22 Marzo 2015
Deceduto l’aggressore dell’aeroporto di New Orleans
L’uomo era stato colpito da tre colpi di arma da fuoco
Richard White, il 62enne che ha aggredito poliziotti e viaggiatori all’aeroporto internazionale Louis Armstrong di New Orleans, è deceduto sabato presso l’ospedale locale dove era stato ricoverato alle 16.00 locali. L’uomo era stato colpito da tre colpi di arma da fuoco da una donna agente, al petto, al viso e alla coscia.
Secondo i primi elementi dell’inchiesta, White ha caratteristiche che riconducono a disturbi di carattere mentale, ha spiegato lo sceriffo di Jefferson Parish Newell Normand in una conferenza stampa. Vantava anche alcuni precedenti penali. Si è esclusa subito la matrice terrorista dell’aggressione.
Secondo una prima ricostruzione, il sospetto, Testimone di Geova, al momento dei controlli al checkpoint ha da prima spruzzato dell’insetticida e poi colpito la donna con un machete, ferendola al braccio destro. È stato quindi fermato. I colpi di arma da fuoco hanno seminato il panico fra i presenti, diverse persone hanno riportato ferite da arma da fuoco non gravi. Altre persone sono rimaste contuse nel fuggi fuggi generale. In una borsa, l’uomo aveva anche sei bombe molotov e alcuni lacrimogeni.
FONTE: TICINO online
‘Mentally Ill’ Man in US Machete Attack Had Molotov Cocktails
WASHINGTON: A machete-wielding mentally ill man shot by police at a New Orleans airport was armed with an arsenal of Molotov cocktails, officials said on Saturday, but the motive for the assault was still a mystery.
Attacker Richard White, 63, was being treated in hospital after being shot three times by police when he stormed a security checkpoint and attempted to assault Transportation Security Administration agents.
Initial reports said White had wounded one of the TSA agents but police said on Saturday the injured employee was in fact hit by a stray bullet as police opened fire on the assailant.
“She was being chased by the perpetrator with the machete. The officer began to fire because he was gaining on her very quickly,” Normand said.
The shot grazed the TSA agent’s triceps and passed through her to hit the attacker, Normand said.
Acting TSA Administrator Mel Carraway praised his agency’s officers, saying “a lot of lives were saved” by their actions.
Plan to bomb airport?
White, described by law enforcement as a member of the Christian-based Jehovah’s Witnesses religious movement, was carrying a bag during that attack.
Inside, police found six Molotov cocktails — here in the guise of half-pint jars filled with gasoline and set with cloth wicks.
A search of White’s car parked near the airport uncovered smoke bombs and several canisters, including an oxygen tank.
“We don’t know at this time what the intended purpose of those being in the trunk of the car actually are,” he said.
Normand said the motive for the attack was a mystery, though discussions with White’s family had revealed “a mental illness component.”
Investigators were hoping to interview White if he was fit to do so.
“He’s still alive. We very much want the opportunity to talk to him. We’re not sure that that’s actually going to happen,” Normand said.
“His family has been very cooperative. We have been able to determine that there is a mental illness component here that’s presented.”
Witnesses said White had acted in a “calm, cool, collected” manner prior to the attack, Normand said.
“No one in this point in time has any notion to what may have triggered this behavior,” he added.
White had worked as a taxi driver, had recently received his chauffeur’s license and had “little or no criminal history,” Normand revealed earlier.
A neighbor, Donna Jackson, told The Times-Picayune newspaper that White was a former Army serviceman, who had retired years ago and was living off Social Security and disability checks.
“He was so meek, so mild,” she added, saying he was a deeply religious Jehovah’s Witness who shunned Western medicine and encouraged his neighbor to use herbal remedies, even to treat her diabetes.
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