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iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — Police in Ithaca, New York, are reviewing videos as they work to determine what led to the stabbing death of an Ithaca College sophomore on Cornell University's campus early Sunday.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Nazaire, who had just begun his sophomore year studying business administration at Ithaca College, was stabbed along with another Ithaca student during a "large fight" on the Cornell campus after a student-organized event, Ithaca College said in a statement.

The stabbing happened when "several fights broke out" shortly before 2 a.m., Cornell University said in a statement Monday.

"These events occurred after a party at Willard Straight Hall sponsored by a Cornell fraternity, Omega Psi Phi," the statement said. "For several years the fraternity has hosted such an event during the first week of classes."

Nazaire, of Brooklyn, New York, died from the stabbing, Ithaca College said. The other victim, whose name was not released, was treated and released from the hospital, Ithaca College and Cornell said.

No perpetrators have been apprehended or identified yet, Ithaca College said Sunday.

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating. Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson of the Ithaca police told ABC News that the department has received multiple videos that show several fights, but described the scene as chaotic and said it's difficult to discern what was happening.

Williamson said police are still working to identify people seen in the videos and hope they can improve the quality of the images to get a better look at the scene.

The police are requesting more people step forward to submit videos from the incident.

Williamson told ABC affiliate WSYR-TV in Syracuse Monday that "video has helped us to put some of the pieces of the puzzle together, but not everything quite yet."

Nazaire's sister Kiara Nazaire told ABC station WABC-TV in New York that she heard from another student that a "bump" started the fight.

Anthony "was with his friend, his friend bumped the girl by accident and he apologized," Kiara Nazaire said. "Both of them apologized, even my brother apologized and didn't bump the girl."

But the situation seemed to escalate. In an attempt to avoid further conflict, Anthony and his friend "walked away," she said.

"These cowards followed them and hit his friend," Kiara Nazaire added. "Anthony tried to help his friend but he was hit, too."

Ithaca police told ABC News they have heard about the potential reason for the altercation and are looking into it.

"My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Anthony Nazaire," Ithaca College President Tom Rochon said. "He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus."

"I don't understand how someone could just take someone's life away like that," Kiara Nazaire told WABC. "I would see killings all over the news ... I never knew that it would have to be me crying over someone so close."

"I just hope my brother finds justice," she added.

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Loren Elliott/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Officials released 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, for the first time Tuesday.

Forty-nine people were killed in the June 12 massacre and dozens of others were injured.

In one call, a female dispatcher says, “You say you heard gunshots?”

A male caller replies, “As soon as I heard ... we ran. ... Gunshots were going like crazy.”

In another 911 call, a man says his girlfriend is at Pulse, where she is hiding in a bathroom.

"There's like 18 people, two are dead, they're in the bathroom," the man says. "They're all scared to death, they all think they're gonna die."

He says his girlfriend is texting him because she's afraid the shooter will hear.

"She saying the shooters are here. So I don't know if they're in the bathroom with her now or just in the club," the man tells 911.

At one point, he tells the dispatcher his girlfriend is not responding.

"It's OK, she might be with the deputies or she might be just trying not to let the light come out," the dispatcher replies. "I'm gonna stay on the phone with you."

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Courtesy City of Binghamton(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — The mayor of Binghamton, New York, has released dashcam footage of a 10-car pileup on Highway 17 last week in an attempt to find and honor the bystanders who can be seen on camera rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle.

Good Samaritan Jay Zemotel said he was among those at the scene of the crash, which he said, "words can't describe," and helped rescue a paralyzed woman and others who were trapped in their vehicles.

"It was just amazing; a big cloud of dust. And when it settled it was just car parts and shrapnel everywhere. It was unexplainable," Zemotel told ABC News Tuesday.

"It was a pretty traumatic event. I haven't really slept well since. You just replay the accident in your head," Zemotel said of the accident. "It was just kind of strange because I totally missed the accident. It was literally like feet in front of me."

Zemotel said he was pulling a man from his vehicle when he noticed a woman calling for help in her vehicle behind them. "Then I saw she was in a wheelchair, and then I saw the other car on fire, and I was like, 'OK, we have got to get you out of here.'"

"It was like I was trapped in a movie. You see a car on fire you think it’s going to blow up. I was kind of fearing for my life, but I wasn't going to leave her there. There's just no way," Zemotel said.

He added that he was just happy that no one died in the crash.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David said in a Facebook post that "miraculously," there were no fatalities, and praised the "brave individuals" who stepped up to help.

"Dramatic dash camera video of last week's 10-vehicle pileup on Route 17 in the City of Binghamton. It captures the chilling first moments of the crash and the actions of bystanders who pulled a woman from a burning vehicle. In a time of crisis, these brave individuals navigated through flames and broken glass to save a stranger's life," the mayor wrote in a Facebook post.

"The woman suffered only minor cuts and bruises. Miraculously, the crash resulted in no fatalities. We're still attempting to identify those seen on video so they can be recognized for their efforts. On behalf of our entire community, I commend these unsung heroes as well as our local police, fire and EMS first responders. Binghamton is safer because of you."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tropical depressions continue to churn in the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with them fears of hurricanes along the coast.

So far, the depressions do not pose an urgent threat to any land mass, but Hurricane Gaston, a storm likely to finish its course in the Atlantic, has created rip currents apparently strong enough to drown a 26-year-old swimmer Monday evening in Long Beach, New York.

A tropical depression that formed Sunday off the coast of North Carolina appears sluggish and disorganized Tuesday morning, and is likely struggling to survive.

A chance exists that it could become a weak tropical storm later Tuesday, hitting the outer banks of North Carolina. Because of the threat, the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning for the outer banks of the state.

Another tropical depression is further away, located north of Cuba and in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but is considered to be a more organized storm that could strike landfall north of Tampa Thursday morning.

As for the Long Island drowning, it was the first such incident this summer, according to ABC New York station WABC-TV.

Another swimmer that lifeguards pulled out of the Atlantic survived, the station reported.

"Yeah, somebody came running up to tell us that there's two guys in the surf need help, and I only saw one,” Ed Fayans, a surfer who witnessed the ordeal, told WABC-TV. “And then when I started running down, I saw a limp body in the surf, and I took that one and my son went out and got the guy who was way out that was losing it.”


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Alaska Airlines(SEATTLE) — Authorities led a man off an Alaska Airlines flight in handcuffs after he attempted to open the aircraft's door mid-flight on Monday, reports KOMO, an ABC affiliate in Seattle.

The Seattle-bound flight took off from JFK International Airport in New York, but was diverted to Minneapolis so the man could be removed and taken into custody.

The passenger became unruly, then tried to open a door at the rear of the 737, Alaska spokeswoman Halley Knigge told KOMO.

She said it would not be possible for a passenger to open the door in flight because of air pressure differences inside and outside the plane.

The crew initially tried to calm the man, then decided to divert to Minneapolis. Police arrested the man after the 737 landed in Minneapolis about 9:45 a.m. local time, KOMO reported.

The plane finally landed in Seattle just before 1 p.m. local time.
 
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ABC News(NEW YORK) — There are currently two tropical depressions churning in the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Depression 8 is near the Outer Banks and Tropical Depression 9 is entering the Gulf of Mexico. Both are expected to become tropical storms by Tuesday. In addition, there is also Atlantic’s first major hurricane of the season, Gaston, which is no threat to land.

These tropical systems are creating rough surf and dangerous rip currents for the next several days up and down the East Coast; alerts are up from Florida to Long Island!

ABC NewsTropical Depression 8 formed on Sunday off the coast of North Carolina and currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It is trying to organize and could strengthen into a tropical storm within the next 24 hours. The current forecast track brings the potential topical storm near North Carolina's Outer Banks on Tuesday. By Wednesday, it is racing back out to sea away from the coast.

ABC NewsTuesday is the primary day for impacts to be felt in coastal North Carolina from this system, and a tropical storm warning is in effect from Cape Overlook to Oregon Inlet. The main hazards are gusty winds, rip currents, high waves, and heavy rain accumulations locally up to 5 inches for the Outer Banks.

ABC NewsTropical Depression 9 also formed on Sunday and is currently over Northern Cuba, bringing torrential rain there with some of that moisture making its way into the Florida Keys. Right now, it has max sustained winds at 35 mph and is moving west-northwest at 5 mph. Cuba may see up to a foot of rain through Wednesday, which could cause flash flooding and mudslides. Also, because of its close vicinity to Florida, Tampa to Miami could also see up to a half-foot of rain (locally 6 inches or more) through Wednesday.

Here’s the current forecast track; you can see that Tropical Depression 9 is also expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday, and will continue a strengthening trend in the Gulf of Mexico before turning around and heading toward the Gulf Coast of Florida.

ABC NewsAs of right now, there are no tropical storm watches or warnings anywhere in the state of Florida. Tropical storm conditions are possible there by Thursday, so Florida residents along the Gulf Coast need to continue to monitor this system.

ABC NewsHurricane Gaston has become the first major hurricane in the Atlantic Basin this season. It is still considered a "fish storm" and is no threat to any landmasses. At the time, there are no hurricane threats anywhere in the U.S. Gaston has weakened from a Category 3 to a Category 2 hurricane and will continue to weaken as it moves out to sea over the next few days.

ABC NewsAnother area of tropical interest this week is Hawaii. Currently TWO hurricanes, named Madeline and Lester, are threatening the islands one after another later this week into the weekend. The first hurricane we will be tracking is Madeline, which is moving west-northwest with maximum sustained winds at 115 mph. The forecast track takes the Hurricane Madeline just south of Hilo during the Wednesday-Thursday time frame as a Category 1. After Madeline has passed, Hurricane Lester is lurking not too far behind, and could also threaten Hawaii this weekend.

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WABC-TV(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- The fight on Cornell University's campus that led to the death of an Ithaca College sophomore this weekend allegedly began from an accidental bump, according to the victim's sister.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Nazaire, who had just begun his sophomore year studying business administration at Ithaca College, was stabbed along with another Ithaca student during a "large fight" on the Cornell campus after a student-organized event, Ithaca College said.

Anthony Nazaire, of Brooklyn, New York, died from the stabbing, Ithaca College said. The other victim, whose name was not released, was treated and released from the hospital, Ithaca College and Cornell said.

Anthony Nazaire's sister Kiara Nazaire told ABC-owned station WABC-TV that she heard from another student that what started the fight was a bump.

Anthony "was with his friend, his friend bumped the girl by accident, and he apologized," Kiara Nazaire said. "Both of them apologized, even my brother apologized and didn't bump the girl."

But the situation seemed to escalate, and Anthony and his friend "walked away. And these cowards followed them and hit his friend," Kiara Nazaire said. "Anthony tried to help his friend but he was hit, too," Nazaire said.

Ithaca police told ABC News they have heard that potential reason for the altercation and are looking into it.

"I don't understand how someone could just take someone's life away like that," Kiara Nazaire told WABC. "I would see killings all over the news ... I never knew that it would have to be me crying over someone so close."

Kiara Nazaire said her driven younger brother aspired to become an entrepreneur.

"Talking about the business ventures that he had planned -- we used to sit there all night," Kiara Nazaire said.

And he was the first to help her with her own business venture.

"When I found out information for me to open up my own cosmetic line and I told him, the first thing he told me was, 'How much money I gotta send you?' And he was away in Ithaca. That was the first thing he said," she recalled. "And the moment I told him ... he came home for the weekend, I showed him everything ... a week later I had my own cosmetic line.

"Every night we would text each other 'I love you,'" she added. "I just hope my brother finds justice."

"My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Anthony Nazaire," Ithaca College President Tom Rochon said. "He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus."

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating and Ithaca College said Sunday that no perpetrators had been apprehended or identified.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased," Cornell Vice President for Student & Campus Life Ryan Lombardi said.

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our community; as such, this incident is deeply disturbing," Lombardi said. "Please be sure to take care of yourselves and each other throughout the coming days."

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Mississippi DPS(JACKSON, Miss.) -- After the man accused of murdering two nuns in their Mississippi home appeared in court Monday, his family broke down and apologized to the family of one of the victims, according to ABC affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson.

The suspect, Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was arrested late Friday in connection with the deaths of Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held in Durant, Mississippi.

Sanders was wearing shackles and a bulletproof vest as he was taken to the courthouse in Durant Monday afternoon, WAPT-TV reported.

Sanders, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder, in addition to other charges, will be appointed an attorney, according to WAPT-TV.

He will remain in jail without bond, WAPT-TV reported.

It is believed Sanders acted alone in the murders, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

The bodies of the two nuns were found by police Thursday morning when they did not report to work, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson said.

The two nuns also worked as nurse practitioners in the community.

"She was so good to the people down there and they just loved her," Merrill's sister, Rosemarie Merrill, told WAPT-TV.

“These sisters have spent years of dedicated service here in Mississippi," Bishop Joseph Kopacz said, according to a statement on the site for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. "They absolutely loved the people in their community."

"We got each other's backs over here," a community member told WAPT-TV. "So when this happened, it's devastating."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new era took flight Monday as the Federal Aviation Administration introduced new rules for commercial drone use.

No longer do businesses need to be granted special permission from regulators on a case-by-case basis. In the next year, the FAA estimates that more than 600,000 commercial drones will be registered and operating in the U.S.

This is what you need to know about the new rules.

What Are the Rules?

The drone must weigh under 55 pounds and be kept within direct eyesight of the operator, with his or her naked eye, throughout the duration of the flight.

The drones may only fly during daylight hours and they must be kept away from crowds. The rules restrict drone use to sparsely populated areas. And remember, stay low and slow: The drone should remain below 400 feet and never operate faster than 100 mph.

The operator must also be an FAA-certified pilot.

How Does One Become a Certified Pilot?

A certified pilot must be 16 years old and able to read, speak, write and understand English. He or she is expected to be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate the aircraft.

After meeting these requirements, a soon-to-be pilot must pass a knowledge exam at an FAA-approved testing center.

What If a Business Needs to Operate Outside These Rules?

Many businesses plan to use drones at night or out of direct eyesight. In a case where a company needs to fly outside of the operational restrictions, the company can apply for a waiver.

The FAA said Monday morning that it is issuing more than 70 waivers today alone; most were for permission to operate at night.

What Are Businesses Using Drones for?


Any business that needs photos or videos from the air will benefit greatly from these new rules. For example, real estate firms can take new photos and videos of properties. Farmers can inspect crops more efficiently than ever. Railroads can inspect tracks faster than ever while oil or gas companies can do the same with pipelines.

Many of these uses will require a waiver, but the FAA has a process in place to make that possible.

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amana images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The killing of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge, who was caught in crossfire as she walked her newborn on Chicago's South Side, has brought more attention to the widespread violence in the Midwest's largest city.

The statistics on such slayings in Chicago are staggering. There were 316 homicides from Jan. 1 to June 30 of this year. No other city cracked the 300s.

The nation's largest city, New York - which has a population about three times Chicago's - had 161 homicides in the first half of this year.

There were 244 homicides in Los Angeles area, according to numbers from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Here's how the number of homicides in Chicago compares to the other U.S. cities with the highest homicide rates:

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And how the number of non-deadly shootings in Chicago compare to those same cities:

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"An increasing numbers of major cities across the country are experiencing increases in violent crime - in particular gun-related crime," and much of this crime is occurring within minority communities, said John Cohen, an ABC News contributor who is a former U.S. counterterrorism official.

Cohen attributed the violence in Chicago and other cities to three trends: 1. An increased level of confrontational gang interactions; 2. more guns being carried; 3. and local police pulling back in proactive stops.

"It's primarily being driven by gang-related activity, and the fact that criminals in these communities believe they are less likely to be stopped by police so they are choosing to carry guns," Cohen said. "So when a confrontation occurs it's more likely going to turn into a shooting."

"People are scared of being involved in a confrontation where another person has a gun and they don't. So people in these communities are carrying guns, because their perceiving the police being less proactive in trying to find people carrying guns, Cohen said. "It's a whole different risk question for them. ... They would rather take the risk of being caught with a gun illegally than not having a gun if they're involved in a confrontation with another gang member."

And "part of the reason they feel more emboldened to carry... they are seeing they are being stopped less frequently by police." Cohen said. "Criminals ware much more willing to carry guns because they believe they can get away with carrying those guns, because they are also seeing a decrease in police going out in the communities to contact people and get guns off the street."

Cohen said proactive stops by police "is the primary way you deal with this type of violence."

Police usually "deal with gang-related violence through a variety of focused, proactive enforcement activities targeting repeat offenders and violent gang members," Cohen said

But those efforts are difficult in Monday's highly charged, polarized environment, Cohen said, where "attitudes towards police - particularly in communities of color - are negative" and police departments "need to work to regain trust with those community members."

Cohen says decreasing gang-related crime is going to take police officers’ going into those communities and aggressively targeting repeat offenders, people on parole and probation, and gang members -- "those individuals who we know are involved in violent activity."

As Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson this weekend announced the arrests of two convicted felons in connection with Aldridge's killing, he said, "This reprehensible act of violence is an example of why we need to change the way we treat habitual offenders in the city of Chicago. When will enough be enough?"

"She was just another mother who wanted her children to get an education just like any good parent would," Johnson said of Aldridge. "Instead her life was cut short by gunfire from two convicted felons who were both out on parole. One of whom was on his daily break from an electronic monitoring bracelet."

Johnson said Chicago must "take action when it comes to how we sentence our repeat gun offenders. I’m frustrated, you should be frustrated, all Chicagoans should be frustrated."

"This tragedy isn’t just noteworthy because Ms. Aldridge has famous family member," he said. "It’s noteworthy because these two offenders are the prime example of the challenge we face here in Chicago with repeat gun offenders that don’t care who they shoot, don’t care whose life they take and clearly, clearly, don’t fear the consequences of their actions."

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Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Two brothers accused of murdering Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, are expected to appear in court Monday.

The suspects, 26-year-old Darwin Sorrells Jr. and 22-year-old Derren Sorrells are both convicted felons who served time in prison, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Sunday. Johnson said one of the men was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting and that both men are “documented gang members."

They have both been charged with first-degree murder.

The shooting happened Friday afternoon when Aldridge, a mother of four, was pushing her baby in a stroller on the Chicago's South Side.

Alridge, 32, was caught in the crossfire of nearby gunshots. She was hit in the arm and the head, according to police.

Surveillance video captures the moment she was shot and fell to the ground while her young child remained in the stroller.

After Aldridge was killed, a relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Darwin Sorells Jr. admitted in a statement that he was armed and approached the apparent target of the shooting with a gun. Derren Sorells admitted in a statement to Chicago police to shooting multiple times at the apparent target.

Wade took to Twitter after the shooting, calling his cousin's death "Another act of senseless gun violence."

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Twitter/Stephanie(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — After a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, was forced to make an emergency landing over the weekend in Pensacola, Florida, due to what the airline said was a mechanical issue, passengers shared their accounts of harrowing moments inside the plane.

"I literally thought that was it, that this is how I'm going out," said Kimberly Zetsch.

Flight data showed that the plane descended from an altitude of 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet in just over eight minutes on Saturday.

A spokesperson from the airline told ABC News that the jet for SW flight 3472 suffered a "mechanical issue with the number one engine."

"We heard a loud boom at about 10,000 feet," passenger Stephanie Miller said. "Sounded like an 18-wheeler tire blowing, and we started smelling smoke."

Miller's pictures suggest the front casing of the left engine fell apart.

Another passenger, Vickie Fisher, said she knew the severity of the situation right away, "The noise and the shaking -- I knew instantly that this is not good."

ABC News' David Kerley said the metal shrapnel sliced into the tail of the jet and the fuselage, which breached the protection barrier for passengers. With pressure escaping from the cabin as a result, oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and the pilots had to take quick action, bringing the aircraft into descent so that passengers could breathe.

Zetsch said, "I thought 'I'm not a really good swimmer. How am I going to get out of this?' Then I thought, 'It doesn't really matter — this is it on impact.'"

"We just couldn't get to land fast enough," Miller said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the malfunction. Southwest Airlines maintains it was not an explosion.

"This is very very rare and it's very dangerous because in this case the engine actually cut through a piece of metal into the cabin, and it was close to where somebody was sitting," said retired Marine Corps Col. Steve Ganyard, an aviation consultant for ABC News. "Somebody could easily have been killed."

Luckily, the flight landed safely, and none of the 99 passengers or five crew on board were injured.

According to Southwest, the plane is now out of service.

Those three passengers all credit the pilot and flight crew with getting them on the ground safely and keeping everyone calm. Passengers said the pilot checked in with each passenger personally to make sure no one was hurt.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Reports of an active shooter caused a sense of chaos at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, bringing travel to a halt and causing delays to pile up into Monday morning.

Passengers breached security doors and spilled out onto the airport tarmac at around 9 p.m. after word of a shooting threat spread.

Fortunately, the report turned out to be a false alarm, but it caused 281 delays, two cancellations, and 27 flight diversions, according to LAX, which also said that one person was injured from getting trampled.

"Due to initial reports of an active shooter in Terminal eight at LAX, passengers in several LAX terminals self-evacuated onto the tarmac and rushed through federal security screening without being properly screened," the airport explained in a statement.

In a somewhat surreal twist, an individual in a Zorro costume was detained by airport police.

Police told ABC News that a man in the Zorro costume was stopped by police. Someone yelled that he had a sword, which turned out to be wooden. Later, reports of an active shooter began to spread throughout the airport, but it remains unclear if those reports were related directly to the man in the costume.

The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated the airport and conducted a search, later confirming there was no evidence of any shooting and that the incident appeared to be a false alarm.

Still, the panic brought the airport's traffic to a halt as the terminals were cleared and incoming flights were partially shut down for 30 minutes.

Dozens of passengers could be seen exiting the airport for their cars or nearby hotels, luggage in tow.

Early Monday, LAX still had arrival delays of about 49 minutes on average and departure delays of 1 hour and 40 minutes, according to FlightAware.com.

The airport said it halted incoming traffic on the south runway complex shortly after 9 p.m. and that arrivals were cleared roughly a half-hour later.

It took about 90 minutes to get the airport terminals cleared for passengers to re-enter the airport.


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Joshua Lott/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Even before the high-profile shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwayne Wade's cousin, Chicago had been battling a citywide spike in violent crime.

While the connection to one of the country's best-known athletes has drawn national attention to the city's problem with gun violence, the underlying problem remains all too familiar for many Chicago residents.

Following Aldridge's death, nine people were killed and nearly 50 were shot across Chicago over the weekend, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

Aldridge's death took place just one day after Wade participated in an ESPN Town Hall on gun violence in the Windy City, an event also attended by Wade's mother, the pastor Jolinda Wade.

"Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it," she said.

"We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening."

Murders have spiked by 49 percent this year compared to last year, and 81 percent over the same time period in 2014.

With more than 450 murders so far in 2015, Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2012, when 504 were recorded in the entire year.

Overall shooting incidents — at more than 2,200 and counting — have mirrored that rise, with a 48 percent spike so far in 2016.

Police blame gangs for a disproportionate share of the city's violent crime.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Saturday that about 1,400 people — many of them gangs members — are driving 85 percent of the city's gun violence.

The two suspects in Aldridge's murder are both documented gang members, police said.

Tragically, many of the shooting victims get caught in the crossfire.

Aldridge, 32, was hit by stray bullets as she pushed her newborn in a stroller after enrolling one of her children in school, WLS-TV reported.

This year's shootings have intensified with the summer heat.

On Aug. 8, nine people were murdered in Chicago, making it the bloodiest day in 13 years, according to the Chicago Tribune. The victims that day included a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played on his front porch, the Tribune reported.

Some 27 children younger than 13 have been shot in Chicago so far this year, according to WLS-TV.

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Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, announcing murder charges against two men on parole in the death of Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin, said it was time to "get serious" about keeping violent criminals in jail.

"The gun offenders that choose to do this time and time again, we have to hold them accountable," Johnson said, referring to Darwin and Derren Sorrells, the men who were charged with the murder of Alridge. "We need to put them in jail and keep them there."

Aldridge, 32, had been pushing her child in a stroller on the city's South Side on Friday afternoon when gunfire was exchanged nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police.

The case has helped to shine a spotlight on the ongoing issue of violence in Chicago, a subject that Wade himself addressed on a panel hosted by ESPN on Thursday, the night before the shooting of his cousin took place.

Johnson portrayed the death of Alridge as being a failure of the criminal justice system.

"Darwin Sorrells was let out on parole for unlawful use of a weapon in February of this year," he said at a press conference Sunday. "His brother, Derren Sorrells, was involved in a murder not only while he was on parole but while he was wearing a home monitoring bracelet. I want all of you to think about what I just said and ask what that tells you."

He also described the problem of illegal guns and gun violence in his city as an endemic one, saying that "all Chicagoans should be frustrated" with the violence.

"It’s time to stop talking and to get serious and take action when it comes to how we sentence our repeat gun offenders," Johnson said. "I’m frustrated, you should be frustrated, all Chicagoans should be frustrated."

To back up his statement, Johnson cited some alarming numbers. He said CPD had confiscated "nearly 6,000" illegal guns in 2016 -- an average of one every hour, and a figure that he said was more than the totals of New York and Los Angeles combined.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S., with roughly 2.7 million residents. New York has roughly 8.3 million people and Los Angeles more than 3.8 million.

"That's not because we're better than them," Johnson said of the comparison. "It's because of the proliferation of guns out on the streets of Chicago."

That proliferation of guns has translated into increasing bloodshed in the city.

The Chicago Tribune keeps an up-to-date map detailing where people were shot in Chicago, broken down by community.

According to the newspaper's statistics, there have been 5,727 shooting victims in the city since January 1st of 2015, with 2,739 of those incidents occurring in this year alone.

Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel frequently place the blame for the increase in illegal gun trafficking and shootings in the city on gangs, and Johnson Sunday described the Sorrells brothers as known gang members."

The city is known for having strict gun control, and the violence in the city is frequently used by conservatives in arguments against gun control legislation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold from Illinois, however, broke with his GOP colleagues in June by calling for a series of gun control measures while running for re-election, a move that helps to indicate the growing level of concern surrounding gun violence in the region.



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