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Teen Father Killed, 20 Others (Mostly Women) Shot At DC Block Party by Multiple Shooters

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The fatal shooting unfolded near the 3300 block of Dubois Place in Southeast DC at around 12:30am on Sunday / Photo: Facebook

*According to news reports, one person is dead and 20 others were shot and injured after multiple started shooting at a block party overnight in Washington D.C.

DC police say at least three shooters opened fire from different locations at the gathering near the 3300 block of Dubois Place in Southeast at around 12:30am on Sunday.

The victim is Christopher Brown, a 17-year-old father-of-one, reports WUSA9.

11 of the 20 overall who were shot are women. At least seven of those hurt were taken to hospital in a critical condition.

One of those victims includes an off-duty 1st District Police officer who was shot and is currently struggling for her life.

As of Sunday morning, no arrests had been made and no further details have been offered by D.C. Police.

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Here’s more via Daily Mail:

Witnesses say the shooting occurred during a block party or cook out that was taking place in the middle of the residential street late last night, with hundreds of people attending.

Many said the gunfire sounded as if it was being fired from an automatic weapon or more than one gun.

Local resident George Benton uploaded footage of the shooting’s aftermath. He said he had been inside his home when he heard ‘about 100 gun shots’ ring out.

Benton said that officials at the scene said as many as 15 people were shot, including children.

In an update posted this morning, Benton claimed he had been told by an officer at that eight different guns were reportedly used in the shooting.

The Sixth District has not yet responded to a DailyMail.com request for comment on the ages of the victims or the number of gunmen involved.


D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the off-duty officer who was shot is assigned to the 1st District and has been with the police department for a year. He said she is “fighting for her life.”

Of the others shot, all were adults except for another 17-year-old, according to Newsham, reports WTOP.

“What happened was it was some kind of dispute. Multiple weapons were produced and multiple shots were fired,” said Newsham during a news conference Sunday with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

He said there were at least three gunmen, who used handguns, shooting from three spots simultaneously. No motive was offered.

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Seagram Heiress Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Her ‘Predator’ Role in NXIVM Sex Cult

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*An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune has been sentenced to a little over six years in prison for her role in the NXIVM sex-cult.

Clare Bronfman, 41, is accused of using her fortune to silence victims of the group’s leader, Keith Raniere

NXIVM is a self-described personal and professional development program, which Bronfman first joined in 2003 to help her find purpose in her overly privileged life. She ultimately moved up to the group’s executive board, while female members were allegedly coerced into sexual slavery.

Several women testified how they obeyed their “masters,” were pressured to have sex with Raniere, and were even branded with his initials as well as those of Raniere’s puppet, “Smallvielle” actress Allison Mack.

“Do you think the person who’s being branded should be completely nude and sort of held to the table like a, sort of almost like a sacrifice,” Raniere said in a recording that was played during his trail over the summer. 

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Here’s more from Complex

During a hearing on Wednesday, nine victims discussed how Bronfman devastated their lives, with some describing how the heiress continually sued them and even had local prosecutors file criminal charges against them. Several of the women urged Bronfman to condemn the group’s leader, Keith Raniere after she previously told a judge that she still believed in him.

Last June, Raniere was convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking, fraud, and other crimes. Prior to his trial, Bronfman and four other higher-ups pleaded guilty, including recruiter and former Smallville actress Allison Mack.

Bronfman, who reportedly spent at least $116 million on the organization, pled guilty to two charges in connection to identity theft and immigration fraud. 

Raniere, accused of recruiting women to be his sexual partners, is facing multiple charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child and human trafficking. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, CNN reports. 

Mack, a co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges before the start of the trial.  

HBO is currently airing a documentary about the NXIVM cult titled “The Vow.”

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Family Members’ Domestic Violence Murders ‘MOVE’ a Mother to Act-The Story on ID’s ‘Impact of Murder’ Thursday (10/1) (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 

*Each year, the month of October brings Domestic Violence Awareness to the forefront. The finale of Investigation Discovery’s (ID) “Impact of Murder” kicks off this important month by profiling Corrinna Martin, who lost two daughters and a granddaughter to domestic violence. The episode called “There’s No Winning in Murder,” premieres Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In a phone interview with the EUR, Martin said that while she may not have been ready to tell her story on camera, she knew it was something she had to do.

“I was completely skeptical because we as black and brown women are not treated and depicted the way we should be or respected in the media the way we should be,” Martin said. “But after talking with one of the executive producers, she assured me it would be done very respectfully with sensitivity to myself, my family, and our devastation.”

She continued, “I knew I had to speak on behalf of my daughters (Alyssiah Wiley and Chaquinequea Brodie) and my granddaughter (My’Jaeaha Richardson). But (doing the show) was also to be an example to women that we have to be extremely careful (with dating and domestic violence), especially our black and brown women.”

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Corrinna Martin, mother of Chaquinequea Brodie and Alyssiah Wiley. (Photo Credit: Investigation Discovery)

Hailing from West Haven, Connecticut, Martin’s harrowing story began in early 2013 when her daughter Alyssiah, who was in college, was murdered and dismembered. After it was discovered that Alyssiah suffered from a pattern of abuse by a boyfriend, just a few short months later Martin set up the domestic violence program Mothers of Victim Equality (M.O.V.E. Inc.) to help other victims.

“When Alyssiah was murdered, I vowed that she would not be another black woman forgotten,” Martin said.

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Alyssiah Wiley (Photo Credit: M.O.V.E. Inc.)

It was hard to find justice for Alyssiah’s murder because due to a lack of physical evidence against the suspect, two trials resulted in hung juries. Just weeks before the third trial, an additional tragedy struck – another of Martin’s daughter’s (Chaquinequea) and granddaughter were killed in yet a second domestic violence situation. What keeps Martin going is having faith in a higher power and the memory of her family members.

“It’s their spirit, drive, and tenacity they had for life – that’s what’s driving me,” Martin said. “It’s not going to stop.”

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Chaquinequea Brodie in green. (Photo Credit: M.O.V.E. Inc.)

Ironically, Chaquinequea was serving as the Vice President of M.O.V.E. when she was killed.

“The most dangerous time for a woman is getting out of a volatile situation,” Martin added. “I had to continue on. I don’t want another mother to go through this. There’s more that we can do instead of waiting until after the fact – promote proactivity, engage not just those that are around you but the community as a whole. Empower those that are in situations that feel like they can’t get out or want to get out but don’t have the means of getting out.”

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My’Jaeaha Richardson (Photo Credit: M.O.V.E. Inc.)

If the pain of a second daughter and granddaughter being killed was not enough, Martin, the mother of four daughters altogether, said the legal system also failed them a second time.

“(Chaquinequea) knew about doing searches and background checks,” Martin said. “But I had to pivot in my plight and in our mission (at M.O.V.E.) to bring awareness, reeducation and to empower, encourage and engage. (I had) to propose a National Violent Offenders Registry petition because the person she was dating had multiple offenses but they weren’t in the state that he lived in.”

Martin added that current offender registries are very limiting, which is why she hopes her proposal works.

“It wasn’t until afterwards that I found out (the suspect) did have a few charges but because they weren’t public knowledge (the information could not be found easily). I’m proposing a registry that’s free of charge so that it will be an excellent tool to safeguard our women, children, and communities from perpetrators who go from victim to victim.”

She continued, “There are so many specifics you have to know (middle name/place of birth) that it’s very frustrating. The more information you need, the more you have to pay. It’s like why do we have to pay for our safety? We have a right to protect ourselves and if we want our government to provide this most essential information then we need to do something in order to make them see and that’s why I created (the) petition on change.org. (Read about it and find it here).

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Chaquinequea Brodie (left), My’Jaeaha Richardson (top right). and Alyssiah Wiley (bottom right). (Photo Credit: M.O.V.E. Inc.)

The death of Martin’s family members causes pause because they are all African American females. Statistics show that black and brown women are affected by domestic violence more than their white counterparts. According to the Blackburn Center, black women are 2.5x more likely to be murdered than white women.

“The numbers are more overwhelming when you understand that it’s happening from black men to black women,” Martin said. “It’s highly important that the takeaway from our documentary is to be aware that because of the subtleties you may think that you are not in that kind of a situation. It’s not just physical abuse, it’s emotional, financial, and sexual.”

Martin continued, “They were very subtle for my girls. You don’t look for intimidation and being controlling as part of domestic violence. It falls under emotional, psychological, and physiological because when you’re beaten down physically and emotionally it takes a toll on your body. We get so disrespected and have this reputation as being the ‘angry black woman,’ (people) do not really understand the struggles we go through just to maintain our sanity throughout the day.”

Martin added that one factor that black women may be affected more by domestic violence is fear that her significant other may be another black man in the penal system.

“Yes, it plays a lot on not putting them in the system. I talk about not carrying your perpetrators guilt. And that’s what we do a lot of times. We want to be mothering and understanding of our mate’s plight but at the same time we’re the ones getting beat down.”

ID’s “Impact of Murder” – “There’s No Winning in Murder” airs on Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information on Corrinna Martin’s M.O.V.E. Inc. organization, go here.

If you or a family member is a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, find agencies in your state/country by going to HotPeach Pages and get the help you need.

 

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Suspect in Shooting of 2 LA County Sheriff’s Deputies in Compton to be Charged

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*In the case of those two LA County Sheriff’s Deputies who were ambushed at the Compton Metro station, the Sheriff’s Department is to announce charges this morning against a suspect, reports the LA Times.

The two deputies, who have not been publicly identified by the Sheriff’s Dept, were shot in the face and head while sitting in their patrol car near the train station. They underwent surgery and were expected to recover. Both have since been released from the hospital.

The identity of the suspect has also not been released. However, according to the Times, the search for the gunman appeared to end two weeks after deputies arrested a man in connection with a carjacking.

That man, Deonte Lee Murray, 36, was taken into custody after a lengthy standoff in Lynwood. At the time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Murray was suspected in an armed carjacking and was not involved in the shooting. But two law enforcement sources said Wednesday that Murray was connected to the attack on the deputies. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.

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Murray, who was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, was charged at the time with one felony count each of carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm-personal use of a firearm. The charges include allegations of association with a criminal street gang, discharging a rifle inflicting great bodily injury, and personal use of an AR-15.

The shooting was captured on surveillance video. It shows a figure in dark clothes casually walk up a pathway near the Compton Blue Line station, approaching the deputies’ parked patrol car from behind.

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