HOUSTON — A man evicted from an apartment building in Houston shot five other tenants — killing three of them — Sunday morning after setting the house on fire to lure them out, police said. Officers shot the shooter.
The massacre happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in a mixed industrial-residential neighborhood in southwest Houston. Police and firefighters responded to the building after reporting the fire, Police Chief Troy Finner said.
The shooter opened fire, possibly with a shotgun, at the other tenants as they exited the home, Finner said. Two died at the scene and one died in hospital. Fire crews rescued two other injured men, who were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The man then opened fire as firefighters battled the blaze, forcing them to take cover until officers spotted the prone shooter and shot him dead. A neighbor said the shooter, who had colon cancer, was behind on his rent, out of a job and was recently told he was being evicted.
Cases of undisciplined pilots stun Air France
Punched in the cockpit leaving a leaky engine running while cruising over Africa – Air France pilots are under surveillance after recent incidents that prompted French investigators to ask for protocols of stricter security.
Two Air France pilots have been suspended after fighting in the cockpit of a Geneva-Paris flight in June, an Air France official said on Sunday. The flight continued and landed safely, the official said, underscoring the airline’s commitment to safety.
The Tribune de Suisse reported that the pilot and co-pilot got into an argument shortly after takeoff and grabbed each other by the collar after one apparently collided with the other. Cabin crew intervened and a crew member spent the rest of the flight in the cockpit with the pilots, according to the report.
News of the scuffle emerged after France’s air investigation agency, BEA, released a report focusing on a fuel leak on an Air France flight from the Republic of Congo to Paris in December 2020, when the pilots diverted the plane but did not cut power to the engine or land as soon as possible, as required by escape procedure. The plane landed safely in Chad, but the BEA report warned that the engine could have caught fire.
Theater owners use $3 tickets as raffle
One-day movie tickets will cost just $3 at the vast majority of U.S. theaters as part of a newly launched “National Movie Day” to entice moviegoers during a quiet time at the box office.
The Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the National Association of Theater Owners, announced Sept. 3 on Sunday as a national cutback day at more than 3,000 theaters and on more than 30,000 screens. Major chains, including AMC and Regal Cinemas, are participating, as well as all major movie studios.
At participating theaters, tickets will cost no more than $3 for each performance, in all formats.
Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the slowest weekends in theaters. This year, the lull in August was particularly acute for exhibitors. Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, cited the lack of major new releases in its recent Chapter 11 filing plans.
Before each screening, ticket buyers will see a reel of upcoming films from Disney, Focus Features, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. and others.
German statue falls, killing 7-year-old Italian woman
A young girl who was vacationing in Italy with her parents has died after a stone statue fell on her in a Munich hotel, German police said on Sunday.
The 7-year-old was struck by the approximately 440-pound statue in the hotel courtyard on Friday evening, police said. Those at the scene were able to free the child and call emergency services, but she died in a hospital in Munich.
Why the statue toppled was unclear. Police said an investigation is underway.
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday he had cleared his campaign calendar after being treated at a San Antonio hospital for an unspecified bacterial infection.
In a statement tweeted by his campaign on Sunday, O’Rourke said he sought treatment at San Antonio Methodist Hospital after feeling ill on Friday. Intravenous infusions of antibiotics improved her symptoms, O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke trails Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.