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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(ASPEN, Colo.) -- As President Donald Trump continues to "clarify" his views on whether Russia launched an assault on the 2016 presidential election, the FBI director made his own views clear on Wednesday: "Russia attempted to interfere in the last election," FBI Director Chris Wray stated unequivocally.

Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum, Wray also reiterated his belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into those Russian efforts, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, is not a "witch hunt," as Trump has called it so many times.

Asked to respond to Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of interference, as he stood next to Trump at the summit in Helsinki on Monday, Wray simply said Putin has "got his view."

"I can tell you what my view is," Wray added. "The intelligence community's assessment has not changed, my view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere in the last election, and that it continues to engage in malign [activity]."

Wray noted that Russia will identify divisive issues inside America and then use fake news and propaganda to "spin people up on both sides of the issue and then watch us go at each other."

He said the U.S. intelligence community has not yet seen attempts by Russia to target specific election-related infrastructure in the months before the midterm elections in November, but "it’s a threat that we need to take extremely seriously and need to respond to with fierce determination."

Nevertheless, Wray pushed back on Trump's attacks on Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt."

“I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt,” Wray said, describing Mueller as a "straight shooter" who's running a "professional" investigation.

Asked whether he ever came close to resigning amid the attacks on the FBI, Wray simply said he knows he's a low-key guy but "that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made out of."

That comment drew applause from the crowd at the forum in Aspen, Colorado.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISLIP, N.Y.) -- Authorities are investigating whether a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl who both suffered large fish bites in the waters off of Fire Island were victims of shark attacks.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, officials said, the girl was bitten while wading in the water at a beach known as Sailors Haven on Fire Island, a barrier beach off the south shore of Long Island.

The girl's mother told ABC News that her daughter is "hanging in there - a little overwhelmed right now."

Soon after that attack, the boy was bitten while boogie boarding in the waters off another Fire Island beach, known as Atlantique, officials said. The two beaches are several miles apart.

Emergency medical workers removed a piece of shark tooth from the unidentified boy's leg, which suffered a puncture wound, according to officials with the Long Island town of Islip. The tooth is now being analyzed to determine the type of shark that attacked.

Dueling responses from different officials left some confusion as to what had attacked the two young people.

Islip town officials initially confirmed that the boy's bite was indeed a shark attack, but later issued a statement saying that the 13-year-old was bit by "what may possibly have been a shark."

Neither Suffolk County nor the National Parks Service -- which oversees some of Fire Island's beaches -- have yet confirmed that either of the bites came from sharks. County officials said that while the bite appeared to be from a shark, there had so far been no shark sighting.

A National Parks Service official told ABC News that the designation of a shark attack must come from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Beaches within the Town of Islip and all Fire Island National Seashore beaches are closed for the day in the wake of the attack.

Further west and a few hours after the two attacks, bathers were evacuated from the waters off Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach after a lifeguard spotted a shark.

State police are sending a drone and a helicopter into the air to search the waters for sharks, according to state park officials.

The attacks come just days before the July 22 start of Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" programming, now in its 30th year.

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Chief Terence Monahan/NYPDChiefofDept(NEW YORK) -- Twelve alleged Trinitarios gang members have been indicted on murder charges in the mistaken identity stabbing death of a 15-year-old Bronx teen that prosecutors blamed on intra-gang conflict.

Five of the defendants--Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Jose Muniz, Manuel Rivera, and Elvin Garcia--have been indicted on first-degree murder and intentional murder which included torture, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office. They face up to life in prison.

The June killing of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15 and known affectionately as Junior, shocked the community. He had wanted to be a detective and was part of an NYPD youth program.

“This was an intra-gang conflict where the defendants allegedly plotted to attack an upstart sect of the Trinitarios and allegedly committed a crime that has shocked people everywhere for its brutality,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.

Police believe they've now arrested everyone involved in the murder of the 15-year-old, who was dragged out of a Bronx bodega and stabbed with machetes and knives nearly a month ago by gang members.

“An innocent young man with a great future was unjustly targeted and brutally murdered,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. “It doesn’t matter he was wrongly targeted, or it was a case of mistaken identity. Any group of people thinks committing such an act in New York City is abhorrent at its core.”

Investigators initially thought the Junior was mistaken for someone thought to be sleeping with the girlfriend of one of the gang members, but prosecutors said on Wednesday that has been found not to be true.

The defendants appeared in a courtroom packed with Junior’s relatives. At one point his mother was heard yelling “asesino” -- murderer -- at one of the suspects.

The suspects are allegedly part of the “Los Sures” set of the Trinitarios gang. On June 20, prosecutors said, they gathered at the Boston Road home of Diego Suero, the alleged leader of Los Sures, to plan to commit violence against another set of the Trinitarios called “Sunset.” The defendants then traveled in four cars, and came upon the victim, who fled from them, running approximately four blocks to a bodega in Belmont, where he tried to hide, officials said.

The defendants can be seen in surveillance footage from the store cameras entering the bodega and dragging the victim out of the store as he fought for his life. When the victim was forcefully taken from the store, five defendants repeatedly stabbed and slashed him in the neck and body with knives and a machete. The victim ran from the bodega to St. Barnabas Hospital and collapsed near the entrance.

According to prosecutors, after the stabbing, the defendants fled and went back to Diego Suero’s home to hide weapons and provide aid to Elvin Garcia, whose hand was cut in the midst of the multiple stabbings the victim received. Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Jose Muniz, Manuel Rivera, Danel Fernandez and Jose Tavarez then fled and were ultimately arrested in Paterson, New Jersey four days later. Five other defendants were arrested in the Bronx, and one was detained in Connecticut.

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WJLA(WASHINGTON) -- Two days after masked gunmen opened fire in Washington, D.C, killing a 10-year-old girl in a terrifying caught-on-video attack, police say the suspects' car has been recovered -- but the little girl's killers remain on the run.

The suspects' car was found in Prince George's County, the D.C. Police Department announced Wednesday morning on Twitter, adding, "still need your help in identifying/locating suspects responsible for the shooting death of 10 yr old Makiyah."

Ten-year-old Makiyah Wilson was killed when the four masked gunmen pulled the now-recovered black SUV into a courtyard Monday night and opened fire on 15 to 20 people who were out enjoying the weather by a nearby playground, Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson said at a news conference Monday.

Four adults were injured, police said.

It remains unclear if any of the victims were intended targets, Dickerson said.

"They came out in this community without regard to human life and opened fire," Dickerson said. "And we have to stand up as a community to say, 'no more.'"

"All the hopes and dreams that her family had for her [are] gone," Dickerson said of the slain 10-year-old. "And we have to be outraged. We have to work with the police. You have to work with us to remove illegal firearms from our city."

"Enough is enough," Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Monday. "We need every community member to help us get illegal guns off our streets."

Though the suspect's car is now recovered, police are urging the public to help them catch Makiyah's killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call (202)727-9099.

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ABC (NEW YORK) -- How do you shred a guitar and let out a primal scream without making a sound?

One sign language interpreter stole the show at a heavy metal concert by passionately signing the music and lyrics for deaf fans.

Lindsay Rothschild-Cross' interpretation of a June 20 metal concert in Austin, Texas, was caught on video and has racked up tons of views online -- but the high school teacher told "Good Morning America" she is new to the genre.

"I grew up with Guns N' Roses, and Alice in Chains and Iron Maiden and things like that," Rothschild-Cross told "GMA." "I've never actually interpreted for death metal though. This is the first time."

Rothschild-Cross was accompanied by another American Sign Language interpreter during her on-camera interview with "GMA" so that she could share her thoughts with the deaf community.

The gig was part of Slayer's final world tour and included the bands Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament. The sign language teacher said that before each concert, she researches the artist so she can know their background. The key to signing music is to know the emotion behind the lyrics, not just the lyrics themselves, she said.

The viral video shows Rothschild-Cross interpreting Lamb of God's song, "Ruin." The lyrics include such hardcore lines as "I will show you all that I have mastered / Fear. / Pain. / Hatred. / Power. / This is the art of ruin."

"At first, I was honestly very nervous because I had never interpreted metal," Rothschild-Cross said. "The key is you have to impersonate the singer. The meaning of the song is a lot of anger. I just took on that feeling of someone that has hurt me before."

Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, state and local governments, as well as businesses and nonprofits that serve the public, must provide ways to "communicate effectively with people who have communication disabilities." That can include a qualified sign language interpreter.

But not all interpreters are created equal, particularly when it comes to interpreting music. Amber Galloway Gallego is an American Sign Language interpreter and the owner of Amber G Productions, a company offering interpretation services for all different kinds of music.

Gallego said she has been interpreting for more than 14 years and has also worked with Rothschild-Cross.

"If you think about this analogy of how people sing, not everyone is good at it," Gallego told ABC News via email. "The same thing goes for interpreting music -- some are better at it and some of them look like a person who is scraping their nails against a chalkboard."

If venues choose to go with the cheapest interpreter available, she said, "the deaf person often will miss out on the experience which they paid good money to see."

Signing music is about much more than just conveying the meaning of the lyrics, she said.

"Every instrument has a voice. If we choose to ignore those voices, we are taking away from the experience and deaf people are constantly having things not be accessible," Gallego said. "If you only look at the lyrics, then it just becomes poetry. All the layers of music are what drives us to listen. You have to show all of them. And no, we are not playing air instruments, we are showing language."

Rothschild-Cross said multiple interpreters usually cover a concert, and at the June 20 gig, each covered four to six songs. While they try to prepare ahead of time, "sometimes they play a song and you just have to roll with it," she explained.

Her passion for conveying the music was evident to the band's fans -- both those who can hear and those who are deaf. The video was filmed by Freddie Ibarra, a fan who could hear but was so amazed by Rothschild-Cross and the response from deaf fans nearby that he started recording. But the experience also gave Rothschild-Cross a new take on heavy metal.

"I don’t normally listen to that music. But after listening, I gained a whole new appreciation," she said.

Rothschild-Cross has always been passionate about communicating with her friends in the deaf community in Austin and eventually pursued sign language in college as well. She said she has been interpreting at concerts for about four years and hopes the video will also help challenge stereotypes about deaf people.

"I just want people to understand that they can think, they can have religion, they can do anything we can do. Except hear," she said.

Gallego agreed, saying that the response from deaf fans is what makes her job special.

"My favorite experience is when deaf people have told me that this was their first time ever truly experiencing music and now have a better understanding of what each instrument sounds like," Gallego said. "When I see the deaf and hard of hearing patrons signing the instruments with me, it gives me chills every time."



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ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- It's been 13 years since a young Southern California father of two was found shot dead in his bed.

But investigators are now releasing a new composite sketch of the suspect, a move the Los Angeles County Sheriff hopes will finally lead to the break detectives have been waiting for all these years.

"We believe we can show you the face of a killer," Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Tuesday at a news conference. "We believe we are very, very close to a breakthrough in this case."

The investigation began on Dec. 6, 2005, when Edward Berber was found shot to death inside his Hacienda Heights home.

His mother, who hadn't heard from him in several days, had gone to his home and found his body in bed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Detectives believe Berber, 27, was sleeping when he was shot and killed.

He left behind two children, ages 8 and 3, the sheriff's office said.

Berber and his wife were estranged at the time and in the process of divorcing.

Nothing in Berber's background suggests he had a falling out with anyone in his family or in the neighborhood, the sheriff's office said.

There was no sign of forced entry into his home and nothing is believed to have been stolen, according to the sheriff's office.

Berber was a "family man that loved his children," his sister, Alejandra Johnson, said at Tuesday's news conference.

"My brother had goals. He worked all his life to be accomplished and a professional, with a master's degree from Notre Dame. [He] was about to take his CPA test," she said, overcome with emotion. "I wished I could be like him."

As the years went by without an arrest, the initial homicide investigators exhausted all leads and have since retired.

"With a new set of homicide investigators looking at the facts of the case, the application of advanced technology, follow-up interviews and ongoing re-evaluation of evidence, homicide detectives believe this is a very solvable case," the sheriff's office said.

The composite sketch released on Tuesday was developed "based on re-interviewing witnesses from in 2005 and early 2006, as well as witnesses that were interviewed just recently," the sheriff's office said.

The image depicts what the suspect would have looked like 13 years ago.

"Please look at this face," McDonnell said Tuesday. "Someone out there knows him."

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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iStock/Thinkstock(STERLING, Va.) -- The unofficial rule of pickup basketball is "no blood, no foul." It says nothing about calling the cops, though.

A basketball game at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, resulted in just that, as one player called police after a hard foul during the contest, according to a report from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

The foul play, classified as an assault in the incident report, happened at 6:42 p.m. on Monday. One player took issue with a foul and went to the front desk in order to call the police, according to the report.

When an officer responded, apparently cooler heads had prevailed, because neither man decided to press charges against the other.

Officer Josiah Kennedy, who was the respondent, said in the report that management at the gym gave the two men "one more chance to keep the game civil" or they'd be tossed out of the LA Fitness for the day.

A person in the gym filmed the incident and posted it on Instagram and Twitter on Tuesday morning.

"This is the hardest foul in America, bro," said the person filming the aftermath of the foul. He asked the other players milling about on the court, "You calling the cops if you get fouled?"

The person filming follows one of the officers out of the gym and asks, "Have you ever been called for a basketball foul before?"

He sighs and responds, "No," and says all he was told was there was a fight.

The Instagram video had over 22,000 views as of early Wednesday morning. A photo tweeted by another player had tens of thousands of likes and retweets.

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WABC(FARMINGVILLE, N.Y.) --  17-year-old high school student died Monday night after suffering an apparent medical emergency during band practice.

She has not yet been identified. Authorities told New York City ABC station WABC the incoming senior was at band practice at Sachem East High School in Farmingville, New York, and later was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she died.

"It is with deep sorrow that the district has learned that an incoming senior at Sachem North High School tragically passed away last night," Superintendent Kenneth Graham said in a statement obtained by WABC. "We are currently not aware of the cause of death."

The death appears noncriminal in nature and a medical examiner will determine the exact cause, officials said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the individual's family and friends during this difficult time," Graham said.

This was the second student to die in less than a year at Sachem East High School. Joshua Mileto, 16, died during a football practice in August 2017 when he was struck in the head by a log players were carrying during a drill, police said.



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ABC News(HONOLULU, Hawaii) -- It was supposed to be a bucket-list moment for Dawn Li, an exciting family outing to see where the river of lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spills into the ocean.

But in a flash, the pre-dawn boat tour on Monday for Li, her husband, and their two children turned into a horror show when a so-called "lava bomb" erupted, sending rocks raining on the vessel loaded with photo-snapping tourists.

"I had just said, 'This is like a Jurassic experience.' And my husband said, 'Well, this is on your bucket list,'" Dawn Li told ABC News. "So, we were super excited to see it. It was amazing. But the explosion hit and we all sort of turned simultaneously and my husband kind of leaned over me but we could feel the rocks hitting us."

Piercing screams broke out on the packed tour boat. A rock, or lava bomb, the size of a basketball came crashing through the aluminum roof of the Lava Ocean Tours boat aptly dubbed the "Hot Spot."

"It was literally like an explosion. I've never experienced anything like this," said Li's husband, Dr. Kaming Li, a trauma surgeon. "Just lava flying everywhere, and then this huge explosion and this very large rock hit the boat. When it hit the boat, it crashed through the roof and landed on a person and it was still glowing when it was on the ground."

Dawn Li said she was afraid the rock was so hot it was going to burn through the bottom of the boat. She said the captain and a crew member wrapped it up and shoved it overboard.

After Kilauea first erupted in May, the U.S. Coast Guard restricted boats from coming within 984 feet of where the lava flow dumps into the ocean on the northeast side of Hawaii's Big Island. But some experienced boat operators, including Lava Ocean Tours, have been allowed special permits to take tourists as close as 164 feet from the shoreline.

Greg Valentine, a geology professor at the University of Buffalo's College of Arts and Sciences, told ABC News that the term "lava bomb" refers to the bomb-shaped size of particles hurled in the air generally when they explode from the spout of a volcano. Any projectile larger than 6.4 centimeters in diameter meets the definition of a lava bomb, he said.

He said the thing that was unusual about Monday's lava-bomb event was that it was caused by an interaction of molten lava with sea water.

"Sometimes the lava and the water interact in a certain way and creates a very powerful explosion," Valentine said, adding that some projectiles can travel up to three miles and be as large as a couple of meters in diameter.

Dawn Li said that when the explosion occurred panic spread through the tour boat and everyone rushed to the side furthest from the shoreline.

"It's raining lava rock," Dawn Li said of the moment. "It's hot, it's steamy. My fear was that we were going to capsize because everybody ran to the other side of the boat and you could feel the heat and the steam coming up and the sulfuric fumes."

The water around the boat was "very hot," Kaming Li said.

"We think there was probably a lot of lava underneath the ocean at that place," he said.

Dawn Li added: "You could feel it bubbling, the steam coming up."

Passengers were being pummeled by red-hot rocks. Dawn Li showed ABC News one about the size of a golf ball that hit her.

Her husband began treating peoples' injuries, including a woman who was hit by the basketball-size rock that crashed through the boat's roof. Her femur was fractured, officials said.

"I used to be a trauma surgeon at USC," said Kaming Li. "I've seen a lot of things. This was just crazy."

In the chaos, Dawn Li became separated from her teenage children, Christopher and Erica.

"I started game planning in my mind: The life vests. Who can swim? If we go over, how do we keep ourselves from the shore?" she said. "My kids were separated from me, and so I was just like, 'Oh my God, I've got to get to my kids.'"

Erica Li said the experience went from terrific to terrifying in seconds.

"It was really surreal," she said.

Christopher Li said when the explosion occurred he ducked for cover.

"I immediately got on the ground and covered my neck," Christopher said. "I got hit in the arms."

Both of his legs were also scalded by the downpour of sizzling rocks.

"I got third-degree burns, some second-degree," Christopher said. "But I'm glad to be alive."

Officials said 23 people aboard the boat were injured, but none were in life-threatening condition. Four people were hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center.

"I thought for a moment that this was it, this is how it's going to go," Kaming Li said. "It was a terrifying moment."

Still holding the rock that hit her, Dawn Li said that while she usually collects rocks from wherever she and her family travel, this was a souvenir she didn't plan to keep.

"I'm going to leave it back for the Gods of Pele so that we have no more bad juju," she said as she hurled it into the water.

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Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) -- A parolee who authorities said cut off his ankle monitor and carried out a series of killings in the Houston area has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, is a suspect in at least three slayings in the past week, with police calling him a "possible serial killer" at a news conference Monday night.

Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident Tuesday morning after leading police on a chase, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference Tuesday. A weapon was recovered, Gonzalez said.

When Harris County Sheriff's deputy Jorge Reyes, who helped nab Rodriguez, left home for his shift Monday night, he told his wife, "I'm gonna catch him," Reyes recalled at Tuesday's news conference.

Gonzalez said he's "happy and relieved that this dangerous individual ... is off the streets."

Rodriguez, a high-risk registered sex offender, had been released from prison in September 2017 after serving part of a 20-year sentence for attempted aggravated sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, according to records with the Texas Department of Corrections.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Tuesday said there aren't enough law enforcement officers focusing on holding parolees accountable and he promised to set the standard in Harris County.

"We've got to up our game," Acevedo said. "There's not enough of us dealing with parolees."

Rodriguez may be responsible for at least five attacks in the area, three of which were fatal shootings, police said.

The victims appeared to be randomly chosen, officials said.

The first attack, on July 9, was a home-invasion robbery where the victim survived.

Four days later, Pamela Johnson, 62, was found dead inside her home in northwest Harris County, police said in a news release. Her car, a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, was stolen from her home and found abandoned the next day at nearby Willowbrook Mall.

When investigators reviewed surveillance video from the mall, they observed the suspect, later identified as Rodriguez, park the car and leave the scene.

On Saturday, a second killing occurred at a mattress store in Houston, police said.

The third slaying was at another mattress store in the area on Sunday.

On Monday morning, a metro lift operator was robbed and shot but is expected to survive, officials said.

Rodriguez has been charged with two counts of capital murder for Johnson's death and the mattress store attack, officials said Tuesday. A third capital murder charge will likely be filed Wednesday, officials said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRIDGETON, N.J.) -- A 9-year-old girl died after she was hit by stray gunfire while inside her New Jersey home in the middle of the night, local police said.

The shooter or shooters had fired several shots, hitting four cars in Bridgeton at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Bridgeton Police Department said.

At least one bullet went into 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo's home through a back wall and hit the young girl in her bedroom, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.

Jennifer's family took her to Inspira Hospital in Bridgeton where she was pronounced dead, police said.

"This is the worst day of my political life -- I've been in office for 8 years," Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly said at a news conference Tuesday. "I'm outraged."

"Citizens of Bridgeton -- come forward," he said. "So that something like this never, never, never happens again."

"There are no words for how our community is feeling right now," Webb-McRae said at the news conference.

"I'm pleading with the community. Somebody knows who was out there last evening shooting at other individuals," she continued. "We need to solve this crime."

“We need the public’s help in general," Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. said in a statement, "but when an incident such as this happens to such a young and innocent victim, we could really use the assistance in bringing those responsible to justice immediately."

Numerous 9mm shell casings were found in the area, Webb-McRae said, adding that it's not clear if the casings were from one gun or more than one.

Police presence has increased in the area, the department said. Officers canvassed the neighborhood Tuesday morning and interviewed dozens of people, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033.

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insert4coins/Instagram(SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.) -- A British tourist’s beach outing ended on a painfully freakish note after the spike of a wind-blown umbrella impaled her in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, authorities said.

The “force of the wind” pushed the stake through Margaret Reynolds’ right ankle Monday, sending her to the hospital, Seaside Heights Police Department Chief Thomas Boyd told ABC News.

Describing the scene, witness Ricardo Zedeya said a “really strong wind came out of nowhere, a couple of umbrellas were flying by, and one went by really quick. Right after that, I heard a woman screaming, ‘My leg.’”

“It looked like five inches came out the other side of her leg,” he said, adding the spike appeared to be about 2 inches wide.

Reynolds, 67, remained calm throughout the entire ordeal, with friends holding her hands and making calls, Zedeya said.

Firefighters needed a bolt cutter to remove the spike and put her in an ambulance, Seaside Heights Police Det. Steve Korman said.

She is "doing well" after surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, authorities said.

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WFTV(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed when she and two children were shot at a Florida intersection, in broad daylight. Police are now pleading with the public to help find the gunman.

The pregnant woman, Imelda Francois, was driving with five others in the car when they came under gunfire just before 3 p.m. Monday in Pine Hills, outside Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Francois was shot multiple times and died from the injuries, the sheriff's office said.

Two children, 22-month-old Kameren Williams and 13-year-old Dyanna Laurent, were also shot and injured. The sheriff's office said their injuries were not life threatening.

"As a father and as a grandfather, whenever you see incidents like this occur, it’s emotional for the entire community," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

The three other passengers -- a 21-year-old man, a 15-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy -- were not injured, sheriffs added.

Authorities are looking at a possible motive, including whether the victims were targeted.

The gunman, who fled, was with at least one other man in the car, the sheriff's office said. The car was described by witnesses as a white, older-model Chevrolet Malibu sedan.

La’Shonta Iseley, who lives down the street from where the incident occurred, told the Orlando Sentinel it is a quiet area.

"In two years, I haven’t seen anything like this," she told the newspaper.

Police asked anyone with information to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). A reward up to $5,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Somali-American teenage boys who were wrongfully handcuffed and detained by police in Minnesota have spoken out for the first time, with one of them calling himself a victim of discrimination.

“When the cops came they pulled guns to our faces,” Aden Aden said at a news conference Monday. “I felt like I was discriminated [against]. I hope it never happens to anyone again.”

The teens were handcuffed last week after a 911 call to police alleging they possessed weapons, authorities said. No weapons were found on any of the teens and they were later released, with police now looking for the person who made the apparently false 911 call.

Aden was handcuffed along with Abdijabbar Ahmed, Suhaib Ahmed and an unnamed teen ranging in ages from 13 to 16.

Cellphone video from the July 10 incident shows two of the boys handcuffed and sitting on the ground at Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis as bystanders asked police why the teens were being restrained. One boy asked police several times whether he could put his shirt on because he was being bitten by bugs but he was denied.

“The way that our children were dealt with was subhuman,” Aden’s mother, Sirat Guffe, said at the news conference, speaking in Arabic. [Police] treated our children as felons and thugs.”

The officers responded to the 911 call describing “an escalating, dangerous situation and reports of weapons at Minnehaha Regional Park,” according to a statement from Minneapolis Park Police.

The caller reported “four males holding knives and sticks,” and that one suspect had a gun in his backpack. Police were given detailed descriptions of the four suspects that matched the four teens, authorities said.

Minneapolis Park Police acknowledged that when officers saw the boys, one of them did un-holster his firearm and point it in the direction of the four suspects. None of the four boys was injured.

Witness Brianna Lindell, who recorded video of the incident and posted it to Facebook, wrote that before police arrived she saw a young white male harassing the teen boys and hurling racial slurs at them.

Lindell also observed that a girl who was with the white male was on the phone. The teen boys also mentioned the harassment during the news conference.

Park police are still looking for the 911 caller, ABC St. Paul affiliate KSTP-TV reported.

The officers involved in the incident are still on duty while the investigation continues, authorities said.

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@YosemiteNPS/Twitter(MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif.) -- Firefighters are struggling to contain a deadly wildfire that more than doubled in size on Monday, charring nearly 9,300 acres of land near Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The so-called Ferguson Fire, burning in Mariposa County about 70 miles northwest of Fresno, increased to 9,266 acres by Monday evening, up from about 4,000 acres on the previous day, fire officials said.

The fire, which ignited Friday, was only about 2 percent contained by Monday at 7 p.m. local time as crews grappled with the area’s steep mountain terrain and extreme temperatures that made it difficult to slow the fire’s spread.

“Due to continued hot and dry conditions over the next five days we urge you to be vigilant with your safety,” Cal Fire said in a statement Monday. “With decreased visibility due to the smoke please stay cautious and be aware while driving in and around the fire area.”

At least 1,486 fire personnel were deployed in an effort to stop the flames from reaching more than 100 homes and other structures that are threatened, fire officials said.

Braden Varney, a bulldozer operator with Cal Fire’s Madera-Mariposa-Merced Uni, died while battling the fire on Saturday when his bulldozer reportedly rolled over. Crews retrieved his body on Monday as intense flames had hampered workers from getting to the scene earlier.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Ferguson Fire is one of at least 34 large wildfires burning across the American West, where temperatures have reached triple digits in some areas this week.

Nearby Yosemite National Park, a go-to tourist destination for camping and hiking, remains open to visitors, but officials said poor air conditions could force visitors to limit strenuous outdoor activities.

“Visibility and air quality in Yosemite continue to be affected by smoke from the #FergusonFire,” park officials said in a tweet late Monday. “Smoke may be heavy at times; be prepared to limit any strenuous outdoor activity during the periods of high concentration.”

State Route 140, a key route into the park, was partially shut down over weekend, forcing motorist to find alternate ways inside.

Several nearby areas were placed under mandatory evacuation, including Clearing House, Mariposa Pines, Cedar Lodge/Savage’s Trading Post and Sweetwater Ridge, officials said Monday, adding that other nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate at anytime.

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