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Jun232018

Online fundraiser for separated migrant families has brought in over $19M, breaking records

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of thousands of people upset about the separation of immigrant families at the border are putting their money into the fight, and making history in the process.

A Facebook fundraiser called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" has now raised more than $19.4 million in less than a week, with more than 500,000 people contributing.

Facebook spokesperson Roya Winner told ABC News it is the largest fundraiser to date created on the Facebook Fundraisers tool.

Winner said it became the social platform’s largest single fundraiser in less than four days.

Since it launched Sunday, June 17, the money-raising effort has regularly increased its goal as it continued meeting previous targets that have included $5 million, $8 million and $15 million.

As of Saturday morning, the target was $25 million, increased from $20 million on Friday.

The money is to go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a non-profit that according to its website provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in central and south Texas.

The fundraising page was launched by Silicon Valley power trio Malorie Lucich and Dave and Charlotte Willner, who were among the original employees at Facebook and now work at Pinterest, the popular image-collecting site. The Willners also work at Airbnb.

Public outrage over the border separations prompted President Donald Trump to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at keeping immigrant families together.

"I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated," Trump said at the signing in the Oval Office.

Under the executive action, the Justice Department is to start a legal process to change an existing court settlement that restricts the government to keeping children in detention with their parents for no longer than 20 days. The sought-after change would allow children to stay with their families for however long the adults are detained.

The order does not do anything to affect the fate of families that have already been separated.

ABC News Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Saturday
Jun232018

Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart meet with survivors of Sante Fe school shooting

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Two of the biggest comedians of the past decade took time out from their tour to meet with survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday.

Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart met with the students on Friday afternoon, according to Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen's Twitter page. Rosen shared pictures of the two A-list stars shaking hands and talking with the students.

Santa Fe student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly burst into an art room at the Texas school on May 18 with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, killing 10 and injuring 13 others. He was taken into custody and has been charged with murder. Two faculty members and eight students were killed.

Students at the school didn't return until May 29.

Chappelle and Stewart performed together on Thursday and Friday nights at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, Texas, and have shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Abraham Chavez Theatre in El Paso, Texas.

The tweet from the constable said the comedic duo were also in town to attend the Big 3 Basketball League -- a three-on-three league consisting of many recently retired NBA players -- which kicked off its second season in Houston on Thursday.

Stewart is a well-known advocate for stricter gun control. The former "Daily Show" host dedicated a segment to the Emanuel AME Church shooting in June 2015, not long before he stepped away from the show he made famous. A resigned Stewart said, "I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other."

Chappelle has worked gun violence into his act before. Less than three weeks ago, at a show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the comedian -- who has a deal to produce specials for Netflix -- joked gun laws would only change if more black people registered for legal guns, according to Philadelphia magazine.

The comedians weren't the first A-list celebrities to visit students from Santa Fe High School. Pop star Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar, who was wounded in the shooting, at the hospital in late May. Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt also visited Salazar after the shooting.

The Santa Fe shooting was the second in 2018 at a school in which over 10 people were killed. A former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 and killed 17 students and teachers with an AR-15-style rifle.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Saturday
Jun232018

Police dispute reports video shows East Pittsburgh teenager firing gun, had gunshot residue on hands

Antwon Rose/Facebook(PITTSBURGH) -- Authorities took issue with multiple "irresponsible" reports about the police shooting of East Pittsburgh teenager Antwon Rose -- a case that has gained national attention and generated local protests in the past three days.

Rose, 17, was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday night after the teen and two others were pulled over in a car believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting that night.

The deadly shooting was caught by a bystander on cellphone video, which is being reviewed by authorities.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office released a lengthy statement on behalf of Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough disputing a report that surveillance video showed Rose firing a gun in connection with the shooting earlier in the night.

"The Allegheny County Police Department (ACPD) continues to receive inquiries related to reports from police sources that 1) a video of the drive-by shooting in North Braddock shows Antwon Rose firing a gun; and, 2) that gunshot residue has been found on Antwon Rose’s hands," the statement reads.

"While ACPD does have a video showing the North Braddock incident, that video does NOT show Antwon Rose firing a gun," the statement adds. "The information about gunshot residue is also false. Crime Lab reports are still pending and have not yet been issued."

Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA had reported both pieces of information, attributed to anonymous sources, earlier in the day Friday.

The D.A.'s office admonished the media for the reports.

"We caution the media about providing irresponsible information from sources that are not verified," the office said in its statement. "Once published, such false information can be widely spread. We share your interest in providing answers to the many questions in our community, and are working expeditiously to gather all of the available information and detail so that it can be reviewed, and answers provided."

District Attorney Stephen Zappala reported on Friday that an empty gun ammunition clip was found in Rose's pocket after the shooting. He did not have a gun, authorities said.

In an interview with Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE, Zappala confirmed the video of the first shooting and that the car Rose was in matched the description given by witnesses.

East Pittsburgh is about 11 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

The officer who shot Rose was identified by the Allegheny County Police Department as 30-year-old Michael Rosfeld, who had been on the job for just three weeks. The Allegheny County Police Department is leading the investigation into the shooting. Zappala said he expected Rosfeld to be interviewed Friday.

Protests continued late into the night on Friday, with marchers rallying outside PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks, and on Homestead Grays Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River between East Pittsburgh and Homestead, Pennsylvania.

Several arrests were made, WTAE reported, though the marchers were largely peaceful.

Zappala said Friday he does not plan to turn over the case to the state Attorney General's office.

ABC News' Kenneth Moton contributed to this report.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Saturday
Jun232018

Jersey Shore doctor charged in murder-for-hire plot left behind a message before killing himself

Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office(NEW YORK) -- The message from the grave was defiant. But was it the truth?

For five years, Kim Pack suspected her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman of killing her mother, a bubbly host of a popular local radio show. But it wasn’t until January of this year that the prominent New Jersey endocrinologist was charged with putting a hit out on April Kauffman’s life.

Before he could go to trial, Jim Kauffman was found dead of an apparent suicide inside the county jail where he was being held.

“I was stunned,” said Damon Tyner, the Atlantic County prosecutor who charged Kauffman with orchestrating the plot that ended with the murder. “But in retrospect, that’s what convinces me now more than ever that he understood the end was near.”

Bringing a stunning climax to a murder mystery that riveted the Philadelphia-South Jersey region, Tyner and his team had charged Kauffman with devising a murder-for-hire plot to kill April Kauffman after, prosecutors say, she’d threatened to expose an illegal drug ring he was allegedly running with members of the notorious biker group, the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

Kauffman was accused of working with a reputed Pagans leader named Ferdinand Augello to arrange the hit on April Kauffman after, prosecutors believe, she threatened to go public with the shocking revelation that her husband had never served in the military, though he promoted himself as a Green Beret veteran who performed acts of heroism during the Vietnam War.

“Jim Kauffman was involved with the Pagan outlaw motorcycle gang,” Tyner said. “You had a prominent endocrinologist that was prescribing opioids and all kinds of other painkillers… when that wasn’t ‘his practice.’”

April Kauffman, a vivacious 47-year-old who earned a following on the radio and as a veterans activist, was found shot dead on May 10, 2012, in the bedroom of the Linwood, New Jersey, home she shared with her husband.For years, no arrests were made in the Kauffman murder case, but her daughter from her first marriage, Kim Pack, and her attorneys continued digging for answers.

“We were talking to people that were critical witnesses to us that had not spoken to the prosecutor's office,” said one of Pack’s lawyers, Andrew D’Arcy.

James Kauffman seemed to move on with his life. He remarried and filed to collect on April’s life insurance policy. Pack objected and sued her stepfather for causing the wrongful death of her mother.

That lawsuit would prove critical, giving Pack’s lawyers the opportunity to question James Kauffman under oath. It was the only time he was ever questioned under oath about his wife’s death.

In the deposition, the doctor talked about running into the house and seeing his wife’s body.

“I ran upstairs,” he said. “I looked inside and unfortunately saw April lying there and she wasn’t moving. … I ran downstairs, [out to the] lawn, and was hysterical and started vomiting.”

At one point, he was asked who he thought may have killed his wife. Jim Kauffman offered first that it could have been the police, then he suggested it might have been a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress. Kauffman mused it could have been a “slum lord,” whom April had criticized, and then he mentioned the biker group.

"Also, the last choice was that it was someone in the motorcycle gang… the Pagans,” Jim Kauffman said during the deposition.

Prosecutors believe that it was less of a theory at the time and, perhaps, more of a confession.

James McClain was the previous county prosecutor who had overseen the Kauffman case for almost five years. He had been appointed to the post less than two months after she was killed. Pack said when she met with him, he said little about the case other than that it was active, making her question the efforts being put into the investigation by authorities. Through a spokesman, McClain declined to comment.

But last year, then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie moved McClain to a state judgeship and appointed Tyner to become the new Atlantic County prosecutor. As he entered the job in March 2017, Tyner ordered a top-to-bottom review of cold cases – something Atlantic County is known for.

Quickly, Tyner and his team made April Kauffman's homicide a priority, and the D’Arcys turned over the deposition and other research they had done.

Tyner said there was “no doubt” in his mind that James Kauffman wanted his wife dead.

“She's willing to expose his direct involvement with the Pagan [Motorcycle Club] in the operation of a pill mill,” he said. “If she's willing to go to these lengths to expose him, he started thinking about ways to engage his exit strategy, you might say.”

Concerned that the Pagans could have the doctor assaulted or worse in jail, the authorities had Kauffman moved to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, just outside Jersey City, for his protection.

Then on Jan. 26, correction officers found his body in his cell with a six-page suicide note. Officials have refused repeated requests to release the note, but a copy was obtained exclusively by “20/20.” In it, Kauffman adamantly denies that he had anything to do with his wife’s death.

“I cannot live like this. I, no matter what anybody says, did not do anything to my wife,” he wrote.

The note added a claim that it was April Kauffman who had introduced him to the Pagans.

“April came to me and said would I like to go to a motorcycle rally … to meet some of her friends… I was slightly shocked to say the least that they had the colors of Pagans,” he wrote.

With Jim Kauffman deceased, Tyner’s last call for justice is to build a case against Augello. Tyner said his team has investigated the case from every angle, but said they do not believe that April Kauffman had any involvement with the motorcycle gang or Jim Kauffman’s alleged pill mill.

“I believe that, at some point, she became aware of it and I think ultimately that’s the reason why she was killed,” he said.

For Pack, it was a painful conclusion for a grieving daughter.

“I think she [April Kauffman] started to figure things out and I think that she might have had those as aces in her pocket, per se, to keep trying to use all these things as fuel to be like, ‘I want out and if you don’t, I’m going to do this,’” Pack said.

Augello, charged as Jim Kauffman’s co-conspirator, is currently awaiting trial. He is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. According to Tyner, Augello “propositioned a number of individuals to murder April Kauffman," all of whom were either Pagans, former members or associated with that biker group.

Augello pleaded not guilty to the charges. He declined ABC News’ requests for comment on the specifics of the charges, but during a jailhouse meeting and subsequent phone calls with an ABC News producer he insisted that he is not being treated fairly and authorities have acted inappropriately.

Prosecutors allege a man named Francis Mulholland was the one who killed April Kauffman, shooting her twice, and received $20,000 in cash in exchange. Mulholland died of an overdose a year after the homicide.

In Tyner’s eyes, the case of April Kauffman’s homicide has been officially solved.

“We believe we have all the information and all the evidence that would point to who killed April Kauffman,” he said, “why she was killed and who participated in the conspiracy.”

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Friday
Jun222018

10-year-old boy dies in a 'suspicious' fall inside apartment

iStock/Thinkstock(LANCASTER, Calif.) -- A 10–year-old California boy has died after a fall investigators are calling “suspicious" and authorities removed seven other children from the apartment where the child was found, ABC station KABC reported.

Anthony Avalos was found unresponsive in his family's apartment in Lancaster on Wednesday, reportedly suffering from a fall, officials said.

Deputies from the Lancaster station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to the apartment complex on the 1100 block of East Avenue K around 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, “regarding a medical rescue call of a 10-year-old boy not breathing,” according to as statement from the LASD. Lt. Derrick Alfred of the sheriff's departmen ttold ABC News that Anthony's mother made the emergency call.

“Upon arrival, the victim was discovered in his family's apartment unresponsive,” said to have “suffered injuries from a fall,” the statement said. Anthony was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced died the next morning.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they have had previous interactions with this family before.

Seven children, ages 11 months to 12 years, who were associated with the victim’s family have been removed from the home, pending further investigation by the L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Special Victims Bureau.

"As a Department, our first and foremost priority is the safety of our County’s children and we grieve whenever we hear of a child’s death," Bobby Cagle, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, said in a statement to ABC News. "We also try to understand how such tragedies occur and we work hard to figure out how they might have been prevented in the first place. But, unfortunately, we are reminded at times that people are capable of the unspeakable."

As of Friday morning, no arrests have been made.

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Friday
Jun222018

Father of the crying Honduran girl says she and her mother weren't separated

John Moore/Getty Images(RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas) -- The father of the young girl from Honduras whose picture has become an iconic image of the immigration battle now says that his daughter and wife were never separated by U.S. authorities.

A picture of the little girl crying for her mother was widely circulated and while the photographer made it clear he didn't know the fate of the pair, the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy had separated many families in similar situations.

The girl and her mother, whose names were not initially released, were photographed after crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley by Customs and Border Protection last week.

The photographer, John Moore, said that he saw the pair were together when they were taken from the scene, but some groups started using the photo in relation to the policy that resulted in families being separated at the border.

Now Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, the husband and father of the mother and girl respectively, has told ABC News that the pair were not separated by U.S. officials.

He said that Honduran authorities told him that his daughter Yanela and her mother Sandra were not separated and are both in Texas.

He told ABC News that he has not yet been able to speak with his wife or daughter.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that the woman, Sandra Maria Sanchez, was arrested on June 12 by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas while traveling with a family member.

On Sunday she was transferred to ICE custody and is now at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Her immigration proceedings are ongoing, according to ICE.

ICE also noted that the mother was previously deported in 2013.

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Friday
Jun222018

'Not knowing anything about my daughter is torture': Immigrants separated from children at border file lawsuit in federal court

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas) -- Three parents who were been separated from their children after they were detained at the U.S. border have filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to issue an order requiring the federal government to provide access to basic information about their children’s whereabouts and to offer opportunities to see and hear their children.

One plaintiff -- a Honduran citizen who is detention in Texas -- last saw his 12-year-old daughter on either "very late on June 4th or in the early morning hours of June 5th" and knows almost nothing about what happened to her.

In a declaration handwritten in Spanish, the man said that immigration officials first told him his daughter was going to a place called "Casa Hogar," but did not tell him where it was or how long she would be there.

The man has been asking multiple officials where his daughter is, but none of them have been able to tell him, he wrote. He has only heard updates from the child's grandfather, who told him that she has called him twice, telling him she's "very worried" and "desperate" to be with her father.

"I worry about my daughter constantly," he wrote. "I am not able to speak with her directly. I do not know if she is well cared for. I do not know if she has been sick. I do not know if she has been sleeping well or eating well. Not knowing anything about my daughter is torture. I am not able to sleep. I desperately want to be with her."

Another immigrant parent -- a mother from Guatemala -- said she has not seen her son since May and knows very little about what happened to him, except that he's in New York. She is now being held at a detention center in El Paso, Texas.

The woman was separated from her son one day after she was arrived and has only spoken to him three times since, about five minutes each time. He has not been able to give her any information about his circumstances because "he is too young and too upset to understand what is happening," she wrote.

"I wake up from my sleep crying because I remember that he was taken from me," the mother wrote in a handwritten declaration in English. "I feel so upset and sad when I remember how he was taken from me. I don’t understand how someone could take their child away from their mother. I think, ‘Don’t they have children too? Don’t they know the pain I’m feeling?’"

A third parent -- another Guatemalan mother -- was separated from her three children, ages 13, 6 and 2 about two weeks after she arrived at a detention center in Dilley, Texas, she said in a declaration handwritten in Spanish.

She is now in a detention center in Pearsall, Texas, she said, and has only been able to speak to the children twice a week for 10 minutes each time.

"I do not know when I will be able to see my children again," she wrote. "...I do not know the people who are caring for them so I worry every day."

The lawsuit, filed today in federal court in Washington, D.C., "challenges the federal government's recent decision to indefinitely separate immigrant parents from their young children," the document reads.

Also filed was a request for a temporary restraining order requesting "immediate access to basic information" about the plaintiffs' children's whereabouts and wellbeing as well as frequent and meaningful opportunities to see and hear their children," the document states.

The Trump administration has enacted a "zero-tolerance" policy approach to border protection, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents upon crossing the border in recent months.

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end the practice.

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Friday
Jun222018

Uber driver left for dead recovering but says, 'I still don’t know what happened'

WCVB/ABC News(BOSTON) -- A Uber driver who was beaten and left for dead in Boston said that his recovery is progressing but he has no memory of the attack.

While working a shift as an Uber driver, Henry Miller, 75, was carjacked, beaten and left on the street for dead in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, according to ABC-affiliate WCVB.

Miller told the affiliate he had dropped off a client and was headed to pick-up the next rider. He said ha had made contact with the rider because he was having trouble finding the address. When she called him and said he had driven past her, he turned the car around and went back to where two people were standing outside.

He says that is the last thing he remembers.

“I still don’t know what happened,” Miller said.

He suffered from severe injuries to his body, including his lungs. Doctors told him his heart stopped, and they had to bring him back. Today, he said, he still suffers from severe chest pains but believes he is on the road to recovery.

“A lot of progress,” he told WCVB. “I can walk. I wasn’t able to walk.”

“Our thoughts are with our driver-partner and his family at this difficult time. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation," Uber said in a statement to ABC News.

He said he has 25,000 client rides and has driven more than 50,000 people in his car. Miller said the attack was the only really bad incident he has had while driving for Uber and hopes to do get back to driving soon.

“I meet everybody from all over the world,” Miller said. “I’m not gonna stay home and watch TV.”

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Friday
Jun222018

Police searching for man who allegedly chopped off wife's arm 

NYPD(NEW YORK) --  The New York Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly attacked his wife and chopped off her arm with a knife.

Police said the man, 35-year-old Yong Lu, attacked his 35-year-old wife on June 21 in the vicinity of 55th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

The woman's right arm was severed as well as two fingers on her left hand, a NYPD spokesperson told ABC News.

The woman was in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

“The NYPD is seeking the public's assistance in locating the following individual wanted for questioning in connection to an assault within the confines of the 72nd Precinct,” the spokesperson said.

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Friday
Jun222018

Unarmed black teen killed by cop wrote in 2016 poem: 'I want my mom to never feel that pain'

Justin Merriman/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- An unarmed African-American teenager killed by police while fleeing a traffic stop this week wrote a poem two years ago saying he never wants his mother to feel the pain of burying her son.

Antwon Rose, 17, was shot dead by an East Pittsburgh police officer Tuesday after the teen and two others were pulled over in a car believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting that night.

The deadly shooting was caught on cell phone video and has prompted massive peaceful protests in the Pittsburgh area.

Here is Rose's poem, dated May 16, 2016:

I AM NOT WHAT YOU THINK
I am confused and afraid
I wonder what path I will take
I hear there is only two ways out
I see mother’s bury their sons
I want my mom to never feel that pain
I am confused and afraid

I pretend all is fine
I feel like I am suffocating
I touch nothing so I believe all is fine
I worry that it isn’t though
I cry no more
I am confused and afraid

I understand people believe I am just a statistic
I say to them I am different
I dream of life getting easier
I try my best to make my dream come true
I hope that it does
I am confused and afraid

Rose's family is "devastated" and "stunned," by his death family attorney Fred Rabner told ABC News Thursday.

Rabner described Rose as a "beautiful, kind" and hard-working teenager who worked with young children at a gymnastics gym as well as at a local Domino's Pizza.

"His smile earned him instant love by kids and parents," Rose's gym employer, Kimberly Eads Ransom, wrote on Facebook. "He was friendly, goofy and fun. ... chasing my kids with pool noodles and jumping on the trampoline."

"He had big plans and dreams and was a people pleaser," she said. "My favorite memory of him is when he showed up in a full suit in the sweltering heat for his gym job interview. I hired him on the spot."

Rose was a "charismatic kid who had a firm handshake, made eye contact and was respectful," his friend's father, Ben Schmitt, wrote on Facebook. "Sometimes he brought my girls pizza from Domino's, where he worked. I know he was beloved by his friends at school. I know he took AP courses and excelled. I know Jordan's and Chloe's hearts are broken along with many of their friends."

"It's senseless," Rose's cousin, Theresa Lynn Rose Monroe, told ABC News. "He wasn't a threat. And I just don't understand why -- why does it got to keep happening?"

"It doesn't seem to me that there is any justification ever for shooting an individual who is fleeing in the back," Rabner said, adding that the officer was standing "poised" and appear to shoot from 15 to 30 feet away.

The incident that led to Rose's killing Tuesday night began with a separate shooting about 15 minutes earlier, when someone in a passing car shot and wounded a 22-year-old man.

"Witnesses described the vehicle involved in the shooting, and the description was broadcast" to officers, police said.

An East Pittsburgh police officer spotted a car matching the description and pulled the car over, police said. The 20-year-old driver -- whom ABC News has confirmed operated as a Jitney driver, which is similar to ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft -- was ordered out of the car and directed to the ground, police said.

Rose and another passenger in that car fled on foot, police said.

The officer shot three times at Rose as he fled and struck him three times, police said. At least one gunshot wound was to his upper body, the medical examiner's office said.

Two guns were recovered from that car, police said. The driver was detained and later released.

The officer who shot Rose, 30-year-old Michael Rosfeld, had been with the East Pittsburgh Police Department for three weeks as a part-time officer and was sworn in hours before the shooting occurred, he told ABC affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh. Rosfeld previously worked as a law enforcement officer at other agencies, including the University of Pittsburgh Police Department from 2012 to Jan. 2018.

"We are profoundly saddened by the death of Antwon Rose," the East Pittsburgh Mayor, Council and Police Department said in a statement. "This is a tragic loss for his family and friends as well as for our community as a whole. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Mr. Rose’s family and friends, the residents of East Pittsburgh and all those affected by this tragedy."

"This is a very stressful time for our community," the statement continued. "We are seeking truth and answers but the process takes time. We hope that everyone can respect this process."

The Allegheny County Police and district attorney's office are investigating.

"We are committed to finding the truth in this investigation," Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough told ABC News Wednesday.

The district attorney's office said it does not plan to release updates on the investigation until next week, "out of respect for the grieving process that the family and friends of Mr. Rose are going through and the upcoming Monday funeral."

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