Apple Card being investigated for alleged gender discrimination after viral tweet

A string of viral tweets blasting Apple’s new credit card for alleged gender discrimination has led to an investigation from New York‘s Department of Financial Services.

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The tech giant’s credit card, launched in partnership with Goldman Sachs earlier this year, uses an algorithm to assign credit limits, and many online pointed out it may favor men over women.

David Heinemeier Hansson, a Danish software engineer, voiced his frustration late last week after he received a credit limit from the Apple card that was 20 times higher than his wife’s, even though they “filed joint tax returns, live in a community-property state, and have been married for a long time,” he wrote on Twitter.

In a series of tweets that quickly went viral, Hansson wrote that his wife’s credit score was higher than his and that Apple Card’s customer support blamed their algorithm.

PHOTO: An Apple Inc. official explains Apple Card, a digital credit card available to iPhone users, at an event in Cupertino, Calif., March 25, 2019.
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An Apple Inc. official explains Apple Card, a digital credit card available to iPhone users, at an event in Cupertino, Calif., March 25, 2019.

“We simply were told, ‘This is just how it is and you just have to accept that,'” he told ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

Scores of people on Twitter responded to Hansson’s tweets saying the same thing happened to them — including Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Wozniak responded to one of Hansson’s tweets, writing, “The same thing happened to us,” and went on to say that he and his wife have “no separate bank accounts or credit cards or assets of any kind,” yet he was given a 10-times higher credit limit on his Apple Card compared to his wife.

A Goldman Sachs spokesperson responded to the allegations in a statement saying, “As with any other individual credit card, your application is evaluated independently.”

“We look at an individual’s income and an individuals creditworthiness, which includes factors like personal credit scores, how much debt you have, and how that debt has been managed. Based on these factors, it is possible for two family members to receive significantly different credit decisions,” the statement added. “In all cases, we have not and will not make decisions based on factors like gender.”

Apple did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment and has yet to publicly respond to the claims of gender discrimination.

Linda Lacewell, the superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), confirmed the investigation as a result of the viral tweet in a Medium blogpost.

“On Saturday morning, I read a Twitter thread from an Apple Card user — tech entrepreneur David Heinemeier Hansson — detailing how his card’s credit limit was considerably higher — twenty times — than that of his wife, despite his wife having a higher credit score,” Lacewell wrote. “I responded, announcing that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) would examine whether the algorithm used to make these credit limit decisions violates state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.”

Lacewell added that the “black box” problem is an issue here “in which consumers have little visibility into how a decision is made or why they have been rejected.”

She called on any consumers who feel they may have been mistreated or discriminated against to share their stories with the New York DFS.

13-year-old Broadway star dies after asthma attack, family says

A 13-year-old Broadway actress, Laurel Griggs, has died after an apparently fatal asthma attack.

Laurel appeared in the Tony award-winning show, “Once.” The musical shared news of the star’s passing in a Facebook post Saturday.

“This beautiful young lady was part of our Once family. Please keep her family in your prayers.”

Laurel’s grandfather, David Rivlin announced her death on Facebook Nov. 6.

“It’s with heavy heart that I have to share some very sad news. My beautiful and talented granddaughter, Laurel Griggs, has passed away suddenly from a massive asthma attack. Mount Sinai was valiant in trying to save her but now she’s with the angels,” Rivlin wrote.

VIDEO: 13-year-old Broadway star dies after severe asthma attack
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VIDEO: 13-year-old Broadway star dies after severe asthma attack

Dr. Jennifer Ashton told “Good Morning America” that although asthma is a common lung condition, it can potentially be serious and in some cases, fatal.

“It’s characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the passageways in our lung,” Ashton said, adding that asthma can cause the following symptoms: wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and cough.

In some cases, Aston explained, asthma can lower blood oxygen levels.

Ashton said Laurel most likely died from severe asthma exacerbation, which can happen when a person does not respond to traditional treatments. The condition can last for hours and can become fatal once someone’s oxygen levels drop beyond a certain point.

“We do have to remember though, still, it’s rare,” Ashton said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 6 million children under the age of 18 living with asthma. In 2017, 185 children died from asthma, the CDC reports.

How do parents know if an asthma attack is serious enough for an emergency room visit?

1. If your child stops talking to catch their breath.

2. They use their abdominal muscles to breathe.

3. They widen their nostrils when breathing in.

4. If you see a blue-ish tint to the lips or nail beds, that is an emergency.

11-year-old boy dies after being shot in chest

An 11-year-old boy was shot dead in his Philadelphia home on Monday, becoming the latest in a string of children to be shot in the city.

The 11-year-old, whose name was not released, was shot once in the chest at about 11:58 a.m., according to Philadelphia police.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead at 12:25 p.m., police said.

“The person of interest right now is the 19-year-old brother,” Interim Philadelphia Police Chief Christine Coulter told reporters.

The 11-year-old and 19-year-old appeared to be the only people home at the time of the “tragic incident,” Coulter said.

PHOTO: An 11-year-old boy was shot dead in his home in Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 2019.
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An 11-year-old boy was shot dead in his home in Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 2019.

A weapon has been recovered, police said. Additional information has not been released.

The 11-year-old’s death comes days after a 10-year-old boy was shot in the back of the head while walking home from school in Philadelphia’s Frankford section.

Weeks earlier a 2-year-old girl was in the shot dead in her North Philadelphia home. The day before an 11-month-old boy was shot and critically injured while in the back of a car in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood.

Mom named person of interest in 5-year-old girls disappearance

The mother of missing 5-year-old Jacksonville girl Taylor Williams is now a person of interest in the little girl’s disappearance, authorities said Monday.

Taylor’s mother, Brianna Williams, is not cooperating with investigators and has not spoken to authorities since Wednesday, the day Taylor was reported missing, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference on Monday.

Brianna Williams was the last person to see the little girl, he said.

PHOTO: The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office released this photo of Taylor Rose Williams who was reported missing on Nov. 6, 2019.
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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released this photo of Taylor Rose Williams who was reported missing on Nov. 6, 2019.

“We still need her cooperation,” Sheriff Williams said Monday.

Taylor Williams was reported missing Wednesday morning.

She was allegedly last seen in her home in Jacksonville around midnight on Wednesday when her mother put her to bed. Brianna Williams said when she woke up around 7 a.m., she said she noticed the back door to the home was unlocked and Taylor wasn’t in her room, authorities said.

PHOTO: Sheriff Mike Williams gives an update on missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, Nov. 7, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Sheriff Mike Williams gives an update on missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, Nov. 7, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla.

The search has now expanded to Alabama and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department has deployed 38 people to the neighboring state. Williams said his office’s homicide unit and missing person unit have also sent teams to Alabama.

Anyone who has seen Brianna and Taylor Williams in the last two weeks between Jacksonville and Alabama is asked to contact authorities, Sheriff Williams said. Investigators believe Brianna Williams was driving a black 2017 Honda Accord.

Federal authorities are also helping.

“We will do anything we can to bring her home,” said Rachel Rojas of the FBI’s Jacksonville office.

“We absolutely hope to find her alive,” Williams. added.

PHOTO: Law enforcement investigators with the JSO mobile command center in the Southside Villas apartment complex off Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019.
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Law enforcement investigators with the JSO mobile command center in the Southside Villas apartment complex off Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019.

PHOTO: Law enforcement investigators in dry suits search the small retention pond near the entrance of the Southside Villas apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019.
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Law enforcement investigators in dry suits search the small retention pond near the entrance of the Southside Villas apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019.

2 horses dead, 1 injured after racing day at Southern California racetrack

Two horses died and another was injured in the same racing day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Southern California.

The first thoroughbred, Ghost Street, suffered a catastrophic injury to its left front sesamoid during the third race of the day on the turf course, according to the track. The horse was then “humanely euthanized.”

Ghost Street was a 3-year-old gelding, ABC San Diego affiliate KGTV reported.

Another thoroughbred, Prayer Warrior, was also euthanized after it was injured during the sixth race on the main track, according to the track, but the details of the injury were not released.

Zoe Metz, a member of the family that owned Prayer Warrior, wrote on Twitter that the horse was “loved by everyone.”

“The barn will definitely not be the same without him,” she wrote.

The horse that was injured, Princess Dorian, suffered an injury to her left front leg during the second race on the main track and was transported to the San Luis Rey Equine hospital for further care, according to the track.

The incidents happened within 90 minutes of each other, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Before Sunday, which was Del Mar’s third day of the fall meet, the track had not seen a single death in 2019, unlike 115 miles north in Santa Anita Park, where 37 horses died since December.

PHOTO: Del Mar racetrack, pictured here in 2015, suffers first two racing fatalities of 2019 in span of 90 minutes, in Del Mar, Calif., Nov. 10, 2019.
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Del Mar racetrack, pictured here in 2015, suffers first two racing fatalities of 2019 in span of 90 minutes, in Del Mar, Calif., Nov. 10, 2019.

After the last death occurred during the Breeder’s Cup, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for increased transparency at racetracks to ensure the safety of horses, as well as for racing to be suspended at Santa Anita.

In a statement to ABC News, Humane Society CEO and President Kitty Block said the fatalities at Del Mar over the past weekend “underscore the urgent need for federal legislation to address serious regulatory shortcomings concerning race-day medication and transparency at the track and in the stable.”

“Even its greatest supporters understand that reforms such as those embodied within the Horseracing Integrity Act are desperately needed,” Block said. “This crucial bill will ban race day medication, substantially increase out-of-competition testing, and create a national and uniform set of medication policies. The deaths of many horses will be prevented by the bill’s passage, and it will rid the sport of those who place winning above animal welfare. The unfortunate reality is these incidents are not isolated and will keep happening unless industry reforms and regulations are implemented and enforced.”

The track did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

“Safety is everything here,” Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club told KGTV on Friday.

New measles case reported in metro Atlanta

Cobb County, a suburban part of Atlanta, Georgia, confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated person, according to state health officials.

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The individual may have exposed others to the infectious disease between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, health officials said Saturday.

The case is the latest in what’s been an explosive year for measles, with more than 1,250 cases reported in 30 states as of early October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Measles, which is highly infectious, is characterized by symptoms like fever and a blotchy skin rash, according to the Mayo Clinic, and is spread by coughing, sneezing and close personal contact with people who have the disease.

States with measles cases in 2019
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States with measles cases in 2019

Although in high-income countries, such as the United States, deaths from measles are relatively uncommon, the disease is a major killer worldwide. In 2017, there were 110,000 deaths linked to measles around the world, primarily among kids younger than 5, the World Health Organization reports.

Two new studies published last month also indicate that having measles can do long-term damage to the immune system.

In the wake of major outbreaks around the country, state are reconsidering rules about childhood vaccines. In June, New York State eliminated non-religious exemptions for vaccination, making it the fifth state in the nation to do so. Now all kids who attend school or daycare in the state must be vaccinated.

Forty five states — including Georgia — continue to permit religious exemptions for vaccination and 15 states still allow for personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccines.

Vaccination Exemption Laws by State, 2019
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Vaccination Exemption Laws by State, 2019

In Georgia, after confirming the measles case in Cobb County, health department officials advised local residents to contact their doctor immediately if they think they have symptoms of measles.

“DO NOT go to the doctor’s office, the hospital, or a public health clinic without FIRST calling to let them know about your symptoms,” the department said in a statement.

Monday of rage in Hong Kong: Protester shot by police, man set on fire by protesters

A 21-year old protester was shot by police with a live round and a pro-China man was set on fire as Hong Kong woke up Monday to chaos on its streets.

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Protesters, answering an online call, attempted to disrupt the Monday morning commute all across the city with what they dubbed as “Operation Dawn.” Groups of protesters fanned out across the city setting up blockades and vandalizing subways stations and intersections.

The death of a university student last week from a fall has reignited rage in the protest movement. The protesters believe that the police bear responsibility for the student’s injury because he fell off a parking garage in the vicinity of a police clearance operation.

After a relatively subdued weekend, the protesters chose to escalate their actions by disrupting Monday rush hour to force a general strike.

Just before 8 a.m. in the residential district of San Wai Ho, a squad of traffic police officers were captured on an online livestream attempting to clear the small blockade put up by protesters when one of the officers was approached by black-clad students.

The cop pulls out his service revolver and tackles one of the protesters while another unarmed protester approaches and attempts to reach for the revolver.

PHOTO: A man (C, in torn shirt) is detained by riot police during a protest in Hong Kongs Central district on November 11, 2019. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
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A man (C, in torn shirt) is detained by riot police during a protest in Hong Kong’s Central district on November 11, 2019. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

A shot then rings out. The officer shoots the protester in the abdomen before firing off another two rounds that police later confirmed did not hit anyone else.

At a police press conference later that day, Hong Kong Police spokesperson Tse Chun-chung said, “at that time, the officer believed it was very likely that the revolver would be snatched and the consequences would be disastrous.”

The protester who was shot, a 21 year old student at the Institute of Vocational Educational, was then seen on the livestream in a puddle of blood, body limp with blood draining from his face, his eyes wide open. This excerpt has been circulating this morning across multiple social media platforms.

As the livestream continued, the protester can be seen waking up and attempting to escape before being subdued again by police. He was then taken to the Hong Kong’s Pamela Youde Nerthersole Eastern Hospital where he is currently in the stable condition after coming out of surgery.

The police shooting, the third known since these protests began in early June, caused clashes to erupt in numerous districts across the city including in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district at the height of lunch time.

Riot police fired tear gas into a crowd that included protesters and office workers which then sent them running for cover into high-end shopping centers.

Stand offs also sprung up at numerous universities across the city including Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Protesters ignited barricades at both PolyU and CUHK during their confrontation with police.

Violence has escalated as tempers have flared on both sides as the Hong Kong protests enter their sixth month. There has been a steady escalation of tactics by protesters and police. What began as a protest against a now-shelved extradition bill has morphed into a pro-democracy movement marred by anti-government and police sentiments with those involved more willing to engage in targeted violence. Meanwhile the police have seemingly lowered the threshold to engage with the protesters.

PHOTO: Riot police detain two men in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 11, 2019, as clashes ignited across the city and and crowds took to the streets to block roads and hurl insults at officers. (Photo by DALE DE LA REY/AFP via Getty Images)
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Riot police detain two men in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 11, 2019, as clashes ignited across the city and and crowds took to the streets to block roads and hurl insults at officers. (Photo by DALE DE LA REY/AFP via Getty Images)

A couple of other videos also emerged on Monday morning of a police motorcycle appearing to deliberately drive into a group of protesters. Police later confirmed that the officer has been suspended from active duty and the incident is under investigation.

Protesters have also resorted to violence to settle disputes. In multiple graphic videos, a protester douses a man with an unknown fluid and set him alight. The man was in the midst of an argument with the protestors and had earlier tousled with them as they were vandalizing the Ma On Shan MTR rail station. Police said that man is now in critical condition.

At a press conference, protesters called on Hong Kong people to stage “a massive strike, to be carried out indefinitely” in response to today’s shooting and to continue to pressure the government to meet their demands which including an independent probe into police actions as well as restarting political reforms towards true democracy.

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam condemned the violence Monday evening.

“If there is any wishful thinking that by escalating violence that Hong Kong SAR government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I am making this statement clear and loud here … that will not happen,” Lam said speaking to the media. “Violence is not going to give us any solution to the problems that Hong Kong is facing. Our joint priority now is to end the violence and to return Hong Kong to normal as soon as possible.”

Longtime NY Republican congressman will not run for re-election

Congressman Peter King, who has represented his Long Island congressional district for almost 30 years, has announced he will retire and not seek re-election in 2020.

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King, 75, is a 14-term congressman who was first elected to New York’s 2nd district in 1992. His vacant seat leaves Democrats with an opportunity to gain a competitive seat in the House as they look to defend — and possibly increase — their majority in 2020.

King announced his retirement in a Facebook post saying that “this was not an easy decision.”

“The prime reason for my decision,” King said, “was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford.

“Politically, I will miss the energy and dynamism of a re-election campaign especially since my polling numbers are as strong as they have ever been and I have more than $1 million in campaign funds,” he said. “Governmentally, I will miss fighting for the people of my district and America and will always be proud of my efforts for 9/11 victims and their families; protecting our citizens from terrorism and MS-13; leading the successful effort to recover from Superstorm Sandy; being consistently cited for bipartisanship; working with President Clinton to achieve the Good Friday Agreement and end centuries of warfare in Ireland and Northern Ireland; and standing with the brave men and women of law Enforcement.”

PHOTO: In this May 21, 2019, photo, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., arrives for a classified members-only briefing on Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington. King announced Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, he will retire in 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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In this May 21, 2019, photo, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., arrives for a classified members-only briefing on Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington. King announced Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, he will retire in 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

King’s district has become more competitive in recent years. He won re-election in 2018 by only six percentage points after winning by 17 percentage points two years earlier. Donald Trump won the district by nine points in 2016, but President Barack Obama won the district in 2012 and 2008.

World War II submarine found off coast of Japan, ending 75-year mystery

A team of ocean explorers discovered the likely resting place of 80 U.S. sailors presumed dead when one of the most successful American submarines of World War II sank after leaving Pearl Harbor more than 75 years ago.

Private explorers found the USS Grayback about 1,400 feet below the ocean surface, off the coast of Japan, ending a decades-old mystery and bringing closure to relatives of those who went down with the ship.

Gloria Hurney, who lost her uncle Raymond Parks, an electrician’s mate, first class, and Kathy Taylor, who lost her uncle and Godfather John Patrick King, an electrician’s mate, third class, were among the first to find out about the miraculous discovery.

Gloria Hurney and Kathy Taylor, who lost relatives when the U.S.S. Grayback went down, were one of the firsts to find out about the miraculous discovery.
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Gloria Hurney and Kathy Taylor, who lost relatives when the U.S.S. Grayback went down, were one of the firsts to find out about the miraculous discovery.

“I committed from the very beginning, from a little girl, that I was gonna find him or follow him or keep his memory alive, whatever I could do,” Taylor told ABC News in an interview. “I thought it was probably blown to pieces. That’s what I thought. And obviously it’s not.”

The Grayback, credited with sinking 14 enemy ships, was discovered south of Okinawa with much of its body still in tact. Its plaque was still affixed to the front, but there was evidence that the sub likely was bombed.

Undersea explorers Tim Taylor and his wife Christine Dennison discovered the warship back in June and spent months searching for relatives of its crew who perished. Together, they’ve set out to find the wrecks of every American submarine lost in the war, an effort they dubbed the Lost 52 Project. So far, they’ve found five of 52 subs.

“We do not tell people that we’re looking for these because we don’t want to disappoint people, and we don’t want to blast it across the internet until it’s done properly through the Navy,” Taylor told ABC News. “With the technology that we’re using, and the ability to cover large swaths of ground, we’re looking at the potential to find several more.”

PHOTO: The USS Grayback, credited with sinking 14 enemy ships, was discovered south of Okinawa with much of its body still intact.
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The USS Grayback, credited with sinking 14 enemy ships, was discovered south of Okinawa with much of its body still intact.

PHOTO: The USS Grayback, credited with sinking 14 enemy ships, was discovered south of Okinawa with much of its body still intact.
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The USS Grayback, credited with sinking 14 enemy ships, was discovered south of Okinawa with much of its body still intact.

Researchers recently discovered a flaw in the translation of Japanese war records that misrepresented the spot where the Grayback may have sank.

“The numbers that came out were wrong, and that’s how we found it,” Taylor said. “It was mistranslated after post-WWII, and they changed one number — an 8 to a 6 — and our Japanese translator re-translated it, found it, put us 100 miles to a different area.”

Dennison said the most important part of their work is about bringing closure to the families of those who died.

“It’s very vital that we remember them, and that they feel that they haven’t been forgotten, that their sacrifice wasn’t in vain,” Dennison said. “We are grateful for their sacrifices, and we will never forget our veterans. The most important thing is, they’re here, now they can be celebrated again, they can be honored again, and we know where they are.”

Former Marine wanted in fatal shooting of Virginia man

A former Marine is wanted in the murder of his mother’s boyfriend.

Rodney Brown, 54, was shot and killed on Saturday just before noon at his home in Hardy, Virginia, about 9 miles southeast of Roanoke. The following day, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office named Michael Alexander Brown, the son of Rodney Brown’s live-in girlfriend, the suspect in his killing.

Michael Alexander Brown, 22, was serving as a combat engineer for the United States Marine Corps until around Oct. 18, when he deserted his post at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He has been seen in and around Virginia’s Franklin County in the past two weeks, according to the sheriff’s office.

PHOTO: Michael Alexander Brown is seen in this undated handout photo.
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Michael Alexander Brown is seen in this undated handout photo.

It’s unknown where the suspect may be headed or where he has been staying since leaving his post. But he has been known to live in the woods and visit national parks, according to the sheriff’s office.

Michael Alexander Brown “is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons.” Those who come in contact with him “should use extreme caution and contact law enforcement immediately,” the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect has recently been driving a 2008 black Lincoln Town Car, possibly with North Carolina tags, although there are no license plates registered in his name.

Anyone with information on the case or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to contact J.P. Nolen with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-6662.

ABC News’ Ben Stein contributed to this report.