The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 31st, 2022 evening edition

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Police say rival motorcycle gangs were involved in a metro Las Vegas freeway shooting that injured seven people over the weekend.

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Rival motorcycle gangs were involved in a metro Las Vegas freeway shooting over the weekend that injured seven people and authorities arrested three suspects, police said Monday.

Sunday's shooting on the freeway involved people associated with the Hells Angels and the Vagos gangs, police in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson said in a statement.

Officers found “multiple subjects who had sustained gunshot wounds" and six people were taken to a hospital, the statement said.

A seventh injured person arrived at a hospital was confirmed to be involved in the shooting, the statement said.

Three men were arrested on suspicion on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and other crimes, police said.

Police identified the suspects as Richard Devries, 66; Stephen Alo, 46, and Russell Smith, 26. »

Gov. Abbott attributes mass shootings to mental health issues a month after cutting $211 million from mental health commission

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We as a government need to find a way to target that mental health challenge and do something about it.”.

Abbott has doubled down on his stance that mass shootings are an issue of mental health and not gun access following the Uvalde massacre.

However, in April, Abbott slashed nearly $211 million from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), which oversees mental health services in Texas. »

Maryland Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans Takes Effect Without Governor’s Signature

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The psychedelics bill, meanwhile, will establish what’s being called the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Alternative Therapies Fund.

It stipulates that money from that fund must be used to study “the use of alternative therapies for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.”.

The Senate bill that Hogan is allowing to become law will provide “cost-free access” to psychedelics for eligible veterans. »

China Urges UN Rights Chief to Look Into School Shootings in US

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(Bloomberg) -- China has called for the United Nations human rights chief to investigate mass shootings in the US, in an apparent effort to shift the focus from allegations of abuses in its far western Xinjiang region.

China has ramped up criticism of the US’s human rights record around a trip to the Asian nation by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and the fault-finding escalated after the recent killings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

Human rights groups were also critical of Bachelet and her six-day trip, which she repeatedly said wasn’t an “investigation” of Chinese practices in Xinjiang or elsewhere. »

Florida fifth grader arrested, charged with threatening a mass shooting, police say

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A fifth grade student in Florida was arrested over the weekend and charged with sending a text message threatening to carry out a mass shooting, authorities said.

In a statement Saturday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said it had learned earlier that day of a "threatening text message" sent by a student at an elementary school.

The 10-year-old boy was interviewed and charged later with "making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting," the sheriff's office said. »