A day earlier, on May 20th, a 13-year-old boy was saved from the edge of a 270-foot waterfall northeast of Seattle, Washington State. The rescue made for dramatic video. The boy had been wading in a river when he lost his footing and was swept over a 10-foot waterfall. He managed to pull himself onto a narrow rock shelf before being swept over a second waterfall. And there he waited, nearly nine hours, until rescuers could get to him.
As Wetzel's children looked on in disbelief, he rescued an unconscious woman who had fallen on the tracks at the 72nd Street subway station moments before a train arrived at the platform. A digital sign marking the minutes before the oncoming train would arrive ticked from two minutes to one as Wetzel jumped on the tracks. She was taken to Roosevelt hospital and survived.
The first breaking news on May 24, 2012, turned to a story of a passenger who had been arrested as he became disruptive when American Airlines Flight 320 (a 757) landed in Miami. Intriguingly, a similar situation happened on May 22, 2010, when US Airways Flight 787 (a 767) from Paris to Charlotte, North Carolina, was rerouted to Bangor, Maine, because a woman "announced" she had a "surgically implanted device."
Then the news filled with word of an armed man who walked into a Valparaiso, Indiana office building Friday morning (May 24, 2012) armed with a gun. Valparaiso police believe they know who the gunman is, but have not yet released his name.
Reports also suggest there are sniper teams on adjacent roof tops.
It's not clear how many people are inside the 21st Century Real Estate office, but a man named Mike who works at the neighboring Brown Tire store said he thinks there could be as many as 15. CNN is reporting it is only two hostages.
Police can be seen with guns drawn at the Prudential Executive Group building. Fire crews blocked the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue, Vale Park Road and Calumet Avenue as a precaution.