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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Three people were fatally shot and several others were injured in three separate shootings in New Orleans on Tuesday amid Mardi Gras festivities, according to the New Orleans Police Department.The first shooting occurred in the French Quarter and was "steps away from where crowds watched the final Mardi Gras Day parades roll by," according to ABC News' New Orleans affiliate WGNO-TV.Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel told WGNO-TV that one man was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and another man was shot in the leg and is stable. Both were transported by EMS to a local hospital.According to Noel, a group of 10 or 12 young adults had gotten into an argument before gunshots erupted. Police are still searching for suspects and have released an image of a suspect taken from surveillance footage.Just over an hour later, a second shooting occurred along the Mardi Gras parade route, resulting in one person dead, according to WGNO-TV.The New Orleans Police Department was not able to provide further details on this shooting, other than that it is being investigated as a homicide.A third shooting at night resulted in two dead and three injured, according to WGNO-TV. It occurred outside of a gas station convenience store, a few miles from the French Quarter."One of the victims died at the scene. A second victim died at the hospital. As of Tuesday night, there was no word on the conditions of the remaining three victims," according to WGNO-TV.None of the victims' identities have been released.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle was charged with stealing the identities of multiple immigrants over a four-year span, according to charging documents obtained by ABC News on Wednesday.Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of devising a scheme to defraud major banks by using the identities of seven people who were in “various stages of immigration proceedings" with ICE between 2013 and 2017, according to the documents, which were filed in federal court on Monday.Prosecutors alleged that he "devised and intended to devise a scheme" to defraud several financial institutions -- including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One -- in an effort to obtain money and property under "false and fraudulent pretenses," the documents said.Sanchez, who resigned from his post at the agency effective Monday, faces charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.His lawyer, Cassandra Stamm, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment early Wednesday. She did, however, tell CNN that she planned to withhold comment on the matter until after Sanchez appeared in court.Sanchez is scheduled to make his first court appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.) -- A former Virginia Tech University student pleaded no contest Friday morning to charges of killing a 13-year-old girl he met on a messaging app.David Eisenhauer, 20, pleaded no contest to murder, kidnapping and concealing a dead body in connection to the murder of Nicole Lovell in 2016.Eisenhauer's surprise plea came after three days of testimony in his trail in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg, Virginia. The trial, which began on Tuesday, was scheduled to last 10 days.Following Eisenhauer's plea, the victim's mother, Tammy Weeks, spoke at a news conference, saying she was "blessed to be her mother" and added that Nicole "will always rest in our hearts, and no amount of time will ever change that."Eisenhauer was an 18-year-old freshman at Virginia Tech when he killed Nicole, stabbing her 14 times, prosecutors said.Investigators said Nicole, a seventh-grader, had been secretly exchanging messaging with Eisenhauer on the app Kik in the days before she went missing on Jan. 27, 2016. Investigators said she kissed her mother goodnight and climbed out her bedroom window to go meet Eisenhauer.Her naked body was later found dumped in a rural area of Surry County, North Carolina, near the Virginia border and about 4 miles from the home of Eisenhauer's grandparents.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The biggest snowstorm of the season hit the Midwest hard overnight, where up to 9 inches of snow have already fallen with more to come.But Friday's storm is not the end, as yet another storm is forecast to hit the Midwest, parts of the South and the Northeast this weekend.Because of all the snow -- and flooding forecast -- storm alerts are issued for 20 states from Wyoming down to Georgia and into New York.The storm system is moving through southern Great Lakes Friday morning, bringing snow from Iowa to Ohio. Snowfall rates are 1 to 2 inches per hour from Chicago to Detroit.Snow will be done in Chicago by Friday's evening commute, and mostly over in Detroit. Snow will continue to fall from Buffalo, New York, to parts of western New England.By Saturday morning, the storm system will begin to weaken but will bring light rain and snow to parts of the Northeast and New England from Buffalo, New York, to Burlington, Vermont, and into Maine.Just as one storm system moves out, a new storm system moves right behind it for Saturday night into Sunday morning.This second system will be much larger, stretching from the Midwest into the South and Northeast.More snow is expected for cities such as Chicago and Detroit, with heavy rain expected from Nashville to Charleston, West Virginia, which could cause some flooding. Heavy rain is also forecast for Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York City; and Boston.The total snowfall forecast through the weekend from both storms will be the heaviest from Iowa into northern Illinois and from southern Michigan into western New York, where some areas could see 6 to 12 inches of snow.Rainfall totals will be up to 4 inches for the South and 2 to 3 inches for the Northeast along the I-95 corridor.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- An estimated $10 million worth of fentanyl wrapped in fish was confiscated in New York City, according to the city's Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor and police.Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin that is increasingly being mixed with drugs trafficked illegally --  heroin, cocaine and a variety of synthetic drugs, the special prosecutor's office said in a release.The fish-wrapped fentanyl, weighing about 9 pounds, was found Feb. 1 in the city's Bronx neighborhood after New York police detectives conducted surveillance on a person identified as Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez for alleged drug trafficking, the release said.De Los Santos-Martinez was observed in a car with two white boxes, the release said. Upon searching the car after getting a warrant, police found two Styrofoam coolers containing three bricks of fentanyl wrapped in fish and a fourth brick inside a vacuum-sealed bag containing what appeared to be chili.“The brick-shaped packages each consisted of a kilogram of fentanyl and together could have yielded over a million lethal doses worth up to $10 million dollars on the street,” the release said.
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