September 18, 2016

A Most Violent Weekend: East Coast Edition

The United States was hit with multiple acts of violence this weekend, creating varying levels of panic and confusion along the Eastern seaboard. Investigations are underway to look at the following bombings and shootings: 

  • New York: A bomb was set off in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, leaving 29 people injured. During the police search after the blast, a possible secondary device was discovered a few blocks away.  The potential bomb – a pressure cooker with a cell phone and wiring taped to it – is currently being examined by the city’s bomb squad.  Police named 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami as the suspect, sending mobile alerts across the tri-state area while the manhunt begins. 
  • New Jersey: Earlier that day, an explosion went off in Seaside Park, New Jersey, most likely timed to disrupt the Marine Corps charity run. Three pipe-bomb devices were found wired together in a garbage can near the boardwalk, but the the devices were rudimentary and only one of them detonated. There were no reported injuries. According to a homeland security official, the devices found in Manhattan and New Jersey were linked.
  • Pennsylvania: Investigators are still looking for a motive and more information on the lone gunman who went on a shooting spree in West Philadelphia. Police say that Nicholas Glenn shot two police officers and four civilians, leaving one young woman with injuries that would later kill her. Officers eventually killed Glenn during his his four-block shooting spree, and found a note with him that was addressed to “doomed people.”
  • Minnesota: A man of Somali descent stabbed nine people at a mall in Minnesota on Saturday in what is being described as an act of terror. ISIS were quick to claim credit for the attack but investigators and media haven’t been able to establish a link between the man and the group. 

We will update this article as more information becomes available on these attacks.

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