November 6, 2013 edition
Brooksville, Fla. --Last weekend, just days after his wife filed for a divorce from him, a 39-year-old man shot and killed his 8-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill himself.
Los Angeles, Calif. -- On Friday morning, a 23-year-old man at the Los Angeles International Airport pulled an assault rifle out of his bag and opened fire, killing a 39-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent and wounded two other TSA agents and two civilians. Police shot and wounded the assailant and have him in custody.
East Fallowfield, Penn. -- Police responding to a call about 12:30 a.m. Sunday found a woman bound on the living-room floor of a residence and a man dead from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Police are calling it an attempted murder and a suicide.
Glendale, Ariz. -- About 3 a.m. Sunday, police arrived at a residence to find that a 43-year-old man had shot and killed his 35-year-old live-in girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself.
Casa Grande, Ariz. -- Based on evidence found at the scene late Sunday, police believe a 46-year-old man shot and killed his 45-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself.
Knightdale, N.C. -- About 7 p.m. Thursday, police found a man and woman -- both 49-years-old -- dead from gunshot wounds and they are calling the incident a murder-suicide. They believe the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The couple reportedly had a relationship.
Clarks Summit, Penn. -- A nursing home staff-member -- a 42-year-old female licensed practical nurse -- shot and killed a 79-year-old resident at the facility before she used the gun to kill herself about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police have not yet determined a motive.
North Versailles, Penn. -- Police called to a home about 8:15 a.m. last Tuesday found two bodies and determined that a 48-year-old man used a shotgun to shoot and kill his 45-year-old wife at their home before using the weapon to kill himself.
Honolulu, Hawaii -- A 40-year-old man shot and killed a 33-year-old woman at a residence before using the gun to shoot and wound himself in what police are calling an apparent murder and attempted suicide Saturday night.
Wasilla, Alaska -- Police doing a welfare check Sunday morning found two people shot dead-- a 41-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman -- in what they are calling a murder-suicide. Each victim had a single gunshot wound to the head and a handgun was found next to the man’s body.
Acworth, Ga. -- A 49-year-old man shot and killed his 45-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself at their home on Wednesday. There was a history of violence between the two. The 18-year-old son of the couple called police to report the shooting.
New London, Mo. -- A 25-year-old woman died after she accidentally shot herself at a shooting range about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said she was shooting a handgun at a target when the recoil spun the weapon in her hand and that resulted in an inadvertent second shot that struck her in the head.
Terre Haute, Ind. -- A man died after he accidentally shot himself inside an apartment about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Earlier, he and a friend had been drinking alcohol and fooling around firing a handgun outside the apartment.
Waterbury, Conn. -- A 22-year-old man accidentally shot and killed another 22-year-old man, his lifelong friend and roommate, while inside an apartment Sunday afternoon when the two began using a handgun to take turns firing blanks at each other and a live round was somehow loaded into the weapon.
Brooklyn, N.Y. -- A 24-year-old woman was found fatally shot in the chest behind a building at a housing project about 11:45 a.m. yesterday.
Paramus, N.J. -- A 20-year-old man who used a rifle to fire multiple shots inside New Jersey’s largest shopping mall just before closing time on Monday was later found dead at the mall from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police don’t believe the man wanted to shoot anyone because he began firing randomly in an open area without taking aim at anyone.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- About 3 a.m. Sunday, a 25-year-old off-duty armed security guard who was double parked on a street shot and killed an armed 23-year-old man after the two got into an argument when the older man refused to move his vehicle so the younger man could go around him.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 40-year-old man was found fatally shot after he got into an argument with someone about 4:30 a.m. last Tuesday.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 45-year-old off-duty fire-department lieutenant was shot several times and killed after he parked his car and was walking to his house Sunday night.
Homestead, Penn. -- A 39-year-old man was fatally shot after he got out of a vehicle about 3:15 a.m. Monday.
San Jose, Calif. -- A man in his 30s was shot and killed by an acquaintance about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
Bangor, Me. -- A 3-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the neck while at home about 5 p.m. Wednesday. No word on her condition.
Stonington, Me. -- About 9 a.m. Sunday, as a 38-year-old man cleaned his handgun while his 4-year-old daughter sat next to him, the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet struck him in his leg and then it continued on and hit the child in her thigh. Their injuries were reported as non life-threatening. Charges were not filed against the father.
Hendricks County, Ind. -- A 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the knee by her 11-year-old brother when he accidentally dropped a gun about 12:30 p.m. Monday. She was listed in good condition
New Paris, Ohio -- A 5-year-old boy in an apartment was accidentally shot in the hand about 1 p.m. Sunday. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Rogers County, Okla. -- A man hunting for the mythical creature bigfoot was accidentally shot by a hunting companion on Saturday. No word on the victim’s condition.
Apopka, Fla. -- About 5 p.m. Thursday, a husband was handling his hunting rifle, possibly unloading it, when the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet struck his wife in the upper left part of her body. She was airlifted to a hospital. No word on her condition.
Russellville, Ark. -- A child accidentally shot his father in the back when he inadvertently grabbed a loaded shotgun while trying to pull himself up into his father’s truck in the parking lot of a big-box department store about 11 a.m. Saturday. No one else in the area was struck by the blast. The father was listed in stable condition.
Ocala, Fla. -- Late Wednesday afternoon, a 55-year-old man accidentally shot his 82-year-old mother in the stomach while removing his handgun from a bag that was used to store the weapon. The mother, who was in another room when the gun discharged, was struck when the bullet went through a wall. She was listed in stable condition.
Pulaski County, Va. -- A man working with a dog while holding a pistol in his hand accidentally shot himself in the leg about 10 p.m. Thursday when the dog pulled and caused the gun to discharge. The man’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
East Hartford, Conn. -- A male tow-truck driver accidentally shot himself in the leg/groin area while in a parking lot about 1:15 a.m. today. No word on his condition.
Anchorage, Alaska -- A man accidentally shot himself in his thigh about 11:45 a.m. Thursday as he loaded his handgun while in a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant as he waited to meet his wife for lunch. A 3-month-old infant in the vehicle was not injured. The victim, an active-duty member of the military, had just left his base where regulations bar military personnel from carrying loaded personal firearms. No word on his condition.
Boonville, N.Y. -- A 20-year-old man out hunting accidentally shot himself in the leg while attempting to attach his loaded rifle to a rope so the weapon could be pulled up to a tree stand.
Brooklyn, N.Y. -- A 52-year-old male police officer, an 18-year veteran of the force, accidentally shot himself in the arm while securing his gun at a stationhouse locker room Monday morning. He was listed in stable condition.
Manor Township, Penn. -- A man was cleaning a handgun at a residence when it discharged and struck a 21-year-old woman in her leg just before midnight Monday. No word on her condition.
Durham, N.C. -- A 19-year-old man was shot several times while on a street Sunday night. No word on his condition.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Anchorage Daily News, Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, CNN, Hartford Courant, Hawaii News Now, KASN-TV Little Rock, KTVA-TV Anchorage, KTVK-TV Phoenix, Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Ocala (Fla.) Star Banner, Pittsburg Tribune-Review, Portland (Me.) Press Herald, San Jose Mercury News, Southwest (Va.) Times, Tulsa World, The Terre Haute Tribune-Star, The (Utica, N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch, WESH-TV Orlando, WGEM-TV Quincy (Ill.), WHIO-TV Dayton, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, WSFV-TV Hartford, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham
Addendum for November 6, 2013October 31, 2013 -- November 5, 2013
Back in the spring, a lobbyist for an NRA chartered organization in Wisconsin said gun-rights proponents need only wait-out the “Connecticut effect” before they could once again start passing laws to loosen restrictions on guns. That lobbyist felt certain we would eventually forget what happened at Sandy Hook, and then any interest in common sense gun laws would evaporate to nothing.
We need to let that lobbyist and the NRA know that this time is different. This time we are not going away. We are not going to forget Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or Columbine, or Virginia Tech, or Tucson, or the 100,000 Americans who are either killed or wounded by guns each year.
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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October 30, 2013 edition
Greenwood County, S.C. -- Six people -- four adults and two children -- were found shot dead in a home late Tuesday by a SWAT team who arrived after a man called police and said he was thinking about hurting himself. The victims ranged in age from 9 years old to early 50s. One of the dead was the man believe to have called police. Based on a preliminary investigation, police suspect the shooting was related to a domestic issue.
Terrell, Tex. -- A 36-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday in connection with the killing of five people in several locations -- as least three of them by gunshot -- during a 5-hour period that began about 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Phoenix, Ariz. --A 56-year-old man shot and killed four people at a townhouse about 9 a.m. Saturday -- a 66-year-old man, a 42-year-old man, a 36-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old woman -- before using a gun to kill himself. A pump shotgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was found next to the shooter. Two dogs belonging to the family were also shot and killed.
Forty Fort, Penn. -- A 34-year-old man shot and killed his 2-year-old daughter and then used the gun to kill himself about 11 a.m. Sunday. Before the shooting, he reportedly called his wife and told her to “Say goodbye to your daughter.” The couple had recently separated.
Frederick, Colo. -- A 3-year-old boy is dead after suffering a gunshot wound to his head while at home about 9:45 a.m. Monday. Police could not yet confirm if the boy accidentally shot himself and the death remains under investigation. His mother called police to report he had been injured in a fall. A recently-fired handgun was found near the child.
Rogersville, Mo. -- A 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the head and killed by a 24-year-old man who was target shooting outside a home about 3 p.m. Monday. The girl was visiting the home and the man said his vision was blocked to his right and the child walked into the path of fire.
Pratts, Va. -- A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by a juvenile friend while the two were in the woods near the victim’s house on Saturday.
Detroit, Mich. -- After a 21-year-old woman suffering from depression went into the bathroom at a bar where she worked and used a gun to kill herself early Sunday morning, her 21-year-old brother died in a car crash as he rushed to a hospital to check on her.
Glen Burnie, Md. -- A 37-year-old male police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old male firefighter and a 26-year-old female before using the gun to kill himself at a home about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said the shooter had a relationship with the woman and the three knew each other.
Tucson, Ariz. -- Preliminary findings by police indicate that a 34-year-old man strangled and killed a 35-year-old woman he had a domestic relationship with before using a gun to kill himself. Police found their bodies about 1 a.m. Saturday.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 23-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Chicago, Ill. -- A man in his 40s or early 50s was found shot to death inside his apartment about 9:45 p.m. Monday.
Stearns County, Minn. -- The remains of a 24-year-old woman who was reported missing six months ago were found Saturday afternoon in a Mississippi River park by a hiker and police said she was likely killed by a single gunshot wound to the head before she was buried in a shallow grave. She was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, who police have named a person of interest in the case. The ex-boyfriend shot and killed himself the day after the woman went missing and before he could be questioned.
St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Tuesday afternoon, a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot his cousin, a 13-year-old girl, when a gun he was handling discharged while he was in his bedroom and the bullet went through a wall and struck the girl in an adjacent bedroom. The girl was listed in critical condition.
Tampa, Fla. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot his 30-year-old aunt as they sat in a parked car. The boy’s uncle had just showed the child his handgun and then put the weapon in the glove compartment. After the man left the vehicle to go into a store, the child found the gun and the weapon discharged as he handled it. No word on the aunt’s condition.
Whitman County, Wash. -- A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot while hunting with his family on Saturday. It was unclear who fired the shot that struck him. His injuries were described as serious but non life-threatening.
Lampasas, Tex. -- A 17-year-old boy examining a handgun was shot in the face when the weapon accidentally discharged about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Monroe, N.J. -- A 73-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the foot while removing a handgun from her closet about 11:45 a.m. Monday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on her condition.
Cayuga, Ind. -- After just buying a handgun at a firearm shop on Thursday October 17, a man went out to the parking lot and as he was checking the action of the firearm it discharged and struck his 20-year-old son in the leg. The victim was airlifted to a hospital where he was treated and released.
Port Royal, S.C. -- When a man was pushed by his fiancée as they argued about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a gun he had in his pocket accidentally discharged and the bullet struck him in the knee and then his dog. No word on the condition of the man (or the dog).
Priceville, Ala. -- A 20-year-old man attending a bonfire and party was accidentally shot in the side after he and some friends had fired a handgun and, when one of the friends attempted to clear the magazine, the weapon discharged about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Kirkland, Wash. -- After accidentally shooting himself in the leg, a man crashed his car into a rock wall as he rushed himself to a hospital about 8:50 p.m. Monday. No word on his condition.
St. Louis, Mo. -- A male parking lot attendant was shot in the stomach by a woman he knew about 4 p.m. Sunday. He was listed in critical condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 20-year-old man was shot multiple times in his leg about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. He was listed in serious condition.
Lakewood, Colo. -- A 40-year-old man shot his roommate in the chest after the two got into an argument Sunday night. The victim, a male, was expected to survive.
Today’s sources: Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, The (Wilkes-Barre, Penn.) Citizens’ Voice, CNN, The (Princeton, N.J.) Cranbury Press, Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, The Hartselle (Ala.) Inquirer, KCNC-TV Denver, Kirkland (Wash.) Reporter, KREM-TV Spokane, KWTX-TV Waco, The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tampa Bay Times, The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star, Washington Post, WXIX-TV Cincinnati
Addendum for October 30, 2013October 25, 2013 -- October 29, 2013
Please help reduce this daily carnage. Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun control. Do it today. And do it again next week. And do it again every week after that until they get the message.
You’ll find contact information here:
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October 24, 2013 edition
Fayetteville, N.C. -- A 2-year-old girl is dead after she pulled the trigger of a handgun she found under the living room couch. The gun belongs to her 19-year-old father. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Vidor, Tex. -- A 5-year-old boy is dead after he accidentally shot himself with his 19-year-old babysitter’s gun while she was napping on Monday. The weapon had been left on a coffee table. The babysitter was arrested on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child.
Sparks, Nev. -- A student at a middle school shot and killed a teacher and wounded two other students about 7:15 a.m. Monday before using a gun to kill himself. The two wounded students were reported to be in critical condition.
Ventura, Calif. -- A 26-year-old man who accidentally shot himself in the head last Thursday while handling a loaded firearm in his home died at a hospital on Saturday.
Las Vegas, Nev. -- After a man got into an argument with a manager at a strip club over a refund early Monday morning, the man killed a patron who tried to intervene and then shot and wounded the manager and a security officer.
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- A man handling a gun he thought was unloaded is dead after the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet struck him in the upper thigh at an apartment about 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
Baton Rouge, La. -- An 47-year woman shot and killed her 84-year-old mother before using the weapon to kill herself Tuesday afternoon. Each woman died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The family dog was also shot and killed.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 29-year-old man showed up at the residence of his estranged wife and shot and wounded her before using the gun to kill himself about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The two were going through a divorce. The woman was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
Miami, Fla. -- Two men got into a heated argument at a restaurant about 5:15 p.m. Saturday and one of the men pulled a gun and shot the other man multiple times, killing him, then the shooter went home where he shot and killed himself.
Saluda, S.C. -- A man in his late 60’s and a woman in her early 60’s who were in a relationship were found fatally shot at the home of the man and police believe it was a murder-suicide. At this point the police do not know who was the shooter.
Fosters, Ala. -- A 52-year-old husband shot and killed his 51-year-old wife and her companion, a 52-year-old male, and then he used the weapon to kill himself just after midnight Sunday. The incident began when the husband confronted his wife and her companion at the companion’s residence and he then chased them in a vehicle as they drove away in a pick-up truck. The husband then ran them off the road and into a ditch. Police found the pair dead in the pick-up truck with gunshot wounds. The husband was found dead nearby.
Anadarko, Okla. -- A woman in her 40s was shot and wounded by her husband at their home before he used the gun to kill himself Sunday morning. The woman was struck multiple times in the chest and arm but she managed to drive her vehicle to get help at a relative’s home about a mile away. She was listed in critical condition.
Heflin, Ala. -- A 31-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were found fatally shot in a backyard about 9 a.m. Thursday in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Port Arthur, Tex. -- A man found the bodies of his fatally-shot mother and father, both 76-years-old, at their home Wednesday afternoon in what police are calling a murder-suicide. It was not immediately known which spouse shot the other before committing suicide. The couple reportedly had unspecified health problems.
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Police responding to a call at a motel about 2:15 a.m. Saturday found a man with a gunshot wound who died later at a hospital.
Birmingham, Ala. -- A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the side at an apartment about 2:45 p.m. Sunday after he found a handgun in his mother’s purse. The child’s injuries were described as serious but he was expected to fully recover.
Orlando, Fla. -- A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in both legs on Tuesday after finding a gun in his father’s bedroom. The child was listed in stable condition.
Vidor, Tex. -- A 27-year-old man accidentally shot his son in the thigh about 6:30 p.m. Monday as he was cleaning a handgun. The cylinder on the gun had jammed and when he could not clear it, he handed the weapon to his 59-year-old father and it discharged during the exchange. No word on the child’s condition.
Sauk Center, Minn. -- A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot by another 15-year-old boy as the pair were duck hunting Sunday afternoon. The victim was treated for non life-threatening injuries to his back.
Whitemarsh Township, Penn. -- A 15-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to his head Friday when a gun he was showing to a friend accidentally discharged.
Redwater, Tex. -- A teenager checking a deer-feeder accidentally shot himself in the ankle about 5 p.m. Monday. No word on his condition.
Durango, Colo. -- On Friday morning, an investigator with the county sheriff’s office was accidentally shot in the leg when his gun fell out of his car and the weapon discharged when it struck the ground. No word on his condition.
Capitola, Calif. -- A 74-year-old man at a state beach campground accidentally shot himself in the abdomen with a handgun about 4:45 p.m. Monday. No one else was struck by the bullet. Firearms are not allowed in any California state parks and the man faces potential charges. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
Jefferson Township, N.J. -- A 74-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the thigh about 11:40 p.m. Saturday. No one else was stuck by the bullet. Police said the magazine had been removed from the weapon but the victim did not realize that a bullet remained in the chamber. The injury was serious but not life-threatening and the victim was released from the hospital on Sunday. Note to gun owners: Removing the magazine from a gun does not necessarily remove the bullet that is in the chamber. I’ve chronicled a number of people getting shot by this phantom bullet.
Pope Valley, Calif. -- A 32-year-old man putting away his gun about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday accidentally shot himself in the hand. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 31-year-old man was shot in the leg while driving his vehicle about 5:15 a.m. Monday. His condition was listed a stabilized.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A man accidentally shot himself in his right buttock about 2:45 p.m. Friday while re-holstering his handgun while in a handicap parking spot outside a pet store. No one else was struck by the bullet. The victim has a lifetime Indiana carry permit. No word on his condition.
St. Louis, Mo. -- About midnight Wednesday, after two men went outside a bar when they were asked to leave because they had caused an altercation, one of the men used his handgun to fire a couple of rounds and one of the flying bullets struck his companion. No word on the injured man’s condition.
Niles, Ill. -- About 7:40 p.m. Sunday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the left arm and left leg by a 52-year-old man at a home during a domestic dispute. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Richmond, Va. -- A man was shot in the upper body about 3 a.m. today. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Seneca County, Ohio -- A man cleaning his gun accidentally shot himself in his right leg above the knee on Tuesday. No one else was injured. The victim said the weapon belonged to someone else and he did not realize there was a bullet in the chamber. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Millington, Tenn. -- A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base on Thursday, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by other soldiers.
Today’s sources: The (Tiffin, Ohio) Advertiser Tribune, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate, Associated Press, Beaumont Enterprise, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, CNN, KMOV-TV St. Louis, KMSP-TV Minneapolis, Las Vegas Sun, Murder-suicide blogspot, Napa Valley Register, (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel, The Oklahoman, Orlando Sentinel, San Antonio Express-News, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Texarkana Gazette, Ventura County Star, WBRC-TV Birmingham, WFMZ-TV Allentown (Penn.), WIS-TV Columbia (S.C.), WNCN-TV Raleigh,
Addendum for October 24, 2013October 20, 2013 -- October 23, 2013
If today is an average day, some 277 Americans with be shot by a gun. And 84 of those who are shot will die.
The story will repeat itself tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and on and on and on.
Help stop this slaughter. Please call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun control. Do it today. And do it again next week. And do it again every week after that until they get the message.
You’ll find contact information here:
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October 19, 2013 edition
Red Rock, Ariz. -- A 20-year-old man accidentally shot and killed his 19-year-old girlfriend while trying to scare her with a gun as the two sat in his company work truck about 7 p.m. Monday. He thought the weapon was unloaded when he pointed it at the woman and pulled the trigger.
San Antonio, Tex. -- A 23-year-old man apparently killed himself by driving his car off a cliff after he shot and killed his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend and a 27-year-old man at the woman’s apartment early Thursday.
Garland, Tex. -- Police discovered the bodies of a couple at their apartment about 10:30 a.m. Friday and they believe the 54-year-old man shot and killed his 53 year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself .
Kansas City, Mo. -- Last Friday, a 17-year old boy shot and killed his 37-year-old uncle inside their home after the two argued about the boy not doing enough chores around the house.
Florence, Ariz. -- A 27-year-old man was accidentally shot in the chest and killed Friday night at a home after he and three other friends were handling a gun and it discharged when one of them inadvertently pulled the trigger.
San Antonio, Tex. -- A 21-year-old man shot and killed his 22-year-old wife and then used the gun to kill himself. Their bodies were found in an apartment late Thursday, two days after friends heard them having a late-night argument. The couple was married about two weeks ago.
Pasco County, Fla. -- After fighting with his girlfriend, a 28-year-old man died after intentionally shooting himself in the head while standing outside a condominium complex and the bullet went across a parking lot and struck a 38-year-old female bystander in the leg. The woman’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Malvern, Ala. -- A man shot and killed a woman at a home before using the gun to kill himself Friday afternoon. Police said the daughter of the couple called authorities.
Mountaindale, N.Y. -- A 57-year-old man was arraigned on second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting his 54-year-old wife Sunday night. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Maryville, Tenn. -- A 47-year-old man shot and killed a 35-year-old woman at an apartment before using the gun to kill himself.
El Monte, Calif. -- On Tuesday, a man in his 50s shot and killed his daughter and her girlfriend -- both in their 30s -- before using the gun to kill himself in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Bloomfield, N.M. -- On Thursday, a 36-year-old man shot and killed his 29-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself. The couple had been involved in a domestic dispute in recent weeks. They had two daughters, ages 11 and 6, who were not in the home at the time of the shooting.
Muhlenberg, Ky. -- Police called to a home on Thursday found two people dead -- a 47-year-old man and his 35-year-old wife -- from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Salinas, Calif. -- A 29-year-old man stabbed his 26-year-old girlfriend to death in her car before using a gun to kill himself on Wednesday.
Grantville, Penn. -- A 22-year-old woman shot and killed a 21-year-old man before using the gun to kill herself at a motel about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday. The woman’s five-month-old baby girl was found in the room unharmed.
Dumas, Ark. -- On Friday morning, a 31-year-old man wearing a mask and wielding a gun was shot and killed while trying to rob a local pharmacy when the pharmacist pulled out a weapon and shot the man.
Henry, Ill. -- A 46-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were found fatally shot at a home about 2 a.m. last Friday in what police are calling a murder-suicide. The couple had been in a relationship that recently ended. The woman had three children.
Chugiak, Alaska -- A 49-year-old man shot and killed his 40-year-old girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself about 4 a.m. Thursday. Police found the two bodies shortly after receiving a 911 call from the woman saying the man had a gun and was holding her against her will.
Zanesville, Ohio -- A 61-year-old man out hunting was accidentally shot and killed Sunday when his shotgun discharged as he was driving his all-terrain vehicle.
Kansas City, Mo. -- A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the stomach after he found a handgun lying on the bed of his 34-year-old father about 7 p.m. Monday. The child was expected to recover.
Chester, Penn. -- An 8-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the buttocks while in a home about 5:15 p.m. Thursday. A 18-year-old family member was arrested in connection with the shooting. Police said the boy was recovering in a hospital.
Deltona, Fla. -- A 20-year-old man was disassembling a handgun about 5 p.m. Saturday when it accidentally fired and the hollow-point bullet shattered his hand and struck a 27-year-old man, his friend, in the groin. No one was charged. The victims’ injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A 23-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the abdomen as he walked through an apartment complex and the gun he was carrying went off about 8 a.m. Friday. No one else was struck by the bullet. The victim was listed in stable condition.
Norway, S.C. -- About 8 p.m. Friday, a 24-year-old woman was unloading her rifle after hunting when the weapon accidentally fired and struck a 51-year-old man, a member of her hunting party, in the thigh. No word on his condition.
Shreveport, La. -- About 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, a 28-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the lower leg while in his car as he attempted to reposition a handgun that was stored in the vehicle. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 33-year-old man was shot about 9:30 p.m. Friday. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Today’s sources: Anchorage Daily News, Arkansasmatters.com, BayNews9 (St. Petersburg), The (Cambridge, Ohio) Daily Jeffersonian, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Houston Chronicle, KOB-TV Albuquerque, KSLA-TV Shreveport, KSBW-TV Monterey, KTVK-TV Phoenix, Lebanon (Penn.) Daily News, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Peoria Journal-Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Antonio Express-News, The (S.C.) Times and Democrat, (Middletown, N.Y.) Times Herald-Record, WATE-TV Knoxville, WCHS-TV Charleston W.V., WDAF-TV Kansas City, WTVY-TV Dothan (Ala.)
Addendum for October 19, 2013October 15, 2013 -- October 18, 2013
Gunfact: If there is a gun in your home, the weapon is 22 times more likely to kill or injure a member of your family (due to domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting) than to be used in self-defense (source: www.bradycampaign.org).
No reports filed
October 14, 2013 edition
Highspire, Penn. -- A 28-year-old man is dead after he accidentally shot himself in the upper leg while a passenger in a car about midnight on Thursday.
Reno, Nev. -- About 3 p.m. last Monday, a 6-year-old girl was found drowned in a bathtub and her 46-year-old father was discovered dead in a garage from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in what police are calling a murder-suicide. They believe the father called emergency dispatch to report the drowning before killing himself. He left behind a note.
North Las Vegas, Nev. -- A 67-year-old man got into an argument with his 23-year-old wife at a home and then chased her outside where he opened fire with a gun and left her bleeding in a neighbor’s yard before using the weapon to kill himself after police arrived at the scene. The woman was expected to recover.
Lakeland, Fla. -- A 73-year-old man shot and killed a 72-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself on Friday. Friends and relatives said the woman recently ended a relationship with the man, although she wanted to remain acquaintances and help him with his health concerns.
Taylor, S.C. -- A 64-year-old woman died from a gunshot wound to the head and her 80-year-old husband died from self-inflicted asphyxiation in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Both had health problems and police believe the incident was caused by the man’s concerned that if something was to happen to him, his ailing wife would have difficulty taking care of herself.
Oxford, Ala. -- A 50-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife were found fatally shot on Tuesday in what police are calling a murder-suicide. No word yet on who fired the shots.
Rosemount, Minn. -- A 31-year-old woman shot her 32-year-old husband multiple times, killing him, before using the gun to kill herself at their apartment on Tuesday.
Orange County, Fla. -- A 33-year-old woman was accidentally shot to death in the front yard of a home by her boyfriend about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Orlando, Fla. --A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in both legs after he found a gun in his father’s bedroom Tuesday. The child was listed in stable condition.
Rochester, N.Y. -- A six-year-old boy was accidentally shot about 7 p.m. last Sunday. Police said the wound was in his lower body and that he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Seminole County, Fla. -- A 19-year-old man playing with a handgun accidentally shot his friend, an 18-year-old male, in the chest about 1:15 p.m. last Monday. The shooter thought the weapon was unloaded. The victim was listed in stable condition and expected to recover.
Ogden, Utah -- When a 67-year-old man was cleaning his gun while at home about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet stuck him in the finger and his 56-year-old wife in the upper thigh. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Palm Beach, Fla. -- A female driver was shot in both upper thighs when a female passenger removed a gun from her purse and the weapon accidentally discharged. No word on the victim’s condition.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A 22-year-old man who lives in an apartment accidentally shot his gun through the floor about 11 p.m. yesterday and the bullet struck a woman in the apartment below as she was asleep in her bed. The woman was listed in stable condition with serious injuries.
Brooklyn, N.Y. -- On Friday, a 33-year-old city correction officer accidentally shot himself and a 35-year old male colleague while attempting to adjust his shoulder holster as the two were driving to a shooting range. The two had stopped at a gas station for fuel when the bullet discharged, striking the shooter in the hand and the other man in the hip. Both victims were reported in stable condition.
Horn Lake, Miss. -- About 6:30 a.m. Thursday, an off-duty county deputy accidentally shot herself with her service weapon that was in her purse and while driving herself to the hospital, the gun fell out of the car and the weapon is now missing. A reward has been offered for the gun or information leading to its return. The deputy was treated at a hospital and her condition was described by police as “fine.”
Meridian, Miss. -- A woman was accidentally shot in the lower leg at an apartment about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Etna Township, Ohio -- A man accidentally shot a woman inside a home Friday night. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Park County, Wyo. -- A 48-year-old accidentally shot himself in the leg on Wednesday while leading a team of pack horses back to camp from a trailhead. The horses began acting up and as he was attempting to regain control of them, the lead rope caught the hammer of his gun, causing it to discharge. No word on his condition.
Dummer, N.H. -- A 55-year-old man was accidentally shot by his 24-year-old son while bird hunting Saturday. The victim was treated for seven puncture wounds in his side and released.
Johnson County, Ind. -- A man accidentally shot himself about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after he was told that a friend was fatally shot over the weekend. The man said he knew who killed his friend and wanted to get revenge, but the weapon discharged when he grabbed it and the bullet struck him in the leg.
Today’s sources: The Anniston (Ala.) Star, Boston Globe, Deseret News, Greenville (S.C.) News, Laramie Boomerang, The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger, New York Post, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, (Middletown, Penn.) Press And Journal, Reno Gazette-Journal, The Tennessean, WBNS-TV Columbus, Ohio, WKMG-TV Orlando, WMC-TV Memphis, WRTV-TV Indianapolis, WTOK-TV Meridian, Miss.
Addendum for October 14, 2013October 8, 2013 -- October 13, 2013
Every year in the U.S.A., on average: *
-- Over 18,000 people kill themselves with a gun (51 each day)
-- Almost 12,000 people are murdered by a gun (32 each day)
-- Almost 600 people are accidentally shot and killed by a gun (1 each day)
-- Over 51,000 people are shot and wounded in an attack involving a gun (140 each day)
-- Over 16,000 people are accidentally shot and wounded by a gun (43 each day)
-- Almost 4,000 people are wounded attempting to kill themselves with a gun (10 each day).
Total killed by guns each year: Over 30,000 (84 each day)
Total wounded by guns each year: Over 70,000 (193 each day)
Total number of Americans either killed or wounded by guns each year: Over 100,000 (277 each day)
* Brady Campaign (gun deaths from police intervention not included here)
Please help do something about this national disgrace. 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:
No reports filed
October 7, 2013 edition
Wayne City, Ill. -- A teen died yesterday evening after being accidentally shot by a friend.
Radcliff, Ky. -- After receiving a call about 9 p.m. Thursday from a man saying he had killed his wife, police responded to the home to find two people fatally shot -- a 47-year-old woman and her 50-year-old husband. Police are investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. -- A 47-year-old man stabbed his 75-year-old mother to death after breaking several of her bones and then used a gun to kill himself on September 30. Their bodies were found Friday.
Mission, Tex. -- A 65-year-old man shot and killed a 75-year-old man before using a gun to kill himself after the two had a verbal dispute on Thursday.
Hubbard County, Minn. -- Late Saturday afternoon, a man duck hunting on a boat with a shotgun lost his balance as he was about to shoot and the load struck his companion, a 23-year-old man, in the head, killing him.
Saline County, Ark. -- Two brothers -- ages 49 and 46 -- were shot and killed yesterday afternoon while riding all-terrain vehicles. A suspect has been arrested.
Springfield, Mass. -- A 33-year-old man was fatally shot about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
Volusia County, Fla. -- A 28-year-old man was fatally shot outside a club about 5 a.m. Saturday. Police said a fight inside the club spilled out to the parking lot where someone involved in the altercation pulled a gun and opened fire.
Orange County, Fla. -- Two men, ages 23 and 18, were shot and killed about 3 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car at a shopping-plaza parking lot.
DeKalb County, Ga. -- A 25-year-old man is accused of shooting two men, ages 25 and 23, as they played video games at their home late Friday night. The two victims were cousins.
La Plata, Md. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself with a handgun he found in a car parked in a driveway about 5:50 p.m. Thursday. The gun is registered to a relative of the boy. He was treated for a graze wound and expected to recover.
Huntsville, Ala. -- A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the hand at an apartment about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. No word on his condition.
Aurora, Ill. -- About 10:20 p.m. Friday, a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot another 14-year-old boy in the leg while showing him a gun he found. The wounded boy’s injuries were described as serious but not believed to be life-threatening.
West Valley City, Utah -- A 16-year-old boy playing with a gun while outside at an apartment complex accidentally shot his 15-year-old friend in the abdomen Thursday. The wounded boy’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Seminole County, Fla. -- An 18-year-old male was accidentally shot in the chest at a home today. He was listed in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.
Crystal Falls, Mich. -- A 32-year-old man accidentally shot himself while cleaning a handgun in his car about noon on Saturday. The bullet struck him in the upper left leg and then it lodged in the driver’s door. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- A man shopping at a store accidentally shot himself in the leg about 9 p.m. Saturday after his holstered handgun discharged when it fell to the floor. No one else in the store was struck by the bullet.
Bradenton, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the finger on Wednesday evening.
Pittsburgh, N.H. -- A 36-year-old man accidentally shot his friend -- a 34-year-old male -- while grouse hunting on Wednesday. The victim was treated at a hospital for 70 puncture wounds from shotgun pellets and later released.
Cincinnati, Ohio -- A man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to one of his legs just before 7 a.m. Friday. He was expected to recover.
Flint, Mich. -- A 22-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg while fighting with his 20-year-old girlfriend. The incident began when he grabbed the woman’s hair and threw her to the ground and then shot out a window in her car. The weapon discharged as he was putting it away. He was listed in good condition.
Orlando, Fla. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the hip during a fight in the parking lot of a school in session about 2 p.m. Friday. No word on their conditions.
Chicago, Ill. -- A teen believed to be an 18-year-old female was shot the upper thigh and hip area about 8:30 a.m. today. A person of interest was taken into custody for questioning. The victim’s condition was listed as stabilized.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 26-year-old man was shot and wounded at a bus stop when two men in a passing vehicle opened fire on him about 9 p.m. Saturday. No word on the victim’s condition.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the leg and arm early Sunday morning. He was conscious and breathing during transport to a hospital.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A woman was shot and wounded about 3 a.m. Sunday. No word on her condition.
Kelso, Wash. -- A 40-year-old man shot another man about 7:15 p.m. yesterday. The victim’s injuries were described as life-threatening.
Dallas, Tex. -- When two male employees at a fast-food restaurant got into a heated argument, the dispute spilled out into the parking lot where one of them shot and wounded the other. No word on the condition of the wounded man.
Centerton, Ark. -- After telling three Jehovah’s Witnesses to get off his property, a 35-year-old man allegedly fired 19 rounds at them and several others who were part of the group as they drove away last Saturday. No one was injured.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 74-year-old Florida man was arrested at an airport after security officials found a handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Arkansasmatters.com, Associated Press, Birmingham News, Boston Globe, Bradenton (Fla.) Herald, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer, Daily Press (Escanaba, Mich.), Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press, The Flint Journal, KFSM-TV Fort Smith (Ark.), KSL-TV Salt Lake City, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Oregonian, WBKO-TV Bowling Green, WFAA-TV Dallas, WFTV-TV Orlando, WHNT-TV Huntsville, WSB-TV Atlanta, WXXA-TV Albany (N.Y.)
Addendum for October 7, 2013October 4, 2013 -- October 6, 2013
We have an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.A. Here’s an organization working to find a cure : www.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/
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October 3, 2013 edition
Winston County, Ala. -- Four people were found fatally shot in a parked car on a logging road about 8 p.m. yesterday.
Phoenix, Ariz. -- Last Tuesday, a 24-year-old woman hugging her 18-year-old boyfriend was accidentally shot and killed when his handgun went off as he tried to remove it from his waistband.
Halsey, Wis. -- A 29-year-old man hunting squirrels was accidentally shot to death when another hunter -- a 32-year-old friend -- mistook him for a squirrel. Authorities said the friend saw movement about 50 yards away and fired his gun, striking the victim in the head.
Joliet, Ill. -- A 36-year-old man shot and killed his 35-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself in the bedroom of their home on Monday.
Haslett, Mich. -- A 68-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife were found shot to death in their home last Tuesday in what police are calling a murder-suicide. The couple’s three dogs were also found dead
Buckeye, Ariz. -- A 22-year-old woman armed with a shotgun was shot to death after she confronted a man as a party at her house was breaking up about 4:30 a.m. last Wednesday. The woman had gone outside with the weapon to face the man when he pulled a handgun and fired multiple shots at her.
Fort Payne, Ala. -- A 22-year-old man suspected in the disappearance of his 54-year-old aunt shot himself to death Monday. The woman’s body was later found in the crawl space of her home. Initial autopsy results indicate the aunt died from blunt force trauma to the head and police have called it a homicide.
Kent, Wash. -- The owner of a tree nursery shot and killed an alleged intruder -- a man in his late teens or early 20s -- and held a second man -- 21-years-old -- at gunpoint until police arrived. The owner was getting ready for bed around 1:30 a.m. yesterday when he went to investigate a noise he heard at his business, which is adjacent to his house. He grabbed his shotgun and discovered the two men riffling through his office.
Huntsville, Ala. -- Police found a man and woman dead from gunshot wounds at a home Monday night and they are calling it a murder-suicide.
Tabor City, N.C. -- A 45-year-old man stabbed his 36-year-old wife several times, killing her, then he used a gun to kill himself at their home Monday morning. The couple had recently wed after living together about a year.
Baytown, Tex. -- A 17-year-old girl used a rifle to shoot and kill a friend -- a 22-year-old man -- after the two had a quarrel at a home about 3 a.m. yesterday.
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- A 31-year-old man shot and killed himself Tuesday after he crashed his car while being pursued by police. Police were looking for the man because of a domestic abuse complaint made against him a day earlier.
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. -- A 32-year-old man fatally shot himself in front of police on a downtown rooftop yesterday after they had been searching for him in connection with a domestic incident earlier in the day.
St. Louis, Mo. -- A 27-year-old man was fatally shot after he was confronted by two male robbers wearing masks about 6:15 p.m. yesterday.
Fairburn, Ga. -- A 40-year-old homeowner was shot several times when he pulled a gun on three armed intruders who broke into his home about 4:15 a.m. today. No word on his condition.
New Orleans, La. -- A 7-year-old girl and a 31-year-old woman were shot and wounded by three men who approached them from behind and opened fire. A 29-year-old man walking with the victims escaped uninjured. The child sustained a bullet wound to the mouth and the woman was shot in both legs and the stomach. The medical conditions of the victims were not released at the request of relatives.
Horseshoe Bay, Tex. -- A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the chest at his home last Thursday. No word on his condition other than a report that doctors performed emergency surgery to remove part of his lung.
Rochester, N.Y. -- A six-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the lower body while playing with a loaded pistol he found in his house last Sunday evening. The child was listed in satisfactory condition.
Ozark, Ala. -- A 12-year-old boy was shot in the mouth and wounded by a 15-year-old boy about 9 p.m. yesterday. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Fargo, N.D. -- An off-duty university campus police officer accidentally shot himself in the arm at his apartment last Wednesday. No word on his condition.
Sanford, Fla. -- A man trying to kill a snake accidentally shot his friend in his leg about 11 p.m. Thursday. No word on the wounded man’s condition.
Over The Rhine, Ohio -- A woman accidentally shot an 84-year-old man about 6 a.m. on Sunday. No word on the condition of the victim.
Antioch, Tenn. -- A 21-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg at a big box discount department store about 4 p.m. yesterday. The man, who has a valid handgun carry permit, was carrying an unholstered handgun in his waistband when he felt the gun slipping as he neared a checkout line with a gallon of milk in hand. As he reached for the slipping firearm, it discharged a single round into his left leg. No one else in the store was struck by the bullet. The victim’s injuries were considered minor.
San Leandro, Calif. -- In an incident police described as road rage, a female passenger in a moving car on an interstate highway was shot in the leg when someone in a pick-up truck fired a single round into her car about 9:45 p.m. yesterday. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 21-year-old woman was shot twice as she was robbed about 2:30 a.m. today. She was listed in extremely critical condition.
Today’s sources: Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, The Fayetteville Observer, Foxnews.com, Houston Chronicle, KTVK-TV Phoenix, Oakland Tribune, The Oklahoman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Seattle Times, The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Tennessean, WHEC-TV Rochester, WISC-TV Madison, WKMG-TV Orlando, WSB-TV Atlanta, WSFA-TV Montgomery, WXAN-TV Austin, WXIX Cincinnati