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News Brief II

Another Shooting by Border Patrol Results in Death

Los Angeles Times

In the second lethal shooting in 24 hours, a Border Patrol agent on Sunday night killed a suspected undocumented immigrant who allegedly threatened him with a rock, officials said.

The fatal shootings were the first involving Border Patrol agents in San Diego County since 1994 and the first since the Operation Gatekeeper border crackdown flooded the region with agents, according to Mexican consul officials in San Diego.

U.S. officials said Sunday's shooting occurred in Border Field State Park, a few miles west of the San Ysidro border crossing. The agent was checking for footprints when he was pelted by rocks, officials said. As the agent retreated to his vehicle, a man emerged from the darkness wielding a rock and ignored orders to stop.

"Fearing for his life, [the agent] brings out the weapon and shoots this person, striking the person in the torso area," Border Patrol spokeswoman Gloria Chavez said.

San Diego Sheriff Lt. Jerry Lipscomb, who is investigating the shooting, said the agent fired "several shots." The man died at the scene of the 8:30 p.m. shooting.

Citing Border Patrol policy, Chavez did not identify the agent, who was placed on paid administrative leave while the matter is investigated.

The shooting came just a day after another agent fatally shot a suspected illegal border crosser trying to aid a fellow immigrant east of the San Ysidro port of entry.

Activists to Air TV Ads Backing Clinton in Lewinsky Scandal

The Washington Post


A loose coalition of unions and liberal activists is planning to raise several million dollars to be spent on television ads next month supporting President Clinton and accusing Republicans of pursuing personal scandal at the expense of other issues, according to sources familiar with the plans.

The liberal group People for the American Way began planning a week ago for what its leaders hope will be an aggressive air campaign to help Democrats in the Nov. 3 midterm elections by excoriating the GOP for being too "focused on scandal and partisanship" while neglecting the Democratic education agenda, said Mike Lux, a senior vice president for the group.

In recent days other potent Democratic interest groups, including the AFL-CIO, have expressed interest in sponsoring an independent TV campaign with the twin goals of strengthening Clinton in his battle to remain in office and helping encourage Democratic turnout in the elections, according to Democratic sources familiar with the plans.

If the planning for ads comes to fruition, it seems likely that there would be a significant degree of coordination with the White House. Some Democratic aides said there had been discussions of having the ads produced by the political team of Robert Squier and Bill Knapp, who produced Clinton's 1996 ads.