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Young Dolph Only One Not Arrested in Gun Bust

2/20/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Young Dolph dodged another bullet by being the only in his crew to walk away from a Hollywood gun bust without handcuffs on his wrists ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Dolph was the only one out of 4 guys to be released during a Sunday traffic stop. We're told the 3 guys he was rolling with were all arrested for possession of a firearm. Dolph was not strapped and, therefore, got off scot-free.

We're told Dolph was a passenger in the vehicle, and was released on the spot while his pals got hauled off to jail. Hopefully he grabbed the keys.

The traffic stop went down in Hollywood ... not too far from where Dolph was shot in the ass late last year. Much better outcome this time around. 

Considering he also took fire in North Carolina last year, you'd understand why Dolph's friends might be armed.

We reached out to his camp ... no word back. 

'Sharknado' Star Tears Up Over FL School Shooting ... Helping Alma Mater Heal

2/17/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cassie Scerbo used to walk the same hallways where Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people, and believes school officials shouldn't be blamed for the massacre.

Cassie graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2008. She says it was always a safe and nurturing environment, and while some critics are pointing fingers at administrators for a lack of security leading up to Wednesday's mass shooting -- she says they did everything they could.

The "Sharkando" and "Bring It On: In It to Win It" actress says she's close family friends with Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo ... who's also an MSD grad.

She told us how they're planning to come together to help their hometown recover in the coming weeks.

Nikolas Cruz Gun Shop Getting Blasted Online ... Gets Help from Yelp

2/16/2018 12:44 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Florida gun store that sold Nikolas Cruz the weapon he used to kill 17 people is getting attacked online by people blaming them for the massacre, and it's gotten so bad ... Yelp's offering the business some protection.

Sunrise Tactical Supply sold Cruz the AR-15 a year ago. Although cops say the sale was completely legal, the backlash against Sunrise has been swift and severe on its Yelp page. Some commenters call the company "merchants of death," and say it's "complicit" in the Florida shooting because they sold the rifle to an 18-year-old "with mental problems."

Not shockingly, they're also getting a wave of 1-star reviews.

A Yelp rep tells TMZ ... they've now placed an active cleanup alert on Sunrise's page to remind users that comments not based on firsthand experience will be removed. We're told the goal is to "shield businesses from online harassment" as a result of media attention.

Doug Rudman, the attorney for Sunrise Tactical's owners, tells us the ATF has exonerated his clients and made it clear they the sale to Cruz was completely on the up-and-up. Until further notice, however, it is reported that the shop is closed indefinitely.

Stan Lee Face-Off with Ex-Bodyguard Cops Called to L.A. Home

2/16/2018 10:44 AM PST
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Stan Lee's house was swarmed by cops Thursday after a man allegedly refused to leave his property. 

Law enforcement sources tell us they were called to the Marvel founder's L.A. home after a former bodyguard of Lee's showed up. We're told both Lee and his daughter asked Max Anderson -- a convicted felon -- to leave, and when he refused, they called police to intervene.

Our sources say reps from adult protective services were also called. Once officers arrived they spoke to Anderson, and we're told he agreed to leave peacefully. 

Stan has had a rough past few weeks ... he was taken to the hospital earlier this month for heart trouble and cops are investigating the unauthorized purchase of an $850k condo made in Stan's name.

On the bright side ... "Black Panther," which he co-created, is already killing it at the box office. 

In response to Thursday's incident, we're told Stan has hired private security to watch his property 24/7 to prevent any more intruders.

No, he's not hiring King T'Challa to watch his back.

Nikolas Cruz Target Practice ... Wearing 'Make America Great Again' Hat

2/16/2018 6:32 AM PST

Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz used his backyard for target practice just months before he killed 17 students this week.

This video, shot in October by a neighbor, shows Cruz in his backyard shooting what appears to be a BB gun, wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.

The neighbor says cops were called to Cruz's home a number of times for "strange and violent behavior." There's a report out that cops were called 39 times. 

Kids in the neighborhood are saying Cruz was unhinged, was violent toward animals and would fly off the handle for no apparent reason.

Anthony Rizzo Gives Powerful Speech At Vigil for Florida Shooting Victims

2/15/2018 6:57 PM PST
Breaking News

Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo choked back tears while delivering a powerful speech at the vigil for those lost in the tragic shooting at his H.S. alma mater ... and he's calling for the government to make a change.

Rizzo -- who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL -- addressed the crowd mourning the 17 people killed in Wednesday's massacre ... promising to do whatever he can to help his community.

"I've been very impressed with talking to the students and how they're taking care of each other and how they're coming together," Rizzo said.

"I want you to know that you're not alone in your grief."

Rizzo added "I'm a baseball player, but I'm also an American, I'm a Floridian, and I'm a Parklander for life."

"While I don't have all the answers, I know that something has to change before this is visited by another community and another community and another community."

We also talked to PGA golfer Nicholas Thompson -- who was born and raised in the area, and graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. -- about the impact the shooting has had on his family, and how he plans to help the community heal.

Lil Pump I Got Me Rich Lawyers, Yo ... To Fight Firearms Charges

2/15/2018 3:06 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Pump isn't taking his arrest Wednesday night seriously ... which is the biggest understatement of the week.

We got the 17-year-old Thursday at 2:30 PM leaving Sylmar Juvenile Court, and he was as hyped as ever, showing off his newly acquired jewelry ... an ankle monitor. 

He was also spittin' bars about popping Xanax and boasting about Gucci tats.

TMZ broke the story ... Pump was arrested for firing a handgun into the door of his San Fernando Valley residence. He had told cops intruders had fired from the outside in, but cops quickly realized it was the opposite -- that Pump was the shooter and there were no intruders.

He was arrested and taken to a Juvenile detention center, because he's still a minor. 

Florida School Shooter Stopped at Subway, McDonald's ... Before Being Captured

2/15/2018 2:33 PM PST
Breaking News

Nikolas Cruz -- the alleged shooter who killed 17 people at a Florida high school -- casually blended in with fleeing students while making his getaway ... then stopped at Subway for a drink.

Law enforcement says Cruz entered a nearby Walmart shortly after ending his shooting spree and went inside to order a drink at the Subway inside the store. He then left the store on foot and walked to McDonald's, where he laid low for a few minutes ... before taking off on foot.

Cops caught up with Cruz about 40 minutes later and arrested him.

As we reported ... Cruz made online threats about a mass campus shooting 9 months ago, and was even reported to the FBI for more disturbing YouTube comments back in September.

Florida Shooting I Reported Cruz to FBI 5 Months Ago ... Whistleblower Speaks Out

2/15/2018 1:41 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nikolas Cruz, the now-confessed Florida school shooter, was on the FBI's radar 5 months ago, thanks to a man who reported a disturbingly violent comment Cruz left on a YouTube video.

We spoke to Ben Bennight, a Mississippi bail bondsman, who says he regularly posts vids related to his job. He says back in September he noticed Cruz commented on one of them, saying ... "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." He says he immediately contacted authorities.

Ben told us all the details about his FBI interview, and added ... he never heard from agents again until after Wednesday's horrifying events. Cruz now admits to killing 17 people during the rampage at his old high school.

The FBI says it never made contact with Cruz after they spoke to Ben. They say the comment was not specific enough to warrant a subpoena for an IP address or other info from YouTube ... which might have led them to Cruz.

As we reported ... Cruz also referenced a mass campus shooting in a YouTube comment 9 months ago.

Dolphins' Andre Branch Reacts to Florida Shooting: 'We Live in a Sick World'

2/15/2018 1:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A Miami Dolphins player is devastated by the mass school shooting that happened in his own backyard ... and he's calling for change.

Andre Branch gave TMZ Sports his take on the tragedy the morning after 17 high school students and teachers were gunned down in Parkland, Florida -- less than 30 miles from his home in Ft. Lauderdale -- and he essentially echoed Warriors coach Steve Kerr in calling for stricter gun laws.

"We live in a sick world," Branch said. "There's no reason that an individual, a child, should walk into a high school and be able to shoot up his peers and teachers."

FYI, Kerr went off after the shooting on Wednesday, saying -- "It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day in schools ... it's disgusting."

Andre added -- "We gotta do better as a country and just as people ... and continue to support one another."

Alleged Shooter Nikolas Cruz Appears in Court

2/15/2018 11:06 AM PST
Breaking News

1:29 PM PT -- Cruz confessed to the shooting and told cops he was hiding extra ammunition in his backpack, this according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press.

Nikolas Cruz -- the 19-year-old man accused of murdering 17 people at his old high school in Parkland, Florida -- appeared in court for the first time Thursday.

Cruz, accompanied by two attorneys and several police officers, remained silent while his charges -- 17 counts of premeditated murder -- were read aloud. Cruz will be held without bond. 

As we reported ... Cruz threatened 9 months ago to carry out a mass shooting ... posting a comment on a YouTube video about the Texas University clock tower shootings, saying "I am going to [do] what he did." He also said he wished "to kill as many as I can."

Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 rifle to carry out the murders. He was taken to jail Thursday morning wearing a hospital gown.

Alleged Shooter Nikolas Cruz Obsessed Over Guns, Violence ... on Social Media

2/15/2018 11:40 AM PST

Nikolas Cruz was hooked on weapons and violence ... and that obsession was played out over and over again on his social media pages. 

The 19-year-old posed with guns, knives and even bragged about killing a frog on his Instagram account. Cruz is also seen sporting a  Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hat in another post ... and Cruz allegedly posted pics of shotguns and military-grade rifle bullets on another personal Instagram account.

As we reported ... Cruz participated in at least one training exercise with a white supremacist group.

Cruz -- who 9 months ago threatened to carry out a mass shooting -- is accused of using an AR-15 rifle to carry out the murders. He remained silent while his charges -- 17 counts of premeditated murder -- were read aloud Thursday in court.

Florida Shooting Student's Horrific Joke Ready for 'Round 2'

2/15/2018 11:05 AM PST

It's almost beyond words ... a freshman at a South Carolina high school posted a photo of himself wearing a mask and holding what looks like an assault rifle with the caption, "Round 2 of Florida tomorrow."

The 9th grader is now in custody after an alarmed parent notified authorities and sent along the Snapchat pic.

Deputies descended on the home of the student, who told them the post was a joke. Law enforcement found the gun -- an airsoft rifle -- and after a search of the home determined the student had no access to firearms.

He was taken into custody and is at a juvenile facility.

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