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EDM Monday Briefing: Virginia Tech Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Mass Shooting


Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 17, 2017: Sunday marked the ten year anniversary of the Virginia Tech mass shooting, an explosion at a San Jose motel critically injures two, 20 people were arrested after protests turned violent in Berkley, California, Cleveland, Ohio police alert neighboring states of widening manhunt for Facebook murder suspect, Michigan now reports two measles cases, police officers in Detroit, Michigan were shot responding to an attempted break-in call, 1,200 Friday evening rail commuters were stranded in the Hudson River tunnel, and triple homicide victims in Boulder County, Colorado appear to have been targeted.

  1. Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings and the university held a series of events for survivors and the families of those slain. In 2007, a mentally ill student fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. The mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June of 2016, which resulted in the deaths of 49 people, has since surpassed the shooting at Virginia Tech as being the nation's deadliest.
  2. Two people are in critical condition after an explosion in a San Jose, California motel on Sunday. Police and fire were called to the scene of an explosion and fire at the Casa Linda Motel early Sunday and found a unit scorched with a window blown out. Fire fighters evacuated the rest of the units, but crews were able to quickly put out the fire. Police and fire investigators say the circumstances surrounding the blast and fire are suspicious and an investigation is underway.
  3. Police arrested at least 20 individuals after protests from opposing sides turned violent in Berkely, California on Saturday. Police in riot gear who were standing near makeshift barriers separating the two sides arrested individuals after fights broke out between the opposing sides. Items confiscated by police included mace, pepper spray, knives, a stun gun, bear spray, and an ax handle. Paramedics treated at least 11 people who were injured, with seven of those individuals being transported to local area hospitals for further assessment.
  4. On Monday, police in Cleveland, Ohio alerted neighboring states to be on the lookout for an individual suspected in the Facebook murder of a man named Robert Godwin. Allegedly, Steve Stephens, 37, randomly shot the elderly passerby on Sunday after shouting a woman's name, then posted the video of the murder on Facebook. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest on the charges of aggravated murder and warn that he should be considered armed and dangerous.
  5. A second case of measles has been diagnosed in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that an adult has contracted the disease, and found that the individual was an airline passenger on the same plane of the individual of the first case diagnosed, who was contagious with the virus at the time of travel. One of the individuals also dined at two area restaurants on Thursday and Friday, and officials warn that the virus is airborne, and highly contagious.
  6. Two police officers were shot in Detroit, Michigan late Sunday night while responding to an attempted break-in call. A single shot was fired through a window by an individual who was inside the house. One police officer was shot in the face and is listed in critical condition in Sinai Grace hospital, and the other office, who's arm was injured, possibly by shrapnel, has been treated and released. Police have detained the woman and her two sons, ages 19 and 14, who lived in the home.
  7. On Friday at the beginning of the evening rush hour, trains headed to Penn Station ground to a halt when an overhead power supply shorted out in the Hudson River tunnel, trapping approximately 1,200 passengers inside the tunnel. Amtrak, the organization responsible for maintaining the power supply, and a company who is under fire for two recent derailments at Penn Station, is being blamed for the outage which caused delays of at least 90 minutes.
  8. Victims in a triple homicide in Boulder County, Colorado appear to have been targeted according to local investigators. Boulder County Sheriff's Office deputies found the bodies of two men and a woman on Saturday morning after being alerted by a concerned friend who had not seen them in several days. Investigators said that all the victims suffered traumatic injuries, but have not identified any suspects in the case.

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.