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Manchester Arena Claimed Control of Area Where Bomb Exploded

5/23/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The people who run Manchester Arena were quick to say the nail bomb exploded in a public area not connected with the venue ... but that's not the way the arena advertised the space.

As TMZ reported, the blast occurred in the City Room, a rotunda attached to the concert hall where Ariana had performed minutes before. The space is used to sell merchandise from concerts and to advertise upcoming shows. The venue claims City Room is owned by the city and not is part of the arena.

Check out the tweet from the Manchester Arena, calling the space "our City Room."

The consequences may be significant. With 22 dead and 59 injured, lawsuits are almost certain to follow. If the venue had control over the City Room, families could well be upset there wasn't adequate security present as concertgoers left the arena.

A number of fans complained there were virtually no security measures in place as people entered the arena -- no wanding, no scanning and insufficient purse and bag checks.

Manchester Arena Attacks Usain Bolt, David Beckham ... Sports World Reacts

5/23/2017 6:59 AM PDT

The entire sports world is reacting to the attack at Manchester Arena, with some of the biggest stars in sports taking to social media to voice their condolences and feelings about the terror attack.

The venue has played host to some of the world's biggest sporting events including the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Here are some of the reactions.

Manchester United: "We are deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected."

Manchester City: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone at MCFC are with those affected following the horrifying events of last night."

David Beckham: "Heartbreaking news from Manchester. As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me. My thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by this tragedy..."

Dwight Howard: "With You In Prayer #prayers4manchesteruk #worldcommunity #humanitywillprevail"

Wayne Rooney: "Devastating news this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

Usain Bolt: "Thought & prayers goes out to people of Manchester and all those who are affected."

Arda Turan: "No words. My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected in #Manchester"

Rio Ferdinand: "My thoughts & prayers are with all the families & friends affected by last nights attack in Manchester! #StandTogether"

Yaya Toure: "Such terrible news in Manchester. Thoughts and prayers with all those affected"

Lewis Hamilton: "Can't believe what's happening in this world. I am devastated. God please take care of these angels. My prayers are with all those lost and their loved ones. 💔💔💔 #PrayForManchester #Heartbroken"

Ariana Grande Concert Faces of the Victims and Missing In Manchester Arena Explosion

5/23/2017 6:48 AM PDT

Here are the faces of the dead and missing in the explosion that killed at least 22 people at the Ariana Grande concert.

One of the victims was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos.

It appears the body count remains at 22, but most have not been identified.

Police say at least 59 were injured after a man detonated a "nail bomb" in the rotunda area. Of the 59 injured, at least a dozen were taken to the hospital and all were under 16 years old.

The man who detonated the bomb died at the scene and police arrested a second suspect Tuesday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It's the deadliest terrorist attack in the UK since the London bombings of July 2005.

Ariana Grande Concert Rocked by Explosion At Least 22 Dead, Possible Terrorism

5/22/2017 3:09 PM PDT
Breaking News

3:15 AM PT -- The death toll has risen to 22.

4:50 PM PT -- Police are now treating this as a terrorist act. There are reports the explosive device was a "nail bomb" ... which explains the images of victims, several bleeding profusely on the scene.

4:25 PM PT -- People connected with the show tell us they heard what sounded like an explosion in the rotunda area where merchandise is sold -- in the venue but outside the seating area. There was an immediate stampede for the exits.

4:15 PM PT -- Law enforcement says at least 20 people are dead. A video posted on social media purportedly shows a flash in the arena (left side of above video), and then a boom is heard. 

3:45 PM PT -- Greater Manchester Police say there are a "number of confirmed fatalities and others injured." It's unclear if the injuries are from the stampede or from a blast. 

3:30 PM PT -- London police just said, "Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena.  Avoid the area."

3:25 PM PT -- Several people present -- including actress Julie Hesmondhalgh from "Coronation Street" -- say there was no explosion but rather a loud bang, which created a stampede and people were injured trying to get out of the facility.An explosion rocked an Ariana Grande concert in England Monday, sending scores of people running for safety and nearly 2 dozen are dead in what may be an act of terrorism.

The concert was held at the Manchester Arena ... the explosions occurred at the end of Grande's concert. One of the concertgoers tweeted, "Just ran from an explosion, genuinely thought were going to die."

People are writing on Twitter that there is blood everywhere ... people are injured and bleeding.

It was an odd scene ... while fans were scrambling for safety they were clutching pink balloons that apparently had been dropped on the crowd.

A source connected with Ariana tells us she had just left the stage when everyone heard what appeared to be an explosion.

Police descended on the area, and the metro station at the arena's been closed. Authorities are urging people to stay clear.

STORY DEVELOPING ...

Blac Youngsta Surrenders to Cops Over Young Dolph Shooting

5/16/2017 11:19 AM PDT
Breaking News

Blac Youngsta turned himself in to cops investigating a shootout that targeted Young Dolph.

Youngsta and 2 other men surrendered Tuesday in Charlotte after warrants were issued for their arrest. The shooting went down back in February as Dolph was riding to his concert. More than 100 rounds were blasted into his SUV. No one was injured, most likely because the vehicle was heavily armored.

Young Dolph told us back in March ... he thought Youngsta was targeting him in a jealous rage. He also said the $300k he dropped to bulletproof his SUV was the best money he'd ever spent.

Can't argue with him on that one.

New Orleans Cyclist Hit By Stray Bullet All Caught on Video!

5/16/2017 12:07 PM PDT

A cyclist riding in New Orleans got hit by a stray bullet from a shooting nearby ... and the whole thing was caught on video.

Christopher Weiss was cruising along with his cycling club in NOLA, when all of a sudden he shrieked in pain and had to pull over. As it turns out ... he'd been shot.

One of his fellow riders caught the entire encounter on their mounted bike camera, as another attended to his wound. It's pretty crazy -- you can see the exact moment he was hit ... even though you don't hear gunfire.

Luckily for Chris, it was only a minor flesh wound, and he's expected to make a full recovery.

Illinois Football Players Arrested for Armed Robbery (Update)

5/10/2017 11:19 AM PDT
Breaking News

Three University of Illinois football players have been arrested for armed robbery and home invasion for an alleged incident at a campus dorm ... and it sounds like one of the most PATHETIC crimes ever committed. 

Darta Lee -- an 18-year-old offensive lineman who played 6 games as a true freshman was arrested ... as well as fellow offensive lineman Howard Watkins.

19-year-old Zarrian Holcombe was also popped -- he's a TE/WR who also played as a true freshman.

Cops say the 3 men were wearing masks and entered an apartment in an effort to rob the person inside. At least one of the men was brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

The problem, cops say the alleged victim recognized the voice of one of the masked men -- blowing their cover.

At that point, cops say one of the alleged robbers removed his mask and tried to play the whole thing off as a joke.

Oh, and cops say they now believe the gun used in the incident was a fake firearm. 

Despite the comedy of errors, the three men allegedly got money from the victim and booked it. 

The victim went to cops and the suspects were easily tracked down and arrested.

Here's the thing ... home invasion is a very serious charge. If convicted, each man faces 6 to 30 years in prison. 

Gianni Versace Murder Scene Recreated For 'American Crime Story'

5/9/2017 9:20 AM PDT

It looks as real as it gets ... a gunman aiming at a man who's the spitting image of Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion and seemingly firing twice.

Darren Criss is the man with the gun, shooting for "Versace: American Crime Story" as he aims at Edgar Ramirez.

It's interesting ... the mansion is right on the boardwalk, so secrecy in filming is not an option. Still, everyone knows how it ends, but sounds like this one will be gripping.

Brandon Roy Shot In Compton ... 2 Others Shot

5/3/2017 7:42 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

9:13 AM PT -- TMZ Sports spoke with a witness who says the victims were shot in the knee, butt and arm.

Another witness says Roy was the person who was shot in the leg.

We're told the suspects ran to a getaway car following the shooting and drove off. The witness does not remember what kind of car it was. 

Brandon Roy wasn't the only person struck by gunfire during the shooting in L.A. over the weekend, two other people were hit and cops are currently on the hunt for the gunman ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources confirm ... the ex-NBA player and 2 other people were injured during a shooting in Compton, CA on Saturday night around 9 PM.

We're told all 3 victims are alive though we don't know how severe their injuries are at this point. 

Our sources say Roy was NOT the intended target -- though it's unclear who was.

Law enforcement sources say a group of men approached the place where Roy was hanging out and one man pulled a gun and opened fire. Witnesses say no words were exchanged and it's unclear why the shooting took place.

We're told the shooter is an adult black male. Cops are looking for all of the men involved. 

As for reports the shooting was gang-related, we're told cops are investigating that. We're also told the neighborhood where the shooting took place has a heavy gang presence. 

Roy is reportedly back in Washington recovering from his injuries.

Brandon Roy Reportedly Shot As Bystander In Gang-Related Shooting in L.A.

5/3/2017 5:54 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-NBA player Brandon Roy was reportedly hit by gunfire in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting in L.A. over the weekend ... but he's expected to recover. 

The 32-year-old former Portland Trailblazers player was hanging out at an outdoor event, according to KING-TV ... when gunshots rang out and Roy was struck. Reports say he was an innocent bystander.

The Trailblazers have issued a statement saying, "Like many others, we're just learning of the injury suffered by former Trail Blazers player Brandon Roy in a shooting over the weekend in California."

"According to those reports, Brandon was wounded as a bystander, but is expected to recover."

Story developing ...

Jimmy John's Cashier Dude Who Robbed Me's a Bitch! Gun Didn't Scare Me

4/29/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Jimmy John's cashier who didn't flinch when a robber put a gun in his face has a simple explanation for his cool reaction -- dude seemed like a total rookie.

We spoke to Tuker Murray -- Assistant GM at the Kansas City, MO shop, and he told us he never feared for his life, despite staring down the barrel of the handgun. Surveillance video of the Wednesday night confrontation went viral when KCPD released it.

Tuker says there was nothing intimidating about the perp. And get this ... when we told him the gun had actually jammed (you can see it in the video), he said his response would have been even ballsier.

The suspect, 54-year-old Terry Rayford, got away with $280. He's since been caught, and turns out he wasn't a rook at all.

Kevin Gates Gets 30 Months for Gun Charge

4/26/2017 12:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

2:29 PM PT -- Kevin's attorney, Herschel Rush, tells TMZ the rapper's charges carried a maximum of 10 years in prison so "we are very pleased with the result of 30 months."

Rapper Kevin Gates finally knows his fate in his gun case -- he's going to prison for 30 months.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois says Kevin appeared in court Wednesday and pled guilty to his original charge of felony gun possession. Remember, the outstanding weapons-related warrant popped up the same day he completed his sentence in Florida for kicking a woman in the face at one of his shows.

The warrant was issued because Kevin failed to appear in court for the 2013 gun case.

We're told Kevin, who has been in jail since March 30, will be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Adrien Broner 911 Calls Counting Gunshots Is Hard

4/25/2017 3:08 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A bunch of people called 911 the night someone tried to shoot and kill Adrien Broner -- but nobody seems to agree on exactly how many shots were fired. 

Some say 20. Others 10. Another witness only counted 5 or 6.

One of the witnesses admitted, "I don't really know what gunshots sound like ... but it sounded like it might be that."

The incident took place in front of a Cincinnati bar on April 19 -- Broner says the shooters wanted to kill him because they're jealous of his boxing success. 

Broner told TMZ Sports he drove like a maniac in his white SUV to get away safely but was pulled over a short distance away. 

Cops radioed in that they stopped a bullet ridden vehicle and had arrested Broner on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated issue. 

During the arrest, Broner insisted he did nothing wrong and bragged about being rich and famous

As for shooter ... no arrests have been made and cops say Broner and his camp aren't cooperating in the investigation.

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