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Suspect in Custody After Deadly Shooting at Church Near Philadelphia

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A suspect is in custody after a shooting left one dead at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, according to the Montgomery Township Police dispatch.

There is no longer a threat, police said.

A spokesperson for Abington – Lansdale Hospital told ABC News one victim died.

“One man was shot and another is being questioned by police; no one was else was hurt,” the church said in a statement.

“Our congregation is in prayer for everyone involved,” the church added.

The Keystone Fellowship Church is located about 25 miles north of Philadelphia.

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Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Church Near Philadelphia

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A suspect is in custody after a shooting at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, according to the Montgomery Township Police dispatch.

ABC station WPVI in Philadelphia is reporting that one victim died at a local hospital.

There is no longer a threat, police said.

The church is located about 25 miles north of Philadelphia.

This story is developing. Check back for more updates.

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Fire Chief Investigating Reports of Bullying After Virginia Firefighter’s Death

Courtesy facebook.com/findnicolenow(MANASSAS, Va.) — A Virginia fire department is investigating reports of bullying after the presumed death of a female firefighter.

Remains believed to belong to Nicole Mittendorff were found in Shenandoah National Park on Thursday, said state police. A note was recovered from the firefighter’s car a few days before her remains were found, said state police, though no details of its contents have been released.

Mittendorff had been last in touch with her family April 13. Since her disappearance, anonymous users have hurled insults about the married 31-year-old firefighter on local web forum Fairfax Underground, calling her a “slut” and “ugly,” and made similar comments about other women in the fire department.

Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers issued a statement Saturday, saying the “department can not and will not tolerate bullying of any kind.”

“We will thoroughly investigate this matter and take any appropriate actions needed,” he said. “However, right now we ask that we be allowed to grieve the loss of one of our own.”

The Fairfax County Medical Examiner’s Office told ABC affiliate WJLA in Washington D.C. on Friday that Mittendorff had committed suicide. ABC News has been unable to reach the Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the cause of death.

Fairfax Underground did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Gunman Dead After Injuring 2 Students at High School Prom in Wisconsin

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An 18-year-old gunman who injured two students at a high school prom in northern Wisconsin Saturday night died after he was shot by police.

The shootings took place just after 11 p.m. local time when the suspect showed up with a rifle outside Antigo High School in Antigo, Wisconsin, and started shooting, said Eric Roller, the city’s police chief.

Two students, a girl and a boy, were shot as they exited the school, police said.

Officers already in the parking lot patrolling the event returned fire and shot the suspect, police said.

The Langlade County coroner said Sunday the gunman, identified by police as Jakob Wagner, died after he was transported to a local hospital. It was not immediately clear if he was a student.

The two victims were transported to Aspirus Langlade Hospital, where the female student had since been discharged, police said. The male student was undergoing surgery Sunday for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

After the shooting, everyone at the prom was escorted from the school.

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$25,000 Reward Offered for Information in Ohio Family Killings

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Authorities in Ohio hope a $25,000 reward leads them to the gunman who fatally shot eight relatives “execution style,” as chilling 911 calls reveal the moments they were found.

The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, officials said Saturday. They were identified as: Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

Seven of the victims were found Friday in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. The eighth victim was found later than the others in nearby Piketon, officials said.

Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep and were found shot to death in their beds, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. One victim, who appeared to be a mother, was killed lying in bed with a 4-day-old baby, he said.

Three young children — the 4-day-old baby, a 6-month-old baby and a 3-year-old — were found unharmed at the various shooting locations, said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

Cincinnati-area businessman Jeff Ruby has offered $25,000 for information that leads to the gunman’s arrest, officials said Saturday. Investigators also released 911 calls that recorded family members finding their relatives dead inside their homes.

One woman called 911, sounding frantic and out of breath, telling a dispatcher she had found blood throughout her brother-in-law’s house.

“I think my brother-in-law’s dead,” she said. “There’s blood all over the house.”

She then said it looked like someone else was dead there, too, before weeping into the phone.

In another 911 call, a man said: “I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound.”

“Is he alive?” the dispatcher asked.

“No, no,” the caller said.

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Man Arrested After Threatening to Bomb Rally for Donald Trump

Connecticut State Police(WATERBURY, Conn.) –A 20-year-old man was in custody after threatening to bomb Saturday’s rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The U.S. Secret Service contacted the Connecticut State Police about 12:45 p.m. after seeing a post on Twitter threatening to “bomb” the Trump rally, authorities said in a statement. According to state police, the Twitter post said, “Is someone going to bomb the Trump rally or am I going to have to?”

A second post warned the suspect’s friend to have his family members leave the rally so they wouldn’t be hurt, said police.

Investigators found the social media posts, which were open to the public, came from the area of Ardsley Road in Waterbury — about 30 miles southwest of Hartford — from the account of Sean Taylor Morkys.

Morkys was located by State Police Counter Terrorism detectives, Waterbury police officers and special agents from the U.S. Secret Service. He was taken into custody at about 5 p.m.

Morkys was charged with first-degree threatening, inciting injury to person or property, and second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a $25,000 bond and is due in court on May 4.

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Shooting at High School Prom Leaves Three Injured in Wisconsin

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A shooting at a high school prom in northern Wisconsin left three people injured Saturday night.

The shooting took place just after 11 p.m. local time when the suspect showed up with a rifle outside the building and started shooting, said Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller. Two students from the prom were shot as they exited the building, said Roller.

BREAKING: A shooting has been confirmed at Antigo High School during the school prom.

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According to Roller, police were already in the parking lot patrolling the event when they heard the gunshots. Officers returned fire and shot the suspect, he said.

The two shooting victims were transported to Aspirus Langlade Hospital where one has been discharged, according to a spokesperson at the hospital.

Roller said the suspect was taken into custody and then transported to the hospital. He added all the people within the prom were eventually escorted from the school.

It was unclear if the suspect is a student.

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First Lady Targets Mississippi ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill in Commencement Speech

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(JACKSON, Miss.) — In a rare entrance into a politically charged controversy, first lady Michelle Obama used a commencement speech Saturday at Jackson State University in Mississipppi to directly target the state’s recently-passed “religious freedom” bill.

“We see it right here in Mississippi — just two weeks ago -– how swiftly progress can hurtle backward,” Obama said. “How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.”

Obama made the comment following an impassioned revival of the state and university’s stained history with regard to civil rights.

“So we’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors –- straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American — because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African Americans, it’s about all Americans,” she said. “It’s about making things more just, more equal, more free for all our kids and grandkids. That’s the story you all have the opportunity to write. That’s what this historic university has prepared you to do.”

The state has received growing criticism from human rights organizations and businesses over the controversial law, saying it restricts the rights of the LGBT community. In a press conference Friday in the United Kingdom, President Obama was asked about a recent travel advisory to British LGBT citizens cautioning them of the newly passed law, he said it “should be overturned.”

In her speech, the first lady also reflected on the heated political battles her husband has endured as president, and urged students not to fall into disarray over the “anger and vitriol” in the political environment.

“We pay endless attention to folks who are blocking action, blocking judges, blocking immigration, blocking a raise in the minimum wage. Just blocking,” Obama said. “We are consumed with the anger and vitriol that are bubbling up, with folks shouting at each other, using hateful and divisive language.”

Obama then revisited some of the vitriol directed towards her husband over his eight years as president, including the “birther” conspiracy theory widely promoted by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump just five years ago.

“And then there’s the countless times when that language gets personal and is directed at my husband –- charges that he doesn’t love our country,” Obama said. “The time he was called a liar in front of a joint session of Congress. The nonstop questions about his birth certificate and his belief in God.”

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911 Calls Released in Ohio Family Killings

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — As police continue searching for the gunman who fatally shot eight Ohio relatives “execution style,” including a woman as she was lying in bed with 4-day-old baby, chilling 911 calls reveal the moments the victims’ loved ones found themselves at crime scenes.

One woman called 911 sounding frantic and out of breath, telling a dispatcher, “I think my brother-in-law’s dead … There’s blood all over the house.” She then says it looked like someone else was dead there, too, before weeping into the phone.

In another 911 call, a man says: “I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound.”

“Is he alive?” the dispatcher asks.

“No, no,” the caller says.

Seven of the victims were found Friday in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. The eighth victim was found later than the others in nearby Piketon, officials said.

The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, officials said Saturday. They were identified Saturday as: Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

Sharon Fulton, the wife of a pastor at the Union Hill Church, said some of the victims used to go to their church and that she was in contact with the victims’ family.

In this town “everybody knows everybody, almost,” she said. “When one hurts, we all hurt.”

Fulton said people living in the village “work for what they have.”

“They don’t have much because the jobs are scarce around here,” she said of Peebles, which had a population of 1,782 at the time of the 2010 census.

Fulton said the shootings were shocking “because you don’t hear that around here. It’s something you don’t hear of, especially with one family.”

“It’s sad,” she said. “We know the grandparents … they’re around our age. … What if that was my family? I don’t know how they’re handling this.”

Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep and were found shot to death in their beds, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. One victim, who appeared to be a mother, was killed lying in bed with a 4-day-old baby, he said.

Three young children — the 4-day-old baby, a 6-month-old baby and a 3-year-old — were found unharmed at the various shooting locations, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said.

While residents of the county “should not panic,” they should “be careful,” said DeWine.

“There are different theories that we’re looking at,” he said.

Jamie Smith, a barista at the town coffee shop, told ABC News “nobody seems fearful… it’s just a lot of unanswered questions as to who it could have been.”

Smith said the town is so small that it has two traffic lights.

“It’s been more of a quiet day here in our little town,” Smith said. “But we pull together when tragedy happens, and we come out stronger.”

Agents with the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) were leading the ongoing investigation at the request of Pike County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. Numerous other law enforcement agencies from nearby counties were offering support.

Cincinnati-area businessman Jeff Ruby has offered $25,000 for information that leads to the gunman’s arrest, officials said Saturday.

“This is a devastating time for a family,” Reader said at a news conference Friday, noting the crime had shocked the rural community.

“We’ve never had a shooting with eight victims,” he said. “We’ll find who did this.”

The victims’ bodies have been transferred to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office and at the request of the Pike County coroner, the same pathologist will perform all of the autopsies, officials said today. The process is expected to last through the weekend.

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Most Fireworks Recovered After Apparent Theft From Train

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Most of the 32 cases of fireworks believed to have been stolen in transit have now been recovered thanks to a tip, officials said Saturday, although no arrests have been made in the case.

A senior law enforcement official told ABC News Friday that 32 cases of commercial grade fireworks were reported missing and were believed to be stolen from a CSX train shipment that originated in Chicago and ended in Detroit. The train went through Ohio, where officials believe the fireworks may have been stolen. The explosive material was discovered missing Thursday and was reported to authorities.

Ginger Colbrun, spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), said Saturday that 30 of the cases have now been recovered, thanks to a tip.

The cases include 2.5 inch and 5 inch aerial commercial grade fireworks shells of the kind used in public fireworks displays. These commercial grade fireworks could be very dangerous in the wrong hands, the source said Friday.

ATF established a tip line out of its Detroit Field Division that is handling the case. The number for the tip line is (313) 202-3400.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, the ATF spokesperson said Saturday.

CSX said it was cooperating with the ATF.

“CSX reported the theft as soon as it was discovered, upon the train’s arrival in Detroit,” the company said in a statement Friday night. “Safety is CSX’s highest priority, and CSX is committed to continuing to work with ATF in its investigation of this incident.”

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