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Woman tells Putnam County deputy that son, 4, shot her in back … 0

Woman tells Putnam County deputy that son, 4, shot her in back …

A gunshot fired from inside a pickup truck in Putnam County went through the driver s back and out the front of her torso Tuesday afternoon. When a deputy asked the injured woman what happened, she said her 4-year-old son did it. Less than a day earlier, a Facebook post, which may belong to the victim, talked of letting a 4-year-old boy shoot targets.

The deputy noticed the woman behaving frantically inside the four-dour pickup truck at Florida 20 and Rowland Avenue just after 3 p.m. and he quickly realized she had been shot, Capt. Joseph Wells said.

The woman told the deputy her 4-year-old son accidentally shot her while he was sitting in the back seat. A handgun was found on the floor in the back of the vehicle and there didn t appear to be any bullet entry points on the exterior of the truck so Wells said the shot was most likely fired from inside. The mother, identified as 31-year-old Jamie Gilt of Jacksonville, and her son were the only ones inside the truck and the boy was unharmed, according to the Putnam County Sheriff s Office.

Related: Police wait to interview woman shot by 4-year-old son in Putnam County 1 She was shot through the seat and the round went through her back, Wells said of the bullet that went through Gilt s body. The truck, which had a horse trailer attached to the back, was parked partially in the travel lane of Florida 20, Wells said. Family members later told authorities the two were on their way to pick up a horse from the woman s sister when the shooting happened.

Wells said Gilt and her son were less than a mile from her sister s home where they were going to pick up the horse when she was shot. There was a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, but however the boy was not strapped in when the deputy got to them, Wells said. He said investigators are trying to determine whether the child was fastened to the booster seat at the time of the shooting.

A public Facebook account for a woman named Jamie Gilt who lives in Jacksonville and is from Palatka features various pictures of horses and pro-gun messages. Another Facebook page is called Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense. One post, shared on the Jamie Gilt page Sunday, shows an image of two burglars breaking into a home with a message below saying guns are not the answer, but calling 911 is.

In disagreement, Gilt shared the photo and commented that the criminals might change their plans if they knew they were going to get killed. The post included other comments in a discussion that defended the right to carry guns. Thanks.

All of ours know how to shoot too. Even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22, Gilt responded Monday evening on Facebook after someone commented on the post. It s unclear if the Facebook account belongs to the woman who was shot Tuesday or if the 4-year-old referenced in the post is Gilt s son, but Wells said the gun found in the pickup truck after Tuesday s shooting was a .45-caliber handgun.

Gilt was taken to a hospital in stable condition and the boy is in the custody of family members, Wells said. He said the Department of Children and Families has been contacted but the shooting is being investigated as accidental. We re satisfied that this is not a criminal shooting, Wells said.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the boy got the gun and who it s registered to, Wells said.

He said no charges have been filed yet but authorities will work with the State Attorney s Office to determine if Gilt will be charged depending on how the boy obtained the weapon.

Joe Daraskevich: (904) 359-4308 References ^ Police wait to interview woman shot by 4-year-old son in Putnam County (jacksonville.com)

JB Danquah's security guard still in custody for possible 'aiding and … 0

JB Danquah's security guard still in custody for possible 'aiding and …

The security guard at the murdered Member of Parliament Joseph Boakye-Danquah Adu s house is now being held as one of the key figures who possibly facilitated the killing of the MP. This is according to sources close to the investigations. The security guard was one of the six individuals who were arrested after the Police started investigations into the killing.

Five out of the six have been released but the security guard is still in Police custody, assisting in investigations. The Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Dankwah Adu s alleged killer was also smoked out of his hide out by the Police on Thursday. He mounted a ladder on the compound of the house and climbed to the bedroom of the MP before stabbing him and left him in a pool of blood.

The security man s booth is just a few metres away from where the suspect climbed the ladder to execute his dastardly act. The stabbing The MP was killed by unknown assailants at his residence at Shiashi in Accra, where he lived with his family. Some neighbours of the late MP have told Citi News they heard about a struggle between the MP and his attackers, which forced them out of their homes only to find out that he had been killed.

They claimed to have seen a ladder behind the late MP s bedroom, which they suspect was used by the assailants to access his room where he was killed and left in a pool of blood.

According to them, they saw a man run out of the house but he could not use the main entrance because they had then called in the police who were stationed at the gate waiting to enter.

By: Franklin Badu Jnr/citifmonline.com

BREXIT – Matthew Goodwin identifies the most Eurosceptic seats in … 0

BREXIT – Matthew Goodwin identifies the most Eurosceptic seats in …

In his latest post, Matthew Goodwin reveals the most Eurosceptic seats in the UK and notes the surge in anti-EU feeling in England s eastern counties, Wales and the south-west. Conversely, Leave activists are unlikely to waste their time campaigning in London, where Remain prevails. What are the most Eurosceptic seats in Britain?

Since we last met, a new Eurosceptic movement has launched. Grassroots Out 1 (or Go!) is the latest effort to mobilise support for Brexit and claims that it will root its strategy around a constituency by constituency plan . This got me thinking.

What are the most Eurosceptic seats in Britain? There are different ways of answering this question. One way is to look in broad terms at the type of voters who are in each seat -ie to rank seats according to their share of the social groups that we know are most likely to lean toward Leave.

When Caitlin Milazzo and I did this for our recent book 2 we were left with the map below, which sorts seats according to how favourable they were likely to be to the harder brand of Euroscepticism offered by the UK Independence Party. As you can see, if Eurosceptics are planning to run a constituency-by-constituency campaign then the good news for them is that there is a very clear geographical pattern. They would do well, for example, to target England s eastern and southern coasts, parts of Yorkshire, the East Midlands, Cumbria and Wales.

You can download the complete rankings 3 for seats in England and Wales. The top ten seats in England are below. (1) Clacton UKIP (2) Boston and Skegness CON (3) Kingston-upon-Hull East LAB (4) Easington LAB (5) Barnsley East LAB (6) Knowsley LAB (7) Doncaster North LAB (8) Liverpool Walton LAB (9) Great Yarmouth CON (10) Ashfield LAB At the general election last May all but two of these seats handed Ukip higher than average shares of the vote, from 44% in Douglas Carswell s seat of Clacton to 21% in Gloria De Piero s seat of Ashfield. These seats are filled with voters who share the core features 4 of Eurosceptics blue-collar, grey hair, financially struggling, and lacking qualifications.

This is not a criticism, just a fact. Few Leave voters look like Daniel Hannan. But these areas also look very different to those at the other end of the spectrum, where the Leave campaigns will likely encounter hostile voters.

The ten least receptive seats are all in London like Chelsea and Fulham, and Hampstead and Kilburn. Beyond the capital the least receptive seats in England tend to be younger, urban and more affluent or ethnically secure Bristol West, Manchester Withington, Cambridge, Birmingham Ladywood, Sheffield Central, Reading East, Leeds North East, St Albans, Oxford East and Sheffield Hallam, to name only a few. But this is also only way to cut the numbers.

If you download the spreadsheet you can compare our rankings of the most Eurosceptic seats with those compiled by another team of academics. Rather than look only at the types of voters in seats, Chris Hanretty and his colleagues combined information on how voters plan to vote at the referendum with information on demographics to produce an estimate of the likely vote for Brexit in each seat. Many of the most Eurosceptic seats also appear toward the top of our own list filled with the same types of voters.

Here s their map . All but one of the ten most Eurosceptic seats also appear in the top third of our own list, revealing how the data are pointing toward very similar territory. 5 6 7 (1) Clacton UKIP (2) Castle Point CON (3) Great Yarmouth CON (4) Christchurch CON (5) Blackpool North and Cleveleys CON (6) Boston and Skegness CON (7) South Holland and The Deepings CON (8) North East Cambridgeshire CON (9) Waveney CON (10) Aldridge-Brownhills CON There are similar findings across both lists. First, between one-third and nearly half of the top hundred seats are scattered along Eastern England.

In earlier years the Eurosceptic movement was often most active in the south west but today it s real heartland is England s east coast. Second, the data also point to similar clusters of Eurosceptic potential in the Midlands, Yorkshire, and the North West, in struggling left behind areas like Blackpool, Bolton, Boston and Skegness, Don Valley, Dudley, Louth and Horncastle, Mansfield, Rotherham, Scunthorpe Stoke, Walsall and Wigan. Third, the Greater London area is not a complete desert for Eurosceptics.

Outer-east areas feature towards the top of both lists, like Dagenham and Rainham, Hornchurch and Upminster, and Romford. Fourth, our number crunching also flags a cluster of fifteen seats in Wales that look potentially receptive to the Brexit camp such as Rhondda, Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil, which goes some way to explaining why Ukip looks set 8 to enter the Welsh Assembly this year. So, what does all of this mean?

In what the polls suggest will be a close referendum race how the campaigns use data and target their resources could make all the difference. Inexperienced movements have a habit of targeting the wrong areas. There would be little point in Remain activists spending evenings and weekends in Clacton, or Leave activists traipsing around the leafy streets of Highgate and Hampstead.

Instead, both would do well to redirect their energy and focus onto territory where they can mobilise a much larger number of their supporters. After all, turnout could make all the difference. And, lastly, before anybody asks, we will come back to these data in a little while to explore the Remain heartland too.

Forthcoming events On February 24 Professor John Curtice and Matthew Goodwin will be discussing public attitudes toward the referendum at Portcullis House, House of Commons. Register here 9 On February 26 Chatham House will also be hosting a breakfast briefing for journalists on the referendum, featuring Anthony Wells and Professor Sara Hobolt. Journalists can register here 10 .

Other evidence-based blogs An excellent blog on that new YouGov poll 11 , showing Leave ahead A new survey 12 of MPs attitudes toward EU referendum via UK in a Changing Europe Simon Hix asks 13 Do UK MEPs get key positions of power in Europe? In the Telegraph I explore 14 why the referendum campaigns should avoid going negative In this helpful report, Rob Ford and Anthony Heath examine 15 public opinion on migrant benefits. An earlier and shorter version of this blogpost appeared in The Times Red Bo 16 x.

It represents the views of the author and not those of BrexitVote, nor the LSE. Matthew Goodwin 17 is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and an ESRC Senior Fellow on the UK in a Changing Europe programme. In 2015, he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year for Revolt on the Right, co-authored with Robert Ford.

References ^ Grassroots Out (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ our recent book (www.amazon.co.uk) ^ download the complete rankings (gallery.mailchimp.com) ^ features (www.chathamhouse.org) ^ Seat Rankings (gallery.mailchimp.com) ^ combined information (constituencyopinion.org.uk) ^ Here s their map (constituencyopinion.org.uk) ^ Ukip looks set (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ here (www.natcen.ac.uk) ^ here (www.chathamhouse.org) ^ on that new YouGov poll (whatukthinks.org) ^ survey (ukandeu.ac.uk) ^ asks (www.theguardian.com) ^ explore (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ examine (www.unboundphilanthropy.org) ^ The Times Red Bo (www.thetimes.co.uk) ^ Matthew Goodwin (www.kent.ac.uk)