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Oakland school allegedly texted parents not to cooperate with police investigation of shooting that injured 6
A shooting involving multiple gunmen at a school campus in Oakland, California, injured six adults this Wednesday afternoon.
Witnesses told police a car pulled up to the King Estates complex of schools, shared by Rudsdale Newcomer and Bay Area Technology School (BayTech) at 8210 Fontaine St. in the city's Oak Knoll/Golf Links neighborhood, and three gunmen got out and opened fire before driving off.
Now, according to ABC7, law enforcement say school officials have sent text messages to shooting victims, instructing them not to cooperate with police. "We're hearing it's a pattern, and some parents at the school are worried that a lack of action by school officials after previous incidents may have led to this escalation in violence," ABC7's report stated.
Oakland Unified School District spokesman John Sasaki is denying the witness' claims. But according to former Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, Rudsdale school officials have a history of failing to protect students.
"If you remember, the school district used to have their own police, then OPD was serving some of the schools with campuses, they actually threw him out because they didn't want uniformed police officers on their campuses, these things happen because we allow them to happen," said De La Fuente.
Just weeks ago, a student was stabbed and pistol-whipped and a gun was discovered at school, and yet "the school district did nothing about it," said BayTech parent Mario Juarez.
Police confirmed the stabbing incident and said Rudsdale obstructed the investigation. School officials recovered the gun used in the attack and kept it from police for hours until later turning it over in a zip lock bag. Sources also say the school would not let police perform follow-up interviews with students because, as school officials said, "They had it under control."
"After the shooting on Wednesday, Rudsdale High School did not tell any student not to cooperate with police," Sasaki told ABC7. "With regard to your question about the incident last month, our school staff at Rudsdale and other schools do not obstruct police investigations. Furthermore, any question about how the Wednesday shooting might have been avoided is pure speculation, and in this instance, the suggestion that OUSD prevented police from doing their jobs is false and inflammatory."
Maggie Haberman smacked down Donald Trump's angry attack on her forthcoming book about his presidency.
The New York Times author will publish "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America" on Tuesday, and excerpts have been published by various media outlets for weeks, and the former president claimed on his Truth Social website that she had never reached out to him or other sources for confirmation.
"Here we go again! Another Fake book is out, this one, supposedly very boring and stale, by self appointed head case, Failing (unfunded liability!) New York Times writer, Maggie Hagerman," Trump posted. "In it she tells many made up stories, with zero fact checking or confirmation by anyone who would know, like me. In one case she lies about me wanting to fire my daughter, Ivanka, and Jared. WRONG, pure fiction. Never even crossed my mind. Just have to fight trouble making creeps like Maggie, and all the rest!"
However, Haberman tweeted out a photo that appears to be a list of questions she submitted to Trump, who appears to have responded to her query about that particular episode with a denial handwritten written in his distinctive Sharpie mostly capitalized scrawl.
"False story," reads the entry, apparently written by Trump. "Kelly was too dumb to properly handle such an event if true, which it was not."
Republican megadonors have been letting Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) determine how to spend their campaign contributions, rather than giving directly to candidates endorsed by Donald Trump.
Federal Election Commission records and sources familiar with the billionaires' donations say financiers Paul Singer, Dan Loeb and Larry Ellison haven't given directly to J.D. Vance in Ohio, Blake Masters in Arizona, Herschel Walker in Georgia, Adam Laxalt in Nevada and Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, but have instead contributed to a super PAC closely aligned with McConnell, reported CNBC.
“They would be lighting their money on fire if they got totally swayed by these candidates,” said one GOP fundraiser. "[The Senate Leadership Fund has] the best polls and they won’t sink money into races they know they can’t win."
The Senate Leadership Fund, which is run by former McConnell chief of staff Steven Law, has canceled the rest of its TV ad booking in Arizona, where Masters is trailing Sen. Mark Kelly by more than seven percentage points, but all five Trump-backed candidates have started featuring the Kentucky Republican at their fundraisers after being outraised and outspent by their Democratic rivals.
“Leader McConnell will end up saving the GOP candidates that Trump endorsed," said GOP fundraiser Jack Oliver. "He is focused and doesn’t let the noise get in the way."