At a Glance | September 25

Fliers for ‘Alt-Right’ and Identity Evropa Placed at College Campus in Atlantic County

White nationalist fliers were found at another New Jersey college campus. Video surveillance appears to show three people hanging unauthorized posters at Stockton University in Galloway Township the evening of September 17. The fliers included emblems for the “alt-right” and Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group. The fliers were removed and campus police are working with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office on the investigation. Over the last year, another white supremacist group, Vanguard America, has distributed fliers nationally to recruit new members—targeting educated males 18-24. The group has posted fliers at universities in at least 10 states—including at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Princeton University in Princeton.


Illinois Teacher; Tennessee Church Usher Hailed for Disrupting Separate Shootings

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Officials credited an Illinois teacher with saving lives by tackling a student who began firing a shotgun in a high school cafeteria. Staff at Mattoon High School had recently trained for an active shooter situation. The shooting September 20 wounded one student, who was soon released from a hospital. The suspect, a minor, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. Math and physical education teacher Angela McQueen (in photo) grabbed the shooter’s arm and subdued him, witnesses said. “Lives were saved by the quick response of that teacher,” Mattoon Police Chief Jeff Branson said. Confrontation is “a strategy of last resort,” but if needed, it should target the shooter’s ability to aim, he said. McQueen, 40, grabbed the shooter as he fired at students eating lunch. McQueen forced the shooter’s arm up, according to the mother of the wounded student. “He fired 5-6 more rounds into the ceiling as she took him down,” the mother wrote on Facebook. In Tennessee on September 24, officials said usher Robert Engle, 22, intervened when a masked gunman entered the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, in Antioch, after killing a woman in its parking lot. Despite being pistol-whipped, Engle subdued the shooter, who shot himself with his own gun during the struggle. Engle then got his own handgun and held the shooter, identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of nearby Rutherford County, until police arrived. Samson, a legal resident from Sudan, had previously attended the church.


One Man Charged in Botched Bombing of London Subway; 3 Others Remain in Custody

British Police on September 22 charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder in connection with the bungled bombing of a London subway car a week earlier. The charges against Ahmed Hassan came after United Kingdom authorities arrested him and five others over the course of several days as the investigation expanded into two nations. The TATP bomb injured 30, most with flash burns, when it partially detonated September 15 as a morning rush-hour train pulled into an above-ground station. The “very dangerous” bomb was packed with shrapnel, according to police. ISIS claimed credit for the attack, the fifth in London this year. Two men were arrested the next day in England, a 21-year-old in London, and Hassan, who was detained in Dover as he attempted to board a ferry to France. Both had been among the 200 foster children of a couple in Sunbury on Thames, Surrey. Three others were arrested in Wales: a 25-year-old on September 19, and two other men, aged 30 and 48, the next day. A 17-year-old was arrested in London on September 21. Police later released two of the suspects: the 21-year-old and the 48-year-old.


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