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EDM Wednesday Briefing: GOP Baseball Shooting, London Towering Inferno

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 14, 2017: Senate Majority Whip leader Steve Scalise and others were shot and wounded at a baseball park in Alexandria, a massive blaze kills at least six in an early morning high-rise fire in London, a large earthquake strikes Guatemala near its Mexican border, a manhunt in Georgia intensifies for escaped inmates who shot and killed two prison guards, methane gas kills two workers in Mississippi, an American student detained in North Korea has been released and is back on U.S soil but is in a coma, landslides and flooding kill more than 150 in Bangladesh and India, and a building collapse in Nairobi, Kenya kills at least two people, traps others in a low-income housing area in the city.

  1. Capitol police are being credited with stopping a gunman who shot and wounded several people including Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the leg/hip, and several others, along with two Capitol police officers in an early morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooting occurred at a baseball field in Alexandria as Republicans were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity that is to take place on Thursday, June 15 at Nationals Park. The gunman, who began shooting at about 7:15 a.m., and fired at least 50 to 60 shots over an approximate 10 minute span according to eyewitness reports, was shot and apprehended by Capitol police and taken to a nearby hospital. Scalise was transported by Medivac for treatment.
  2. An early morning high-rise fire in London leaves at least six dead, 20 people in critical condition, and more than 70 injured in a massive blaze that quickly engulfed the entire 24-storey building. The fire began in the Grenfell Tower while people slept and more than 200 firefighters and 40 engines were engaged in fighting the fire, which occurred in the Kensington area and took hours to bring under control. Police caution that the death toll is likely to rise once fire fighters and other officials gain access to the remaining floors of the high-rise building.
  3. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS),  a large 6.9 earthquake struck Guatemala near its border with Mexico at 1:29 a.m. local time early Wednesday just about 97 miles west of Guatemala City, in the San Marcos district. The quake damaged homes and buildings and cut power throughout the area, but no fatalities have been reported. Although the earthquake struck close to the Pacific Ocean, no tsunami warning was issued, but one person was reportedly injured during the quake when part of a church collapsed.  
  4. A massive manhunt is underway for two Georgia inmates that overpowered, shot, and killed prison guards during transport between prisons early Tuesday morning. The men are considered "dangerous beyond description" and have since allegedly burglarized a home and were reportedly inside a Family Dollar store in Madison, Georgia. A reward of $70,000 has been offered for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of the two inmates, Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe. 
  5. Residents of a neighborhood in Petal, Mississippi were reassured by their Mayor, Hal Marx that there was no threat to them after two men were found unconscious in a lift station and pronounced dead after being overcome by methane gas. The men were contract workers for a company that the city contracted to work on the Short South Street lift station. The men were working approximately 15 feet below ground in a confined space that contained sewer water when they were overcome by the methane gas.
  6. An American student, Otto Warmbier, detained in North Korea in January of 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda banner and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, is back on U.S. soil after being freed by the country but is reportedly in a coma. Warmbier landed in Cincinnati late Tuesday night and was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center upon his arrival for treatment. Sources indicate that intelligence reports received over recent weeks suggest that Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten
  7. The death toll in Bangladesh and India has risen to 156 people after heavy rains resulted in massive flooding and landslides in neighboring areas of the two countries. At least 100 people were killed on Tuesday following landslides in three hilly districts in southeast Bangladesh, including Rangamati, Chittagong, and Bandarban. One of the poorest nations, Bangladesh is densely populated and impacted by a number of natural disasters each year during the rainy season, including cyclones, floods, and landslides. In Mizoram, India, eight people have died as homes were submerged from floodwaters, and landslides have blocked roads, cut power, and disrupted communication systems.
  8. Two people have died, several others are missing, and at least one individual is known to still be trapped in rubble following a seven-storey building collapse in a low-income area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, late Monday. The building was condemned and slated to be demolished after a government ordered inspection along with others following a series of building collapses in low-income areas in 2015 in Kenya that killed 15 people, but media attention waned and the operation was never completed. There is a high demand for affordable housing in Nairobi where nearly 4 million people live in low-income areas, often in housing where regulations have been bypassed by unscrupulous developers, placing people at high risk.  

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.