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YinYang/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The battle over school-choice programs and state aid for religious schools returns to the U.S. Supreme Court this week as three mothers from Montana ask the justices to uphold a scholarship program that would help fund Christian education for their children.

The case is a major test for the balance between dueling constitutional principles: protection for religious freedom and a prohibition against government support of religion.

Union officials say the case could be hugely consequential for public schools.

“If the decision goes in a certain way, it will be a virtual earthquake,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who fears a blow to state funding of public education.

In 2015, the Montana legislature approved dollar-for-dollar state tax credits of up to $150 per year meant to encourage donations to a scholarship fund that supports low-income children seeking to attend private schools of their choice. Mothers Kendra Espinoza, Jeri Anderson and Jamie Schaefer, all plaintiffs in the case, say they could not afford tuition payments to send their kids to Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell without the financial aid.

But the Montana Department of Revenue imposed an administrative rule prohibiting use of the tax-credit supported scholarships for religiously-affiliated education, citing the state’s constitution, which explicitly bans use of public funds -- directly or indirectly. The parents then sued.

In 2018, the Montana Supreme Court struck down the scholarship program in its entirety.

The plaintiffs argue that Montana’s constitution is “bigoted” towards religion and violates the First Amendment’s religious free exercise clause.

The law requires “neutrality not hostility toward religion in student aid programs,” they write in court documents.

Sixty-nine percent of Montana’s private schools are religiously-affiliated, according to the plaintiffs and “dozens” of families have taken advantage of the state’s scholarship program to send their children to those schools.

“Allowing religious schools to participate in these programs is crucial. Most private schools in America are religious, and many parents, like Kendra, prefer them,” Erica Smith and Dick Komer, attorneys at the Institute for Justice, the nonprofit group representing the parents in the case, wrote in a USA Today op-ed. “Religious schools often tout strong academics, a close-knit community and the same values that religious families teach at home.”

Montana argues its high court's decision to nullify the scholarship program is not hostility toward religion but rather “reflects the view that barring aid to religious institutions promotes religious freedom.”

“What the state has decided to do is not distinguish between schools,” said David Strom, general counsel at the American Federation of Teachers, supporting Montana in the case. “Instead, Montana simply does not have a program that is supporting vouchers for tax credits at all. States should be allowed to make that decision.”
 
In its brief to the court, attorneys for Montana describe their view of Supreme Court precedent: “A state can decline to rebuild church playgrounds – but only if it declines to rebuild any playgrounds. And it can decline to support religious private schools – but only if it declines to support any private school,” they say.

Thirty-seven states, including Montana, have explicit constitutional bans on any public funding for religiously-affiliated schools.

The court’s decision is expected by the end of June.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued in several Florida cities, like Miami, Fort Myers, Naples, Tampa and Orlando for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. It will feel like it’s in the 20s to near 30 degrees.

If Miami falls to 44 degrees Tuesday night, it will be the coldest temperature in the city since January of 2018.

Warming centers have even been opened in the Tampa Bay area because of the cold.

It is already pretty chilly for most of the eastern U.S. from the Plains to the Northeast where wind chills Tuesday morning are near zero and even below.

Of course, the cold will not last long in the East and especially in Florida. It should begin to warm up by the end of the week in most areas east of the Rockies.

A new storm system is also moving into the West with snow, wind and rain from Washington to California. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for northern California and Washington where one to two feet of snow is possible in the mountains.

Heavy rain is expected from Seattle to Portland, Oregon and into northern California through the day Tuesday.

This storm will cross the Rockies on Wednesday and is expected to bring an icy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the Midwest and the Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday with heavy rain in the South.

This same storm could strengthen into a possible nor’easter on the East Coast by Saturday.

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kali9/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- A California man "intentionally rammed" his vehicle into a car carrying six teenage boys, killing three and injuring the others, before driving off, authorities said.

The deadly crash occurred Sunday around 10:30 p.m. local time on a roadway in the Temescal Valley, some 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The hit caused the teens' Toyota Prius to slam into a tree off the road, and first responders had to free three of the boys who were trapped in the wrecked vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One of the teens died at the scene, while the other five were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from moderate to serious. Two of them were later pronounced dead, according to the California Highway Patrol. Their names and exact ages were not immediately released.

Anurag Chandra, 42, of Corona, California, was arrested Monday in a neighborhood near the crash site after investigators found the suspect's vehicle parked outside a home there.

“Our investigation led us to believe Mr. Chandra intentionally rammed the Prius, causing the driver to lose control," Lt. David Yokley of the California Highway Patrol said at a press conference Monday, calling the incident "an intentional act."

"The investigation has now changed from a hit-run collision to homicide," he added.

The incident remains under investigation. The motive was unknown.

Chandra was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California, where he is being held without bail on three counts of murder and other related charges. He is due to appear in court Thursday morning, according to online jail records.

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katifcam/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A 36-year-old father and his 4-year-old son were rushed to hospital after being accidentally shot in the head when a gun discharged while they were play wrestling together.

The incident happened on Sunday in their home located just south of Bloomington, Indiana, when the two were having fun wrestling together and the father had a concealed handgun on the small of his back.

While they were both playing around, however, the gun fell from the father’s waistband and discharged. The single shot struck both the father and the son in the head, according to a news release obtained by ABC’s Indianapolis affiliate station WRTV.

Both victims were immediately taken to IU Health Bloomington to be treated for their wounds. The father, whose identity currently remains unknown, was transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital and is expected to recover. His 4-year-old son, however, was transferred to Riley Children’s Hospital and remains in critical condition with the gunshot wound to his head.

The victims have not yet been identified and the incident currently remains under investigation.

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Orange County Sheriff's Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A small child was attacked by a mountain lion at a Southern California park on Monday, causing authorities to evacuate the scene while they raced to capture the wild cat.

A 3-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after the animal grabbed him by the neck as he and his family walked through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, about an hour south of Los Angeles, officials said.

The child was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The attack happened at around 4:15 p.m. local time.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife gave local law enforcement the approval to euthanize the lion due to the public safety threat, the agency said.

Authorities had evacuated the park while searching for the mountain lion. Officials briefed on the search told Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV that the child's father rescued him by tossing a backpack in the cat's direction after the attack.

The animal released the child, grabbed the bag and jumped into a tree, according to KABC.

Mountain lion attacks are rare in California. The latest verified attack came in May 2019 at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. There have been seven attacks since 2000, but only one was fatal.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Government officials in Puerto Rico began distributing much-needed disaster aid that went unused for years while residents suffered in the wake of a deadly hurricane and more recently a batch of crippling earthquakes.

The once-abandoned supplies -- which included thousands of sealed cases of water bottles, pallets of food, diapers, baby formula and cots -- were distributed on Monday to shelters in communities where powerful earthquakes leveled homes in recent weeks and caused an estimated $110 million in damages, according to government officials.

The unused aid, believed to have been delivered during Hurricane Maria in 2017, was discovered in an abandoned government-operated warehouse in the southwestern city of Ponce over the weekend, sparking a wave of angry protests.

Some residents even gathered outside of the Governor’s Mansion in San Juan to call for the governor's resignation amid questions over why the aid didn't make it to those in need earlier.

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez fired the island's chief of emergency management, Carlos Acevedo, and temporarily called for the National Guard to oversee the agency amid an ongoing investigation into why the aid was left to sit while residents were in need.

"In the last days there have been actions by members of the government that are not acceptable," Vazquez told reporters Sunday. "I will not permit this type of conduct in my government."

She also called for the resignation of Family Affairs Secretary Glorimar Andujar and Housing Secretary Fernando Gil after they were unable to provide the information she requested on their agencies’ distribution centers.

They tendered their resignations after the press conference concluded.

"I feel the indignation that the people of the island feel," she said.

When asked how it was possible she did not know about the existence of the 43,000 square foot warehouse, Vazquez replied: "That’s what the head of agencies are for ... to inform the governor." Vazquez had vowed that all the Ponce warehouse supplies that are not expired would be distributed to the towns that were the hardest hit by the quakes.

Acevedo defended the emergency management agency before his firing in a statement released on Saturday. He said the warehouse had been was inspected after a recent earthquake by a structural engineer who recommended emptying it due to damage suffered.

"It is important to emphasize that no citizen has been denied any of the items found at this place," the statement said. "At the moment, there is no shortage of any of these articles and they are being distributed to the people who need it; data that can be verified in the shelters and base camps."

Acevedo said at one point there had been 600 pallets of water, which were distributed to the public when Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Karen threatened Puerto Rico, but there were about 80 left. The investigation will examine inventory at that warehouse and potentially any others.

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iStockA New Hampshire man killed a coyote with his bare hands after the animal attacked his young child, according to police.

Authorities had received multiple calls regarding a violent coyote Monday morning prior to its encounter with the family, the Kensington Police Department said in a press release.

Around 8:40 a.m., police in Hampton Falls received a report of a coyote attacking a vehicle on Drinkwater Road near on Drinkwater Road, near the border of Hampton Falls and Kensington.

The Kensington Police Department received a call about 20 minutes later from a 62-year-old woman who stated that she and her dogs were attacked by a coyote on her porch on Hemlock Road after she opened the sliding door to her home.

In that incident, the dogs retreated into the home, and the coyote attempted to follow them inside, police said. The woman was bitten as she fought to keep the coyote out of her home. She was treated at the hospital, and she and her dogs both received a first round of rabies shots.

Around 11 a.m., the same coyote attacked a family walking on a trail in Exeter, prompting the father of the child to go "into protection mode," police said.

The man "suffocated the coyote until it succumbed," police said.

Kensington police had shared a photo of a coyote chasing a car earlier in the day and warned residents, though it's not clear if it's the same one.

Human-coyote encounters in suburban areas are typically rare, even in places where coyotes are found in large numbers, according to the Humane Society. Coyotes are nocturnal, seldom seen during the daytime and are usually scared away by the presence of the human.

Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department have taken the coyote's body to be tested for rabies.

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iStock(SAN ANTONIO) -- Two people are dead and five injured after a person opened fire "indiscriminately" at a San Antonio bar Sunday night.

San Antonio Police Department responded to a shooting at a bar called Ventura, steps from the San Antonio River, at 8 p.m. local time. An altercation appears to have broken out between customers when one person pulled out a gun and began shooting, Police Chief William McManus said at a press conference Sunday night.

In total, seven people were shot. A 21-year-old man died inside the club, while a second person in critical condition was later pronounced dead.

Five people are currently being treated at area hospitals. Their conditions are unclear at this moment, police said.

All of the victims appear to be patrons, McManus said. No employees of the bar were shot.

"We're working on that, I'm confident that we will identify the individual and have that person in custody sooner than later," McManus said.

The concert, called Living the DREAM, featured a lineup of up-and-coming rappers popular on social media.

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iStock(MIAMI) -- A Florida man has been federally charged with running a $1.5 million fraud for allegedly filing false claims on merchandise he sold through his online company.

Miami resident Edwin Jim Garcia-Albarracin, 45, allegedly filed fraudulent claims for "purportedly damaged packages" sold through his online business, Rambos Market, stating that they were damaged when they were shipped through the U.S. Postal Service, according to a federal indictment filed in the Southern District of Florida earlier this month.

Garcia-Albarracin sold a variety of products through online marketplaces such as Listia and eBay, according to the court documents. He would then purchase insurance through USPS and allegedly later file a claim stating that the contents of the packages had been damaged.

To file a claim, a customer is required to provide a name, address, product tracking number, proof of value and proof of claim. The customer is also required to certify that all information is "accurate, truthful and complete."

As proof, Garcia-Albarracin would allegedly provide fake photos that "purportedly depicted damage to the products," authorities said. He received compensation from USPS via check, the court documents show.

He would then allegedly wire funds from one bank account to another, with the transactions designed "to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the proceeds of the specified unlawful activity," according to the charging documents.

Garcia-Albarracin allegedly carried out his crimes between July 2016 and November 2019, according to the indictment.

Part of the money he made in the scheme was allegedly used to buy a home in Miami's Kendall neighborhood, which is now subject to forfeiture, authorities said.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom Miami townhouse is listed in Garcia-Albarracin's name and sold in October 2019 for $380,000, online property records show.

He was arrested last week and charged with 10 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud and 12 counts of money laundering.

A representative for the Miami Dade Public Defenders Office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Garcia-Albarracin is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and up to $750,000 in fines.

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iStock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police reclassified a 9-year-old shooting case as a homicide Monday after a man succumbed to his gunshot wounds last week.

Marco Rainge, 41, was shot multiple times in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood back on Oct. 12, 2010, according to the Cook County Medical examiner's office. Although he was in critical condition following the incident, he survived shots to the arm, chest and hip, according to the police.

Rainge was allegedly uncooperative with officers and no arrests were made, a police spokesman said in a statement. Rainge died on Jan. 14 from those injuries, according to the Medical Examiner's Office, which conducted an autopsy Sunday.

Chicago police said they were now investigating the incident as a homicide instead of an aggravated battery case. As of Monday afternoon, they had made no arrests or named any suspects.

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iStock/dageldog(MILLVILLE, N.J.) -- A pit bull rescued from a dogfighting ring in Canada is ready to protect and serve as the newest K-9 arson detection officer and the first of his kind in the U.S.

Tyler VanLeer, a New Jersey firefighter, had a stroke of genius when he suggested the addition of an arson detection K-9 unit at his local firehouse. The dog, named Hansel, is the first of its breed to hold the title in the country.

VanLeer, who has been with the Millville Fire Department for eight years, told ABC News the plan came together with the support of his fire chief, a local police officer and the Throw Away Dogs Project.

"It was like an instant bond -- his little head poked around the corner and it was like an instant connection. You could feel it," VanLeer said about his first meeting with Hansel at the firehouse.

"Hansel and I started a 16-week academy on Sept. 30 with the New Jersey Police K-9 Association and we did all scent work to become a single purpose arson detection K-9," VanLeer said. "He was trained, or imprinted, on 14 different ignitable liquids and graduated on Jan. 18."

VanLeer said Sunday was Hansel's first official day on the job in the firehouse, but the 4-year-old pup was already well adjusted to his environment.

"The firehouse is no strange place to him. He was there with me prior to the academy, getting used to the bells and whistles going off and everything," he said. "He's extremely sociable, everybody loves him and there are no problems whatsoever."

The newly graduated K-9 officer was first rescued by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) in 2015 and was later rehabilitated by Throw Away Dogs Project in 2018. Hansel stayed with the rescue organization for one year before being sent to the Millville Fire Department.

"This step is so important for this misunderstood breed as I don’t think there is any other pit bull arson detection K9s in whole country," Throw Away Dogs Project founder Carol Skaziak told ABC News.

Skaziak said she has trained and placed three other dogs from the dog-fighting ring in Ontario and they too are now K-9 officers.

"The journey has been really fun and it's just going up from here," VanLeer said.

VanLeer said Hansel lives with his family at their home and has everything he needs in the firehouse including an outdoor kennel, heaters and plenty of dog food.

"Chief Michael Lippincott has been extremely helpful, he made sure everything I needed was already there," VanLeer said. "When he met Hansel, the same day as I did, he automatically knew it was gonna be a great idea too."

VanLeer also hailed Millville-based K-9 patrolmen officer John Butschky for his help as "the middle man" who got things off the ground and answered all of his K-9 related questions.

"He was a huge asset on getting me in contact with Carol (Skaziak) and getting the ball rolling. He has 20 plus years of K-9 experience and a lot of connections in the K-9 officer world," he said.

Hansel's transition from rescue to officer was "really smooth" with everyone involved, Van Leer said.

Throw Away Dogs Project, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, is known for taking in misunderstood dogs, training them to become police dogs, finding them jobs around the country and donating them free of charge.

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traveler1116/iStock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Armed with rifles, tactical gear and homemade posters, thousands of gun rights activists hit the streets of Richmond, Va., Monday to protest the state’s proposed gun control laws.

Lobby Day went off with no major violent incidents in the morning despite threats from armed militias and white supremacist groups that led Gov. Ralph Northam to declare a state of emergency and ban weapons from Capitol Square.

Gun rights groups, such as the Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America, spoke out against the proposed ban on assault rifles, a "red flag" law, which would give officials the power to confiscate weapons from an individual who poses a threat, and other gun control measures that the newly Democratic-led state legislature introduced.

“We will not comply,” protesters shouted.

The armed activists stayed outside of the Capitol grounds, where all weapons are banned until Tuesday night, while their unarmed members held their rally outside of the legislative building. On Monday, police will not be separating counter-protesters within the fenced area in Capitol Square, officers told ABC News.

On Wednesday, Northam issued a state of emergency and banned all weapons from Capitol grounds from Friday until Tuesday night. Northam said he had received credible intelligence that hate groups and militias were planning violent attacks in Capitol Square that mirrored the ones seen before the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally where three people were killed.

"They are not coming to peacefully protest, they are coming to intimidate and to cause harm," the governor said at a news conference.

Gun rights supporters tried to block the state of emergency, arguing that it infringed on their right to rally; however, a judge denied their motion and their subsequent appeal before the ban went into effect Friday evening.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League has asked its members to obey the state of emergency. But the group said those who plan to attend Lobby Day and protest outside the protected areas should come armed.

"For every one gun owner on the Capitol grounds, we need another two to five people outside," the league said in a statement.

President Trump showed his support for the activists on Twitter, writing in a tweet Monday morning, "The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020." He also retweeted a video of the gun rights activists singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Virginia's House Republican leader, however, called for calm and urged all groups attending Monday's Lobby Day to be peaceful.

"Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn't welcome here," he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Recent FBI activity highlighted the threats facing Lobby Day. On Thursday, the agency arrested three reputed members of a white supremacy group who were allegedly armed with several weapons and traveling to Richmond "in anticipation of a possible race war," law enforcement sources told ABC News.

A spokesperson for the FBI's Richmond field office on Sunday told ABC News in a statement: “In response to a request for assistance from the Virginia Division of Capitol Police, FBI Richmond has been working with our local and state law enforcement partners in relation to threats of violence at the rally on January 20, 2020. We will provide assistance as deemed appropriate to ensure public safety.”

State, Capitol and Richmond police said they will have a strong presence in Capitol Square and will set up checkpoints to ensure the weapons ban is enforced and everyone is safe.

The emergency order is slated to end Tuesday evening, but the gun control debate will continue over the next few months.

Northam and Democratic state leaders said they remain committed to enacting new laws that would curtail gun violence in the state. Several Virginia towns, however, have made resolutions declaring themselves "Second Amendment Sanctuaries" and passed resolutions that disavow any state or national gun control measures.

Moms Demand Action, the gun control activist group, spent Monday calling Virginians and volunteering throughout the state to bolster support for the bills.

"Activism will always supersede extremism," Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, tweeted.

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FILE - Kalistratova/iStock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- Activity from one of Alaska's 80 volcanoes triggered aviation warnings after it began to spew ash and lava over the weekend.

The Shishaldin Volcano sits near an Aleutian village on an archipelago in southwest Alaska about 700 miles west of Anchorage. It began to resume activity early Saturday morning with visible lava flows and ash shot thousands of feet into the air, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

At some points, the ash reached about 28,000 feet, officials said. Trace amounts of the ash landed on False Pass, about 23 miles east of the volcano, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The National Weather Service issued a warning to pilots in the area due to the activity.

The ash stopped around 8:30 p.m. local time Sunday, according to the observatory. The volcano has been erupting periodically since the summer, with the most recent activity reported earlier this month.

Shishaldin is among the most active volcanoes in the area, with about 24 confirmed eruptions have occurred since 1775, according to the local newspaper.

The observatory current has the volcano listed at a Code Orange alert level, indicating that the volcano is "exhibiting heightened or or escalating unrest with increased potential for eruption."

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- At least two people are dead and 15 people have been injured in a shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the Kansas City Police.

Officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of Noland Road in the southeastern part of the city at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday when they received reports of a shooting. They arrived to a chaotic scene outside of a crowded bar where they say one adult female was shot and killed in the parking lot.

No shots were fired by any of the responding officers.

Up to 15 people self-transported to area hospitals and three of them are currently in critical condition.

According to police, a line had formed to get into the bar when the suspect started shooting into the line of people. Police say they do not know why the suspect did this and are currently investigating what started the incident.

Police believe the shooter is also dead after engaging with an armed security guard from the bar stopped the shooter.

Authorities said Monday morning in a statement that there is no more information about the case at this time and no additional media briefings planned at this time.

"The next anticipated information release will most likely be the ID of deceased victims once the next of kin have been notified," said the Kansas City Police Department.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted a statement thanking security as well as responding officers for their quick actions.

"Our greatest challenges remain even this morning in our community. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night's mass shooting," he said in a social media statement posted online. "Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse."

Our greatest challenges remain even this morning in our community. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting. Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse. https://t.co/vF4C2W4dCl

— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) January 20, 2020

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Honolulu Police Department(HONOLULU) -- Two officers have died after a shooting on Sunday near one of Hawaii's most scenic spots, Diamond Head, where several homes were also set ablaze, officials said.

The incident unfolded at a home near the Honolulu tourist destination when authorities were responding to a domestic violence call, officials said.

Honolulu police responded to reports of a woman who was stabbed in Waikiki when the officers arriving on scene came under fire from the suspect. Police believe the suspect, who may have been using an AR-15-style rifle, is dead, but they have yet to confirm that due to the fire.

The two police officers were identified as Tiffany Enriquez, a seven-year veteran, and Kaulike Kalama, a nine-year veteran. Both were wearing bulletproof vests, but were hit above them, police said.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige confirmed the officers' deaths on Twitter.

"Our entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers killed in the line of duty this morning," Ige wrote. "As we express our condolences to their families, friends and colleagues, let us also come together to help and support those who have been forever changed by this tragedy."

Police said in addition to the suspect, two other people are also unaccounted for from a house that burned to the ground.

The suspect has been identified as Jerry Hanel, who is in his 60s. Police said they will continue searching for the suspect until his remains have been recovered.

Seven homes were totally destroyed in the fire and others suffered smoke damage, officials said.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell shared condolences on Facebook: "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department. This is an unprecedented tragedy for not only the City and County of Honolulu but the entire state of Hawai’i."

The FBI has sent agents to the scene, ABC News has confirmed. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that its agents are "responding to the active shooter situation in Honolulu."

Cellphone video posted on Twitter by a reporter from Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV showed police cars and ambulances swarming a neighborhood near Kapiolani Park, about 2 miles from Diamond Head Beach Park. Smoke could be seen in the video coming from several homes.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is also running for president, said on Twitter, "While we all mourn the heartbreaking loss of two of Honolulu’s finest, their fellow first responders are still out there. Our prayers are with the families of the officers we lost, and with first responders still working to keep our communities safe."

The incident comes about a month after a 22-year-old active-duty sailor opened fire on three civilian employees, killing two, before he fatally shot himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard near Honolulu.

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