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iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) -- A 6-year-old boy critically wounded in the shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, died Saturday, according to the Anderson County coroner.

Jacob Hall, a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School, was shot in the leg by a suspected 14-year-old gunman who opened fire at the school's outdoor playground during recess on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

His brother, Gerald Gambrell, posted on Facebook that Jacob "will be with us forever and always in our hearts."

Jacob had been on life support at Greenville Memorial Hospital. His family said in a statement released Thursday that because of the amount of blood he'd lost, he suffered a major brain njury.

A "bullet ripped through little Jacob's femoral artery," a major artery located in the thigh, wrote South Carolina Rep. Alan Clemmons on his Facebook page Wednesday. Clemmons noted that Jacob was a nephew of "dear friends" of his.

The 14-year-old suspect in the shooting outside the elementary school was charged Friday with one count of murder in the death of his father and three counts of attempted murder.

A judge in Townville agreed to detain the teen pending his trial, saying there was enough evidence in the case to hold him. He has not yet entered a plea.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 911 call that led police to the capture of the man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey has been obtained today by ABC News.

In the call on Sept. 19, a bar owner in Linden, New Jersey, tells police: "There is this guy sleeping in front of my business, and my business is not open right now. But can you send someone?"

The operator asks if the man is breathing, and the caller says yes.

The man is "in front of the door, the main entrance door," the caller says.

"All right," the operator says, "We'll send 'em over."

Police responded to that call from the Linden bar, and the sleeping man -- identified as suspected bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami -- was taken into custody and hospitalized after a shootout with police.

The bar owner told ABC station WABC that "it was my gut reaction" to call the police.

Rahami has been receiving treatment at a New Jersey hospital since he was shot seven times in the shootout that occurred two days after the Sept. 17 bombings that injured 29 people. Rahami has been charged with a litany of crimes connected to the bombings, other unexploded devices and the gun fight with police.

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Cheatham County School District(NEW YORK) --  A Tennessee middle school counselor is being hailed a hero after she talked a 14-year-old boy who came to school with a loaded gun out of his alleged plans to shoot teachers and a police officer this week, according to the Cheatham County Sheriff's Office.

Molly Hudgens, a counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee, "single-handedly" prevented a "potential deadly mass shooting" on Wednesday, Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove said at a news conference.

Shortly after the first-period class that day, the 14-year-old student requested to speak to Hudgens, according to the sheriff. Upon entering her office, he "started asking various questions that alarmed" Hudgens, who "sensed that something was wrong."

After asking if he had a gun, the student "affirmed he did" and that he was holding it "under his clothing," Breedlove said. The teen then "advised Ms. Hudgens that he was going to kill some teachers and a police officer -- not students," according to Breedlove.

 The 14-year-old "indicated that she would be the only one to talk him out of it," the sheriff said.

Hudgens spent nearly an hour talking to the armed 14-year-old and eventually convinced him to give her his gun, Breedlove said.

The sheriff added that the counselor "had a lot on her shoulders" as she was simultaneously trying to alert law enforcement using her cell phone in "a discreet manner" so she would not alarm the teen or cause him to panic.

After successfully alerting school officials and law enforcement, and recovering the teen's gun, deputies with the sheriff's office arrived within a few minutes, Breedlove said. They recovered a "fully loaded semi-automatic handgun, along with additional ammunition," and took the teen into custody, he said.

It appears that the gun belonged to the teen's family, who are fully cooperating with the investigation, the sheriff said. When asked by reporters if the family could face charges, he said, "we’re not looking at that at this point."

Hudgens "was able to diffuse a potential deadly mass shooting," Breedlove said. She "single-handedly saved the lives of many people and should be recognized as a hero in our community."

Though the 14-year-old did not name any specific school employees or students as his targets while talking with Hudgens, he did name specific school employees he was targeting during an interview with deputies, Breedlove told ABC News.

The teen has been charged with "with carrying and possession of a weapon on school property and communicating a threat to a certain school employee," and is currently being held at the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center, the sheriff said.

It was not clear if the teen had obtained a lawyer as of Friday, and the teen has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him, Breedlove told ABC News. He added that the teen will be undergoing mental health evaluations prior to his next court hearing, which has not been scheduled yet.

Cheatham County School District's communications director, Tim Adkins, said at the news conference on Thursday that "the district followed all necessary procedures and that the district's safety plan was properly utilized." He added that Sycamore Middle School and Sycamore High School "were temporarily placed on a lockout status" on Wednesday "as a precautionary measure."

The district was "not aware of any other additional threats" and resumed "normal, day-to-day operations" on Thursday," Adkins said.

Hudgens, the hero counselor, released her own statement in a video posted to the district's Facebook page on Thursday. In the video, Hudgens can be seen wearing a shirt with the phrase "Life is beautiful" on it.

"Sycamore Middle has been my home for almost 19 years, and the safety of our school is a responsibility that I take very seriously as a school counselor," she says. "Yesterday, my previous training and experience granted me the opportunity to help a student in need while protecting our school family as well.

"... Sycamore Middle School is safe and our students will continue to be afforded that same hedge of protection that they received prior to this event," Hudgens continues. "... We appreciate, again, all of the support from our community and look forward to the continuation of our great school year."

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ABC News(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- The crewmembers aboard the train that smashed into a station in Hoboken, NJ Thursday, killing one person and injuring 114 others, have been “very cooperative,” investigators said Friday.

The New Jersey Transit train’s engineer, 48-year-old Thomas Gallagher, was injured in the crash, authorities said. According to a law enforcement official, preliminary tests indicate he was likely not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have made contact with Gallagher, but have yet to conduct a formal interview, NTSB vice chair Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters Friday evening.

"There won’t be that much time elapsed," Dinh-Zarr reassured reporters. "So we don’t see that this is going to be an impediment to any recollection."

In the meantime, the NTSB has struggled to download data from the event recorder recovered from the locomotive. They’re now taking it to another facility, where they’ll attempt to download the information with the help of the manufacturer, Dinh-Zarr said.

The event recorder should shed light on what exactly happened in the train’s final moments. According to state and local authorities, the train slammed through a bumper at the end of the track, and crashed into a waiting area wall, spurring a partial collapse of the roof covering the track. Despite the station’s 10 mph speed restriction, the train appeared to be traveling at a “high rate of speed,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

Due to concerns about the now-collapsed canopy and possible asbestos in the structure, the NTSB has been unable to examine the train’s three cars, or collect a second data recorder, located in the front of the train. Since none of the evidence is perishable, said Dinh-Zarr, the delay won’t affect the quality of the investigation. The agency says it is also conducting drone inspection of the track.

"We will stay here for as long as it takes," Dinh-Zarr said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) --  About 200 people took to the streets of a San Diego suburb for a fourth night Friday to protest the fatal shooting by police of unarmed black man Alfred Okwera Olango, just hours after officials released two videos of the incident.

Olango, 38, was shot and killed by an officer with the El Cajon Police Department Tuesday night.

 Friday night's protests were peaceful, but demonstrators blocked intersections and attempted to walk on a freeway before riot gear-wearing police stopped them.

Unlike Thursday night's protests, there were no immediate reports of violence, vandalism or arrests. During Thursday's protests, demonstrators had to be broken up with pepper-spray balls after bottles and a brick were thrown at police. Five people were arrested.

Demonstrators are still in the streets of El Cajon, continuing for a fourth night of protests. @10NewsEmily is there now pic.twitter.com/b0FKqlsBBX

— 10News (@10News) October 1, 2016

At one point during Friday's protests, a group of people formed a prayer circle, as seen in the video below.

Here's what's happening at the El Cajon protest right now pic.twitter.com/efozNJmyC8

— Michael Dean Gold (@10newsGold) October 1, 2016

In anticipation of the protests, many businesses in El Cajon closed early, ABC affiliate KGTV reported.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Amanda Knox has been working to build a new life after spending years being accused of the notorious murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, a crime she says she didn’t commit.

Fully exonerated just last year by the Italian Supreme Court, Knox is stepping back into the spotlight to shed light on how innocent people can be branded as guilty. She is sharing her story in the new Netflix documentary, “Amanda Knox.”

“I am never going to be free of having had to go through that experience,” Knox said. “There is no way I can go back to being the person who I was before all of this happened.”

Knox spent four years in an Italian prison, wrongly convicted of the murder, and painted by Italian prosecutors and the global tabloid media as a sexually obsessed killer. Tabloid newspapers ran with wild stories that called her “Satanic,” “demonic,” and “sex-crazed,” and depicted Kercher’s murder as a “crazy orgy gone wrong.” The world watched Knox’s sensational trials played out in an Italian courtroom.

“There was a prosecutor who had tunnel vision, who had this idea that I was guilty, and I was guilty no matter what, he had to just find the way to prove it,” she said. “It was this attempt to project this monster onto me and to like see from a glint what could be the monster. But really what … we need to look at the objective evidence that’s available to us, and that has nothing to do with me.”

Knox’s ordeal began almost nine years ago when she was a 20-year-old exchange student from Seattle just beginning a year abroad in Perugia, Italy. She was lovestruck by a new Italian boyfriend named Raffaele Sollecito, whom she had met five days before the murder.

It was November 2007 when Kercher was found sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in the four-bedroom house she and Knox shared with two other roommates.

 The murder became a worldwide media frenzy, with Knox’s every behavior dissected. When she and Sollecito were seen smiling and kissing outside the murder scene just hours after the crime, they immediately came under suspicion.

“The way the media represented me outside of the crime scene was taken out of context and magnified in order to fixate on the inappropriateness and define it as inappropriate,” Knox said. “But the other thing is: It doesn’t matter whether or not my boyfriend was comforting me outside of the house where I had just found out my roommate was murdered. It’s irrelevant because the evidence of the case proved my innocence.”

But Italian prosecutor Giuliano Migini claimed Knox, Sollecito and a drifter named Rudy Guede killed Kercher in a sadistic sex game gone awry. Knox believes their denials were pushed aside in favor of a more salacious story.

During 53 hours of withering interrogation, Knox claims Italian investigators “broke her down.”

“I was hit on the back of the head,” Knox said. “I was yelled at. Police were coming in and out of the room telling me that I was a liar, telling me that Raffaele had lied about me, and it was, it was chaos. It was utter chaos.”

Knox said interrogators made her doubt her own memories.

“The police told me that I had amnesia, and that I better remember the truth,” she said. “And so what they were forcing me to consider was that my memories that I had spent the night with Raffaele were wrong and that I needed to re-scramble my brain around in order to bring out the truth.”

Knox insists she conjured up a false memory, confessing to being there in the house and covering her ears to block out Kercher’s screams when she wasn’t.

“A lot of cases of someone who is wrongfully convicted include a false confession, where someone was put through coercive interrogation techniques that led them to break,” Knox said.

Knox’s confession and some controversial DNA evidence found on her boyfriend’s kitchen knife were enough to put the couple on trial for murder in 2009. Knox and Sollecito were found guilty and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively. Knox was stunned.

“The first guilty verdict, I couldn’t believe it, because I still believed that it was impossible to convict an innocent person,” Knox said. “I had already been through two years imprisonment and everything being thrown at me, but I was so sure that my innocence would win out.”

Rudy Guede, who had a history of break-ins, left fingerprints and DNA all over the crime scene and he was tried separately. He was convicted and sentenced to just 16 years in prison.

“My reaction is that he wasn’t found guilty of everything that he was guilty of,” Knox said. “And that’s just because in the criminal justice system, they allowed him to be tried separately from me, and that is something that he needs to answer to.”

The Italians celebrated Knox's conviction and a British tabloid reporter continued to print sensational headlines. Knox languished in prison, and said her hair fell out and she had trouble sleeping. Her family never doubted her innocence, mortgaging their house and declaring bankruptcy to pay for her defense. Even now that she’s back home, Knox said it’s still difficult for her and her family to talk about what happened.

“They don’t want me to feel bad, like it’s somehow my fault that … the emotional pain, the financial struggle was somehow my fault,” she said.

An independent forensic team eventually discredited the DNA found on the kitchen knife, and after a thorough review of evidence, almost two years after the initial guilty verdict, their convictions were overturned on appeal. Knox was released and immediately returned to the United States, but her ordeal wasn’t over. In January 2014, her acquittal was reversed by determined prosecutor Migini.

The Italian courts considered forcing Knox to return to Italy, but finally, seven-and-a-half years after Kercher was killed, the highest court in Italy ruled to fully exonerate Knox, blaming “stunning flaws” in the investigation.

Knox still lives in Washington State and her new project highlighting others who have been wrongfully convicted.

“I am not being hunted anymore. That means that I can finally be proactive,” Knox said. “I am going to take ownership of the fact that I am an exoneree and share the fact that there is a voice to be heard with them … and what matters now is sharing and finding value in their experience, and … I am in a unique position to do so, and I am going to try.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) -- Officials in Southern California have released two videos of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, died after he was shot by an officer with the El Cajon Police Department Tuesday night. His sister had called 911 saying that he was "not acting like himself" and walking in traffic, endangering himself and others, police said.

When police arrived, Olango allegedly refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, according to police. At one point, Olango "rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance," police said Tuesday. That's when one officer deployed his Taser and another fired his gun several times, striking Olango, according to police.

Olango's death spurred protests in El Cajon, about 16 miles northwest of San Diego. On Wednesday, police revealed that the object Olango had pulled from his pants pocket was a vape smoking device. He did not have a gun on him when he was shot, according to police.

A representative for his family called on the district attorney's office to release video of the shooting on Thursday.

Federal officials had tried twice to deport Olango, a refugee from Uganda -- once in 2002 after he was convicted for transporting and selling narcotics, and again in 2009 after he served prison time for a firearms charge conviction in Colorado, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Olango had not reported to the agency as required since February 2015.


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Rakeyia Scott(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Charlotte Police Department has announced it will release the full video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott -- an incident that sparked a wave of violent protests.

The full dashboard and body camera videos will be released after Scott's family reviews them next week, the CPD announced on Twitter.

CMPD will release the remaining portions of unreleased dash and body cam next week after Mr. Scott's family reviews video pic.twitter.com/4G9t6ZE8km

— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 30, 2016

On Thursday, audio was released from police radio and a 911 call placed after Scott was shot. Portions of the dashboard and body cameras were released over the weekend, and a cellphone video taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott, were released last week.

Scott, 43, was shot by a Charlotte police officer on Sept. 20 and later died, prompting violent protests to erupt in downtown Charlotte in the days following his death. Police said they saw Scott exit his car with a firearm, and a handgun was found on the scene in "close proximity" to Scott's body.

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Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- Investigators now know the speed at which a New Jersey commuter train crashed into the Hoboken Terminal on Thursday -- leaving one person dead and 114 injured -- due to the recovery of a data recorder from the locomotive car at the rear of the train, sources tell ABC News.

But a second recorder that was located in the train's "controlling cab" at the front of the train has yet to be recovered due to safety concerns at the crash site in Hoboken, New Jersey. The front of the train was the most severely damaged in the crash, and in addition the station's canopy fell onto the front car, making it difficult for investigators to access. The National Transportation Safety Board hopes to recover the second data recorder Friday if the area is safe enough for investigators to get it.

Investigators said they may release some information publicly as soon as Friday.

What the recorder could tell us

Train data recorders differ significantly from those on airplanes. While data recorders on a commuter train and freight train can vary in function, most only record a train's technical operations and not voice data. According to investigators, the NTSB hopes to retrieve pertinent information from the data recorder besides the train's speed prior to and at the time of the accident, such as: the train's throttle position; if the brakes were applied and whether the engineer used standard brakes or emergency brakes; and whether a horn was used. When the data recorder located in the controlling cab is recovered, it may also tell investigators what signals and lights were visible prior to the accident.

The problems investigators face

But as with flight data recorders, possible challenges are at play. Although train data recorders have protective material around them to withstand an accident, the recorder can still malfunction and fail to record data or can be so badly damaged that it is difficult to extract data from it.

In some cases, the NTSB will bring in the manufacturer of a train or its data recorder to assist federal investigators with downloading and analyzing the data.

It’s not all about the recorder

Experts are quick to note that they rely on more than the data recorder during the investigation process.

"Even if we don't have all the information from an event recorder, we can still gain additional information from examining the track, examining the train itself," and looking into other things related to the accident, NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway told ABC News.

Holloway said his agency will also look at whether the train's data recorder correlates to other information from the accident scene, such as security-camera footage and witness testimony.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law two bills inspired by the case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail with probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the college campus, Brown's office announced Friday.

Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person. The assault -- digital penetration -- was stopped by two men who noticed that the victim wasn't moving, authorities said. Turner fled, but the witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office.

Turner was sentenced June 2 to six months in Santa Clara County Jail by Judge Aaron Persky. Turner was facing up to 14 years, and prosecutors asked for six years, but the judge sentenced Turner to six months, as recommended by the probation department.

Turner, now 21, was released from jail after he served three months. Many inmates in California serve only half of their sentences for good behavior. Turner's case and sentence sparked national attention and Persky was criticized for what many critics said was a too-lenient sentence. Turner must complete three years of probation and register as a sex offender.

One bill signed by Brown that was inspired by Turner's case, AB 2888, aims to ensure that anyone in California convicted of sex assault can't be sentenced to probation.

Evan Low, one of the assemblymembers who introduced the bill, said in a statement Friday: "This sends the strongest possible message that rape is rape and in California, if you do the crime, you're going to do the time."

"Judge Persky’s ruling was unjustifiable and morally wrong, however, under current state law it was within his discretion," Low said. "While we can’t go back and change what happened, we have made sure it never happens again."

The second bill signed by Brown, AB 701, aims to close a "loophole" in the California state penal code "that the Brock Turner case highlighted" by adding a section to the penal code that says "all forms of non-consensual sexual assault may be considered rape for purposes of the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors," according to a statement from Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, one of the bill's authors.

The previous law stated that "a defendant’s use of force triggers a mandatory prison sentence." But "when a victim is unconscious or severely intoxicated, the victim is unable to resist, and the perpetrator does not have to use force," lawmakers said in a previous joint statement about why it was necessary to close the loophole.

"Sexual penetration without consent is rape, Garcia said. "It is never invited, wanted or warranted. Rape is rape, period."

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Facebook(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- Thomas Gallagher, the man at the controls of the NJ Transit train that plowed into a station Thursday, is a married father and veteran engineer who has worked in the rail industry for almost three decades, officials say.

Authorities say Gallagher, 48, is cooperating with investigators after Thursday’s rush-hour crash in which the commuter train, traveling at high speed, slammed through barriers and into an interior wall at Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey. The crash killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

Gallagher has been released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries. He tested negative for alcohol and drugs after taking a blood test, a law enforcement official told ABC News. The testing was conducted as a routine part of the investigation as officials examine factors that could have led to the crash. The condition of the train track and whether Gallagher was fatigued are just a couple of factors being considered.

Gallagher, who lives in Morris County, New Jersey with his wife and teenage daughters, has been employed by NJ Transit for 29 years, according to a spokeswoman for the National Transportation Board Safety.

According to what appears to be his LinkedIn page, Gallagher attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 1986 to 1990. He listed his profession on LinkedIn as “loco engineer” for NJ Transit, using the abbreviation for locomotive.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating Thursday’s deadly crash along with the Federal Railway Administration. As is standard procedure, investigators will look into all possible causes of the crash. However, a senior official briefed on the crash told ABC News that they do not suspect sabotage or foul play.

The NTSB told ABC News it has not yet interviewed the engineer, though they have requested to do so, along with other crew members.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed black man pleaded not guilty at her first court appearance Friday.

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby did not speak in the courtroom, but one of her attorneys, Shannon McMurray, entered the not-guilty plea on her behalf. Shelby is due back in court on Nov. 29.

Shelby is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, after she encountered the man's SUV in the middle of a two-lane roadway while it was still running. Shelby's other attorney, Scott Wood, previously told ABC News that Crutcher ignored more than two dozen commands from Shelby and that he allegedly reached into the driver's side open window of his SUV before the officer perceived a threat and shot him.

Crutcher died at the hospital where he was taken after he was shot, police said.

The Crutcher family's attorneys, Benjamin L. Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons, maintain that the window was up, evidenced by the blood splattered on it when he was shot. The family and their attorneys attended the court hearing in Tulsa Friday.

According to an affidavit by an investigator with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office, Shelby reacted "unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation" with Crutcher. Shelby became "emotionally involved" to the point that she overreacted, and she was "not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating a weapon was present," the affidavit states.

The Tulsa Police Department released video last week from a patrol car dash-cam and from a police helicopter that arrived to the scene. Both videos show Crutcher with his hands up in the air moments before he was shot.

Shelby turned herself into the Tulsa County Jail last week. The white police officer was arrested and released less than 30 minutes later on $50,000 bond. She faces a prison sentence of at least four years if she is found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, according to the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office.

The Tulsa Police Department has not fired Shelby, but instead has placed her on unpaid leave. She was originally put on paid administrative leave until the charge was filed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) -- A 14-year-old who allegedly shot three people outside a South Carolina elementary school appeared in court Friday.

The teen was charged with one count of murder in the death of his father and three counts of attempted murder, one for each of the people who were shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday.

A judge in Townville agreed to detain the teen pending his trial, saying there was enough evidence in the case to hold him. He has not yet entered a plea. His mother cried as he appeared in court.

The teen's attorney, Frank Eppes, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Students were at recess when the teenager allegedly approached the playground armed with a handgun, police said. A volunteer firefighter who arrived minutes after the 911 call was placed tackled the teen to the ground. A teacher and two students were injured in the shooting, including a 6-year-old boy who was on life support in the intensive care unit at a local hospital as of Thursday.

After the shooting, the school announced that it would be closed for the remainder of the week.

The teen's father was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home about two miles away from the school. The Anderson County Coroner said Wednesday that the death appeared to be a homicide.

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ABC News(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — The engineer who was behind the controls of a New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken station Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring 114 others, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, according to a law enforcement official.

The engineer, identified by NJ Transit as Thomas Gallagher, 48, was treated for minor injuries after the crash and released. He is cooperating with investigators, authorities said. A blood test on him at the hospital tested negative for alcohol and drugs, the law enforcement official told ABC News.

The test was a routine part of the investigation as officials continue to examine a number of factors that could have led to the crash, such as the condition of the train track or whether the engineer was fatigued.

Investigators have also recovered the train's event recorder, which they will attempt to examine at the scene before transporting it to their lab for analysis in Washington, D.C., to determine the speed and braking of the train before it crashed. But they have not yet recovered the cameras mounted on the train, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent government agency investigating the crash.

Structural damage to the Hoboken station from the crash is hindering the transportation safety board’s efforts to get to the train on the first full day of their investigation. So far, investigators have only been able to reach the locomotive car at the end of the train, not any of the train's passenger cars. Investigators plan to put the train back on rails to remove it from the damaged building, the transportation board told ABC News today.

The Federal Railway Administration as well as the transportation safety board is investigating the crash. Investigators will be looking into all possible causes, though a senior official briefed on the crash told ABC News that they do not suspect sabotage or foul play.

The transportation board has not yet interviewed the engineer, though they have requested to do so, along with other crew members, the agency told ABC News Friday.

The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. ET in the middle of the morning rush hour, when a NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people and traveling at a high speed plowed into a platform inside the historic Hoboken Terminal, crashing through barriers until it hit an interior wall, sending wreckage flying and causing the station’s roof to partially collapse, officials said.

One person died, a woman standing on the platform who was killed by debris from the crash. She has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old mother from Hoboken who moved to the United States from Brazil with her family.

Two other people suffered life-threatening injuries, and dozens of others are being treated for minor injuries at area hospitals, officials said.

The Hoboken Terminal was evacuated and all service there was suspended, including both NJ Transit and PATH train service. Transit officials said the station will remain closed Friday, impacting more than 100,000 people who use NJ Transit to commute from New Jersey to New York City each day.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Five years ago Friday, American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was traveling between dusty towns in Yemen in a two-car convoy when a pair of Hellfire missiles launched from Predator drones ended his life and the lives of everyone in his small entourage.

The killing of al-Awlaki, a New Mexico native, without charges or trial, on Sept. 30, 2011, remains one of the most controversial counter-terrorism operations since 9/11. The U.S. government contends that in addition to his propaganda that fueled lethal plots the world over, al-Awlaki was directly involved in operational planning for al-Qaeda and was therefore an "imminent threat."

Killing him should have ended that threat. But then earlier this month, a young man who allegedly planted a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey was found with a journal in which he apparently had written that it was al-Awlaki who told him to do it.

"I looked for guidance and [praise be to God] guidance came. Sheikh Anwar [al-Awlaki,] Brother Adnani ... said it clearly attack the kuffar [unbelievers] in their backyard," a journal purportedly belonging to bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami says, also referring to the late ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.

It was the most recent, but hardly the first time al-Awlaki's name has come up in the wake of terrorist attacks both in the U.S. and abroad.

Law enforcement officials have told ABC News that al-Awlaki's English-language sermons or other extremist materials are often found on the computers of those who carried out attacks or were arrested on terror charges -- dozens of them in the past few years. To name some of the more high-profile cases:

  • San Bernardino, California. Dec. 2, 2015. Fourteen innocent people killed. A friend of shooter Syed Rizwan Farook allegedly listened to al-Awlaki's sermons and the two together pored over Inspire magazine, the publication produced by al-Awlaki's al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee. July 16, 2015. Five innocent people killed. Gunman Mohammod Abdulazeez followed al-Awlaki's teachings online beginning as least as far back as two years before the attack, officials told ABC News at the time.
  • Garland, Texas. May 3, 2015. No innocent people killed. Of the two gunmen, who were killed in the attack by police, one used a photo of al-Awlaki on a social media profile and the other gave CDs with al-Awlaki material on them to his mother, according to The New York Times.
  • Boston, Massachusetts. April 15, 2013. Three innocent people killed. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly praised al-Awlaki on Twitter and encouraged his followers to listen to him.

In case after case since his death, the ghost of al-Awlaki has haunted U.S. counter-terrorism officials and, in the eyes of a former U.S. national security official, his legacy has come to symbolize the evolved threat that the U.S. faces today from homegrown terror.

"Here's an individual who died five years ago, and yet today as we are investigating attacks in this country, [he] is still a major figure and his words are still influencing people," said John Cohen, a former top counter-terrorism official at the Department of Homeland Security and a current ABC News contributor. "It just demonstrates the incredible influence that social media and the internet have now on inspiring people."

J.M. Berger, a terrorism expert, said al-Awlaki's message continues to be particularly pervasive because, having lived in the U.S. for so long, he knew how to speak to Westerners.

"His work was very powerful, emotionally," Berger told ABC News. "He was a very good storyteller, and his stories served the narrative he wanted to promote."

The ideas that he promotes, in videos and audio messages online that circulate endlessly in jihadi networks, include how the U.S. is at war with Islam and that it's every Muslim's duty to kill Americans, especially Muslims in the West.

"That was the whole purpose around al-Awlaki, a big part of his agenda, to speak to the English-language community and the Western recruits," said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who specialized in counter-terrorism.

Following the shooting in San Bernardino and the revelations about al-Awlaki's connection to it, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked if President Obama regretted ordering his death -- essentially, had killing al-Awlaki made him a martyr and a rallying cry for jihadists?

Earnest said that Obama had concluded that, due to his purported operational role in al-Qaeda as well as the propaganda, the U.S. was safer with al-Awlaki "off the battlefield."

And while al-Awlaki's controversial death may indeed have raised his profile even further, Berger said that it's "hard to see how taking him out was a mistake."

"While some argue, correctly, that his work will continue to be influential even after his death, I think people tend to underestimate the importance of novelty in propaganda," Berger said. "[H]is works have become classics, [but] there are no new al-Awlaki messages to stoke excitement."

"It's important to acknowledge his influence will continue to be felt in the jihadist movement, but he's frozen in time now," he said.

Bakos said she expects al-Awlaki will continue to pop up in terrorism investigations in the coming years.

"Unless someone comes along and replaces him with the same articulation, the same senior role in an organization, he's not going away," she said.

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