Pittsburgh SWAT Close Off Area, Hunt For Rooftop Gunman

Uptown SWAT situation


Pittsburgh police blocked off several streets in the uptown area Tuesday morning after reports of a man on a roof with a gun.

At about 8:30 Tuesday morning, a woman told police her boyfriend had a machine gun and was on the roof of a building on De Ruad Street.

The woman was able to get out of the building and was unhurt.

A Channel 11 News crew at the scene reported a heavy police presence, and investigators told people who live and work in the area to remain indoors.

“My cousin went to the door and they told him to get back inside,” said neighbor Stephanie Beechaum, 64.

She said officers were concentrating on an apartment building.

“I counted 23 people in camo go in with a battering ram,” Beechaum said. She said she didn’t know the people involved.

Investigators said they breached an apartment and were unable to find the reported gunman.

Police shut down a stretch of nearby Forbes Avenue and the intersection of Fifth Avenue at the Birmingham Bridge. 

 So far, no arrests have been made. No injuries were reported.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.

Florida gunman kills 6 in standoff with police

Pedro Vargas set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed 6, and held another 2 hostage at gunpoint for three hours before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts.

Pedro Vargas

Cops say Pedro Vargas, 43, set a combustible liquid on fire to start the blaze


A Florida madman went on a rampage in his apartment complex, killing six innocents, shooting it out with police and holding two people hostage for three hours before cops shot him dead.

Pedro Vargas, 43, began his eight hours of terror early Friday evening by torching the fourth-floor apartment he shared with his mother in the building in Hialeah, just a few miles north of Miami.

Building managers Italo Pisciotti, 79, and his wife, Camira Pisciotti, 69, noticed smoke and ran to Vargas’ residence.

Neighbor Nelson Flores said he witnessed an argument as Pisciotti wanted to call the police — but Vargas insisted he hold off, since he had something to hide.

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Baby Dies After Mother Throws it From China Building

A newborn baby girl died in China after her mother threw out of the window of a block of flats, the latest in a series of infanticide cases that have appalled the Chinese public and reignited debate about the country’s one child policy.

Harbin baby thrown from flat

Footage uploaded to YouTube shows the street where the incident happened


Surveillance footage aired by a local TV station showed a bag containing the newborn plummeting to the road outside the building in the north-eastern city of Harbin. After hitting the ground, it was run over by a car.

 The mother, identified by the local state Shenghuo Newspaper as an 18-year-old hairdresser with the surname Zhang, had given birth on Tuesday in the bathroom of a flat she shared with some 10 people.
Soon after the delivery she walked to a window between the second and third floors of the building and threw out the newborn.

Chinese baby boy rescued from sewer pipe after being flushed down toilet

Firefighters had to cut out the pipe and bring it to the hospital, where the 2-day-old was rescued. Authorities are hunting for his parents.


 	'Special Fees Apply per image. Minimum of $100 for web use, $150 for print use, $250 for TV use' Mandatory Credit: Photo by HAP/Quirky China News/Rex / Rex USA (1322542l) Firefighters work to free the baby from the pipe Newborn baby rescued after being flushed down toilet in Pujiang, Zhejiang Province, China - 26 May 2013 *full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/l9io A newborn baby has been rescued by firefighters after being flushed down a toilet in Pujiang, eastern China's Zhejiang Province. Unbelievably, the baby survived the ordeal, which saw him having to be cut out of a pipe. Firefighters received a call from a landlady of a block of flats saying that she thought a baby was trapped in a toilet pipe in the building as she had heard it crying. "We wouldn't believe our ears, however, I still led a team to check the situation immediately," said firefighter Zheng Yuzheng. At a public toilet on the fourth floor firefighters were able to hear faint cries and, exploring further, spotted a baby's foot deep inside the pipe.

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Firefighters free a newborn from a pipe after the baby by was flushed down toilet in Jinhua, Zhejiang province.

 A newborn Chinese baby was rescued from a toilet pipe after he was flushed away by his parents, state TV reports.
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Building collapses in northern France, two dead

PARIS: Part of a five-storey residential building collapsed in the centre of the northeastern French city of Reims on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 10, officials said.

Firemen are at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building on April 28,  2013 in Reims, eastern France, after a suspected gas explosion killed at least two people and injured nine others. —Photo AFP

Firemen are at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building on April 28, 2013 in Reims, eastern France, after a suspected gas explosion killed at least two people and injured nine others. —Photo AFP


The collapse, which left several apartments dangling in open air, may have been caused by a gas explosion and investigations were continuing, regional official Michel Bernard told BFM-TV.

The casualty toll was provisional and could rise, he said.

Around 10 of the 40 apartments in the 1960s-era building were affected by the 11.15 a.m. (0915 GMT) collapse.

“There is a lot of rubble to clear,” he said.


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