News story about the SEPTA hammer attack on DeWayne Taylor, via BlackTubeChannel on YouTube.
Just in case you woke up this morning saying, ‘damn, I’d sure like to ride the subway today, but I sure don’t want to get randomly beaten by some thickly-bearded, hammer-wielding psycho,’ I thought I’d let you know that the hammer dude has been arrested.
I know I may spoil the illusion for some when I report that the gentleman arrested for the assault on half-sleeping victim DeWayne Taylor was not a shy, retiring scholarly type but a career criminal named Thomas Scantling.
The 26-year-old Scantling has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated and simple assault and whatever else will help keep him behind bars and away from hammers.
During an interview on NBC’s Today, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that Scantling has an extensive criminal history “including rape, robbery, assault, narcotics violations.”
Scantling may have tried to harm himself after the subway attack, which occurred last Thursday morning. His family didn’t know about the whole subway thing, so Scantling went to a mental institution. That was where the police caught up with him.
As for trying to find out why DeWayne Taylor had his morning ride to work so viciously interrupted, well, good luck with that one — apparently, the attack really was completely random.
Video via BlackTubeChannel on YouTube.
So, you drag a kid onto the subway and you ride a while. Just relaxing, standing there, you and the boy.
Then at some point you decide the child needs to sit with a dude nearby, because you’ve got a project in mind.
Your project? Take that hammer you’ve got tucked away in the backpack, beside the sippy-cup and the graham crackers, perhaps, and beat the ever-loving snot out of some innocent dude sleeping in a seat beside you.
The man attacked in the video above, the sleeping dude who received the rudest of rude awakenings, is DeWayne Taylor, age 20. Speaking to a Philadelphia Fox affiliate, Taylor said he was hit by the hammer in his head, neck and hand. “I got seven staples in my head, six stitches in the back of my neck and a broken finger,” Taylor said.
Taylor’s attacker, who has allegedly been identified and will soon be arrested, apparently yelled something about Allah as he whaled on the victim.
Remarkably, none of the passengers who witnessed the attack on Taylor did anything to help him. They didn’t call 911. I’d think you might want to go ahead and consider snitching on a crazy dude who shouts about Allah while he batters some innocent guy with a hammer, but what do I know?
I know that the next time I ride the train or subway for anything, I damn sure won’t be taking a nap.
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Google Street View of the Ark. Dem. Party HQ in Little Rock.
According to CNN, Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney died this afternoon in a Little Rock hospital. Quote:
The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, hours after a shooting at the party’s headquarters, according to a statement from former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton […] the statement gave his name as Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney.
Arkansas law enforcement officials have named Tim Johnson, age 50, as the shooter in the attack on Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney.
Johnson entered the office at about 10 til noon today and asked to see Chairman Gwatney. Though the secretary on duty refused, Johnson entered Gwatney’s office and fired 3 times before fleeing the scene.
Johnson, a resident of Searcy, AR, may have then made his way to the nearby Arkansas Baptist Convention building. There were local reports of a white male in a t-shirt who pointed a gun at staffers there before leaving the building.
Police caught up with the suspect and a chase ensued, ending around 2:30 p.m. CT in Grant County, AR. Johnson was ultimately shot and killed during a confrontation with police.
Recent reports indicate that Bill Gwatney, a 48-year-old former Arkansas State legislator and friend to Bill and Hillary Clinton, is in critical condition at a Little Rock hospital. [MSNBC/AP and ArkansasOnline.com.]
The AP is reporting that the shooter died after his confrontation with Arkansas authorities.
The Associated Press reports that Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney is in critical condition after a shooting at the state party headquarters in Little Rock, AR.
The alleged shooter entered the party headquarters in downtown Little Rock around noon today and asked to speak with Gwatney. After Gwatney’s secretary refused to allow the man to see the chairman, he charged into Gwatney’s office. At least 3 shots were fired.
The suspect, a white man in his 40s, fled the scene in a blue pickup. Police gave chase. They ran the man to ground in Grant County, AR, where he was shot. Police say they don’t know the motive behind the attack. [CNN and the AP. Also on the Web: ArkDems.org.]
Clips from Shelley Malil’s work in TV and movies.
Forty-three-year-old Indian-born actor Shelley Malil isn’t a household name, but you’ve probably seen his face. IMDB.com shows a resume stretching back to 1994. Malil has appeared on TV shows like Seinfeld and NYPD Blue and movies such as Collateral Damage and more recently, The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Now Malil is making a move from near-fame to real infamy. Shelley Malil was arrested early Monday in Oceanside, CA.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., Malil went to his ex-girlfriend’s house Sunday night around 9 p.m. He found his ex in the back yard with a male companion. That was when Malil allegedly went berserk. He picked up a knife and stabbed the woman several times. She fled, and Malil gave chase, allegedly injuring the woman’s male friend when he tried to help.
A neighbor heard screaming and saw Malil and Malil’s ex near the front door of the victim’s residence. Malil left and the neighbor tried to help, putting pressure on the stab wounds. The neighbor said the woman’s “chin was almost entirely cut off” and there were “a lot of gashes on her back as well.”
The stabbing victim was taken to Palomar Hospital. She was in critical condition, but investigators tell San Diego-area media that she will live. Malil is in the San Diego County Detention Center, being held on $2 million bail for suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary.
Shelley Malil’s web page at Malil.com is offline now (go figure), but it can still be accessed via the links below:
* Homepage, Malil.com
[KNBC | Los Angeles via E! Online]
Police in Phoenix believe the young man who opened fire in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix on Thursday is a 22-year-old former SMCC student named Rodney Smith.
Smith is currently in custody. A 19-year-old male, one of the 3 victims of the shooting in the SMCC tech services building, is still hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting may have been part of a long-standing feud.
A lunatic opened fire on the campus of the South Mountain Community College in Phoenix Thursday afternoon, injuring three. Two victims are in critical condition.
The shooter was arrested, but the damage was done. A female pharmacy student, age 22, was shot in the torso, a 17-year-old boy in the leg, and a 25-year-old man was also wounded in the leg.The 22-year-old woman and the older male victim are in critical condition. One witness told a local Phoenix news outlet that the gunman “started randomly shooting” after some kind of “scuffle” in the hallway on the 2nd floor of the SMCC tech services building (Map of SMCC campus). The East Valley Tribune reported that “the suspect apparently was known to the victims.”
SMCC canceled classes for the rest of the day and for tomorrow.
One source is reporting that the “scuffle” broke out in the computer lab on the 2nd floor of the tech building. A black male pulled out a gun and shot the person with whom he was arguing, then opened fire on others in the room.
The East Valley Tribune reports that the 17-year-old victim is Christopher Taylor. Taylor and the critically wounded victims were taken to Maricopa Medical Center.
(Further updates will be below the break.)
According to his mother and sister, current Batman star and former American Psycho star Christian Bale went a little psycho for real on Sunday, July 20, and assaulted them both at the Dorchester Hotel in Hampshire, UK.
The 34-year-old actor’s mother Jenny and sister Sharon reported Bale to the Hampshire police and that department punted to London’s Metropolitan Police.
Bale essentially made an appointment with the cops for Tuesday morning. Then he attended the premiere of his new film, the already-phenomenally popular The Dark Knight.
Bale was in custody for a while on Tuesday as police questioned him about the incident.
[Sky News, London Telegraph.]