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Sunday August 4th, 2019 day edition

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"Please stay with me on the line, I'm really scared," Alexandra Macesanu told a police officer while crying during her third and last call, according to a transcript released on Facebook by her uncle Alexandru Cumpanasu.

The suspect, 65-year-old mechanic Gheorghe Dinca from Caracal in the south of the country, has told police he killed the 15-year-old and another girl.

The teenager, who is now presumed dead, disappeared on 24 July - and Luiza Melencu, 18, was last seen in April.

Image: Gheorghe Dinca, 65, has told police he killed Alexandra and another teenage girl.

Romania's national police chief and two county officials were fired last week following a public outcry over the handling of the case.

Mr Florescu, a police officer from the nearby town of Slatina, told local media that he talked to Alexandra twice and gave her details to Caracal police.

Mr Florescu said: "I repeatedly told her to stay calm and that a police car was coming". »

20 dead in mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso — suspect in custody

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Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

The shooting happened at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, which is on the U.S. southern border.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the shooting could be a hate crime based on a "manifesto" authorities believe is connected to the suspect. »

The Latest: Groups wanting tougher laws on guns march

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Officials say 20 people were killed and another 26 injured in a shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in El Paso.

6:40 p.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and El Paso police say 20 people have been killed and 26 others wounded in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center.

2 p.m. Officials say multiple people were killed in an attack at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. »

Dayton Shooting: Suspect and 9 dead, 26 wounded in Oregon District

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A shooting with multiple fatalities and several people wounded has occurred near Ned Peppers Bar on East Fifth Street in the city of Dayton’s Oregon District.

“If the Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute, hundreds of people in the Oregon District would be dead today,” Whaley said.

Police are responding to a report of an active shooter in the area of East Fifth Street in the Oregon District. »