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Reactions to Orlando shooting
The outpouring of grief continues for the victims of Sunday morning’s Orlando shooting. The event is now classified as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Today, the trends #PrayforOrlando and #WeAreOrlando show the nation’s reactions to the shooting that left 50 dead and about 53 wounded.
Photos show vigils held around the nation as buildings light up in rainbow colors and thousands turn out to honor the dead and pray for recovery for the injured.
California police arrest gunman intent on going to Gay Pride event
A heavily armed Indiana man arrested Sunday on his way to a Southern California gay pride parade told police he wanted to do harm to the event, authorities say. 20-year-old James Wesley Howell was arrested at about 5 a.m. after neighbors reported suspicious behavior on the street where he was parked the wrong way in a white sedan, Santa Monica police say in a statement.
“Further investigation, led to the recovery of three assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition,” Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez says. “Additionally, officers discovered a 5 gallon bucket with chemicals capable of forming an improvised explosive device. All items were recovered from Howell’s vehicle.”
Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks says Howell was arrested seven miles away from the West Hollywood LA Pride parade. She also says that although a lieutenant claims Howell said he was going to harm the event, she says he only stated he would be attending.
The parade continued as planned, albeit with dramatically increased security, CBS Los Angeles reports. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the annual event.
Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says the feeling of holding the Stanley Cup over his head was “unmistakable”. The Penguins take home their fourth National Hockey League championship after defeating the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Shark Tank on Sunday night.
The Sharks, in their first-ever trip to the final round, were trying to become only the second NHL team since 1938 to rally from a 3-games-to-1 Stanley Cup Final deficit and win the chalice.
While the sharks sigh at their loss, the Penguins rally around Crosby as he was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
“I look at this as a total team effort. I just tried to work hard every night and do my job, just like everyone else,” the team captain says.