5-minute delay at Va. Tech debated

first_imgPolice rapid response to school violence has become an important issue in the past decade. After the Columbine massacre in 1999, police around the country adopted new policies for so-called “active shooters.” Police would no longer respond to emergencies such as school shootings by surrounding a building and waiting for the SWAT team. Instead, the first four officers rush into the building and attempt to immediately end the threat. This system was used to end a 2003 school hostage standoff in Spokane, Wash. At Columbine, no officers entered the building until about 40 minutes after the first 911 call from the school. Critics have said that decision might have contributed to the death of a teacher who bled to death from gunshot wounds. Tom Corrigan, a former member of the NYPD-FBI terrorism task force, said five minutes seems like a long time when gunfire is being heard, but he added that it’s tough to second-guess officers in such a chaotic situation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The five minutes police spent breaking into the building proved to be crucial. During that time, Cho picked off his victims with a hail of gunfire. He killed himself after police shot through the doors and rushed toward the carnage. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller praised the officers’ response time, noting that had police simply rushed into the building without a plan, many likely would have died right along with the staff and students. “If you go in with your backs turned, you’re never going back,” Geller said. “There’s gotta be some sort of organization.” Some police and security experts question the five-minute delay, saying authorities should have charged straight into the melee. “You don’t have time to wait,” said Aaron Cohen, president of IMS Security of Los Angeles, who has trained SWAT teams around the country since 2003. “You don’t have time to pre-plan a response. Even if you have a few guys, you go.” BLACKSBURG, Va. – The bloodbath lasted nine minutes – enough time for Seung-Hui Cho to unleash 170 rounds from his two pistols, or about one shot every three seconds. During that time, Virginia Tech and Blacksburg police spent three minutes dashing across campus to the scene. Then they began the agonizing process of breaking into the chained-shut building, which took an additional five minutes. Once inside, as they sprinted toward the sounds of gunfire inside Norris Hall, Cho put a bullet through his head and died in a classroom alongside his victims. A timeline of the rampage emerged Wednesday as police provided new details about what they uncovered in the 10 days since Cho committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. last_img read more

Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup by Nottingham

first_imgEric Lichaj opened the scoring for the home side but Per Mertesacker equalised just three minutes later.However, Forest continued to probe an inexperienced Arsenal line-up and got their reward just before half-time when Lichaj volleyed in spectacularly from the edge of the box.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, serving a touchline ban, was forced to watch powerless from the stands as Rob Holding conceded a penalty that Ben Brereton converted to stretch home side’s lead to 3-1.Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal hope with just over 10 minutes to go but Kieran Dowell netted from the penalty spot again to seal a 4-2 win for the second-tier side over the Premier League visitors.In the early kick-off, on-loan forward Shawn McCoulsky headed in a dramatic 89th-minute winner for Welsh club Newport to seal a 2-1 victory against 1972 Cup winners Leeds.Leeds had taken an early lead at Rodney Parade when Gaetano Berardi’s deflected long-range shot found the net.But Newport, currently 11th in League Two — the fourth tier of the English game — levelled 14 minutes from time when Leeds defender Conor Shaughnessy sliced into his own net.Infused with fresh belief in front of a passionate Welsh crowd, Newport pressed for a winner, and with a minute to go on-loan substitute McCoulsky rose highest at a corner to head in the decisive goal and send the stadium into raptures.Much-changed Leeds were then reduced to 10 men when substitute Samuel Saiz was immediately sent off over an off-the-ball incident.“This is much better beating Championship teams like Leeds,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I don’t want to be winning relegation battles, I want to be winning FA Cup ties and climbing the table.”It is another miserable result in the FA Cup for Leeds, who crashed out in the fourth round last year to non-league Sutton United.– Hart saves –West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart goes down to make a save duing his side’s FA CUp match on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/DailyMailWest Ham had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for keeping them in the Cup with a 0-0 draw after an uninspired performance against Shrewsbury Town of the third tier.The England goalkeeper, returning to the club where he started his career, was handed a cap from the crowd as he battled against the slanting winter sun.He made a fine save from Mat Sadler with about 10 minutes to go until the interval and repeated the trick against Alex Rodman to keep the score at 0-0.The League One high-fliers continued to take the game to David Moyes’s team in the second half but there were few clear-cut opportunities for either side.Shrewsbury’s Jon Nolan had a golden chance to seal a dramatic victory in the dying minutes of normal time but blazed over and the two sides will meet again at the London Stadium.“The players are a little bit deflated almost,” said Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst.“But we have a replay to look forward to,” he added. “We know it will be tough. They will be at home, more comfortable in their own stadium.”At Wembley, Harry Kane broke the deadlock against AFC Wimbledon with just under half an hour to go before Kane again and Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal players react after their FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on January 7, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7- FA Cup holders Arsenal were sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, joining Leeds United as big-name casualties on a day of shocks.Championship side Forest revived memories of their glory years under Brian Clough, putting 13-times winners Arsenal to the sword in an incident-packed win at the City Ground.last_img read more