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iStock/Thinkstock(MONTECITO, Calif.) -- Heavy rain has Southern California on alert for flash flooding and mudslides on Thursday, two months after deadly mudslides in Montecito.

About 2.5 inches of rain have fallen in Ventura County, and 2 inches in Santa Barbara and Montecito.

Rainfall rates could be as high as an inch per hour, potentially causing mudslides and rockslides.

In Santa Barbara County, 30,000 people were told to evacuate, including residents of Montecito.

The Jan. 9 storm in Montecito killed 21 people, left two children missing and destroyed many homes.

Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department described the aftermath of the January mudslide as a "battlefield" and "unrecognizable."

"I've been doing this for 32 years, and I've never seen anything just so tragic in my life," he told ABC News on Wednesday.

The "monster storm" on Jan. 9 "dropped a half-an-inch of rain in 15 minutes and an inch of rain in half an hour,” Zaniboni said. “And that's what caused the debris flow."

The area is now expecting a bigger storm, but it will be over a longer period of time, which eases the debris flow, he said.

Extra troops have been brought in, including the National Guard.

"This is the biggest storm we've had since Jan. 9," Zaniboni said.

"Because this storm is so widespread and so long in duration, we're concerned about any heavy cells, any thunderstorm that might center over these mountain areas," Zaniboni said. "Right now, they're doing a great job as far as the creeks and stuff go. They're funneling all the water off the mountains, and the creeks are running clear."

"Since Jan. 9, the Army Corps of Engineers has been in here working hand in hand with Santa Barbara County Flood Control," he said. "They've been working around the clock and got all of those debris basins and all those creeks clear."

The rain will continue all day and get lighter by later Thursday afternoon and evening.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students return from next week's spring break, they will be required to use only clear backpacks at school, the superintendent said.

Each student will be given a clear backpack at no cost, Superintendent Robert Runcie said in a letter Wednesday.

Students and staff must also wear ID badges at all times at school, he said.

These changes, among others, come in the wake of some reported incidents at the school after last month's massacre.

On Tuesday, a Stoneman Douglas student was arrested for allegedly making a threat on Snapchat, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, an officer allegedly fell asleep while in a marked patrol car on the school's campus, authorities said. The officer was suspended with pay, pending an internal affairs investigation.

Two students were also arrested this week in separate, unrelated incidents for allegedly bringing in knives to Stoneman Douglas, authorities said.

And the suspected gunman's brother, Zachary Cruz, was arrested on Monday for allegedly trespassing on school grounds, according to police.

After these incidents, more than 700 students stayed home from school on Wednesday, ABC affiliate WPLG-TV reported.

The superintendent's letter on Wednesday did not mention any connection between these reported incidents and the new security measures.

Beyond the backpacks and IDs, there will now be eight Florida Highway Patrol troopers to help secure entry points at the school after Gov. Rick Scott’s request for extra protection.

Moreover, the district is "exploring options for consolidating points of entry for students and staff to include utilizing metal-detecting wands and potentially installing permanent metal detectors," Runcie said.

"The safety and security of our students and employees remain our highest priorities," he said. "While we cannot change the heartbreaking and senseless act of violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, by working together, we can change the future."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of the East Coast's fourth nor'easter in three weeks, five states from Virginia to New York are left with more than a foot of snow. Some residents on Long Island are waking up to nearly 20 inches of snow.

The snow, which tore through on Wednesday, is heading north, dropping some more snow in New England before it heads out. Gusty winds will continue throughout the day.

The storm has shuttered schools in all of the Northeast's major cities. Public schools in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were closed on Wednesday, while public schools in Boston are closed Thursday.

In Washington, D.C., federal offices were closed on Wednesday, and on Thursday, the government is opening on a two-hour delay.

Here are some of the snowfall totals as of 6 a.m. ET:

-- Bay Shore, New York: 19.3 inches (the highest so far)

-- Washington, D.C.: 4.1 inches

-- Baltimore Airport: 4.7 inches

-- Philadelphia Airport: 7.6 inches

-- New York City's Central Park: 8.2 inches

-- Berks County, Pennsylvania: 15.5 inches

-- Frederick County, Maryland: 16.5 inches

-- Staten Island, New York: 13.8 inches

More than 88,000 customers -- mostly in New Jersey -- were left without power Thursday morning.

More than 4,400 flights were canceled within, into or out of the United States on Wednesday, and more than 600 flights have been canceled so far on Thursday, according to aviation data services company FlightAware.

Meanwhile, a new storm is forming in the Dakotas. It's expected to move into the Ohio Valley and Virginia by the end of the week. A winter storm watch has already been issued for 11 states along the projected path of that system.

That snowstorm is expected to spread into Minnesota on Friday evening.

By Saturday morning, heavy snow will stretch from Minnesota to Kentucky.

Later, on Saturday night, snow will be moving into Appalachia.

More than 6 inches may accumulate from the Dakotas into western Virginia.

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Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- Thousands of demonstrators are expected to turn out Saturday for March for Our Lives events across the country in support of school safety, spearheaded by the survivors of last month’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

What many of the participants may not realize is that Saturday is also, coincidentally, the 20th anniversary of one of the deadliest school shootings of its time.

But for Mitch Wright, whose wife was the middle school teacher shot to death at the Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on March 24, 1998, the timing of the march is not so much a coincidence as an act of God, he said.

The March date caught him off guard, Wright told ABC News, because “no one, really, outside our area really realizes what the 24th represents.”

Back in 1998, the Jonesboro attack was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, with four students and a teacher, 32-year-old Shannon Wright, killed and 10 others injured.

Now, 20 years later, the numbers have continued to rise.

There have been eight deadlier school shootings in the past two decades -- including those at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas -- and there have been three others that have had the same number of fatalities as Jonesboro.

“The history behind these in the last 20 years, it’s kind of like this -- you get a lot of coverage, you get a lot of lawmakers who are typically really adamant about making changes, making promises, and they typically jump ship kind of quick, as soon as the NRA starts pulling their strings,” Wright, 52, said.

Parkland comparisons

There are stark commonalities in the aftermath of so many school shootings, including the stories of the victims who died young or the acts of selfless teachers. But another similarity between the Jonesboro and Parkland shootings stands out to former federal agent David Chipman.

In the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, for instance, suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the school and then started firing his AR-15 style weapon at students in the hallway.

A notably similar scene unfolded at Westside Middle School 19 years and 11 months earlier. Jonesboro shooters Andrew Golden, then-11, and Mitchell Johnson, then-13, pulled the fire alarm after lunch and stood outside the door where they knew students would be fleeing. Then they opened fire.

“The way in which they did it -- pulled the fire alarm and then lay in wait for kids to leave the school -- it's certainly a cautionary tale for people who are planning to improve school security today,” said Chipman, who now works as a senior policy adviser at gun violence prevention advocacy group Giffords.

As for Wright, the slain Jonesboro school teacher’s husband, he said he has never watched any coverage of these school shootings. "I can't," he said.

But that was before the Parkland shooting unfolded before his eyes on Feb. 14 when he found himself at an airport surrounded by televisions showing the breaking news.

“I’m stuck watching this, so I’m seeing all this take place and I don’t really know what’s going on,” Wright said.

Facing the anniversary

The start to every year is difficult for Wright because March 24 looms.

“When January comes around, it’s like ‘OK, here it comes,'" he said, adding, "March -- you start feeling it."

“The shooting in Florida really opened the floodgates a whole lot quicker than they normally do. It’s been real tough this week," Wright said.

Wright is “hopeful” about the new wave of activism that the Parkland students are leading, he said, adding that he’s happy about the March for Our Lives events, especially the one set to take over Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

“I would love to go to D.C. and see those kids march. It would be nice,” he said.

A trip to the nation’s capital doesn’t seem like it will be in the cards for Wright, though. He said he typically spends the day with his and Shannon’s 22-year-old son, who was 2 at the time of the shooting, doing something such as playing golf “to try and escape everything.”

As for the students in Jonesboro, who happen to be on spring break this week, there is a March for Our Lives event scheduled at Jonesboro High School on Saturday, and the community last week hosted its annual memorial motorcycle ride that raises funds to maintain the garden dedicated to the victims of the 1998 shooting.

“It boils down to this: You just don’t want another family to go through this. It doesn’t matter what anniversary it is,” Wright said. “They're still gone, and it still hurts.”

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Raleigh Police Department(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- A North Carolina mother was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly forcing her 1-year-old child to inhale marijuana, as seen on a Facebook video that went viral.

Brianna Ashanti Lofton, 20, was charged with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency and possession of marijuana, according to an arrest warrant obtained by ABC affiliate WTVD-TV.

Raleigh Police became aware of the video after a man in Rochester, New York, posted the video online, according to WTVD-TV.

In a statement, the police department thanked residents and others who began posting the video and related information after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby," the department wrote in a Facebook post. "Thanks to your willingness to get involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in police custody."

Lofton was set to meet with Wake County magistrates Wednesday evening and was being held on a $100,000 bond, with a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

She has been arrested four previous times -- all last summer -- on various misdemeanors, including simple assault.

The child was placed in the care of Wake County Child Protective Services.

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Subscribe To This Feed --  A bus driver was stabbed by a passenger while driving in southeast Houston, ABC station KTRK-TV reported Wednesday.

The passenger asked the bus driver whether he could close a knife, but the bus driver said he couldn't and placed the open knife on the dashboard of the bus, according to the report.

He asked the passenger whether he wanted the knife back, but the passenger demurred before pulling out a second knife and stabbing the driver in the neck, KTRK reported.

The bus driver lost control and crashed into a yard, narrowly avoiding a house. The driver then ran out to look for help while the passenger ran after him, a woman, who asked not to be identified, told the station.

The woman called 911 and helped the man with his wound. The stabber tried to run away but was caught by a Houston police officer who subdued him with a Taser and the handcuffed him, police told KTRK.

Police told the station there was no apparent motive.

The bus driver was taken to Ben Taub Hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. He has been a Houston metro bus driver for 15 years.

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Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  An extensive FBI review of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen's cell phone records and internet searches in the weeks before the June 2016 attack revealed research about the Islamic State, U.S. bombings in the Middle East and how to buy a gun in Florida, according to testimony Wednesday in the federal trial of Mateen's wife, Noor Salman.

It also revealed a flurry of text messages from Salman to her husband during the early morning hours in which he was massacring scores of nightclub patrons, which don't seem to conform to the government's argument that Salman knew about the attack and actively helped her husband plan it.

 At 7:29 p.m on June 11, she wrote "calling your mom she's worried" to her husband, according to an FBI computer expert who took the stand on Wednesday.

By 10 p.m. Mateen was Google searching information on Disneyworld and a school in Disney Springs. By 1:30 a.m. he was searching "downtown Orlando nightclubs."

The shooting began shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 12.

At 2:42 a.m and again at 4:27 a.m, Salman texted Mateen, asking "where are you?" When Mateen texted back "everything OK," Salman replied "your mom [is] worried about you, and so am I."

A moment later, she texted, "you know you have to work tomorrow, right?" That was followed by texts to Mateen that included one that read "???" and two more that asked "what happened?"

On cross examination, FBI Special Agent Kim Rosecrans, acknowledged that in the days leading up to the attack, Mateen was also searching singles dating websites.

Salman, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice, and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

 Both Mateen's mother and sister testified for the prosecution on Wednesday afternoon, each confirming that Salman had told them Mateen was out to dinner with his friend Nemo the night of June 11. Both women also said they had never heard Mateen discuss violence, jihad, the Islamic State or terrorism.

Mateen's sister Sabrina Abasin testified that she trusted Salman with her kids, that Salman never expressed political beliefs, only attended a mosque occasionally and was "more modern" than other female Muslim-Americans in the area, embracing U.S. holidays like Christmas and Halloween as well as Muslim holy days.

On cross-examination, Mateen's mother, Shahla Mateen, agreed with defense attorney Fritz Schellar's assertions that she considers Salman, her daughter-in-law, "naive" and "very much like a child" and that she had counseled Salman that she needs to be "more mature" and "needs to grow up."

"She's very naive....innocent, trusting of others?" Schellar asked.

"Right," Mateen replied.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case on Thursday, and the defense is expected to call eight to 10 witnesses over two days next week. Closing arguments could begin as early as next Wednesday.

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Subscribe To This Feed YORK) -- Stephon Clark was in his grandmother’s backyard, trying to get into the house Sunday night when two Sacramento police officers unleashed a barrage of 20 bullets, killing him, Clark's family told ABC News.

Police were responding to reports of a black male breaking into a car and hiding in a backyard in the 7500 block of 29th Street, officials said.

When officers arrived, they saw Clark and he advanced toward them, holding an object in his hand, according to police. Initially, police reported that Clark, 22, was armed with a gun, then with a "toolbar," but all that was found on him was a cellphone.

On Wednesday, police released video from the officers' body cameras as well as night-vision, thermal-imaging video from a Sacramento Sheriff’s Department helicopter. The chopper video shows Clark running from a neighbor's yard and leaping a fence into his grandmother's property. The deputies in the helicopter can be heard saying the suspect had broken a window on the house next door and was checking out another car in the driveway.

In that video, Sacramento police can be seen approaching Clark in the driveway before the view is obscured by the building's roof. The video picks up with officers running into the backyard and jumping back behind the corner of the building for cover.

The police body-cam videos show the police running down the driveway after Clark and taking cover at the rear edge of the building. They can be heard yelling several times for Clark to stop and show them his hands before the 20-shot barrage.

"Show me your hands! Gun, gun, gun!" one of the officers can be heard shouting just before shots rang out.

The chopper video shows Clark moving toward the officers before the shooting, but it was unclear whether his arms were extended.

Clark, whose nickname was “Zo” based on his middle name Alonzo, was a father of a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, according to his brother, Stevante Clark.

“He was a people person. He always reminded me of an old teenager. He could talk about religion, politics. He was very intellectual,” Stevante Clark told ABC News. “He would stay at home with the kids. I was very proud of him.”

Stevante Clark said his grandparents heard the shots in the backyard, but believed them to be firecrackers. It wasn’t until officers were around their house that they looked out the window and saw Stephon Clark lying on the ground, Stevante Clark said.

 “She yelled at them and called them murderers,” Stevante Clark said. “The cops didn’t provide us with any information about the alleged break-ins.”

Authorities are still investigating exactly what happened, a spokesperson for the police department told ABC News.

According to a press release earlier this week, police canvassed the area and found three vehicles with damages that they believed were caused by the suspect. There was also a nearby residence that had a sliding glass door shattered.

According to Stevante Clark, he and Stephon Clark would regularly enter their grandparents’ house through the backyard because the front doorbell didn’t work.

"It easily could have been me," Stevante Clark said.

Both officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.

According to the spokesperson, Stephon Clark had prior felonies but would not go into detail about them.

This shooting comes less than two years after the killing of Joseph Mann, another unarmed Sacramento man who was shot by police in the summer of 2016.

His death led to a number of police reforms, including the requirement that all patrol officers wear body cameras and receive training in de-escalation.

Berry Accius, a community activist in Sacramento, was at the forefront of pushing for changes in the department after Mann was killed. He’s ready to do the same again after Stephon Clark’s death.

“There is no way for them to justify this. How do you shoot a person 20 times outside their grandparents’ house?” Accius told ABC News.

Accius thinks this shooting will be a test for the police department.

“Here is the moment of truth. This is now going to tell us if accountability, transparency and justice will be served,” Accius said. "If they are saying that this is a new culture of police then show us.”

The family is in the process of getting an attorney and Stevante has started a GoFundMe to raise funds to bury Stephon Clark next to their older brother, who died in 2006.

“I’m focused on his kids now,” Stevante Clark said. “I don’t want them to want for anything.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) --  Bail has been set at $400,000 for a police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a 40-year-old Australia woman last July.

Hennepin County prosecutors raised concerns during the first court appearance of former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor that he is a flight risk and may flee to his native Somalia.

But Noor's defense argued that he has lived in Minnesota since the age of 5, knows nothing else and isn't going anywhere.

Noor turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after he was indicted on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond's death.

A Hennepin County judge set bail $400,000 under the conditions that Noor surrender his passport. Noor was also instructed to not possess any firearms and to not contact his former police partner, Matthew Harrity, or anyone at the Minneapolis Police Department.

Bond was initially set at $500,000, jail records show.

Noor appeared in court for just 10 minutes and only spoke to confirm his name, birthday and address with the judge. He did not enter a plea.

On Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges against Noor, saying that he "abused his authority to use deadly force" when he shot Damond.

On July 15, Damond had called 911 to report what she feared was a woman being sexually assaulted behind her home, according to the criminal complaint.

Noor, who was in the passenger seat of the squad car, shot Damond through the open window on the driver's side after he and Harrity were "spooked" by a noise, Freeman said.

Noor's attorney said he "acted as he has been trained" and that he should "not have been charged with any crime." Noor's last day as an employee with the police department was Saturday, but Minneapolis police would not comment on whether he resigned or was fired

Noor's next court appearance is set for May 8.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The suspect in the series of bombings in Austin, Texas, allegedly left a 25-minute recording on his phone confessing to making seven bombs, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said in a press conference Wednesday night.

In the recording, 23-year-old suspect Mark Conditt allegedly described each bomb that he constructed "with the level of specificity" that he was able to detail the differences in each one. Conditt also allegedly indicated that he believed police were closing in on him.

All seven bombs have been accounted for, the seventh of which detonated when police officers closed in on Conditt early Wednesday morning. Conditt was killed. Still, Manley warned the community to "remain vigilant."

While investigators may never determine the rationale behind the explosions, the recording "does not at all mention anything about terrorism or hate," Manley said.

"But, instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life," the police chief said.

Investigators are labeling the recording as a "confession," Manley said, adding that it does not say whether any individuals were specifically targeted.

Conditt's family told ABC News that they were "devastated and broken" that he was "involved in such an awful way."

Three packages had detonated at residences in Austin, while another explosive was triggered by a tripwire and a fifth went off at a FedEx distribution center about 65 miles southwest of Austin, authorities said. A sixth package was found intact at a different FedEx center, and the seventh exploded in Conditt's car with him inside.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the collaborative efforts of both local and national law enforcement in catching the alleged bomb-maker.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The alleged serial bomber who terrorized central Texas for nearly three weeks, killing two people and injuring four, died early Wednesday when he detonated one of his homemade bombs in a his vehicle alongside a highway near Austin as police were moving in to arrest him, officials said.

The suspect was identified by authorities as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, a community college dropout who a family friend described as being from a "normal Christian family."

Conditt was from Pflugerville, Texas, a suburb of Austin, the city where he allegedly focused his bombing spree, officials said.

Conditt's terrorizing rampage came to an end around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, several hours after a federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued for him.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said investigators zeroed in on Conditt as a person of interest and eventually the prime suspect in the bombing spree in the 24 to 36 hours leading up the fatal confrontation with him in Round Rock, Texas.

"We had surveillance teams looking for the suspect and we ultimately located the vehicle that this suspect was known to be driving and witnesses told us he was driving," Manley said at an news conference this morning.

He said the suspect's sport utility vehicle was spotted at a hotel in Round Rock, which is about 20 miles north of Austin. He said multiple federal and local police surrounded the hotel and were waiting for tactical teams with ballistic vehicles to arrive when the suspect's SUV started to move.

"We began following the vehicle, again, waiting to get the tactical vehicles here so we could make a stop," Manley said.

But the suspect abruptly pulled to the side of the road, Manley said.

"As members of the Austin Police Department SWAT team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one of our SWAT officers back," Manley said.

He said another SWAT officer fired at the SUV, but it appeared Conditt died from "the blast that occurred from detonating a bomb from inside his vehicle."

Police remain concerned that Conditt may have planted more explosive packages elsewhere in the Austin area, and possibly booby trapped his home with bombs.

Investigators cordoned off a five-block radius around Conditt's residence in Pflugerville, evacuating homes within the perimeter and City Hall, Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo said a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge of Houston Field Division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said investigators found bomb-making components and explosive materials inside the house, but none of the devices were completed bombs.

"There's primarily one room that has a considerable amount of material," Milanowski said. "I wouldn't call it a bomb-making factory, but there are definitely components consistent with what we've seen in all these other devices."

Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Division, said agents are still investigating to determine whether Conditt had accomplices in the rampage. While several people, including two of Conditt's roommates, were detained for questioning, no arrests have been made, according to the Austin Police Department.

After being briefed on the dramatic circumstances that led to the suspect's demise, President Donald Trump tweeted, "AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!"

Residents of Austin had been on edge ever since the bombings began March 2, killing two people and injuring at least four others.

The first three explosions involved packages left on porches, while a fourth, which injured two men, ages 22 and 23, on Sunday night, was detonated by a tripwire tied to an explosive device. A fifth package exploded Tuesday morning on a conveyor belt at a FedEx sorting facility near San Antonio that injured one worker.

Later Tuesday, an unexploded bomb was discovered at a FedEx facility in Austin, two sources told ABC News. That was the sixth device tied to the serial bomber -- five package bombs and the device tethered to the tripwire.

Conditt's family released a statement today saying they are "devastated and broke by the news that our family member" was behind the bombing spree.

"We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in," the statement reads. "Our family is normal in every way. We love, and we pray and, we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families who have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark."

A family friend, who asked not to be identified, told ABC News that Conditt was from a loving family.

"The family is a normal Christian family," the friend said. "There was nothing going on with Mark when I knew him. I knew him as a teenager. He reminded me of every teenage boy. It was hard to get a smile out of him. He was home-schooled and part of a home-school community."

Officials at Austin Community College said in a statement to ABC News that Conditt attended the school from 2010 to 2012, but did not graduate.

Conditt worked as a sales and purchasing representative for Crux Manufacturing in Pflugerville, an outfit that makes semiconductor parts, but was fired for undisclosed reasons in August 2017 after four years of employment, the company said in a statement to ABC station KVUE-TV in Austin.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 12-year-old boy nearly drowned on a lazy river ride in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Monday evening after his leg got stuck in an underwater pump, according to police.

North Myrtle Beach police arrived at the Avista Resort around 10 p.m. to "find a juvenile stuck underwater in what is believed to be the intake pump to the lazy river," according to the police report.

Pat Dowling, public information officer for the City of North Myrtle Beach, told ABC News the suction held the boy's leg underwater because "the grate was not in place at that time."

First responders rescued the boy, who was not named by police. He was transported to a local hospital and his condition is unknown.

One witness told Myrtle Beach Online that “the boy was stuck under water for almost 10 minutes.”

Dowling said the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department is leading the investigation into the incident.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control told ABC News that Avista had passed recent pool inspections.

"DHEC conducts at least two annual unannounced routine inspections of all public swimming pools operating in the state of South Carolina during the swimming season," the department said, adding that Avista had passed the two most recent inspections.

Avista Resort did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) --  Mark Conditt, the suspect who authorities believe was responsible for a series of bombings that killed two and injured at least four others in the Austin area used the name “Kelly Killmore” to ship two packages containing bombs via FedEx shortly after 7:30 pm on Sunday, according to law enforcement sources.

Photos obtained and reviewed by ABC News appeared to show the suspect, clad in a wig and hat and light colored gloves dropping off the packages at a FedEx location in Austin.

The two packages stayed hidden in the shipping system until one exploded on a conveyer belt at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas.

After that explosion, there was a rapid series of breaks in the investigation.

And as investigators closed in, Condit apparently took his own life by detonating a bomb after a brief pursuit by police.

Bomb technicians from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had been painstakingly piecing together evidence from four separate bomb blasts, linking them through detailed forensic analysis at their laboratory. Those leads created a shopping list of sorts, items used to construct the devices, law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

“We try to identify all the components and we break it down to where the components are sold and who would have bought those and if they bought multiple components,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski told ABC News’ Matt Gutman. “Eventually you get to suspects and tie them into other areas. The vehicle and the area, what stores they were at, was there videotape.”

ATF and FBI agents, along with investigators from the Austin Police Department fanned out across the area in and around the Austin, focusing on hardware store and other retailers that could have been sources for bomb components.

The detonation at the FedEx facility accelerated the hunt for the killer. Armed with new information about the bombing, investigators quickly established a possible suspect identity.

That quickly led to a vehicle.

Up to this point, each law enforcement agency brought its specialized resources to bear – ATF brought sophisticated bomb and post-blast analysis capabilities, the FBI brought dozens of agents and its Behavioral Analysis Unit experts. By Tuesday afternoon, the investigation had turned into a manhunt.

Enter the U.S. Marshals.

Investigators had a high degree of confidence, at this point, that Conditt was their man. They established surveillance on his home and were getting ready to execute a search warrant at that location.

 Law enforcement sources say a decision was made to delay the search until daylight, due to safety concerns.

Authorities were concerned about the potential for booby traps in light of the bombing on Sunday which was believed to have been set off by a trip wire.

Close to midnight, FBI agents developed information suggesting that Conditt was in the vicinity of a Red Roof Inn in Round Rock, Texas.

At 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, Deputy U.S. Marshals with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force spotted the suspect’s vehicle, a red Nissan Pathfinder, sitting in a parking lot at a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, north of Austin and set up surveillance, according to law enforcement sources briefed on the matter.

“We had multiple officers from both the police department and our federal partners that took up positions around the hotel awaiting the arrival of our tactical teams because we wanted to have ballistic vehicles is to attempt to take this suspect into custody as safely as possible,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters, Wednesday.

Conditt was not in the vehicle and was assumed to be in the hotel. Authorities worked quickly to set up a perimeter and assemble a SWAT team from Austin Police Department. Investigators were concerned about the possible danger associated with potential bombs and wanted armored vehicles present.

Authorities also were rushed to get search warrants for the hotel and car, sources tell ABC News.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News at approximately 2:10 am, Conditt, exited the hotel, got into his car and drove away. Police quietly pursued.

Investigators believe a short time later, Condit spotted the surveillance and pulled over. Officers gave verbal commands which Conditt did not obey. At 2:21 am, Conditt appeared to reach down, police fired one shot and Conditt detonated a device, killing him, according to law enforcement sources briefed on the matter.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshall Melesio Hernandez, Sr. credits the solid partnerships between state and federal law enforcement with bringing the manhunt to an end. “That was the key in developing this case,” Hernandez told ABC News.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The family of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt said they were stunned and “broken” that he was behind the deadly bombings in Austin over the last month.

"We are devastated and broken at the news that our family member could be involved in such an awful way," the family said in a statement.

It continued, "We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, and we pray and, we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families who have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieving, and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other at this time.”

Law enforcement sources named Mark Anthony Conditt as the suspect in the bombings that killed two and injured at least four others.

Conditt, 23, was killed by one of his explosives earlier this morning.

He is believed to have been a resident of Pflugerville, Texas, a town just north of Austin.

A family friend, who does not want her name shared publicly, spoke to ABC News about Conditt and his family.

“The family is a normal Christian family. There was nothing going on with Mark when I knew him, I knew him as a teenager. He reminded me of every teenage boy, it was hard to get a smile out of him," the friend said.

“These people are hurting and will have to bury their son in pieces, their family is good,” she said.

 More details about the suspect’s personal life are being made public.

Austin Community College confirmed that Conditt attended classes at the school from 2010 to 2012.

He was a business administration major and took classes at two of the community college’s campuses, the school said in a statement.

Conditt did not graduate but “left the college in 2012 [in] good academic standing,” the school said.

The incidents associated with Conditt included three package bombs that detonated at residences in Austin, then an explosive triggered by a tripwire, a package bomb that went off at a FedEx distribution center about 65 miles southwest of Austin in Schertz, and finally a second package that was found intact at a different FedEx center.

The final explosion, which killed Conditt, took place early this morning when he reportedly detonated the bomb as police approached his car.

Agents rebuilt several of the bombs and were able to determine that they had a telltale signature, which included the components in the bombs and the explosives used.

Investigators then did gumshoe detective work – finding out which stores sold the materials, and figuring out who bought them. That ultimately led them to a vehicle, address and identity.

According to Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who was briefed by the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety this morning, the suspect purchased bomb making material at Home Depot near his house. The materials included nails for shrapnel and battery packs.

McCaul said that investigators tracked Conditt using his car and cellphone, zeroing in on him as the primary suspect after spotting him on surveillance video trying to mail a package from a FedEx shipping center in Southwest Austin.

In spite of earlier suggestions that the suspect may have had military experience given the sophisticated nature of the explosives used, records indicate that Conditt never served in the military.

Police are still concerned that other packages may have already been sent or placed elsewhere in the city and warned the public to stay vigilant in reporting suspicious items.

Authorities are actively searching Conditt’s house, looking for more information and a possible motive, McCaul said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LEXINGTON PARK, Md.) -- The 17-year-old boy who allegedly shot two classmates at their Maryland high school "had a prior relationship" with one of his victims "which recently ended," authorities said Wednesday.

Austin Rollins allegedly shot and injured a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy in a Great Mills High School hallway just before classes began on Tuesday. Rollins died after exchanging gunfire with a school resource officer, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if the officer or the suspect fired the fatal shot.

"All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence," the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Wednesday. "Rollins and the female victim had a prior relationship which recently ended."

The sheriff's office said Rollins used a handgun that was legally owned by his father.

"The investigation has not yet uncovered any public social media posts/threats made by Rollins," the sheriff's office added.

Authorities are still interviewing people who knew Rollins, the sheriff's office said.

The 16-year-old girl was gravely injured and is in critical condition, the sheriff's office and UM Prince George's Hospital Center said today. The 14-year-old boy, who suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh, has been released, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital said.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron called the shooting "our worst nightmare."

"This is what we prepare for," he said. "And this is what we pray we never have to do."

Principal Jake Heibel said in a statement, "Words cannot express the sadness and grief that our school community is feeling right now."

"I know that we are shaken and scared after today’s events and will struggle for sometime trying to make sense of it all," Heibel said. "I do not know exactly how but we will find a way to overcome this tragedy. Now more than ever we need to stand together as a school community to love, cherish, and support one another. We have and we will continue to stay strong, stay together, and find a way to get through this."

The high school is closed for the rest of the week and will reopen after spring break on April 2. Counseling is available, the principal said.

This shooting came four days before Saturday's March for Our Lives in nearby Washington, D.C. Thousands of students are expected to descend on the nation’s capital to rally for gun control and safer schools in the wake of the deadly Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Less than one week before Great Mills High School faced its own shooting, its students were among the thousands participating in the National School Walkout, according to local news outlet

The walkout, which marked a month since the Parkland massacre, was organized as a call on Congress to tighten gun laws.

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