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America's response to the coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people feeling hopeless and despondent over mounting debt from job losses.

The suicide rate in America is rising as many Americans feel desperate, hopeless and lonely. 75% of Americans are on lockdown around the nation.

A 38-year-old man in Wilson, Pennsylvania attempted a murder-suicide after losing his job. He opened fire on his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself on Monday. His girlfriend survived.

2 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets took their own lives after being quarantined on campus in Colorado Springs, CO. They were due to graduate in May.

Phones are ringing off the hook at suicide hotlines around the country in recent weeks. One Suicide Prevention Services hotline in Illinois does not have enough staff to field all the calls.

"We are seeing a massive shift to anxiety," said Suicide Prevention Services Education and Training Director Natasha Clark. She said callers are not necessarily worried about catching the virus, they are more fearful of its financial impact on their lives from job loss, homelessness, and loneliness.

"Alone with their thoughts, so many callers are on the brink. It's creating a sense of deep despair among callers," Clark told the Chicago Tribune.

"We can't even count on accessing emergency resources because even that is tenuous right now."

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A Chicago woman who fatally shot a retired state trooper and wounded two others at a cigar bar had written "I hate you ... hope you two die!" on a wall of her home.

51-year-old Lisa McMullan shot and killed retired state trooper Gregory Rieves, 51, before turning the gun on herself. The incident happened inside a media room at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

Another retired state trooper and an off-duty trooper were also shot. They are in stable condition at a local hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Police executed a search warrant on McMullan's Chicago condo, Lisle police said Monday. McMullan had scrawled on a wall of her condo in black marker: "I hate you ... hope you two die!"

The message contained Rieves' name and the name of another man. Police believe McMullan targeted Rieves and the other man. The second man was not at the cigar lounge at the time of the shooting.

In a press release, Lisle police said they contacted the other man but they were withholding his name. He is not a police officer. "It's just someone she knew."

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. Police say both Rieves and McMullan were regular patrons at the cigar lounge.

It was originally reported that the two attended high school together in Maywood, Illinois, but police said they have learned McMullan attended high school in Chicago.
 

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A Chicago woman shot three state troopers inside a luxury cigar lounge, before turning the gun on herself.

Police responded to a call of shots fired inside the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived with their guns drawn, they found four people shot in a room inside the cigar lounge. 51-year-old Lisa McMullan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Retired state trooper Gregory Rieves was shot in the back of the head. Rieves, 51, died at an area hospital. He had retired from the state police in March 2019 after 25 years of service.

Two more officers were suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital.

After securing the scene, police reviewed the surveillance video. They saw patrons in a media room watching sports on a big-screen television.

Without provocation, McMullan stood up and shot Rieves seated in front of her. She then fired several rounds at two other men in the room before fatally shooting herself.

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The two wounded men were identified as retired state trooper Lloyd Graham, 55, and 48-year-old Kaiton Bullock (right), a state trooper who was off-duty when he was shot.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelley said Bullock and Graham are hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Acting Lisle Police Chief Ron Wilke said McMullan and the three men were "acquaintances" and patrons of the cigar lounge. "I believe they know each other, but do not believe there is any relation," Wilke said.

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CBS2 Chicago reported that Rieves and McMullan attended Proviso East High School together in the 1980s. Both were known to frequent the cigar lounge together, police say.

"Greg has always been special to the family," said his cousin, Carolina Mosley. "He's always had this bright smile and he was always the coolest kid. He was loved by his family. Since he was young, he wanted to be a police officer."

Mosley said Rieves played baseball for Indiana State. "He was really good, but he just didn't cross over, so this was the career he chose."

Police do not know the motive for the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.
 

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A 63-year-old North Carolina teacher accused of a sex act with a 17-year-old student killed her husband before shooting herself in a murder-suicide.

Emma Ogle was arrested on Halloween and charged with taking indecent liberties with a student and a crime against nature. Her story went viral on social media, and she was subjected to cruel insults and harassment.

Ogle was a career and technical education (CTE) Health Occupations teacher at Garinger High School in Charlotte when she was arrested.

In addition to being a teacher, Ogle was also a registered nurse.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday a relative called 911 to report that Ogle had a gun and barricaded herself into her home with her husband.

Police found their bodies inside her home on Hambright Road in Huntersville just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Both were dead of single gunshot wounds.

Police say Ogle fatally shot her husband, 59-year-old Michael Ogle, before turning the gun on herself in a murder-suicide.

Michael Ogle's final Facebook post, dated November 4, was a suicide prevention awareness message, according to Dailymail.com.

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