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The coronavirus has killed at least 121 young people in the U.S., mostly minorities, CDC says – CNBC

Medical staff move bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to a refrigerated truck on April 2, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Covid-19 has killed at least 121 people under 21 years old across the U.S., nearly two-thirds of whom were Black and Hispanic people, a new study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The study comes days after reports surfaced alleging that Trump administration officials were interfering with the CDC’s process for publishing such studies. 

The researchers, which include a number of CDC personnel and officials from nearly 30 state health departments, said the study underscores the risk Covid-19 presents to young people, even though young people typically don’t become as sick as older coronavirus patients. They added that the data should be continually monitored as schools and child-care centers reopen.

“Although infants, children, and adolescents are more likely to have milder COVID-19 illness than are adults, complications, including MIS-C and respiratory failure, do occur in these populations,” the researchers wrote. MIS-C refers to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, which is a rare but severe condition that appears to be associated with Covid-19.

“Ongoing evaluation of effectiveness of prevention and control strategies will also be important to inform public health guidance for schools and parents and other caregivers,” the researchers added.

Among the 121 young people who died of Covid-19, 45% were Hispanic and 29% were Black, the study said. About 4% were American Indian or Alaska Native people, the study added. Altogether, the groups represent 41% of the U.S. population, the researchers said, but account for more than 75% of Covid-19 deaths among people below the age of 21.

“Among infants, children, and adolescents hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and cases of MIS-C, persons from racial and ethnic minority groups are overrepresented,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers added that 75% of the 121 people who died had at least one underlying medical condition, and the most frequently reported conditions were chronic lung disease such as asthma, obesity, neurologic conditions and cardiovascular conditions.

Of those reported deaths, 10% were among people younger than a year old, 20% of the people who died were between the ages of 1 and 9, and the remaining 70% occurred in those between the ages of 10 and 20, according to the study. Nearly half of the deaths occurred in people who were 18- to 20-years old, the study said. The researchers said the median age of the 121 people who died was 16. 

The researchers collected the data from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Feb. 12 to July 31. They noted a few limitations of the study. The researchers said it’s possible that not all deaths were reported due to limited testing and reporting standards. They added that CDC was not able to acquire death certificates to verify cause of death and that there may not be standard reporting across jurisdictions. 

And the researchers noted that during most of the time of the study, schools and child-care centers were closed and kids were not frequently tested, thus limiting the scope of the data. 

The study comes as concerns mount over allegations of political meddling within the CDC. Politico and other outlets reported last week that Trump allies who were appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services were pressuring the CDC to alter reports published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

Politico cited emails that showed an HHS official criticizing the CDC researchers’ decision to classify people between the ages of 18 and 20 as pediatric. The official, Paul Alexander, said the decision was “misleading.”

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1 person killed after Trump supporters, protesters clash in Portland – The Hill

A person was fatally shot in Portland, Ore., late Saturday after clashes erupted between Black Lives Matter protesters and a caravan of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to visit Kenosha on Tuesday amid unrest Warner calls Intelligence chief’s decision to scale down congressional election security briefings ‘outrageous’ Katyusha rocket lands in Baghdad ‘Green Zone’: report MORE‘s supporters, police said.

The Portland Police Bureau said in a statement that a homicide investigation was underway after officers responded to the sounds of gunfire around 8:46 p.m. It remains unclear whether the shooting in downtown Portland was linked to the skirmishes between demonstrators.

The victim of the shooting was wearing a hat with “Patriot Prayer” emblazoned across the front, according to reports. Patriot Prayer is a far-right group based in Portland that has repeatedly fought with protesters. 

“[Police] responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased,” Portland police said, adding that information on the suspect would not be released. 

In another statement released early Sunday, police acknowledged videos circulating on social media purporting to show the shooting.

“If anyone can provide information about this case, I ask them to please reach out to our detectives,” Police Chief Chuck Lovell said. “This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible.”

Sunday’s shooting came after a caravan of vehicles stretching for miles entered downtown Portland, leading to fights, disturbances and collisions, police said. The caravan included hundreds of trucks full of Trump supporters, according to reports. The New York Times noted that the caravan plotted a route that would keep it on a highway but that some ralliers headed downtown and were confronted by counterprotesters. 

Police said the caravan left before 9 p.m. but noted that fights also broke out in the hours after the shooting. Police said there was “sporadic fighting and vandalism” as groups moved downtown late that evening. Ten people were arrested and are facing charges, including disorderly conduct and reckless burning, police added. 

“GREAT PATRIOTS,” Trump said in a post on Twitter early Sunday morning that included video of the caravan.

GREAT PATRIOTS! https://t.co/BWGxVoBTmI

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020

The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., reignited protests across the U.S. last week as activists demanded accountability for the officers involved. Protests persisted in Portland; however, they have numbered only about a few hundred people in recent days, the Times reported. 

Portland has seen daily protests since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Tensions in the city intensified in July after the Trump administration deployed federal agents to protect a federal courthouse.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to send federal officers to the city again because of the unrest. He tweeted early Sunday, “The National Guard is Ready, Willing and Able. All the Governor has to do is call!”

Oregon state and local officials decried the federal presence in Portland last month, saying it caused far more harm than good. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) said in an open letter to Trump on Friday to keep federal troops away.

“We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery,” he said. “Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection.”

This report was updated at 8:08 a.m.

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The 26-year-old man killed in Kenosha shooting tried to protect those around him, his girlfriend says – CNN

(CNN)Anthony Huber was armed with nothing but his skateboard when he spotted an armed person among a crowded street in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but he still ran toward the danger, his girlfriend says.

“He pushed me out of the way, like he was telling me to run off, and I tried to grab him,” Hannah Gittings told CNN. “I should have been there, but there was going to be no changing his mind.”
Huber and his girlfriend were in Kenosha late Tuesday night amid widespread protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Tuesday marked the third night of demonstrations in the city. Just before midnight, officers responded to shots fired. Kenosha police later announced two people had been fatally shot and a third injured. Among the victims was 26-year-old Huber.
Police have named 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse as a suspect in the shooting and he now faces homicide charges as well as a felony charge for attempted homicide. A criminal complaint identified the other victim as Joseph D. Rosenbaum and a third person, Gaige P. Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm.
Gittings says Huber launched at the armed individual to protect her and the people nearby.
“He did a … heroic thing.”
According to a criminal complaint, Huber reached for the suspect’s gun with his hand while holding the skateboard in the other. As Huber tried to grab the gun, the suspect pointed it at his body and fired one round, the complaint says. Huber was seen staggering away and then fell to the ground. He died from his gunshot wound, according to the complaint.
Gittings says Huber was “completely indescribable” and stood by his beliefs and convictions.
“He did not deserve to die,” Gittings said. “This kid just snatched any chance for him to have been able to live the life that he deserved to live.”

‘I just killed somebody’

Huber was killed as the suspect fled the scene of Rosenbaum’s shooting, according to the complaint.
The suspect had clashed with a crowd that was gathered near a car dealership and Rosenbaum, who was unarmed, threw an object that appeared to be a plastic bag at him and missed, according to the complaint.
Rosenbaum and the suspect moved across the parking lot and appeared to be in close proximity when loud bangs suddenly rang out and Rosenbaum fell to the ground, according to the complaint.
A reporter following close behind approached Rosenbaum, who was on the ground, and attempted to render aid.
As Rosenbaum lay on the ground, the suspect made a call on his cellphone and said, “I just killed somebody” as he ran away, the complaint alleged.

A man shot in the arm

The suspect also shot and injured Grosskreutz, who approached him shortly after Huber was shot, according to the complaint.
When the suspect shot Huber, Grosskreutz froze, ducked to the ground and took a step back, according to the complaint. He puts his hands in the air and then began to move toward the suspect, the complaint says. The suspect fired one shot, hitting Grosskreutz in the arm, according to the complaint.
Grosskreutz ran away from the scene, screaming for a medic, according to the complaint.

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17-year-old killed, 20 injured in Washington D.C. shooting – CBS News

A 17-year-old was killed and 20 others were injured in an overnight shooting Saturday in Washington D.C. Among the victims was an off-duty 1st District Police officer, who Metro police chief Peter Newsham said was shot and “seriously injured.”

Newsham said that judging from gunshots being fired in multiple locations simultaneously, it appeared there were at least three shooters.

Family identified the victim to CBS Washington D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV as Christopher Brown. His grandmother told WUSA-TV that he was a great person and would affectionately call him her “Poppy.”

“You need to stop because you took away something that belonged to me, somebody hat I loved so much and somebody dear to me,” grandmother Patrice Brown told WUSA-TV in a phone call hours after the shooting.

“I know this is not the only child or will be the last child,” she continued. “But they need to stop this. I want everybody to be safe and happy. But this is not the way to be safe. And this is not the way to be happy.”

His mother, Artecka Brown, told WUSA-TV that Brown was a father to a 1-year-old boy and had another baby on the way. “He was an innocent king … he just wanted to go attend a neighborhood party,” she said.

Newsham said the shooting occurred at a large social gathering with several hundred people in attendance. Newsham said police had been at the scene earlier.

“Preliminarily there were police officers on the scene. I want to confirm that, I want to talk to the management team over here and see if we were doing everything we possibly could,” Newsham said. “Because we can’t tolerate these types of gatherings in our city during COVID-19, it’s just too dangerous.”

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7-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed In South Austin Neighborhood On July 4th Evening – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 7-year-old girl is dead after being shot this 4th of July in the South Austin neighborhood.

The shooting happened in the 100 block of North Waller Avenue. Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Fred Waller said the girl was visiting her grandmother for a family July 4th party.

The girl was playing in her yard at the gathering, in which numerous other children were also playing and riding bicycles, Waller said.

Police said at 7:02 p.m., the girl was on the sidewalk when a light-colored vehicle pulled up and an unknown number of people exited. Those people then took out guns and fired shots in the girl’s direction, police said.

The girl was shot in the forehead, police said. She was transported to Stroger Hospital of Cook County in critical condition. Waller said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A 32-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting, police said. He transported himself to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the ankle and a graze wound to the leg.

Police are looking into whether that man was the target.

“When families should be celebrating, having a good time, spending time together, a 7-year-old girl was taken from us,” Waller said. “A 7-year-old girl who was here visiting her grandmother, visiting her family, and now she’s gone.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday night issued a Twitter thread decrying the shooting.

Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at https://t.co/Tt6O9g49ZD. Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun. As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

“We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools. We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation. As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence. This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com. Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.”

Area Four Detectives were investigating Saturday evening.

The girl’s death came on the heels of an aggressive crime-reduction approach by the Chicago Police Department.

Officers attended anti-violence rallies in city neighborhoods, and an additional 1,200 officers were put on the streets.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown has also talked about 17 gun confiscations this weekend in the Englewood (7th) District.

But this July 4 weekend so far has seen more than a dozen people shot in Chicago. Three others have also died.

Meanwhile, at least eight other children age 10 or under in Chicago have been shot since mid-June. Three others have died.

This past Tuesday evening, a 3-year-old girl was shot in the chest in the 7000 block of South Damen Avenue in West Englewood. The child was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, but had been stabilized by late Tuesday. She was wounded in her upper torso.

One-year-old Sincere Gaston was shot in the chest while he was in the back seat of his mother’s car in the 6000 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood on the afternoon of Saturday, June 27.

Hours later, 10-year-old Lena Nunez was killed by a stray bullet that went through her grandmother’s apartment window in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue in Logan Square.

The same day, police responded to another shooting more than an hour later in the West Englewood neighborhood where an 8-year-old girl was grazed in the head. Police say she was sitting on the couch at home near 66th and Wood streets when a stray bullet went through the window. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition.

On Monday, June 22, a 3-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet in Chicago Lawn. The girl and a 33-year-old woman were outside a home at 6521 S. Claremont Ave. when someone in a tan vehicle fired shots from inside, police said. The girl was grazed by a bullet and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition. The woman was not shot.

On Saturday, June 20, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot and killed while riding in an SUV with his stepfather on the 600 block of North Central Avenue. The 27-year-old stepfather, who police believed to be the target of the shooting, suffered a graze wound to the abdomen and drove to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Mekhi was pronounced dead at the same hospital.

On June 18, a 5-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks in the 700 block of West 50th Place in Back of the Yards and was taken to a local hospital. A 19-year-old man was also wounded in that shooting.

On June 17, a 9-year-old girl was among four people shot in the 1300 block of West 76th Street in Auburn Gresham. The girl was shot in the right leg and was reported in good condition at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. Men ages 31, 25 and 19 were also wounded in that incident.

Police said they were looking at “very good” surveillance video to try to track down the vehicle involved in the girl’s shooting Saturday evening.

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An 8-Year-Old Boy Was Killed In A Mall Shooting In Alabama – BuzzFeed News

An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed when someone opened fire at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Friday.

The Hoover Police Department said they were called to the scene at the food court of Riverchase Galleria mall around 3:18 p.m. with multiple victims.

“I’m extremely saddened to report that an 8-year-old male victim was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at Children’s Hospital,” Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis said at a news conference.

Derzis did not release the name of the child, but AL.com reported his name was Royta.

The boy’s mother told AL.com the she, her three children, and their stepfather were waiting in line at Children’s Place when someone opened fire.

“We heard the gunshots and I grabbed them and we hit the ground,‘’ she told AL.com. “When we all got up, he was the only one who didn’t get up.”

Derzis said three other victims were taken to hospital — an adult male, an adult female, and a juvenile female — but their conditions weren’t immediately known. As of now, there were no immediate reports of suspects or arrests, but Derzis said the department is “making progress.”

Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato said he visited with the parents of the deceased boy.

“Of course they are devastated by this, and I want to ask all of the citizens of Hoover and the metropolitan area to pray for this family. Keep them in your prayers,” he said.

Local station WVTM reported the mall remains closed as police investigate.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic, senseless incident that took place in our shopping center this afternoon,” the mall said in a statement. “Riverchase Galleria was evacuated immediately and will remain closed while the Hoover Police Department conducts their investigation.”

The incident in Hoover is one of at least three shootings at malls across the country on Friday. A 15-year-old girl was injured at a shooting at South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, and police are investigating reports of shots fired at Beachwood Place in Beachwood, Ohio.



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Journalist killed in Kabul bomb blast targeting TV workers – Al Jazeera English

A journalist and a driver were killed when a private bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station was hit by a roadside bomb in the capital, Kabul, the network’s news director and officials have said.

Four other employees were wounded in Satursday’s attack, said Marwa Amini, interior ministry deputy spokeswoman.

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The pair died when the bus carrying 15 employees of the Khurshid TV news station was struck, the channel’s news director Jawed Farhad told AFP news agency.

The interior ministry said the minivan had been targeted.

“The target of the blast was the vehicle of Khurshid private TV,” a ministry statement said.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility hours after the attack. 

In a statement on an ISIL-affiliate website, the group said the attack was against a bus carrying employees of Khurshid TV, a station it described as “loyal to the Afghan apostate government”.

ISIL, which battles government forces and Taliban fighters, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in urban Afghanistan in recent years. It did not give a reason for Saturday’s attack.

Pictures shared on social media showed a white minibus with extensive damage to its front.

It was the second such attack targeting employees of the channel in less than a year.

In August 2019, two passers-by were killed when a “sticky bomb” – a type of homemade explosive attached to vehicles with magnets – struck a similar Khurshid TV van.

Afghanistan is one of the world’s deadliest places for journalists, who face many risks covering the country’s long-running conflict and who have sometimes been targeted for doing their job.

Last year, the Taliban warned the Afghan media to stop broadcasting what it called “anti-Taliban statements”.

In 2016, a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his car into a bus carrying employees of Tolo TV, the country’s largest private broadcaster, killing seven journalists.

The Taliban claimed Tolo was producing propaganda for the US military and the Western-backed Afghan government.

The latest attack comes during an overall drop in violence across much of Afghanistan since the Taliban offered a surprise three-day ceasefire on May 24.

While the truce ended on Tuesday night, violence has largely remained low, though Afghan security forces have suffered some attacks that authorities blame on the Taliban.

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At least 46 people killed in prison riot in Venezuela – CNN

(CNN)At least 46 people have died in a riot at the Los Llanos Penitentiary in the Venezuelan state of Portuguesa, according to an opposition lawmaker from the area.

Dozens of others were also injured in the riot that began during an alleged escape attempt, National Assembly representative for Portuguesa Maria Beatriz Martina told CNN. Martinez said a grenade exploded during the attempted escape, causing injuries to at least one officer.
The prison’s director, Carlos Toro, is among those injured, according to the non-governmental organization Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, which works to improve human rights for prisoners, according to its website.
Martina tweeted that the riot “is a clear reflection” of Venezuela’s failed state. She also criticized Venezuela Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Varela’s prison human rights reform plan.
The Ministry of Penitentiary Affairs and Ministry of Information have yet to respond to CNN’s request for comment.   

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1 officer killed in Louisiana shooting; 2nd officer hospitalized – CBS News

A shooting in Louisiana’s capital city left one police officer dead and his wounded colleague fighting for his life Sunday, authorities said, adding a suspect was later taken into custody after an hourslong standoff in which shots were exchanged with a SWAT team.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told The Advocate the two officers were shot in a northern residential district in the city, and that one of the officers later succumbed.

Paul said a suspect, Ronnie Kato, 36, was detained after a roughly four-hour standoff in which he barricaded inside a house. The chief didn’t immediately say what charges Kato might face. He added that SWAT team members had been fired on and they returned fire. No one was reported hurt during those exchanges.

Police said the officers who were shot had responded earlier in the day to reports of gunfire in the area.

At a news conference Sunday evening, the police chief said the slain officer was a 21-year law enforcement veteran, according to CBS affiliate WAFB-TV. The chief did not immediately identify the officers.

The second officer was “fighting for his life,” Paul added at a news briefing Sunday evening. He is a seven-year member of the force.

“Our officers — talk about being public servants and the responsibility that comes along with being a law enforcement officer,” Paul said. “This is a call no chief wants to get.”

NEW VIDEO: Multiple shots were fired around 4 p.m. at the standoff scene off Winbourne Avenue where two officers were shot earlier today.

It was unclear who fired the shots. https://t.co/sJcd1Hjk4o pic.twitter.com/sgcTGYPM2B

— WAFB (@WAFB) April 26, 2020

Police released few details about the shooting of the two officers or events that led up to it. The chief said only that police continue to investigate.

On Sunday afternoon, neighbors and onlookers crowded street corners behind police tape that cordoned off the area, according to media reports. Some of the bystanders wore masks against the coronavirus and others held up phones to record the crush of law enforcement vehicles at the site.

A different scene unfolded outside Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where the officers had been whisked by ambulance. There, dozens of law enforcement officers held an impromptu vigil at the hospital, awaiting updates on the wounded officer’s condition.

A coroner’s van was seen Sunday afternoon being escorted away by dozens of law enforcement vehicles as it left the hospital, according to media reports.

PRAYERS FOR OUR OFFICERS: His comrades stood watch as the fallen BRPD officer left Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center. Thank you for your service. https://t.co/2EsDNvSj3e https://t.co/5pfeSkhc7L

— WAFB (@WAFB) April 27, 2020

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