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EDM Monday Briefing: Orlando Mass Shooting, London Terror Attack Latest


Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 5, 2017: Multiple fatalities are being reported from an early morning shooting in Winter Park, Florida, police have identified the suspects from the terror attack in London on Saturday night, police officers are forced to form a barrier between opposing sides to prevent violence at Portland, Oregon protest, a massive blaze in Marathon, Florida closes the only road in and out of the Florida Keys, an Oklahoma man kills his neighbor who was allegedly trying to drown infant twins, United Airlines suspends flights to Venezuela due to low demand amid political instability, three police officers were critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect in Laredo, Texas, and a helicopter crash in Kenosha, Wisconsin injures one individual.

  1. Multiple fatalities are being reported by the Orange County Sheriff's Department following an early morning shooting in Winter Park, Florida, on North Forsyth Road near Hanging Moss Road. The shooting was reported shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning, and law enforcement is indicating that it was a workplace incident that involved multiple fatalities, but is contained and under control. According to reports, FBI investigators have also arrived on scene, and the police will make a statement once they have accurate details regarding the incident. 
  2. In London, England on Saturday night, seven people were killed and forty-eight injured, 21 of them critically after a van with three men inside drove into pedestrians on London Bridge. After plowing into people on the bridge, the suspects entered the Borough Market area and began stabbing people, including one British Transport police officer responding to the call, before they were shot and killed by other armed officers. Police have identified the suspects and the Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  3. During a protest on Sunday in Portland, Oregon, police had to form barriers between opposing protestors to help keep violence from erupting. Protestors on both sides came armed with various weapons, many of which police later confiscated, and with makeshift protective gear, including homemade shields. Some protestors did throw objects at the officers, causing police in riot gear to respond with flash grenades and pepper balls to restore order, and at least 14 people were arrested, although reports indicate that the protest remained mostly peaceful.
  4. A massive fire at a marina in Marathon, Florida on Monday morning, shut down U.S. Highway 1, the only road in and out of the Florida Keys. The blaze erupted early Monday morning at Vaca Key Marina in Marathon, which is approximately 113 miles south of Miami, forcing closure of the road in both directions. Fire fighters said the blaze, which has been contained, quickly spread from the marina to a house and wooden lobster traps in an adjacent lot, and they are working to reopen the road as quickly as possible. 
  5. A man in Oklahoma, 27-year-old Leland Foster, who was allegedly threatening his wife with a knife while trying to drown his twin 3-month old infants in the bathtub, was shot dead by his neighbor after being alerted by a 12-year-old girl who ran from the house for help. Police questioned and released the neighbor, Cash Freeman, who shot Leland twice after seeing him holding the infants under water and threatening his wife. Reports reveal that Leland had been charged for domestic abuse by strangulation and arson in 2011.
  6. Following in the footsteps of other carriers, United Airlines is the latest airline to suspend flights to Venezuela, a nation embroiled in political turmoil. The airline is suspending its service to Venezuela amid the nation's economic and political crisis due to low passenger demand. Other carriers that have also suspended service include Air Canada, who suspended its flight service in 2014, Grupo Aeromexico SAB, Latam Airlines Group SA based in Chile, and Deutsche Lufthansa AG. 
  7. Three police officers are wounded and a murder suspect dead following a shootout at a Laredo, Texas, convenience store on Saturday. Officers were approaching the suspect's vehicle when he opened fire on them critically wounding one officer and seriously wounding two others. Police had been searching for the suspect, Antonio Geraldo Rodriguez, a 55-year old, who was suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reyna Gonzalez Zamora, at her apartment, when he opened fire on them outside the convenience store. 
  8. A helicopter crashed during takeoff at the Kenosha Regional Airport late Sunday afternoon injuring one person, according to police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The pilot, and only person onboard the helicopter, was airlifted by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the incident.

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.