Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2001

Nation Briefs

August 18, 2001


New York: Two shot, one stabbed at veterans hospital

A man shot two people and stabbed a third Friday at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Buffalo.

The victims were treated at the hospital, and the suspect, Samuel Miles Bobo, a 39-year-old Army veteran, was apprehended by police at his Buffalo home soon after the attack.

The victims were all in stable condition after surgery, said Arlene Kelly, a spokeswoman at the Department of Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System, where the violence occurred.

The attack started when Bobo pulled into a parking lot headed in the wrong direction and a parking lot attendant objected, witnesses said. The suspect then entered the hospital and randomly started shooting and stabbing people.

He left the hospital, got back into his car and drove away.

CHICAGO: No suspects identified in high-profile shooting

Police said Friday they had no suspects in the beating and shooting of a son of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Joshua Farrakhan, 42, was shot in both legs early Thursday, but the injuries did not appear life-threatening, authorities said.

Friday, a recorded message at Advocate Christ Medical Center said no further information would be provided on his condition at the request of the Farrakhan family.

Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday that investigators had information that the attackers knew the younger Farrakhan. Police would not comment on the report.

San Francisco: Unabomber loses another court appeal

Convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski lost his appeal Friday for rehearings.

It was the second time this year that Kaczynski has failed to win a new trial from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He may now take his appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1998, he pleaded guilty to an almost 20-year bombing spree that killed three people and injured 23 more.

Kaczynski later appealed, arguing the trial judge had violated Kaczynski's rights by denying his request to represent himself and by allowing his lawyers, over his objections, to use his mental condition as a defense in an effort to spare him from the death penalty.

The appeal was turned down in February by a three-judge panel, and on Friday a majority of the entire 22-judge court declined to rehear the case.

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