March 21, 2013 edition
Brunswick, Ga. -- A mother is wounded and her infant child is dead after they were approached by an unknown suspect and shot while on a morning walk about 9 a.m. today. The gunman fled on foot and a manhunt is underway. The woman’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Jefferson County, Ala. -- A 30-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter were found fatally shot and her 5-year-old boy was found shot and wounded inside their apartment about 11:30 a.m. yesterday. Earlier in the morning, the woman’s 30-year-old boyfriend and father of the two children was found dead in a parked car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have described the shootings as a murder-suicide. The boy was reported in critical condition.
Southgate, Mich. -- A middle-school student apparently committed suicide this morning in a school bathroom using a handgun that belonged to a family member.
Dallas, Tex. -- Police responding to a call at an apartment complex about 9:20 p.m. yesterday came upon an apparent murder-suicide scene outside the building when they found a 23-year-old woman fatally shot and a 36-year-old man wounded from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The two have a child together. No word on the man’s condition.
San Diego, Calif. -- A 19-year-old female sailor died this morning after she was found earlier with a gunshot wound aboard an amphibious assault ship.
The Navy has not yet provided more details.
Anaheim, Calif. -- Around 7 a.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old woman was found fatally shot next to a vehicle inside a parking garage on the lower level of an apartment complex. Neighbors saw two men running from near the scene about an hour before the woman’s body was found.
Prairie Village, Kan. -- A man armed with a gun and threatening suicide took his own life yesterday afternoon after a two-hour police standoff
San Antonio, Tex. -- Two men, ages 76 and 45, and a 67-year-old woman were found fatally shot this morning in what police were calling a double murder and suicide.
Shawnee, Okla. -- Police found a woman fatally shot in her home about 6:30 a.m. this morning. She was hit by bullets multiple times The woman’s husband has been arrested.
Washington, D.C. -- A man was fatally shot in the head about 2:50 a.m. today. Police are trying to determine if the victim might have been involved in an argument or fight at a nearby bar or nightclub.
Albuquerque, N.M. -- Police responding to a call concerning a dispute found a person fatally shot about 11:30 p.m. yesterday.
Maypearl, Tex. -- Two teenagers shot and killed themselves after fleeing a house they were trying burglarize when the homeowners thwarted the break-in. After an exchange of gunfire with the homeowners, one of the suspects was found dead in a nearby field, the other was found dead in a pick-up truck. Both had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Chicago, Ill. -- Seven people -- all between the ages of 19 and 36, were shot and wounded during music party at an entertainment center after a fight broke out and three gunmen opened fire about 1 a.m. today. Police were not certain if one or more of the gunmen might be among the wounded. No word on the condition of the wounded.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 47-year-old man was shot in the head and wounded while sitting in his car about 12:30 a.m. today. He was having a conversation with a man standing outside the car when that man suddenly pulled a gun and shot the victim. He was reported in critical condition.
Arlington, Va. -- A man walking home about 8:30 p.m. yesterday was shot after a suspect approached him and demanded money at gunpoint. The gunman fled with an undetermined amount of money. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- Two window repair men arriving at a home for a scheduled visit were shot and wounded by the homeowner who apparently thought they were intruders. One of the men suffered a graze wound; the other man’s injury was considered non life-threatening.
Poinciana, Fla. -- Two people were shot and wounded about 8 p.m. Monday. Police are looking for the suspect who opened fire on the two. The victims were reported to have non life-threatening injuries.
Seattle, Wash. -- A man on a street was shot in the face about 6 a.m. today. Police say the victim was alert and conscious during transport to a hospital. They are looking for the shooter.
Orlando, Fla. -- After receiving a tip, police discovered that a 12-year-old middle-school student brought a semi-automatic 9 mm MAC-10 pistol loaded with 30 cartridges into school in his backpack. The boy was arrested. Police say a criminal charge could be filed against someone else if an adult left the weapon unsecured.
Today’s sources: Albuquerque Journal, Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, Florida Times-Union, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KCTV-TV Kansas City, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Oklahoman, Orlando Sentinel, San Diego Union Tribune, Seattle Times, Washington Post, WSFA-TV Montgomery, WTLV-TV Jacksonville
Addendum for March 21, 2013March 20, 2013 edition
Baltimore, Md. -- Three people -- two 20-year-old women and a 21-year-old man -- were found fatally shot at a home about 9:15 a.m. yesterday. Police are looking for at least one suspect.
Allentown, Penn. -- About 1 p.m. yesterday, on the hospice floor of a hospital, a man shot and killed his wife and then used the gun to kill himself.
Manokotak, Alaska -- The Village Public Safety Officer, a 54-year-old man, was shot and killed Tuesday. A 42-year-old man is in custody.
DeSoto, Tex. -- A 40-year-old man shot and killed his 37-year-old estranged wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and then fatally shot himself after breaking into her mother’s home about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. The couple’s divorce had just been finalized. The wife had filed a restraining order against the man in October.
Lake Los Angeles, Calif. -- A man in his 40s was shot and killed by a 58-year-old next-door neighbor last night after the two had been drinking in the victim’s garage and then got into an argument. The victim’s 14-year-old daughter and another daughter of unknown age were at home at the time.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man in his 20s was found fatally shot outside an apartment complex about 4:15 p.m. yesterday. The gunman fled. The victim was having a dispute with the gunman just before shots were fired.
Houston, Tex. -- A 32-year-old man was shot and killed when he surprised three teenagers in his garage trying to steal his car just after midnight Monday. Two of the three have been caught.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest about 12:30 a.m. yesterday when at least four masked men burst into a house and demanded money. Five children and three other adults were at home at the time. No one else was injured. The invaders fled. No arrests yet.
Seattle, Wash. -- About 1:30 a.m. today, police found a man fatally shot and a second man wounded in a car with the engine running while in the front yard of a house. A vehicle was spotted leaving the scene about the time of the shooting. The wounded man was listed in critical condition.
Monument, Colo. -- A 58-year-old man was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his home about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. Police were searching for the gunman.
Pine Hills, Fla. -- A 4-year-old boy is in the hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the face while at home about 9:30 a.m. today. The child was listed in critical but stable condition and was expected to survive.
Morgantown, Ind. -- A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach with a handgun he found at the home of a relative about 6 p.m. Sunday. No word on his condition.
Greensboro, N.C. -- Police responding to a call about 5 p.m. yesterday found two victims -- a father and son -- injured in an apparent accidental shooting. Their injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Cedar Falls, Iowa -- A 22-year-old male convenience-store clerk accidentally shot himself in the hand while pulling a gun from his pants while at work Monday night. No customers were in the store at the time and no one else was injured.
Akron, Ohio -- A 41-year-old man was in his house playing cards with friends about 1:30 a.m. Monday when a masked man burst in and opened fire at him. He was struck in the leg. The gunman fled. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder yesterday about 9:45 p.m. after he answered a doorbell and got into a struggle with three people trying to push their way inside. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old boy showed up at a hospital about 2:40 a.m. today after suffering a graze wound to the neck while sitting in a vehicle. Police say shots were fired from a vehicle that pulled up to the victim’s vehicle. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 33-year-old man showed up at a hospital about 5:15 a.m. today with a gunshot wound to the thigh. His condition was listed as stabilized.
Berwyn, Ill. -- A man in his 30s was shot in the face after two men broke into his apartment about 10 a.m. yesterday. The intruder fled. Police think the victim might have known them. No word on the victim’s condition.
Pittsburgh, Penn. -- A 22-year-old man sitting in a vehicle was wounded Monday when a shot fired through the rear window of the vehicle struck him in the back of his head. A 55-year-old man has been arrested. No word on the victim’s condition.
Dallas, Tex. -- Someone was shot at a pool hall about 2:30 a.m. yesterday. The victim’s injuries were considered not-serious. Police have arrested a suspect.
Washington, D.C. -- Two intruders got into an apartment and shot a man and woman during an attempted burglary early Tuesday. No word on their condition.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- As they struggled to shut a restaurant door that a gunman was trying to open, three men -- ages 22, 21, and 19 -- were shot when the gunman fired through the door about 10:30 p.m. yesterday. The shooter fled. All three victims were reported in stable condition.
Memphis, Tenn. -- A man was grazed by a bullet while on a street this afternoon. No word on the victim’s condition.
Dallas, Tex. -- When a car almost backed into another vehicle at a convenience store, the two occupants of the vehicle tossed a brick through the driver-side window of the car. The two assailants then followed the car and fired twice at the car’s occupants when they stopped at an elementary school. Police arrested the assailants.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Albuquerque Journal,
Anchorage Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Florida Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, KABC-TV Los Angeles, News & Record (Greensboro), Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philadelphia Inquirer, Seattle Times, Washington Post, WBAL-TV Baltimore, WHO-TV Des Moines, WMC-TV Memphis
March 19, 2013 edition
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March 18, 2013 edition
Calumet City, Ill. -- A 15-year-old girl was fatally shot about 8:50 p.m. yesterday. She was hit several times. No other information was available.
Sterling, Va. -- A teenager who had been drinking and was relatively new to a neighborhood apparently entered a house two-doors down from his own by mistake about 2:30 a.m. today and was shot and killed by the startled homeowner. Friends had dropped the victim off at the wrong home as it looked similar to the teenager’s residence. Police are not yet sure how he got into the neighbor’s house.
Baltimore, Md. -- A 46-year-old man lying on a first-floor couch while visiting a home was killed when the homeowner, who was upstairs and handling a gun, accidentally fired the weapon and the bullet went through the floor and struck the victim about 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 20-year-old man was found in a car fatally shot in the chest about 4:30 a.m. today.
Daytona Beach, Fla. -- A 30-year-old man was fatally shot while riding his bicycle about a block from his apartment complex about 5:30 a.m. yesterday.
Orlando, Fla. -- Police arriving at a university dorm-room about 12:20 a.m. today found a man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Also found were an assault weapon, a handgun, and improvised explosive devices. The school said there was no immediate threat, however, as a precaution, 500 students were evacuated from the dorm and all classes at the school were canceled until noon today.
Williston, N.D. -- A 28-year-old man was fatally shot outside a bar about 1 a.m. Saturday. Police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect.
Houston, Tex. -- When police pulled over a man who had been driving erratically about midnight last night, the man shot and wounded an officer. The officer’s partner returned fire, killing the man. The wounded officer’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Los Angeles, Calif. -- A 35-year-old man walking on a street near his residence was fatally shot about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Vallejo, Calif. -- Police responding to reports of gunfire at a house about 5:20 p.m. yesterday found an elderly man fatally shot inside a detached garage. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide.
New Orleans, La. -- A 47-year-old man was found fatally shot in the head about 7:25 p.m. yesterday.
New Orleans, La. -- A 27-year-old man was found shot to death and lying in the middle of a street about 10 p.m. yesterday. He had several bullet wounds.
New Orleans, La. -- A 19-year-old male was found shot to death inside his home about 3 a.m. today.
Baltimore, Md. -- A 27-year-old man was found fatally shot in a vehicle around 11:15 a.m. yesterday. He had multiple bullet wounds.
Baltimore, Md. -- A 29-year-old man was found fatally shot in a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. yesterday. He had bullet wounds to the face and neck.
Opelika, Ala. -- A 29-year-old man was fatally shot about 9 p.m. yesterday. He was struck in the abdomen. Witnesses saw a vehicle speed from the area.
Crystal Township, Mich. -- Two men, ages 23 and 18, were disassembling their guns at a home Saturday evening when the older man’s handgun he thought was unloaded accidentally discharged and struck the younger man in the leg. No word on the victim’s condition.
Albuquerque, N.M. -- A police officer was shot in the lower back while responding to an alleged assault last night. The officer was reported in good condition. Police are looking for the shooter.
Los Angeles, Calif. -- Two men were wounded while standing with a group of people in a front yard of a home about 9 p.m. last night when a car pulled up and 18 shots were fired from the car. The suspects then fled the scene. One of the victims suffered a gunshot wound to the back and in critical condition but expected to survive. The other victim had three graze wounds to his back and one to the posterior.
Birmingham, Ala. -- Police say a young male was shot at a busy park about 7 p.m. yesterday. At this point they are unsure if the victim was a target or an innocent bystander. No word on his condition.
Anderson, Ind. -- A male was found shot in the head about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- About 11:30 p.m. yesterday, two male teenagers, ages 18 and 17, were shot and wounded while driving in a car with two others after a vehicle pulled alongside and shots were fired at them from the vehicle. Both victims were listed as stabilized.
Oakland, Calif. -- A man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound about 6:50 p.m. yesterday. He was expected to recover.
Oakland, Calif. -- A man was shot about 5:30 p.m. yesterday by a gunman who fled on foot. The victim was in stable condition and expected to recover.
Memphis, Tenn. -- A male was shot and wounded while walking along a highway about 4 a.m. today when someone inside a passing car shot at him. The victim was listed in critical condition.
Charlotte, N.C. -- A man was shot during an attempted robbery at a busy park about 4 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition.
Today’s sources: Albuquerque Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Houston Chronicle, Idaho Statesman, KABC-TV Los Angeles, Oakland Tribune, Times-Picayune, WBAL-TV Baltimore, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WMC-TV Memphis, WSFA-TV Montgomery, WSOC-TV Charlotte, WXMI-TV Grand Rapids
Addendum for March 18, 2013March 17, 2013 edition
The NRA never sleeps. They make sure their members bore in on lawmakers day after day with their message. They’ve been doing it successfully for many decades.
But we have one thing they don’t -- a majority. A recent Pew Research/USA Today poll showed that more than 83 percent of Americans want background checks for all gun buyers, 56 percent support a ban on assault-style weapons, and 53 percent want a ban on high-capacity magazines.
But it won’t mean much if lawmakers hear only from NRA members. So call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and let them know you support common sense gun control. And also tell them “I DON’T support the NRA, and I vote.”
Do it today. And do it again next week. And do it again every week after that until they get OUR message.
Here’s the contact information:
Fairless Hills, Penn. -- After a man went into a sporting goods store last night and asked a clerk to show him a shotgun and ammunition, he pulled out a handgun and ordered the clerk to undo the lock on the shotgun. The man then barricaded himself in the store’s bathroom and, after a four-hour standoff with police, shot himself to death.
Montebello, Calif. -- A 29-year-old man allegedly argued with his estranged wife in the parking lot of her workplace before shooting her several times in the upper body and killing her. The two were getting a divorced and she had a restraining order against him.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in the back and shoulder at a park about 7 p.m. yesterday.
Dow City, Iowa -- A 29-year-old man driving his car was shot and killed early yesterday by a 28-year-old man after the two had argued earlier in a bar.
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Police say a man fatality shot an armed man trying to rob him at his residence about 1:30 a.m. today. A second robber escaped.
Lubbock, Tex. -- A 25-year-old man was fatally shot at a residence about 2 a.m. last Wednesday. Police believe it was a homicide.
Kannapolis, N.C. -- A man was found fatally shot at an apartment complex
yesterday evening. Police are looking for two suspects.
Baton Rouge, La. -- A 46-year-old man standing in his driveway late Friday was fatally shot in the face during an attempted robbery.
Galt, Calif. -- Seven people leaving a family gathering at a home were shot and wounded about 10:30 p.m. yesterday when the occupants of a passing car opened fire on them. None of the victim’s were thought to have life-threatening injuries.
Fullerton, Calif. -- A police officer was shot multiple times after he pulled over a car on a routine traffic stop shortly after midnight last night. The vehicle fled the scene and was later found abandoned. The officer was expected to survive.
Anchorage, Alaska -- A 45-year-old man driving a motorized shopping cart in a big-box discount department store shot the store’s 33-year-old assistant manager during a dispute over an unleashed dog the shopper brought with him into the store. The victim was struck once in the mid-section. He was in stable condition.
Springfield, Mass. -- An 11-year-old girl was shot in the leg while standing in line outside a store to buy sneakers. Police believe the girl was accidentally hit by a bullet after an altercation began between others when two men tried to cut in front of the line.
Springfield, Mass. -- A man showed up at a hospital about 1 a.m. this morning with a gunshot wound. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 15-year-old boy showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder about 1:15 p.m. yesterday. He was listed in good condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 22-year-old man was shot during a robbery while on a street about 2:30 p.m.. He was listed in good condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt while on a street about 9:15 p.m. He was listed in good condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- About 7:20 p.m. Friday, a 17-year-old boy in a vehicle with female friends accidentally shot himself in the groin while handling a gun. The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Detroit, Mich. -- A 54-year-old man delivering pizza was approached by a gunman who shot and robbed him of his property and car Saturday afternoon. The victim was listed in stable condition.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- An 18- to 20-year old male was shot in a parking lot as hundreds of young people were leaving a teen club party about 10:40 p.m. yesterday. The victim was listed in critical condition.
Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg about 2 p.m. yesterday when an argument among several males led to gunfire.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 43-year-old man was shot and grazed in the head and a 28-year-old man was shot and wounded in the leg at a bar about 1:15 a.m. today. A gunman entered through a side door and shot the older man. The younger man, who police say might have been the intruder, was found on a street outside the bar. Both men were listed in critical condition.
New Orleans, La. -- A man was shot in the leg while on a street about 5:45 p.m. yesterday.
Today’s sources: Anchorage Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, Detroit Free Press, Florida Times-Union, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Philadelphia Inquirer, The (Springfield, Mass) Republican, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Times-Picayune
Addendum for March 17, 2013March 16, 2013 edition
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Hermitage, Tenn. -- A 10-month-old baby boy was shot in the chest and killed Thursday night when his 30-year-old father was handling a semi-automatic pistol and it accidentally discharged.
Galesburg, Ill. -- While attending a small party at a home about 2 a.m. Thursday, a 20-year-old man fatally shot an 18-year-old male when a gun he was handling accidentally discharge and struck the victim in the chest.
Templeton, Calif. -- A 48-year-old man was shot and killed on March 6 just after 9 p.m. when his rifle accidentally discharged while he was placing it on a ranch utility-vehicle.
Puryear, Tenn. -- A 72-year-old man shot and killed his 66-year-old wife and the couple's 46-year-old daughter before fatally shooting himself about 2 p.m. Monday. The couple had been arguing over who would keep a car after their pending divorce.
Casey County, Ky. -- After getting into an argument late yesterday, a 61-year-old man used his rifle to shoot and kill his 52-year-old girlfriend before shooting and killing himself.
Bessemer, Ala. -- A man, possibly in his late teens, was found fatally shot on a street about 8:55 p.m. yesterday.
Columbus, Ohio -- A 20-year-old man was fatally shot at a food market about 11 a.m. yesterday.
Memphis, Tenn. -- A 49-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting in a car parked in a driveway about 8 p.m. Thursday. A suspect has been arrested.
Washington, D.C. -- A 31-year-old man walking home from a train-stop after work was fatally shot outside his apartment building about 11:40 p.m. Thursday.
Montgomery, Ala. -- A 23-year-old man was found fatally shot inside a home
Indianapolis, Ind. -- A 23-year-old man was found fatally shot in an alley just before midnight Thursday night.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A 23-year-old man was fatally shot while sitting in a parked vehicle about 8 p.m. Thursday. Police say another vehicle pulled up next to the victim’s and someone opened fire.
Pasadena, Calif. -- A 4-year-old boy and two men, ages 55 and 32, were shot about 9 p.m. yesterday. Police are looking for three suspects in their late teens or early 20s spotted fleeing the scene. The three victims were expected to survive.
Charleston, W.V. -- About 12:30 p.m. this past Sunday, a man showing his girlfriend how to safely handle a gun shot himself in the leg when the weapon accidentally discharged. He is expected to survive.
Detroit, Mich. -- After an argument led to a 28-year-old woman getting shot in the forehead by her 47-year-old step-brother, the woman managed to drive a car and crush him against a house, killing him. The woman was listed in temporary serious condition.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg about 9 p.m. last night. No word on his condition.
Lisbon, Ohio -- After receiving a 911 call, police found a woman shot, apparently accidentally, in her home Thursday afternoon. Police say the doors were locked and there was no sign of forced entry. The incident is under investigation. No word on her condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg while on a street about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 45-year-old man was shot in the leg while on a street about 12:15 a.m. today. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 26-year-old man was shot in the leg while on a street about 1:45 a.m. today. His condition was listed as stabilized.
Little Rock, Ark. -- A driver pulled into a shopping center last night and asked for help for a man in the backseat who had been shot. No word on the victim’s condition.
Little Rock, Ark. -- A 21-year-old man robbing a store about 8:30 p.m. Thursday was shot in the leg when an employee of the store pulled out a gun and the two exchanged gunfire.
Canton, Mass. -- A shot fired through a door hit a man in the neck early yesterday morning. The shooter fled the scene. Police do not believe the shooting was a random act. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Hopkins, Minn. -- A 19-year-old man was shot and wounded outside an apartment complex about 4 a.m. today. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
New York, N.Y. -- A man was shot in the leg at a playground about 10:45 p.m. yesterday. Police are looking for the shooter. The victim is in stable condition.
Berkeley, Calif. -- Two employees were shot and wounded after two armed robbers entered a crowded dance hall around 12:05 a.m. today and demanded cash from employees. One of the gunmen was arrested.
Oakland, Calif. -- Someone was shot near a park about 12:40 a.m. today. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Pittsburgh, Penn. -- An 18-year-old man was found shot four times and lying in front of a bus stop on Thursday night. He was listed in critical but stable condition.
Wimauma, Fla. -- Shortly after midnight this morning, a 20-year-old man was wounded when he and some friends were driving along a street and a man standing on a corner began shooting at them. No word on his condition.
Baltimore, Md. -- A 19-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 26-year-old man was shot in the back of his legs about 12:50 a.m. today. Both victims were in stable condition.
Harrison Township, Ohio -- Two man, ages 20 and 19, were shot and wounded at an apartment complex about 1:15 a.m. today. The 20-year-old was reported to have life-threatening injuries. The 19-year-old is expected to survive.
Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Birmingham News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dayton Daily News, ABC-TV Los Angeles, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Morning Journal (Lisbon, Ohio), Oakland Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tampa Bay Times, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo), WCHS-TV Charleston, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WMC-TV Memphis, WSFA-TV Montgomery, WTVF-TV Nashville, Detroit Free Press
Addendum for March 16, 2013March 15, 2013
A lobbyist for an NRA chartered organization in Wisconsin recently said gun-rights proponents need only wait-out the “Connecticut effect” before they can once again start passing laws to loosen restrictions on guns. The lobbyist thinks, as has always been the case in the past, that we will soon forget what happened at Sandy Hook, and that those of us who want common sense gun laws will eventually lose interest and fade away. Then the NRA will have our elected representatives all to themselves, just the way they like it.
I think that lobbyist and the NRA need to know that this time is different. This time we are not going away.
Please help. Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun controls. Do it today. And do it again next week. And then every week after that until they get the message.
You can get contact information here:
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March 14, 2013 edition
Mesquite, Tex. --Four family members -- the father, mother, 21-year-old daughter, and 18-year-old son -- were found fatally shot in a house Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide.
Oceanside, Calif. -- A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were shot and killed and two other teenagers were shot and wounded at a park about 9 p.m. yesterday. Someone walked up and opened fire on the four as they sat on a couch near a memorial for two other teens murdered in 2011.
Belleview, Wash. -- On Sunday, a 50-year-old man committed suicide during a gun-safety class at a shooting range. The range was offering an entry-level handgun course that provided three hours of instruction on how to load and use pistols and revolvers.
Nashville, Tenn. -- When a 29-year-old man pulled out a gun on his 31-year-old estranged wife while they argued at his house after she dropped off their 5- and 7-year-old sons, the woman wrestled away the gun and fatally shot him in the back.
Boley, Okla. -- A 54-year-old man and his 53-year-old wife were found dead Monday. Both had multiple gunshot wounds.
Jackson, Miss. -- Someone was found fatally shot in a driveway this morning. Police discovered about 20 shell casings at the scene.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- A man in his 20s or 30s was found shot to death on a street about 4:30 a.m. today.
Jackson, Miss. -- A man was shot and wounded this morning. He had been struck three times. No word on his condition.
Clark, Wyo. -- A 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen by a friend who was cleaning a handgun and it accidentally discharged about 8:30 p.m. Monday. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 36-year-old man suffered graze wounds to his head when he was shot while driving on a street about 10:30 p.m. yesterday.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 27-year-old man was shot in the thigh while standing on a sidewalk about 4:30 a.m. today. No word on his condition.
Denver, Colo. -- A verbal dispute ended when a man was shot in the ankle. The shooter fled in a car. The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- Three people were wounded when a gunman opened the doors to a bar and began shooting about 3 a.m. today. More than a dozen people were inside the bar at the time. All the victims were expected to survive.
Houston, Tex. -- After he was awakened by banging noises downstairs, a homeowner shot a burglary suspect climbing through a window about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. The burglar was listed in critical condition.
Minneapolis, Minn. -- Two men were shot and wounded when someone in a passing car open fire on about 30 people gathered on a sidewalk for a memorial about 7 p.m. Tuesday. The victim’s injuries were considered non-critical.
Oakland, Calif. -- A 46-year-old man was shot twice in the legs during an attempted robbery while he was in the drive-through lane of a fast-food restaurant about 11:55 p.m. yesterday. Police say a man with a rifle walked up and broke out the driver's side window in the victim’s truck before pointing the gun at him and demanding his wallet. The gunman shot when the victim tried escape by backing up the truck.
Sheldon, Wash. -- A 46-year-old state trooper was accidentally shot in the leg yesterday afternoon during a training exercise. The trooper was listed in stable condition.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- Three people were shot and wounded inside a gentleman’s club about 3:30 a.m. today when someone opened the back door and opened fire. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Plainfield, N.J. -- A 47-year-old man was shot once in the stomach and once in the arm while on a street about 3:45 p.m. yesterday. He was listed in stable condition.
Des Moines, Iowa -- An elementary school student walking home after classes found a loaded gun in the snow by the sidewalk. The student called her father who contacted school officials.
Today’s sources: Billings Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Clarion-Ledger, Denver Post, Des Moines Register, Florida Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, KXAS-TV Dallas, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nashville Tennessean, Oakland Tribune, The Oregonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union Tribune, Seattle Times, The Star-Ledger, WTLV-TV Jacksonville
March 13, 2013 edition
Herkimer, N.Y. -- Two people were shot and killed this morning at a quick oil-change business and another two people were shot and killed about a mile away at a barber shop in a nearby town. Another two people were wounded. A manhunt was underway.
Floyd County, Ky. -- Two assailants -- a 50-year-old woman and her husband -- entered a home yesterday and shot a 54-year-old man and his 50-year-old wife. The 54-year-old man was killed and his wife was wounded. During the shooting, the male assailant was also wounded.
Milton, Ga. -- A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot in a driveway at a home about 7:30 p.m. yesterday. He had been struck once in the head.
Houston, Texas -- About 5:30 p.m. yesterday, a man was fatally shot in his car as he arrived at the parking lot of his apartment complex with his fiancée and 8-month-old son. Two gunmen reportedly walked up to the car and started shooting. The woman and child were not injured. Police believe the man returned fire because two other people, possibly the gunmen, also were shot at the scene. One of them died at the hospital; a second was wounded.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 28-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded about 2:40 p.m. yesterday. The victim was struck while in the back seat of a vehicle when someone in another vehicle pulled up and opened fire.
Dallas, Tex. --A 27-year-old man was shot and wounded about 2:15 a.m. today during a street fight that involved about 13 people.
Des Moines, Iowa -- A 25-year-old man was shot in the chest about 5 p.m. Monday after three men forced their way into his residence when he opened the front door. The intruders proceeded to search the house, looking through kitchen drawers and garbage bags. Police say it does not appear to be a random act. A woman and child in the home were not injured. No word on the condition of the victim.
Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 41-year-old man was shot in the head about 10 p.m. yesterday. He was listed in critical condition.
San Diego, Calif. -- After a car came to a stop, an assailant got out and shot a 44-year-old man as he walked on a street about 1:10 a.m. today. The victim was hit three times. No word on his condition.
South Strabane Township, Penn. -- About 8:45 p.m. yesterday, a husband was shot twice by his 26-year-old wife -- once while inside their apartment and once while outside the building. Two children, ages 5 and 7, were at home at the time. No word on the victim’s condition.
Today’s sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Des Moines Register, Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Diego Union Tribune
Addendum for March 13, 2013
Yesterday, by a 10 to 8 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a measure designed to expand the use of background checks on private gun sales. The 10 votes supporting the bill came from Democrats; the 8 votes opposing the bill came from Republicans. It is now expected that the bill will go to the Senate floor for a full vote.
Here are the names of the Democrats that supported the bill. I sent each of them an email this morning to thank them for their vote.
Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont
Dianne Feinstein, California
Chuck Schumer, New York
Dick Durbin, Illinois
Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island
Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
Al Franken, Minnesota
Christopher A. Coons, Delaware
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut
Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
And here below are the names of the Republicans that opposed the bill. I sent each of them the following email this morning:
I’m disappointed you voted yesterday against the bill that would expand the use of background checks on gun sales. Here’s why I‘m disappointed:
-- More than 86 percent of Americans support such a bill. And they support it because they know it will help save lives.
-- About 100,000 people in our country are shot by guns every year. This bill will reduce that number.
-- About 30,000 people in our country are killed by guns every year. This bill will reduce that number.
-- The physical and emotional pain-and-suffering caused by gun carnage can’t be calculated. But this bill can help reduce it.
-- Gun injuries and deaths cost U.S. taxpayers about $12 billion each year. This bill will reduce that number.
I know you feel you must do what the NRA tells you to do. And I know it’s not easy to escape their talons. But maybe it’s time to try.
It can’t feel good to know that for little more than a promise of some votes and perhaps a little campaign cash, you happily become the dummy on the knee of the NRA, mouthing the words they speak with a pleasant smile.
And it also can’t feel good to know you must vote against even modest gun control legislation like this -- legislation that can save lives each year, perhaps thousands of lives -- simple because the NRA says so.
If ever there was a time to step back from the NRA, this is it. Americans want this bill. Do the right thing. Support the bill when it comes to a floor vote.
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Orrin G. Hatch, Utah
Jeff Sessions, Alabama
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
John Cornyn, Texas
Michael S. Lee, Utah
Ted Cruz, Texas
Jeff Flake, Arizona
If you’d also like to contact any of these senators, you can reach them here: