Update of Lawlessness and Violence

Holiday week starts with 4 high-profile, fatal shootings in 4 states

Blog note: Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can also be interpreted that lawlessness will abound. This includes violence, murder, terrorism, shootings, knife attacks, car/van attacks, chemical attacks and other similar acts of destructive and evil behavior. Yes, these things have occurred in time past. But consider the frequency, intensity and devastation of these types of attacks and mass school shootings. They are like birth pangs in frequency and intensity. This is just one part of the CONVERGENCE or CONVERGING of signs. End of note.

Holiday week starts with 4 high-profile, fatal shootings in 4 states

By Susannah Cullinane, CNN Updated 8:16 AM ET, Tue November 20, 2018

(CNN)Thanksgiving week got off to a violent start Monday with four fatal shootings across the US in a matter of hours. Attacks in a Chicago hospital, on a Denver street, at a suburban St. Louis business and in a Philadelphia basement left 10 people dead — including one of the gunmen — and at least four people wounded.

A gunman killed 3 at a Chicago hospital

A police officer, a doctor and a pharmacy resident were killed after a Monday afternoon shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital. The gunman, who had been in a relationship with the one of slain hospital employees, also died, police said. It’s not clear if he died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The gunman approached one of the female victims — a hospital employee — around 3:30 p.m. in the hospital’s parking lot, and an argument ensued. Police were called after the man revealed a handgun to a friend of the woman who had tried to intervene. When officers responded, the gunman opened fire on them before they could exit their vehicle. Officers followed him into the hospital and exchanged gunfire with him, police said. During the shootout, Officer Samuel Jimenez — a father of three — was fatally wounded. Also killed were emergency room physician Tamara O’Neal and pharmacy resident Dayna Less.

5 people were shot, 1 fatally, in downtown Denver

One person was fatally shot and four others were wounded Monday in downtown Denver, officials said. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and four people were taken to the hospital, all in a stable condition, the Denver Police Department said. The shooting occurred just after 4 p.m. near Coors Field on Lawrence and 21st streets. Police are talking to witnesses hoping to get a description of a suspect, authorities said.

In Missouri, a sexual assault and fatal shooting

St. Louis County police are searching for a man believed to be armed and dangerous after a woman was shot at a Catholic Supply business in Ballwin, Missouri — about 30 miles west of St. Louis — Monday afternoon. Officers called to the scene found her suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, the St. Louis County Police Department said in a statement. The suspect committed a sexual assault and shot a woman at the business before fleeing the scene, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital, and police later said on Twitter that the incident “is now a homicide investigation.”

4 people were found shot in the head in a Philadelphia basement

Police called to a home in Southwest Philadelphia midday Monday found the bodies of four people in the basement. The victims — two men and two women who appeared to have been in their 30s — each were shot in the head, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters. “All four of these individuals were executed,” Ross said. “There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.” Preliminary information suggests the two men were related, he said. Police said at least one of the men lived in the house, CNN affiliate 6ABC reported.

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