As we all know by now, the 18-year old responsible for the shooting last night in Salt Lake City was a Bosnian refugee, most likely Muslim, who went into that mall determined to kill as many people as a backpack full of ammo, a shotgun, and a handgun could let him.
From Deseret News:
Police Tuesday identified the gunman accused in Monday night's Trolley Square shooting as Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old Bosnian refugee who lived in Salt Lake City.This Sulejman Talovic happened to be enrolled in "numerous city schools" before he dropped out in 2004. For now, that's all we know about this kid. If he turned out to be suffering from "sudden jihad syndrome" don't expect to find it in much of the MSM.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said Talovic drove his car to the mall, parked in the west parking terrace and encountered two people who he shot before entering the mall.
There, he encountered a female who also was shot right away, then went into a gift shop where there were five people, all of whom the young man shot. Moving through the mall, the gunman tried to shoot others, Burbank said. The chief said he could not say now how many shots were involved in the entire episode.
He probably saved many lives, Hammond lived up to the duty to serve and protect. Unfortunately, it's not required of him, all the more reason to have the means to protect yourself:
Officer Kenneth Hammond: "It's one thing to come out here and strap this uniform on and be expecting it, be prepared for that. I'm on a Valentine's date with my wife, I'm not ready for that, I'm not expecting that."
...But whatever you do, don't call Hammond a hero, he doesn't like it.
Officer Kenneth Hammond: "I don't necessarily feel like a hero. I feel like I was there and I did what I needed to do. Any other police officer would have done the same thing had they been in the same situation. I just happened to be the one that was there."
Hammond is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. He and his wife have only been married a couple of months and they're expecting their first child.
Even though officers with the Ogden police department are under no obligation to risk their lives to protect others when they are off duty, Hammond did.Technorati Tags: SLC, shooting, police