May 17, 2022

Mass Shooting Left 3 People Dead; Markle’s Daughter Named in Honor of the Queen; Federer Exits French Open;  Gun Violence in Chicago 5 People Dead, 51 Wounded; Cold Case Solved After 49 Years

Florida Mass Shooting Left 3 People Dead and Several Others Wounded

At least three people were killed, and numerous others were injured in a mass shooting in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The incident transpired at around 2 a.m. Sunday in a hookah lounge in a strip mall in Kendall, Miami-Dade County, southwest of Miami.

According to Miami-Dade Police, two vehicles entered the strip mall and began shooting at people exiting the lounge. According to reports, the cars involved were a white Toyota Camry and a dark-colored Chevrolet Malibu.

Witnesses observed the cars fleeing the scene of the shooting. For the vehicles involved in the shooting, an all-points bulletin was issued.

Among those killed was a woman who worked for the state correctional system and died in a hospital. The report stated that the other two victims were inside a vehicle that contained a firearm and collided with a Miami Dade College Kendall campus. Six people were injured and transported to nearby hospitals.

According to police, the six injured were in stable condition. No arrests were made yet concerning the shooting.

“Our community was again painfully struck by gun violence overnight. No one is immune, this shooting took the life of a correctional officer,” said Freddy Ramirez, Director of Miami-Dade Police Department. “We all have the responsibility to report these killers. My deepest condolences to those affected by this intentional act of violence.”

The incident comes after another mass shooting last Sunday outside a banquet hall in Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, where two people died and more than 20 were injured.

“This violence has to stop. This is completely frustrating. Every weekend is the same thing,” Director Ramirez said. “We’ve got to stop it here in Miami-Dade County. We’ve got other victims and their families that are destroyed over senseless violence, over stupidness, reckless shooting, innocent people getting hit.”

The increase in gun violence compelled Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to beef up enforcement and protective measures, particularly in areas with historically high crime rates and where illegal businesses have been busted.

Meghan Markle’s Daughter Named in Honor of the Queen

Meghan Markle, 39, former actress and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed a daughter named Lili with her husband, Prince Harry, 36, Duke of Sussex.

On Friday, the royal couple welcomed their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into their family in private. ‘Lili’ was born in Santa Barbara, California, on June 4, 2021.

The royal couple announced their daughter’s birth in a statement to their Archewell charity on Sunday, June 6.

“On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe,” the message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reads. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Lili was born at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, according to the Archewell website. The baby weighed seven pounds, eleven ounces, and is said to be “healthy” and “settling in at home” with her mother.

Her given name, Elizabeth, was reportedly chosen to honor her 95-year-old great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who goes by the same moniker.

According to The Bump’s name dictionary, the name Lilibet is the Hebrew equivalent of Elizabeth and means “God’s promise.”

Lili’s middle name, Diana, is a tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997. According to The Bump, Diana’s name has Latin origins dating back to ancient Rome and means “divine.”

The Royal Family expressed their best wishes for Harry and Meghan in an Instagram and Twitter statement.

“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news,” the statement reads. “Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”

Roger Federer Exits French Open Due to Knee Issue

Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open to safeguard his knee after two operations last year.

“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today,” the 39-year-old said in a statement on Sunday. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.”

In the last lengthy match that ended at 12:45 a.m. local time, and third-round victory over Dominik Koepfer, the 20-time grand slam champion hinted at his withdrawal.

In 2020, Federer underwent two knee surgeries and aimed for a ninth Wimbledon title on his preferred grass court surface later this month.

“The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night,” French Open tournament director Guy Forget said. “We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

“I don’t know if I am going to play,” said the 20-time grand slam champion following his victory over Koepfer at 12:45 a.m. local time.

“I have to decide whether or not to continue. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it a good time to rest? Every match, I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing. It may be even more true after a match as long as the one tonight.”

“All the matches I’ve played since the injury are information for the rest of the season,” added Federer.

“It gives me real pleasure to be able to play three hours and 30 minutes at a high level against a very good player. It shows that I’m on the right track.”

Federer shakes hands with Germany’s Koepfer following their early Sunday morning victory.

Weekend Gun Violence in Chicago Left 5 People Dead and 51 Wounded

The weekend saw at least five murders and 51 shootings in Chicago. Nobody has been apprehended in connection to the deaths during the weekend shootings, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

According to CPD data, 34 police responses to shooting incidents occurred between 4 p.m. CT Friday and 5 a.m. CT Sunday.

Friday’s first homicide occurred around 7:25 p.m. Michael Cooper, 23, was shot in the head while in a backyard in the 5200 block of West LeMoyne Street, the police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jermaine Sanders, 42, was walking on South Marshfield Avenue when he was shot in the head shortly after 9:20 p.m. University of Chicago Medical Center pronounced him dead.

At 10 p.m. on Friday, 24-year-old Latrell Goodwin was found in his vehicle with gunshot wounds to his head and chest. Stroger Hospital pronounced him dead.

An unidentified person was found shot in the head and chest at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. It was confirmed at the scene that he was deceased.

A 26-year-old man was brought to West Suburban Hospital with a gunshot wound in the ankle.

At about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the chest, hip, and neck in West Englewood. The man was pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital.

The Sunday 2 a.m. shooting happened on the city’s Riverwalk and Wabash Avenue in the Loop. The victim was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Eight people were shot in a drive-by shooting in South Cottage Grove on Sunday morning.

Another drive-by shooting injured a 34-year-old man who was standing on his porch. While asleep, a 24-year-old man was hit twice in the leg by shots fired from outside the home, police said. Both victims survived their injuries.

The 11-year-old girl was shot at 9:01 p.m. on Sunday in the West Pullman neighborhood. A gunshot was fired on the outbound Dan Ryan at 47th Street around 3 a.m.

Naperville Cold Case Finally Solved After 49 Years

In a case that has spanned nearly 50 years, an elderly man from Minnesota was arrested and charged with the killing of a 15-year-old girl in Naperville, Illinois, almost half a century ago. In 1972, Naperville teenager Julie Ann Hanson was believed to be murdered by Barry Lee Whelpley, now 76 years old.

Whelpley was arrested by police in Mounds View, Minnesota, on Wednesday, in connection with the July 8, 1972, disappearance of Hanson. The latter was last seen walking away from a family picnic. 

Her body and the bicycle she had been riding to her brother’s baseball game were discovered later that day in a field near 87th Street and Modaff Road in Naperville. According to police, she was stabbed multiple times.

The Naperville Police Department announced the arrest on Friday morning. According to police, no suspect was identified in the case until a breakthrough in DNA analysis recently linked Whelpley to the murder.

“Our detectives, like I’ve mentioned, were diligent, relentless, had the faith that this case would be solved someday, and that day is today,” Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said. “People often call these types of cases cold cases. This was never a cold case for our police department. We continually investigated this case throughout those 49 years.”

Whelpley, who was 27 at the time of the murder, reportedly lived less than a mile from the Hanson family home.

The police arrested him in Minnesota and are currently holding him on the extradition request to face the trial for three counts of first-degree murder. The bond for him has been set at $10 million.

“This is something I never expected to be standing here talking to you today. Julie Ann Hanson, 1972, that’s an outlier at that point,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said.

According to DuPage County court records, Whelpley was charged in 1983 with violating a protection order, but details on that case are not available.