Mall Attacks, Threats & Scares

Title: Bomb Scares Shut Dutch Ikea Stores
December 4, 2002

Abstract: Police in the Netherlands have been searching all 10 outlets of the Ikea furniture chain in the country, after finding bombs in two of its stores.

Two devices were discovered in Amsterdam and Sliedrecht, near the port city of Rotterdam, on Tuesday evening. The bomb found at the Sliedrecht store later exploded at a police station, injuring two policemen.

A suspect package in an IKEA store in the central town Utrecht was blown up but later found to be harmless, but another in the a store in the eastern city of Arnhem is being investigated.

In the town of Duiven, near the German border, another package was removed and sent for examination, the Associated Press news agency reported.

'No Terror Connection'
A spokesperson for Ikea said that the company had received a letter warning of bomb attacks on the stores, adding that the threat was limited to the Netherlands.

Police have said they do not believe there is any terrorist connection to the attacks.

The Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, also cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

"We must not create an image that terrorism has suddenly struck in the Netherlands," he said.

All Ikea stores in the country have been closed, and the police have also closed sections of motorways nearby because of the threat of more bombs, creating huge traffic jams during rush hour.

The head office of the Dutch news agency ANP near The Hague was also evacuated on Wednesday, after police warned that a bomb might have been planted in the building.

However ANP later said that no suspect packages had been found, Reuters news agency reported.

Staff Informed
Ikea issued a statement saying there were strong indications that there might be more explosives in other outlets.

"We don't want to take any risks. We are taking this very seriously," said Ikea spokeswoman Helen van Trearum.

The Swedish-based company is one of the world's largest furniture retailers, with stores in more than 30 countries.

No shop closures are planned outside the Netherlands, but staff have been informed of the bomb scare.

On Alert
Ikea UK issued a press statement saying that staff had been asked to stay vigilant.

"Customers will be told the threat is specific to Holland and that at present there is no need to be concerned," the statement said.

This is thought to be the first time a chain of stores in a particular country has been targeted.

But there have been several bomb attacks directed at multinational firms over the last few years - many targeting McDonald's fast food restaurants (BBC, 2002).

Ikea Alarm Clocks Explode In Three Stores In Europe, No Serious Injuries Reported
May 31, 2011
NY Daily News

Abstract: Time suddenly became Ikea's enemy when small explosives concealed in alarm clocks were set off simultaneously in three of the furniture giant's European stores.

No serious injuries were reported in what appeared to be coordinated attacks at closing time Monday on stores in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

Belgian prosecutors said they do not know who rigged the clocks with small amounts of gunpowder but said at least two were set off by remote control - and the aim of the bombers did not appear to cause significant injury.

"The information we have is that the explosions happened the same way in all locations, with booby-trapped alarm clocks that had been hidden exploding," said An Schoonjans, spokeswoman for prosecutors in the Belgian city of Ghent, where one of the bombs went off.

The other stores that were attacked are in Lille in northern France and in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

"We are in contact with judicial authorities in Eindhoven and Lille to see if there is a link between the three affairs," Schoonjans said.

A security guard and an employee of the Ghent store complained of earaches, but otherwise nobody else was hurt.

Ikea said they had gotten no warning before the attacks, but they've been targeted by blackmailers before, the company's risk manager Edwin Gaasenbeek told the Dutch news agency ANP.

Two Polish gangsters were jailed for planting bombs at two Dutch Ikea stores in 2002 and trying to extort $360,000 from the chain (NY Daily News, 2011).

Man Threatens To Blow Up Store When Video Game Not In Stock
Date: November 9, 2011
Source: CBS News

Abstract: Employees at a Best Buy in Aurora said a man threatened to blow up the store after he learned a video game he had pre-ordered was not in stock.

The man walked into the Best Buy just after midnight in the 3500 block of N. Salida Court near Interstate 70 and Tower Road.

“The last store I called was the Best Buy by my house and they said okay, we have three copies, two are on reserve and one is here available,” said Lomon Sar. “She charged the card, it was $108… She put my name on the box.”

Police said Sar, 31, went to pick up a hardened copy of the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ he said he pre-ordered and paid for earlier in the day. When he arrived, it wasn’t there and he became irate and angry at the customer service desk.

“He says what’s your name and starts typing in my name and he couldn’t find anything. The manager deleted me off their system! Like, took me out of the system! Took all my information out of the system everything,” said Sar.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ was released at midnight Tuesday.

Police said he asked employees when they were leaving the store and said that he intended to shoot them in the parking lot as they were leaving work. He also allegedly made another statement that involved blowing up the store.

“I put my hand up to my head and said look I’m so pissed right now I could blow this place up right now. That’s how mad I am!,” said Sar.

Sar was issued a summons for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and trespassing.

“Investigating officers issued a criminal summons to a man who threatened to carry out his own version of modern warfare at the electronics store. Fortunately, this situation did not end in violence,” said Aurora Police Detective Bob Friel.

“I didn’t know words can get you in that much trouble but apparently they can,” said Sar.

Sar said Best Buy did refund $108 he paid for the game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shooter video game. It is the eighth installment of the Call of Duty series and the third installment of the Modern Warfare series. The game is rated M for mature due to blood and gore, drug references, intense violence and strong language (CBS News, 2011).

Title: Christmas Market Visitors Poisoned
Date: December 9, 2011
The Local 

Abstract: Police are hunting a man who visited two Christmas markets in Berlin Thursday evening and offered visitors a swig of a poisonous beverage that so sickened them that they had to be hospitalised.

The man first was seen at a market in the capital’s Charlottenburg district, where he told two foreign visitors he was a new father and wanted to celebrate by offering them free drinks of alcohol, Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Friday.

Shortly after drinking, the 26-year-old Italian and 24-year-old Slovakian fell seriously ill, suffering seizures and vomiting, police said. The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital after falling unconscious.

At about 9 pm the man was spotted again at a holiday market in the Mitte district. He repeated the same story to three women in their 20s, who accepted drinks. After they began vomiting and drifting out of consciousness, officials rushed them to a clinic, the newspaper reported.

Police said the victims may have been given a mixture of alcohol and so-called “knockout drops” meant to render people unconscious so they can be robbed or sexually assaulted.

But because the man did not rob or otherwise assault the Christmas market victims, it is unclear what his actual malevolent motivation may have been other than making people sick.

Police are now searching for a slim man in his mid-40s, about 1.8 metres tall with short, dark blond hair (The Local, 2011).

Title: Small Plane Crashes Into Florida Publix Store
Date: April 4, 2012
Source: CNN

Abstract: "Multiple people" were injured after a small plane crashed into an Orlando area Publix supermarket Monday evening, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

"All customers were evacuated safely and all Publix associates are accounted for," Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said.

The store remained closed late Monday.

The first calls about the incident in DeLand, Florida, about 35 miles outside of Orlando, came about 7:20 p.m., Officer Brandon Haught with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities were on the scene within minutes, officials added.

There was some "structural damage to the store's roof," Stevens said, but little else was affected.

Aerial video from local Orlando affiliate WFTV showed nearly a dozen emergency crew vehicles responding to the scene.

Two victims, both with third-degree burns, were being treated at the scene, according to CNN affiliate WESH, which cited Volusia County Sheriff's Office officials (CNN, 2012)

Title: At Least 4 People Shot At A Texas Walmart
Date: April 19, 2012

Abstract: At least four people were shot Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in central Texas, police said.

A suspect was arrested at the scene, they said. The shooting took place very early in the morning in Cedar Park, which is just north of Austin.

Early indications were that a group of people met in the parking lot to fight and that at least one person then opened fire, police said.

No Walmart employees or customers were wounded, police said.

The names of tose involved in the shooting were not immediately released. An investigation is ongoing (CNN, 2012)

Title: Suspicious Powder Found At Oregon Mall Deemed Harmless
Date: May 9, 2012

Abstract: A suspicious powder found in an envelope on the third floor of the Lloyd Center Mall in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday was found to be harmless after the floor was evacuated for precautionary measures.

The envelope, which was found in a mail room, will be tested to determine exactly what the substance is, but police have confirmed that it is not anthrax or any other harmful substance. The seven employees who came into contact with the envelope were briefly isolated and checked, reports.

The letter was discovered just before 5 p.m. The mail room on the third floor of the mall was evacuated. It took less than an hour for officials to determine that the substance was not harmful. At approximately 6 p.m., an all-clear was called, Koin Local 6 reports.

Police investigators said that the powder was suspicious and that someone may have been targeted by an anthrax hoax.

Portland officials recently responded to another suspicious powder incident on April 26. A hazmat team visited the federal courthouse between Second and Third Avenues when one person was exposed to a white powder spilling from an envelope in a parking garage. The tests on the powder determined that the substance was non-toxic (BioPrepWatch, 2012)

Title: Qatar Mall Fire Kills 19 People
Date: May 28, 2012

Abstract: A fire at an upmarket shopping centre in Doha, Qatar, on Monday killed at least 19 people, including 13 children.

Four teachers and two firefighters were also amongst the dead, according to the Gulf state’s interior ministry.

The fire broke out at the Villagio Mall in the west of the Qatari capital.

Witnesses said thick black smoke that could be seen pouring out from around midday on Monday.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation (EuroNews, 2012)

Title: 5 Detained In Probe Of Deadly Qatar Mall Fire
Date: May 31, 2012

Abstract: Five people, including the daughter of the Qatari culture minister, were ordered detained as authorities
 investigate a fire that killed 19 people at a Doha, Qatar, shopping mall, the state-run Qatar News Agency reported.

Thirteen of those who died in the Monday blaze were children in a nursery at the upscale Villaggio shopping mall.

Those detained at the order of the attorney general include the owner of the mall; the owner of the nursery; the mall's director and deputy director; and the mall's assistant director, the news agency reported Tuesday.

The nursery's owner is the daughter of Minister of Culture Iman Al Qawwari.

The mall's security director and the official in charge of issuing licenses were among those summoned by the attorney general, QNA reported.

The government has set up a committee to investigate "the causes and circumstances" of the blaze, QNA said Monday night. It is also investigating complaints that sprinklers and alarms weren't working at the mall when the blaze broke out.

Christine Wigton, an American living in Doha, told CNN she heard "a buzzer, not very loud" as she walked into the mall, but heard no loud alarms as smoke built up inside. Elementary school-age children were eating at some of the restaurants and no one was trying to escape, she said.

"There were no sprinklers, and there was nothing that would tell somebody that something was wrong," she said.

Built in 2006, the mall advertises itself as "the newest and the largest entertainment center in Doha." The Venice-themed complex features gondola rides down an indoor canal, an artificial sky, a 13-screen movie theater, a theme park, skating rink and a bowling alley.

Qatar's Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, said earlier the civil defense office reviews safety standards for commercial buildings before they grant a license.

"The investigation will clarify all the circumstances of the incident and find out the shortcomings and question those who are responsible in order to tackle the matter in the future," he said in remarks carried by QNA.

Several of the dead were from Qatar's expatriate community.

The mall's website on Wednesday showed a picture of a black ribbon.

"We offer our deepest condolences to all the families of the victims and martyrs on duty who lost their lives in the fire," the site says. "May the departed souls rest in peace and may almighty Allah give fortitude to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss" (CNN, 2012).

Title: Police: Shots Fired At Canada Mall, 1 Dead
Date: June 3, 2012
Fox News

Abstract:  A gunman fired shots in a crowded food court in one of Canada's busiest malls Saturday killing a man and injuring seven others, police said.

Police Chief Bill Blair said the shooting at Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto targeted one individual and there were a number of innocent bystanders. Police constable Victor Kwong said two people were in critical condition after being shot at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto, including a 13-year old boy. The 25-year-old man who was killed died at the scene, he said.

Kwong said six people were shot in all, including the deceased. Two people were trampled on and pushed, including a pregnant woman who went into labor after she was pushed, he said.

Blair said investigators have a description of the suspect.

"A lot of innocent people were hurt and a lot of innocent people were put at risk," Blair said. "We will be relentless in our pursuit of the individual."

Witnesses said multiple shots were fired in the mall's food court and that hundreds of panicked shoppers sprinted for the exits. The mall, which is popular with tourists, was evacuated.

Swarms of people watched from outside as an injured man with visible bullet wounds was wheeled out on a stretcher.

Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Brett Lawrie was in the mall when the shooting took place and was one of the first to take to Twitter to break the news.

"Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eaton center mall ... Wow just sprinted out of the mall ... through traffic," he tweeted. "People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were ... Wow wow wow."

He later tweeted that he was "Rattled right now."

Marcus Neves-Polonio, 19, was working in the food court when he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing. At least two people were on the ground, he said.

"All of a sudden a herd of people were just running toward us, a massive crowd of people screaming, running, freaking out," said Hannah Stewart, 21, a shopper. "We saw this girl, sitting on the ground, and she had blood on her toes." The girl appeared to have been one of the victims and told Stewart she had just been shot.

Another victim said he was hit in the leg by a stray bullet.

"We had just gone shopping. We heard shots and hit the ground. A couple of seconds later I got hit," said Nicholas, who declined to provide his last name in an interview on CP24 television as he left the hospital. "I actually ran. It was a survival instinct. I'm tired but I'm pretty good."

He said he didn't see the shooter. "Nothing surprises me, but out in the open? Come on," he said.

Tonya Mahmood said her sister was shot in the leg but is doing better.

"We're just waiting to see if she'll need surgery," she told CP24 outside the hospital. "She's one of the nicest persons in the whole world. She was just shopping with her friends and she got shot. It's just heartbreaking. We're so lucky. We're thanking God. My parents are thanking God that it was the leg. It could have been anywhere else."

Erica Solmes, who manages the McDonald's in the mall's food court, said she heard about 15 shots ring out before a stampede of people made a dash for the exits.

Blair called the Eaton Centre an iconic landmark in Toronto, Canada's largest city.

"Any place for discharging a firearm in Toronto is dangerous. In the food court of the Eaton Centre on a Saturday evening, it's not only dangerous, it's outrageous," he said. "I believe every Torontonian is shocked and appalled by this crime."

Toronto prides itself on being one of the safest cities in North America. Many Canadians have long taken comfort in the peacefulness of their communities and are nervous about anything that might indicate they are moving closer to their American counterparts.

In 2005, a 15-year-old girl was killed during the Christmas holidays just north of the mall in a shooting that shocked the city during a year of record gun deaths in Toronto. In that case, Toronto teen Jane Creba was shopping with family on busy Yonge Street when she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between rival gangs.

"Today harkens back to that terrible moment," Blair said. "I am very sadly reminded of that. That was one of the most tragic and shocking events that ever took place in Toronto."

Kwong said police are in the process of reviewing security tapes. He said they had concluded a search of the mall.

"It's absolutely terrible," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty called it a case of "senseless, tragic violence" and expressed his condolences to the victims and their families.

The area around the mall was quickly blocked off after the shooting and the Eaton Centre itself was evacuated and closed down. A portion of a major subway line, which services the mall, was also temporarily shut down.

Police spent much of Saturday evening trying to clear out thousands of people who were milling around outside the mall, mostly trying to figure out what happened (Fox News, 2012).

Title: One Dead, 7 Injured After Shooting At Toronto Mall
Date: June 3, 2012
Sun News

Abstract: A man was gunned down Saturday evening and seven others -- including a pregnant woman and a young teenager -- suffered varying injuries after a mystery gunman unleashed hell in the packed downtown Eaton Centre.

Toronto Police said the man shot dead around 6:23 p.m. in the mall's north-end lower food court was 25.

Three hours later, as investigators tried to piece together witness accounts and reports from doctors as the hunt continued for the shooter, Const. Victor Kwong told reporters a 13-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man remained in critical condition.

A pregnant woman knocked down as thousands of people tried to flee "went into labour," Kwong added.

Her status and that of her baby were not immediately available.

Two women and another man were left in serious condition, and a woman was grazed by a projectile as the gunman kept firing into a crowd, Kwong said.

He said investigators were trying to determine how many victims were shot and those injured in the melee of escaping patrons.

As colleagues cordoned off Yonge St. between Dundas and Queen Sts., a police officer drove an ambulance to nearby St. Michael's hospital as paramedics worked on the man taken from the centre.

Marcus Neves-Polonio, who works in the food court, said "it was absolute mayhem."

The 19-year-old said the centre was unusually busy for a Saturday evening "and if you fire a gun, everyone is going to panic." Standing less than a metre away, near the Big Smoke Burger, "I literally saw a guy pull out a gun.

"He fired ... in the air," then calmly pointed it at nearby shoppers and food court patrons, while continuing to trigger the handgun, Neves-Polonio said.

Describing the killer as a dark-skinned man wearing a hoodie and baggie pants, the Eaton Centre staffer said he appeared to be "just crazy ... mentally unstable.

"He did hit a couple of people," including a man and woman "about my age," plus several other victims.

But as the gunfire continued, Neves-Polonio said "I dove under a table then ran ... I was really scared. I've never seen anything like that."

When the shooting stopped, "I helped some people leave, and police said to evacuate."

Harsh Pandya, who lives downtown, said he heard the shots while shopping with girlfriend Joe Rai in an Aldo shoe store overlooking the food court.

"People began running for their lives," said Pandya, 28. "I never saw anything like this before."

When he looked over a balcony railing, "I saw a black man, about 27 or 28, lying on the bottom of the food court.

"People were sitting there, chairs were lying on the floor," Pandya said. "We're traumatized by this."

Rai, 27, had just finished paying for a purchase "when we heard loud noises, like people falling on the ground.

"There were babies in strollers," she said. "I saw people lying there and there was a pool of blood."

Praising mall security and Toronto Police, Rai said while many shoppers were evacuated quickly, others were kept inside stores for about 15 minutes as officers tried to determine whether the gunman was still inside the centre.

Subway and streetcar travel through and around the Eaton Centre were halted and rerouted as a result of the shooting. At 10 p.m., TTC spokeswoman Jessica Martin said that the subway stations in the Eaton Centre remain closed.

Martin said police were poring over TTC security video in an attempt to learn the gunman's identity or his escape route.

Investigators were also collecting images from store surveillance cameras.

Shortly after all officers -- who were drawn from divisions across the city -- were ordered to report to the police command post on Queen St. W. at 8:50 p.m., Const. Kwong told reporters "we do not have the shooter."

Emergency Task Force and Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) officers combed the sprawling complex, while others guarded all entrances.

As ambulances converged on St. Michael's hospital, teams of ETF officers drove quickly to the Eaton Centre, where their sirens competed with a live concert singer at Dundas Square.

Outside the Eaton Centre, police Chief Bill Blair appealed for anyone with information to call 52 Division at  416-808-5200 (Sun News, 2012).

Title: Officials: 1 Feared Dead In Canada Mall Collapse
Date: June 24, 2012
ABC News

Abstract: At least one person was feared dead and another trapped inside the rubble of a roof collapse at mall in northern Ontario, authorities said Sunday.

More than 24 hours after the collapse, rescue workers were unable to reach the victims because the structure was too unstable. They said it would take until early Monday morning before the structure was deemed safe enough for search and rescue teams to go back in. Images taken with the camera show a hand and foot in the dusty debris, said Ontario Provincial Police Insp. Percy Jollymore.

Fire officials heard tapping Sunday morning in another part of the rubble, but nothing had been heard for hours. They said they also tried to reach that person by drilling through a wall, but found the structure too unsafe to risk entering far enough inside.

"Some of our search members this morning heard a couple of taps," said Bill Needles, a spokesman from the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team which travelled from Toronto. "They called for a quick silence on the site and there was a couple more taps. That was an indication to us that we were dealing with a rescue."

He said the operation was still a rescue mission and they were still hoping to find people alive.

Police compiled a list of nine people missing since the collapse Saturday, but the names were being crossed off as members of the community accounted for their loved ones.

At least 22 people suffered minor injuries in the roof collapse Saturday afternoon at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake.

A special emergency crew was working to stabilize the scene, but authorities said the process could take another 12 hours.

A portion of the roof that serves as a parking area crumbled down two floors into an area near the food court, leaving behind a gaping hole which was 12 meters (39 feet) by 24 meters (79 feet). It also downed hydro lines and triggered a gas leak.

Emergency officials quickly cleared out the mall and closed surrounding roads. Mayor Rick Hamilton declared a state of emergency.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said he was in touch with Elliot Lake's mayor and thanked emergency crews in the city for their efforts.

"As we anxiously wait to learn more about anyone thought to be missing in Elliot Lake, our thoughts and prayers are with their families, and also with those who have been injured and indeed with the entire community," McGuinty said in a statement.

Hope mingled with frustration in the close-knit community as residents waited for news.

"There's a fair amount missing," said Heather Richer, who owns a restaurant in the mall and was at work when the collapse took place. "I'm hoping everyone's found, but I'm giving up hope on whether they're going to find them alive."

Richer, who was particularly concerned about an acquaintance who was unaccounted for, described Saturday's thunderous collapse as a nightmare.

"It was almost like a little mini earthquake, like a big bang, and then gone," she said. "There was nothing there. Everything started to cave in, water was pouring out of the pipes."

Joe Drazil, a Zellers store employee, said several cars appeared to have fallen through the gaping hole near some escalators.

"You can see the roof with the cars hanging inside," he said. "Everybody was cleared from the whole mall. After that, there was numerous police and emergency vehicles coming from all over."

Shopper Jean-Marc Hayward was having coffee when the roof collapsed about 20 feet (6 meters) from him. He said a big hunk of concrete tumbled down through two floors and that it sounded like an explosion. "It was a big loud crash. It didn't just go down one floor it went down two floors," he said.

Hayward said a lottery terminal kiosk was located directly under the roof that caved in.

Hayward said he saw one man with a bloody face. A dwarf who has trouble with his legs, Hayward said he couldn't run out. "I was sucking in dust," he said.

Hayward and others have said the mall roof has leaked water for some time. There have long been buckets and tarps around the mall to collect leaking water, Hayward said.

"It's obvious there has been a lot of damage in the structure because of the water," Hayward said. "A couple of years ago they said they fixed all the leaks in the mall, but they didn't. You could tell every time it rained."

Stephan Powell of Toronto Fire Services could not confirm if rescue officials had been briefed about the water leaking issue.

Levon Nazarin, the mall's owner, choked back tears as he read a statement to community members on Sunday.

"To those who have been injured and to those families with missing individuals we offer our deepest sympathies," he said.

Community members expressed anger to town officials for not doing something about the constant leaks.

The two-level mall in this northern Ontario community is approximately 200,000 square feet (18,580 sq. meters). It houses a grocery store, restaurants, a number of retail outlets, a hotel, and the constituency office for a member of the provincial parliament.

Rhonda Bear, a spokeswoman for the mall, which is run by Eastwood Mall Incorporated, referred all questions on the collapse and the condition of the mall to its lawyer, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

"All our concern right now is our prayers are with the families," Bear said (ABC News, 2012).

Title: London Police Briefly Evacuate Westfield Mall Outside Olympic Park
Date: July 26, 2012
ABC News

Abstract: London police briefly evacuate Westfield mall outside Olympic Park
(ABC News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Threats Lead To Evacuation Of 8 Walmarts, 2 In Kansas City Area
Date: July 28, 2012
KCTV5 News

Abstract: At least eight Walmarts across Missouri have been evacuated Friday evening after bomb threats.

Two of the stores are in the Kansas City area.

Two and a half hours after the threats were called in, police declared the scenes as safe.

The Gladstone, MO, Walmart at 72nd and North Prospect Avenue was evacuated after police got a call of a bomb threat about 6:30 p.m.

About the same time, the Raytown, MO, Walmart on Missouri Highway 350 near Raytown Road was evacuated for the same reason. Police said someone called in the bomb threat.

Kansas City, MO, police as well as Olathe police volunteered their bomb and arson K-9 unit to help at the Kansas City area locations. Officers found nothing suspicious and let everyone back inside the big box store about 8:30 p.m.

Media outlets in southern Missouri report that two Walmarts in Christian County have been evacuated due to bomb threats. Those stores are in Nixa and Ozark. Other media outlets are reporting the Walmart in Jefferson City was evacuated as well as the Walmart in St. Peters, near St. Louis. Just before 10 p.m., police confirmed that the Walmart in Piedmont also received a threat.

At this time, it is unknown if police are investigating the threats as being connected.

In a statement, Walmart officials said they are working with authorities and apologized for the inconvenience to customers. Company officials said they were grateful no one was hurt.

Melissa Munkers posted on KCTV5's Facebook page that she was inside the Raytown Walmart when it was evacuated.

"When cops are telling you to get out of the building, you grab your two small children and GO!" she wrote.

A Facebook user commented on KCTV5's page that police escorted families out through the garden center at the Gladstone Walmart.

Click here to read OzarksFirst coverage of the evacuations in Christian County (KCTV5 News, 2012).

Title: Man Arrested In Parking Lot After 1 Dies In Shooting At Texas Mall
Date: August 19, 2012
Fox News

Abstract:  Authorities say a 24-year-old man has been arrested after a shooting in a Texas mall parking lot left one person dead and two injured.

Police in Odessa say Braushlyon Richardson turned himself in Saturday at their West Texas department. They say Richardson is charged with murder in an arrest warrant. He was booked into an Ector County jail, and an official there said an attorney had not yet been listed for him.

Police say no other suspects are being sought.

Officers were heading to the Music City Mall early Saturday after receiving reports about people refusing to leave a bar and grill. Then, several 911 calls came in about shots being fired in the mall parking lot.

Police say 23-year-old shooting victim Pablo Jimenez died at a hospital (Fox News, 2012)

Title: New Jersey Supermarket Shoot-Out: 3 Dead
Date: August 31, 2012

Abstract: Police exchanged fire with an armed individual in a shopping center in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The gunmen killed two people before turning his weapon on himself, say police.

The suspected gunman was reportedly killed in the shootout with Old Bridge police officers, which took place around 4:00am local time (8:00 GMT) in Pathmark grocery store, on Route 9 near the Sayreville border.

Employees were reportedly stacking shelves in preparation for the shop’s 6 am opening when the shooting broke out.

A preliminary report by authorities identified the suspect as a man in his 20s who was either a former or current employee of the store, and was also a former Marine. US media reports tentatively identified the shooter as Terence Tyler, who had moved in not along ago.

The two victims, a young woman and a man, were both from the township, a local news website quoted Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan as saying. One of the victims, 18-year-old Cristina LoBrutto, had recently graduated from Old Bridge High School. The other, 24-year-old Bryan Breen, was from the Laurence Harbor area of Old Bridge.

"I don't believe they were specifically targeted. I believe everyone was targeted,” Kaplan said. 

The suspect apparently returned to the store after he had finished his night shift. He was armed with weapons and multiple magazines and started firing randomly, Kaplan told reporters. 

An assistant manager got a dozen of other store employees out quickly opening a backdoor.

Some witnesses claimed that the gunman was wearing body armor and had taken several hostages.

Aerial footage of the New Jersey shopping mall showed several people being ushered into ambulances.

Heavily armed police rushed to the scene of the incident, where several windows were apparently shattered during the shooting (RT, 2012).

Title: Chaos In Walmart: Broomfield Police Identify Suspect
Date: September 4, 2012
CBS Denver

Abstract: Police in Broomfield have identified the man they say set a fire inside a Walmart and threatened customers inside with a knife.

Samuel Maldonado-Tapia, 28, is in custody after he allegedly caused so much panic on Monday in the store that it was evacuated and then closed for several hours.

The crime happened in the early afternoon at the retailer, located near 120th and Sheridan.

Police so far aren’t saying much about why the man was so upset, but several shoppers talked with CBS4 about what happened.

“We look over and there’s flames going on over by the Kitchen Aid and everybody’s like, ‘Oh man, what’s going on?’ ” witness Dominique Le’Nior said. “Some people were running, some were freaking out, some were like, ‘Can I get my groceries?’ “

Witnesses said a child may have been one of the two people the man threatened. The man also allegedly set some clothes on fire.

“When officers confronted Maldonado-Tapia he was holding a knife to the throat of a 6-year-old boy who was sitting in a shopping cart,” Broomfield police said in a statement. “Officers later learned that a 43-year-old Northglenn woman and her 6-year-old son had been shopping in the store when she noticed a fire in a nearby clothing rack.”

Police said the woman attempted to call 911 when she was approached by Maldonado-Tapia with a knife.

“Maldonado-Tapia attempted to grab her, during which she fell to the floor. Maldonado-Tapia turned his attention to the woman’s 6-year-old son in the shopping cart and held the knife to the boy’s throat, threatening to kill the child,” police said.

Officers arrived and ordered Maldonado-Tapia at gunpoint to drop the knife. He complied but attempted to run.

“The officers tackled Maldonado-Tapia. He resisted the officers as they attempted to take him into custody,” police said.

Police were able to subdue Maldonado-Tapia and take him into custody.

“I think that’s a little crazy cause it’s Walmart and everyone goes there, it’s a neighborhood place,” Regine Le’Nior said.

 Brandon Boyle is the son of one of the employees who was in the store at the time and told a CBS4 crew outside the store while the investigation was going on that he was worried.

“I’m kind of freaking out because my mom was supposed to be working today, now they’re over there in the parking lot and we have no clue what’s going on,” he said.

No injuries were reported and there wasn’t much damage to the store (CBS Denver, 2012).
Title: Man’s Wires, Gadgets Cause Mall Scare
Date: September 26, 2012

Abstract: A man strapped with wires caused a big scare at a Gwinnett County mall, police said. 

They said 30-year-old Daniel Tudela, of Stone Mountain, was strapped with wires and electronic devices hanging from his body Sept. 13. He was headed toward the movie theater at Discover Mills. 

"One would put together, and reasonably assume, that he is here to commit some type of heinous crime, deadly crime,” said Cpl. Ed Ritter with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police said that's what the officers were prepared to confront after the mall employees called 911. Responding officers quickly determined the devices were not a threat.

According to a police report, Tudela told investigators the devices were part of his style and all of the gadgets were for personal use.

Still, police said on the heels of the mass shooting in Colorado and two days after the Sept. 11 attacks anniversary, the gadgets sparked concern.

"In the day of age that we're in today, with terrorist activity, and dressing like one, one would assume that you are one," Ritter said.

Police told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh they wanted to continue the investigation to make certain he wasn't a threat. Police decided to charge Tudela this week with a misdemeanor for having a hoax device.

Kavanaugh went to Tudela's home to get his side of the story, and a woman identifying herself as a friend said, "It's no big deal. It's no big deal." She added she didn't understand the police reaction to what Tudela was allegedly wearing.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kavanaugh spoke over the phone with Tudela's attorney Regina Matthews. She said the gadgets were just toys to operate his cellphone and MP3 player.
She emailed a statement to Channel 2 Action News saying in part:
"This was an unfortunate arrest that was completely unwarranted. Family, neighbors and friends who know Mr. Tudela are expressing their concern and outrage over how such charges could be brought against someone who is kind, gentle and would never pose a risk of harm to anyone” 
(WSBTV News, 2012).

Title: Sudanese Regime Bombs Its Own People In Attack On Bustling Marketplace
Date: September 27, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: The Sudanese government bombed its own people in a crowded marketplace Thursday morning, witnesses told, even as the rogue nation’s president met in Ethiopia for peace talks.

A witness told the attack on a bustling bazaar that killed one civilian and injured six others was just the latest in a series of attacks on poverty-stricken villages by the rogue regime of President Omar al-Bashir. Wanted for war crimes and genocide for his troops’ actions in Darfur, al-Bashir has mounted a campaign of terror against his own people in the years before the southern portion of the North African country seceded a year ago.

The attack came even as al-Bashir, who is wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court, and his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir, were meeting in Ethiopia to reach a deal to allow oil to flow across the vague border separating the nations, which were divided last year amid an ongoing and bloody civil war. The agreement, signed on Thursday in Addis Ababa, will allow South Sudan to send its oil to market using Sudanese pipelines. More importantly, it could establish a demilitarized buffer zone in the rugged boundary between the two nations where allegiances don't comport with a map. But even as they met, al-Bashir's bombing raid was aimed at rooting out South Sudanese — and mainly Christian — sympathizers residing on his side of the border.

“I am sure the Sudan government knew that it was [m]arket day in Heiban and that is why they bombed it." ~Ryan Boyette,

Both al-Bashir and Kiir skipped the U.N. General Assembly in New York to conduct ongoing talks being held in Ethiopia’s capital since late Tuesday. But the latest bombing — where residents from more than 20 nearby villages routinely host a market every Thursday to sell what few possessions they have to buy food — threatened to scuttle those talks and plunge the region deeper into humanitarian crisis.

“The market is very popular and is common knowledge,” Ryan Boyette, a former American aid worker who lives in the region and witnessed the attack told “I am sure the Sudan government knew that it was [m]arket day in Heiban and that is why they bombed it. Another interesting point is that the plane came straight in and dropped all 6 bombs at one time. Normally the plane circles once and then drop[s] its bombs, but this time it dropped on the first approach, not giving any warning.”

While South Sudan's independence has been recognized by the United Nations, pockets along the ill-defined new border dividing the country have been gripped by battles between the rebel SPLA-North — once allied with what is now South Sudan’s military — and the Sudan Armed Forces. The ongoing violence has sent tens of thousands streaming into South Sudan, where the population of one camp in Yida has skyrocketed from 17,000 to roughly 65,000 refugees since February.

Boyette said efforts to establish a buffer zone along the border, which has never been finalized, have so far failed. Al-Bashir, who has been in office since 1993, has sought to root out Sudanese villagers and security forces he believes sympathize with South Sudan. Much of that effort has taken place in the region of South Kordofan, where the Heiban bombing took place.

But, according to Boyette, “if the fighting in South Kordofan is really just a proxy war ... then why would Sudan bomb a market full of civilians at the same hour they were signing an agreement with South Sudan?”

Boyette, who runs Nuba Reports, a website dedicated to covering the war along Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, told the female victim was Hassia Karri Kuku, a mother of seven. In all, Sudanese war planes have dropped at least 81 bombs on 11 villages since early August and area hospitals are seeing the highest numbers of malnourished children since last year, he said.

Andudu Adam Elnail, bishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, told that bombardments of civilians are an everyday occurrence in the poverty-stricken and violence-plagued region.

“The situation is especially bad in the Nuba Mountains,” Elnail said by phone from Denver. “We have been trying for the international community to stop the bombings of civilians but Bashir is determined to not only continue the bombings, but to prohibit international organizations to give aid to the Nuba people.”

Those who live in or near the Nuba Mountains, which are valued for their gold, oil and uranium, are growing increasingly hungry and suffering from a lack of basic services, Elnail said.

“The number [of refugees] is growing and that is the wish of the government, to drive people out of the Nuba Mountains,” he said. “There is no action taken against [al-Bashir] and he continues to violate human rights.”

On Tuesday, three people were killed, including a 3-year-old child, when the area of Fanga in East Africa was struck by an aerial attack from Sudanese forces, reports. A military spokesman confirmed that the bombing occurred near Fanga’s market, causing residents to flee to nearby valleys and creeks.

Also on Tuesday, Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters during a press conference in Geneva that the agency was “extremely concerned” about the safety of refugees in Yida, South Sudan.

"The presence of a refugee settlement in highly militarized border areas close to a conflict zone hampers efforts to preserve the civilian and humanitarian character of asylum," Fleming said, adding that the safety of the refugees in Yida could not be guaranteed.

As the violence continues, UNHCR officials anticipate the camp will reach an estimated 80,000 inhabitants by the end of the year. Some 105,000 refugees could also soon be cut off by the rainy season’s heavy downpours and subsequent flooding (Fox News, 2012)

Title: In Syria’s Largest City, Fire Ravages Ancient Market
Date: September 29, 2012
New York Times

Abstract: Fire swept through the old central souk, or marketplace, of Aleppo, 
Syria, on Saturday, damaging a vast and well-preserved labyrinth of medieval storehouses, shops, schools and ornate courtyards as fierce clashes between security forces and insurgents vowing to carry out a “decisive battle” for the city continued.

An image from an amateur video made available by the Shaam News Network purports to show a fire raging through the old central souk in Aleppo on Saturday.

One video shot by antigovernment activists showed a curtain of dark smoke hanging over the center of Aleppo near the old city, a Unesco World Heritage siteAnother showed intense, crackling orange flames engulfing heavy wooden doors in what appeared to be one of the market’s arched stone passageways. The activists said they believed that the fire, whose origins were unclear, had destroyed a large portion of the market’s shops overnight, though the claim could not be immediately verified.

For many residents, the old city, with the souk at its center, is the soul of Aleppo, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and Syria’s largest. Aleppo has been staggering for months under a bloody battle that has reduced some residential areas to rubble, and with no deaths immediately reported from the blaze, the damage to the souk pales compared with the recent human toll.

Yet serious damage to an area that Syrians widely consider one of their greatest treasures is likely to stir anger at both sides — each of which blames the other for the destruction in the city — in a conflict that seems mired in stalemate. It could also make the rebels’ latest push in Aleppo backfire politically: Some opponents of President Bashar al-Assad were already incensed on Saturday at insurgents they said had operated conspicuously near the old city.

“Our hearts and minds have been burned in this fire,” said a doctor in Aleppo who gave her name only as Dima. “It’s not just a souk and shops, but it’s our soul, too.”

She said she supported peaceful resistance against Mr. Assad, and pronounced herself “annoyed, annoyed, annoyed” with fighters from the rebel Tawhid Brigade, which announced the offensive on Thursday. The fighters said they were seeking to “liberate” neighborhoods that had remained largely pro-government and were being used as posts from which to attack the opposition.

But in a Skype interview, Dima said the recent fighting cast doubt on both the rebel leaders’ tactical wisdom and their intentions. She called them “performers” who had needlessly provoked the government by posing for pictures outside the souk and the nearby 12th-century mosque — which she worried would now be shelled — and who “talked nonsense.”

“There is no decisive battle,” she said. “There are no liberated areas.”

Brig. Bashir al-Hajji, the commander of the Tawhid Brigade, said that the offensive had worked and that rebels were progressing toward the heart of Aleppo. Rebels and activists said the government had started the blaze by firing incendiary bullets.

Brigadier Hajji said he had visited the market area, where, he said in a Skype interview, “there’s anger, but anger against Bashar and his collaborators.” He added, “Everybody is angry, trying to save what can be saved from their shops.”

An antigovernment activist from Aleppo who studied historical sites while earning a bachelor’s degree in tourism said the rebels were repeating a mistake they had made in the province of Hama: They hid in the Madiq citadel, an ancient but still-inhabited hilltop fortress there, and government shelling severely damaged it.

“The rebels are not  appreciating the value  of  the  places  they are liberating,” said the activist, who gave his name as Abu Mihyo. He said it appeared the rebels were trying to penetrate the city center through the old city, following a hadith (a saying attributed to  the Prophet Muhammad) that destroying the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site, is better than shedding a drop of Muslim blood.

“I agree,” he said, but added that the government would destroy anything to beat the rebels, and “we should keep our heritage.” The minaret of the 700-year-old Mahmandar Mosque in Aleppo’s old city had already been damaged by shelling in recent months, he said.

Unesco has said that four World Heritage sites have been damaged in Syria: the old city of Damascus, the ruins of Palmyra, the Crac des Chevaliers crusader castle, and the “forgotten villages” in the north. An estimated 30,000 people have been killed.

Aleppo’s old souk, much of it dating to the 17th century, is not only an important tourist destination but also a vibrant center of commerce and community, housing vendors of pastries, spices, antiques and crafts. In the sprawling old city, “madrasas, palaces, caravanserais and hammams all form part of the city’s cohesive, unique urban fabric,” the Unesco citation reads.

It was unclear how the fire began, but it came after the most intense fighting across the city in weeks. The government said rebels had attacked on a number of fronts in the city on Friday and had been pushed back with heavy casualties.

Activists said that antigovernment fighters had tried to put out the fire, but that it was difficult because of government snipers in the area, who activists have said set up positions in the city’s 13th-century citadel, which overlooks the souk. The souk’s wooden doors and stores of fabric and other flammable materials would have spread the blaze quickly.

The government news agency SANA did not immediately acknowledge the fire, but reported continuing clashes across Aleppo on Saturday, saying security forces “killed and wounded scores of terrorists,” its designation for its armed opponents.

Dima, the doctor, who lives on the western side of Aleppo, said she believed that the fire had been started by incendiary bullets from government snipers. But she blamed the rebels for approaching the old city, which she said had no government target, and said they seemed more concerned with the number of areas they could seize than with their tactical importance.

“They are not the army of freedom,” she said. “They are the army of spite.”

The claims by both sides could not immediately be verified because of government restrictions on reporting in Syria.

Armed insurgents also tried to enter Homs Province from Lebanon but were repelled by the army, which killed several and drove the rest back into Lebanon, SANA said.

In the southern province of Dara’a, where the uprising began, the Local Coordinating Committees, an activist network, said rebels had seized an air defense battalion on Saturday.

Kaysar Habib, an antigovernment activist reached by Skype in Dara’a, said fighters from the Free Syrian Army, the main umbrella group for the armed opposition, stormed an air defense battery in the town of al-Ghariya. After heavy fighting, he said, they took control of the battery, from which civilians and rebels had been fired on (New York Times, 2012).

Title: Gunmen Kill 23 At Nigeria Market
October 15, 2012

Investigators suspect a criminal gang was behind the Sunday morning killings of nearly two dozen men in a marketplace in northern Nigeria, a government official said.

The killings took place near a mosque in the village of Dogon Dawa, in the northern state of Kaduna. The attackers left 23 dead and 17 wounded, said Musa Ilallah, a regional coordinator with Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency.

"Today is a market day at the village, so many people were out shopping," Ilallah said.

The victims, all of them men, had just left morning prayers at a nearby mosque, he said.

The surrounding district is notorious for armed robberies, and Dogon Dawa is surrounded by a forest that criminals use as a hideout. Ilallah said he was sure the attack was aimed at villagers who participate in a community watch group, "because they expose the criminals and their hideouts to police."

"I'm sure the Nigerian government will further investigate and take action to ensure this mass killing does not happen again," he said.

The victims of Sunday's attack were farmers, village chief Suleiman Zuberu told CNN.

Kaduna has been the scene of deadly clashes between Nigerian Christians and Muslims, including a spate of attacks on churches in June that left 50 people dead. The Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting to replace Nigeria's government with a fundamentalist Islamic state, claimed responsibility for those killings (CNN, 2012).

Title: FBI Thwarts Pipe Bomb Attack Against Huntington Home Depot
October 16, 2012
CBS New York

CBS 2 has learned the FBI foiled a bomb plot targeting a Home Depot on Long Island on Monday.

Law enforcement sources tell CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis that a pipe bomb was planted inside on or near a shelf where innocent people could find it, and get hurt.

“I think it’s crazy. People are calling in bomb threats to Home Depot? It says a lot about what our world is like now, that there are crazy people and we have to be careful,” customer Nick Warywoda said.

“Obviously, we all should be safe to walk into every place we wish to do business,” customer Nancy Graffeo added.

Warywoda came back to the store, after being turned away Monday by the police activity. Sources said the pipe bomb was found around 4 p.m., was isolated and then removed, after the entire store had been evacuated.

“Thankfully it was dealt with. I pulled in here yesterday and the police had everything cordoned off,” one customer said.

The bomb was believed to be part of a larger plot against the store — with possible theories including an extortion attempt, or a full scale attack timed for the holidays, possibly on Black Friday.

“The first thing that comes to mind is I’m here multiple times a week and sometimes with my little girl, so that’s a little bit unnerving,” customer Ted Kohler said.

On Tuesday, the FBI, along with Suffolk County police, was checking store surveillance video and interviewing employees to find the person responsible.

Customers were left to wonder what could have happened.

Home Depot released a statement, which said: “We are cooperating with authorities on their investigation. The safety of our customers and associates is certainly of the utmost importance to us” (CBS New York, 2012).

Title: Police Looking for Man Who Threw Molotov Cocktail In Mall
October 18, 2012

The man threw what was described as a “flaming bottle” from an upper level of the mall down to the food court. The device, said to be 40 ounce beer bottle, possibly containing gasoline or a similar substance, shattered on impact but did not explode, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. No one was injured.

Two to three additional bottles, which “smelled like gasoline,” were found in a bag by mall security after the man fled.

Employees and shoppers are being allowed to stay in the mall, but all mall and parking lot entrances are being blocked by police and no one is being allowed in. Police are currently reviewing security camera footage and police K-9 units are searching the inside and outside of the mall. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the investigation, according to ACPFD spokesman Lt. Michael Watson. The ATF and Pentagon Police are assisting with the investigation.

Asked whether this was an incident of terrorism, Sternbeck said it’s “too early to tell.”

Police are looking for a slender 5’11″ black male, in his late 30s, with medium-length curly hair and a beard. He was seen wearing a gray jacket, a white dress shirt, a necktie and a white or gray backpack with a red inverted ‘V’ on it. As of 1:35 p.m., he was still at large.

Eastbound Wilson Boulevard has been shut down outside the mall due to the emergency response.

Update at 1:50 p.m. — Police have issued the following press release about the incident.

Arlington County Police are investigating an incident today involving a “molotov cocktail” at Ballston Common Mall. At 12:10 p.m., a call came into Arlington’s Emergency Communications Center, reporting that a lit bottle had been thrown into the Food Court from the top level of the mall.

The initial investigation revealed that a black male with curly hair and wearing a gray jacket stood on the top level of the mall and dropped the bottle into the Food Court. The 40-ounce bottle was filled with an unknown substance, with a fuse attached. The bottle shattered, but there was no explosion or fire. There were no reported injuries. The suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at large at this time.

Three additional bottles of similarity were found on the second level of the mall.

Arlington County Police evacuated the mall and established a perimeter when they arrived on scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Police are asking anyone with any knowledge of this incident to call the non-emergency line at 703.558.2222 (ARL Now, 2012).

Title: Pair Of Bombings In A Crowded Baghdad Market
Date: October 20, 2012
Fox News

Back-to-back bomb blasts in a crowded Baghdad market near a revered Shiite shrine and a string of shootings targeting government officials killed at least 17 people Saturday.

The bombings, which happened within about a minute of each other, appeared be aimed at intimidating Iraq's Shiites, who are a frequent target of Sunni insurgents. Police said at least 11 people were killed and 35 were wounded.

The blasts struck about 500 meters (yards) from a shrine where two revered imams are buried, damaging nearby shops and buildings, according to police, who confirmed the casualty figures.

The attacks came as many shoppers were out buying new clothes in anticipation of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins in about a week.

"It was a busy time for shopping, so there were a lot of people around," said Ahmed Naseer, the owner of a stationary shop nearby. "When I came out, I saw burning carts and merchant stalls, and children crying and women screaming out of fear. The whole place was full of panic."

Earlier in the day, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in the Shiite neighborhood of al-Shaab, killing two policemen and wounding another.

Authorities also said gunmen shot dead a police lieutenant colonel who worked with the State Identity Directorate late Friday in the capital's Karradah district.

Hospital officials confirmed the deaths in the Baghdad attacks.

Near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint and killed three officers, according to two police officials.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Gunmen also shot and killed a prison official in a drive-by-shooting during the morning rush hour in eastern Baghdad, said Justice Ministry spokesman Haider al-Saadi.

Violence has ebbed in Iraq since the peak of the bloodletting in 2005-2008, but insurgents still frequently attack predominantly Shiite areas, government officials and security forces in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led government.

Saturday's attacks marked Iraq's deadliest day since Sept. 30, when a string of coordinated blasts that hit Shiite neighborhoods and struck at Iraqi security forces left at least 26 dead (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Man Survives Firebomb Attack Outside Long Beach Market
October 21, 2012

Detectives were retrieving surveillance video from a Long Beach market to see if they can find the person responsible for a Friday night firebomb attack that left a man with burns from the waist down, police said on Saturday.

The incident began at 7 p.m. when a man in his 20s threw a Molotov cocktail at the victim, who is in his 50s, while he was standing outside El Paisano Ranch Market in the 200 block of West Pacific Coast Highway (map), said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The firebombing victim was in serious but stable condition at a hospital, Eaton said. Police said they were not identifying him due to concerns about his safety.

Police said it didn’t appear the victim and suspect knew each other and the case is likely not gang related.

“It’s a completely unknown motive,” Eaton said. “There were no confrontations, no altercations. No words were exchanged. The victim was waiting for his father to get food, minding his own business, when the suspect came from an alley and threw an object at him, a bottle.”

Eaton said detectives were hopeful that a surveillance camera at the market captured the attack and that they can gather leads to discern who might have committed the crime. Officers hope to analyze the video in the coming days, Eaton said.

Anyone with more information about the crime was urged to call police at (562) 570-7260 (NBC LA, 2012).

Title: Several Dozen Reportedly Trapped In Ghana Shopping Center Collapse
November 7, 2012
Fox News

A five-story shopping center built earlier this year in a bustling suburb of Ghana's capital collapsed Wednesday, killing at least one person and leaving several dozen people trapped in the rubble, authorities and eyewitnesses said.

Rescue crews used cranes to try and remove debris from the top of the building amid fears that machinery sifting through the wreckage could injure trapped survivors. Crowds of bystanders gathered as rescuers sifted through cement and glass.

The fatality at the Melcom Shopping Center at Achimota, a suburb of Accra, was confirmed by Public Affairs Officer of the Ghana Fire Service Billy Anaglate.

"We are still working to find out the fate of others who may be trapped under," Anaglate said.

Other officials told The Associated Press that the death toll was likely to rise.

An AP reporter at the scene saw at least one man pulled from the debris, covered in dust and who was then whisked into an ambulance.

At least five people had been rescued while about 35 more are known to be trapped, said Freeman Tetteh, Greater Accra Regional Public Affairs Officer of the Ghana Police.

"I was on my way to the shop when l saw it crumpling down," Kojo Boadi, an eyewitness, said.

President John Mahama declared the scene a disaster zone and cut short his election campaign in the north of the country to be able to visit the site. The presidential election is scheduled for December.

The five-story store opened in February is part of the Melcom chain owned by Indian immigrant magnate, Bhagwan Khubchandani. His late father arrived in Ghana in 1929 as a 14-year-old to work as a store boy in the-then Gold Coast. The store sells a variety of cheap, imported household goods and appliances that are popular with working-class Ghanaians (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Robbers On Motorcycles Attack Mall Jewelry Store In $3.1 Million Heist
November 7, 2012
Yahoo News

Shoppers at London's Brent Cross mall may have thought they'd walked onto the set of a movie shoot on Tuesday morning. Fifteen minutes after the shopping center opened, a group of six black-clad robbers on three motorcycles rode through the second floor of the complex, wielding axes and bats. The thieves' destination was jewelry store Fraser Hart, where they grabbed Cartier and Rolex watches after smashing windows to get inside. The Metropolitan Police estimate their haul to be more than 2 million British pounds, or $3.1 million. Or maybe a little less: Witnesses noted that the robbers dropped some of their expensive loot as they sped away from the scene.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the heist, and police are continuing to search for clues. Rick Triester was on his way to the Apple store at the mall at the time of the crime and was able to get video of the daring robbery and getaway on his phone, which got us to thinking ... how long before the drama turns up on the big screen for real? (Yahoo News, 2012).

Title: Publix Recalls 45 Bakery Cake Products For Possible Listeria Contamination
November 16, 2012

Publix Super Markets Inc. (PUSH) is voluntarily recalling 45 bakery cake products because they may be contaminated with the food-borne bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

"No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the [seven-inch] chocolate layer cake used to make these desserts," said Maria Brous, media and community-relations director.

The company said it was notified of the possible contamination by its supplier, Maplehurst. The recalled cakes were distributed to Publix stores in several Florida counties between Nov. 11 and Nov. 15.

Consumers who bought the cakes can return them to their local store for a full refund.

Publix operates 1,065 grocery stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Earlier this month, the employee-owned company reported its third-quarter earnings rose 18% as total sales climbed 4.4% and same-store sales increased 2.5% (WSJ, 2012).

Title: Olathe Walmart Evacuated For A Time Due To Bomb Threat
November 19, 2012
Fox 4 KC

Authorities are investigating after someone called in a bomb threat to an Olathe Walmart store late Sunday night.

According to Olathe Police, Walmart employees at the store at 395 N. K-7 Highway reported receiving a call from someone claiming that there was a bomb inside the store shortly before midnight on Sunday.

The store was immediately evacuated, and the store was searched for explosives. Police say that no suspicious devices were found, and the store was allowed to reopen around 2:00 a.m.

There is no word on any suspects in the case. Anyone with information about the bomb threat is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at (913) 971-6950, or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (Fox 4 KC, 2012).

Title: Two People Shot In Fight Over Wal Mart Parking Space
November 23, 2012

Two people were shot outside a Tallahassee Wal Mart this afternoon. It brought Black Friday shopping to a terrifying halt.

The shots were fired in front of the store on Apalachee Parkway just after noon.

Just minutes ago, police confirmed the folks were fighting over a parking space.

The shots were fired on the sidewalk right in front of the parkway Wal Mart.

Police are trying to find out who fired them.

John Williams, who was inside the store during shooting, said, "It's scary. Especially in front of a store where people can get hurt, you know. It's scary and it's stupid."

Witnesses tell us two couples were arguing and at some point a shopping cart hit the side of the car and a man stepped out and started shooting.

TPD Spokesman David Northway said, "On scene, officers located two victims who have suffered non-life threatening injuries and are currently being treated at a local hospital."

Stunned shoppers stood outside. Customers who were inside said they heard the shots and people started running.

"I heard the muffled sounds of shooting. It sounded like five times. People started running towards the back of the store. Some people in quite a shock, said Hoskulbur Fridriksson who was inside the store during shooting,

Officers say the whole thing may have been caught on tape by surveillance cameras overhead.

The Wal Mart shut down for more than two hours. Customers coming to check out Black Friday bargains were stunned to find out two people had been shot amidst the crowd.

Shopper Rosemary Franklin said, "We could have been here a little earlier than what we did but thank God we got here on the end of it."

UPDATE: Tallahassee, FL -November 24, 2012- 5:03pm
The crime scene is now being cleaned up; the tape is coming down.

UPDATE: Tallahassee, FL -November 24, 2012- 2:42pm
Tallahassee police confirm that two people were shot on the sidewalk in front of the Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway. Police would not comment on what may have started the confrontation and they would not comment on whether they have any suspects in the case.

Witnesses tell us it was a man and a woman who were shot. Tallahassee police say the victims have non-life threatening injuries.

The store has been re-opened.

UPDATE: Tallahassee, FL -November 24, 2012- 1:03pm
The Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway is shut down after witnesses tell us multiple shots were fired right in front of the store. Witnesses tell us two couples were arguing and one of the men started firing, He then took off in his car. Witnesses tell us it happened on the sidewalk right in front of the store.

We are awaiting a police spokesperson to arrive on scene to give our reporter on scene more information.

UPDATE: Tallahassee, FL - November 24, 2012 - 12:53pm
The Tallahassee Police Department is working a crime scene at the Wal-Mart at 3535 Apalachee Pkwy. Witnesses say two people have been shot. We have a reporter on scene and will bring you more information on this developing story as we get it (WCTV, 2012).

Title: Sound Of Falling Signs Prompts Panic At California Mall
December 27, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Three teens were arrested Wednesday after a fight broke out at a California mall creating something of a panic after shoppers mistakenly thought the sound of falling signs were gunshots, reported.

Shoppers ran to the exits at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento and a few received minor injuries. The mall was briefly locked down. 

One shopper compared the scene to a warzone. The fight included over a dozen teens. When security arrived, the teens turned on the guards and eventually dispersed throughout the mall.

Witnesses said hundreds fled the mall, reacting to rumors of gunshots. Mass shootings have made recent headlines including the Connecticut school attack and another shooting in a Portland mall.

The mall was eventually reopened (Fox News, 2012).