A 15-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head on Chicago’s South Side.

On the city’s South Side early Sunday morning, a 15-year-old girl was fatally shot in the back of the head while sitting in a vehicle.

Demea Morris, 15, of Chicago, IL, has been identified by police.

Morris was shot in the back of the head around 12:51 a.m. while sitting in the back of a vehicle near the 10600 block of South Sangamon Cul De Sac.

According to police, she was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition and later pronounced dead.

There is currently no one in custody, and the incident is being investigated by police.

Two people were killed and 18 were injured in weekend shootings in Chicago.

Over the weekend, two people were killed and 18 others were injured in shootings across Chicago.

A girl was shot and killed inside a car early Sunday in the South Side neighborhood of Washington Heights. Demea Morris, 15, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the back of her head in the 10600 block of South Sangamon Street around 12:50 a.m., according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Two people were shot, one fatally, in Grand Crossing on the South Side on Saturday. Timothy Taylor, 30, and a 24-year-old man were walking down the street in the 7000 block of South Lafayette Avenue around 5:40 p.m. when a vehicle approached and someone inside opened fire, according to police. According to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Taylor was shot multiple times and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he later died. According to police, the 24-year-old man was shot in the head and was taken to the same hospital in critical condition.

In other shootings, three men were shot early Saturday in Avalon Park on Chicago’s South Side. A 30-year-old man approached two men walking to their vehicle in the 8000 block of South Anthony Avenue around 1:30 a.m., according to police. They each pulled out a gun and fired shots after getting into a fight. One man, 35, was shot in the body and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. The other man, 36, was hit in the thigh and taken to the same hospital in stable condition. The suspect was shot in the leg and was also taken to the same hospital, where he was treated and released.

CTA riders are concerned after several passengers on the Red Line were beaten and robbed recently.

According to police, several passengers on the Red Line have recently been beaten and robbed.

One of these incidents occurred just outside the Chinatown Red Line station, where many riders voiced their concerns.

Officials issued several community alerts on Sunday in an attempt to find out who is terrorizing the CTA.

“Just a lot of people bothering you, like won’t take no for an answer and you’re trying to mind your business,” said CTA rider Brode Boyd.

Mass Transit Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating three female suspects who, according to police, beat and robbed someone on a Red Line train at the 79th Street Station around 8:15 p.m. Friday.

“What is the safest way to get around because I don’t have a car here — I don’t want to drive here. We are in the city, so obviously we take public transportation but if I can’t even rely on that, I don’t even know what I’m to do,” said CTA rider Estela Romero.

That isn’t the only case police are looking into.

They say two suspects held a knife up to a victim on the Red Line heading northbound on Tuesday and stole their cell phone and backpack.

They say two suspects held a knife up to a victim on the Red Line heading northbound on Tuesday and stole their cell phone and backpack.

A suspect also followed a victim after leaving the Cermak/Chinatown train station around 7:45 a.m. on March 28, punching the victim in the face and knocking them to the ground.

“It’s insane. I believe we should travel as a group rather than alone. That’s what I’m attempting to do with my friends as well “CTA rider Hai Truong agreed.

All of these were terrifying incidents that made riders hesitant to ride the CTA at any time.

“It’s jarring to know that it’s happening at any point in time now,” said CTA rider Pooja Menon.

Menon said she has noticed a greater presence of patrol officers recently, but it’s difficult not to be concerned when crimes like these occur on the CTA every day.

“I just keep seeing more CTA security personnel, but also CPD and canine units in general,” she said. “Even in the mornings, all throughout the whole day, I just see at least two officers in the station at all times.”

“Just hopefully things get better soon and hopefully things don’t escalate, crime doesn’t escalate as it gets warmer,” said CTA rider Adarsh Menon.

If you recognize any of the suspects, police ask that you contact them right away.

Illinois Treasurer returns $22.7 million in unclaimed property to its owners.

Last month, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced that $22.7 million in unclaimed property was returned to its rightful owners. During the month of March, more than 11,000 claims were paid.

Since Frerichs took office in 2015, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office has returned $1.6 billion.

According to Frerichs, Illinois currently holds more than $3.5 billion in unclaimed property. Unused safe deposit boxes, unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and unused rebate cards are examples of these assets.

“I prioritize reuniting people with money that is rightfully theirs,” Frerichs said. “Putting money in people’s pockets benefits the state’s economy. We will keep unclaimed property for as long as it takes to return it to the rightful owner.”

To search for unclaimed property in Illinois, go to www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

Park Forest police: four people shot, one fatally, in the south suburbs

According to police, four people were shot, one fatally, in a shooting in south suburban Park Forest on Friday morning.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Fir Street, according to police.

According to police, one person died at the scene. The victim’s identity has not been released by authorities.

Two other people were taken to hospitals, and a fourth person was treated at the scene, according to police. Their current conditions were unknown.

According to police, an investigation is ongoing and there is a significant police presence in the area, but there is no threat to the community.

More information was not immediately available.

Chicago police: A man was critically injured in a shooting while fishing in the Chicago River.

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According to police, a 23-year-old man was shot in the face and critically injured while fishing in the North Branch of the Chicago River on Wednesday night.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Carmen Avenue.

According to police, the victim was able to tell them he was fishing with a relative.

He told police that he was walking back to his car when he was confronted by several unidentified men. According to police, this is when they allegedly opened fire on the victim.

In critical condition, the victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Bullets struck an SUV at the scene, and shell casings could be seen on the sidewalk.

According to police, the victim is unknown to them and has no criminal record. The motive for the shooting is unknown, and no one is in custody.

A hit-and-run on the North Side kills one man and injures another

On Saturday morning, a hit-and-run accident on the North Side of Chicago left one man dead and injured.

The accident occurred around 7:13 a.m. in the 4300 block of North DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago police say the person in question, a 36-year-elderly person, was voyaging southward in a SUV with a traveler and endeavored to switch to another lane.

An unidentified driver struck his vehicle while changing lanes and then fled the scene in a white SUV traveling in the same direction.

The accident caused the victims’ car to tip over.

A 31-year-old man who was in the SUV was taken to Illinois Masonic, where he was pronounced dead. The driver received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Illinois Masonic.

The car, according to the police, was the key piece of evidence that the hit-and-run driver left behind. Additionally, it was a ZipCar rental. People are able to rent cars by the hour from the rental company. Local media have contacted ZipCar for a statement and are awaiting a response.

The Major Accidents Unit is looking into the case.

In less than 24 hours, the city has experienced its second hit-and-run fatality.

A Gage Park shooting kills a Chicago police officer.

A source tells local news that a shooting late Wednesday afternoon in the Gage Park neighborhood resulted in the death of a Chicago police officer.

According to sources from the police, the officer was shot in the leg and the face. It appeared as though a long line of police cars were getting ready for a procession that would depart Mount Sinai Hospital following the death of an officer in the line of duty.

After the incident, Chopper 2 observed a police-escorted ambulance heading to Mount Sinai near 52nd Street and Spaulding Avenue.

According to sources, a suspect was reportedly chasing and threatening a girlfriend during a domestic dispute when police were first called to the scene.

Witnesses at the Gage Park scene reported hearing three or four loud bangs and spotting officers hurrying to the officer’s body near a playground.
Local media reported that police were preventing people from entering the area near the officer’s shooting scene, according to a man walking his dog nearby. Very few homes were accessible.

According to the man, he could not believe what had occurred. He claimed to have lived on the Southwest Side for 20 years, and while there have been times when crime has fluctuated, he had never heard of a police officer being shot and killed there.

The officer, who was in critical condition, was transported.

Along California and Ogden avenues outside the hospital, a number of police squad cars gathered at the hospital and around it.

No additional information was available. At 7:45 p.m., police were scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the incident. The shooting occurred shortly after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced that CPD Supt. In order to start a new job in Texas, David Brown will step down later this month. First Deputy Supt will take Brown’s place. Until a new mayor is sworn in, Eric Carter will serve as interim mayor.

David Brown steps down as Superintendent of CPD.

After Mayor Lori Lightfoot loses her bid for reelection, David Brown, the chief of Chicago police, resigns. Wednesday, a day after losing her bid for reelection, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement that the head of the Chicago Police Department will step down on March 16.

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Lightfoot said in a statement that Superintendent David Brown informed him of the decision on Wednesday.

According to Lightfoot, an interim superintendent will be appointed by First Deputy Eric Carter until the new mayor is sworn in.

Lightfoot stated, “We ask the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability to immediately begin the search for a new Superintendent so that the new Mayor will be able to make a selection as soon as possible.” This will allow the new Mayor to make a decision as soon as possible.
According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office, embattled Chicago Police Department superintendent David Brown has resigned after nearly three years. March 16 will be his last day.

Brown resigned less than 24 hours after Lightfoot lost her bid for reelection. Lightfoot had chosen Brown to lead the CPD in April 2020.

In a statement, Lightfoot said, “I accepted his resignation and want to commend him for his accomplishments not only for the department but the entire city.”

Supt. First Deputy Eric Carter, the CPD’s number one The CPD will be led by two people during Brown’s time there until the next mayor is sworn in.

Brown announced that he had accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins in an email sent to CPD employees on Wednesday afternoon. Loncar Lyon Jenkins is a personal injury law firm with seven offices in Texas, Brown’s home state.

Suspects are being sought in connection with an armed robbery at a Beach Park gas station.

Police are looking for two suspects who held up a gas station at gunpoint in suburban Beach Park on Monday night.

Around 9:30 p.m., two males wearing black masks and black hats entered a gas station in the 38300 block of North Sheridan Road. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, upon entering, one of the suspects, who was armed with a pistol, pointed it at the ceiling and fired a shot.

According to officials, he then pointed the gun at the cashiers and demanded money, while the other suspect stole several vapes.

The suspects fled the scene on foot to the southeast.

During the robbery, no one was hurt.

The USPS is offering a $50,000 reward in connection with armed robberies of Chicago postal workers.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect involved in two armed robberies of a USPS letter carrier in Chicago.

The first robbery occurred on Jan. 17 around 1 p.m. in the Galewood neighborhood near 1752 N. Sayre Ave. The suspect drove away in a white four-door sedan.

The second robbery took place around 2 p.m. near 1758 N. New England Ave., and the suspect fled in a small white SUV with a Florida license plate.

He was described as a Black man with a dark-brown complexion, standing between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot tall, and dressed in thick black glasses, a dark puffy jacket, a gray hoodie, black slippers, and black and red pajamas.

According to police, the suspect is armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the US Postal Service hotline at 877-876-2455. 3964682-ROBB is the reference case number.

At the Markham Police Department, the Paycheck Protection Program fraud has continued to rise.

As reported by Local News on Wednesday night, a Markham police officer is not the only officer under investigation for PPP fraud. She is also accused of forging tax documents for a fictitious company.

Rayshonda Lewis was a full-time police officer in Markham since 2011, but she quickly resigned last month. Derrick Champion, the administrator of Markham, stated that the city appreciated Lewis’ resignation.

Officer Lewis quit her $83,000-per-year job because, according to federal documents, she applied for a PPP loan for $20,000 and “submitted false and fabricated documents,” including IRS forms claiming she owned a catering company that made “$97,000 during 2020.”

But Lewis “knew none of the foregoing facts were true,” according to the feds.

Champion stated, “That’s concerning to have someone wearing a badge to take advantage of a program.”

Champion claims that the federal government first contacted the city in December regarding their Lewis investigation, and she reached a settlement within weeks.

Champion stated, “She resigned at that point.”

Lewis’ federal case has been sealed. However, we are able to display the documents that the federal government provided the city through an open records request made by local news to the City of Markham.

They include the agreement that Officer Lewis signed in which she admits to breaking the law but agrees to serve 80 hours of community service while on probation to avoid jail time and a conviction on her record.

Champion stated, “I expected it to be this bad.”

However, the Markham Police Department’s investigation into PPP fraud does not only focus on Lewis.

CBS 2’s Terry confronted Markham police Officer Kenneth Muldrow in November 2021 after local news reported that he applied for a PPP loan using the address of the police station.

Champion confirmed that Muldrow is still being investigated and is employed as a Markham police officer.

A new police department hired the third officer under investigation.

Champion stated, “We have identified those individuals who are under the watchful eye of the federal government.” They are being examined closely.”

Champion insists that Markham is committed to collaborating with the federal government to eliminate any additional employees suspected of PPP fraud.

Woman killed in Hanover Park during daylight shooting

Late on Monday, investigators were attempting to determine who shot and killed a woman in Hanover Park, a west suburban neighborhood. We still did not know who the woman who was shot and killed was until late Monday night, Local News reported. It has been reported that there have been a number of violent incidents in the apartment complex where it occurred in the past.

According to Legal Help Firm on Facebook the woman’s name is Clarice Alexander – 41

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At 8:32 a.m., Hanover Park police were called to a shooting in the 1300 block of Court P near Montibello Drive, east of the West Branch of the DuPage River and south of Lake Street February 13th.

At the scene, a 41-year-old woman was found dead by police. Her body was covered in a blue tarp while police looked for the killer.

Henry Jarosinski, a neighbor, claimed to have heard six gunshots.

Jarosinski stated, “It was really loud and it was fast.”

According to the police, the shooting took place on a path that connects the housing complex to a nearby school and is where children typically walk in the morning.

Alvaro Munoz stated, “I just walked over here in the morning with my dogs and saw a person laying here with a sheet over them – it’s about 8:30 this morning.” It’s sad because children pass through this area on their way to school.

“It’s a good thing that it didn’t happen when there were a bunch of kids walking down the alley,” Jarosinski stated. “That’s the main route where the grade school kids go to the school right there on the other side.”

Monday morning, some nearby Keeneyville schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. John Walters, a long-time resident, stated that the complex has issues.

Walters stated, “It’s had its ups and downs, a lot of challenges, gang activities, and drug situations.” If they haven’t, hopefully they will catch the person who did it.”

At the most recent check, the person the police are looking for has not been located. The department has not provided any details regarding a possible motive or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Together with the DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team (MERIT) Task Force, Hanover Park police continued their investigation as of Monday evening. Lt. should be contacted by anyone with information. Call (630) 823-5516 to reach Ralph Gniewosz.

After a 71-year-old man died in a crash, three teens driving a stolen Kia were arrested

Three teenagers are in custody after police say they crashed into the 71-year-old man’s car in a stolen Kia and killed him.

A spokesperson for the Robbins Police Department, Sean Howard, stated that around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, an officer observed the Kia on Kedzie Avenue with a broken driver’s side window.

Howard said that the officer noticed smoke from the crash a few blocks away as he got closer.

According to Howard, the 71-year-old man who was in a different car died after being taken to the hospital.

The three teens in the stolen Kia are all 13 years old, according to the police.

The identity of the man has not been made public.

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Chicago Cops beat unarmed man in holding cell Video

Video of A CPD officer can be seen repeatedly striking a man in a detention cell in recently released footage.

After Damien Stewart was allegedly found with a gun during a confrontational traffic stop on May 18, 2019, the video shows Officer Enrique Delgado Fernandez delivering nearly 20 closed-fist blows to him in the South Chicago District lockup.

Activist William Calloway told a City Hall news conference that Stewart was moved to release the video after watching how a group of police officers killed Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this month.

Five officers have been charged with criminal offenses as a result of widespread protests and Nichols’s death, which was caught on camera.

Sgt. Delgado Fernandez and Delgado Fernandez were both fired by Calloway. Stewart was grabbed by Jerald Williams, who also entered his cell. A spokesperson for the police says that the officers have already been suspended.

Calloway, who assisted city officials in forcing the release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s killing at the hands of a Chicago police officer, stated, “There’s no place on this police force… for that type of uncalled [for] violence on an unarmed man that’s already in police custody.” It is horrible and uncalled for.

Stewart entered a guilty plea in May 2021 to the felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He settled his federal lawsuit against Delgado Fernandez, Williams, and the city in September that year for $45,000.

Calloway stated that Stewart is still reeling from the beating more than a year later.

He stated, “These officers are still on the street.” The police officers’ actions toward him never received an apology from the city.

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Police report 28 shootings and 5 fatalities in Chicago over the Holiday weekend.

According to authorities, at least 28 individuals were shot, five of whom were killed, during the Thanksgiving weekend violence in Chicago.

According to Chicago police, two individuals were killed and two others were injured in a shooting on the city’s South Side early Saturday morning. According to authorities, the incident occurred shortly after midnight in the 12700 block of South Halsted Street in the West Pullman area. When someone pulled out a gun and began shooting at the victims, they were at a gathering.

According to authorities, two victims, 34 and 36, were shot in the head and taken in critical condition to Christ Hospital, where they died. Their identities have been revealed. According to authorities, a 27-year-old man was wounded in the back and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition. A fourth victim, who had been shot in the leg, was self-transported to Roseland Hospital and was in good condition. Detectives are investigating, and no one has been arrested. Police did not immediately release any other details regarding the shooting.

A man was found shot to death in Greater Grand Crossing on the South Side minutes later. He was discovered laying on the ground with gunshot wounds to the head and chest at 12:30 a.m. in the 6800 block of South Prairie Avenue, according to Chicago police. His exact age remained unknown. According to authorities, he was pronounced deceased at the spot. There was no additional information provided. There were no arrests reported.

A man was shot and killed hours later after an argument inside a residence in Auburn Gresham on Chicago’s South Side. The 60-year-old was arguing with a man he knew in the 7800 block of South Honore Avenue at 3:40 a.m. when he was shot in the chest, stomach, and thigh, according to Chicago police. According to police, he was transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. According to authorities, the gunman departed the apartment after leaving a handgun at the site, which officers later recovered. Shortly after the incident, he was apprehended near the location. Additional information was not provided. Area Two detectives are looking into it.

A guy was shot to death at West Garfield Park on the West Side on Saturday night. The 40-year-old man was shot in the head in the 4700 block of West Harrison Street around 7:50 p.m., according to Chicago police. He was transferred to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, where he died, according to police. There were no arrests reported.

A 17-year-old boy was shot nonfatally Saturday night in Chicago Lawn on the South Side. According to Chicago police, the adolescent was standing on the sidewalk in the 6600 block of South Washtenaw Avenue when someone in a car fired rounds at 6:20 p.m. According to authorities, he was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the back. Local cops are looking into it.

How to avoid porch pirates as holiday deliveries and internet shopping reach all-time highs

The last thing you want after purchasing the perfect holiday gift online is for it to be stolen before you can even bring it inside.

As industry experts predict that internet sales will reach a record $207 billion this holiday season, here’s a simple suggestion on how to prevent porch pirates.

According to C&R Research, 43% of Americans reported having a package stolen last year.

That is why CCTV Camera World, a security surveillance organisation, is giving advice:

  • Enable tracking alerts to receive updates on when deliveries are expected to arrive. The most straightforward strategy to avoid a stolen parcel is to retrieve it as soon as possible.
  • Request nondescript packaging: Thieves are more likely to steal something that is immediately identified in a box.
  • If you won’t be home to receive your product, alter the shipping address or opt for in-store pickup.
  • You can also have a porch lockbox installed where your delivery service can leave things. You can also install security cameras to catch potential criminals.

Waukesha parade killer sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

A man who killed six people and injured many more when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 40, was sentenced by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow on 76 charges, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 61 counts of reckless endangerment.

Each homicide count carried a mandatory life sentence, and the only question on Wednesday was whether Dorow would let Brooks serve any of those sentences on extended supervision in the community, the state’s current version of parole. She did not do so. The death penalty is not used in Wisconsin.

Almost all of Brooks’ victims begged the judge to impose the harshest sentence possible during their impact statements in court on Tuesday. Chris Owens, whose mother was killed, told Brooks, “All I ask is that you rot slowly.”

After a fight with his ex-girlfriend, Brooks drove his red Ford Escape through the parade in downtown Waukesha on November 21, 2021. Six people were killed, including an eight-year-old boy marching with his baseball team and three members of the Dancing Grannies. Hundreds of others were hurt.

Brooks told the court on Wednesday, before the judge handed down her sentence, that he had suffered from mental illness since he was a child and had no intention of driving into the parade route. He also made his first public apology to the dozens of people who were injured or lost loved ones as a result of the incident.

Brooks told Dorow in a two-hour-long ramble that he grew up fatherless, poor, and hungry in apartment buildings infested with rats and bugs. Brooks stated that he has had mental health issues for as long as he can remember and that he was physically abused, though he did not specify who. He said that when he took medication and spent short periods of time in mental health facilities, his life was better.

“As I previously stated, people will believe what they want, and that’s fine. This must be stated: what occurred on November 21, 2021, was not, not, not an attack. “It was not planned or plotted,” Brooks explained later, adding, “This was not an intentional act.” It was not, regardless of how many times you say it.”

Brooks also apologized for the first time to the victims and their families.

“I want you to know that I’m sorry not only for what happened, but also for not seeing what’s truly in my heart,” he said. “That you are unable to see my remorse.”

Brooks, on the other hand, didn’t explain his motivation or provide any other insights into what he was thinking as he turned the SUV into the parade. When Dorow asked him what sentence he thought he should receive, he said, “I just want to be helped.”

Brooks’ mother and grandmother pleaded with Dorow to place her son in a mental institution rather than a prison. Brooks has been bipolar since he was 12, according to his grandmother, Mary Edwards, and the disorder caused him to drive into the parade. Dawn Woods, Brooks’ mother, pushed Dorow to make sure he gets treatment in prison.

“If they have to stay away from society for the rest of their lives, at least they’re getting the help they need to become mentally well,” Woods said.

As his mother spoke, Brooks appeared to cry.

Dorow spent the majority of Tuesday listening to dozens of victims demand that Brooks receive the maximum sentence possible. They described frantically searching for their children in the immediate aftermath, the pain their children have endured as they continue to recover from their injuries, and the emptiness they feel as they cope with the loss of their deceased loved ones, one by one.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Susan Opper asked Dorow to make the sentences consecutive so they stack up “just like he stacked victims up as he drove down the road,” with no possibility of release on extended supervision.

During his month-long trial, which was marked by his erratic outbursts, Brooks chose to represent himself. He would not respond to his own name, frequently interrupted Dorow, and would not stop talking. The judge ordered bailiffs to move Brooks to a different courtroom where he could participate via video but she could mute his microphone if he became disruptive.

Dorow had no choice but to let Brooks represent himself, citing the fact that several psychologists thought he was competent.

On Wednesday, Brooks apologized to Dorow for his behavior, saying he was frustrated during the trial and she shouldn’t take it personally.

According to Poland and NATO, the missile landing was not a Russian attack.

Poland said Wednesday that there is “absolutely no indication” that a missile that landed in Polish farmland, killing two people, was an intentional attack on the NATO country, and that neighbor Ukraine most likely launched the Soviet-era projectile in response to a Russian air assault that crippled its power grid.

“Ukraine’s defense was launching missiles in various directions, and one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” said Polish President Andrzej Duda. “There is absolutely nothing to suggest that it was a deliberate attack on Poland.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg agreed with the assessment during a meeting of the military alliance in Brussels.

“An investigation into this incident is ongoing, and we must await the results.” “However, we have no indication that this was a deliberate attack,” Stoltenberg told reporters.

The preliminary findings came after US President Joe Biden and other Western backers of Ukraine backed the investigation and despite Russia’s repeated claims that it did not fire the missile.

Biden said Russia fired the missile was “unlikely,” but added, “I’m going to make sure we find out exactly what happened.”

The missile was shot down near Poland’s border with Ukraine on Tuesday. According to three US officials, preliminary assessments indicate that it was fired by Ukrainian forces in response to an incoming Russian one. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.

This assessment, as well as Biden’s remarks at the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia, contradicted earlier Tuesday information from a senior US intelligence official, who told The Associated Press that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland.

Ukraine, a former Soviet-bloc country, keeps stocks of Soviet and Russian-made weapons, including air-defense missiles, and has seized many more Russian weapons while repelling the Kremlin’s invasion forces.

Ukrainian air defenses were on high alert Tuesday in response to Russia’s attack on power generation and transmission facilities, including in Ukraine’s western region bordering Poland. According to Ukraine’s military, 77 of the more than 90 missiles fired, as well as 11 drones, were shot down.

On Wednesday, the Kremlin condemned Poland’s and other countries’ initial reactions to the missile incident and, in rare praise for a US leader, praised the US response.

“We have witnessed yet another hysterical, frenzied, Russophobic reaction based on no real data,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday. He went on to say that “immediately, all experts realized that it could not have been a missile linked to the Russian armed forces,” and he cited the United States’ and President Joe Biden’s “restrained, much more professional reaction.”

NATO countries gathered in Brussels on Wednesday for emergency talks. There was no immediate evidence that Tuesday’s explosion was a deliberate, hostile attack on NATO member Poland, which could trigger the alliance’s collective military response provisions.

Russia strongly denied any involvement. However, Russia bombarded Ukraine with cruise missiles and exploding drones on Tuesday, clouding the picture of what exactly happened in Poland and why.

NATO members Germany and the United Kingdom were among those who emphasized the importance of a thorough investigation. Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany cautioned against jumping to conclusions “in such a serious matter.”

Nonetheless, Scholz and others blamed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in general but not in particular.

“This would not have happened without the Russian war against Ukraine, without the missiles that are now being fired on a large scale at Ukrainian infrastructure,” Scholz said.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed, saying, “This is the cruel and unrelenting reality of Putin’s war.”

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, described it as a “significant escalation.” China, on the other hand, was among those urging patience and restraint.

Ukraine, a former Soviet-bloc country, keeps stocks of Soviet and Russian-made weapons, including air-defense missiles, and has seized many more Russian weapons while repelling the Kremlin’s invasion forces.

The aerial assault in Ukraine caused extensive damage, and large swaths of the country were plunged into darkness. According to Zelenskyy, approximately 10 million people lost power, but 8 million were later reconnected, with repair crews working through the night. Previous Russian strikes were estimated to have destroyed 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg convened the meeting of the alliance’s envoys in Brussels. The United Nations Security Council was also scheduled to meet on Wednesday for a briefing on the situation in Ukraine.

If Russia had purposefully targeted Poland, it would run the risk of dragging NATO into the conflict.

According to Polish media, the strike occurred in a grain drying area in Przewodow, a village near the Ukrainian border.

Russia’s Defense Ministry denied responsibility for “any strikes near the Ukrainian-Polish border” and stated that photos of alleged damage “have nothing to do” with Russian weapons.

Russian airstrikes also hit neighboring Moldova. It reported massive power outages after Ukrainian strikes cut a power line to the small country.

At least one person was killed in the attack on a residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. It came after days of euphoria in Ukraine as a result of one of the country’s biggest military victories, the retaking of the southern city of Kherson last week.

With its battlefield losses mounting, Russia has resorted to targeting Ukraine’s power grid, ostensibly hoping to turn the approaching winter into a weapon by trapping people in the cold and darkness.

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