The remaining $50 million will act as an anchor investment to support the Student Freedom Initiative over the next four years. That $50 million investment will allow for the financing of the college educations of 500 HBCU students every year. The Student Freedom Initiative is a nonprofit organization that aims to help students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The SFI provides income-contingent funding for students enrolled at HBCUs and other institutions to help cover education costs. The SFI was initially funded with a $50 million gift from billionaire philanthropist and investor, Robert F. Smith, who is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. In 2019, Smith made headlines around the world when he announced he was paying off all the student loans of the entire graduating class of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

According to The Christian Post, Although traditional Christian publishers turned their back on his latest book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, denouncing critical race theory and the social justice movement, prominent Southern Baptist preacher Voddie Baucham Jr. found a home for it at Salem Books, and it is now one of the most talked-about works in evangelicalism. It is currently the No. 1 book in several Christian categories on Amazon and is listed among the top 100 bestselling books on the e-commerce website, where 95% of those who have reviewed it gave it a five-star rating. On the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s bestsellers list for May, it sits at the No. 2 spot. Data from Salem Books show that since its official release on April 6, nearly 50,000 hard copies of the book and just under 10,000 ebooks have been sold.

According to the Associated Press, Florida prosecutors filed a manslaughter charge Friday against a Dunkin’ store employee accused of fatally punching a 77-year-old customer after the employee said the man repeatedly used a racial slur against him. Tampa police arrested Corey Pujols, 27, earlier this month. The victim, who officials haven’t named, was punched May 4 and died three days later, according to authorities. Pujols told police that the man was “extremely rude” the day of the punch and had called him a racial slur. Pujols, who is Black, said he confronted the man about the slur, at which point the 77-year-old repeated it. The slur was not described further by police. A Tampa Police Department report says that after he was punched, the victim fell backward and hit his head on the concrete floor. An autopsy shows the man suffered a skull fracture and brain contusions. According to a statement from the State Attorney’s Office, the victim’s use of racial slurs was highly inflammatory, but inflammatory speech alone does not justify violence. Dunkin’ released a statement saying that the franchisee who owns and operates the restaurant where the attack occurred is fully cooperating with authorities. Pujols is free on $15,000 bond. Attorneys for Pujols didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

According to FOX 5 Atlanta, Former NBA star and Atlanta-area resident Shaquille O’Neal has been known to help out his neighbors from time to time, even spontaneously. The NBA Hall-of-Famer showed generosity Friday in the form of providing kids in Henry County with new shoes. Soles4Souls partnered with The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation and Reebok to distribute 500 new pairs of shoes to kids. Shaq visited Wesley Lakes Elementary School, a McDonough Title I school, saying he is happy to put a smile on kids’ faces at the end of the school year. “It’s all about the kids,” O’Neal said. “The two things that really hurt me this year were seeing 40 million people out of work, and I hate seeing kids who don’t have what they need.” Organizers will distribute the remaining pairs to kids in need this summer.

According to USA Today, Nicki Minaj is breaking her silence about the death of her father, Robert Maraj, for the first time. Maraj was crossing the street in Long Island when he was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene in February. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead the next day, according to Minaj’s representative Joseph Carozza. Despite writing she wasn’t ready to “discuss the passing” of her father yet, the rapper, born Onika Tanya Maraj, broke her silence in a personal message on her website. “I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life. I find myself wanting to call him all the time. More so now that he’s gone,” Minaj wrote. “May his soul rest in paradise. He was very loved & will be very missed.” A few days later after the hit-and-run, Nassau County Police arrested a 70-year-old man named Charles Polevich in relation to Maraj’s death. Polevich was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence after parking his 1992 Volvo station wagon in a detached garage after the accident to conceal it. “He was absolutely aware of what happened,” Nassau County Police Detective Steven Fitzpatrick said at a news conference. “He got out of the car and he looked at the deceased, got into his car, and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialing 911.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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