SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — At least seven people, including a teenager, have been killed and 24 others wounded in a string of shootings in the US city of Chicago in the past two days, police officials say.
Two people were killed in separate shootings across the city on Saturday. Gunmen also shot four people dead on Friday, among them an 18-year-old boy, identified as Aaron Gaithan.
Police said that a total of 24 people were injured in the Friday attacks, adding that several of the injured are in critical condition.
In another incident, a young man was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle in the city’s South Side on Sunday.
Authorities said most of the attacks happened in the south and west of Chicago, where gun violence is epidemic.
On Thursday, nineteen people were shot in seven attacks in the city. Thirteen of the victims were shot within a half-hour period.
Chicago officials have been battling a sharp increase in shootings and homicide. The city's murder rate has increased 29 percent year-over-year as of this month. —www.shafaqna.com/English
Source: Press TV
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — The suspect in the Colorado cinema shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, according to court records.
Earlier reports said James Holmes, 24, had sent a notebook describing a massacre to the university.
Defence lawyers are seeking the source of the media leak, saying it violated a court order and put a fair trial in "serious jeopardy".
The neuroscience drop-out will be formally charged on Monday.
The court said it would consider the defence team's request then.
The suspect's lawyers argued that the notebook was a communication between a patient and his doctor, and was therefore confidential.
It is unclear if the package reportedly containing the notebook arrived at the university before the 20 July shootings.
University officials say it was delivered and investigated on Monday 23 July, but US media reports had suggested otherwise.
The legal motion described Mr Holmes as a "psychiatric patient" of Dr Lynne Fenton at University of Colorado Denver, where he was in the process of dropping out as a neuroscience PhD student.
Dr Fenton is a member of the campus-based behavioural and threat-assessment team that helps staff deal with "problematic" individuals, reports Reuters news agency.
James Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 during a midnight showing of the new Batman film in Aurora near Denver a week ago.
Of the wounded, 11 remain in hospital, with five in critical condition.—www.shafaqna.com/english