March 1, 2014 edition
Glade Spring, Va. -- A 44-year-old man shot and killed his 17-year-old son, his 46-year-old wife, his 74-year-old mother-in-law, and shot and wounded his 75-year-old father-in-law before using the gun to kill himself. The shooter carried two guns when he broke into his in-laws’ home where his wife and son were staying about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and an argument ensued. The shooter’s wife had a restraining order against him. The father-in-law was in fair condition.
Oak Lawn, Ill. -- A 36-year-old man shot and killed himself after he shot and killed his 67-year-old father, his 68-year-old mother, and his 5-year-old nephew who was staying overnight at his grandparents’ house after his birthday party at the home on Wednesday. The shooter used a shotgun he got from his father’s gun safe. The shooter set the house on fire before he killed himself.
Greensburg, Ind. -- About 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police discovered that a 44-year-old father had driven his 14-year-old son to a city park where he used a gun to kill the boy and then himself.
Memphis, Tenn. -- A 17-year-old girl sitting in the front seat of a car was accidentally shot and killed about 11 p.m. Saturday when a friend sitting in a back seat -- a 23-year-old man -- inadvertently shot a handgun he thought was unloaded and the bullet went through the front seat and stuck the victim in her back. The man has been charged with reckless homicide.
Dallas, Tex. -- A 59-year-old man shot and killed a 47-year-old woman and then used the gun to kill himself at a nightclub about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The two, who had dated, arrived separately at the club and then got into an argument.
Thornton, Colo. -- A 43-year-old husband shot and killed his 42-year-old wife and another woman who lived with them before using the gun to kill himself in their townhouse on Sunday.
Green Bay, Wis. -- Police went to an apartment late Monday morning to discover that a 52-year-old man had shot and killed a 47-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself. The pair lived together in the apartment and had a relationship for 10 years.
Simpson County, Miss. -- A 40-year-old mother shot and wounded her 21-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill herself on Monday. The deceased woman’s husband believes the shootings were related to a child custody case involving the daughter’s infant child. No word on the condition of the 21-year-old.
Carlsbad, Calif. -- A 63-year-old woman was shot twice in the chest at point-blank range by an 87-year-old man who then fatally shot himself in the garden area of an apartment complex about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Neighbors said the two had some sort of relationship at one time but had not spoken for months. No word on the woman’s condition.
Independence Township, Mich. -- A 36-year-old man died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while demonstrating gun safety to his girlfriend at a home about 9 p.m. Sunday. The man, who had been drinking, thought the gun was unloaded. Three children unrelated to the man, ages 12, 10, and 7, were at the home at the time but were unhurt. They did not witness the shooting.
Macon, Ga. -- A man dropped his handgun while sitting in the back seat of a car parked at a strip mall about 10 p.m. Friday and, when he tried to catch the weapon, it discharged and the bullet went through the front seat where it struck his 21-year-old cousin in the back, killing him. The man was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Marion, Ohio -- A 59-year-old man at an apartment accidentally fired his shotgun into the floor and the blast went into the apartment below where two women attending a prayer service were struck and wounded about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The man was charged with negligent assault. The womans’ injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Little Rock, Ark. -- A boy suffered a gunshot wound to the side of his face about 7:45 p.m. last Saturday when a friend was handling a gun and it accidentally discharged. The victim was expected to survive
Oconee County, S.C. -- A woman was shot in the leg Wednesday when her adult son was walking through her kitchen with a loaded gun and the weapon accidentally discharged. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on the woman’s condition.
Lancaster, Ohio -- A bullet grazed the hand of a 22-year-old man as he was disassembling a handgun for cleaning and the weapon accidentally discharged about 5 p.m. Friday. The bullet went into a nearby wall but no one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.
Medford, Ore. -- A man sitting in his vehicle accidentally shot himself Sunday afternoon when he reached into the glove box for his gun and the weapon inadvertently discharged and the bullet struck him in the hand and wrist. No one else was hit. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Pine Hills, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the thigh while outside a shopping-center store about 3 p.m. Tuesday. He was in stable condition.
Sandy, Utah -- When a man carrying a gun inside his backpack was at a busy restaurant about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, he accidentally dropped the backpack and, when it landed, the gun discharged sending a bullet into the concrete floor. Police did not charge him because he had a conceal carry permit and the incident was an accident.
Today’s sources: Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star, KATV-TV Little Rock, KSWB-TV San Diego, KTVL-TV Medford (Ore.), KTVT-TV Fort Worth, KTVX-TV Salt Lake City, Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle Gazette, San Diego Union Tribune, Washington Post, WBNS-TV Columbus (Ohio), WISC-TV Madison (Wis.), WKMG-TV Orlando, WLBT-TV Jackson (Miss.), WMC-TV Memphis, WMGT-TV Macon, WYFF-TV Greenville, (S.C.)
Addendum for February March 1, 2014February 23, 2014 edition
In the spring of 2013, 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 vaporize.
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 slow this daily carnage. 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:
Hialeah, Fla. -- Police who went to a home on Tuesday discovered that a 46-year-old man had shot and killed his wife of three months and his 16-year-old stepdaughter before using the gun to kill himself.
Gallatin, Tenn. -- Police went to an apartment about 4 p.m. Wednesday to find a 28-year-old man dead from a single gunshot wound to his head and his wife dead from multiple gunshot wounds to her head and authorities are calling the shooting a murder-suicide. The couple was in the process of getting a divorce.
Fresno, Calif. -- A 55-year-old man shot and wounded a 40-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself at a motel about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The two were in a relationship. The woman was listed in critical but stable condition.
Apache Junction, Ariz. -- Police who went to a home about 1 p.m. Tuesday discovered that a 55-year-old man had shot and killed his 47-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself. The couple had been married more than 20 years. The woman filed for divorce in November.
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- A man shot and killed a woman inside a home Tuesday morning before using the gun to kill himself. The pair were in a relationship.
Kingman, Ariz. -- An Oregon couple -- a 64-year-old man and his 60-year-old wife -- were found dead from gunshot wounds at a motel about 1 p.m. Monday and police suspect the shootings were a murder-suicide.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Police called to a parking lot outside a condominium complex about 4:40 p.m. Friday found a man and a woman fatally shot and authorities believe it was a murder-suicide related to domestic issues.
Columbus, Ga. -- A 50-year-old man shot and killed his 44-year-old estranged wife in the parking lot at a state welfare office and then went to his car where he used the gun to kill himself early Friday.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A man is dead after he accidentally shot himself in the chest at his home as he was selling a handgun to a family member about 8 p.m. yesterday.
Dunkerton, Iowa -- A 54-year-old man -- the pastor of a local church -- used a gun to kill himself on February 12. His body was found behind the church parsonage where he lived.
Cary, N.C. -- A 74-year-old a man was found fatally shot in his yard about 8:45 a.m. Friday and the 43-year-old man suspected to be his killer, a family friend, shot and killed himself in a Florida motel after a police stand-off.
Orting, Wash. -- A 53-year-old man has died after interrupting a burglary in his garage about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday and the shotgun he had with him was somehow taken away and used to shoot and kill him in his front yard.
Jackson, Miss. -- A 32-year-old man was shot three times in the head while at a sports bar about 10 p.m. Friday. A suspect was arrested. No word on the victim’s condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 32-year-old man was fatally shot as he was sitting in a car when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire about 7:40 p.m. yesterday.
Durham, N.C. -- A 21-year-old man accidentally fired a gun while on a porch of a home about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and the bullet struck a 5-month-old girl who was in a car-seat on the porch. The man was charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in bodily injury. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Pittsburgh, Penn. -- A 12-year-old girl was shot in the leg after a 22-year-old man brought a rifle to the girl’s home to have it cleaned by her uncle and the weapon accidentally discharged. No one else was struck by the bullet. The 22-year old was charged with recklessly endangering another person. The girl was in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
Amarillo, Tex. -- Two males of unknown age were accidentally shot and wounded when one of them was cleaning a gun and the weapon inadvertently discharged late Friday. One of the victims reportedly suffered a graze wound; no word on the injuries or condition of the other victim. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.
Indianapolis, Ind. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the finger when he slipped on ice on his driveway while holding a gun about 7 a.m. Thursday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would face charges. No word on his condition.
Harris County, Tex. -- An after-school melee involving 50 to 60 high school students about 3:30 p.m. Friday erupted into gunfire and one student, believed to be 19-years-old, was shot and wounded. The victim was listed in serious condition but was expected to survive.
Chicago, Ill. -- An 18-year-old male and two 17-year-old males walking together on a sidewalk were shot and wounded when someone with a gun approached on foot and opened fire about 11 p.m. yesterday. All three victims were reported in stable condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 24-year-old man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach about 11:40 a.m. yesterday. He was in critical condition.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A man was shot in the shoulder while driving about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
St. Louis, Mo. -- A man walking home from a friend’s house about 2:45 a.m. Saturday was shot in the stomach when he resisted an attempted armed robbery by two men who approached him on a street. The victim was listed in stable condition.
Columbus, Ohio -- A man was shot in the ankle while at a mall about 12:45 p.m. Friday. Police were looking for a suspect. No word on the victim’s condition.
Riviera Beach, Fla. -- Two students at a middle school were arrested Friday after they were allegedly caught handing a loaded handgun in their classroom. Police are working to find out how they got the gun.
Sources: Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, KDKA-TV Pittsburgh, KFSN-TV Fresno, KOMO-TV Seattle, KPHO-TV Phoenix, Mohave Valley Daily News, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WATE Knoxville, Waterloo Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier, WCHS-TV Charleston (W.V.), WHEC-TV Rochester (N.Y.), WPTV-TV West Palm Beach, WRTV-TV Indianapolis, WTLV-TV Jacksonville, WTVF-TV Nashville, WTVJ-TV Miami
Addendum for February 23, 2014February 19, 2014 edition
We have an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.A. Here’s an organization working to find a cure: http://momsdemandaction.org/.
Carroll County, Va. -- Police responding to a call Sunday afternoon found a woman lying in the road with a fatal gunshot wound and the man who witnesses said shot her was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 24-year-old man shot and killed his girlfriend inside a home before using the gun to kill himself Sunday afternoon. Neighbors said the man shot the woman because she was unfaithful to him. It was reported that one of the man’s two children from a previous relationship, a 2-year-old daughter, was in his car parked at the home during the shootings.
Plano, Tex. -- Police went to a home about 7:30 a.m. Sunday to find that an 80-year-old woman had shot and killed her 85-year-old husband before using the gun to kill herself. Neighbors said the man had been in poor health recently and his wife was caring for him.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio -- About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old man broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend after shooting out the back door and, as three residents hid in the home, the man shot and killed himself when confronted by police who arrived to find him hiding in the basement. Police were on the lookout for the man because he had earlier threatened to kill his mother and the ex-girlfriend. Police said he had an AK47 rifle, a handgun, and over 140 rounds of ammunition.
Houston, Tex. -- A man shot and killed himself inside his apartment after arguing with his wife about 9 p.m. Monday. The woman had just stepped outside when she heard a gunshot from inside. The couple’s young son was asleep in the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Lemay, Mo. -- A 23-year-old woman used a rifle to shoot and kill her 40-year-old aunt when the aunt when to the niece’s door about 1:50 a.m. Sunday and the two got into an argument. The niece was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The aunt leaves behind a 9-year-old boy, twin 6-year-old girls, and a 21-year-old son who lives out-of-state.
Phoenix, Ariz. -- A man died after he was shot when he got into a fight with someone while inside a big-box department store around 4 p.m. Sunday. Police were talking to a suspect.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A woman in her late 20s died after being shot multiple times while in a parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Police are looking for the shooter.
East St. Louis, Ill. -- A 21-year-old man sitting in a car with a woman in the parking lot of a nursing home Sunday evening was fatally shot when two men in another car pulled alongside and opened fire after a confrontation of some sort.
Birmingham, Ala. -- A 3-year-old boy in an apartment accidentally shot himself in the abdomen just before 7 p.m. yesterday. No word on his condition
Birmingham, Ala. -- A 6-year-old boy shot himself in the foot after he found a gun in the glove compartment of his uncle’s vehicle as the uncle was driving him to a restaurant around 6 p.m. yesterday. The boy’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
South Daytona, Fla. -- When a 13-year-old boy was at home showing a rifle to his friend -- another 13-year-old boy -- the gun accidentally discharged and the friend was struck in his arm. The victim required surgery.
Chicago, Ill. -- When a robber or robbers approached a 16-year-old boy on a street about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the boy inadvertently shot himself in the foot when he pulled a gun to defend himself. He was listed in good condition.
Indianapolis, Ind. -- A woman was shot outside a preschool daycare-center about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police are looking for the shooter who they suspect was the woman’s ex-husband. No word on the woman’s condition.
Bismarck, N.D. -- An 18-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot with a handgun while at a gun range about 4 p.m. Monday. No one else was hit by the flying bullet. Police said they are not filing charges but the state game and fish department might investigate further.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- When an off-duty corrections officer was eating at a restaurant and reached for a valet ticket in his pocket, he accidentally fired his handgun and shrapnel from the flying bullet struck six nearby people. One of the victims was hospitalized; the others were treated at the scene.
Daviess County, Ky. -- A man was cleaning his gun about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. when the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet struck his wife in the leg. No one else was hit. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. Her injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Wilmington, Del. -- A 44-year-old man in a motel room was spinning a handgun in his hand while showing the weapon to two women when the gun discharged and the bullet struck him in the leg about 9:50 p.m. Sunday. No one else was hit. He was arrested. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Someone in an apartment accidentally dropped a gun causing it to discharge and the flying bullet went through the ceiling into the apartment above where it went through a man’s leg and then continued on to strike a woman about 6:25 p.m. yesterday.
Ormond Beach, Fla. -- A 22-year-old man was attempting to fix his hunting rifle about 2 a.m. Thursday when it accidentally discharged into his face. He thought the gun was unloaded. He was in stable condition.
Orlando, Fla. -- About 10 p.m. Sunday, a 36-year-old man with a concealed weapon permit was at a bar showing the safety features of his handgun to a 22-year-old female friend when the weapon inadvertently fired and, after the bullet hit the floor, a fragment of the bullet struck the friend in her ankle.
Hillsborough County, Fla. -- A wildlife photographer -- a 37-year-old man -- was photographing turkeys around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he was shot and wounded after a hunter -- a 43-year-old man -- mistook him for a deer. Authorities said fog in the area created limited visibility. The shooter was not charged. The victim’s injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
Pittsburgh, Penn. -- A 27-year-old woman shot another female, her partner, in the upper arm when they got into an argument at a home about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The shooter was arrested. The victim was listed in stable condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- When a police supervisor accidentally fired his gun in a police station about 9:40 p.m. Monday, the bullet struck a water pipe causing it to gush for two hours, causing damage to computers and desks on the floor below. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the upper thigh while on a street about 1 a.m. Tuesday. He was expected to recover.
Lansing, Kan. -- A 30-year-old man driving on a state road was sideswiped and shot at when he tried to pass another vehicle about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Huffman, Tex. -- When a television reporter and his cameraman showed up at a residence to asked the homeowner -- a 73-year-old man -- about charges that he molested a 5-year-old neighborhood girl, the homeowner threatened the pair with a gun and chased them away.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Associated Press, The Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Houston Chronicle, The Leavenworth (Kan) Times, KSWESH-TV Orlando, Las Vegas Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WFIE-TV Evansville (Ind.), WFLA-TV Tampa, WFOR-TV Miami, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WOIO-TV Cleveland, WSLA-TV Roanoke, WTVF-TV Nashville
Addendum for February 16, 2014February 16, 2014 edition
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Lake Worth, Fla. -- A 4-year-old girl died when she accidentally shot herself after finding a gun in her home about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cocoa, Fla. -- An 18-year-old male was accidentally shot in the chest and killed when he sat on a couch in a living room as a 25-year-old man in the room was making repairs to an AR-15 rifle and the weapon inadvertently discharged about 4 p.m. Monday. No word yet on whether or not any charges will be filed.
Little Rock, Ark. -- A 15-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car along with several others was shot and killed as the car was parked at a gas station about 1 a.m. Saturday. Police said a suspect was being questioned.
Bloomington, Minn. -- Police called to a retirement home about 11:40 a.m. Friday found that a 77-year-old man shot and killed a 76-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself.
Vineyard, Calif. -- Police responding to a report of a shooting about 1:15 p.m. Friday found a man in his 60s or 70s and a woman in her 50s or 60s shot dead and lying near a creek. A communications company employee working nearby saw the pair get out of a parked car and walk toward a paved path. The employee soon heard a gunshot and saw the woman on the ground. The man then shot himself.
Bossier City, La. -- A man shot and killed his wife before using the gun to kill himself at their home about 10 p.m. Thursday.
New Orleans, La. -- Police entered a home Thursday night and found a man and woman fatally shot and they are calling the incident a murder-suicide. They suspect the man, 56-years-old, shot his 22-year-old girlfriend before using the gun to kill himself. The woman leaves two children behind and the man is the father of the youngest one.
Helendale, Calif. -- An 82-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man were found fatally shot at a home about 8:30 p.m. last Sunday and police are calling the incident a murder-suicide.
Portland, Ore. -- Just before midnight last night, police responding to a call of shots-fired arrived at an apartment to find a woman dead and a man suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man’s injuries were reported as life-threatening.
Erie, Penn. -- Police found a man and a woman fatally shot inside a home about 10:30 p.m. last night and they are calling the incident a murder-suicide.
Steubenville, Ohio -- A 32-year-old man shot and killed himself in his home after a police standoff that started as a police chase when the man failed to stop for a lane violation.
Plant City, Fla. -- Police responding to a call at a home about 12:30 p.m. Monday found that a 72-year-old man -- a retired dentist who had served four years on the city commission -- accidentally killed himself when a gun he was handling inadvertently discharged.
Spanish Fork, Utah -- A 50-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself when a rifle discharged as he was taking it from the back of his truck about 6:15 a.m. Monday.
Santa Ana, Calif. -- A man thought to be in his 20s died shortly after walking into a hospital with gunshot wounds about 9 p.m. yesterday.
Lawrence, Kan. -- Police responding to a call about 3 a.m. last Sunday found a 23-year-old man fatally shot inside an apartment.
Fayetteville, N.C. -- An 8-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the leg at a home about 4:15 p.m. Friday after she found a handgun in the master bedroom. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Vivian, La. -- A 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the cheek when another 16-year-old boy was playing with a handgun about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and the weapon accidentally fired. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Rockville, Md. --A 23-year-old man was accidentally shot by an acquaintance about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet.
Lake Worth, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself at a gun range about 6 p.m. yesterday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.
Belton, S.C. -- A woman accidentally shot herself at a home about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. Police said they do not expect to file charges. No word on her condition but police said she was able to respond to questions while at the hospital.
New Orleans, La. -- A 31-year-old man was shot multiple times while on a street about 6:45 p.m. Friday. He was listed in critical condition.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Two men were found shot and wounded outside a residence about 4:30 a.m. today. One of the victims was listed in critical condition; the other was in serious condition.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Two men showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds about 4:50 a.m. today. One of the victims was listed in serious but stable condition; the other was in good condition.
Fort Wayne, Ind. -- A man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound about 5 a.m. today. He was listed in good condition.
Tacoma, Wash. -- A woman cleaning a gun in her apartment about 12:20 a.m. last Sunday inadvertently fired the weapon and the bullet went through the ceiling and into the apartment above where a family with two children, ages 3 and 1, were sleeping. No one was struck. The woman was charged on suspicion of reckless endangerment.
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- A 28-year-old man used a shotgun to threaten his roommate as the two argued about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. He was charged with felony menacing.
Memphis, Tenn. -- A 16-year-old boy used his backpack to bring an unloaded handgun and ammunition to his high school on Thursday. He was charged with carrying a weapon on school property.
Today’s sources: Arkansasmatters.com, Bay News 9 (St. Petersburg), (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, The Fayetteville Observer, The Indianapolis Star, The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, KPTV-TV Portland, KSLA-TV Shreveport, KXRM-TV Colorado Springs, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, Orange County Register, The Palm Beach Post, The Sacramento Bee, The San Bernardino County Sun, The Tacoma News Tribune, The Tampa Tribune, Times-Picayune, WICU-TV Erie, WRC-TV Washington D.C., WTRF-TV Wheeling, W.V., WTVF-TV Nashville
Addendum for February 16, 2014February 11, 2014 edition
GunFact: If there is a gun in your home, it is 22 times more likely to be used 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).
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Temple, Ga. -- A father and two children were found dead at a home about 3 p.m. Thursday and police believe the father, 41-years old, shot and killed his 13-year-old son and his 11-year-old daughter before using the gun to kill himself. He was separated from his wife, the children’s mother. She was out of state at the time of the shooting.
Boston Mass. -- A 14-year-old boy was playing with a handgun at their home about 11:30 a.m. Friday when he accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old brother. The older boy thought the handgun was unloaded because he 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.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 17-year-old high school student was shot in the head and killed while shoveling snow to earn money about 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
Orange County, Fla. -- A 34-year-old sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed early this morning while responding to reports of car break-ins in a neighborhood.
Eutawville, S.C. -- A 59-year-old grandfather asked his 14-year-old grandson to retrieve a gun about 2 p.m. Saturday and, when the boy retrieved the weapon, it accidentally discharged sending a bullet ricocheting through the house that struck and killed the grandfather.
Augusta, Kan. -- A 45-year-old man shot and killed his 31-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself about 9:40 p.m. Thursday. A boy -- the woman’s son and the man’s stepson, -- called 911 and said he locked himself in a bedroom and that he heard his mother scream and that shots had been fired. A dispatcher talked the boy into crawling out a bedroom window to safety. The boy is now with his biological father.
Plattsburgh, N.Y. -- Police discovered on Monday morning that a 63-year-old man shot his 61-year-old wife multiple times at their home, killing her, before driving away and using the gun to kill himself outside his pick-up truck.
Helendale, Calif. -- An 82-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man were found fatally shot inside a home about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and police suspect it was a murder-suicide.
Fort Collins, Colo. -- Police called to a home about 6 p.m. Friday found that a 34-year-old man had shot and killed his 38-year-old fiancée before using the gun to kill himself.
Pittsburgh, Penn. -- Two sisters, ages 44 and 38, were found fatally shot in the basement of their home Friday afternoon and police are calling it a homicide. The younger woman’s car was found a mile from their house.
Prewitt, N.M. -- A man and woman were found shot to death in a pickup truck around 3 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses said the pair were arguing in the truck when a shot rang out. The man then drove to a residence 10 miles away where the truck was found with both bodies inside, along with a gun.
Watsonville, Calif. -- A 19-year-old man died from a single gunshot wound to his upper torso after he was dropped of at a hospital about 3:15 a.m. Sunday.
Huntsville, Ala. -- When a father was trying to unload his handgun Friday evening, the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet struck his 6-year-old son in the collar bone. No one else was hit by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not the father would be charged. The boy’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Columbus, Ohio -- Five people, including a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, were together at a house Sunday night when the girl pulled a handgun and shot the boy in the neck. She was arrested and charged with felonious assault. The boy was listed in serious condition.
Goshen, Ind. -- A 23-year-old man was accidentally shot in the leg about 6 a.m. Sunday. No one else was hit by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not anyone would be charged. His injuries were reported as non life-threatening.
San Francisco, Calif. -- An allegedly intoxicated 24-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg inside his home about 2:20 a.m. Friday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would be charged. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Riviera Beach, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself about 9 p.m. Sunday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would be charged. His injuries were described as critical.
Albuquerque, N.M. -- A man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his head about 1:40 a.m. Monday and told police he was shot while at a nearby nightclub. He was listed in stable condition and expected to survive.
Lawrenceville, Ga. -- Two people were shot inside a national chain grocery store Monday afternoon. Two people have been taken into custody in connection with the incident. Police said there might have been an altercation before the shooting.
Madison, Tenn. -- A man was shot and killed and another was shot and wounded about 9 p.m. Monday. No word on the condition of the wounded man.
Arlington, Va. -- A man was found at an abandoned apartment complex with a shotgun wound to his leg early Monday morning. Police think he was shot at another location and then dumped at the apartment complex. He was expected to survive.
Grand Rapids, Mich. -- A woman pulled a gun and fired a shot into the drive-thru window of a fast-food restaurant about 3 a.m. Wednesday because employees of the restaurant got her order wrong for a second time. No one was struck by the bullet. The woman was in custody.
Mount Olive Township, N.J. -- An off-duty federal law enforcement officer was cleaning his gun in his apartment on Wednesday when the weapon accidentally discharged. No one was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would be charged.
Today’s sources: Associated Press, Boston Globe, The Coloradoan, (Victorville, Calif.) Daily Press, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KVTV-TV Fort Worth, The Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News, Mount Olive (N.J.) Chronicle, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, Palm Beach Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel, The (S.C.) Times and Democrat, WBZ-TV Boston, WFTV-TV Orlando, The Wichita Eagle, WSB-TV Atlanta, WTVF-TV Nashville, WTVG-TV Toledo
Addendum for February 11, 2014February 7, 2014 edition
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Puyallup, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the chest and killed about 3 p.m. yesterday when he and three other boys were handling a shotgun while hanging out at a home and one of the other boys unintentionally fired the gun. The boy who shot the gun will be booked on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter.
Barrow, Alaska -- A 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by another boy about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Defiance County, Ohio -- Four people were found dead by a family member about 8:30 p.m. yesterday and police believe a 68-year-old man shot and killed his 61-year-old wife, his 42-year-old daughter, and 15-year-old granddaughter before using the gun to kill himself.
Plains, Ga. -- Two people were found fatally shot at a home and police believe a 68-year old man shot and killed his 66-year old wife before using the gun to kill himself Tuesday morning.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- About 9 p.m. yesterday, when police responding to a call heard gunshots as they arrived at a home, they forced their way in and found a 37-year-old man on the first floor with three gunshot wounds and a 48-year-old man on the second floor with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The wounded man was in critical condition.
Waterford Township, Mich. -- A 28-year-old woman used a rented gun to commit suicide by shooting herself in the head at a gun range about 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Anchorage, Alaska -- About 3:50 a.m. Saturday, after a woman called police to say her 35-year-old fiancé had come to her home and threatened her with a gun, the man later used the weapon to kill himself after leading police on a car chase and then crashing his vehicle.
Springfield, Mo. -- A man was found dead Tuesday from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. He leaves behind a wife and children.
Los Angeles, Calif. -- A man in his 30s was found fatally shot and lying on a sidewalk about 2 a.m. today.
Los Angeles, Calif. -- One man was shot and killed and another man was shot and wounded outside a church Wednesday night.
Milwaukee, Wis. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in a home by a 21-year-old man about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The shooter was arrested.
Patterson Springs, N.C. -- A 17-month-old girl was accidentally shot by her 3-year-old brother after he climbed a dresser in their home and discovered their father’s gun Thursday morning. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed. The girl was expected to recover.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- One person was shot when an off-duty police officer’s gun accidentally discharged inside a home around noon on Monday. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim reportedly had non life-threatening injuries.
Vancouver, Wash. -- A 46-year-old woman shot a 45-year-old employee of the Veterans Administration in the hip while at a hospital about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The victim’s injuries were describes as non life-threatening.
Kansas City, Kan. -- When a homeowner inside his home looked out and saw two men trying to steal his car he had left warming up in his driveway, he confronted the men with his gun and, after words were exchanged, he was shot twice as they exchanged gunfire about 7:30 a.m. yesterday. Police were able to track down and arrest the assailants at an apartment just a block away. The victim’s injuries were non life-threatening.
Flint, Mich. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg while playing with his handgun as he waited for friends in a car outside a party store about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he was arrested. No word on his condition.
Oregon City, Ore. -- A 71-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the arm while in his home when he dropped a handgun he was trying to unjam and the weapon discharged when it struck the floor. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he was arrested. No word on his condition.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man showed up at a hospital about 9:45 p.m. yesterday with a gunshot to his midsection. His injuries were described as non life-threatening.
Tampa, Fla. -- A 27-year-old man was shot in front of a tire business by a 22-year-old man about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. The two had argued with each other earlier in the day. The victim was expected to survive.
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- A 47-year-old woman burst into her neighbor’s house about 11 p.m. Monday and waved a handgun at everyone inside because she felt they were playing music too loud. She was arrested.
Seattle, Wash. -- About 10:50 a.m. last Tuesday, when the female manager of a store in a shopping mall asked a female customer “What brings you in today?” the customer opened her purse and pointed to a handgun inside and said “You see this? This means to leave me alone.” The customer then browsed the store, completing a full loop, before leaving.
Anchorage, Alaska -- About 6 a.m. last Thursday, when a pizza delivery driver arrived at a home with pizza, a 23-year-old man at the home threatened the driver with a gun because he felt it took too long for the pizza to arrive. The man was later arrested.
Norfolk, Mass. -- A 46-year-old middle-school cafeteria worker was arrested Friday afternoon after she allegedly threatened a co-worker with a gun at the school.
Today’s sources: Anchorage Daily News, The Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, The Flint Journal, Florida Times-Union, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KCTV-TV Kansas City, KOMO-TV Seattle, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The (Springfield, Mo.) News-Leader, The Oregonian, Reuters, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, The (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, WALB-TV Albany (Ga.), WSOC-TV Charlotte, N.C.
Addendum for February 7, 2014February 4, 2014 edition
If today is an average day, 277 Americans will be shot by a gun. And 84 of those 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.
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Robbins, Ill. -- A 43-year-old man shot and killed his 42-year-old wife, his 17-year-old son, and his 15-year-old daughter at a home about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. The man’s 14-year-old step-son managed to escape with his 5-year-old nephew. When police arrived, the shooter was dead and it was reported he might have suffered a heart attack.
Houston, Tex. -- Four members of a family were found fatally shot on Thursday -- a 50-year-old man, his 49-year-old wife, and the couple’s two children, ages 9 and 7 -- and police are calling the shootings homicides.
Moneta, Va. -- A 37-year-old man was killed on Friday when he returned early from a business trip and his girlfriend mistook him for an intruder and shot him in their home.
Mesquite, Tex. -- A 55-year-old man shot and killed his daughter’s 32-year-old boyfriend and then used the gun to kill himself Saturday night. Witnesses said the men argued before the shootings.
Franklin, Ind. -- A man with a gun walked into a residence about 10:30 p.m. yesterday and opened fire, killing a 19-year-old woman and wounding three other people before leaving the scene and later using the gun to kill himself when approached by police. The shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. One of the wounded victims was treated and released; no word on the conditions of the other two.
Vancouver, Wash. -- A 64-year-old man -- a driver for a paint-company distribution center -- shot and killed a 45-year-old man -- a manager for the paint-company -- before using the gun to kill himself about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Port Arthur, Tex. -- A 46-year-old man and his 44-year-old wife were found fatally shot about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and police are looking at the incident as a murder-suicide. The bodies were discovered in their home by a family friend.
Ridgewood, N.J. -- Two men were found fatally shot in a home on Sunday and police say they apparently died in a murder-suicide.
Dora, Ala. -- A woman shot her husband twice, wounded him, before using the gun to kill herself at their home about 3 p.m. Saturday. No word on his condition.
West Lafayette, Ind. -- A 51-year-old woman, a university professor, was shot multiple times by her 64-year-old husband before he used the gun to kill himself in a home around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The woman was in serious condition.
Chambers County, Tex. -- About 9:30 p.m. Friday, when a 56-year-old man driving with his 15-year-old daughter was cut off by a 54-year-old man driving with his 10-year-old grandson, both cars pulled over and, as the two men argued, the 56-year-old shot and killed the 54-year-old.
Huger, S.C. -- A 25-year-old man accidentally shot himself with a shotgun when he fell out of a deer-stand about 1:30 a.m. today. No word on his condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- About 2:10 a.m. today, a 20-year-old man on a street with a group of young men was shot and killed when someone standing at the end of the block shot at the group.
Orange County, Fla. -- A 20-year-old man was shot and killed Sunday while sitting in his car in front of a convenience store. The man’s brother suspects the shooting might have stemmed from an argument with others about two weeks ago.
Shelby, N.C. -- A male employee of a furniture store accidentally shot himself in the foot while at the store Monday afternoon when a gun in his back pocket inadvertently discharged. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would be charged. His injuries were considered non life-threatening.
West Gardner, Maine -- A 54-year-old man out ice fishing was shot on Sunday when a 21-year-old man was firing a gun in nearby woods and a bullet ricocheted off a tree and struck the fisherman in the head. The victim walked off the ice and was treated at a nearby hospital. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed against the shooter.
Savannah, Ga. -- A 23-year old man checking to make sure his gun was not loaded shot himself in the finger when he accidentally pulled the trigger about 3 p.m. Monday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. The gun had been stolen and the man was charged with receiving stolen property.
Houston, Tex. -- Two people were shot at an apartment complex about 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses saw three men running from the scene shortly after the shots were fired. No word on the victims’ conditions.
Bloomfield Township, Mich. -- When two men forced their way into a home and demanded money about 9:30 p.m. Monday, the homeowner led them to a bedroom where he grabbed a gun and, after a struggle, one of the intruders was shot and later arrested. Police are looking for the second suspect.
Charlotte, N.C. -- A 19-year-old girl was shot while riding in a car about 3 a.m. today. She was reported to have possible life-threatening injuries.
Chicago, Ill. -- An 18-year-old man standing outside about 8:45 p.m. yesterday was shot in the leg when someone in a car opened fire. No word on the victim’s condition.
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man standing on a sidewalk was shot in the leg early this morning. His injuries were considered non-life threatening.
Temecula, Calif. -- A 59-year-old man allegedly pointed a gun at a girl, a minor, when she knocked on his door selling cookies on Sunday. The girl’s father, after witnessing the incident, called police and the man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Dayton, Ohio -- A 77-year-old man pleaded not guilty to federal charges of selling guns without a license after agents seized 257 weapons -- including an unregistered machine gun and sawed-off shotgun.
Today’s sources: Associated Press, The Birmingham News, CBS News, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Houston Chronicle, KHOU-TV Houston, KWTX-TV Waco, Los Angeles Times, MTW-TV Portland (Maine), The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, Shelby (N.C.) Star, WFTV-TV Orlando, WSET-TV Lynchburg, WSOC-TV Charlotte, WTLV-TV Jacksonville, WTOC-TV Savannah, WXIN-TV Indianapolis
Addendum for February 4, 2014
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.
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