A GUNMAN opened fire in a Walmart store in the Pennsylvania township of Cheltenham, prompting a massive police repsonse.
According to unconfirmed reports based on police radio scanner intercepts, emergency callers reported one ‘shooter’ and ‘multiple victims’ shortly after 6pm local time (8am AEST) .
While police are yet to confirm details, it is understood five people have been rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds after being shot at a Walmart customer service desk.
A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France has collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 metres into a heap of rubble below.
- At least 20 vehicles believed to be involved in the collapse
- Two people pulled alive from rubble
- Transport Minister says collapse is “an immense tragedy”
Italian Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said at least 22 people were confirmed dead.
Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state TV that some 20 vehicles, including cars and trucks, had been caught up in the collapse of a stretch of bridge some 80 metres in length.
She said two people had been pulled alive from vehicles in the rubble, and officials said they were being transported by helicopter to a hospital.
The private broadcaster Sky TG24 said a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below.
London’s Metropolitan Police said a number of pedestrians were injured in the incident but at this stage none of them are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.
Footage on social media showed a handcuffed man being led away by heavily armed police.
Eyewitnesses said the driver of the Ford Fiesta drove from one side of the road to the other, striking a group of cyclists before hitting the barricades.
“Someone [was] driving towards parliament at speed, it wasn’t normal, it’s not a minor, like, accident, it’s not like a road traffic incident,” witness Jason Williams told UK’s Sky News.
“This is something in my opinion planned and very serious.”
Two people were treated at the scene for injuries that were not believed to be serious, London Ambulance service said. Media reports said a cyclist was among the injured.
Television images showed police pointing their guns at a vehicle which appeared to have entered a lane used for access to the Parliament building before it stopped at a security barrier.
Jerusalem’s chief psychiatrist has recommended that former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer is fit to face an extradition hearing in Israel over the alleged sexual abuse of girls.
- Jerusalem’s District Psychiatrist approved two reports saying Ms Leifer was fit to stand trial
- Australia has been seeking her extradition since 2014
- Alleged victim Dassi Erlich says she now wants to see an extradition trial date set
The Australian-Israeli has been in a high-security women’s prison in Israel since February, accused of abusing girls at the Adass Israel ultra-orthodox Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne more than a decade ago.
Australia has been seeking her extradition since 2014 but the case had stalled for years as Leifer presented evidence her fragile mental health would be damaged by the stress of a trial.
She was arrested in February, after an undercover Israeli police investigation found she was fit to stand trial.