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$144 Million Settlement reached in Texas’ Worst Mass Shooting 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#USA, April 6, 2023 – Families of victims along with survivors of the 2017 Sutherland Springs mass murder have reached a tentative $144 million settlement with the US government, after a 2021 ruling agreed that the US Air Force’s negligence put them at risk.  

In 2017, a former Air Force member Devin Kelley, walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas and killed 26 people and wounded 22 others in the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history and fifth deadliest in US history.  

It could have been prevented, the victims say, if the Air Force had provided the FBI with a criminal history of Kelly.  Had it been provided; it would have been out in the open that Kelly had a history of domestic violence which would have prevented him qualifying for the purchase of a legal semi-automatic weapon. 

It is that gun which he used to massacre more than two dozen innocent people.  The US Federal Court had ruled in their favor in 2021.  

The Air Force was initially held 60 percent responsible and ordered to pay a $230 million settlement in 2021 for the shooting.  

The Justice Department had appealed on behalf of the Air Force, an action criticized as poor optics and putting undue stress on the plaintiffs. They decided on an out of court settlement which left the plaintiffs with a little over half of the original settlement.  

The settlement is still to be finalized.  

Some of the victims were pregnant, others as young as five and as old as 72, they also included Kelly’s grandmother-in-law.  

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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