(NEW YORK) -- The Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash in Texas last month was likely not in autopilot mode, according to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The agency also said the owner was initially in the driver's seat.
Home surveillance footage shows the owner of the 2019 Tesla getting into the driver’s seat and his passenger getting into the front passenger seat before crashing 550 feet down the road. Local officials previously said there was "no indication that that anyone was in the driver’s seat” and the two victims were found in the front passenger and back seat of the vehicle.
The NTSB said the car was equipped with autopilot, but in order for the feature to work, both traffic-aware cruise control and autosteer systems must be engaged. The NTSB conducted a test at the crash site and found the autosteer system was not available on that part of the road.
The Tesla Model S is equipped with onboard data storage system, but investigators said it was destroyed in the fiery wreck.
Firefighters worked for four hours and used more than 30,000 gallons of water trying to drown the flames, officials said at the time of the incident.
The NTSB has not yet released the probable cause of the accident.
(CASCO, Maine) -- Family members made a grisly discovery over the weekend when they discovered human skeletal remains while they were cleaning out their father’s residence after he passed away earlier this year.
The incident occurred on Saturday, May 8, in Casco, Maine -- approximately 30 miles north of Portland -- when the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 from an individual at 3:26 p.m. saying that they found skeletal remains in an outbuilding while they were clearing out their father’s home, the Department of Public Safety of the Maine State Police said in a press release.
Authorities did not disclose how long they thought the remains could have been there for but did confirm that the home had belonged to 82-year-old Douglas Scott who passed away earlier this year.
“The Office of Chief Medical Examiner begun a post-mortem examination on the remains on Sunday morning, May 9th, 2021,” Shannon Moss DPS PIO said. “Additional testing and examination is likely to take place throughout the coming weeks.”
Maine State Police said that investigators worked through the weekend to assess the circumstances surrounding the discovery and that detectives and deputies will continue interviewing witnesses and other potential persons of interest regarding the case.
“The Maine State Police Evidence Response team crime scene technicians are processing the scene and are expected to remain on the scene throughout the day,” said Moss in the statement.
Authorities estimate that the investigation as to who the person might have been and what happened to them will take weeks.
Maine State Police do not believe that there is any threat to the public and confirmed that they will share more information as it becomes available.
(WASHINGTON) -- After almost a year of being closed to the public, Lafayette Square, the park north of the White House, quietly reopened to the public on Monday.
The park had been closed since the summer, following the forceful removal of peaceful protesters by law enforcement. Following the park's clearance, former President Donald Trump walked across it from the White House to pose for photographers with a Bible in front of St. John's Church.
Fencing still surrounds the park, but the entrances have been opened, offering visitors a closer view of the White House.
A group of visitors on Monday told ABC News that they were initially told to leave by an officer who said the park had not reopened, but other officers quickly stepped in to say the square had indeed reopened and that they could stay.
There was no formal announcement about the park's reopening.
"In protecting the White House and its residents, the U.S. Secret Service acknowledges that the surrounding area can be a powerful symbol of our nation and our democracy, and the agency is committed to balancing necessary security measures with the importance of public access and view," a Secret Service spokesperson told ABC News in response to a request for comment. "Due to the need to maintain operational security, we do not discuss the specifics of security fencing or other operational means and methods."
ABC News also reached out to the U.S. National Park Service about the reopening, but did not immediately get a response.
The square has a long history of hosting both small and large demonstrations and protests.
Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, demonstrators had gathered in Washington and Lafayette Square -- part of nationwide protests.
On June 1, law enforcement used chemical irritants and smoke canisters to clear the protesters from the park, making way for the president and his photo-op in front of the nearby church.
Two days later, the District of Columbia Public Works Department painted the words "Black Lives Matter" in massive yellow on the street near the White House. Over the course of the rest of the summer and into the following year, protesters gathered at what the mayor officially named Black Lives Matter Plaza.
(HOUSTON) -- When Maria Torres and her sister-in-law got an emergency notification on the Nextdoor app Sunday night, they had to do a double-take. It said a tiger was on the loose in a nearby Houston neighborhood.
Instead of staying in the house with their doors locked, the two women went on an impromptu safari.
"We got in the car and went to check it out," Torres told ABC News on Monday.
When they reached Ivy Wall Drive in west Houston, they could barely believe their eyes. Torres took out her cellphone and started recording several people confronting a striped Bengal tiger, including an off-duty law enforcement officer backpedaling with his gun aimed at the big cat.
"At first we thought the tiger was walking toward the guys to attack but we realized that he was just trying to go across the street to the house where they were keeping him," Torres said. "I'm so glad he didn't get shot, but the off-duty cop was very close to doing so. How do you not realize that your pet tiger is missing?"
The tiger's owner, identified by police as Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was taken into custody Monday night, according to the Houston Police Department. Cuevas allegedly fled the scene with the tiger Sunday night just as police were arriving. Police said Cuevas was charged Monday afternoon with felony evading police.
During an earlier news conference, Houston Police Commander Ron Borza said Cuevas was previously arrested in July 2020 and charged with murder stemming from a 2017 fatal shooting outside a sushi restaurant in Fort Bend County, Texas. He was free on $250,000 bail.
The tiger is still unaccounted for.
Victor Senties, a spokesperson for the Houston Police Department, told ABC News that 911 calls began pouring in at about 8 p.m. Sunday from citizens reporting the strange sighting.
"Witnesses claimed they were driving by the residence and they see what they describe as a Bengal tiger sitting on the front lawn," Senties said.
He said one of the 911 callers was an off-duty Waller County sheriff's deputy who was in the area at the time and sprang into action.
"[The deputy] somehow gets notified or gets wind of what's going on, and he ends up going to the scene, and he's trying to maintain safety out there and keep everybody back and make sure everything's OK," Senties said.
Video taken by Torres and other stunned neighbors showed the suspect exit a house on Ivy Wall Drive, grab the tiger by its collar and escort it back into the home.
"The owner of the tiger then takes the tiger ... puts it inside his white Jeep Cherokee, gets in the car and he flees," Senties said. "Our responding units see the vehicle fleeing and they try to initiate a vehicle pursuit, but they lose sight of the vehicle."
Borza said Cuevas is leasing the Houston residence, described in real estate ads as a 4,541-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom house.
Cuevas also reportedly has two monkeys, Borza said, but he added that monkeys are legal to possess in Houston if they are under 30 pounds. He said the whereabouts of the monkeys are unclear.
He said the investigation is being handled by the police department's Major Offenders Division, which has a unit that deals with animal cruelty cases.
According to the City of Houston's code of ordinances, it is illegal to house a wild animal, including tigers and lions, in a residence or a business inside the city limits.
In February 2019, police seized a 350-pound Bengal tiger found caged inside the garage of an empty Houston home. The animal's owner, 24-year-old Brittany Garza, was arrested in May 2019 and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for failing to provide water, food, care and shelter for the tiger.
That tiger was sent to live at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas.
At the time of her arrest, Garza told ABC station KTRK-TV that she raised the tiger she named "Rajah" from a cub and denied ever being cruel to the animal.
"I feel like I lost my child, I think about him everyday," Garza told KTRK.
In February of this year, a young tiger named Elsa was found in the yard at a Bexar County, Texas, home, wearing a harness when she was rescued in freezing temperatures. She was also sent to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to live.
Lauren Loney, Texas state director for the Humane Society of the United States, issued a statement Monday condemning people who keep exotic animals as pets. She said the recent cases show the need for Congress to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would ban the possession of tigers and lions as pets.
"Yet another dangerous wild animal was apparently on the loose this weekend in Houston," Loney said. "This inhumane treatment of animals and the public safety risks created by the surplus of tigers in Texas must end."
(NEW YORK) -- The last surviving Marine of the USS Indianapolis, the U.S. Navy ship that sank in July 1945, died this weekend.
Edgar Harrell was 96 and lived at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville, Tennessee, the official Facebook page of the ship posted Saturday.
Harrell was one of the Indianapolis's 316 members who survived the attack by Japanese forces, waiting for help in shark-infested waters for four days.
"During his time aboard ship, he helped guard components of the atomic bomb. After the torpedoing, he was a hero amongst his shipmates," the post said.
Born on Oct. 10, 1924, in Trigg County, Kentucky, Harrell joined the Marines during World War II and was stationed aboard the USS Indianapolis in the Pacific. Harrell chronicled his experience during the war in a book that he co-authored with his son David. The book was called "Out of the Depths."
After returning home, Harrell worked as a distributor with Pella Window Company, according to the Facebook post. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and received an honorary promotion to the rank of sergeant in 2018.
Harrell is survived by his son, two brothers, a son-in-law, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are scheduled for Saturday at Calvary Bible Church in Joelton, Tennessee, followed by a burial at Murray Memorial Gardens in Kentucky.
The attack on USS Indianapolis killed 880 sailors and Marines and is known as one of the worst disasters in U.S. naval history. The story of the USS Indianapolis has inspired books and movies, including a speech from the 1975 film, "Jaws."
The remains of the ship were found resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean in August 2017.
As of today, there are only five surviving soldiers of the attack.
(DALLAS) -- The family of a Texas mother who went missing three weeks ago say they are clinging to hope of finding her alive.
Erica Hernandez's sister and two of her three children told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston that Mother's Day was one of the most agonizing and lonely days they've had to endure since she vanished in April.
"Life goes on, but it really doesn't for us," Hernandez's tearful 19-year-old daughter, Briza Armenta, said in the interview. "You know, our main focus is to just keep searching for her. To keep looking for clues and keep spreading her story around because we are not going to stop."
Hernandez, 40, was last seen leaving a friend's house in southwest Houston in the early morning hours of April 18. She was wearing a teal T-shirt with jeans and was driving a black 2020 GMC Acadia with Texas plates, according to officials and her family.
The last known image of Hernandez was captured by a Ring doorbell camera leaving her brother and sister-in-law's home on the night of April 17, just hours before she disappeared. Her sister-in-law, Eldia Hernandez, said nothing seemed out of the ordinary with Hernandez, whose children were waiting in her car while she dropped off food.
Hernandez took her children home before going to a friend's house, relatives said. She left her friend's home about 2:30 a.m. on April 18. She texted her friend that she was "five minutes away from getting home," sources told KTRK-TV.
"She's a very caring, loving person. Even though me and my sister can be annoying to her sometimes," said Hernandez's 16-year-old son Dennis. "She still finds a way to bring joy to the situation and lift us up any possible way."
Armenta said her mother was not the type to "say, 'Oh, OK. I'm not coming back.' I just like to reiterate that something has had to have happened for her not to be here today."
Hernandez is a single working mother who also has a 3-year-old.
Hernandez's sister, Ashley Hernandez, said she and family members have passed out missing person fliers and searched near an intersection in southwest Houston where they say detectives believe she was last spotted as she drove home. She said family members have also searched for clues on other possible routes she could have taken to get home.
After Hernandez vanished, her cellphone and her vehicle's OnStar connection stopped sending location signals, police said. Hernandez's car has not been found.
Last week, Houston searched a lake in Missouri City, Texas, after authorities there found a submerged car. Executive Assistant Chief Larry J. Satterwhite of the Houston Police Department told reporters that the empty car found in the lake was not connected to Hernandez's disappearance.
"I want to stress that we are doing everything we can to find Ms. Hernandez," Satterwhite said during a news conference.
Houston police have not ruled out foul play but conceded that investigators and the FBI, which is also working on the case, have not turned much information on Hernandez's disappearance.
"There's no trace of her. No activity on her account. There's no sighting of her vehicle specifically, you know. That's a crime," Ashley Hernandez told KTRK-TV.
Asked what message she would send to her mother if she could, Armenta said, "Just know that we love you. We're not going to stop. No matter what it takes."
(NEW YORK) -- A cybersecurity attack targeting operators of a major East Coast fuel pipeline has left the nation reeling, exposing the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to new threats while also leaving many Americans with more questions than answers.
Colonial Pipeline said on Saturday that it was the victim of a cyberattack involving ransomware and had "proactively" halted all pipeline operations as a result. The 5,500-mile pipeline system transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, according to its website, and runs from Texas to New Jersey.
President Joe Biden acknowledged the ransomware attack during remarks on Monday, saying his administration has been tracking the incident "extremely carefully" and that he has been "personally briefed every day" on it.
Eric Goldstein, the executive assistant director for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), told ABC News in an interview on Monday that Americans should not expect any "shortfalls" from the hack.
"They expect resolution of this issue in the near future and shortfalls that will affect the American people are not anticipated," Goldstein said.
Here is what to know about the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, including the latest on who is behind it and how it could potentially impact gas prices.
Who is behind the cyberattack?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed in a statement Monday that Darkside ransomware was responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks.
The FBI added that it will continue to work with the company and government partners on the ongoing investigation.
The Darkside criminal organization operates in Eastern Europe. While federal officials are still trying to determine whether a foreign nation could be involved in the cyberattack, Russian intelligence has been known to cooperate with Eastern European cybercriminals in the past.
"It is always a concern when any adversary, nation state or criminal group targets an American business or critical infrastructure and particularly, although not exclusively, when that effort results in disruption of a critical function or service," CISA's Goldstein told ABC News.
"We are deeply focused on making sure that every organization in this country takes steps to minimize the risks to their networks and has the ability to recover quickly, regardless of the actors involved, because we know that there are so many groups out there that are attempting these kind of intrusions," he added.
Goldstein did not say whether authorities have identified Darkside as working for a foreign country.
President Biden said during remarks Monday that there is currently "no evidence" that Russia is involved in the cyberattack.
"Although, there is evidence that the actors’ ransomware is in Russia," the president added. "They have some responsibility to deal with this."
When will the pipeline be operational again?
Colonial Pipeline said in a statement Monday that it is executing a phased plan to incrementally return to service, with "the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week."
The company said it will be providing updates as the restoration efforts progress.
"Restoring our network to normal operations is a process that requires the diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time," the company said. "In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely."
How will this impact gas prices?
Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, told ABC News Monday that the pipeline shutdown will likely not impact the price at the pump for most Americans.
"It certainly creates some logistical challenges in the Southeast, and it may create price increases modestly in the Southeast, but there is not an impending spike coming nationally," he said. "This is not an outage of a refinery that produces gasoline and so supply is not disrupted for the rest of the nation that is not served by the Colonial Pipeline."
"This is evolving, but for now this is not going to be a national issue or have a national effect on gas prices," he added.
DeHaan predicts that motorists along the Southeast, from northern Florida to Virginia, may see slight increases of between 5 to 15 cents per gallon at most. For now, DeHaan recommends that drivers in these areas conserve as much as possible, which could help "bring a much more rapid conclusion to this once the pipeline reopens."
"My advice to motorists is not to panic buy and make the situation much worse," DeHaan added. "If motorists do panic and rush out to fill up that could make prices spike more significantly and make outages more severe."
What is the federal government doing to help?
Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randal said during a White House press briefing Monday that the Biden administration is assisting Colonial through a "whole of government effort" involving a slew of agencies being led by the Department of Energy.
"Colonial is responsible for safely returning the pipeline to service, and our role in the federal government is to take proactive steps to analyze the impacts of the shutdown on the delivery of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel in states that are dependent on the pipeline, and to identify federal options for alleviating supply shortfalls, should they develop," Sherwood-Randal said.
"For example, to help address potential supply disruptions, the Department of Transportation issued an hours-of-service waiver yesterday, which provides greater flexibility to drivers transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products across 17 states as well as the District of Colombia," she added. She emphasized there is not a supply shortage currently.
Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberg said at the same press briefing that they are "actively engaged with the company and offering support as needed to restore their systems."
"Right now, they've not asked for cyber support from the federal government, but we remain available to meet their cybersecurity needs," she added.
Neuberg demurred when asked if Colonial had paid a ransom to the hackers, saying, "Colonial is a private company, and we’ll defer information regarding their decision on paying a ransom to them."
(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A Fort Bragg sergeant has been charged in the murder of another soldier stationed at the military installation.
Sgt. Tiara Nicole Vinson, 26, has been charged with first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property in the killing of Spc. Kelia Horton, 22.
The fatal shooting took place outside a home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at around 1:30 p.m. on May 7, according to police. When officers arrived on the scene, Horton was suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Both Horton and Vinson were active duty soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg at the time of the incident. The shooting did not take place on the military installation.
Fayetteville Police Department officials said the shooting was not a random incident.
Col. Joe Buccino, 18th Airborne Corps public affairs officer, said that Fort Bragg officials are working with local law enforcement and the criminal investigation division and that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Vinson is being held without bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center. She has not yet entered a plea to the charges. It is unclear if she has retained an attorney.
Horton's family told NBC affiliate WRAL that Horton was a mother of two children and called her "the sweetest."
"She would give you the shirt off of her back," Jadiah Farris, Horton's cousin, told the station. "There was nothing bad you can say about Kelia."
(NEW YORK) -- A quick-thinking New York City Police Department officer responding to the shooting in Times Square wrapped a tourniquet around the tiny leg of a 4-year-old girl who was shot to stop her bleeding before instinctively sprinting through the area to a waiting ambulance.
"This little girl is the strongest person I have ever seen," Officer Alyssa Vogel told ABC News' Good Morning America on Monday.
Arriving to the scene Saturday afternoon, Vogel pulled the tourniquet off her gun belt and "applied it to her leg, above the wound ... we tightened it on her."
"After that, Officer Sparta and I started searching her for other gunshot wounds, to make sure that was the only one," Vogel said. "When it was determined that was the only one, I had an instinct to pick her up and run her to the ambulance down that block, and that's when I sprinted with her."
Vogel, who is a mother herself, said hearing a child had been shot "was definitely more nerve wracking because you don't know where she was shot, or if it was true, if she was OK. I didn't know the circumstances. so as a mom, I think my motherly instincts went to, 'I need to help her.'"
"This little girl is the strongest person I have ever seen. For somebody who has just been shot, she was just standing there. obviously scared, but she wasn't crying or anything," Vogel said. "She only yelled when we were tightening the tourniquet, because that's very painful, but she was very calm for somebody who was in a very traumatic situation."
The child's mother, father and aunt were all with her at the time of the shooting.
"Obviously they were very upset and traumatized by the whole situation," Vogel said. "When we ran her to the ambulance the mother and the family were running right behind us, and the mother came on the ambulance with us."
"I just wanted to get her to the hospital. During that time my partner had yelled there was an ambulance down the block. Through my mind, I was just, 'she needs to get to the hospital.' When there is a gunshot wound up on your thigh, there are arteries, and I didn't know if an artery was hit or not, so I was just wanting to make sure she got to the hospital as soon as possible," Vogel told GMA.
Vogel, who has been on the force for 4 1/2 years, comes from a family of cops but actually started as a teacher.
"As I was teaching in Brooklyn, I loved teaching, but its just not want I thought I wanted to do … I just knew I wanted to become a police officer to be able to help people in a different way," she said.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Six adults were killed early Sunday morning when a suspect opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado, police said.
The suspect, who was allegedly the boyfriend of one of the victims, took his own life, according to police.
Officers responded to a 911 call at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park around 12:18 a.m. and discovered the victims and suspect with gunshot wounds. Six of the people were pronounced dead on the scene and a seventh was found with serious injuries and was taken to the hospital but succumbed to their injuries, police said. It's unclear if the suspect was the one taken to the hospital.
Police said the unidentified suspect drove to the mobile home park while a birthday celebration was going on for one of the victims. Investigators said friends, family and children were all gathered when the suspect came in and allegedly opened fire.
"The children at the trailer were uninjured by the suspect and are now with relatives," the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a statement.
The investigation is ongoing and police didn't immediately determine the shooter's motives.
"My vow to this community and to the families who have lost someone today, is that this department will do everything we can to find you the answers you deserve and be here for you with an unwavering support," Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers called for patience as investigators searched for clues behind the killings.
"Today we find ourselves mourning the loss of lives and praying solemnly for those who were injured and those who lost family members in a senseless act of violence on Sunday morning," he said in a statement.
Gov. Jared Polis also offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families.
"The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating, especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today," he said in a statement.
Police asked anyone who has information about this crime to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000 or the department's tip line at (719) 634-STOP (7867).
(SALEM, Ore.) -- Returning to the pulpit after a COVID-19 outbreak infected him, his wife and 72 members of their congregation, the senior pastor of an Oregon church said Sunday that he will not kowtow to pressure to close the doors to the house of worship.
Pastor Scott Erickson of the Peoples Church in Salem, Oregon, began his Mother's Day sermon by addressing the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in his church and throughout the state.
“In the last several days, it is apparent that voices in our community and region want the church of Jesus Christ to be quiet and to be closed," Erickson told those in attendance at the church and others watching a livestream online broadcast. “Not us, not here, not now. That’s not what we’re doing."
Peoples Church was among 10 churches in Oregon that joined together to file a lawsuit in May 2020 asking the Baker County Circuit Court to issue a temporary restraining order blocking Oregon Gov. Kate Brown from enforcing stay-at-home executive regulations against churches. The lawsuit argued that Brown's restrictions on churches violated constitutional protections for religious freedom.
In December, Brown lifted restrictions on religious gatherings, changing them to "guidelines." Brown's decision came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing strict attendance limits on churches in areas that were designated as COVID-19 hot spots.
Erickson, 70, who has been pastor of Peoples Church for 21 years, said his decision to keep the church open was, in his opinion, not an act of defiance.
"We'll press on and honor what Jesus said in his word. He said, ‘I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.’ I believe his word is true," Erickson said.
The pastor's Sunday sermon came after the Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday that it launched an investigation on April 6 into the coronavirus outbreak at the church that left 74 members infected.
Erickson tied the church's outbreak to one that has spread across the state in the past month, including in Marion County, where Salem is located.
On Saturday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 833 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths related to the virus over the past seven days.
Since the pandemic began, Oregon has reported a total of 190,804 cases statewide, including 2,528 deaths.
“Thousands in our region were afflicted with symptoms of the virus," Erickson said. "Some on our staff and some that worship among us were those that experienced challenges that accompanied the virus."
Erickson spoke little about the bouts with COVID-19 that he and his wife endured.
"First time in 48 years of ministry that I had to call in sick," he said. "So, it’s kind of a very strange feeling to have missed three Sundays in a row."
On April 18, an assistant pastor at the church announced that Erickson and his wife, Bonnie, were hospitalized after COVID-19 diagnoses and that the pastor had developed pneumonia in his left lung.
Sunday marked Erickson's return to in-person services since the diagnosis.
"The church of Jesus Christ is the only hope for our community and for our region and our state," Erickson said. “And so we continue to magnify Jesus here as a church, and we’re not in defiance. We are here just to tell people the good news that Jesus loves our city and he loves the people of Oregon."
Erickson added, “So we remain cautious here at Peoples Church and continue to provide a safe and anointed environment where people can experience God’s presence and draw on his power.”
(NEW YORK) -- A cyberattack has forced the shutdown of a major gas pipeline in the U.S. that supplies 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast.
The cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to Linden, New Jersey, began 7 p.m. on Friday night, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency report reviewed by ABC News.
"We proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems," the company said in a statement.
Colonial Pipeline said in an update Saturday the attack involved ransomware.
Colonial's network supplies fuel from U.S. refiners on the Gulf Coast to the eastern and southern U.S. and transports 2.5 million barrels a day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products through 5,500 miles of pipelines, the company said.
It's not clear how long the pipelines would be shut down. The shutdown will affect other pipeline operations such as the Buckeye and Twin Oaks Pipeline, which runs through the New York City-Long Island area and Maine, FEMA said.
The company, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, said it hired an outside cybersecurity firm to investigate the nature and scope of the attack and has also contacted law enforcement and federal agencies.
"Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline," the company said.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation, according to a White House spokesperson.
"The federal government is working actively to assess the implications of this incident, avoid disruption to supply, and help the company restore pipeline operations as quickly as possible," the spokesperson said.
The official said the administration is proactively reaching out across the sector to ensure that they have protections in place that can detect similar attacks.
The FBI said it is working with Colonial Pipeline on the ransomware attack.
"FBI was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021 and is working closely with the company and government partners," the FBI said. "We have nothing additional to share at this time."
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a statement saying they are "engaged" with the company.
"We are engaged with the company and our interagency partners regarding the situation," Eric Goldstein, CISA's executive assistant director of the Cybersecurity Division, said. "This underscores the threat that ransomware poses to organizations regardless of size or sector. We encourage every organization to take action to strengthen their cybersecurity posture to reduce their exposure to these types of threats."
Preliminary results of the investigation at this point suggest the attack was the handiwork of the so-called DarkSide criminal organization that operates in Eastern Europe, according to two officials briefed on the probe. Federal officials are continuing to firm up their findings and are actively trying to determine whether a foreign nation could either be behind the attack or working together with the criminals.
Cybersecurity firm Fireye confirmed to ABC News Sunday that it is helping Colonial Pipeline with its systems in the wake of the attack.
Colonial Pipeline said it is "developing a system restart plan" in a statement Sunday. While the company said its mainline remains offline, smaller, "lateral" lines between terminals and delivery points are operational.
"We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations," the company said.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Administration said it is temporarily lifting certain rules for truck drivers who transport gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and petroleum products in states affected by the pipeline shutdown.
Last year, Fireye discovered the massive SolarWinds hack which affected nine government agencies.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke about the dangers of ransomware earlier this week given the recent spate of ransomware attacks, including the hack of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department and the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Newly released documents from an internal probe into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor shows two investigators determined that none of the officers involved in serving a 2020 narcotics warrant at the 26-year-old's apartment should have fired their gun, but the findings were contradicted by senior officials in the Louisville Metro Police Department, according to a new report from two investigators.
Sgt. Andrew Meyer of the police department's Professional Standards Unit determined in a preliminary report dated Dec. 4 that the three officers involved in the March 13, 2020, shooting should have held their fire after Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot one of them, according to the documents obtained by ABC News.
"They took a total of thirty-two shots, when the provided circumstances made it unsafe to take a single shot. This is how the wrong person was shot and killed," Meyer wrote, according to the news media outlets.
Meyer made a preliminary finding that Louisville police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot in the leg during the incident, and former officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison all allegedly violated department use-of-force policy by ignoring the significant risk of hitting someone who did not pose a threat, the internal report reads.
In his preliminary report, Meyer wrote that deadly force should only have been used against Walker, the person who presented a deadly threat by firing one shot at a team of officers who rammed down Taylor's door and entered the apartment to serve the warrant.
Mattingly, according to Meyer's report, "should not have taken the shot" because Walker, who had a permit to carry a handgun, wasn't a clear, isolated target after he ducked into a back bedroom at the end of a dimly lit hallway.
"Ms. Taylor's safety should have been considered before he (Mattingly) returned fire," Meyer wrote.
Meyer's preliminary report findings were supported by his lieutenant, Jeff Artman.
While Walker was not injured in the shooting, Taylor was shot six times, including at least once by Mattingly, according to Meyer's report.
An FBI ballistics report found that Cosgrove fired the fatal shot, while Hankison, who was standing outside the apartment, fired 10 errant rounds through a sliding glass patio door that had the blinds drawn.
Hankison was the only officer indicted on criminal charges in the shooting, but not for Taylor's death. Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree because bullets he allegedly fired missed Taylor but penetrated a wall of the residence and entered a neighboring apartment occupied by a child, a man and a pregnant woman.
Hankison pleaded not guilty to the charges in September and is awaiting trial.
While Cosgrove and Hankison were both fired for violating police department policy stemming from the shooting, Mattingly was cleared of wrongdoing by former interim Louisville police Chief Yvette Gentry, who overruled Meyer's recommendation that all three officers face discipline for violating department policy.
Gentry wrote in a memo that Mattingly identified Walker as having a gun in his hand, posing "an immediate threat of death or serious injury to an officer."
"Sergeant Mattingly’s actions therefore need to be examined through the lens of what he reasonably believed at the time he discharged his weapon at an identified threat, at the end of a dimly lit hallway, after being shot himself," Gentry's memo reads.
Gentry, who came out of retirement to fill the position of interim chief, retired again in January when former Atlanta police chief, Erika Shields, was appointed to be Louisville's new top cop.
As a civilian, Gentry released a statement on Friday defending her decision.
"I fired people that some believe should have been suspended, I reprimanded people some people (said) should have been exonerated and I overturned what was believed was not appropriate for the situation," Gentry said.
Gentry, however, added, "I still believe in my soul Breonna Taylor should be alive."
The Louisville Metro Police Department did not comment on Meyer's report.
Mattingly, 48, informed the police department in April that he plans to retire on June 1, according to a department spokesperson.
Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron determined that Cosgrove and Mattingly were justified in their use of deadly force because Walker fired the first shot. Due to that finding, Cameron said prosecutors did not recommend homicide charges to the grand jury.
Lonita Baker, an attorney for Taylor's family, said the newly released documents add more questions than answers about Gentry's decision not to discipline Mattingly.
"Had the officers did as they were trained, they would have retreated," Baker told ABC News affiliate WHAS."
According to this investigator, it didn't justify any shots because they couldn't assess the threat," Baker told WHAS. "It's disappointing that Chief Gentry went against the recommendation of the investigators. Only she knows the reason that she did that."
Mattingly and the other officers involved in serving the "no-knock" search warrant obtained in an investigation of Taylor's ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, claimed they knocked and announced themselves before bursting into the apartment. But Walker and multiple neighbors in the area said they never heard officers knock or announce themselves.
Walker told ABC News in October that he thought intruders were attempting to break in and that going through his head was, "Protect Breonna, protect myself."
Mattingly's attorney declined to comment on the new development.
In an interview with ABC News in October, Mattingly said that as soon as he entered the apartment and turned a corner to the hallway, "my eyes went straight to the barrel of this gun." He said within "milliseconds" he felt a burning sensation in his leg.
"As soon as I felt the smack on my leg and the heat, I -- boom, boom -- returned four return shots, four shots," he said, adding that he fired two additional rounds as the shooter rushed into a bedroom.
(LOS ANGELES) — Nine people have been injured after a balcony suddenly collapsed at a beachfront California home, causing the victims to plummet about 15 feet onto the rocky shore below.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at a beachfront home just off of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, according to ABC News' Los Angeles station KABC-TV.
"(There were) probably like 10 people on the back deck and we heard a crack and I literally saw all of my best friends and my girlfriend fall 15 feet to the rocks," said one man who spoke to KABC about the accident. “It’s a freak accident. Like, I don’t know, I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know how that happens. So, it is pretty cut and dry. The deck literally just gave out.”
Witnesses say that the group had gathered at the home on Saturday for a birthday party when the deck collapsed.
Investigators say the deck’s integrity combined with the weight of too many people likely caused it to buckle and send the victims crashing onto the rocks below, according to a report from KABC.
A total of nine people were injured in the collapse, including four who were taken to be treated at the hospital. The extent of the injuries suffered in the accident have not been disclosed by authorities but none of the injuries seem to be life-threatening.
“We are looking at approximately 10 to 15 feet … Down below are jagged rocks, large rocks, so a very dangerous situation and fortunately, no one was hurt seriously or killed in this situation," Captain Ron Haralson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told KABC.
Investigators told KABC that building and safety inspectors will now assess the scene of the accident and determine if there is any structural damage to the home.
“It could have been a lot worse,” a male witness told KABC. “But it is pretty awful.”
(BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md.) -- Four people are dead, including a suspected shooter, and another is injured following reports of an active shooter and fire at a home in Baltimore County, Maryland, authorities said.
Police officers responding to the Woodlawn neighborhood, west of Baltimore, after 6:40 a.m. Saturday found a man armed with a gun outside a burning residence, Baltimore County Police Department spokesperson Joy Stewart said during a press briefing.
Police fatally shot the suspect, Stewart said. The officer-involved shooting is under investigation and it is unclear at this time how many officers discharged their firearms, she said. The suspect has not been publicly identified.
In addition to the suspect, three other people -- two men and a woman -- died, and a male victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident, police said. Authorities have not shared any additional details on the victims.
Two people initially unaccounted for after the incident have since been found.
Police are continuing to search the scene for any other possible victims.
There was no continued threat to the community, police said.
The two-alarm fire destroyed two townhomes and heavily damaged a third, Tim Rostkowski, a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Fire Department, said during the briefing.
The fire was being fed by natural gas, and firefighters were still working to control the gas leak by Saturday afternoon, authorities said. A utility company was working to shut off the natural gas to the home.
"We don't have any preliminary information whatsoever on the exact origin or cause [of the fire]," Rostkowski said. "That's part of the ongoing investigation."
The call for the active shooter and fire came in at the same time, and authorities are investigating if the two incidents are related, authorities said.
"We have this fire that happened, we also have this suspect who was armed," Stewart said. "How they're all related, it's really too early to tell at this point."
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said he was at the scene of the "horrific incident" Saturday morning and will make "all possible resources" available to those impacted.
"This rapidly evolving situation has required a multi-agency response and will take time to fully investigate," he said on Twitter. "Today, we pray for the injured victims and the families who have lost loved ones."