January 15, 2021

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a man with a helmet on a table: A funeral ceremony for top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on November 30, 2020. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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A funeral ceremony for top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on November 30, 2020. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • Iran’s top nuclear scientist was killed with a remote-controlled machine gun, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
  • Mohsen Fakhrizad, who was seen as the father of Iran’s nuclear program, was killed while driving with his wife and security convoy near Tehran on Friday.
  • The gun was mounted on the back of a Nissan truck which self-destructed after the three-minute attack, Fars said. Iran has blamed Israel.
  • Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s top national-security official, said Monday the hit was “conducted using electronic equipment and there was nobody on the scene,” suggesting the weapon was remot controlled.
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Iran’s foremost nuclear scientist was killed by a remote-controlled machine gun mounted atop a truck, the semi-official Fars news agency has said.

On Friday, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated while driving with his wife and security convoy in Absard, near Tehran. The Iranian defense ministry has given few details of the killing but pointed the finger at Israel.

However, new information about the attack was reported Sunday, with Fars saying that Fakhrizadeh stopped and left his car after mistaking several bullets that had just hit his vehicle for engine trouble.

At this point, Fars said, a Nissan pickup truck stopped 150 meters (492 feet) from Fakhrizadeh, and a gun mounted on the back of the truck opened fire, hitting him twice in the back and once in the spine.

Three security cars had been traveling with Fakhrizadeh, and a bodyguard who launched himself over the scientist’s body was also shot, Fars reported.



a man standing in front of a cake: Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami makes a speech during Fakhrizadeh's funeral ceremony on November 30, 2020. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami makes a speech during Fakhrizadeh’s funeral ceremony on November 30, 2020. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

According to Fars, after the hit on Fakhrizadeh was complete, the Nissan truck exploded. The entire attack lasted three minutes, the news agency reported.

Investigations have so far revealed that the registered owner of the Nisan left Iran on Sunday, Fars reported, without citing the person’a identity.

On Monday, the day of Fakhrizadeh’s funeral, Iran’s top national-security official Ali Shamkhani told reporters the assassination was “conducted using electronic equipment and there was nobody on the scene,” according to BBC Monitoring’s Kian Sharifi.

Iran has blamed Israel for the attack, with Shamkhani saying on Monday that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), a militant group against the Iranian government, was also involved.

Another popular narrative about the killing circulating in Iranian media is that Fakhrizadeh was killed by a team of 12 assassins who were part of a 62-person hit squad.

The claim was made in a series of tweets by prominent Iranian journalist Mohamed Ahwaze, who said that information leaked to him by Iranian intelligence indicated that Fakhrizadeh was dragged out of his car by the leader and shot dead.

On Friday, Mohammad Javad

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Authorities say nine shots were fired during the incident Sunday afternoon outside a market off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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BELLE GLADE — A 24-year-old Belle Glade man is facing attempted murder charges after authorities said he fired a pistol at a car in which two children were passengers.

Craig Briscoe Jr. is being held without bail on charges that also include shooting into an occupied vehicle and illegally having a gun. Deputies took him into custody Tuesday.

A person the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office described as a victim told investigators of arguing with Briscoe at Bobby’s Market on Southwest Sixth Street on Sunday afternoon, according to an arrest report.

After leaving the store, the person drove back to the area with two children in tow. As the car drove past the market, the person said Briscoe fired a pistol about 10 times, with three of the shots hitting the back of the vehicle, according to the report.

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Surveillance-camera footage from the market corroborated this testimony, according to PBSO. ShotSpotter technology in the area counted nine gunshots, and deputies recovered nine .380-caliber casings in the area.

Investigators reported that Briscoe has past criminal convictions on charges that include burglary and fleeing or attempting to elude a marked police car and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

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MERIDEN — A man with an extensive criminal history was on parole when he was taken into custody on weapon and motor vehicle charges during a traffic stop last week, according to police.

It was just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 when an officer patrolling a high-crime area saw what he believed to be a drug sale between a pedestrian and the driver of a vehicle, police said.

The officer followed the driver and saw a motor vehicle violation, police said. The officer stopped the driver as he pulled into a business parking lot.

The driver, identified by police as Teharmon Techer, was acting nervous and “appeared to be concealing something” during the traffic stop, police said.

The officer learned Techer, a felon, had an extensive criminal history, including narcotics, firearms and robbery arrests, police said.

As the officer searched the vehicle, he found a gun with a red laser attached to the barrel hidden under the driver’s seat, police said. Techer was also in possession of nearly $4,000 cash, police said.

Techer, who is on parole, was taken into custody.

Court records show he was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. For the alleged motor vehicle violations, he was also charged with failure to display lights and illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension.

Police said he was held on a $75,000 bond, but court records show that was reduced to a promise to appear and he was released from custody.

He is next expected in court on Jan. 6, 2021, to enter a plea for the charges.

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a bright light in a dark room: One man is in custody and another is at large after a Saturday car chase that began in Monroe County, ended in a crash in Wayne County and led to drug and gun charges.


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One man is in custody and another is at large after a Saturday car chase that began in Monroe County, ended in a crash in Wayne County and led to drug and gun charges.

One man is in custody and another is at large after a Saturday car chase that began in Monroe County, ended in a crash in Wayne County and led to drug and gun charges.

Kevin Taylor, 22, and Khalif Pinnix, 44, both of Newark, New Jersey, are charged with drug possession with intent to deliver and other offenses in connection with the 6:18 p.m. chase that began in Tobyhanna Township, proceeded north on Interstate 380 and ended in a crash on Route 435 in Wayne County, Pocono Mountain Regional police said.

Taylor is in Monroe County jail with bail denied because he is considered a flight risk, according to court papers. Police are looking for Pinnix.

The incident began with police helping the Atlantic City prosecutor’s office on a New Jersey felony theft investigation. Police saw a suspect leave a Tobyhanna Township residence and get into a vehicle.

When police tried to stop the vehicle, it sped away with officers in pursuit. After the crash, Pinnix, the driver, ran into nearby woods while police took Taylor into custody. Police found more than $57,000 in cash and drug delivery paraphernalia in the vehicle.

This led to a search of a residence in the 100 block of Skytop Drive in Tobyhanna Township.

Police found $34,828, “a large amount of” stolen merchandise, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana in the residence. Police also found $20,551 in one vehicle and a stolen handgun in another vehicle parked there.

Police expect to charge a third person for the stolen gun.

Morning Call reporter Andrew Scott can be reached at 610-820-6508 or [email protected]

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Shots were fired rapidly from a Dodge Charger the night a 25-year-old woman was fatally shot near a nightclub in northeast Raleigh, according to a recently released 911 call.

The caller said a person in the car fired multiple shots from what he thought was an automatic pistol.

“They were leaving a club, I imagine Paris Lounge,” the caller said.

Maya Elaine Rogers, 25, was shot in the incident early Friday morning and died from her injuries at WakeMed.

Two suspects from Thomasville, N.C., have been arrested in Rogers’ death. Thomasville is just outside of High Point.

Christopher Deandre Gregg, 20, was charged with murder and Daron Fitzgerald Pouncy, 22, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and possession of firearm by a felon, according to police.

2nd fatal shooting outside lounge

This is the second fatal shooting in the parking lot of Paris Lounge within the past year.

In December 2019, a man died from his injuries after police found him in the parking lot on a Sunday morning after an event billed as a celebrity birthday bash, The News & Observer reported.

Nuness Biongo, one of the owners of the Paris Lounge, previously told The N&O last year’s shooting followed a fight between two groups in the parking lot.

The N&O called Biongo Monday and Tuesday to ask about security measures the nightclub takes and the latest shooting, but he did not return multiple calls.

After the December shooting, he said the club had a 15-member security team and two off-duty police officers.

Previous 911 calls

Those are not the only shootings reported in the 5500 block of Atlantic Springs Road. Police records show there have been more than 300 911 calls to the address since March 2019, when Biongo told The N&O the club opened. Other establishments in the block address include a restaurant, a billiards hall and a candy store.

Of those calls, 11 reported shots being fired, shots being fired into a building or people being shot.

ABC liquor permits revoked at Starbar

Last month, the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Law Enforcement division revoked the ABC permit of a bar in east Raleigh.

Starbar at 1731 Trawick Road had “assaults, fights, shots fired, shootings, gunshot victims, stabbings and hundreds of calls for service,” the agency stated in a press release.

ALE revoked Starbar’s license a week after the second homicide in less than a year was reported near the bar. “Two security employees were arrested in connection with the shooting,” the release stated.

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A 25-year-old armored car guard lost his job after he admitted that he accidentally fired his handgun in the elevator of a west Omaha office building.

The incident occurred Thursday at the corporate offices of Methodist Health Systems near 169th and Leavenworth Streets. The building’s safety director told police that an employee heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot coming from an elevator.

An officer from Armored Knights, who had picked up some money, got off the elevator and exited the building. An investigation of the elevator found a bullet hole that had gone through the inside door and partially through the outside door. A dent protruded outward on the outside of the elevator door.

Surveillance video showed the Armored Knights guard getting off the elevator and leaving the building soon after the noise was heard.

A company supervisor contacted the guard, who admitted that his Springfield 9 mm pistol with hollow-point ammunition had accidentally discharged but that he was too scared to say anything.

The guard told police that his holster was too far back on his belt, digging into his side and pulling his pants down. He said he tried to remove the gun from the holster in the elevator to decrease the weight on the belt. He told the officer that his finger must have been on the trigger when he pulled out the gun. The guard said he usually doesn’t keep a round chambered and was surprised when it went off.

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