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6 years ago


Police: Gunman killed 4 people inside Minneapolis sign business before fatally shooting self

By Amy Forliti, The Associated Press September 28, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS - The gunman who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign-making business killed four people before fatally shooting himself, police said early Friday.


The bodies of four victims were found shortly after officers arrived at Accent Signage Systems, located in a residential area in the city's north side, and evacuated the business Thursday afternoon, police said in a statement.


No details were released about the shooter, other than he was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Four other people were wounded in the shootings, including three critically.


During a news conference Thursday night, Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson wouldn't specify how many people had been killed, saying only that "several" victims were found dead inside.


She said police never fired at the shooter but released few other details, including the shooter's possible motive or whether he had worked at the company.


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6 years ago


September 28, 2012 Updated: September 28, 2012 | 7:52 am

Man fatally shoots masked teen outside neighbour’s home, learns it’s his son

By Staff

The Associated Press


NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A U.S. man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defence outside his neighbour’s house and then discovered it was his son, state police said. The father had thought it was an attempted late-night burglary.


Police said 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano was shot early Thursday in Connecticut.


A woman who was alone in the house believed someone was breaking in and called the teen’s father, who lives next door. He grabbed a gun, went outside, confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing and fired when the person went at him with a shiny weapon in his hand, police said.


When police arrived, the teen was lying in the driveway of the woman’s home with gunshot wounds and the father was sitting on the grass. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.


“All in all it’s a tragedy,” state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.


The teen’s father, Jeffrey Giuliano, hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.


No charges have been filed. State police are investigating.


6 years ago



Why didn't the kid say Dad it's me?  If the man actually confronted him rather than just blow him away.  You'd think even with a mask that you would recognize the clothes and body build.


Not the the first story was a great story but somehow it seems worse when it is your own family member, your own kid.

6 years ago


Posted in: News & Opinion

Virginia Man Kills Family, Self Over Prospect of Obama Reelection

A man, his wife, and their two teenage sons are dead after a fatal mix of politics and paranoia.

By Augusta Christensen September 28, 2012


Albert Peterson, a defense contractor from Virginia, shot his wife, Kathleen, and two children, Matthew and Christopher, before turning the gun on himself. None survived.


Peterson had recently lost a beloved uncle to suicide, and reportedly battled mental illness himself – including severe paranoia – for years. His acquaintances claim that in addition to those personal struggles, Peterson had become increasingly concerned with the state of the country and the prospect of President Barack Obama’s reelection as of late. He talked often of his worries that his two teenage sons would inherit the massive debt of an “irresponsible” government. A family friend revealed to the Daily Mail that he had begun sending frequent political emails that were increasingly paranoid, sometimes more than once per day. 


Apparently, Peterson had also told this friend that he was under a lot of pressure at work. As a defense contractor, he felt that Obama’s reelection would lead to a drastic reduction of defense spending, which he feared would cause him to lose his job. The defense industry is facing half a billion dollars worth of cuts thanks to a bipartisan sequestration measure that cuts a percentage of each department if Congress cannot reach a budget agreement. 




6 years ago

This is like that maniac somewhere in the south who opened fire in an Episopalian Church during a children's recital, 4 years ago, because he wanted to "kill some liberals."  If Obama wins, expect more of this. 

6 years ago

Christian, Is this one of your exclusive gun violence threads?  or  May discussion follow incidents posted?  Your thread...your call.  Thanks!

The father who killed his son ...
6 years ago

I've got to admit, that is a compelling reason to not have a gun handy ...


That is a sad, sad story ... I can't even begin to imagine how that man must feel. 


Suzanne ...
6 years ago

Discuss away. 


Thanks, Uno. I've got this.
6 years ago


Customarily, the person who starts the thread gets to direct the course of it (thanks, Uno. I've got this. ), however, a few malcontents in other groups have disagreed with this unwritten rule in the past, (most notably, the Buckmeister General), so whatever. I'm not a host here, and the official hosts are mostly AWOL, so whatever will be, will be.  I'm hoping the jibber-jabber at least stays related to the topic as it has so far. 



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Thanks Christian...
6 years ago

Why didn't the kid say Dad it's me?


Good Question.


 If the man actually confronted him rather than just blow him away.  You'd think even with a mask that you would recognize the clothes and body build.


I heard a follow up report on this on the evening news.  The neighbor’s house that he went to was his sister who lived across the street.  The driveways were a decent size in length.  I would imagine it was dark.  This guy’s adrenalin was flowing and I am not sure he would recognize his son by size and shape considering darkness and mental state at time.  He was going to protect his sister who phoned him and said there was a burglar outside.  The son was found to have a knife on him.


This is a tragedy and from what I hear both the father and son were very well respected in the community and school system.


I agree if the guy didn't have a gun his son would be alive.  Would his son have stabbed him?  What if it was a real burglar?  No one will ever know the answers as to why this kid did this.  Very sad.

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Response to the man who killed family story.
6 years ago

From the article:


-Peterson had recently lost a beloved uncle to suicide, and reportedly battled mental illness himself – including severe paranoia – for years.

-Peterson had become increasingly concerned with the state of the country and the prospect of President Barack Obama’s reelection as of late.

-his worries that his two teenage sons would inherit the massive debt of an “irresponsible” government.

- increasingly paranoid,

-under a lot of pressure at work. 

-which he feared would cause him to lose his job.                                                                                                              


A small percentage of mentally ill persons have the propensity for shocking acts a violence; it’s a reality that is unavoidable without proper and accessible care. But is amped up negative political coverage adding fuel to the fire?



I am not defending this man’s actions.  If he didn’t want to live, he should have just offed himself.  I picked out the above lines to show this guy was a bomb waiting to explode.  He had a proven mental history and I wonder was he under a doctor’s care, on meds or just left to his own madness. 



 If Obama wins, expect more of this. - Angelica


To me this is such an irresponsible and self-serving statement.  To take a tragedy like this and politicize it is so wrong.  Yes, I suppose politics may have put this guy over the edge, but he was dangling there to begin with.  Who's to say what actually went on his head.  Very sad indeed.

6 years ago


<<I picked out the above lines to show this guy was a bomb waiting to explode.>>


Knowing there are many people like this walking around, why make guns so easily available to the general population? Similar situations like this happen all year round. Why are these deaths considered an acceptable price to pay for unrestricted gun availablitiy?


You've got what?
6 years ago

I already had it. 


This is a public forum. There is no "owner" of a thread.  Just the owner of the group.


So ... if something inspires your conversation, then go for it.



So today, I was reading an update on the story ...
6 years ago

of the father who killed his own son ...


Apparently, he had a knife and supposedly lunged at the father. 


I feel like there is much, much more to the story here.

RE that story, though ...
6 years ago

I don't recall reading anything where the sister called 911.  Or the father.


Wouldn't that kind of be the "correct" course of action in such a case? 


I'm all for people being able to own guns. But the potential for innocent people to get hurt or killed increases when there's a gun readily available, I don't think anyone can deny that. 


I think that people feel more "empowered" ... which is not always a bad thing unless it makes untrained citizens feel like they should go out and confront the "bad guy" before calling the cops. 


Of course, I don't know the whole story, of course, but seems like a lesson could be learned here ... Trayvon ... etc.


6 years ago

Uno, that is a good question about police being called.  I don't know either.  It hasn't been reported.  Truly sad and bizarre story.




6 years ago

Why are these deaths considered an acceptable price to pay for unrestricted gun availablitiy?  Christian



Some states do have heavy restrictions on guns and availability.   It varies.  The only real argument I have with your wording above is the word acceptable.  It does seem to be the price we pay but it will never be acceptable.  Unfortunately, it is allowable.


I am not against a persons right to own weapons.  However, certain types of weapons, I feel do not need to be in private possession.  Maybe there should be a mandatory mental status check done annually, with a requirement of at least two people to give good reference.   I don't know.


Nuts have legal guns.  Criminals have illegal guns.


Still I feel the majority of gun owners are responsible and sane.  I do not believe in punishing all and taking their right away because of a few even with such severe consequenses.

6 years ago


<<Some states do have heavy restrictions on guns and availability.>>


No they don't. Having to show a driver's license is not a "heavy restriction."




<<It does seem to be the price we pay but it will never be acceptable.>>


Yes it is. If it wasn't, then society wouldn't allow it.




<<I do not believe in punishing all and taking their right away because of a few even with such severe consequenses.>>


Nor do most other Americans, thereby proving that the deaths of innocents is indeed acceptable in American society. You just said it yourself.


6 years ago


NJ has some pretty strict gun regulation in place.  I have looked this over but do not claim any expertise when it comes to guns.


I believe New York does as well. 



In my mind I liken this to the conflict I feel with abortion.  It is never acceptable for innocents to die.  Sometimes it is the price of doing business and has to be allowed.  I know that is pretty blunt, but it is what it is.

6 years ago

Uno- thanks for that update.  I feel somewhat less bad.  Oh, no, now I feel guilty about that.

6 years ago


In most civilized countries, it is extremely difficult to get a gun, and most people don't even bother. In the US, it's easy as hell.


Define "strict."


6 years ago

In the US, it's easy as hell.


My dad recently tried to purchase a shotgun and he got pinged and then was put on the waiting list.


He had to wait about 10 days.


That is strict for this country. But we are a different contry with different rules.


No they don't. Having to show a driver's license is not a "heavy restriction."


As was the case with my dad he had to wait. You have to do more than simply show an ID. You have to pass a proper background check as well.


Most Americans like the way it is. It is a constitutiona right and most of plan on keeping it that way.


thereby proving that the deaths of innocents is indeed acceptable in American society.




That logic is asinine...

6 years ago

1 dead; suspect in custody in University Hospital shooting

By Summer Moore
Staff Writer
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 3:21 PM

A Lincolnton, Ga., man was shot and killed in a University Hospital room Tuesday afternoon by a family member.

Around 3:30 p.m., Tim Grooms, 57, was shot on the seventh floor of the hospital on Walton Way, according to authorities.

The shooting suspect’s name has not been released.

“We had a tragic event today,” said hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester.

She said the shooting took place after the victim and a male family member had an argument in a mutual relative’s room on the hospital’s general medicine floor. The patient was not injured. The nature of the relationship between the shooter, the patient and the victim has not been disclosed by authorities.

Sylvester said she was told by other family members the disagreement had been “brewing for some time.”

After the shooting, the suspect immediately put down the gun and surrendered to hospital security, Sylvester said. The person was in the custody of hospital security when Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrived. There were no witnesses to the shooting except the people in the room, she said.

6 years ago

U.S.-Canada border crossing closed after Canadian agent shot
By Staff
The Associated Press

BLAINE, Wash. – The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border has been closed after a Canadian agent was shot.

Few details were immediately available Tuesday afternoon, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Milne says the crossing was closed due to police activity on the Canadian side, and the Washington Department of Transportation confirmed on its Twitter feed that traffic was being rerouted due to the shooting of a border agent.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were planning a news conference to discuss the shooting.

6 years ago


21 October 2012 Last updated at 18:18 ET
Three killed in Wisconsin shooting at Brookfield spa

Three people have been killed, and four others injured, after a man starting shooting at a beauty spa in Brookfield in the US state of Wisconsin.

Police said the suspect, identified as Radcliffe Haughton, 45, was later found dead at the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

They also discovered what was described as an "improvised explosive device".

A large number of police had arrived at the Azana spa after witnesses said they saw a man with a gun.

Reports say the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The shooting began around 11:15 (15:15 GMT).

Several areas near the spa - including a shopping centre, a country club and a hospital - were locked down, as police searched for the suspect.

A quick reaction Swat team and hostage negotiators were sent to the scene - in addition to FBI personnel.

At least 20 fire, ambulance and police vehicles were also deployed, in addition to a medical helicopter on the ground.

The White House issued a statement saying Barack and Michelle Obama's thoughts and prayers were with the victims of "this horrible shooting" and their families.

It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year.

In August, Wade Michael Page, a US Army veteran with ties to white-power groups, killed six people as they prepared for a service at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.

Seven people were killed in March 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel. 


5 years ago

5 years ago

Just about everything about that picture is wrong...wrong...wrong...


5 years ago

Yeah, I couldn't look at it long enough to post..but with your post in between, I am not loking at it.

5 years ago

Totally disgusting

5 years ago

Everything in ythat picture is wrong...except the Glock 17 on the bed...

5 years ago

I thought that was you, Buck.

5 years ago

At least 1 dead, 1 wounded at Wyo. comm. college

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — At least one person was killed and another was wounded Friday morning in an attack at a community college in central Wyoming.

It happened around 9 a.m. at Casper College, said school spokesman Rich Fujita.
Police took into custody one person who is injured, he said.

The campus was locked down and students were advised to stay where they're at until police give the all clear.

Fujita said he had no additional information, including how the attack happened, any weapon used and who was killed.

5 years ago

Chiefs Player Shoots Girlfriend Then Kills Self At Arrowhead Team Facility: REPORTS [UPDATED]
AP/The Huffington Post | Posted: 12/01/2012 11:05 am EST Updated: 12/01/2012 11:36 am EST

A Kansas City Chiefs player reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the team facility, shortly after shooting his girlfriend at a nearby location, according to various reports.

According to KCTV in Kansas City, the first shooting occurred at approximately 8 a.m. Although KMBC in Kansas City initially reported that victim of the first shooting "was listed in critical condition," KCTV later reported that she had died.

Police officials tell KCTV that the Chiefs player drove to the team's facilities at Arrowhead Stadium after the initial shooting and shot himself.

5 years ago

Bicycling woman shot dead in Berkeley
Henry K. Lee
Published 9:03 a.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(12-05) 07:26 PST BERKELEY -- A woman was found shot to death near a Berkeley school, authorities said Wednesday.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was spotted by a citizen on the sidewalk near the corner of Sacramento and Ward streets outside Longfellow Middle School at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The citizen said the victim was bleeding from the head and may have fallen on her bike.

But officers arrived and determined that the victim had been shot. The woman, described to be in her 40s or 50s, died at the scene, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a Berkeley police spokeswoman.

No arrest has been made.

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5 years ago

11 December 2012 Last updated at 19:53 ET
Deadly shooting at Oregon mall

A gunman has opened fire at a shopping mall near the city of Portland, Oregon, killing at least one person.

Witness reported multiple injuries at the Clackamas Town Center, with police confirming multiple injuries and an unconfirmed number of deaths.

All entrances to the mall were blocked off, and police said the suspect had been "neutralised".

Dozens of police and emergency medical teams were on the scene but some remained inside the site, police said.

Merry Christmas, everyone
5 years ago

Alleged shooter at Connecticut school is dead, official tells NBC
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET: An alleged gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut is dead, an official told NBC News, and at least three people were hospitalized in a shooting incident that sent crying children spilling into the parking lot.

"I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled," one student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown told NBC Connecticut during its live broadcast. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents."

Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC's Jonathan Dienst. The official had no information whether any children were hurt.

5 years ago

Many children reportedly shot at Connecticut school; alleged gunman is dead
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

Updated at 12:40 p.m. ET: Many school children were shot, perhaps at least 20, two officials told NBC News, when a gunman burst into a Connecticut school Friday morning. The alleged gunman was later found dead, an official said of the shooting incident that sent crying children spilling into the parking lot.

"I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled," one student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown told NBC Connecticut during its live broadcast. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents."

Two 9mm handguns were recovered from the scene, an official told WNBC's Jonathan Dienst. The official had no information whether any children were hurt.

5 years ago

27 dead so far ...

5 years ago

18 of the victims, children between the ages of 5 and 10.

5 years ago

President Obama Statement on School Shooting in Connecticut

Video links won't embed anymore.

5 years ago

Police: Man, woman dead after murder-suicide shooting at hotel-casino on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A man shot and fatally wounded a woman, then killed himself Friday night at the Excalibur hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, sending frightened patrons fleeing.

Las Vegas Police Lt. Ray Steiber said the shootings happened at about 8:30 p.m. near the high-rise hotel's front entrance.

Steiber said the man shot the woman, who was a vendor at the hotel's concierge desk, and then turned the gun on himself. The man was found dead at the scene.

The woman was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Neither the gunman nor the victim was identified. However, Steiber said the woman worked as a vendor at the concierge desk, where tourists can get show tickets and restaurant reservations. He said the relationship between the shooter and the victim wasn't immediately clear.

The shooting happened as the hotel's registration desk was busy on a Friday night with the National Finals Rodeo and other events in town. Steiber said patrons scattered at the first sound of gunfire, and no one else was wounded.

MGM Resorts International owns the Excalibur and several other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Company spokesman Gordon Absher said the hotel and casino remained open to guests and patrons. However, the area where the shooting took place remained cordoned off by police while the investigation continued.

5 years ago

Alabama Hospital Shooting: St. Vincent's Gunman Wounds 3 Before Being Killed By Police
12/15/12 11:56 AM ET EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Authorities in Alabama say a man opened fire in a hospital, wounding an officer and two employees before he was fatally shot by police.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams says the officer and employees suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Williams says police were called because a man with a gun was walking through St. Vincent's Hospital on Saturday morning. When he was confronted by officers, he started shooting and wounded one of the officers. That's when the second officer shot and killed the man.

Detectives are still working to determine why the armed man was in the hospital.

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5 years ago

Suspect in police shooting dead
Name not released pending family notification
Posted: December 17, 2012 - 4:36am

By Aly Van Dyke

The suspect in the shooting deaths of two Topeka police officers has died from gunshot wounds in a local hospital, according to a release from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The office wasn’t releasing the suspect’s name because family hadn’t yet been notified. A media conference was scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center, where a memorial for fallen officers stands adorned with burning candles and flowers to remember the officers killed Sunday.

Topeka Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29, died after they were shot in the head Sunday evening outside Dillons, 1400 S.W. Huntoon. They were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Gogian started as a Topeka police officer Sept. 27, 2004. Atherly began on April 4, 2011.

5 years ago

Gunman kills woman at Pennsylvania church, 2 men elsewhere
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — The Associated Press
Published Friday, Dec. 21 2012, 12:47 PM EST
Last updated Friday, Dec. 21 2012, 6:08 PM EST

A man fatally shot a woman decorating for a children's Christmas party at a tiny church hall and killed two men elsewhere in a rural central Pennsylvania township Friday before he was fatally shot in a gunfight with state troopers.

The shootings began in Frankstown Township at about 9 a.m. and investigators were processing five crime scenes within about a 1.5-mile radius, authorities said at a news briefing Friday afternoon. The troopers were responding to a 911 call of a shooting in the township when they heard calls reporting at least one other shooting elsewhere, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said.

“It's going to take us some time to put this all together... and know exactly what occurred,” Lt. Col. George Biven's, deputy state police commissioner, said at a news briefing.

Family members of the victims said they were told the woman at the church was the first victim shot, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The gunman then shot two men in the driveway of a home after a confrontation at a stop sign, authorities said.

“This person went to their driveway with a pistol, pointed at them and started shooting,” Marie Brenneman told the newspaper, identifying herself as a cousin of one of the male victims. She said both male victims were the shooter's neighbors in the tiny village of Geeseytown, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg.


5 years ago

Two firefighters dead after four of them are hit when shooter guns down crews responding to Webster, N.Y., Christmas Eve house blaze
New York firefighters were called to the upstate New York blaze on Lake Road about 5:30 a.m. Authorities said there could be one or more shooters Monday morning.

A gunman shot four firefighters and killed two of them at the scene of a house fire in the upstate New York town of Webster on Monday morning, officials said.

Details were still emerging as the Monroe County Sherrif's Office said there could be more than one shooter involved in the attack near Rochester. Authorities didn't say whether they had apprehended any suspects, but were combing the area.

Fire crews were called to the scene on Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. The shooting, however, forced officials to halt fighting the blaze, which spread to two other neighboring homes, Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn said.

At least one firefighter was listed in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Webster Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier told the Democrat and Chronicle.

The extent of injuries to the other firefighter wasn't immediately known. Investigators also didn't say exactly how two of the firefighters died.

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5 years ago

Shooter who ambushed firefighters left note showing intent to burn, kill
By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 6:07 PM EST, Tue December 25, 2012

(CNN) -- A sniper who ambushed volunteer firefighters in upstate New York on Monday, killing two and seriously wounding two others, left a note saying he hoped to burn down his neighborhood and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

A charred body, believed to be his sister's, was found in the burned house she shared with him Tuesday, police said.

William Spengler, 62, used a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle, the same kind of weapon used in the assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.

"He was equipped to go to war," Chief Pickering said.

The shooter, who was convicted of killing his grandmother decades ago, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound hours later.

"Spengler was convicted in 1981 of first-degree manslaughter in the death of his grandmother and had been released on supervised parole, Pickering said."

5 years ago

Husband charged in killing of Wauwatosa police officer
Officer had been shot several times
Published On: Dec 27 2012 08:20:05 AM CST Updated On: Dec 27 2012 03:31:21 PM CST

A Wisconsin husband accused of shooting and killing his police officer wife on Christmas Eve has been ordered held on $1 million cash bond.

Ben Gabriel Sebena, of Menomonee Falls, made his initial appearance Thursday. A Milwaukee County court commissioner imposed bail and set a preliminary hearing for next week.

A criminal complaint said 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena was found lying on the pavement outside the fire department. Officers found her body early Monday after she failed to respond to radio calls during her solo patrol. She'd been shot five times in the head.

The complaint said Jennifer Sebena told a colleague about three weeks earlier that her husband had put a gun to her head.

The complaint also quotes Ben Sebena as telling investigators he'd been jealous of other men with regard to his wife.

A message left with Ben Sebena's defense attorney was not immediately returned.

Ben Sebena is a 30-year-old decorated U.S. Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq. He was honorably discharged after he suffered severe arm and knee injuries in a 2005 mortar attack.

Jennifer Sebena was a police officer for two years in Wauwatosa, a city of 46,000 people just west of Milwaukee.

Funeral services for Jennifer Sebena will be held Saturday at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. to noon, with the service immediately following. Sebena will then be buried at Wisconsin Memorial park in Brookfield.

5 years ago

Most gun deaths are suicides. Just think, we could reduce deaths by more than one half if we just enforced existing laws against suicide.

5 years ago

Shooter kills 3 people, injures 2 in Swiss village
By By JOHN HEILPRIN | Associated Press – Thu, Jan 3, 2013

GENEVA (AP) — A man using an old-model Swiss military rifle shot and killed three women and wounded two men in a Swiss village, and was then arrested by officers who shot and injured him, police said Thursday.

Police in the southern canton (state) of Valais said they were alerted to the shooting in the village of Daillon just before 9 p.m. (2000GMT) Wednesday.

Officers arrived at the scene of the shooting 15 minutes later to find a man with a military rifle, which can be bought in military surplus markets, according to interim cantonal police chief Robert Steiner.

"The shooter pointed his weapon at our colleagues, so they had to open fire to neutralize him, to avoid being injured themselves," police spokesman Jean-Marie Bornet told Swiss radio. He said the shooter lived in Daillon, and the motive for the shooting was not clear.

Prosecutor Catherine Seppey said the shooter — who was not identified — knew several of the victims, but "he was not known for making threats." In 2005, he was admitted in a psychiatric hospital, she said.

Three of the victims, aged 32, 54 and 79, died at the scene, and the two injured men, aged 33 and 63, were taken to hospitals, Seppey said. The youngest of the victims, the 32-year-old woman and 33-year-old man, were a couple with two children.

Dan ...
5 years ago

Really? Most gun deaths are suicides?

Why do I find that extremely difficult to believe. Where'd you get that statistic?

5 years ago

Aurora, Colorado shooting: Gunman and three others dead after standoff with police
Kirk Mitchell
Denver Post
Posted: 01/05/2013 10:35:45 AM PST
Updated: 01/05/2013 10:35:50 AM PST

AURORA, Colo. -- Four people are dead after a gunman held police at bay for several hours while barricaded in a townhome in the same Colorado city where a shooter in a crowded theater fatally wounded 12 people six months ago.

Aurora SWAT team members fired at the gunman after he went to a second floor window and began firing at them. Officers found the gunman dead inside, but it was not clear whether he was fatally wounded by police or killed himself, a police spokeswoman said.

Police had surrounded the townhome after a woman who escaped from the home called 911 about 3 a.m. The man barricaded himself inside the home, and police evacuated nearby homes and sent emergency phone notifications.

Gun violence put Aurora in the national spotlight nearly six months ago after a gunman's bloody rampage inside a movie theater left 12 people dead. Prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes.

Cassidee Carlson, an Aurora police spokeswoman, said the gunman on Saturday is believed to have fatally shot two men and a woman. The woman who escaped told police officers that she saw three "lifeless" bodies in the home. The woman was not injured.

The identities of the victims and the gunman have not been released. The exact relationships between the victims are unclear, but they all may be related, Carlson said.
"It's the worst case scenario," she said.

Gun Deaths and Suicides
5 years ago

If what the media shows us is what happens most of the times, it would seem that shooting sprees ultimately lead to the shooter offing themselves.

Laws against suicide?
5 years ago

Dan, Care2 to elaborate further?

If someone shoots a bunch of people ...
5 years ago

then offs themself, the comment "most gun deaths are suicides" doesn't hold any water. 

5 years ago

Posted in the other thread and respoting here:

I was actually impressed with something that Greta Van Sustren said this morning on This week with George Stephanopolous.


"Gwen, I don't think Washington can necessarily answer the question for the nation," Van Susteren said. "What I'm trying to point out is that we all have to look at ourselves, as well, and look at how well we do—even like that PSA that Hollywood artists put out for gun control the other day, and then side by side, some group put all the violent movies they're in. I mean, this is a big discussion, a big national narrative that we all have to look at ourselves in terms of how our culture has now become to accept violence as an answer to problems, as a solution to problems. We see that on TV and movies all over."


I put that phrase in bold as an answer to this idea that teachers should be carrying or that there should be armed guards in schools.


I don't want to live in that world where we all have to carry guns just to feel safe and "defend" ourselves.

5 years ago

Alex Jones, creator of 'Deport Piers Morgan' petition, blows up on CNN
By DYLAN BYERS | 1/7/13 9:28 PM EST

Alex Jones, radio host and creator of the petition to deport Piers Morgan, on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.


"He perfectly exemplifies the problem," Morgan would later say of Jones.

The first segment above, the second segment below.


Part 2:


5 years ago

5 years ago

Cult YouTube gun channel operator found shot to death on rural Georgia road
Keith Ratliff was found shot to the head but had cache of weapons near him
He ran YouTube channel with three million subscribers and all videos combined have been viewed more than a HALF BILLION times
32-year-old man leaves behind a wife and two-year-old son
PUBLISHED: 20:54 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 8 January 2013

An operator of a highly popular YouTube channel dedicated to high-powered guns and explosives was found mysteriously shot to death, authorities said.

Keith Ratliff, who was a business partner at FPSRussia, YouTube's ninth most popular channel with more than three million active subscribers and a combined half billion views, was discovered on a rural road in Carnesville, Georgia.

Ratliff had a single gunshot wound the head and police are treating his death as a homicide.

When authorities made the grisly discovery on Thursday, they noticed there were several guns near Ratliff, according to a local radio station report.

'For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody. Either that or he was ambushed,' said Ratliff's heartbroken widow, Amanda.
'You know, it just doesn't really add up,' she told a television station.

'We all want to know and we all want justice to be done,' Amanda says. 'He had way to much to look forward to in his life.'

5 years ago

Gun-toting soccer mom found shot dead
Cops: Pa. woman’s 3 children were home during suspected murder-suicide
updated 10/8/2009 3:57:47 PM ET


LEBANON, Pa. — A mother of three who became a voice of the gun-rights movement when she openly carried a loaded pistol to her daughter's soccer game was fatally shot along with her husband, a parole officer and former prison guard, in an apparent murder-suicide at their home.

Autopsies were planned Friday for Meleanie Hain, 31, and Scott Hain, 33, who were pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at their brick home in this small city about 80 miles west of Philadelphia.

The couple's 10-year-old son and daughters ages 2 and 6 were home at the time, police said. The two older children ran outside and told neighbors that their father had shot their mother, neighbors said. The children are being cared for by neighbors and relatives.

Toys lay scattered across the corner lot Thursday in the tree-lined neighborhood where the family lived and where Meleanie ran a day care center. A car parked in the driveway bore a badge-shaped sticker that read "NRA law enforcement."

Worked as prison guard, parole officer

Scott Hain had worked in Reading as a parole officer for the state Board of Probation and Parole since August 2008. He previously was a guard at the Camp Hill state prison, the state Corrections Department said.

Neighbor Mark Long told The Patriot-News in Harrisburg that Meleanie Hain had baby-sat for his 3-year-old son and that the couple had been having marital problems for about a week.

Neighbor Aileen Fortna, 51, said that her husband noticed the two older Hain children running past their house and crying. She said the children told another neighbor that "daddy shot mommy."

Meleanie Hain always carried her holstered 9mm Glock pistol, even to the grocery store, and was holding a rifle while she talked to someone outside her house last week, Fortna said.

"I'm shocked at the whole thing," Fortna said. "I'm surprised she didn't defend herself."

Lebanon remained tightlipped Thursday, with Chief Daniel Wright saying only that the case was classified as a "death investigation" and that no one outside the home, or any of the children, is suspected of killing the couple.

Mike Witmer, a 32-year-old maintenance technician who lives across the street and about 50 yards from the Hains, said he was unloading groceries when he heard a commotion at their house. Shortly afterward, police swarmed through the neighborhood and told him to go inside.

He expressed concern for the children, saying: "I hope they're OK and they get through the hard times they're in for the rest of their lives."

"I'm a big hunter, and I support gun rights and I own guns," he said. "I just think sometimes guns get into the hands of the wrong people and tragedies happen."

Glock at a soccer game

Meleanie Hain made headlines after she attended her then 5-year-old daughter's soccer game in a park on Sept. 11, 2008, with her Glock holstered on her hip in plain view, upsetting other parents.

The county sheriff, Michael DeLeo, revoked her gun-carrying permit nine days later.

Hain successfully appealed the permit revocation, although the judge who restored the permit questioned her judgment and said she had "scared the devil" out of people.

Hain sued DeLeo in federal court , alleging that he violated her constitutional rights and prosecuted her maliciously when he took the permit away. She said that because of his actions her baby-sitting service had suffered, her children had been harassed and she had been ostracized by her neighbors in Lebanon, which has about 25,000 residents.

DeLeo said at Hain's appeal that he revoked her permit after fielding the parents' complaints. He said he based his decision on a state law that prohibits certain gun permits from being given to people whose character and reputation make them a danger to public safety.

After Hain sued DeLeo, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which says it tries to reform the gun industry through sensible regulations, offered to defend him for free.
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"It is a case that calls out for common sense," Brady Center attorney Daniel Vice said then. "It's ridiculous to bring a gun to a child's soccer game."

Neighbor Debbie Mise said she was saddened by the sight of police leading the family's mastiff dog out of the house.

"When he came out, his poor head hung to the ground," she said. "My heart went out to that dog."

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5 years ago

One student wounded in California school shooting as Biden preps for meeting with NRA
Associated Press | Jan 10, 2013 1:24 PM ET | Last Updated: Jan 10, 2013 1:50 PM ET
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TAFT, Calif. — A student was shot and wounded at a San Joaquin Valley high school Thursday and a suspect was taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, an oil and agricultural community about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The student who was shot was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield, said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. There was no immediate word on the victim’s condition.

“We have a suspect in custody,” Pruitt said, adding that the person was believed to be a student.

Pruitt said it’s believed a shotgun was used in the attack.

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5 years ago

Couple dies in murder-suicide
By Robin Lawson, Tidewater Review
The Virginia Gazette
3:08 p.m. EST, December 31, 2012

— A motive behind the apparent murder-suicide Saturday night on Elsom Mascot Road in King & Queen County is still unclear.

After responding to a shooting around 9:15 p.m., authorities found a married couple with fatal gunshot wounds, according to the King & Queen Sheriff's Office. Robin Stout, 48, and Thomas Stout, 42, were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Preliminary findings show that [Thomas] Stout shot his wife and then himself with a handgun," Sheriff J.R. Charboneau reported in a press release Sunday afternoon. The couple's 12-year-old daughter was not home at the time. Deputies had responded to the Stout residence twice in the past two to three years for domestic disputes, according to the sheriff's office.

A third party, whose identity is being withheld, made the 911 call.

The Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are continuing to investigate the case. "There will not be any further information released until after the medical examiner has made their determination," Charboneau noted.,0,1569299.story

5 years ago

1 wounded in shooting outside CA movie theater
The Associated Press
Posted: 01/11/2013 10:44:48 PM PST
Updated: 01/11/2013 10:44:49 PM PST

SAN MARCOS, Calif.—Authorities say a gunshot fired outside a San Diego County movie theater has left a woman inside the Cineplex injured.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Amos said it doesn't appear the victim or theater was a target of Friday night's shooting across the street from the Edwards 18 Cinema in San Marcos.

Amos said the victim was taken to the hospital with an injury to her arm.

He said detectives were investigating the shooting, and no arrests have been made.

5 years ago

Mark Bornino, R. Daniel Volpone, Ohio Men, Drank Alcohol, Fired AK-47, Hit Neighbors' Houses: Police
The Huffington Post | By Andres Jauregui 
Posted: 01/17/2013 2:44 pm EST

Police in Montville Township, Ohio, arrested two men, Mark Bornino and R. Daniel Volpone, after they allegedly drank alcohol and fired off guns, including an AK-47 assault weapon, during target practice Wednesday.

Unbeknownst to the men, police said, the bullets ripped through their paper marks and hit houses 500 yards away, narrowly missing families in their homes.

In once instance, bullets tore through the walls of a house and hit a microwave, reportedly moments after a woman exited her kitchen, according to NBC local news station WKYC.

Startled residents called 911 after hearing rapid gunfire, but according to ABC's WEWS in Montville Township, responding officers were soon dodging bullets themselves as they traced additional shots.

“When I get about a half mile back in the field up on a hill, gunfire started again, and started hearing rounds go over my head,” Montville Police Sgt. Matt Neil said to WEWS.

According to the Medina Gazette, Bornino and Volpone were found drinking alcohol and in possession of marijuana, three handguns and an AK-47 assault weapon with 628 rounds. They were not using a proper backstop.

Neil said the men thought shooting targets at a downward angle would stop the bullets, but apparently "bullets skipped off the ground, and carried over hills striking at least two homes police estimated to be... 500 yards from where the target shooting took place."

The men's guns were seized, and they now face a third-degree felony charge for discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited place.


5 years ago

Firearms Instructor Leaves Handgun In School Bathroom
Written by Eric on January 18, 2013.

A prosecutor in Lapeer, Michigan says, “No harm, no foul,” after a charter school took the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) advice and hired a armed security guard who promptly left his handgun unattended in a student bathroom.

Chatfield School co-directors Matt Young and Bill Kraly announced last week that they had hired retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. firearms instructor Clark Arnold as a security guard in response to the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The security officer “made a breach in security protocol” and left an unloaded weapon in a restroom “for a few moments,” said Chatfield School Director Matt Young.

Young said the school has been in contact with local authorities about the matter and wouldn’t discuss any possible repercussion for the officer, calling it “a personnel matter.” Young also declined to name the security officer.

“The school has put additional security procedures in place that follow local law enforcement practices and guidelines,” Young said in a statement. “At no time was any student involved in this breach of protocol. We will continue to work on improving school security.”

Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh said since nobody was harmed, the incident likely would not constitute a criminal charge.

“If you left a gun unattended and a toddler finds it and shoots and hurts someone, it could be some kind of reckless use of a firearm,” Konschuh said.

Since that did not happen, it’s likely no criminal act was committed, Konschuh added.

“It’s almost like no harm no foul.”

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5 years ago

Gun Found In 7-Year-Old's Backpack At Wave Preparatory Elementary School In Queens
Posted: 01/17/2013 3:58 pm EST | Updated: 01/18/2013 1:09 am EST

A loaded handgun was uncovered inside a backpack belonging to a seven-year-old boy at a Queens elementary school Thursday.

The New York Post reports a .22-caliber handgun was found inside the backpack at Wave Prepatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway.

The school went into lockdown and the gun was confiscated by a school safety officer.

No individuals were harmed, but CBS reports the gun was indeed loaded.

Authorities declined to identify the student and did not provide details of how the weapon was discovered.

The incident comes in the midst of renewed calls for gun control measures following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 20 students and six faculty members.

Earlier this month, the Staten Island Community Education Council voted on a plan to put armed guards in city schools.

On Tuesday, New York state became the first in the nation to pass gun control legislation after Sandy Hook.

The National Rifle Association has since blasted the new laws and said speedy passage prevented the lobby group from thwarting the effort.

5 years ago

5 accidentally shot at gun shows in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana
By Vignesh Ramachandran, Staff Writer, NBC News

Five people were wounded in accidents at gun shows in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana on Saturday, according to authorities.

In Raleigh, N.C., authorities said three people were wounded when a loaded shotgun accidentally discharged at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Officials say Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, was having his shotgun checked before entering the show when the incident happened. He was unzipping his 12-gauge shotgun's case when it accidentally fired birdshot pellets, hitting three people, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported. Wilson was planning on privately selling the gun at the show, according to NBC affiliate WNCN.

The three victims, Janet Hoover, Linwood Hester and Jake Alderman, were hit, respectively, in the right torso, left hand and right hand, WNCN reported. They were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Witness Daniel Peadan told WNCN he was about to enter the building, when he heard a loud pop: "The people right there at the door, a lot of them ran ... They scattered because it was chaotic."

"This was an accidental discharge," said Brian Long, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, in a statement.

The show closed early Saturday because of the shooting, according to The News & Observer. When the show reopens Sunday private gun sales will not be permitted, but only sales by licensed dealers at the show are allowed, Long said. By Saturday evening, the event's website clearly stipulated: "No personal firearms are to be brought into the show."

The Wake County Sheriff's Department is investigating Saturday's incident, and it's not clear yet whether there are pending charges, according to Long.

In Medina, Ohio, an exhibitor at a local gun show was opening a box containing a gun when the weapon went off, striking his partner, who was sitting next to him, NBC station WKYC of Cleveland reported.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the arm and thigh and was taken to a hospital.

Police told WKYC the shooting was accidental, and a man who attended the show had sold that gun to the exhibitor.

In Indianapolis, state police said a 54-year-old man was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic gun when he shot himself in the hand, The Associated Press reported. The victim, Emory L. Cozee, had been leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds, officials told the AP. Loaded personal weapons are not permitted inside this show, according to the AP.

Cozee was hospitalized. Police told the AP no charges will be filed and the shooting was accidental.

These incidents all happened on the first "National Gun Appreciation Day," which was organized by Political Media, a Republican consulting firm.

5 years ago

Breaking: Five Dead in South Valley Shooting
Published on January 20th, 2013
Written by: Nancy Tipton /

A male juvenile is in custody this morning following a shooting in the South Valley that left five people dead.

In an email from Bernalillo County officials, a shooting took place on Long Lane SW Saturday evening. Deputies were dispatched and found an adult male, an adult female and three children dead.

All victims appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Multiple weapons appeared to have been used including an assault-type rifle. The investigation is ongoing and the identities of the victims have not been release, officials said.

A male  juvenile is in custody and is being charged with two counts of murder, and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.

More on this as it develops.

5 years ago

South valley, full of gangs and illegals. Used to go through there on the way to work all the time. It's a fucced up area...

5 years ago

Why don't they unfuck it?

5 years ago

Why don't they unfuck every hood in this country?

Why doesn't someone unfuck every %#&!*% neighborhood, state, country etc... on the face of this earth?

How is restricting capacity in a magazine going to unfuck a fucced area like the South Valley?

Answer: It's not...

5 years ago

Multiple people shot at Houston-area community college, police say
By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News

Multiple people were reported shot Tuesday afternoon when gunfire erupted at a Houston-area community college, law enforcement sources said.

A law enforcement source told NBC News that three people were shot and one person possibly suffered a heart attack. A college spokesperson said that two of the people shot were students and that a gunman was also shot.

NBC station KPRC-TV reported that police had one person in custody in and were searching a subdivision near the North Harris campus of Lone Star College to determine if another person who fled the scene could be a possible suspect.

Federal authorities told NBC News that it's still not clear whether the person detained in the shooting was, or was not, a student.

It appears the shooting was the result of animosity between two people, the federal authorities said, and that students got shot in the cross-fire. Several federal officials have said it was gang-related, but the exact nature of the relationship remained unclear.

5 years ago

In Bernalillo, the young person in custody was the son of the family that is now dead.  He shot his parents and, I believe, 3 of his 10 siblings.  Unbelievable. 

5 years ago

Stray bullet kills 9-year-old boy in Brampton, Ont.

A nine-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet that passed through the window of a townhouse in Brampton, Ont., on Wednesday night.

Police have identified the victim as Kesean Williams, a student at nearby Winston Churchill Public School. The school's flag was flying at half-mast on Thursday morning.

Police responded just after 10:45 p.m. Wednesday to a townhouse complex at Ardglen Drive, near Kennedy Road South and Clarence Street, in Brampton, about 40 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

The boy was rushed to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Police announced Thursday he had died. There are unconfirmed reports he was struck in the head.

Police confirmed there were other immediate family members inside the residence during the shooting.

"This is obviously heartbreaking when we have a victim of this age," said Rob Higgs, Peel Regional Police acting inspector. "We'll be putting all of our resources into finding the people responsible for this."

Peel Regional Police stopped a taxi near the residence and three young men were seen handcuffed at the scene.

Police said they are interviewing several people who were near the townhouse at the time of the shooting.

There is no word yet on charges.

5 years ago

Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal of 13 guns
Star Tribune staff writers
January 21, 2013 - 12:06 PM

They knew the house far too well. It was where Christian Philip Oberender, then 14 years old, had murdered his mother in a shotgun ambush in the family rec room in 1995.

Now, 18 years later, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson was sending his deputies back to the home where Oberender still lives. Just two days earlier, Olson had scanned the day's shift reports and froze when he tripped over Oberender's name. A scan of a Facebook page then showed firearms spread out like a child's trophies on a bed inside the home, along with notes about the Newtown, Conn., gunman who shot 20 children to death.

What Olson's deputies found in the home in Watertown Township was chilling: 13 guns, including semi-automatic rifles, an AK-47, a Tommy gun, assorted shotguns and handguns, including a .50-caliber Desert Eagle.

Even more disturbing was the letter Oberender had written recently to his late mother, Mary: "I am so homicide,'' it said in broken sentences. "I think about killing all the time. The monster want out. He only been out one time and someone die.''

Today, Oberender sits in a Carver County jail cell on a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. And Olson, who investigated the 1995 murder as a young detective, finds his investigators at the center of a case that exposes the dangerous loopholes in the nation's gun laws and Minnesota's system of criminal background checks.

Even though Oberender killed his mother with a firearm, even though he was committed to the state hospital in St. Peter as mentally ill and dangerous more than a decade ago, he was able to obtain a permit to purchase firearms last May. That piece of paper gave Oberender, now 32, the ability to walk into any licensed Minnesota retailer and buy any assault weapon or pistol on the rack.

Dozens of other Minnesotans judged by a court to be mentally ill have also found that designation no barrier to obtaining deadly weapons.

A Star Tribune review of state court records found case after case in which individuals deemed mentally ill in judicial proceedings later wound up in possession of guns and accused of violent crimes.

At least 84 people have been charged since 2000 with illegal gun possession or assault with a dangerous weapon even though they had previously been committed by a judge as mentally ill. Of that group, 29 were charged with multiple counts of weapons possession and nine were considered by a judge to be mentally ill and dangerous.

5 years ago

1 shot, killed at Orange County doctor's office
The Associated Press
Posted: 01/28/2013 04:26:24 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2013 04:42:48 PM PST

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Police say a man has been shot and killed in a doctor's office in an Orange County medical building and another man is in custody.

Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says police received a report at about 2:45 p.m. Monday of six or seven shots fired at the medical office near Hoag Hospital.

Lowe says officers responding found a man dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso in a patient examination room. They found the suspect in the same room and took him into custody.

Lowe did not know the identity of either man or what their relationship may have been.

She says no one else was injured and it appears to be an isolated incident.

Detectives are interviewing others from the building.

5 years ago

School Bus Driver in Alabama shot. Six year old student taken as hostage by shooter.

5 years ago

Girl who performed at Obama's inauguration shot dead in Chicago
By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama's inauguration last week was shot dead Tuesday while hanging out with friends in bullet-scarred Chicago.

Hadiya Pendleton was standing under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park when a gunman ran down an alley, opened fire at the group and fled in a white car, police said.

Pendleton was shot in the back but managed to run about a block before she collapsed, officer Laura Kubiak said. She died at the hospital.

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in the 2:20 p.m. incident. Police said Pendleton, who had no criminal record, was probably not the intended target.

A sophomore at selective King College Prep High School, Pendleton had traveled to Washington to perform with the marching band at inaugural events, reported.

Friends of the young majorette described her as a bubbly, well-liked student.

Passed a background check, purchased it legally
5 years ago

Charges: Dad points AK-47 at daughter for getting two B’s in school
Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:43 PM EST Updated: Jan 25, 2013 2:59 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A St. Paul man has been charged with terroristic threats for pointing an AK-47 rifle at his daughter during an argument over the fact that she got two B's instead of straight A's in school.

According to the charges, 52-year-old Kirill Bartashevitch recently purchased the AK-47 due to fears that such weapons would be banned under President Obama's push for gun control legislation.

St. Paul police learned of the Jan. 13 incident after Bartashevitch's daughter sent a text message to a Central High School classmate, saying her father pointed an AK-47 at her. The message was seen by the classmate's mother, who reported it to a school social worker.

In an interview with the social worker, the victim said they were arguing about her grades when she swore at her father and said she "hated" him. At that point, Bartashevitch grabbed his newly-purchased gun and pointed it at his daughter.

The girl's mother said she stepped between the two, and that Bartashevitch pushed her to the ground and pointed the gun at both of them. The daughter said she wasn't scared because she didn't think the gun was loaded.

Bartashevitch admitted having a physical confrontation with his wife and daughter, and admitted to pointing the gun at both of them. He said the gun was not loaded and that he checked the chamber before pointing it at them.

St. Paul police searched the Bartashevitch home and found ammunition and receipts for two gun purchases. One receipt was for Bill's Gun Shop, dated Jan. 22, 2013. An employee of the gun shop confirmed Bartashevitch sold an AK-47 style gun -- specifically a 7.62X54R -- for $150.

The other receipt was for Frontiersman Sport, Inc., also dated Jan. 22, 2013. The gun shop confirmed Bartashevitch sold a newer AK-47 clone rifle -- a Cal-Zastava PAP 70 7.62X39 -- for $375.

Kirill Bartashevitch is charged with two counts of terroristic threats for pointing the gun at his daughter and wife. Bail was set at $20,000 with the conditions Bartashevitch have no contact with his daughter or wife.

If convicted, each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Read more: Charges: Dad points AK-47 at daughter for getting two B’s - KMSP-TV

5 years ago

Police probing dismemberment homicide
From staff reports The Spokesman-Review
January 29, 2013 7:14 a.m. - Updated: 5:09 p.m.

Spokane police arrested a 19-year-old man this morning for allegedly shooting his friend in the head by accident then trying to chop the body up with a hatchet.

Jeremy McVicker was booked into Spokane County Jail this morning on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter. Killed in the bizarre encounter was Dylan J. Heinen, 19, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

A man called Spokane police this morning and said he had watched a friend shoot another friend in the head just before 5 a.m. today, according to Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

When officers arrived, a male answered the door at 4818 N. Lincoln Street, and officers saw blood on his feet, DeRuwe said. Upon searching the home, officers discovered the male victim, who had “died from obvious trauma.”

McVicker accidentally shot the victim, then attempted to dismember the victim’s body with a hatchet in order to conceal the crime, she said.

Detectives also interviewed male and female witnesses, who have since been released.

Lincoln Street between Wellesley and Wabash avenues was closed for several hours during the investigation.

Busy day today
5 years ago

3 people shot at Phoenix office building
Suspected shooter left building after firing shots, police say
The Associated Press Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:06 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 30, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Three people at a Phoenix, Ariz., office complex were shot Wednesday morning, and the shooter's whereabouts are unknown, local police say.

Officer James Holmes said the victims were taken to hospitals. He did not know if their injuries were life-threatening.

Holmes said police believe there was only one shooter, but they don't know his whereabouts.

"We have no motive," Holmes said. "It is right now a really fluid scene."

He said police were given conflicting information about the suspect leaving the scene. The building was evacuated and police are looking for a suspect or any additional victims.

Vannessa Brogan, who works in sales support in an insurance business in the three-storey complex, said she heard a loud bang that she thought at first was from somebody working in or near the building.

She said others at the business thought they heard multiple loud noises. She said people locked themselves in offices until authorities evacuated the central Phoenix building that houses insurance, medical and law offices.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

"We were doing our regular morning routine, and I hear what I guess were two gunshots," she said.

Watching from her second-storey office, she saw people below leaving the building.

"Someone yelled, 'We have a shooter,'" she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the back of the building. She said there are medical people who have offices in the complex, so they came out to help.

5 years ago

— Jan. 31 12:47 AM EST

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 5-year-old hostage kept law officers at bay Wednesday in an all-night, all-day standoff that began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said.

SWAT teams took up positions around the gunman's rural property and police negotiators tried to win the kindergartener's safe release.

The situation remained unchanged late Wednesday, with negotiations ongoing, Alabama State Trooper Charles Dysart told a news conference. He said no additional information would be released until Thursday morning.

The gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.

He had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning to answer charges he shot at his neighbors in a dispute last month over a speed bump.

The standoff along a red dirt road began on Tuesday afternoon, after a gunman boarded a stopped school bus filled with children in the town of Midland City, population 2,300. Sheriff Wally Olson said the man shot the bus driver when he refused to hand over a 5-year-old child. The gunman then took the boy away.

"As far as we know there is no relation at all. He just wanted a child for a hostage situation," said Michael Senn, a pastor who helped comfort the traumatized children after the attack.

5 years ago

Famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle slain at gun range in N. Texas
by staff & Jason Whitely / WFAA
Posted on February 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM
Updated today at 11:20 PM

GLEN ROSE, Texas -- A former U.S. Navy SEAL who gained recognition during the Iraq War was one of two people fatally shot southwest of Fort Worth on Saturday, KHOU 11 News has learned.

Sources close to the investigation identified the former SEAL as Chris Kyle, 39, author of the New York Times bestselling book, "American Sniper."

Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who was recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, officials said. The murders happened at a shooting range near the town of Glen Rose, about 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

The Erath County Sheriff's Office issued an alert for the arrest of the suspect, who was later identified as Eddie Routh, 25. Officials warned that Routh was traveling in a Ford F-150 pickup with large tires and rims. They said he was believed to be highly trained with military experience.

Routh was reportedly later captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas.

Investigators believe Routh, a former Marine, turned his weapon on Kyle and the second victim before fleeing the scene.

Officials said the second shooting victim, whose identity was not released, was a neighbor of the suspect. All three men lived in Midlothian, Texas.

"American Sniper," which details Kyle's 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009, was published in 2012. The book's cover referred to Kyle as "the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history." The sniper served in every major battle in Operation Iraqi Freedom and became so well known that the insurgents even had a bounty on his head. He served four tours of duty in Iraw and was wounded twice by gunfire.

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RIP Chris...

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Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot.

Police sources say the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources.

The man who shot the attackers was 70 years old, according to police.

One of the attackers was found dead in the median on Lafayette Boulevard, and the other was taken to a local hospital, according to police sources. We've learned that both of the men had attended the high school, and one had been recently expelled.

Police sources say the coach has a Concealed Pistol License and is reportedly a reserve police officer. They say he is fully cooperating with authorities.

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3-year-old S.C. boy killed after mistaking pink handgun for toy
By David Edwards
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:26 EST

A 3-year-old boy in Greenville, South Carolina was shot in the head and killed on Friday after he started playing with a pink handgun because he thought it was a toy.

Police responding to the shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments said that Tmorej Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the head, according to The Associated Press.

Investigators determined that Tmorej and his 7-year-old sister had been playing with a pink handgun when the incident occurred.

Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler ruled the shooting an accidental homicide.

Fowler said that the shooting happened in a bedroom, while the boy’s grandparents were in the living room. The parents were not at home at the time.

“If you have guns, if you own guns mostly we would prefer you have them in a lock box,” Greenville Police Media Relations Officer Jonathan Bragg told WYFF. “At least have them out of the reach of children.”

Police had not yet revealed who fired the weapon.

Pink handguns and Hello Kitty assault rifles have been part of an effort to get firearms in the hands of women and younger groups in recent years. In 2011, Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R) was criticized after she pointed her loaded raspberry-pink handgun at a reporter.

“Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein told the reporter as she aimed the gun’s laser pointer at the reporter’s chest, adding that the firearm’s lack of a trigger safety should not be a reason to worry.

“I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger,” she said.

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3 Killed in Denver Shooting, Including 2 Children After Gun Fire Erupts
By Rafal Rogoza | First Posted: Feb 06, 2013 03:21 PM EST

Police say gun fire erupted in a Denver home today killing one woman, two young children and injuring another, according to an AP report.

The sudden act of violence appears to be an isolated incident with no shooter running on the loosing, authorities say.

"Is there a mass killer or someone running around? At this time we don't believe so," Major Crimes Commander Ron Saunier said.

The fatal shooting took place at a residence near 49th Street and Pearl Avenue in the northeastern section of the city, reports say, where investigators have found the bullet ridden bodies of two children believed to be under the age of ten and the dead body of a woman believed to be their mother.

Another child was found alive but injured and was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, early reports say. The identity of the victims and the gender of the children has not been released by authorities at this time.

The shooting may have been a murder-suicide, according to unconfirmed news reports. The area has been closed off by police as investigators assess the scene.

This latest shooting comes only a two weeks after gun control advocates rallied in Washington and other major city's across the country to pressure lawmakers to toughen national gun laws. The mass movement was provoked into action after 26 people, 20 of them young children, were massacred by a gunman at Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14.

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Good guys with guns: One guy shot after another accidentally shoots him while shooting a street sign
February 8, 2013
By Anomaly

After a 25 year-old man used a road sign as target practice, he then accidentally shot a bystander in the process. Tyler J. Guzdial has to now complete a hunter safety course.

MLive reports:


District Judge Mark E. Janer on Thursday, Feb. 7, ordered 25-year-old Tyler J. Guzdial to pay for and attend the class intended to teach hunters how to properly handle a firearm. Janer also sentenced Guzdial to six months of probation and ordered him to pay $805 in fines and costs and $1,234.45 in restitution to Gabriel Koscielski. Janer allowed Guzdial to pay the fines and costs by performing community service, at a rate of $7.50 per hour.

Guzdial on the evening of Sept. 15 was on Nebobish Road in Hampton Township, taking potshots at a dead-end sign. He later told police he shot the sign about 13 times with a .22-caliber Smith & Wesson.One of his bullets struck a truck parked nearby, then ricocheted and hit the vehicle’s owner, Koscielski, in the abdomen. Koscielski had been goose hunting and was putting away his gear when the projectile struck him, court records show.

But, here’s where it gets even crazier. Guzdial, said although it was not a designated target range, “There were shells and things like that scattered all around the ground.” Koscielski was goose hunting at the time when he quickly packed his gear after he felt the bullets whizzing by him.

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Community organizer and mother of two 'pulled a gun at Chuck E Cheese's on a woman during heated argument over their feuding toddlers'
PUBLISHED: 17:48 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:31 GMT, 6 February 2013

A Connecticut mother of two was arrested after allegedly pulling a gun on another woman during an argument over their kids at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant.

Police say Tawana Bourne, 30, of Middletown, threatened a mother at the popular children's pizza eatery in Newington with a .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun and chambered a round Monday. Both women had their young children present at the time.

Bourne, who has a valid pistol permit, was charged with breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree threatening.

She was released on $50,000 bond and is due back in court February 19.

Chuck E. Cheese’s released a statement saying weapons are banned in its restaurants and managers are evaluating security.

The incident took place at around 8pm Monday when police received a report of an argument involving a firearm from the restaurant on Berlin Turnpike.

Bourne's alleged victim, Shkurte Berisha, of New Britain, said that it all started when she addressed the suspect's five-year-old son after the boy had pushed her two-year-old daughter of a children's ride.

Bourne allegedly told her, 'Watch your tone with my son,' to which the little girl’s mother replied that the 30-year-old should watch her child.

At that point, Berisha said Bourne took a gun out of her right pocket and pointed it at her, prompting Berisha to shield her daughter with her body.

The New Britain woman, who is originally from Kosovo, then reportedly told Bourne that she is not afraid of the weapon being brandished in her face.

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11 February 2013 Last updated at 12:25 ET 
Three dead in Delaware courthouse shooting

Two women have been killed in a shoot-out that also left a gunman dead at a court in the US state of Delaware, police said.

Officers exchanged fire with the armed man after he began shooting before passing metal detectors in the lobby of the court in Wilmington.

The city's mayor said one of the victims was the attacker's estranged wife.

America's latest shooting comes amid a White House push to tighten gun laws.

Police did not say if the two women were killed by the shooter or in cross-fire with police. Nor is it clear how the gunman died.

Two police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Delaware State Police Sergeant Paul Shavack.

Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles surrounded New Castle County Court, which was evacuated during Monday morning's incident.

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Pistorius Charged With Murder in Shooting of Girlfriend
Published: February 14, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — She was a platinum-haired model on the cusp of the big time, about to debut on a reality television show. He was a global sports icon who, despite having had both his legs amputated at the knee as an infant, ran so fast that in a 2011 Nike advertisement he declared, “I am the bullet in the chamber.” Reeva Steenkamp, the model, and Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic champion and Olympic competitor, were glamorous young fixtures on the South African celebrity scene.

But early on Thursday morning, the police arrived at Mr. Pistorius’s house in a gated community in Pretoria to find Ms. Steenkamp, 30, dead from multiple gunshot wounds in a puddle of blood. And before the day was out, Mr. Pistorius, 26, who ran on carbon-fiber blades that earned him the nickname Blade Runner, had been charged with murder.

Early news reports here that Mr. Pistorius, a gun enthusiast, had accidentally shot his girlfriend, thinking she was intruder, gave way to grim police news conferences announcing previous law enforcement complaints about domestic incidents at his home and the current charges of murder. The development stunned a nation that had elevated Mr. Pistorius to the status of a national sporting hero, an emblem of the ability to overcome acute adversity and a symbol of South Africa’s ability to project achievements onto the world stage.

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This happened just blocks from my place:

Shots fired into two downtown condo units
UPDATE: Part of Eastbound Gardiner closed for shooting investigation
Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/16/2013 4:15:00 PM

For the 2nd time today, police have closed part of the Gardiner as they investigate an early-morning shooting.

Eastbound lanes of the Gardiner were closed at Jameson just before 4pm Saturday.

This after bullets were shot from the highway around 4:30am Saturday into 2 condo units on Queen's Quay, near Bathurst St. The bullets pierced windows of a 10th floor unit, another on the 12th.

No one inside the condos was hurt.

Police are walking the Eastbound lanes of the Gardiner looking for clues. They found 3 shell casings on the Westbound side Saturday morning.

There is no information yet on any suspects or cars they might be driving.

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February 19, 2013 12:30 PM
Los Angeles Freeway Shooting Update: Police say four dead including gunman after shooting spree

(CBS/AP) TUSTIN, Calif. - A 25-minutes shooting spree through Southern California left several wounded and four dead including the gunman who killed himself, police said Tuesday.

Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said the shootings began at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday when deputies responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch.

Three more people were fatally shot in the next 25 minutes after carjackings in Tustin and Santa Ana.

According to Amormino, the motive for the shootings is still unclear and it's also unclear if any of the victims knew each other or the shooter.

"It might have been a random thing," Amormino said. "We just don't know."

One of the slayings occurred after a pickup truck taken by the carjacker began to run out of gas, and he stopped at State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

"He gets out of the vehicle, confronts our victim who is in his BMW, he orders him out of the vehicle, walks him to the side of the curb and executes our victim," Bertagna said.

The shooter then drove to a Tustin business called Micro Center. A utility-type pickup was then carjacked, one person was killed, and another wounded, Garaven said.

Officers located the suspect and followed him into the city of Orange. When officers tried to stop him, he got out of the vehicle and killed himself, Garaven said. A shotgun was recovered at the scene.

Authorities did not have details about all the victims.

"There have been other people coming forward saying they were shot at or their cars were shot at," Garaven said but none had reported any serious injuries.

Of the wounded, two were described as having serious injuries and one was said to be minor.

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Las Vegas Strip Shooting: 3 Dead After Shootout Leads To Multi-Vehicle Crash, Police Say
By KEN RITTER 02/21/13 11:34 AM ET EST

LAS VEGAS — Gunshots fired from a black Range Rover on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday caused a Maserati to crash into a taxi, creating a fireball and killing three people as the SUV sped away.

Initial reports had it as a gunfight between the luxury SUV and the high-end sports car. But investigators don't think anyone in the Maserati was shooting, said Sgt. John Sheahan.

Police are looking for the distinctive black Range Rover with dark tinted windows and black rims that left the scene after the 4:30 a.m. Thursday crash at the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards. It's surrounded by some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's.

In all, five vehicles were involved. The Maserati driver, the taxi driver and a passenger in the cab were killed.

The Range Rover has paper dealer plates, although it's not clear what state they're from, police said. Authorities are checking with law enforcement agencies in California, Arizona and Utah in their search for clues.

The taxi was affiliated with the Desert Cab company, according to general manager Sandy Shaver. He declined to comment further.

Several people were taken to the hospital, including a passenger from the Maserati. Four were taken to University Medical Center where spokeswoman Danita Cohen said three people were treated and released. One person remained in the hospital whose condition was not released.

The intersection is expected to be closed for hours as officers investigate.

A tourist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash told KLAS-TV the burning taxi looked like a fireball.

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Man stores bullets in oven, nearly kills wife cooking breakfast.

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Drunk Texas man shoots girlfriend during game of ‘quick draws’
By David Edwards
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 14:05 EST

The Argyle Police Department in Texas recently arrested a man from Corral City after he admitted shooting his girlfriend while the couple was drinking and playing a game of “quick draws.”

At first, the 53-year-old woman told police that she had had been cleaning her .44-caliber Ruger Vaquero when she shot herself in the hand and shoulder, according to a incident report obtained by The Cross Timbers Gazette.

The nervous boyfriend, who smelled of alcohol, told police the same story. But he later admitted that he had been responsible for the shooting.

The man said that the couple had been practicing “quick draws” on each other during a night of drinking. He insisted that he was not aware that the gun was loaded.

“The officer reported that the woman had been lying in a large pool of blood all night long,” the paper said.

The man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The name of the suspect and the victim had not been released, and the Argyle Police Department did not respond to Raw Story by the time of publication.

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Man Arrested On Charges Of Threatening Gun Control Advocate Rep. Rhonda Fields
February 25, 2013 11:50 PM

"According to the affidavit, Sain not only threatened Fields’ life, but also her daughter’s.

“Death to both. (Expletive) you … (expletive) your laws. I keep my 30-round magazines. There will be blood. I’m coming for you (expletive),” one email read."

From another article:


In an email dated February 15th Sain said, “Hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun,” referring to Representative Fields and Fields her colleague state Rep. Beth McCann (D).

"KMGH-TV reported Sain denied being a racist in follow-up phone calls with authorities, despite his use of slurs against both Fields and President Barack Obama. Investigators say Sain’s emails repeatedly refer to Fields, who is African American, with obscene and racist language and also use a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama, according to an arrest affidavit.

Sain threatened, “I guarantee there is not enough law enforcement, or military to stop an all out overthrow of this government if you or that (racial slur) President tries to take our guns,” he said in one email. “Guarantee, we will make world war I and II look like child’s play, many will die…be prepared,”'

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