PHILADELPHIA — One person was killed and two are in critical condition after a shooting Wednesday in Philadelphia that injured four people, police said.
Officers went to a basketball court in the Spring Garden neighborhood at about 8:10 p.m. and found four victims. A 19-year-old man shot in the torso is in critical condition, and a man shot in the lower back is in extremely critical condition, police said. They both were taken to a hospital.
Another 19-year-old man was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. The fourth victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A public information officer didn’t immediately know the victim’s age or gender.
Police said they are still investigating and will provide more information when it’s available.
Brad Parscale leaves Trump campaign due to ‘overwhelming stress’
Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, is reportedly leaving his role due to “overwhelming stress” after being detained by police over the weekend during a meltdown at his Florida home.
“I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress,” Parscale said in a statement Wednesday to Politico.
Parscale was hospitalized Sunday after police responded to his Florida home where the irate adviser allegedly was threatening suicide. Police at the scene said his wife, Candice, told them he physically abused her — an accusation she now denies, according to the outlet.
“The statements I made on Sunday have been misconstrued, let it be clear my husband was not violent towards me that day or any day prior,” she said.
Police bodycam video shows officers tackling the shirtless and apparently drunk Parscale during his arrest. The footage also shows Candice after she fled the couple’s $2.4 million Fort Lauderdale home, telling police her husband had become unstable and she ran outside when he cocked a gun.
Parscale was praised for his work as the digital director on Trump’s 2016 campaign, with some crediting the former Trump Organization employee for having a major hand in the president’s election. After being promoted to campaign director, he was demoted from the role this July as Trump’s poll numbers lagged.
“We hope only for the best for Brad and his family,” Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, told Politico.
Fake ‘Game of Thrones’-themed firms nabs $6M in PPP loans: feds
Shame of thrones!
A North Carolina businessman is accused of fraudulently raking in more than $6 million in coronavirus relief aid for phony companies named after “Game of Thrones” characters and references, according to reports.
Tristan Pan, 38, from Garner, N.C., allegedly submitted more than a dozen sham applications when he applied for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan on behalf of his “businesses” — listed as Khaleesi LLC, The Night’s Watch LLC, and White Walker LLC, NBC reported.
His fake firm White Walker— named after the icy humanoid featured on the hit HBO series — along with another one of his businesses acquired $1.7 million after he submitted paperwork with false tax documents to a bank, the station reported, citing a federal indictment filed last week.
It wasn’t clear how much money Khaleesi LLC — named after the”Mother of Dragons” character played by Emilia Clarke in the fantasy series — or Night’s Watch LLC, a nod to the show’s military order, acquired during the alleged scam.
The move, which fleeced federal cash meant to help out small businesses amid the coronavirus crisis, left the feds breathing fire.
Law enforcement seized $6.1 million from Pan, according to Forbes. He was charged with wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.
Pan has also formed several other companies over the past decade, including Pan Realty, Technology for Teaching, NC Health Care Reform Advisors, A&D Pan Legacy, Health Care Without Borders and Digital Encryption Storage, according to the report.
COVID-19 clusters in NYC growing at an alarming rate
The outer borough COVID spike is growing.
City Hall revealed late Wednesday that the major southern Brooklyn coronavirus outbreak cluster now spans from Brighton Beach all the way to eastern Crown Heights — as officials added a slew of new neighborhoods to the list of those witnessing concerning spikes in COVID test rates.
Clusters in Southern Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Central Queens and Far Rockaway neighborhoods recorded positive coronavirus infection rates between 3 and almost 7 percent based on a two week rolling average that’s continuing to drive up the citywide infection rate past 3 percent.
Five zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens already on the city’s COVID hotspot watchlist — now grown to 10 neighborhoods with infection rates higher than 3 percent — tracked spikes over a 24-hour period.
Borough Park’s positive infection rate rests at 6.51 percent, up .0.28 percent compared to Tuesday’s data, Bensonhurst/Mapleton saw a 0.26 percent increase over the same time period, bringing the neighborhood to a 6.31 percent average infection rate.
Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay’s infection rate is recorded at 4.13 percent, up 0.08 percent, and Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok is at 3.68 percent — also an increase of 0.08 compared to the previous day.
A new neighborhood — Fresh Meadows/Hillcrest — was added to Gotham’s hotspot list, tracking a 3.08 percent infection rate — a 0.22 increase from the day prior.
Meanwhile, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Gravesend/Homecrest, Midwood, Flatlands, Kew Gardens saw slight declines in their positive infection rates, although they alarmingly remained above the city’s 3 percent threshold.
These ten areas make up over 27.5 percent of Gotham’s new virus cases over the past two weeks, accounting for 7.5 percent of the city’s overall population.
City health officials also added a new category of seven communities recording virus upticks hovering between an average of 2 to 3 percent — which include Williamsburg, Crown Heights East, Bedford-Stuyvesant West,/Clinton Hill/Fort Greene and Hillcrest/Jamaica Estates/Jamaica Hills.
Viral videos and firsthand reporting by The Post give witness to maskless gatherings and large crowds, despite continuous pleas by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for New Yorkers to practice social distancing and don face coverings.
De Blasio has also threatened to rollback progress in certain areas if noncompliance persists, and even close public schools should positive infection rates persist above 3 percent on a seven day rolling average.
The clusters — several home to members of the Orthodox Jewish community — have drawn ire from Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who said he spoke with Jewish leaders Wednesday.
“I spoke to the leaders of the Orthodox community this morning and we had a good conversation,” Cuomo told reporters during a late-morning conference call.
“We’re nowhere near herd immunity,” he seethed, listing eight hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens have also landed themselves on a statewide list tracking New York’s top ten zip codes seeing COVID-19 spikes.
Cuomo slammed local governments — without naming Mayor de Blasio — but he did complain that compliance enforcement by the state police were not enough, and he may need local police departments — including the NYPD — to lend officers for a special COVID compliance task force.
“The local governments must do compliance,” he insisted.
“It is a state law and the localities must enforce it…they have to enforce the state law and they’re not doing it with enough diligence. Period.”
“They’ve made it worse, not better,” he criticized local officials.
Cuomo has also questioned members of the NYPD’s alleged refusal to wear masks, asking Tuesday:
“What kind of message does that send?” during a phone call with reporters.
When questioned on the topic Wednesday, De Blasio told reporters officers who flout the rule should “face penalties” he has brought up the issue with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“Our officers should be held to the same standard as all citizens, all public standards,” he said during his daily televised press conference.
The state Health Department recorded a 1.2 percent positive infection rate over the last 24-hour period for New York City.
The statewide average stands at 1.02 percent following 97,960 tests performed and 1,000 recorded as positive.
There were nine deaths in the Empire State, as well as 605 individuals hospitalized, 144 patients admitted to the ICU and of that group, 67 were intubated.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks
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