This week’s top stories
Compiled by Nora Tidey, News Editor, with information from abcnews.go.com
Police and federal marshals in Oklahoma continued their search early this week for the suspect in a double homicide who also shot six people, including two police officers. The man fled in the police officers’ patrol car after he shot them and even live-streamed his escape on Facebook. The suspect, 38-year-old Michael Vance, is thought to be wielding an AK-47. Police also say the man has a communicable disease that he may attempt to spread. The Oklahoma Country Sheriff’s office did not disclose Vance’s medical condition but urged caution for anyone who may come into contact with him. Police said the incident began when officers responded to reports of shots in the area. The two officers shot by Vance sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Vance then proceeded to flee in the patrol car and drive to a mobile home park where police later discovered the bodies of Vance’s aunt and uncle. Vance’s current location is unknown, and police are actively searching.
Four people were killed on Tuesday after an amusement park ride malfunctioned at a popular theme park on Australia’s east coast. Two men and two women died while on a river rapids ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state’s Gold Coast. The malfunction caused two people to be ejected from their raft while two others were caught inside the ride. Park staffers administered first aid to the victims, but their injuries proved fatal. Victims of the accident were two women, ages 32 and 42, and two men, ages 35 and 38. Two children were on the raft at the time of the accident but survived and were hospitalized. Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said the park is working with police to determine what went wrong. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there would be a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident. The park was closed following the accident and was expected to remain closed on Wednesday.