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Parents Disarm 15-Year-Old Who Fired Gun at Utah Junior High School: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Utah junior high school was placed on lockdown Thursday after a 15-year-old fired at least one round in a hallway — but the teen was disarmed by his parents, who came to the school after being concerned that guns had gone missing from their house, police said.

Police dispatchers received a 911 call form a Mueller Park Junior High School teacher around 8:15 a.m. who stated that there was an individual in the school firing a weapon, according to Bountiful City Police Chief Tom Ross.

The teen’s parents had gone to the school to look for their son and arrived before the shot was fired, Ross said. After they heard the gun go off, they were able to find and disarm him, Ross said. An officer arrived on scene within two minutes of the initial 911 call, and the teen was then taken into custody.

Active Shooter at Muller Park Jr. Suspect in custody, no injuries reported. Officers conducting clear of school now.

— BountifulCityPD (@bountifulcityPD) December 1, 2016

Police said the teen entered a classroom with 26 students and fired a shot to the ceiling. He did not speak to anyone in that instance, they said.

A shotgun and a handgun were recovered from the scene, as well as additional ammunition, police said. It is unclear which weapon was discharged.

The teen’s parents went to the school because they were “worried” about their son and were “concerned that there were weapons missing from the home,” Ross said. Police said that they also believed their son had been acting strangely. Someone had also tried to talk him out of carrying out the act, police said.

A motive is not known at this time. No others were involved in the ordeal, and the it is unclear if there were any targets, police said. The teen is being held in a juvenile detention center. No charges have been filed as of yet.

More than 100 law enforcement and emergency personnel responded, Ross said. The police department has done several drills over the years ever since the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

The Davis School District announced that the lockdown had been lifted around 11 a.m., and school remained in session. Parents were not required to take their students home, but those who wished to were instructed to get their children from a nearby church. ABC News could not immediately reach the school district for comment.

Stephanie Neslen, whose son attends the school, said the drive to pick him up was the longest in her life.

“He texted me and said, ‘Mom, it’s not a drill. I heard a gun,'” Neslen told ABC Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX.

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Man Fatally Shoots Home Intruder While on Phone With 911: ‘They’re in My House’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A man fatally shot one of three intruders who allegedly broke into his Sunrise, Florida, home in a dramatic moment all caught on the homeowner’s call to 911.

Sunrise police received the 911 call Monday from the homeowner, Warren Darlow, who told the police he saw a car pull into his driveway. According to arrest affidavits obtained by ABC News, Darlow then told police he saw men he didn’t know get out of the car and walk toward his home.

“Fearing the suspects were going to break into his house, Darlow armed himself with a shotgun,” the affidavits say. Darlow told police he loaded the gun and called 911, according to the affidavits. As he was on the phone with 911, the suspects shattered a glass door and broke in, he told police, the affidavits say.

“They’re in my house right now,” the victim whispers to the 911 dispatcher in the call, which was obtained by ABC News.

Darlow later told police he was worried that if the suspects weren’t already armed, they would arm themselves with one of Darlow’s guns that he keeps in plain view on nightstands, according to the affidavits.

Darlow told police “several times that he feared for his life,” according to the affidavits.

Darlow then fired his gun three times, according to the affidavits. Though the first shot did not hit anyone, the second shot did, the affidavits say. Darlow told police that after that second shot, he saw the injured individual appear to “reach toward something,” so Darlow fired again, the affidavits say.

On the 911 call, the homeowner tells the dispatcher, “I killed one, I think.”

The dispatcher asks about the other men and he says, “I don’t know.”

The homeowner then asks the dispatcher to tell the cops to hurry.

The injured suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the affidavits.

Officers later stopped two men who matched descriptions given by Darlow; the suspects were both positively identified by Darlow as the men allegedly involved in the home invasion, and they were taken into custody. The men were later identified by police as Jose Coleman and Curtis Jefferies.

Jefferies, 26, and Coleman, 23, were arrested for homicide-willful kill-murder while engaged in certain felony and burglary-dwelling structure or conveyance armed. According to the affidavits, Coleman admitted to committing the burglary, but Jefferies maintained he just drove Coleman and the victim to the house, and said he was not involved in the break-in. It is not clear whether either man has obtained a lawyer. In Florida, anyone committing a felony can face a murder-related charge if a death occurs during the crime.

Broward County Court officials say both suspects were in front of the magistrate on the Nov. 28; no court dates have been set.

The Sunrise Police Department said Darlow will face no charges for killing the intruder.

Darlow declined to comment to ABC News about the incident.

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Tennessee Wildfires Killed at Least 10, Officials Report

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Three more deaths have been confirmed as a result of the massive wildfires in eastern Tennessee — bringing the death toll to 10, according to officials.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam called the wildfires the state’s largest in 100 years.

The blazes — which officials believe were “human-caused” — have injured at least 80 other people, burned more than 17,100 acres of land and devastated the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other areas in Sevier County.

All the fires have been extinguished as of this afternoon, though a few “hot spots” remain, officials said.

They added that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have started working in conjunction with the National Park Service to determine a timeline of how the wildfire transpired.

Authorities said that they are still working on trying to positively identify the 10 deceased before notifying relatives.

“It is certainly a distressing time for all of us,” Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said at a news conference today. He added that he and the city are extending their thoughts and prayers to the families of victims.

In addition to working on positively identifying the deceased, authorities said they are trying to compile a list of missing people in areas affected by the blazes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation established a hotline to coordinate reports of missing people on Wednesday, Waters said. Those who wish to report missing individuals are urged contact 1-800-TBI-FIND, he added.

The hotline has received more than 100 calls in less than 24 hours, according to officials.

Firefighters and responders have made “significant progress” in searching and clearing areas affected by the fires, Waters said.

The eastern part of Gatlinburg has been opened, and local officials are hoping to allow owners to access to their properties “in a controlled process” by the beginning of next week, according to Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Ogle.

She added that officials are working on getting up a website that will have a list of properties damaged by the fires and that the website will be updated gradually as officials receive more information.

“We’re working around the clock and doing everything we possibly can to get Gatlinburg open and them back on their feet,” said Mayor Mike Werner. “We’re mountain tough, and we have a strong faith in God.”

Despite the destruction the blazes have left, an overwhelming outpouring of support and donations from across the country are helping, officials said.

Dolly Parton has promised to donate $1,000 per month for six months to families that lost their homes, according to David Dotson, president of the Dollywood Foundation.

He said at the news conference today that Parton was “heartbroken” and has set up a website where people around the world can donate. He said the website has not even been up for 24 hours yet, but “the world is responding in a big way.”

“We’re going to be strong,” added Werner, Gatlinburg’s mayor. “We’re going to be back better than ever.”

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Christmas Party May Have Triggered San Bernardino Terror Attack: Police

ABC News(SAN BERNARDINO, Calf.) — Authorities believe the terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory employee training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations, including a Christmas tree, that shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.

Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.

Just before the attack, Farook posed with four fellow county employees in front of a Christmas tree in a conference room.

A short time later, 14 people were killed and 22 others injured when Farook and Malik opened fire at the meeting with assault rifles.

“She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” said San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan in an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired on ABC News’ “Nightline.”

“That really is one of the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, ‘That probably is a motive in this case.’”

Four hours after their rampage, Farook and Malik were shot dead in a gunbattle on a San Bernardino street with police.

Farook at the Range

New video, obtained by ABC News, shows Farook two days before the attack practicing at a local firing range with a pistol and an assault rifle that a friend bought for him.

The video shows Farook adjusting the sights on his rifle and then firing at paper torso silhouette targets, one of which was later recovered in the shooters’ vehicle and led authorities to the range.

“They had high-powered weaponry. They had lots of ammunition. They had bombs at their disposal,” said Burguan.

An analysis by the FBI shows that after the two shooters left the scene of the shooting, they never went more than 7 miles from the site and were constantly circling often driving right past police barricades.

Officials now believe they were trying to remotely set off three pipe bombs they left behind that failed to detonate.

The remote detonator was discovered in their car after the final shootout.

An Ignorant ISIS Pledge

Shortly after the attack, the couple posted an online message pledging their allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

But police say the couple actually had to search online earlier in the day for the name of al-Baghdadi.

“You would think that somebody that truly wanted to do that, somebody that was truly committed, certainly wouldn’t be researching on that particular day,” said Burguan.

The murderous couple left behind a 6-month old daughter who remains in state foster care, according to family members.

“It certainly surprised me that you’d have a woman with a 6-month old baby who do something like this,” said David Bowdich, who was the in charge of the FBI Los Angeles office. “That’s very hard for us to comprehend.”

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Authorities Working to ‘Positively Identify’ Seven Killed in Tennessee Wildfire

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Authorities said Thursday that they are still working on trying to “positively identify” the seven people killed by the massive wildfire in eastern Tennessee.

The blaze, which has injured at least 74 others, has burned more than 17,100 acres of land and devastated the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other surrounding areas in Sevier County, according to officials.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has called the wildfire the state’s largest fire in 100 years.

“It is certainly a distressing time for all of us,” Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said at a news conference Thursday. He added that he and the city are extending their thoughts and prayers to the families of the seven victims.

In addition to working on positively identifying the seven deceased, authorities said they are also trying to compile a list of missing persons in areas affected by the wildfire.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) established a hotline to coordinate reports of missing persons on Wednesday, Waters said. Those who wish to report missing individuals are urged contact 1-800-TBI-FIND, he added.

The hotline has received more than 100 calls in less than 24 hours, according to officials.

Firefighters and responders have made “significant process” in searching and clearing areas affected by the fire, Waters said.

The eastern part of the city of Gatlinburg has been opened and local officials are hoping to allow owners to access their properties “in a controlled process” by the beginning of next week, according to Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Ogle.

She added that officials are working on getting up a website that will contain a list of properties damaged by the fire. That website will be updated gradually as officials receive more information, Ogle noted.

A recent “significant amount of rainfall” has helped contain the wildfire, which continues to burn on Thursday, according to Cassius Cash, superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the fire started.

However, Cash said Thursday that people should not let the rain “give us a false sense of security.” He emphasized that it would take some time to completely put out the fire and recover from its devastation.

Despite the destruction the blaze has left, there has been an “overwhelming” outpouring of support and donations from across the country, officials said.

Dolly Parton has promised to donate $1,000 per month for six months to families that lost their homes, said David Dotson, president of The Dollywood Foundation.

Dotson said at the news conference Thursday that Parton was “heartbroken” and has set up a website where people around the world can donate. He said the website has not even been up for 24 hours yet, but “the world is responding in a big way.”

“We’re going to be strong,” added Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner. “We’re going to be back better than ever.”

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Armed Man in Custody After Hostage Situation at Florida Bank

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — An armed man was taken into custody after a hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery at a Jacksonville, Florida, bank, authorities said Thursday morning.

Eleven hostages were rescued, authorities said, adding that no one was injured.

Thursday morning’s incident began with a gunman taking hostages inside the Community First Credit Union. As the situation unfolded, the suspect released a couple of hostages, but continued to threaten people, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at news conference.

Williams said the suspect threatened to kill hostages multiple times and put a gun to the back of hostages’ heads a couple times.

At one point, two hostages tried to flee, which distracted the suspect, and that’s when SWAT team members stormed into the bank, taking the suspect into custody, Williams said.

While the situation was resolved peacefully, the victims — employees and bank customers — are “shaken up,” Williams said.

The suspect is not a bank employee, Williams added.

John Hirabayashi, CEO and president at Community First Credit Union, said in a statement, “We are so thankful that today’s hostage situation resolved itself in a safe way. Our hearts and prayers are with the families and membership.”

While the hostage situation was unfolding, the mother of a bank employee told local news station First Coast News that she hadn’t been able to reach her 45-year-old daughter, who she knew had left for work that morning.

“I don’t know what is going on,” the employee’s mother said, appearing emotional. “She just had a birthday.”

Directly across the street from the bank, staff members and children huddled inside a church/day care. One woman said they were trapped inside the day care and church building because of the police and fire trucks blocking the street. She told ABC News she wasn’t scared, saying, “We have God.”

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Suspect in Custody After Hostage Situation at Florida Bank

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A suspect was taken into custody after a hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery at a Jacksonville, Florida, bank, authorities said Thursday morning.

Eleven hostages are no longer inside, authorities said, adding that nobody was shot.

A bank robbery was in progress earlier Thursday morning when authorities arrived at the scene, and officials said a gunman was then holding hostages inside the bank. Authorities said multiple people were believed to be inside the Community First Credit Union, but the number of people was not clear.

It is unknown if there are any injuries, officials said.

While the hostage situation was unfolding, the mother of a bank employee told local news station First Coast News that she hadn’t been able to reach her 45-year-old daughter, who she knew had left for work that morning.

“I don’t know what is going on,” the employee’s mother said, appearing emotional. “She just had a birthday.”

Directly across the street from the bank is a daycare and church with staff members and children inside. One woman said they were trapped inside the day care and church building because of the police and fire trucks blocking the street. She told ABC News she wasn’t not scared, saying, “We have God.”

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Hostage Situation at Florida Bank: 11 People Out, Sheriff’s Office Says

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Eleven hostages are no longer inside a Jacksonville, Florida, bank after a hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery, authorities said Thursday morning.

A bank robbery was in progress earlier Thursday morning when authorities arrived at the scene, and officials said a gunman was then holding hostages inside the bank.

Community First Credit Union – We have 11 hostages out. #JAX #Jacksonville

— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) December 1, 2016

Authorities said multiple people were believed to be inside the Community First Credit Union, but the number of people was not clear.

Officials said a 911 call reported that shots were fired inside the bank and that someone may have been shot, but authorities warned at a news conference Thursday morning that they cannot confirm if someone was shot.

It is unknown if there are any injuries, officials said.

SWAT team members are also at the scene, officials said.

Directly across the street from the bank is a day care and church with staff members and children inside. One woman said they are trapped inside the day care and church building because of the police and fire trucks blocking the street. She told ABC News she’s not scared, saying, “We have God.”

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Hostage Situation Unfolding at Florida Bank, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville police and hostage negotiators are on the scene of a reported hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery, police said.

Police said multiple people are believed to be inside the Community First Credit Union. It is unknown if there are any injuries, police said.

Community First Credit Union – #JSO is working a bank robbery with hostages at on W. Edgewood Avenue. #JAX #Jacksonville

— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) December 1, 2016

SWAT team members are also at the scene, police said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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