Hello, Philadelphia. I'm not sure what else to say this morning besides it is another dark day in America. Children have once again been gunned down at school by a man with a semi-automatic weapon. Once again, a community is in mourning. Once again, loved ones seek answers they may never find. It is a cruel, dark day. Be kind to each other.
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Seventeen people were killed by a former student on a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday in Parkland, Florida.
The shooter, identified as 19-year-old Nikolaus Cruz, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and multiple ammunition magazines as well as a gas mask and smoke grenades. Authorities said he set off a fire alarm to draw students out of classrooms as the shooting began.
Authorities didn't know of any threats posed by Cruz to the school, but a former classmate pointed to disturbing past behaviors, saying, "I think everyone had in their minds if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him." Others said he had been abusive to a past girlfriend and was expelled after fighting with that ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.
A former Philadelphia police officer has accused one of his ex-colleagues of lying under oath a decade ago in an effort to put rapper Meek Mill behind bars on drug and gun charges. Mill's arresting officer, Reggie Graham, was the sole witness to testify against the rapper at his 2008 trial.
The revelation has Mill's lawyers pushing once again to free their client from prison, where he's currently serving a sentence for a probation violation tied to that arrest.
This news comes two days after the Inquirer and Daily News first identified Graham as one of two dozen officers named on a secret District Attorney's Office list of officers with credibility so tainted prosecutors have avoided calling them as witnesses.
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