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The hostages ran away from the hostage-taker. They saved themselves. “‘First of all, we escaped. We weren’t released or freed,” said Cohen, who was one of four people in the synagogue for services that many other Congregation Beth Israel members were watching online.'” Then the FBI stormed the building, and shot the bad guy dead.
So how come the press reports it differently?
The four people held hostage at the synagogue in Colleyville near Dallas were eventually freed unharmed, after a 10-hour siege.
The hostages held at Congregation Beth Israel were freed by an elite FBI rescue team that flew to the area from the East Coast, law-enforcement officials said.
Now I see that some sources (AP and NPR!) are correcting the record with the new information. Still, it is astounding how sloppy the reporting has been, for a story that is really not that hard to follow.
And I wonder why they had to shoot the bad guy, if he had no hostages. Surely he would have been more useful alive?Published in