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Violence Breaks Out at Donald Trump Rally in San Jose

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Donald Trump’s rally in San Jose, California, Thursday night was marred by violence by anti-Trump supporters, who targeted the event’s attendees and police.

The San Jose Police Department said it “made a few arrests” following the rally, and an officer was assaulted. A spokesperson said Thursday night, “As of this time, we do not have specific information on the arrests made. There has been no significant property damage reported.”

Trump’s foes surrounded the San Jose Convention Center, where scuffles broke out between them and Trump supporters. Some of the altercations were physical, resulting in bloody injuries, as depicted in the video below.

Our video of Trump supporter who says he was beaten up coming out of @realDonaldTrump rally. pic.twitter.com/PQSxjXfonl

— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) June 3, 2016

Some anti-Trump protesters also surrounded the car of a presumed Trump supporter as the vehicle was leaving the convention center’s garage. Protesters were shaking the car, and smashed its taillight. Protesters also surrounded police cars, also banging those vehicles.

Protesters burn a #Trump2016 Make America Great Again hat after rally pic.twitter.com/RVvn8dC1SG

— Alex Stone (@astoneabcnews) June 3, 2016

Protestors made up mostly of young ppl. Some throwing up gang signs. There were ppl who came to demonstrate & some who just wanted to brawl

— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) June 3, 2016

Attendees of the rally heading back to their cars were egged, followed and intimidated by some of the anti-Trump protesters. At one point, a large group of protesters surrounded a Trump supporter, throwing bottles and spitting at him as he walked back to his vehicle.

Police instructed protesters over loud speakers to return home, but at one point, between 100 and 200 protesters remained, taunting riot gear-wearing police. As about 200 police officers began marching in lines pushing the crowd out of downtown San Jose, some protesters threw street signs and empty cans.

Before the violence outside the convention center kicked into high gear, rally-goers listened to the presumptive Republican nominee go after Hillary Clinton, just hours after the Democratic presidential hopeful gave a long speech on foreign policy Trump described as “pathetic.”

“I watched Hillary today, it was pathetic,” Trump said. “It was pathetic. It was so sad to watch and you know she’s up there and supposed to be a foreign policy speech, it was a political speech.”

The drum beat of Trump’s attacks on the former Secretary of State have only grown louder in the last several weeks, as he also targets her husband, former President Bill Clinton and President Obama. “Anything Obama wants she’s going forward with because you know why? She doesn’t want to go to jail that’s why folks,” Trump said. “Bill Clinton hated [Obama.] And Hillary Clinton hated Obama. The only reason she’s behaving like this, and the only reason she’s been dragged so far left, believe me, is she doesn’t want to go to jail over the emails, okay? Believe me. That’s the only reason.”

Trump also attempted to endear himself to Hispanics, when he spotted a certain sign among the sea of supporters. “Latinos for Trump, that’s what I like — I love that,” he said. “Latinos! We’re doing well with the Latinos. Nobody knows about it yet. We’re bringing so many jobs in, you watch what happens. The Hispanics, we love the Hispanics!”

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Widow of Slain UCLA Professor Calls Husband’s Death ‘Indescribable Loss’

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The widow of the UCLA professor shot and killed Wednesday by a man believed to be a former student said that her husband’s death is an “indescribable loss.”

“During this extremely difficult time for our family, we are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support,” William Klug’s widow, Mary Elise Klug, said in a statement released by the UCLA.

“This is an indescribable loss. Bill was so much more than my soulmate. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. Knowing that so many others share our family’s sorrow has provided a measure of comfort.”

Klug joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 and headed a research group that studied theoretical and computational biomechanics. The school said he is survived by his wife and their two children.

The LAPD identified the gunman as former UCLA student Mainak Sarkar, who turned the gun on himself after killing William Klug.

Police said they believe Klug was one of Sarkar’s teachers. UCLA confirmed that Sarkar was a graduate student there from the fall of 2007 until the summer of 2013, when he received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the school.

LAP Chief Charlie Beck said investigators are focusing on Sarkar’s grades and what was described as a longer-standing poor relationship between the two men.

Beck also told reporters Thursday that he was aware of a social media post that Sarkar allegedly wrote to bash Klug. But Beck said that the posts he has reviewed “contained no death threats. There [was] some harsh language” but “certainly nothing that would be considered homicidal.”

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Classroom Doors That Don’t Lock Add to UCLA Shooting Scare

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Some students at UCLA were forced to create makeshift barricades because they were unable to lock classroom doors Wednesday when the school went into lockdown during an active-shooter situation.

Beyond that, many of the doors opened outwardly, making it even more difficult to secure them against what was feared to be an active shooter.

UCLA is far from the only university to have doors that could prove problematic in a lockdown situation. Daniel Carter, a campus security consultant, told ABC News that part of the problem is that many campus buildings were not constructed with lockdown drills in mind.

“The door was intended to secure the items in the classroom when it was not in use,” Carter said.

Lockdowns and active-shooter situations are “not something that [were] ever conceived of when most of the academic buildings in this country were built,” Carter said.

But that’s no excuse for complacency, according to John Cohen, a former counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who led the agency’s active-shooter efforts after the deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

“It may be common, but it’s something that schools in the current climate will want to re-evaluate,” Cohen, who is now an ABC News consultant, said.

UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost Scott Waugh said school officials were “troubled” by reports of unlocked doors and promised to review the situation.

“We’ve heard all kinds of reports and we want to look at each one of them and make sure that the campus is secure as possible; make sure the students, faculty and staff will be safe in the locations that they have,” Waugh said Wednesday.

Carter, the campus security consultant, said he saw some of the makeshift barricades that students photographed and posted on social media.

“That is one option, but the only solution would be to rebuild academic buildings across the country, and therein lies the challenge: If you did that for every academic building in this country, the cost would be in the billions, probably,” he said. “That’s the hurdle.”

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Three Fort Hood Soldiers Dead, Six Missing After Truck Overturns Into Creek

iStock/Thinkstock(KILLEEN, Texas) — Three Fort Hood soldiers have died and six more are missing after a truck overturned in a creek near the military post in Killeen, Texas, authorities said.

The soldiers’ bodies were found in Owl Creek, downstream from the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, according to the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office.

The search is ongoing for the remaining six soldiers, from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 1st Cavalry Division, according to Fort Hood.

Three other soldiers were rescued from the water near the vehicle and are in stable condition. They were taken to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood.

Multiple local and state agencies are assisting Fort Hood with the rescue and recovery of the missing soldiers via aircraft, canines and swift-water rescue personnel. They responded to the emergency at 11:20 a.m., according to Fort Hood officials.

Fort Hood will not be releasing the names of the deceased soldiers until next of kin have been notified. Further details on the nature of the accident were not immediately available.

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Blue Angels Pilot Dies in Crash Outside Nashville

Hemera/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A pilot with the elite Navy Blue Angels flight team died Thursday after his F/A-18 crashed outside Nashville, Tennessee, officials said.

The crash occurred as the Blue Angels were practicing before this weekend’s Great Tennessee Air Show in nearby Smyrna. Officials said that it appears the pilot was not able to eject.

Before the crash, the Blue Angels conducted a flyover of downtown Nashville. The aircraft crashed two miles from the edge of the airfield at Smyrna.

The five other aircraft belonging to the Blue Angels were in the air at the time of the crash. All landed safely and none was involved in today’s incident said Commander Jeanette Groeneveld, a spokeswoman for the Naval Air Forces.

The crash occurred just hours after an F-16 belonging to the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team crashed just outside Petersen Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The pilot was able to eject safely in that case.

The Thunderbirds had just participated in a flyover of the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama.

The president later met with the F-16 pilot involved in the crash.

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Florida Man Rescued After 20 Hours in the Ocean With No Life Jacket

USCG(NEW YORK) — A man was rescued in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday after treading water for 20 hours with no life jacket, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

On Wednesday morning, William Durden, 61, of Reno, Nevada set out alone in his boat from the coast of Central Florida, the USCG said in a statement.

But when he didn’t return that night, his wife informed the Coast Guard that he was missing.

Durden became lost and was thrown from his boat on Wednesday afternoon.

“I left the boat in gear and I shouldn’t have, walking to the back of the boat I was by myself,” Durden told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa, Florida. “I went back to grab a rod, something yanked it and pulled me right over.”

At 1:10 a.m. on Thursday his boat was found in the mangroves near St. Martins Key, near Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Durden was rescued by the Coast Guard this afternoon, after being at sea for more than 20 hours. He told WFTS-TV he relied on his navy training for situations just like this.

The USCG released video of the dramatic helicopter rescue on their Twitter page.

#BreakingNews @USCGSoutheast releases video of Homosassa boater #rescue. Thanks to @MyFWC for assistance! #partners pic.twitter.com/ZSlHiIMPr3

— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) June 2, 2016

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Air Force F-16 Thunderbird Crashes Near Colorado Springs, Pilot Ejects Safely

iStock/Thinkstock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — An F-16 Thunderbird which had been performing at the Air Force Academy graduation crashed near Petersen Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, but the pilot managed to eject safely, the Air Force said.

The incident comes on the heels of a flyover by the elite demonstration team at the nearby Air Force Academy graduation, where President Obama was in attendance.

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets toss their hats in the air upon graduating as Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead. https://t.co/CV2e7LeEB4

— ABC News (@ABC) June 2, 2016

Further details were not immediately available.

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Ex-UCLA Student Tied to Another Fatality Before Campus Shooting

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The shooter who killed a UCLA professor Wednesday before turning the gun on himself is also the suspect in another homicide that police believe occurred before the campus shooting, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

Police identified the gunman as former UCLA student Mainak Sarkar. Beck said that Sarkar, who graduated with a PhD from the school in 2013, was “heavily armed.”

Investigators found two semi-automatic guns on him at the scene of the crime, and both were legally purchased.

Sarkar had a note on him that requested that whoever found the note check on his cat, and then it listed his Minnesota address.

Sarkar graduated from UCLA with a PhD in 2013 and Beck said Thursday that police believe he had driven to Los Angeles in “the last couple of days” before the shooting on Wednesday.

When police searched his home, they found a list with three names: two UCLA professors and one woman who lived in Minnesota. One of the professors, William Klug, was fatally shot by Sarkar but the other was off campus and was unharmed.

The woman, whose name has not been publicly released, was found dead of a gunshot wound in her Minnesota residence in a town near St. Paul, where Sarkar lived.

Brooklyn Park police in Minnesota said Thursday that they were notified by the LAPD and asked to go check on someone in relation to the UCLA shooting.

“Upon arrival, officers located one adult female deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Early indications are the shooting occurred prior to the UCLA event,” the Brooklyn Park police said in a statement.

In Klug’s slaying, investigators are focusing on Sarkar’s grades and what was described as a longer-standing poor relationship between the two men. The LAPD said it believes Klug was Sarkar’s teacher.

The second professor whose name was on the “kill list” was aware that “Sarkar had issues with him,” Beck said, but didn’t believe it reached “the level of homicide.”

“I don’t think either of them expected to see him,” Beck said of the two professors.

UCLA confirmed that Sarkar earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the school and attended UCLA as a graduate student from the fall of 2007 until the summer of 2013, when he received his degree.

Klug joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 and headed an eponymous research group that studied theoretical and computational biomechanics. The school said he is survived by a wife and their two children.

Investigators worked through the night to understand what happened and why. Beck said Thursday that Sarkar’s motive may be connected to a dispute over intellectual property, which UCLA has denied.

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Former UCLA Student’s ‘Kill List’ Named Slain Professor, Dead Woman

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The shooter who killed a UCLA professor Wednesday before turning the gun on himself had a “kill list” that included the name of a woman found dead Thursday in Minnesota, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told a local news station Thursday.

Police identified the gunman as former UCLA student Mainak Sarkar. They say he shot and killed UCLA engineering professor William Klug on campus Wednesday morning, prompting a lockdown.

Sarkar, 38, had a list of names on him when he was found, including Klug’s and those of at least one other professor and a woman, Beck told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles Thursday.

The second professor has not been identified, but he is fine, Beck said. The woman, however, has since been found dead in Minnesota. Her name has not been released.

Brooklyn Park police in Minnesota said Thursday that they were notified by the LAPD and asked to go check on someone in relation to the UCLA shooting.

“Upon arrival, officers located one adult female deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Early indications are the shooting occurred prior to the UCLA event,” the Brooklyn Park police said in a statement.

Beck said investigators have since found two notes apparently written by the suspect. One was with him at the scene in Los Angeles, directing someone to check on his cat in Minnesota. Police said they found a second letter in Minnesota, but no details about that one have been released.

In Klug’s slaying, investigators are focusing on Sarkar’s grades and what was described as a longer-standing poor relationship between the two men. The LAPD said it believes Klug was Sarkar’s teacher.

UCLA confirmed that Sarkar earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the school and attended UCLA as a graduate student from the fall of 2007 until the summer of 2013, when he received his degree.

Klug joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 and headed an eponymous research group that studied theoretical and computational biomechanics. The school said he is survived by a wife and their two children.

Investigators worked through the night to understand what happened and why. Beck said Thursday that Sarkar’s motive may be connected to a dispute over intellectual property, which UCLA has denied.

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More Rain on the Way for Flood-Ravaged Texas

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Torrential rainfall continues to overwhelm rivers in Texas, and a slow-moving storm system will add even more water to flood-ravaged towns through the weekend.

In the past 60 days, about 3 feet of rain has fallen in eastern Texas, even closing down parts of Interstate 35 near San Pedro after six inches of rainfall fell Thursday morning alone. Areas west of San Antonio also received up to a half of foot of rain Thursday morning, producing flash flooding.

Video taken near Cibolo, east of San Antonio, shows lightning illuminating a pitch-black sky as thunderstorms hit at 3 a.m. The resident called the weather event a “mesmerizing display of lightning and loud thunder.”

The Brazos River at Richmond has crested at a historic level at 55 feet, more than five feet about the previous record set in 1994. The river is so over capacity that it is spilling into typically untouched areas, according to the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.

More than 1,400 homes have been affected by the flooded Brazos River. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents not to return to their homes. Four hundred and fifty-four rescues have taken place in the area so far.

Parts of Southeastern Texas got a small break from the rain after almost 20 inches of rain fell over the Memorial Day weekend. Overnight, up to 8 inches of rain fell in parts of northern Texas northwest of Dallas, producing flash floods. Most of the state of Texas and Oklahoma are currently under Flash Flood Watches and Warnings.

An additional six inches of rain is possible for Texas and Oklahoma, and the National Weather Service in Austin is predicting up to 10 inches of rain in the state’s capital.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a State of Disaster in 31 counties, urging all residents to stay on high alert and immediately heed warnings from their local officials.

Dangerous waters can be “deceptively calm,” Abbott said, cautioning Texans to move to higher ground if they encounter floods.

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