November 27, 2013 edition
Houston, Tex. -- A 15-year-old girl handling a handgun accidentally shot and killed a 16-year-old boy at an apartment complex about 8 p.m. Saturday. The weapon was thought to be unloaded because the boy had removed the magazine. 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.
Winter Haven, Fla. -- When a 52-year-old grandmother answered her front door, she shot and killed her 25-year-old daughter who was holding her 4-month-old granddaughter because the grandmother mistakenly thought the visitor was her 39-year-old boyfriend who had threatened to kill her earlier in the evening. The grandchild was not injured.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A 44-year-old man, a country singer, was shot and killed at a bar early Saturday. The shooter, who was the owner of the bar, said he fired in self defense after the two got into an argument because the victim was smoking in the bar.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A 45-year-old woman was shot several times and killed by her 44-year-old boyfriend at her apartment before he used the gun to kill himself about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The woman’s 11-year-old daughter ran to a neighbor to report the shooting.
Millington, Tenn. -- A woman -- a two-time teacher of the year -- and her estranged husband were found fatally shot at the woman’s home Monday morning in what police are calling a murder-suicide. The woman filed for an order of protection in September but after a hearing a judge dismissed the order.
Lawrenceville, Ga. -- After shooting and killing his wife, a man used the gun to kill himself at the door of his home when a police office responding to an alarm went to the residence about 2 p.m. Monday.
East Point, Ga. -- About 2 a.m. Tuesday, police responding to reports of gunfire at a home found a man and a woman shot to death and they are calling it a murder-suicide. It is not yet known if it was the man or the woman who did the shooting.
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Police said two people were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds about 9 p.m. Sunday and the incident was likely a murder-suicide related to a domestic dispute.
Presque Isle, Wis. -- Police responding to a home about 8:30 p.m. Saturday found a 78-year-old man and his 75-year-old wife fatally shot in what they are calling a murder-suicide. At this point it is not known who fired the weapon.
Chicago, Ill. -- A man in his 20s was found dead in an alley with gunshot wounds to his face and chest about 2:50 a.m. today.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 32-year-old man died Monday after he was found on a street Sunday night suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Wynne, Ark. -- A man and woman were found fatally shot about 11:00 p.m. yesterday.
Holiday, Fla. -- A 23-year-old man was fatally shot at a home about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Police are calling it a homicide.
Arlington, Tex. -- A 28-year-old store-clerk shot and killed a suspected shoplifter attempting to flee the store yesterday morning. The clerk was taken into custody and is facing a murder charge.
Pike County, Ala. -- A 51-year-old male gas-station clerk was shot and killed during a robbery sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday. No one has been arrested as of yet.
Asheboro, N.C. -- A 3-year-old girl was accidentally shot by another 3-year-old child at a home about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police found an unsecured rifle in the room where the children were playing. No word on the condition of the wounded child.
Dallas, Tex. -- A 5-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 13-year-old brother after the two found a weapon in a house and started playing with it in the garage. The victim was listed in serious condition.
Wynne, Ark. -- A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot by another child on Saturday afternoon. The boy was expected to recover.
Dearborn Heights, Mich. -- An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head and wounded by a 15-year-old friend who was playing with a handgun. The teen had been visiting his grandmother in North Carolina and police believe that is where he got the weapon. The victim was listed in serious condition.
Wichita Falls, Tex. -- When a woman and her boyfriend left a nightclub and were walking to a store about 10:30 p.m. last Thursday, she accidentally shot herself in the leg as she took a gun out of her boyfriend’s pocket. The woman’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Farmington, Mo. -- A 31-year-old auto-dealership employee was accidentally shot when a customer pulled his truck into a service bay just after noon last Thursday and then attempted to unload a rifle that was inside the vehicle. The flying bullet went through the seat of the vehicle and struck the employee in his leg. The victim’s injuries were considered serious but not life-threatening.
Topeka, Kan. -- A male cleaning his handgun accidentally shot himself in the leg about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A man in his early 20’s accidentally shot himself in the head about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. He was listed in critical condition.
Sheboygan County, Wis. -- Police received a call about 10 a.m. Sunday that a 52-year-old man was accidentally shot in the back of a leg while hunting. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Little Rock, Ark. -- Two men were shot after they left a gentleman’s club about 5 a.m. Saturday. No word on their conditions.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A man was shot in the torso while fleeing in his vehicle from two men who kicked in his back door about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. No word on his condition.
Norman, Okla. -- A man was shot in the upper torso while behind the wheel of his car in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 7:30 p.m. last night. His injuries were apparently non life-threatening.
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Someone was shot this afternoon. The victim was reported in critical condition.
Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, CNN, (Park Hills, Mo.) Daily Journal, Florida Times-Union, KFDX-TV Wichita Falls (Tex.), KPRC-TV Houston, KTHV-TV Little Rock, The Lakeland (Wis.) Times, The Oklahoman, Tampa Bay Times, USA Today, WEWS-TV Cleveland, WFAA-TV Dallas, WIBW-TV Topeka, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WKRN-TV Nashville, WMC-TV Memphis, WRTV-TV Indianapolis, WSFA-TV Montgomery, WXII-TV Greensboro, WXYZ-TV Detroit
November 22, 2013 -- November 26, 2013
No reports filed
November 21, 2013 edition
New Market, Md. -- An infant boy, his 40-year-old father, and his 42-year-old mother were found fatally shot about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in what police are calling a murder-suicide. A 5-year-old daughter escaped to a neighbor’s house. Police have not yet determine if it was the father or mother who fired the gun.
Westminster, Colo. -- A 22-year-old father used a social media website on Wednesday to post photos of himself and his 19-month-old daughter and also messages to the child’s mother before using a gun to shoot and kill the toddler and then shoot and wound himself. No word on the condition of the father.
Fayetteville, N.C. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself Saturday morning after finding a loaded handgun on top of a refrigerator. The gun belonged to the boy’s 32-year-old father who is an active-duty army soldier. The father has been charged with failure to secure a firearm and involuntary manslaughter.
Edison, Ohio -- A 16-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a 15-year-old boy about 11:50 a.m. Sunday.
Clayton County, Ga. -- A 16-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by a 17-year-old boy at her home on Saturday.
Winston-Salem, N.C. -- A 29-year-old son shot and killed his 58-year-old father before using the gun to kill himself at a city park about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. The son’s mother said her husband had physically hurt her several days earlier during an episode of domestic violence and the shooting was apparently related to that incident.
Woodbridge, N.J. -- A 29-year-old woman was fatally shot Monday evening while sitting in a parked car outside a house where she was living by a 46-year-old man -- her former companion -- who then used a gun to shoot and kill himself.
Charlottesville, Va. -- A state senator was stabbed multiple times in the head and upper torso by his 24-year-old son early Tuesday morning before the son used a gun to shoot and kill himself at the family home.
San Diego, Calif. -- A 21-year-old man was fatally shot when a long-time friend was showing him a gun and the weapon fell and accidentally discharged about 1 a.m. Sunday.
Albert Township, Mich. -- A 52-year-old man who did not return after going out hunting on Friday was found dead on state land from a gunshot wound to his leg.
Dade County, Mo. -- A 16 year old boy was accidentally shot in the arm by a companion while deer hunting on Saturday. Conservation officials reported that the companion mistook the victim for game.
Madison, Wis. -- A 59-year-old man at a home accidentally shot himself in the side while removing a handgun from a holster about 2:15 p.m. Sunday. No word on his condition.
Highland Township, Mich. -- A 36-year-old man at his home was accidentally shot in the face by a 37-year-old friend about 7 p.m. last Wednesday. No word on the victim’s condition.
Northmoreland Township, Penn. -- A man in his 40s out hunting turkey was accidentally shot in the face by a blast from a shotgun Saturday morning. No details on his condition other than police reported that “the accident didn’t appear to be a fatality.”
Libby, Mont. -- A 60-year-old man out hunting was accidentally shot in his right thigh by another hunter on Saturday morning. The victim was reported in critical condition.
Helena, Mont. -- On Monday, a 14-year-old boy on a hunting trip with his father was accidentally shot in the arm while riding in a pick-up truck on a dirt road with a rifle between his legs and the vehicle bounced when it hit a rut, causing the weapon to fire. The boy thought the gun was unloaded. He was listed in stable condition.
Alpena County, Mich. -- A 29-year-old woman was accidentally shot in the leg at a home on Sunday when a 57-year-old man about to go hunting was loading a rifle in the home and the weapon discharged. No word on her condition.
Oakley, Utah -- On Wednesday, a man in his 30’s was shot in the knee when his girlfriend in her 30’s was unloading her rifle after the couple had been hunting and the weapon accidentally discharged. No word on his condition.
Waco, Tex. -- A county prosecutor has been demoted after he accidentally shot out the window of his office two weeks ago while inspecting a handgun belonging to a colleague. Police said no charges were filed because there was no evidence the gun was fired in a reckless manner.
Today’s sources: The Columbus Dispatch, Deseret News, The Detroit News, Farmington (Mich.) Observer, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, (Kalispell, Mont.) Flathead Beacon, (Helena, Mont.) Independent Record, KFMB-TV San Diego, KOLR-TV Springfield (Mo.), KWTX-TV Waco, Reuters, The (Wilkes-Barre, Penn.) Times Leader, WGHP-TV High Point (N.C.), Wisconsin State Journal, WSB-TV Atlanta
Addendum for November 21, 2013November 18, 2013 -- November 20, 2013
Shame on all Americans for allowing stories like this to repeat day after day. Let’s do something about it. 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.
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November 17, 2013 edition
Phoenix, Ariz. -- A 53-year-old man shot and killed his 51-year-old estranged wife, his 14-year-old daughter, and his 49-year-old brother-in-law before using the gun to kill himself.
Graniteville, S.C. -- A 67-year-old man who was just released from jail for a domestic violence issue went to the home of his estranged wife last Saturday and shot and killed his 16-year-old grandson before using the gun to kill himself. The estranged wife and grandson’s girlfriend were able to escape the house without injury.
Brandenburg, Ky. -- A 50-year-old man shot and killed his 42-year-old wife and the woman’s 13-year-old son before using the gun to kill himself at a home Friday morning.
Fresno, Calif. -- A newlywed couple was found dead on Saturday from gunshot wounds and police are calling it a murder-suicide. At this point in the investigation, they do not know who pulled the trigger.
Springfield, Mo. -- A man shot and killed his wife at their home and then used the gun to kill himself. Police responded to the home about 5:40 a.m. last Friday after receiving a call from a 7-year-old child at the home. Three other children, ages six, three, and one, were also found in the home.
Modesto, Calif. -- An 89-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife were found fatally shot at their residence about 5:15 p.m. last Wednesday in what police suspect was a murder-suicide.
Alliance, Ohio -- A 31-year-old man called police last Sunday to report that he had shot and killed his ex-wife before using the gun to shoot and wound himself when officers arrived at the scene. Police reported his prognosis as dire.
Woodstock, Ohio -- A 53-year-old woman called 911 to say she shot and killed her 46-year-old husband and then she used the gun to shoot and kill herself when police arrived at the couple’s home about 7 p.m. last Saturday.
Holladay, Utah -- About 9 p.m. Wednesday, police doing a welfare check on a couple at a residence found that a 79-year-old man had shot and killed his 78-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself. A motive isn't clear, but police say the two suffered from health problems.
Huntsville, Ala. -- Emergency crews responding to a welfare check at an apartment Thursday night discovered that a 58-year-old man had shot and killed his 57-year-old brother before using the gun to kill himself.
Houston, Tex. -- A 17-year-old male was shot and killed and three people were shot and wounded when gunfire erupted at a house party about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The wounded victims had non life-threatening injuries.
Trussville, Ala. -- A 53-year-old man was charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed the 81-year-old father of his common-law wife after the two men argued and then struggled over a gun on Thursday.
Bridgeport, Conn. -- A man was shot in the head and killed outside a restaurant about 3 a.m. today. Police believe the victim was involved in an argument with several other people before the shooting.
Montclair, Calif. -- A 20-year-old man was fatally shot near a playground about 4:15 p.m. Friday. He was standing with several others when a gunman approached and opened fire. It was not known if the victim was the intended target.
Oxnard, Calif. -- One male was shot and killed and two other males were shot and wounded in the front yard of a home about 6 p.m. Wednesday. No word on the conditions of the wounded victims.
Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 30-year-old man was found fatally shot outside a residence early Saturday morning.
Warren County, Miss. -- A 6-year-old girl was shot in the head while in her living room at home when a 16-year-old in a bedroom accidentally fired a gun and the bullet went through a wall and struck the child. She was listed in critical condition, authorities said.
Annapolis, Md. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to remove a handgun from his waistband about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.
Meadville, Penn. -- A juvenile male showed up at a hospital after he was accidentally shot by another juvenile male last Sunday morning.
Reading, Penn. -- Last Thursday, a 39-year-old man in the check-out line at a supermarket with his two children accidentally shot himself in the leg as he reached for his wallet in a pocket. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. Police said since the man is licensed to have a gun and carry it, they are closing the book on the case.
Hurst, Texas -- When a customer with a concealed handgun-license dropped his handgun without realizing it while in a big-box discount store, an employee of the store picked it up and, thinking it was a cigarette lighter, accidentally shot himself in the hand when he pulled the trigger Wednesday afternoon. No one else in the store was struck by the flying bullet. Police did not plan to file any charges. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Scarborough, Me. -- About 9:45 p.m. Thursday, when a homeowner came out of his house with a handgun to investigate two men arguing in his driveway about a truck and thought he heard one of them say “I’ll kill you,” he reportedly fumbled with the gun trying to load it and it accidentally fired and struck a 47-year-old woman in the face. She was expected to survive.
Marrero, La. -- A handgun accidentally discharged when a 21-year-old man was pulling the weapon from his waistband to show to an 18-year-old male and the bullet struck the teenager in his upper torso early Monday afternoon. The victim was expected to recover.
Chicago, Ill. -- At least 15 people were shot during a roughly seven-hour stretch starting Saturday night, including 11 shot within three hours early today.
Boston, Mass. -- Two men who appeared to be in their 20s were shot while on a street about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. No word on their conditions.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man was shot in the upper torso while on a street about 2:30 a.m. today. His injuries were described as non life-threatening.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 31-year-old man was robbed and shot in the leg by two male suspects just outside a nightclub about 1 a.m. Saturday. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.
Wilkesboro, N.C. -- While an employee and a customer at a nutrition store were discussing guns and the Second Amendment about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the customer pulled out a handgun to show the employee and the weapon accidentally discharged. No one in the store was struck by the flying bullet. The customer fled the scene.
Today’s sources: Aiken (S.C.) Standard, The Alliance (Ohio) Review, Birmingham News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, (Provo) Daily Herald, Florida Times-Union, Hartford Courant, Houston Chronicle, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KGPE-TV Fresno, KOLR-Springfield (Mo.), KPHO-TV Phoenix, KXAS-TV Fort Worth, Meadville (Penn.) Tribune, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The Modesto (Calif.) Press, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, Portland (Maine) Press Herald, The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, The Times-Picayune, WAAY-TV Huntsville, WAPT-TV Jackson (Miss.), WMAR-TV Baltimore, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, WXII-TV Greensboro
Addendum for November 17, 2013November 7, 2013 -- November 16, 2013
Please help reduce this daily bloodletting. 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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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, 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).