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Seven Wounded After Shooting in Houston Shopping Center

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Houston Police Department has responded to an active shooter situation in a shopping center that has left multiple people wounded, according to an alert published by the city.

The suspect was shot and killed, according to police.

The Houston Fire Department confirmed to ABC News that the shooting began at 6:29 a.m. at a Petco store.

Local ABC affiliate KTRK reported that seven people were injured in the attack. Police said the individuals have been transported to area hospitals.

“At this time, the shooting scene is believed to be contained, but residents are asked to please avoid the area of Wesleyan St, between Westpark Drive and Bissonnet Street as it is still an active response and investigation scene,” the alert read.

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Brother-in-Law of Keith Lamont Scott Calls for Release of Full Police Video

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ray Dotch, brother-in-law of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed by police in Charlotte last week, Monday called for the full police video of the incident to be released and said that he hopes Americans will take “an absolute unflinching look” at prejudice and police-involved shootings and that “we as a nation tell the truth about who we are.”

Dotch told Good Morning America Monday that the partial video of the encounter Tuesday between Scott and Charlotte police which the police department released Saturday “left us with more questions than with answers” about the shooting.

“We’re, first, happy they released” the partial video, Dotch told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “Our absolute first goal is to get to the absolute truth … We’re still trying to understand how it came to be that this particular moment led to the loss of life.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, released some of the police department’s tapes of the fatal shooting of Scott on Saturday, and Police Chief Kerr Putney said more footage will come later.

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Dotch said that in the wake of the tragedy, “My family is trying to expand the conversation beyond just us.”

“My hope on all of this is that the only way that Keith and all of the others’ lives will not be in vain is if we as a nation tell the truth about who we are, about the inherent prejudices that we carry as a nation, that we’ve always carried,” Dotch said.

“When you see my sister as your sister, when you see Keith Lamont Scott as your brother and not just my brother, when we stand together as a United States and say enough of this then we’re making forward progress,” he said.

Dotch acknowledged that he and his family are grieving Scott’s death.

“We’re holding it together,” he said.

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Charlotte Lifts Curfew Imposed in Response to Protests

Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, announced Sunday evening that the curfew that had been imposed in response to protests after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott had been lifted, effective immediately.

Protests were peaceful Saturday night, although some clergy and demonstrators ignored the midnight curfew to stop and pray outside the Charrlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters, just hours after the department released body cam and dash cam video footage of the fatal shooting of Scott on Tuesday.

Demonstrators filled the streets of downtown Charlotte carrying signs that read “Hands Up, They Still Shoot,” “Why Us?” “Define ‘Bad Due,'” and “Black Lives Matter,” but the protests were orderly.

The curfew was imposed Thursday after demonstrations over the past week have become violent, with protesters looting and vandalizing businesses, and the National Guard was called out to help maintain order.

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Iowa Watches Nervously as River Rises to Highest Level Since Record 2008 Floods

iStock/Thinkstock(VINTON, Iowa) — Iowa residents awaited nervously Monday as the swollen Cedar River rose steadily to its highest levels since a devastating flood in 2008 that caused some $10 billion in damages and took one life.

The river crested in the town of Vinton at just under 22 feet at 3 a.m. Monday, less than three ft. shy of the record hit back in 2008.

Floodwaters invaded streets, inundating homes, businesses, parks, yards and stopping the circulation of vehicles in parts of the town.

“I think it could have been a lot worse,” resident Becci Sloan told KCRG, a local ABC affiliate, hours before the river crested. “There’s going to be a lot of trash leftover and a lot of wood and debris.”

Emergency crews stood vigil, preparing for the worst.

IMPORTANT: Flood Evacuation Notice https://t.co/oU3mho853U
Residents in the evacuation area are strongly encouraged to leave.

— City of Cedar Rapids (@CityofCRiowa) September 25, 2016

Downstream, the city of Cedar Rapids urged residents in low-lying parts of the city to evacuate on Sunday, as many worked feverishly throughout the day, moving furniture, removing furnaces and other vulnerable equipment, and encircling buildings with walls of sandbags.

Evacuations strongly recommended in flood evacuation zone. Temp flood protection measures are no guarantee of safety.

— Cedar Rapids Police (@CR_Police) September 26, 2016

“Residents are reminded that 16 feet is considered major flooding, and the river is predicted to crest at 23 feet,” the city warned. “Temporary flood control measures have been constructed in an effort to contain rising water, but are no guarantee of safety.”

Latest crest forecast at Cedar Rapids is unchanged at 23 feet Tuesday morning. #iawx pic.twitter.com/9rYCeTtmr7

— NWS Quad Cities (@NWSQuadCities) September 26, 2016

The National Weather Service predicts the river to crest early Tuesday morning, but the rising waters were already impacting the flood evacuation zone on Sunday, where a curfew took effect at 8 p.m. and will remain in effect until the area is deemed safe.

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Airplane Collision over Upstate New York; Three Reportedly Dead

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Two planes collided over upstate New York Sunday morning, reportedly causing three deaths.

The incident occurred a little before 9:30 a.m., according to the Erie County Sheriff’s office, when two planes that were en route to a small airport in Hamburg, New York, struck one another.

One plane came down near a barn, according to the sheriff’s office, and both planes have subsequently been recovered.

The sheriff’s office said three people died in the collision — two on one plane and one on the other, according to ABC affiliate WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the collision occurred “in flight.”

“A Cessna 120 and a Piper PA 28 made contact in flight and crashed in North Collins, NY today,” the FAA said.

The agency said it would investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision.

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Federal Court Rules Ohio’s Voter Purge Unconstitutional

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Just weeks before the Nov. 8 election, a federal appeals court has ruled that Ohio’s method of purging names of inactive voters from voter rolls is unconstitutional.

Ohio, a battleground state in the presidential race, removed the names of tens of thousands of registered voters under what it calls its “supplemental process.”

Under this controversial method, voters were taken off the registration rolls after six years of not voting, regardless of whether they remained eligible to vote.

As ABC News reported in June, many of those removed were from low-income neighborhoods or neighborhoods that tended to vote Democrat.

Voting-rights activists argued that this method of removing voters directly violates the National Voter Registration Act, which says states can only remove voters from the rolls if they request it, die or move.

Ohio’s top elections official, Secretary of State Jon Husted, defended the practice as necessary to keep registration rolls up to date and to prevent fraud.

Public policy organization Demos and the ACLU of Ohio filed a federal lawsuit against Husted, asking that the court halt the purging process and reinstate voters’ names that had been purged. The suit alleged that a much larger number of infrequent Ohio voters are expected in this year’s contentious presidential election. Advocates claimed that these voters would be “denied the opportunity to cast a vote that counts.”

On Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the plaintiffs, reversing a lower court decision in favor of Husted. The appeals court remanded the case to the district court to design a remedy.

The ACLU of Ohio celebrated the victory, voicing optimism that those purged will be able to cast their ballots in this swing state come November.

“We don’t believe that any voters should be removed from the rolls simply because they haven’t voted in a few elections,” Mike Brickner, senior policy director at the ACLU’s Ohio chapter, said in a statement. “We hope that a plan will emerge soon to allow the tens of thousands of voters illegally purged from the rolls to vote in the upcoming presidential election,”

Husted expressed frustration at a ruling that he said interfered with longstanding state practice, and he vowed to appeal if whatever new rules are put in place reinstates the names of voters who have died or moved out of state.

“This ruling overturns 20 years of Ohio law and practice, which has been carried out by the last four secretaries of state, both Democrat and Republican,” the Ohio secretary of state said in a statement. “It is one thing to strike down a longstanding procedure; it is another to craft a workable remedy. To that end, if the final resolution requires us to reinstate voting eligibility to individuals who have died or moved out of Ohio, we will appeal.”

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Peaceful Protests Follow Release of Keith Lamont Scott Video

Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A fifth night of protests kicked off Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina, just hours after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department finally released video footage of last Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said Saturday that additional footage will be released.

In the dash cam video, Scott is seen exiting his car. He then slowly walks backwards before four shots are heard. It is unclear whether there is anything in his hands. The actual shooting is neither seen nor heard in the body cam footage.

Demonstrators filled the streets of downtown Charlotte carrying signs that read “Hands Up, They Still Shoot,” “Why Us?” “Define ‘Bad Due,'” and “Black Lives Matter.”

Saturday night’s protests were peaceful, with some clergy and demonstrators ignoring the midnight curfew to stop and pray outside the police department’s headquarters.

Unlike Saturday night, some of the demonstrations over the past week have become violent and disorderly, with protesters looting and vandalizing businesses.

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Washington Mall Shooting Suspect in Custody, Motive Unclear

Skagit County DEM(BURLINGTON, Wash.) — The suspect in the shooting at a mall in Washington state that left five people dead Friday was arrested and taken into custody Saturday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The suspect was identified by police as Arcan Cetin, 20, a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington, located about 28 miles southwest of the mall where the shooting happened. He was taken into custody in Oak Harbor.

“Investigators began pursuing the different leads, and one particular tip identified Cetin as a person of interest,” explained a news release from the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management. “Investigators began interviewing family and associates who are familiar with the man, and it became apparent he was likely connected to the shootings.”

At a press conference Saturday night, Lt. Mike Hawley with the Island County Sheriff’s Office said Cetin was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. after his car was spotted by Oak Harbor Police Department officers. Cetin was spotted walking on the sidewalk and was then taken into custody. He was unarmed, did not resist arrest and was in a “zombie-like” state, Lt. Hawley said.

Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said at the press conference that Cetin’s capture came after police received several tips from the public. After reviewing security footage from outside the mall, police were able to identify his car.

When asked what Cetin’s motive was, Lt. Cammock said, “I have no idea,” although he added officials are not ruling out terrorism.

Cetin has not been formally charged yet. He is currently being held at Skagit County Jail.

Lt. Cammock said Cetin “had been arrested in our county for a simple assault” in the past, without elaborating on the case.

Although police initially said Cetin was Hispanic, Lt. Cammock said, “He immigrated from Turkey but he is a a legal permanent resident of the United States…we will be asking [federal authorities] to look deeper into immigration issues.”

Some social media users captured Cetin’s capture by police in Oak Harbor.

The shooting occurred Friday evening at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle. At Saturday’s press conference, Lt. Cammock said Cetin first entered the mall unarmed, and the re-entered the mall with a firearm and opened fire in the makeup department of Macy’s.

Surveillance video images released by authorities showed that Cetin, whom police originally described as Hispanic and in his late teens or early 20s, went into the mall without the rifle that he shortly after brandished in the department store.

Four women, ranging in age from teens to seniors, were killed, and a man who had sustained life-threatening injuries died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle early Saturday morning, several hours after he was taken there, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with the Washington State Patrol.

Police have said they believe Cetin acted alone, and the FBI said it had no indication that the shooting was linked to terrorism.

The Skagit County Coroner is expected to release more information about the the victims on Monday.

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Washington Mall Shooting Suspect in Custody, Police Say

Skagit County DEM(BURLINGTON, Wash.) — The suspect in the shooting at a mall in Washington state that left five people dead has been taken into custody, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The shooting occurred Friday evening at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle. Police said the suspect entered the mall shortly before 7 p.m. and opened fire roughly 10 minutes later in the makeup department of Macy’s, police said.

Surveillance video images released by authorities showed that the suspect, whom police described as Hispanic and in his late teens or early 20s, went into the mall without the rifle that he shortly after brandished in the department store.

Four women, ranging in age from teens to seniors, were killed, and a man who had sustained life-threatening injuries died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle early Saturday morning, several hours after he was taken there, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with the Washington State Patrol.

Police have said they believe the suspect acted alone, and the FBI said it had no indication that the shooting was linked to terrorism.

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Multiple Victims Reported After Shooting in Baltimore, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — As many as eight people were shot Saturday night in Baltimore, according to police, including a 3-year-old girl.

Police said at this point there were no life-threatening injuries and three suspects were being pursued.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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