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iStock(FREDERICK, Md.) -- Two teenage brothers from Maryland could be charged as adults after fatally punching a man in what investigators are calling a random and unprovoked attack, prosecutors said.

The suspects, ages 15 and 16, were charged in juvenile court for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland, last month, but prosecutors on Monday requested that their cases be moved to adult court, according to the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office.

The victim, John Weed, was found lying unconscious on the ground on Sept. 20 and was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he died the following day.

Witnesses on the scene said the man appeared to be minding his own business when he was approached by the teens, who allegedly beat him and spat on him after he refused to give the younger brother a dollar.

"At that point, the victim said 'no,' and a verbal altercation occurred. The victim walked away, but the defendants are accused of punching him in the head while following him," the state's attorney's office said in a statement Monday. "Several minutes later, the 15-year-old juvenile male punched Mr. Weed in the head causing him to fall to the ground. As the victim laid on the ground, the 16-year-old brother spat on the victim."

Weed's family said he was at the fair with his sister and her two children, who moved to Frederick County last year to help care for the siblings' aging parents.

"Our lives have been changed forever due to the unprovoked vicious attack these individuals inflicted on my brother," Weed's sister, Lori Hawkins, told Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR-TV last month. "My brother was the happiest I've ever seen him, until Sept. 20. We just wanted to spend time together as a family at the fair, but due to this horrible act of unprovoked violence my brother is now dead. There is no excuse for what these individuals have done."

The 15-year-old suspect was originally charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, but those charges have since been upgraded.

He is now charged with manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, while the 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault.

On Monday morning, a judge ordered that both teens remain in custody until their next court appearance. The judge canceled an Oct. 22 court appearance and instead scheduled a hearing for Nov. 19 to determine whether or not to approve the state's petition to charge them as adults.

A GoFundMe campaign set up by Weed's family to help with legal cost, medical bills and funeral costs had raised about $22,000 as of Monday, exceeding its $20,000 goal.

"The incredible love and support that is being shown by the people of Mount Airy and all of the surrounding areas is incredible," the campaign said in a statement earlier this month. "It has reinforced the decision we made to move here a year ago. Even in the midst of this tragedy we feel blessed to live amongst you."

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- A sweet moment between an elderly woman with dementia and a waste management employee caught on a doorbell camera is restoring our faith in humanity.

In January, 88-year-old Opal Zucca was wheeling her trashcan up the driveway of her Missouri home when she tripped and fell. Zucca hit her head and had to get eight stitches. Waste management employee Billy Shelby saw it happen and stayed with Zucca in her driveway until the ambulance arrived.

“I was alarmed because she’s an elderly woman and I knew she was in bad shape,” Shelby said. “I could see the fear in her eyes. I called an ambulance and I took off my jacket and put it on her because it was cold.”

After the incident, Shelby wanted to make sure it would never happen again. Now, every Tuesday when he visits Zucca’s home, he makes it a point to wheel Zucca’s trashcan back up the driveway for her each time after he empties it.

Zucca’s family knew that a waste management employee helped her bring her trashcan up after her fall, but her doorbell camera revealed that Shelby’s kindness went much further than just a driveway drop off.

The footage showed Shelby walking up the driveway slowly arm-in-arm with Zucca while holding her trashcan. After the can was placed and Shelby went to leave, he gave Zucca a big hug.

“Good to see you,” Shelby told Zucca. “And God bless you as always, darling.”

Shelby took the time to speak with Zucca further even complimenting her hair. “You’re looking good. I like that hair! You’ve got it down,” Shelby said. “I’ve got to work on mine.”

Shelby then gave Zucca an enthusiastic goodbye as he hopped on the truck and drove off.

When Zucca’s daughter Colette Kingston discovered the footage, she said it brought tears to her eyes.

“I actually got teary-eyed that a stranger would take a couple minutes out of their day to not only help her, but to build a relationship and a friendship,” Kingston said.

For Zucca’s family it was unbelievably touching, but for Shelby it was just the right thing to do.

“I always try to make her smile. That’s my goal,” Shelby said. “I always tell myself how do you know you’re a good person: Is it when you you’re doing good things when people are watching or when people are not watching? I did it because it’s the right thing to do.”

Kingston posted the video to Facebook and had millions of views. For Shelby, the reaction the video has gotten is very humbling.

“I’m not on Facebook so I didn’t understand the noise behind it,” Shelby said. “Everybody has a grandmother, so I can see why people are impacted by it.”

Shelby hopes the video will help spread kindness.

“If you do the right thing when no one is looking, it’s really good for the soul,” Shelby said.

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iStock(FORT STEWART, Ga.) -- The U.S. Army has identified the three soldiers who died during an early morning training exercise Sunday at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Sfc. Bryan Andrew Jenkins, of Florida, Cpl. Thomas Cole Walker, of Ohio and Pfc. Antonio Gilbert Garcia of Arizona died when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle flipped over into the water around 3:20 a.m. Sunday. Three other 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team soldiers were injured during the accident. Two of those soldiers have been released and another remains hospitalized with non-life threating injuries.

The three deceased soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is hard enough when you lose one soldier, but when you lose three at one time, that pain is amplified,” Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, said during a press conference Monday evening. “And we are really feeling and sharing that pain across the division and the community.”

“It’s been tough for all of us,” he said

Aguto wouldn’t go into specific details of how the incident happened Monday but said the soldiers’ Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled off a bridge and was submerged upside down in a stream. Officials would not say how the vehicle fell off the bridge.

“Our family is heartbroken at the news of this tragic accident at Ft. Stewart,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement Sunday. “Our prayers are with the families of those who passed and those undergoing treatment for their injuries.”

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the 3rd Infantry Division and a team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and officials said they would release more information as it becomes available.

Aguto said training will continue on the base but that they constantly look for ways to mitigate risks. However, he also said that training on not perfect conditions is part of the job.

“Training is tough, realistic and we train for all sorts of conditions,” he said Monday. You would expect us to do that.”

Aguto said everyone is struggling to deal with this tragic accident.

“We share your pain and we honor and are humbled by their service and sacrifice, and we will truly miss them,” Aguto said at a press conference Monday.

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iStock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Ten days into the search for an abducted 3-year-old girl, the Birmingham community is turning to prayer.

Over 100 people came together Saturday for a prayer service at Saint James AME Church -- just steps away from where 3-year-old Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney disappeared, said pastor Alvelyn Sanders Swafford.

"Our community is feeling the pain," she told ABC News.

Sanders Swafford said she was surprised to see Kamille's mother at the service and said the look on her face is one she won't forget -- "pain and agony."

Kamille was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party on Oct. 12 when she vanished. An Amber Alert was issued but police still haven't found her.

The goal of Saturday's service was "to remain hopeful, to remain faithful, to remain encouraged," said Sanders Swafford. "Everyone's praying at home at their respective churches, synagogues, mosques, but [this let us] come together as one human family to pray for a 3-year-old child who is missing."

Among those at the service were Montgomery, Alabama, residents who drove 100 miles to lend their support.

"That confirmed to me that this story has reached beyond the Birmingham metro area," Sanders Swafford said. "And it inspired my soul to know that people outside of our community care."

The service ended by gathering around Kamille's mother and praying with her, said Sanders Swafford. The pastor said the church wants to be a resource for Kamille's family and urges them to reach out for "anything they may need."

Another Birmingham congregation, from the More Than Conquerors Faith Church, jumped in to help this weekend, too, spending Sunday afternoon selling cupcakes for "Cupcake."

Between donations and the treats -- sold at $3 each in honor of the 3-year-old -- the church raised $3,000, senior Pastor Steve Green told ABC News. The money will be donated to a Crime Stoppers reward, he said.

Kamille's disappearance "really just touched the community in a serious way. Everybody wants to do what they can," Green said. "I just think the whole community right now is just saddened by it, but at the same time becoming proactive. What can we do? Getting involved and praying, asking the Lord to let her be found and let her be found safely."

Police on Friday released surveillance video from the night Kamille was abducted in hopes that the public can identify a man who might help with the case.

The grainy footage shows two small children, including one believed to be Kamille, playing near a Birmingham housing area.

"There are two males that appear in the video where the two children are playing," Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Friday. "The first male will walk completely by. He looks at them. And it's the second male that comes up and engages the children."

That second man is a suspect, said Smith, adding that investigators believe they know who that man is. Police are looking to identify and speak with the first male in the video.

"The first man who walked by in the video, he may have pertinent information that will help us," Smith said. "If he saw something that night that may be critical to the investigation."

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iStock(PITTSBURGH) -- Jewish communities in the U.S. continue to face threats as the anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in the nation approaches.

According to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization focused on fighting anti-Semitism, at least 12 white supremacists were arrested for plots, attacks or threats against Jews since the deadly shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018.

The ADL list includes some incidents where the suspect's alleged white supremacist ties have not been independently verified by ABC News. But several of the incidents -- including the deadly shooting at a California synagogue, or the thwarted threat against an Ohio synagogue, among others -- have been confirmed by ABC News reporting.

"It is horrifying that in the year since the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, at least a dozen white supremacists were arrested after threatening to target Jewish houses of worship," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

Greenblatt also said the ADL's Center on Extremism shared information connected to the investigations and arrests with law enforcement on at least three of the 12 cases.

"We cannot and will not rest easy knowing the threat posed by white supremacists and other extremists against the Jewish community is clear and present. We are proud of our collaborative efforts with law enforcement to prevent such tragedies from taking place and ensuring would-be perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to justice," Greenblatt said.

There have been 780 anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2019, just shy of the 785 incidents reported in the first six months of 2018, according to the report.

The report, first released on Friday, said seven additional white supremacists who were targeting other groups and not Jews have been arrested since the Pittsburgh shooting.

The report states that those suspects' alleged "targets were varied, to say the least, ranging from large retail stores and hospitals to night clubs and news stations."

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iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Firefighters are racing to stop a brush fire that is threatening homes in the Pacific Palisades, an oceanfront Los Angeles neighborhood.

The blaze, which broke out around 10:30 a.m. local time, consumed 18 acres in about 15 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire has now spread to 30 acres.

No injuries have been reported, officials said.

Some residents were seen holding hoses and trying to wet down a hillside before abandoning the scene and fleeing once the flames grew closer.

The fire has threatened several homes but no structures have been damaged at this time, officials said.

Some homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

About 150 firefighters are working the scene by ground and air. Crews are expected to be at the scene through the night.

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iStock(DALLAS) -- A Texas woman gave birth to a baby girl by candlelight Sunday evening as a tornado swept across the state.

The Bump Birthing Center in Rowlett, a suburb of Dallas, posted a photo Monday of the unidentified woman in labor.

The delivery apparently took place inside the facility's laundry room.

"Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away, and no candle light!! Welcome to the world beauty!" the center posted on its Facebook page.

The birthing center did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

At least one tornado touched down in the area amid stormy weather, tearing through structures, overturning cars and knocking out electricity for thousands.

An EF-1 tornado struck Rowlett on Sunday night with maximum winds of 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 167,000 electric customers were without power as a result of the storms.

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iStock(FAIRFIELD, Ohio) -- Four years ago, Austin Osner was depressed and anxious about interacting with people because of the constant bullying he faced in school.

Presently, the 14-year-old from Fairfield, Ohio, is competing in taekwondo tournaments across the country and hopes to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, France.

Osner's mother, Kristin McGinn, told ABC News on Friday that his right arm had never fully developed because of amniotic band syndrome. The disability led to stares and negative comments from classmates about his appearance when he was in fifth grade.

After realizing the impact bullying had on Osner's mental health and grades, McGinn pulled him out of the Fairfield City School District and enrolled him in an online school during the middle of the academic year.

She said she knew she had to intervene when she asked Osner what he wanted for Christmas and his response was that he wanted friends.

"The bullying started to have an impact on his self-worth and self-confidence, so at Christmas time, I made the switch for him and enrolled him at Ohio Virtual Academy and had him start going to public school online at home," McGinn said. "He became a straight-A student again because he was able to focus on his schoolwork and not the whispers and stares."

Osner told ABC News on Friday that the bullying had taken a huge toll on him.

"It made me want to stay in the shadows rather than being out and interacting with people," he said. "I was just going day by day. I didn't want to do anything special -- just wanted to get the day over with."

In 2015, he started taking taekwondo lessons and noticed how much he enjoyed it. After a year, he started competing nationally and credits the sport for helping him get into a better state of mind.

"This sport has given me the confidence to push my limits and go out of my comfort zone," he said. "I've learned that I can be so much more than I ever thought I could be."

McGinn said that she'd also seen a positive shift in her son's behavior after he started taekwondo. Since starting the sport, he has become comfortable with talking in front of crowds, including speaking at assemblies at his old school about bullying and acceptance, according to McGinn.

"He started off kind of shy and timid and unsure of himself," McGinn said. "In the last three years, he has become way more confident and way more self-assured."

So far, Osner has won medals at state championships in Ohio, Illinois and Michigan and competed against able-bodied athletes in all of them, according to McGinn. He currently trains at multiple locations in Ohio, including West Chester and Dayton, as well as out-of-state locations like Grand Haven, Michigan and Orlando, Florida.

Over the next four years, he will also start competing internationally in hopes of qualifying for the 2024 Paralympic Games, McGinn said.

With October being National Bullying Prevention Month, Osner's message for others experiencing bullying is to focus on those who bring positivity to their lives and the activities they love, in order to limit the impact of the negative comments.

"Don't let it [the bullying] get to you," he said. "Get some friends you can rely on -- you don't have to do this alone. When I was getting bullied, I also had friends that were there for me, and that helped me out a lot because I had people I could talk to."

Meanwhile, McGinn's advice for parents of children who are experiencing bullying is to talk to their children and stay connected with the people who are a part of their children's lives. She said that some of Osner's friends would go home and tell their parents that he was having a difficult time at school and the parents would then call her and alert her about it.

"Talk to your kids -- stay involved," she said. "Kids don't really want to open up about their feelings or admit they're having a difficult time. It can be difficult, but sometimes you have to have those difficult conversations, and don't be afraid to seek help."

Osner hopes his story of overcoming bullying and finding happiness through taekwondo can inspire others facing challenges to find their own passions and have confidence in themselves.

"Find what makes you happy. Find what you enjoy," he said. "Just embrace yourself and life. ... Use all that negative energy thrown at you to do some good as well."

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iStock(STILLMORE, Ga.) -- A U.S. Army brigadier general who became unlikely pen pals with a group of kindergarten students when he was deployed in Iraq drove more than six hours to surprise those students, who are now high school seniors.

"It was a great relief for me to say thank you," Army Brigadier General Vincent Buggs told Good Morning America. "Everyone is always saying thank you to me for my service but it meant more for me to be able to say thank you to them."

Buggs, who lives in Tampa, Florida, was deployed to Iraq three times in the early 2000s, including one deployment that lasted nearly one year.

During that time, he became pen pals with a group of kindergarten students at David Emanuel Academy, a small private school in Stillmore, Georgia, a town of less than 1,000 people, through a winding path that started at his college's alumni office.

Buggs stayed in touch with the alumni office of his alma mater, Georgia Southern University -- a college about 30 minutes from Stillmore -- to help maintain a sense of normalcy while he was deployed, asking about how the football team was doing and what was happening on campus.

During one conversation, a woman in the alumni office told Buggs that her niece's kindergarten class was doing a project with a gingerbread man to learn more about world geography. She asked if he would want to take pictures of the gingerbread man in Iraq, according to Sandra Mosley, the woman's sister-in-law and mother of a student in David Emanuel Academy's kindergarten class.

"He did better than that," Mosley recalled of Buggs. "He wrote a whole story about how the gingerbread man had stolen a camel’s water and how important water was to the region and how hot it was even there. He just went above and beyond."

"Maybe a month or so after all of that he emailed me and asked how the project came out and I told him it was great and that the students really enjoyed the story of the camel," she said. "Then he asked for their names and he had flags flown in Iraq for each of them and he sent those to all the kids."

The act by Buggs was such a big deal that a photo of the students holding their American flags was published in the local newspaper. It also started a pen pal relationship that has lasted for more than a decade.

The class of 13 students began sending Buggs notes and care packages. Buggs sent the students notes and treats from wherever he was stationed around the world over the years.

"I remember he would always send Kinder chocolates and that was so exciting," said Jenna Mosley, the now-17-year-old daughter of Sandra Mosley.

For Buggs, the notes and care packages from the students meant even more to him, helping him get through his hardest days in Iraq.

"They were just probably doing a school project but it meant so much to me," Buggs said. "When you’re sitting in your [bunker] by yourself and you’ve been deployed a few months and the loneliness is there, the letters from home, you get them and it changes your perspective of what you’re dealing with."

"Your mind forgets what’s going on around you and have tunnel vision going through these letters," he said.

Buggs, who has served in the military for nearly three decades, had tried for several years to travel to Stillmore to meet the students in person but said the timing never worked out.

This past weekend he was traveling to Georgia Southern for alumni weekend and decided to make a stop in Stillmore to surprise David Emanuel Academy's senior class, which includes six students from the original kindergarten class.

"I was so surprised that he came back to see us," said one of the students, Boslie Boots, 17. "I did not think I would have such an impact on a person but it was so special to hear about how we’ve helped him over the years."

"I never thought through the years that we’d affected his life as much as we did," added Jenna Mosley. "He said letters from us would turn his day around."

The meeting proved unexpectedly emotional for Buggs, who said he wanted to convey to the students the impact they had with their seemingly small acts of kindness.

"For me it was like everything from that time period when I was deployed came back in an emotional rush, the missions we were going through and them writing me," Buggs said. "I had a surreal moment of remembering the stressful times and how humble and happy I was to get a letter from them."

Buggs also spoke to the students about their future plans, encouraging them to say not "I hope" but "I will," according to both Boots and Mosley.

Buggs said he hopes that the students, and everyone else, take away a big picture message that they can make an impact in the world, whether it be kindness to deployed soldiers or first responders or teachers or just their next door neighbor.

"American kindness is I think one of the greatest things we have in our country and it’s not spoken enough of the small things that people do to make a difference in other people’s lives," he said. "Everybody can make an impact and do something positive."

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martinedoucet/iStock(CHICAGO) -- The mayor of Chicago is asking for the city's teachers union to stop the strike while continuing negotiations.

This comes as the strike in the country's third-largest school district enters its fifth day.

Disagreements over pay, benefits and class size are among the top concerns that prompted the strike, which started on Thursday, Oct. 17. Monday marks the third day of school missed as a result of the strike.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote a letter Monday to Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey, calling for the teachers to return to the classrooms while negotiations carry on.

"While we have made progress at the bargaining table, it is unclear that we can reach an agreement today given the current pace," Lightfoot wrote in the letter.

"The students and families of Chicago cannot afford to be out of school for any longer, which is why we are asking you to end the strike and encourage your members to return to work while bargaining continues. As someone who is concerned about the success of our students, we hope you see how necessary it is to reopen schools at this time," Lightfoot wrote.

Lightfoot went on to give specific examples of the impact the strike will have on students, from a canceled college fair to the prospect of a prestigious football team being ineligible for the state playoffs, if the strike isn't resolved by Tuesday.

For its part, the Chicago Teachers Union posted various videos of multiple strikes happening across the city Monday.

Teachers across Lake Shore Drive! #ctuseiustrike #putitinwriting #faircontractnow

— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) October 21, 2019

We love it when a plan comes together! #solidarity #standwithCTU #faircontractnow

— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) October 21, 2019

The CTU did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment about Lightfoot's letter, but there is slated to be an update on the negotiations Monday afternoon.

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dmadau/iStock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Two people have been confirmed dead after a small plane vanished from radar and crashed.

After hours of searching, authorities in North Carolina found the Piper PA-32-301 plane that vanished from radar near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sunday night.

The privately-owned aircraft was found on the ground near a hiking trail in the William B. Umstead State Park, east of the airport. There were two casualities found said Sgt. Michael Baker, North Carolina State Highway Patrol during a press conference.

Crystal Feldman, VP of Communications, Government and Community Relations at the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority said details about the two victims could not be shared at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board -- which participates in the investigation of aviation accidents -- is investigating the crash.

Air traffic controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration alerted the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority on Sunday at around 7:30 p.m. local time that radar contact was lost with a Piper PA32 approaching the airport, according to a statement from the FAA. The single-engine aircraft typically has around six seats.

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority was advised that the plane had disappeared in the vicinity of William B. Umstead State Park. More than a dozen local and state agencies were on the ground in the area and overhead in the air searching for the aircraft since then, according to a press release from the airport authority.

“Umstead State Park is 5,200 acres of dense forest, with few roads and little to no light,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “Recovery efforts are extremely challenging in remote areas and it could take a long time to find this plane.”

Authorities asked members of the public to avoid the area around the state park until further notice.

The runway at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was shut down immediately after the FAA alert, but then reopened and resumed normal operations later that evening. Commercial operations remained normal Monday, according to the airport authority.

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WPVI(PHILADELPHIA) -- A 2-year-old girl was shot in the head and died in her mother arms one day after an 11-month-old boy was shot four times and critically wounded -- and Philadelphia police are now begging for the public's help to solve both cases.

The first shooting was Saturday night when the 11-month-old boy, who was in the back of a car, was shot once in the head, once in the neck and twice in the buttock, said Capt. Nicholas Brown of the Philadelphia Police Department.

The baby boy is in "very, very critical condition," Brown said at a news conference on Monday.

He has no chance for a full recovery and if he survives he most likely will be a quadriplegic, Brown said.

Someone else in the car may have been the intended target, Brown said.

The next day, a 2-year-old girl was in her home, in her mother's arms, when she was shot in the head, police said. She died at the scene.

Her mother and another person in the home were injured, said police.

A gunman had fired an automatic rifle through the front of the house, leaving six bullet holes, said police.

Authorities said it is "safe to assume" the house was targeted, but that the motive for both shootings are not clear.

A $30,000 reward has been offered for information that helps solve either of the crimes.

Police Commissioner Christine Coulter noted that these shootings -- in a car and in a home -- are traumatic for other local children and "can't help but shock and upset their sense of security."

"You should always feel you're OK in your home," Coulter said. "You should feel when you're with your parents you're safe ... it just makes it even more upsetting."

The community and law enforcement were also feeling the impacts.

"It was so evident looking at the neighbors and the despair on their faces and the tears in the eyes of the police officers," Coulter said.

"These scenes should not continue to happen in our city ... we have to do better," Coulter said. "Please help us start reducing this violence and keeping our children safe."

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said at the news conference that weapons are "flowing" into the city "like a river."

"Outraged, disgusted, and heartbroken by the violence this weekend that claimed the life of an innocent 2-year-old and left another infant fighting for his life," Kenney tweeted Sunday. "Philadelphians should not live in fear of violence that could take away a child’s life. But for too many, this is a sad reality. With the unabated flow of illegal guns and drugs, we must do whatever we can locally to address violence and help residents."

"I urge the public to come forward and report any information they have about these and other violent crimes," the mayor tweeted. "The anonymous tip line is 215-686-TIPS."

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releon8211/iStock(HOUSTON) -- The harrowing call to 911 has been released from the night a young dad was shot dead by home intruders while protecting his wife and children, according to authorities.

"Help me, please! Someone just broke in my house and shot my husband," Brenton Estorffe's wife, Angeleanna Estorffe, said in her frantic 911 call.

"I'm so scared," she said, "I can't walk over to my husband."

"Baby, are you OK? Babe, are you OK?" she says to her husband.

Brenton Estorffe, 29, was shot dead in his Houston-area home last week when intruders shot their way into the back of the house, authorities said.

His wife and 1-year-old and 3-year-old children were home at the time but were not hurt, said Jessica Reyes, spokeswoman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Angeleanna Estorff told the dispatcher she and her husband had been asleep when she heard glass shattering "and then my husband jumped up and took off after them."

Overcome with emotion, she told the dispatcher he was shot in the chest and was "making gurgling sounds."

"I don't know what to do," she said, her voice trembling.

Authorities rushed to the house in Katy just after midnight Wednesday morning, where they found neighbors performing CPR on Estorffe, said Reyes.

The two intruders, who have not been caught, fled without stealing anything, Reyes said.

A motive is not clear.

"Detectives are following up on some leads but there is no suspect description to release at this time," Reyes told ABC News on Monday.

Detective Thomas Cantu called Estorffe a "hard-working man" who "loved his family."

"He gave his life in defense of his family," Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said at a news conference Friday. "We will stop at nothing... until we can bring these individuals to justice," Nehls said.

Authorities are looking for this car of interest seen leaving the neighborhood.

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ABC News(DALLAS) -- At least one tornado touched down in the Dallas area amid stormy weather on Sunday night, tearing through structures, overturning cars and knocking out electricity for thousands.

The National Weather Service said the radar-confirmed tornado hit the ground around 9 p.m. local time near Dallas Love Field Airport, northwest of downtown. Footage from the area showed several damaged businesses, homes with the roofs ripped off, fallen trees and downed power lines.

The Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools, citing "extensive damage" to a number of campuses due to the severe weather.

There were also reports of gas leaks north of Dallas' Walnut Hill neighborhood, according to a press release from the city of Dallas.

Rocky Vaz, the director of the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management, said six people were transported to local hospitals but were not seriously injured. However, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries as of early Monday morning, according to the city.

More than 167,000 electric customers were without power across Texas as of 6:30 a.m. local time. About 65,000 of those customers were within Dallas, according to the city, which opened the Bachman Recreation Center early Monday morning for people seeking shelter.

In the city of Sachse, a northeast suburb of Dallas, six houses sustained "significant high-wind damage after severe weather moved through the area Sunday night," and four of those homes were left "uninhabitable," though no injuries had been reported, according to a press release from the city.

Meanwhile, two tornadoes were reported near the city of Tyler, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

A tornado watch remains in effect for eastern Texas as residents brace for another storm Monday morning.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- One man is dead in Benton County, Arkansas after wind gusts of up to 80 mph caused a tree to fall on his lake house in the Beaver Lake area at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

There have been 120 damaging storm reports in six states so far -- this includes three tornadoes in Texas with one being in the Dallas area and two being in eastern Texas east of Tyler.

In McIntosh County, Oklahoma, winds gusted to 82 mph and damage was reported throughout the state from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.

Baseball-sized hail was also reported in Johnston and Lincoln counties in Oklahoma.

On Monday morning, a tornado watch continues for a huge part of the heartland from southern Illinois to eastern Texas. Severe storms with a threat for tornadoes will also be possible Monday morning.

On Monday afternoon, the storm system that brought all the severe weather overnight to the southern Plains will move into the Gulf Coast with the largest tornado threat being from Louisiana to Misissippi.

Damaging winds will be possible from Memphis, Tennessee to Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans to Houston.

This storm system moves east on Tuesday with severe storms possible in the Carolinas.

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