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iStock/Thinkstock(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) -- A woman has died from an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina Monday morning, according to local authorities.

If confirmed, it would be the first documented fatal alligator attack in decades in South Carolina, local officials told ABC News.

Witnesses saw the woman walking a dog near a lagoon at Sea Pines Plantation, a gated community on Hilton Head, when she was attacked by an alligator and pulled underwater, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

“They were able to get her out of the water and she was still alive, but she died at the scene," according to David Lucas of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The victim was identified as 45-year-old Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island, said Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage.

An autopsy will determine her cause of death, the sheriff's office said.

Her dog didn't appear to be hurt, the sheriff's office added.

An alligator believed to be responsible for the attack "was located and dispatched at the scene," according to a sheriff's office statement. An official later described the creature as having been "disposed of."

"If she had a dog, that's pretty desirable for a gator," Sea Pines resident Mike Kuehler told ABC Savannah affiliate WJCL. "It's really sad. Can you imagine?"

Around the time of the attack, Kuehler said he was dropping his son off at school when he saw an 8-to-10-foot gator stopping traffic on the road.

"You don't get to see that every morning," he told WJCL. "Usually they're not crossing the street."

“We are extremely saddened by this news and will share information with the community as it is made available," officials from Sea Pines Living wrote in a post on the community’s Facebook page.

There has only been one reported death related to an alligator in the past 42 years in South Carolina, and it remains a mystery whether alligators actually caused that death, Lucas said.

“It was in 2016,” he said. “A lady wandered off from a nursing home and she was found [deceased] in a pond, bitten pretty badly. But we don’t know -- and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to determine because there were no witnesses -- whether she fell in and was then bitten, or whether she was attacked and then dragged into the pond.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Monday the city had “another unacceptable violent weekend” that led to several people shot and killed.

There were 58 people shot over the weekend in the city, six of which died from their injuries, police said.

The department has three persons of interest in custody from this weekend, Johnson announced in the press conference. Since Friday, he said, 83 illegal guns were taken off the streets and 29 people were arrested on gun related charges.

Police officers dispersed 68 informal block parties and park gatherings that may have had drugs and illegal activity, Johnson said.

“These shootings are not random, they’re fueled by gang conflicts,” Johnson told reporters.

Police are increasing their presence in the districts that see the higher crime rates.

Two teens who had been reported missing were found shot in a wooded area over the weekend, First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said.

The teens, 16-year-old Raysuan Turner and 17-year-old Darnelle Flowers, according to ABC affiliate WLS, had been reported missing by their mothers. One of the teens had been reported missing after 24 hours, while the other was reported missing after 48 hours.

Riccio said an officer was with the mother of one of the teens when she received an anonymous message saying they believed she could find her son in a wooded area. When the officer went with the mother and family members, both teens were found dead.

Police said one of the teens had no criminal history, while the other was known to police, Riccio said. He added they are speaking to two persons of interest to help determine the motive.

Johnson reiterated the importance of everyone doing their part to combat gun violence.

“We continuously fail to hold people accountable and until we do that we’re gonna continue seeing it,” he said. “These individuals are showing us every day they’re not afraid to do it, and we have to ask ourselves: 'Why? Why aren’t they afraid?'”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MISSOURI CITY, TX) -- A woman opened fire at a large food warehouse in Texas early Monday, killing a manager and injuring a fellow employee, authorities said.

The alleged shooter, an employee of the warehouse, also died after the incident and subsequent shootout at the Ben E. Keith Foods building in Missouri City, about 20 miles outside of Houston, police said.

Employee Kristine Peralez allegedly shot the two victims around 2 a.m. when about 20 to 25 employees were in the facility, according to the Missouri City Police.

Responding police engaged the suspect in a shootout and she later died, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezi said at a news conference.

Warehouse manager Francisco Reyes was shot and died at the scene, police said, and employee Fredencio Janas was hospitalized to be treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

The suspect's motive is unclear, Berezi said.

"A SWAT team conducted an extensive search of the building and no additional suspects or victims were discovered,” Berezi said in a statement.

“This is the first active shooter situation Missouri City has encountered and we want to assure the public that the shooting did not affect any area outside of the Ben E. Keith facility,” Berezin added. “The scene is completely contained.”

About 431 people work at the facility, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A 71-year-old woman who was severely injured in a confrontation with a bear in her kitchen recounted the "horrible experience."

Apryl Rogers of Groton, New Hampshire, who is wheelchair-bound, came across the bear after it entered through an open screen door, authorities said shortly after the incident on July 17.

"After the bear entered the house, the door shut behind it, leaving it trapped inside," Kevin Jordan of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department told ABC News.

Rogers accidentally blocked the bear's exit. In an effort to get out, the bear lashed out in a panic, causing lacerations to the woman's head and neck, police said.

Earlier this month, Rogers recalled the ordeal.

“That was a horrible experience. I never want to go through it again,” she told ABC affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“I just said, 'Now what?'" Rogers said of when she saw the bear. “And he joined me. He sat right next to me,” she said of the moments before the attack.

“And he kept going like this,” she said, imitating the gesture of the bear rocking its head left and right. “And I don’t why he was doing that. I think probably we was nervous."

The bear swiped at Rogers’s face, cutting her cheek, jaw, and scalp and fractured her neck, WMUR reported.

“It just about ripped this whole side of my face off,” Rogers told WMUR, pointing to the left side of her face.

Rogers managed to call 911 for help during the attack.

"I said to myself, 'You’ve got to do it, or you’re going to die right here,'" Rogers said.

Despite the horror of the experience, Rogers said she’ll keep laughing and living her life. “I am not going to let anything get me down. You know, it’s not worth it,” she said.

“I'd rather laugh than cry, and I do,” she said.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Students at a Texas high school where 10 died in a shooting this spring are starting their new school year with beefed-up security including metal detectors.

The new security measures come three months after a 17-year-old student allegedly burst into art rooms with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver on May 18, killing 10 students and staff. The alleged shooter was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Students throughout the district will begin the new year on Monday with metal detectors installed in all schools, said Superintendent of Schools Leigh Wall.

High school and junior high school students will enter through metal detectors throughout the school day, while elementary schools will use metal detectors for adults coming into the building, Wall said in a "welcome back" video posted to the district website.

The high school underwent renovations this summer to create an additional vestibule at entrances for security plus four more offices for trauma counselors, Wall said.

All schools in the district will also now have automatic electronic door locks, with all doors now locking from both the inside and outside.

Other security measures include the addition of five more police officers and 10 more security assistants, Wall said.

The superintendent also said that the district will use tip lines and social media monitoring to increase security. "We hope to encourage open lines of communications where students and parents can report any items of concern that need investigating," she said.

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Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- The father of missing Iowa jogger Mollie Tibbetts has "reluctantly" returned to his home in California as the investigation into his daughter's mysterious disappearance continues.

"Very reluctantly, I'm being told I sort of need to do this," Rob Tibbetts told ABC affiliate KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. "We've called this sort of a halftime, a break."

Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Iowa, vanished the evening of July 18 while jogging in the rural farming town of Brooklyn, a close-knit community of about 1,500 residents.

The disappearance was completely out of character for her, said Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, at a news conference last week. The state agency has formed a task force with the FBI and the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office to investigate.

Authorities encouraged the missing jogger's family to return to their day-to-day lives, Rob Tibbetts told KCRG-TV, adding that he still feels confident his daughter will be found.

"I still feel that way, we all feel that way, that's why it's difficult," Rob Tibbetts said. "I want to be there when she arrives."

Though he returned to California this weekend, Rob Tibbetts told KCRG-TV he'll return to Iowa as soon as there are any developments in the case.

He also said he wants to spread the word about his missing daughter across the country, KCRG-TV reported.

Laura Calderwood, Mollie Tibbetts' mother, told ABC News last month there are "no words to describe how you feel when you don't know where or how your child is," calling it "excruciating."

The public can submit anonymous tips on the website findingmollie.iowa.gov.

"We are asking everyone to reflect back on the days prior to her disappearance in hopes of recalling details about any persons or vehicles in the area," Mortvedt told reporters last week. "Individuals who commit violent crimes often display behavior that is recognized by those with whom they live, work, attend school or are in otherwise close relationships with."

Mortvedt warned that such behavior could include: Changing normal routines, changing sleep patterns, an unexplained lack of contact on July 18 or 19, unexplained injuries, getting rid of a car or unexpectedly cleaning a car.

"It is often in cases like this that people may have information that they do not initially share for a number of completely understandable reasons, for example: They do not initially feel that it was important or assumed that somebody else may have already informed law enforcement," he said. "We encourage you to provide whatever information you may have."

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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A close friend of Shanann Watts, the woman who was found dead along with her two young daughters last week, said she wasn't surprised when she found out that her friend’s husband was arrested in connection to her murder.

Nickole Atkinson said she “didn’t want to think the worst” when Watts, 34, and her two young daughters -- Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4 -- seemingly vanished last week, but she knew something was wrong when Watts' husband, Chris Watts, appeared unconcerned.

“He was defending himself, but it just didn’t make sense. Like in that moment it is kind of surreal,” Atkinson told “Good Morning America” in an interview Monday. “He was just sitting there waiting for something to happen; it just didn’t seem right to me.”

She said she wasn’t “shocked” when police arrested Chris Watts, 33, in connection with his family’s murder a few days later. He was booked on three counts each of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence on Thursday. Chris Watts has not been officially charged, with the deadline for them to be filed on Monday afternoon.

Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant, and appeared to be happily married, according to Atkinson.

"No, she did not talk about leaving him or separating. She very much loved her family and wanted to be a family,” Atkinson said. "I didn't find out that they were going to separate or anything like that until I called Chris that morning. When I called him and asked him where she was, that's when he told me and I basically told him that that wasn't my [concern] at that particular moment because it wasn't and that their business was their business, that they would either work it out or they wouldn't."

Atkinson said she dropped Shanann Watts off at her home in Frederick, Colorado, after a business trip at around 2 a.m. on Aug. 13, and reported her missing later that day when she didn’t hear back from her. She believes she was the last friend to see Watts alive.

Investigators say Chris Watts, who worked for Anadarko Petroleum, killed his family at their home and drove their bodies to a company property. His wife’s body was recovered in a shallow grave on Thursday, according to court documents. The children’s bodies were found in nearby oil tanks.

“It was one of my worst nightmares. I didn’t know what to say or do,” Atkinson said. "I sat on our bed for, I don’t know how long, and didn’t move because I didn’t want to think that they weren’t coming back.”

Chris Watts allegedly confessed to killing his wife and children, reported Denver ABC affiliate KMGH-TV, after initially saying in media interviews he didn’t know where they were.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive in the case.

Chris Watts' public defender did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment. Chris Watts was due to appear in court Tuesday.

“He just kept saying that he didn’t know where she was and that she was on a playdate. But he couldn’t give us the name of the friend,” Atkinson said. “I knew he had something to do with it the day I was at his house with him, but I didn’t want to think that.

“Anyone in their right mind will start piecing things together and think something had happened, but you don’t want to go there. You want to believe the best in people,” she added.

Now, she says it’s hard for her to hear the suspect’s name without getting “angry.”

She couldn’t offer too many details about the couple’s private lives, but she said Chris Watts appeared more distant recently.

“I mean couples or families have their issues, but not to where it justifies what was done,” she said. “I know that Chris and her were having some issues about three weeks prior to everything happening. But as far as the social media and what actually went on behind closed doors I don't know.

“He wasn't being the loving Chris that he normally was. He wasn't touching or hugging or doing stuff like that. He wasn't being as attentive to the girls as he normally is,” she added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The bandmates of a man shot and killed outside a Nashville bar this weekend are remembering their friend murdered on his birthday in a string of crimes police believe could be connected.

Bartley "Brandon" Teal was killed in a shooting at about 3 a.m. Friday morning outside The Cobra on Gallatin Avenue in the eastern part of the city. Police say Teal was approached by two armed men who demanded money. When he said he had nothing to give, at least one of the men shot Teal, police said.

"You never think what your last words to someone will be," Josh Rish, the drummer in Teal's band and Teal's best friend, told ABC News. "'See ya later' and then that will just be it. You want to go back and give somebody a hug afterwards. You never really think about that."

Rish said he had seen Teal just an hour before the shooting, and The Cobra was a spot where he and fellow musicians often hung out. His band had performed its first-ever public gig at the bar in February.

"It was kind of his normal spot. He was a regular over there," Magan Rish said. "He went to his local watering spot to celebrate his birthday and there was a lot of familiar people there with him that night."

Teal was celebrating his 33rd birthday.

"As soon as I came in and met these guys and Brandon, it just clicked," bassist Brian Litchford said. "It's such a terrible loss for all of us and all his friends and family, I know it's horrible to think about."

Litchford and Teal were late additions to the band, Terrestrial Radio, after a previous member had left, but the other three members had played together for "five or six years," singer Magan Rish said.

After Teal was shot, the robbers approached Jaime Sarrantonio, who was attending a show with the singer, and also fatally shot her, police said.

"These are just two senseless cold-blooded homicides," said Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the Nashville Police Department, at a news conference Friday.

Sarrantonio worked as an account manager for Aloompa, a developer which builds apps for music festivals, sporting events and conferences, according to WKRN.

"Jaime was such an amazing soul. I'm still in shock that this could have possibly happened," her close friend Amanda Raymon told Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN. She had the biggest, beautiful smile and spirit to match and she would walk into a room and if everyone didn't know her they would want to know her is the best way I could describe it, because she just portrayed this like positivity and was just this sweet, sweet, kind soul and she is going to be really, really missed by a lot of people."

Nashville police said Friday they believe the killings of Teal and Sarrantonio could be connected to a murder that took place on Aug. 14. Kendall Rice, 31, was waiting for a bus to go to work at Vanderbilt Medical Center when two suspects tried to rob him at about 5 a.m., police said.

The suspects in both shootings drove a darkly colored Chevrolet sedan, police said.

Police believe a third incident could also be connected, after a woman was shot in the back while walking her dog on Aug. 8. The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was paralyzed in the shooting.

"I don't feel safe where we are right now with what's going on," the victim's husband told ABC News. "My wife is the toughest person I've ever, ever encountered in my life."

The woman's husband works for the band OneRepublic, which posted a message of support for the injured woman on Twitter last week, and shared a GoFundMe to raise money for her care.

"He's one of the most critically important people that been a part of our family for years," lead singer Ryan Tedder said in the video. "We can't legally say his name because what took place while we were on stage was an unspeakable act of violence. His wife, while walking their dogs in Nashville, got shot through the back and lost her spleen, it hit her spine, she is now in a wheelchair going through multiple surgeries and she has a long, long road to recovery. This video isn't about the epidemic of gun violence that goes on in this country, which is unspeakable and makes me physically ill, this is about helping people that are close to us, that mean everything to us."

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Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- A memorial service honoring the late Aretha Franklin was held in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday.

The "Queen of Soul" died on Aug. 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Outside the New Bethel Baptist Church, where the service was held, some signed boards at a memorial paying tribute to the singer.

Those inside the church listened to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as he spoke about Franklin's life and her dedication to music.

The New Bethel Baptist Church was where Franklin's late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin was a minister and where Franklin began to let the world hear her sing.

A mural of Franklin was painted on a wall down the street from the church.

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug 31.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO) -- A teenager who was stopped by Sacramento police for not having a light on his bicycle ended up being hit by a cop car going 27 mph in dramatic video released by the department on Friday.

The incident, which has already prompted the department to promise to improve its training, is earning more criticism for a department under fire for the shooting death of Stephon Clark earlier this year.

The collision happened on July 22 when the 16-year-old was pulled over by an officer while riding his bike because he did not have a light on it. It happened at about 10 p.m. in the city's Del Paso Heights neighborhood in northeast Sacramento.

The video showed the officer engaging in conversation with the teen before he took off running. The officer who was speaking to the cyclist chased him on foot, according to police, while a second police SUV was called to assist in the pursuit.

In the video, the officer driving the SUV was seen turning left suddenly -- as the teen is running down the sidewalk -- and slamming into him at 27 mph, according to the preliminary information on the dash cam released by the Sacramento Police Department. The video showed the teen being tossed into the air by the impact.

The police officer immediately exited the vehicle and handcuffed the teenager, who can be heard swearing and then shouting repeatedly, "I'm sorry."

The suspect suffered only minor injuries in the collision.

"Clearly, this collision could have been tragic," Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said in a statement. "I am grateful the young man was not more seriously injured and that no one else was injured. Our training is designed to prevent this sort of thing from happening. We are going to make sure our training -- and the officer's adherence to that training -- is as solid as it can be."

The police department blamed the accident on understeer, using a diagram to show how the vehicle did not turn as the officer intended and instead slammed into the fleeing teenager.

“This is something that, you know what I mean, shouldn’t have took place,” Lavar Washington, a family member of the injured teenager who also witnessed the collision, told Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV.

It took 10 minutes for the ambulance to arrive to treat him, with Sacramento Police Department Detective James Allen saying, "There was a short delay in the response in the medical aid due to the officers having to facilitate the safe ingress of medical personnel and the egress with the suspect. This delay was due to officers having to maintain scene security due to a large crowd that had gathered."

Bystanders in the neighborhood can almost immediately be seen and heard shouting at the officers and yelling, "Why did you hit him?" In body camera footage, someone can be heard shouting, "Now I see why y'all get killed."

The teenager was given a citation for resisting arrest once released from the hospital two hours after the accident, police said.

"Ultimately, the investigation has shown that the collision was unintended," Allen said in video released by the department. "Due to the speed that the turn was initiated at, the officer lost control of the patrol vehicle and began to understeer. The officer did not regain control of the vehicle until moments before, or at the time the patrol vehicle came to a stop after the collision had already occurred."

Police relations with the community in Sacramento are especially poor after the police shooting of Clark, who was killed on March 18 in his grandmother's backyard after police said they believed his cellphone was a gun. The death triggered widespread protests in the city and even the delay of a Sacramento Kings NBA game after protesters blocked entrances. Protesters also gathered 100,000 signatures, which they submitted to the Sacramento District Attorney's Office calling for the officers to be criminally charged.

The Sacramento County coroner's office determined Clark was struck seven times, while a private autopsy requested by the family said he was struck eight times.

The two police officers have not been charged and returned to work on April 20.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Strong summer storms caused 14 people to be injured at a Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma on Saturday night, and now another system developing in the same region is set to threaten the South and Midwest over the next two days.

A new set of storm systems is beginning to take shape in the central U.S., which will bring possible flash flooding to parts of the Midwest and South through Monday.

Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms have developed from Texas to Kansas on Sunday morning. Scattered strong storms have also developed in parts of the Northern Plains.

By late Sunday, strong thunderstorms will develop in parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas, where gusty winds and torrential downpours will be the main threat.

Of particular concern will be slow-moving, heavy rain targeting eastern Nebraska, Iowa and southern Minnesota.

A more-pronounced storm system will develop in the heartland overnight Sunday into Monday. The greatest threat will be heavy torrential rain, which could cause flash flooding in parts of the upper Midwest, including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois.

There could be 4 to 6 inches of rainfall locally through Tuesday in parts of the heartland -- especially Iowa. This could cause flash flooding in the region.

Strong thunderstorms across the Gulf Coast and parts of the upper Midwest could bring 2 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday as well. Localized flash flooding is a concern in these areas.

Flooding in the Carolinas

After consecutive days of strong to severe storms, much of the Northeast will see drier conditions on Sunday. Only a couple of showers will remain in some coastal areas.

As the latest system pulls away from the shoreline, storms will fire up across a slow-moving cold front in parts of Virginia and the Carolinas on Sunday. The chance for trailing thunderstorms in North Carolina and Virginia late Sunday into early Monday could cause localized flash flooding in this region.

Hurricane churning in Pacific

Hurricane Lane is a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph on Sunday morning. This dangerous hurricane is 970 miles from Hilo, Hawaii, and moving west at around 16 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend 105 miles from the center.

The hurricane will slow down in forward speed in the coming days and begin to lose some of its intensity. It will likely become a Category 1 storm by Tuesday.

The storm is expected to move in a generally westward direction through Wednesday, likely passing south of the Hawaiian islands.

However, some uncertainty exists during the second half of this upcoming week. The forecast cone accounts for some of this uncertainty on Wednesday, as the storm begins to track a little more in a west-northwest direction. Therefore, the exact track of Lane and its proximity to Hawaii will determine if local impacts will become a concern later this week.

At this time, it is too early to determine if Hurricane Lane will have any impact on Hawaii. However, per the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, those in Hawaii should monitor the hurricane over the coming days because the cone error is large in the fourth- or fifth-day range.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -- A man driving his pregnant wife to a hospital for delivery of their baby was detained and taken into custody by immigration agents, according to the couple's lawyer and a news report.

The 36-year-old husband, whose lawyer said had no criminal record, was taken into custody when the couple stopped at a gas station Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, told Univision in Spanish. They had been on the way to the hospital for a scheduled C-section.

“[I asked] why are you taking my husband, and they said, somebody had reported us. And I said, 'No, how is that possible?' I said we are hard workers,” Carmen Venegas told Univision in an interview after the birth of her child.

“It is very hard because he was always there," the mother told Univision. "And he would say everything will be OK and not to worry, that we will meet the baby. And for me to be alone it feels brutal."

In addition to the newborn, the couple have four children between the ages of 2 and 13 years old.

An attorney representing Carmen Venegas told ABC News that Arrona-Lara was detained for not having identification on him. The lawyer, Emilio Amaya, said the father has no criminal record and no arrest warrant.

According to Amaya, witnesses at the gas station said ICE agents were there when Arrona-Lara's car pulled up and that the agents seemingly approached the family randomly.

ICE said in a statement that Arrona-Lara is an undocumented immigrant in custody pending removal proceedings.

“Mr. Arrona-Lara, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States, was taken into custody Wednesday by ICE Fugitive Operations Team officers in San Bernardino, Calif.," the agency said. "Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review."

The statement went on to say that ICE focuses on people who pose a threat to security or public safety, but "will no longer exempt" others from potential enforcement.

"ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," the statement said. "ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

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ABC News(MERIDIAN, Miss.) -- A 12-year-old girl allegedly took her mother’s car and led police on a chase around a trailer park before crashing into a sheriff's deputy responding to the incident, authorities said.

Video of the event on Wednesday night near Meridian, Mississippi, shows the moments before and after a deputy was allegedly hit by the vehicle. A few seconds later, gunshots are heard when another officer allegedly fired on the car.

The deputy suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, a spokesperson for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s office said.

The 12-year-old suspect has been detained and is at a juvenile detention center, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff Billy Sollie told ABC News that the deputy was laying out spike strips that are used to stop vehicles when he got hit by the car. Sollie also defended the other responding officer's firing shots at the car, which he said were aimed at the vehicle, not the girl.

“That 3,500-pound vehicle is being operated by a 12-year-old," Sollie said. "It would be the same difference if a 12-year-old had a gun pointed at you. Would you say, 'She’s 12, she’s not going to pull the trigger'?”

Witnesses said the girl was driving in circles around the area at a high speed.

“She was going like 70, 80 miles [per hour],” Charles Brown told ABC News affiliate WTOK in Meridian.

“The officer, I guess he was trying to get the spikes out [on] the road or something, and she ran him over,” Brown said.

Sollie told WTOK that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.

The bureau has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE) -- An all-out manhunt is underway for two "cold-blooded killers" in a rash of deadly shootings this month in Nashville -- and police are investigating whether all of the crimes are linked to the same gunmen.

The latest shooting happened early Friday in the parking lot of a club on Gallatin Avenue. Four people, including Bartley Teal and Jaime Sarrantonio, had just left Cobra Nashville about 3 a.m. when two armed men approached them and announced a robbery, police said.

Teal told the suspects he didn't have anything to give, authorities said. That's when at least one of the gunmen shot Teal -- who was celebrating his 33rd birthday, police said.

The suspects then fatally shot Sarrantonio, according to the Nashville Police Department.

"These are just two senseless cold-blooded homicides," Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the department, said at a news conference Friday.

The other two people with Teal and Sarrantonio -- a 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman -- were not injured, police said.

The suspects fled in a small Chevrolet vehicle with some of the victims' belongings, Aaron said. They dumped the items in an alley on 23rd Avenue North, a location the killers may be familiar with, he added.

The belongings have been recovered and are being processed for clues, police said.

The killing of Teal and Sarrantonio has led police to investigate whether the suspects are responsible for other shootings in the city earlier this month.

One of them occurred early Tuesday on Alta Loma Road. Kendall Rice, 31, was waiting for a bus there to go to work at Vanderbilt Medical Center when, at about 5 a.m., two suspects tried to rob him, police said.

The gunmen, who used a vehicle similar to the one used in the Friday killings, shot him to death too, police said.

The police department "has not ruled out" that the people who killed Teal and Sarrantonio are the same people who killed Rice, Aaron said.

The suspects may be responsible for yet another shooting, police said. A woman was shot in the back while walking her dog on Aug. 8, according to ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.

The getaway vehicle in that shooting was also a dark-colored Chevrolet sedan, police said.

The unidentified victim was seriously injured but survived the shooting, the station reported.

"At this time, we aren't ruling anything out," Aaron said. "Anything is a possibility and everything is on the table."

Aaron urged witnesses -- as well as anyone who may have spoken to the suspects -- to come forward.

"Frequently these suspects involved in crimes like these talk -- talk amongst themselves," Aaron added. "They talk amongst their friends. They talk amongst their associates."

He said the department, working in conjunction with other jurisdictions, had officers throughout Nashville looking for "two cold-blooded killers who obviously have no respect" for "the sanctity of human life."

"We know that Nashville wants to join the police department in getting these people into custody," he said. "We know that Nashville neighborhoods throughout the city want to help us in getting these two killers off the street."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Severe storms brought rain, lightning and damaging winds to the Northeast on Friday evening, with wind gusts up to 65 mph in parts of central and western New Jersey, and reports of over 5 inches of rain falling in Chatham, New York, overnight.

Lightning lit up the sky in New York City late Friday night, and is believed to have started a fire in Saratoga Springs City Hall.

Strong thunderstorms have been moving through parts of the Northeast Saturday morning. The intensity of this activity is expected to wind down Saturday morning before more storms fire up again on Saturday afternoon and evening.

A new flash flood watch has been posted for much of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and extreme northeast Maryland due to heavy rain. This new watch is for storms expected Saturday afternoon and evening that could dump heavy rainfall on already-saturated ground.

Storms will fire up during the afternoon before reaching the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston during the early evening hours on Saturday. The storms are expected to produce gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain. Flash flooding is a concern, particularly in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where there has been a good deal of rain the last several weeks.

Some locations from Pennsylvania to New York have seen nearly triple the amount of rain they usually see in August to date.

The heaviest rain will pass on Saturday evening. On Sunday, there will be some lingering showers holding on to parts of east. Locally, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected in the heavier downpours across the eastern U.S. from strong thunderstorms through Sunday night.

New storm system developing

A new storm system will develop in the central U.S. on Saturday night and last into the beginning of next week. Strong storms will move across the Plains during the early morning hours on Sunday. The storm activity will become more widespread Sunday night across nearly the entire central U.S.

The main concern with these storms will be localized flash flooding that occurs from slow-moving thunderstorms. The strong storms are expected to bring gusty winds as well.

The storms could dump 2 to 4 inches of rain by Monday morning across parts of the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Alabama, as well as parts of the plains from Kansas to Minnesota.

Another round of summer heat

Another round of summer heat is moving into the West this weekend. Triple-digit temperatures are expected Saturday through much of Central and Northern California. Temperatures in the 90s are expected across parts of the interior Pacific Northwest.

Gusty winds in parts of the northern Rockies could cause dangerous fire conditions. The Stubblefield Fire in Eastern Oregon grew from 600 to 5,000 acres on Friday due to gusty winds in the region.

After a hot weekend, some slightly cooler air moves into the West early next week.

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