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Police have arrested a person of interest in the mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

At least 6 people are confirmed dead and over 2 dozen injured by gunfire in the Chicago suburb on Monday.

A 21-year-old man, who goes by the stage name "Awake the Rapper," was arrested Monday as a person of interest in the mass shooting.

The suspect opened fire with an assault rifle from the roof of a store. After the shooting he dropped the rifle at the scene. Within hours, police released his name along with a description of his vehicle and license plate.

The suspect, identified on IMDB.com as the "six foot Hip hop phenom," is best known for his 2016 rap track "By the Pond" featuring Atlas.

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On Oct. 15, 2021 Awake the Rapper released a video titled "Are You Awake." The video includes drawings of a man aiming a rifle. The lyrics suggest he was planning a life-altering event that he had no power to stop.

"Like a sleepwalker, I am unable to stop and think," he says in the video.

"My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary. I know what I have to do, I know what's in it, not only for me, but for everyone else.

"There is no past or future, just the now. It is more abstract than I can ever imagine. I can feel the atmosphere pushing me in. It's unstoppable, like a wave pulling me under, I can't breathe without it.

"I need to leave now, I need to just do it. It is my destiny, everything has led up to this," Crimo says. "Nothing can stop me, not even myself. Is there such thing as free will, or has this been planned out, like a cosmic recipe?"

The suspect is the son of Bob Crimo, owner of Bob's Pantry & Deli in Highland Park, according to his Facebook account. The father ran for Highland Park mayor in 2020 but lost.
 

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The battered wife of Charlotte Hornets star Miles Bridges shared photos of the injuries she allegedly sustained during a domestic violence incident.

Bridges, 24, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony domestic violence in Los Angeles, TMZ reported.

Bridges turned himself in to police after his wife, Chelley Jonson, called 911 to report he assaulted her.

Johnson had visible injuries when police arrived at her Los Angeles home, but Bridges was already gone. He was released from jail after posting $130,000 bond, TMZ reports.

Someone in Bridges' camp suggested he hit her in self-defense after she attacked him first. They claim Bridges suffered years of abuse at his wife's hands.

An outraged Johnson took to social media to defend herself against the scurrilous accusations. She shared photos of her facial injuries in her post.

"I hate that it has come to this but I can't be silent anymore," she said. "I've allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won't allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I'm not."

She continued:

"I won't allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It's unethical, it's immoral, it's truly SICK. It hurts my heart because I've always had hope, and so much love and as scary as this is for me to do it's time I stand up for myself. I won't be silent to protect others anymore because I value myself and my kids more than anyones 'image'... a fractured nose, wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscles in my neck from being choked until i went to sleep and a severe concussion. I don't need sympathy, I just don't want this happening to anyone else, I just want this person to get help, my kids deserve better. That's all i want. It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, most importantly I'm scared and hurting for my kids who were witness to everything. Please respect my families privacy and stop with the disgusting rumors and allegations [sic]."

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Bridges made headlines earlier this week when ESPN reported the Hornets declined to offer him a max contract.

Bridges is a restricted free agent who demanded $30 million per season in a max contract after turning down a 4-year, $60 million deal just prior to the start of his breakout 2021-22 season.

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The fugitive yoga teacher who shot and killed her love rival has been captured in Costa Rica after six weeks on the run.

Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, was wanted for allegedly fatally shooting professional cyclist Anna Moriah "Mo" Wilson on May 11 in Austin, Texas.

Police initially interviewed Armstrong after Wilson's body was discovered, but she was released from custody.

Surveillance video shows Armstrong's SUV near Wilson's rental home. The next day the Austin Police Department issued a warrant for Armstrong's arrest.

She was last seen at Newark's Liberty International on May 18, boarding a United Airlines flight to San Jose at Newark Airport.

Officials say Armstrong used a fake passport to fly to Costa Rica.

US Marshals searched for Armstrong across the United States. She was captured at a Santa Teresa Beach hostel in Costa Rica, the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said in a statement on Thursday.

She is awaiting deportation back to the United States.

Armstrong's boyfriend, professional cycler Colin Strickland, denied having a side relationship with Wilson, 25.

Wilson was shot and killed after she went for a swim and had an intimate dinner with Strickland. She was found dead in her rental home the next day.

An anonymous tipster told police that Armstrong flew into a rage after she learned about Strickland's alleged romance with Wilson.

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Charlotte Hornets star Miles Bridges was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony domestic violence in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, Bridges turned himself in to police on Wednesday, after a woman called 911 to report he assaulted her.

The woman had visible injuries when police arrived at a Los Angeles residence, but Bridges was already gone. He was released from jail after posting $130,000 bond, TMZ reports.

Bridges made headlines earlier this week after ESPN reported the Hornets declined to offer him a max contract.

Bridges is a restricted free agent who demanded $30 million per season in a max contract after turning down a four-year, $60 million deal just prior to the start of his breakout 2021-22 season.

Bridges is the team's leading scorer. However, the Hornets are reportedly wary of re-signing a player who may be a junkie.

According to Total Pro Sports, Bridges' actions off the court made it easier for the Hornets to make their decision.

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"The 24-year-old Charlotte Hornets player posted on his Instagram Stories featuring a joint and a styrofoam cup with pink/purple-ish colored liquid inside," according to Total Pro Sports.

Bridges captioned a June 6 tweet "Pink lemonade" before deleting it.

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Lean, also called purple drank, is a mixture of prescription codeine cough syrup, a soft drink and hard candy in a styrofoam cup.

"He's not being offered, from what I'm told, a max contract from the Charlotte Hornets right now," said Brian Windhorst via ESPN. "So, he's going to go out into the market place, starting on Thursday or Friday, and see if he can get that offer from somewhere else."

Trouble seems to follow the Flint, Michigan native. Bridges was ejected for hitting a young fan in the face with his mouthguard during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2022 in Atlanta.

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Robert Sylvester Kelly, aka R. Kelly, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a New York courtroom on Friday.

The 55-year-old disgraced R&B singer was convicted in Brooklyn of heading a criminal enterprise that preyed on girls, women and men for his own sexual gratification.

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He will face similar charges in a separate trial in his native Chicago, Illinois.

Kelly was a successful Grammy award-winning platinum-selling artist who used his wealth and status to prey on vulnerable men and women, prosecutors say.

His sexual exploits earned him the vulgar nickname "The Pied Piper."

Kelly sold over 75 million records worldwide. His solo hit songs include "Bump n' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "You Remind Me of Something", "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" and "I Believe I Can Fly."

He has worked with legends including Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson and Quincy Jones, among others.

His attorneys submitted documents about the R&B singer's own childhood abuse, which they hoped would sway the judge to give Kelly a lighter sentence.

His attorneys had asked the judge to sentence Kelly to 10 years in prison with credit for time served.

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Ghislaine Maxwell apologized in open court before she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking and grooming girls with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell was sentenced in a NY courtroom on Tuesday, June 28.

She was found guilty in December 2021 of conspiring to abuse and traffic girls with her ex-boyfriend, Epstein, who took his own life in a NYC jail cell in 2019.

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The 66-year-old British socialite insisted she was "fooled" by Epstein, whose client list included former President Donald Trump and Britain's Prince Andrew (below).

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"Your honor, it is hard for me to address the court after listening to the pain and anguish expressed today," she told the judge on Tuesday.

"The terrible impact on the lives of so many women is difficult to hear and even more difficult to absorb in its scale and extent... I want to acknowledge their suffering. I empathize deeply with all of the victims in this case."

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Prior to her sentencing, Maxwell was advised that her prison term would be shortened significantly if she cooperated fully with the FBI (and named names).

One of her victims, Annie Farmer, told "CBS Mornings" on Wednesday that she was 16-years-old when she met Epstein and Maxwell, and Epstein began groping her.

She said Maxwell's presence made her think she'd be safe around Epstein.

Other victims said Maxwell's sentencing provides closure for them.

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Eric Holder, the suspect accused of killing Nipsey Hussle, was assaulted in jail and was unable to attend his murder trial on Tuesday.

According to reports, Eric Holder was badly beaten after he left a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday.

The extent of Holder's injuries weren't revealed. He was treated for his injuries, but his day in court was canceled on Tuesday.

"Based on some unforeseen circumstances that are no fault of parties here, we won't be in session today," Judge H. Clay Jacke announced in court on Tuesday.

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Holder is accused of fatally shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle on March 31, 2019 in the South Central Los Angeles shopping center the rap mogul owned.

Bryannita Nicholson, 35, who drove Holder to the shopping center that day, testified last week that she heard gunshots ring out moments after Holder got out of the car.

She said Holder soon returned to the car. "I was like, 'What happened?,'" Nicholson testified. "He said, 'You talk too much. I ought to slap you.' And he was just like, 'Drive! Drive!'" she said.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday but could continue into Thursday. Holder has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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Rumors swirled on Monday evening after ET Online incorrectly reported that music veteran Chaka Zulu had died from gunshot wounds.

ET tweeted: "Ludacris is mourning the death of his longtime manager."

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Chaka was one of three people shot on Sunday night in the parking lot outside Apt 4B, a Caribbean restaurant and bar owned by Zulu in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood.
 
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According to sources, Zulu was breaking up a fight between a man and his girlfriend when the man pulled a gun and opened fire.

Atlanta police reported that one man died at the scene, while Zulu and another man were transported to a hospital.

Zulu, who was shot twice in the chest, underwent two surgeries and is recovering in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit.

Cell phone video uploaded Monday by @ATLuncensored showed Zulu motionless on the ground after the shooting. A woman tends to him. The video has since been deleted.

In a statement to WSB-TV's Michael Seiden, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, "We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and recovering. The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers, and asks for their privacy at this time."

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage to identify the suspect. No suspects are in custody.

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Tributes pour in on Twitter for Chaka Zulu, beloved music veteran and longtime manager of rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges.

Zulu and two others were shot at 11:35 p.m. Sunday during a dispute in the parking lot behind Apt4b, a Caribbean restaurant and bar on the 2200 block of Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

All three men were transported to area hospitals where one victim was pronounced dead. Zulu was shot twice in the chest and underwent 2 surgeries early Monday. He is on a ventilator in an ICU.

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News reporter Michael Seiden, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, "We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and recovering. The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers, and asks for their privacy at this time."

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In 1998 Chaka (left) co-founded the record label Disturbing tha Peace with Ludacris and Jeff Dixon.

Their artists have included R&B singer Bobby V, and rappers Shawnna and Chingy.

The independent label was created to serve as a platform for rappers from the "Dirty South" including Ludacris, a then-radio DJ who couldn't score a major label record deal at the time.

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A 36-year-old Atlanta man was arrested Sunday after he gunned down 2 young women during a dispute over too much mayonnaise at a downtown Atlanta Subway shop.

26-year-old Brittany Macon, was later pronounced dead, and a 24-year-old co-worker, who was shot in front of her 5-year-old child, is in critical condition at a local hospital.

The shooting happened Sunday evening at a Subway connected to a Circle K on Northside Drive.

A customer became enraged over the amount of mayonnaise on a sandwich and pulled out a gun and started shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to Atlanta police.

A dozen police units swarmed the location within minutes of the shooting.

"What you are seeing behind me is the result of a tragedy," interim police Chief Darin Schierbaum told reporters from outside the Subway restaurant. "A senseless tragedy that we've seen numerous times throughout the year where an argument leads to gunfire, and now we have someone dead."

Within a few hours, a tip lead police to the suspect, and he was arrested late Sunday not far from the restaurant, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Deputy police Chief Charles Hampton declined to release the suspect's name on Monday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Willie Glenn, who co-owns the Subway location, told Channel 2 Action News both women started working there earlier this month.

"It breaks my heart to know that someone has the audacity to point a weapon and shoot someone for as little as too much mayonnaise on a sandwich," Glenn said.

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One man is dead and 2 people were rushed to area hospitals following a shooting in a Buckhead parking lot early Monday, June 27.

Chaka Zulu, manager of rap mogul Ludacris, was one of three people shot during a dispute outside Apt4b Atlanta, a Caribbean restaurant and bar that is popular with the industry's elite in Atlanta.

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Police say one man was killed during the shooting, however Chaka (right) is listed as "critical but stable" at a nearby hospital, according to a credible source.

Police Lt. Germain Dearlove told Channel 2 Action News the shooting was the "result of a dispute in the parking lot" behind the club in the 2200 block of Peachtree Road.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from businesses that share the parking lot with Apt4b to identify a shooter, Dearlove told the news station from the scene Monday.

Chaka is the longtime manager and business partner of multi-platinum selling rapper, Ludacris (right).

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In 1998 Chaka (left) co-founded the record label Disturbing tha Peace with Ludacris, real name Christopher Bridges, and their business partner Jeff Dixon.

Their artists have included R&B singer Bobby V (center), Shawnna and Chingy (not pictured).

The independent label was created to serve as a platform for rappers from the "Dirty South" including Ludacris, a then-radio DJ who couldn't score a major label record deal at the time.

Atlanta has become one of the country's most dangerous cities, thanks to the liberal policies of the previous mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose push to defund the police divided the city.

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Violence hit close to home for Fox News commentator Gianno Caldwell who often covers the city's rising crime rate.

On Saturday, Caldwell shared the tragic news that his teenage brother was shot and killed in Chicago, on Friday.

"Yesterday was the worst day of my existence," Caldwell tweeted alongside a photo of himself and his 18-year-old brother, Matthew. "I received a call informing me that my teenage baby brother was murdered on the south side of Chicago. Never could I have imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him. Please keep my family in your prayers."

In another recent post, Caldwell shared a "Father's Day" message from Matthew.

Caldwell wrote: "My little brother has never met his father and as devastating as this is, I am thankful to God for choosing me to be his big brother/father figure."

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Matthew is pictured at right during a recent family dinner in Chicago.

Caldwell previously criticized Chicago's leaders for being too soft on crime – after then-President Donald Trump offered federal resources to fight violent crime.

"Why? Because [then-Mayor] Rahm Emanuel disagreed with Trump's politics," Caldwell said.

"I guess the Black bodies dying in the streets of Chicago didn't constitute an urgent enough issue for Emanuel to welcome the president's help."

"I'm absolutely disgusted by the violence that continues in my hometown," he said on a Fox News panel discussion about the shooting of a Chicago police officer during a traffic stop.

Caldwell also called out Mayor Lori Lightfoot's soft-on-crime policies, "If you're going to have these soft-on-crime measures, you're never going to get the crime problem under control, whether it be in Chicago, whether it be in Philadelphia, Detroit, wherever it may be."

"These policies must change, and they got to get tough and they got to get tough immediately, otherwise we're going to see more and more people dying in the streets daily," Caldwell added.

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A college student was arrested in the June 9 shooting death of California drill rapper MoneyGang Vontae in a Bronx pharmacy.

River Jones, 18, was taken into custody by investigators Wednesday at his dorm building on the Monroe College campus in New Rochelle in Westchester County.

Jones is charged with murder in the brutal shooting death of 27-year-old MoneyGang Vontae, real name Avanti Frowner.

Police believe Jones was the triggerman. He is pictured above right in a surveillance photo.

Jones was one of four suspects who allegedly beat and robbed Vontae of cash and his signature gold chain with its distinctive custom nameplate spelled out in diamond chips.

The armed robbery occurred before 2 p.m. at the Amazing Community Pharmacy on E. Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, New York.

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Chilling surveillance footage from inside the pharmacy shows the moment Jones marched a nearly shirtless Vontae to the back of the pharmacy before shooting him four times.

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The NYPD released images of the suspects to the public. The other suspects are still at large.

"They don't need to be on the streets no more — ever!" Avanti's dad, Roger Frowner, 56, told The NY Post. "If they kill somebody in broad daylight, inside of a store, they are treacherous."

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Prosecutors want Nicki Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, to serve jail time -- not on home confinement in his luxurious Calabasas mansion with his wife.

Petty plead guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California, and now he wants to serve his sentence on home confinement, TMZ Hip Hop has learned.

According to new legal documents obtained by TMZ, federal prosecutors don't think 6 months behind bars followed by supervised release is sufficient punishment for Petty.

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The feds note that Petty lives in a "gated affluent community" which includes a pool, Nicki's music studio, and their beautifully landscaped backyard -- amenities not available to other criminals in jail.

In fact, the U.S. Attorney's Office seems to think his luxurious lifestyle is what led Petty down the wrong path.

In the documents, prosecutors say Petty complied with his sex offender registry paperwork for nearly 20 years - until he met Nicki in 2019 and moved with her to Cali. There, he stopped registering as a sex offender.

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As prosecutors describe it, "Defendant began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles, and adopted an affluent lifestyle."

Petty told the court he didn't know he was supposed to register once he left NY state, but prosecutors say he was well aware of the rules after 2 decades.

TMZ reported, Petty had to register as a sex offender after a 1995 attempted rape of a teenager conviction in NY.

Now, federal prosecutors in Cali are recommending he serve 15 months hard time behind bars, 5 years supervised release and pay $55,000 in retribution. The judge will make a final ruling at Petty's sentencing hearing on July 6.

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Police are looking for 2 men who used a common sleight-of-hand magician's trick to steal thousands of dollars from Atlanta area Publix stores.

Police say the two men used the same magician's trick to rob Publix stores while buying money orders.

"It's all trickery, sleight of hand, and in the end they're short-changing the clerk," said Kennesaw Police Officer David Buchanan. "Using sleight of hand, moving the money when he's not looking or paying attention to where the money is going, to be able to get the money away from the cashier," said Officer Buchanan, according to Fox 5 News.

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Buchanan said the men are seen on store surveillance video buying a money order for $2,900 at a Kennesaw Publix store.

The cashier hands the men the money order and they hand him the cash. After the clerk counts the money, one of the men snatches the cash off the counter and counts it again to double check.

The man appears to be upset that he's not counting the money right. But each time he counts the money, he moves bills from the stack into his pocket.

"Every time he's done counting that money, he puts his right hand back in his pocket," said Officer Buchanan.

The clerk, who has already counted the money, doesn't triple check the amount when the man hands the money back to him.

The men walk out of the store with $1,800 in cash and a $2,900 money order that they paid $1100 for.

Kennesaw police confirm the two men pulled the same trick at another Kennesaw Publix store in less than an hour.

Investigators working with other agencies said the same two men pulled off similar robberies at four locations in the metro Atlanta area.

"It seems this is how they make their money and we're hoping to identify them to get these victims their money back," said Officer Buchanan.

He said the two men are slick and well-practiced.