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Shooting at US university puts campus on lockdown

A US university is on lockdown after a shooting on campus, emergency services have said.

Officers attended a shooting at Savannah State University in Georgia. Credit: Google Maps

A dispatch supervisor revealed officers had attended a shooting near the Student Union at Savannah State University in Georgia.

A university spokeswoman said one man had been transported to a nearby hospital with injuries.

Students have been told to stay where they are and to cooperate with officers and university staff.

A notice has been posted on the university's website Credit: Savannah State University


Call for more funding to tackle wildfire problem in US

More federal funding is needed to help prevent wildfires in America, officials were told - with experts warning current policies have left forests "explosive".

Wildfires have devastated western US states Credit: Reuters

It comes after dozens of blazes tore through western US states, torching 1.7 million acres (685,000 hectares) of land.

Fire experts addressed a meeting of the US Senate's energy committee in Seattle, Washington, which in recent weeks has seen the largest cluster of deadly fires on record.

Western Washington University's chairman of environmental studies, Michael Medler, told the meeting that increasing use of controlled burns and creating greater barriers between developments and forests were key to cutting the risk of it happening again in future.

To put it bluntly, the last century of fire policies have left our forests explosive.

– Michael Medler, Western Washington University

Thousands of firefighters are still battling more than 60 large fires.

Thirteen have been killed on duty so far this year.

Two dead and two injured after attack in Louisiana

Two people have died and another injured after a double stabbing and a shooting in Louisiana, USA.

The attack happened in Sunset, Louisiana Credit: Google Maps

A man has been taken into custody after being wrestled out of a gas station mini-mart's back office in the town of Sunset, where he had holed up just two blocks from where the attack took place.

A Sunset police officer was shot while responding to reports that two people had been stabbed, according to BNO News.

Acadian Ambulance Service reportedly confirmed two people had died, and two others - including the suspect - had been injured.

'Two stabbed and officer shot' in Louisiana

Two people were stabbed and the police officer who responded to the call was shot in an attack in Louisiana, local media reports.

The suspect then drove to a nearby Exxon gas station mini mart, where he holed himself up in an office. Three people who were in the store at the time escaped.

A police negotiator and the suspect's brother have been trying to talk him out, and tear gas has been deployed, The Advocate newspaper reported.

Earlier reports suggested eight people were being held hostage, but police later confirmed that was not the case.


Gunman opens fire during live TV broadcast

A gunman has opened fire during a live TV broadcast in Virginia.

News channel WDBJ7 confirmed that the shooting happened during a "live report" and that it was still working "trying to figure out what happened."

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