Emergency and disaster management briefing for July 23, 2018: Terrorism has not been ruled out as a motive for a shooting in Toronto that has left three dead and 12 people injured; a hostage situation at Trader Joe's in California started with the shooting of the suspect's grandmother; the CDC announces that the cases of cyclospora likely linked to McDonald's salads has ballooned to 163 across 10 states; four suspects have been arrested in connection with an apparent acid attack on a 3-year-old boy in England; Ritz Crackers products are being voluntarily recalled due to the possible presence of salmonella; a police officer in Fort Myers is in critical but stable condition after being shot while responding to a call; a shooting inside a Mormon Church in Nevada leaves one dead and one injured; and residents near Athens, Greece were forced to flee their homes on Monday as a wildfire rapidly advanced into their neighborhoods.
- A shooting rampage in Toronto, Canada Sunday night has left three dead and 12 people injured, including a 9-year-old girl who was critically injured. The gunman walked down popular and busy Danforth Avenue around 10:00 p.m. shooting at pedestrians and into restaurants before being found dead in an alley after an exchange of gunfire with police. A motive for the shooting has yet to be determined, but police have not ruled out terrorism.
- A more than two hour hostage situation at a Trader Joe's supermarket in Silver Lake, California on Sunday ended with one person being killed and the suspect finally surrendering to police. The incident began violently when the suspect shot his grandmother several times in her home, which also injured his girlfriend, before he led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a pole, then ran into the Trader Joe's. The suspect, Gene Evin Atkings, 28, fired at officers during the chase, and continued to exchange gunfire with police as he ran into the store, allegedly striking and killing one female employee outside the store.
- The number of people infected with the cyclospora bacteria from consuming McDonald's salads has ballooned to 163, and has expanded to include a total of 10 states with reported cases. The outbreak was first identified last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with illness originally being reported in Illinois and Iowa. McDonald's salads are likely linked to the 163 cases that the CDC now reports are spread across the states of Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, with a single case in Florida linked to a McDonald's purchase in Kentucky.
- Four men have been arrested in connection with an apparent acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Worcester, England on Saturday. The incident occurred at a busy discount store around 2:15 p.m. local time, when a substance was thrown at the boy, burning his arms and face. The boy was later released from the hospital, but according to authorities, the long-term medical implications that may result from the attack are unknown at this time.
- Makers of the popular Ritz Crackers have issued a voluntary recall of their products due to concerns over salmonella contamination. Mondelēz Global, LLC, the maker of the products, issued the recall after the supplier for the whey powder used in the products noted it was concerned about the possible presence of salmonella in the powder. The recall is for various products including, among others, the Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwich Crackers, Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, and Ritz Everything Crackers distributed in the United, States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- A police officer in Fort Myers, Florida was seriously injured on Saturday when he was shot while responding to a call at a Marathon gas station. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when a shooter opened fire, striking Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29. The suspect was also injured and another police officer immediately transported Jobbers-Miller to Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent life-saving surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.
- One person is dead and another wounded after a shooting inside a Mormon church in Fallon, Nevada. The suspect, 48-year-old John Kelley O'Connor opened fire during a service at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, and fired several shots that killed one person and struck another person in the leg, then walked across the street to his house. The suspect surrendered to police and the motive for the shooting appears to be directed at an individual and not the church.
- Residents in Athens, Greece fled their homes Monday as a rapidly advancing wildfire scorched a nearby mountainous pine forest, turning the sky over Athens orange from the smoke. Fire officials noted that 80 firefighters were on scene to fight the blaze and were being assisted by seven water-dropping planes and four helicopters. Strong gusty winds that are frequently changing direction are hampering firefighting efforts in the area, and at least one home has already been consumed by the wildfire.
The moment the gunman fires into a restaurant in Toronto.
One person was killed and 14 people were injured in the mass shooting.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 23, 2018
#BREAKING: LAPD has confirmed the suspect in the Trader Joe's shooting in Silver Lake was involved in a pursuit with police after he allegedly shot his grandmother and girlfriend in South L.A. He crashed a 2015 Toyota Camry into a pole outside the store. #SilverLake #TraderJoes pic.twitter.com/0JE0urybOF
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 21, 2018
— SF Business Times (@SFBusinessTimes) July 23, 2018
— Newstalk (@NewstalkFM) July 23, 2018
— Charlotte Patch (@CLTPatch) July 23, 2018
A Ft. Myers police officer is in critical but stable condition after being shot Saturday night.https://t.co/FbTIfRzHhf
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) July 23, 2018
— WLKY (@WLKY) July 23, 2018