While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 15 edition


Four killed including gunman in San Francisco UPS facility shooting

A UPS driver armed with a handgun opened fire at a United Parcel Service package-sorting centre in San Francisco on Wednesday (June 14), killing three people before fatally shooting himself as officers closed in.

The victims, like the gunman, were also company drivers, said Steve Gaut, head of investor relations at UPS. The man opened fire while the workers were gathered for their daily morning meeting before they were due to head out on their delivery routes, he added.

Two other people were taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds, San Francisco police said. Authorities did not immediately identify the gunman or the victims.

Police offered no explanation as to a possible motive for the shooting. But Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin told a news conference the shooting was not an act of terrorism.

Police recovered two firearms from the UPS facility, including the murder weapon, which they described as an “assault pistol.” The UPS facility, which employs about 350 workers in the city’s Potrero Hill area, was initially placed under a security lockdown as a precaution.


Virginia shooting: ‘It was bedlam’: An explosion of gunfire, and near third base, a man with a rifle

The Republican lawmakers and their aides had nearly finished batting practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park on Wednesday (June 14) when they heard a single crack through the sticky early-morning air. For a moment, they wondered what it was.

Then came an explosion of gunfire, and there, near third base, was a man with a rifle.

One round hit Steve Scalise, the majority whip from Louisiana, in the hip, dropping him to ground. He screamed, then dragged himself to the grass outfield as a trail of blood streaked across the dirt.

Representative Mo Brooks fell to the ground next to home plate before realising that, if the gunman moved, he would be an easy target. He got up and dove into the first-base dugout, where about a dozen people had taken cover from suspected shooter James Hodgkinson, 66, who had been distraught over the election of President Donald Trump. “It was bedlam,” Brooks said.


US airline passenger complaints jump 70 per cent after incidents

US airline passenger complaints leapt 70 per cent in April from a year earlier after a series of high-profile incidents including a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight, the government said.

Complaints rose to 1,909 in April, the US Department of Transportation reported, as consumer anger at airlines boiled over following video showing David Dao being violently removed from a United flight on April 9 to make room for crew members.

This and other airline incidents caught on mobile phone videos have been widely broadcast on social media, prompting congressional hearings with airline executives that raised questions about customer service and airline cost-cutting.


Federal Reserve, in show of confidence, raises interest rate again

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in three months and said it would begin cutting its holdings of bonds and other securities this year, signalling its confidence in a growing US economy and strengthening job market.

In lifting its benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point to a target range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent and forecasting one more hike this year, the Fed seemed to largely brush off a recent run of mixed economic data.

The US central bank’s rate-setting committee said the economy had continued to strengthen, job gains remained solid and indicated it viewed a recent softness in inflation as largely transitory.


Tennis: Federer beaten by 39-year-old Haas on Stuttgart return

Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat to 39-year-old Tommy Haas at the Stuttgart grass court tournament in the Swiss great’s first match after almost three months out of action.

Haas, a former world number two but now down at 302, won 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 for just his fourth victory in 17 meetings against his close friend.

Federer, building up for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title, hadn’t played since March, skipping the entire clay court season.