July 13, 2014 edition
Spring, Tex. -- A 33-year-old man went to the home of a relative late Wednesday afternoon and shot and killed six people, including four children, and shot and wounded another child. The dead included a 39-year-old man, his 33-year-old wife, and their children -- a 14-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy. Another child, a 15-year-old girl, suffered a gunshot wound to her head. The shooter was arrested. The wounded girl has been released from the hospital.
Ellettsville, Ind. -- When emergency crews arrived at a burning home about 8:40 a.m. Thursday, they discovered inside that a 46-year-old mother had shot and killed her 15-year-old son before using the gun to kill herself.
Carbon County, Pa. -- A 44-year-old man shot and killed a 44-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself yesterday in the home they shared.
Tucson, Ariz. -- An adult daughter returned home about 10 a.m. Thursday to find both of her parents, who were in their 50s, shot dead and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet known if the mother or father did the shooting.
New Castle, Pa. -- When a 60-year-old man went to bed late last Friday after having earlier argued with his 29-year-old stepson, the stepson went to the older man’s bedroom and shot him four times as he slept, killing him; then after going downstairs and pointing the gun at his mother, the younger man used the weapon to kill himself.
Lake Hopatcong, N.J. -- Police went to a home about 1:10 a.m. last Sunday to find that a 45-year-old man used a shotgun to shoot his 47-year-old wife multiple times, killing her, before using the weapon to kill himself.
Spokane, Wash. -- A 37-year-old man went to a hospital lab where his wife was employed and shot and killed her before using the gun to kill himself Tuesday. They leave behind two children under ten years of age.
Akron, Ohio -- An 87-year-old husband shot and killed his 78-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt. Family members said the shooting might be the result of an early onset of a mental illness. He was expected to survive.
Miami, Fla. -- A 67-year-old man, a local pastor, was shot and killed during a robbery outside a market about 6 p.m. Thursday. Two male suspects, ages 20 and 19, have been charged with first-degree murder.
Greensboro, N.C. -- A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed and his 22-year-old brother was shot and wounded in the parking lot at an apartment complex about 3:45 a.m. Friday. Witnesses saw someone leave the scene on foot after the shooting. Police believe the victim’s knew the shooter.
Pittsburgh, Pa. -- A 44-year-old man was fatally shot after he was involved in an argument outside a bar about 1:45 a.m. today.
Clayton County, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man was handling a gun about 6:45 p.m. last Saturday when the weapon accidentally discharged, killing a 23-year-old acquaintance who was nearby.
Clovis, N.M. -- A 33-year-old man was shot and killed inside a vacant home Friday evening after he got into an argument with another man.
Miramar, Fla. -- A 3-year-old girl accidentally shot herself at a home Wednesday night after she found an unsecured gun. The child was listed in stable condition. The state attorney’s office is looking into whether or not charges against any adult would be filed.
Lincoln, Neb. -- A 12-year-old girl was at a fourth of July house-party last Friday night with about twelve other people when she was accidentally shot after a handgun discharged as it fell from the pants pocket of a 42-year-old man who was nearby. The bullet stuck the girl in the middle of her back before exiting through her shoulder. Police cited the man for unlawful discharge of a firearm. The girl was expected to survive.
Wilkesboro, N.C. -- A man and his wife were walking into a pet-supply store about 7:20 p.m. Friday when a gunshot rang out and the flying bullet ricocheted off the side of the building and struck the man in his shoulder. Police think it was an accidental discharge by someone. The man was treated at a hospital and released.
New Waverly, Tex. -- A 14-year-old boy was sighting his rifle outside his home Wednesday afternoon when one of the bullets he fired either passed through his target or ricocheted and traveled through the woods before striking and wounding a 45-year-old man who was walking on his nearby property. Police called the incident an accident and said no charges would be filed. The victim was expected to make a full recovery.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- After a woman punched a man in the face when the two ended their romantic relationship, the man left the woman’s residence but returned later with his two sisters and a gun and, after an altercation of some sort, the woman’s mother was shot about 10 p.m. Friday. It was not yet clear who did the shooting. The victim’s injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
Darlington County, S.C. -- After doing some backyard target shooting with her family Monday afternoon, a 69-year-old woman was accidentally shot in her arm by a female relative as the family-member cleared her handgun that was thought to be unloaded. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.
West Covina, Calif. -- A man accidentally shot his 28-year-old son-in-law in the wrist while showing him a handgun about 4:40 p.m. Friday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.
Lakewood, Colo. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg after shooting his neighbor’s dog during a dispute about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. The dog was expected to survive. The man was arrested. No word on the man’s condition but he was able to walk to an ambulance.
Dolan Springs, Ariz. -- After two men, ages 28 and 23, broke into a home about 7 a.m. Wednesday and stole $18, a laptop computer, and a rifle, the 24-year-old wife of the older man accidentally shot herself in the stomach with the stolen gun about 3 hours later as she and her mother were unloading groceries from the family station wagon and the rifle was in the back seat of the vehicle. The two men were booked on charges of burglary and possession of a weapon. The woman was listed in critical condition.
Chico, Calif. -- A 31-year-old man told police that after he became involved in a verbal altercation with another man on a street about 11 a.m. Friday, the man pulled a gun and shot him in the hand -- however, he later admitted the story was a fabrication and he had accidentally shot himself while alone at his house. Police plan to request charges of felon in possession of a firearm and false reporting of a crime. No word on his condition.
Albuquerque, N.M. -- A 35-year-old man allegedly shot his uncle in the forearm after they got into an argument over removing tools from the nephew’s property. The shooter was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. No word on the uncle’s condition.
Plant City, Fla. -- A 25-year-old man allegedly shot another man at a home about 9 a.m. yesterday and police said the incident was related to a domestic issue. The shooter has been arrested. The victim was in serious condition.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Albuquerque Journal, The Denver Post, The Huntsville (Tex.) Item, International Business Times, KETV-TV Omaha, KPHO-TV Phoenix, KRCT-TV Redding/Chico (Calif.), Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (Lehigh Valley, Pa.) Morning Call, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, San Gabriel (Calif.) Valley Tribune, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review, Tampa Bay Times, WFAA-TV Dallas, WPDE-TV Florence, (S.C.), WPLG-TV Miami, WRTV-TV Indianapolis
Addendum for July 13, 2014July 3, 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. Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives at your state capital and 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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Green Township, Ohio -- A 13-year-old boy is accused of accidentally shooting and killing his friend -- another 13-year-old boy -- at a home with a gun he reportedly stole from his friend’s grandfather. The grandfather had the weapon under a mattress. Police were called to the home about 2:15 p.m. Monday.
Mission Bay, Calif. -- Police went to a Boy Scout camp about 7:30 a.m. Monday to find that a 12-year-old Scout had died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. Authorities had not yet determined if the shooting was accidental or intentional. Guns are not permitted at Boy Scout events and police say the boy likely brought the weapon to the camp from his hometown of Las Vegas, Nev.
Stanly County, N.C. -- Police went to a home about 8:20 Wednesday to find that a 26-year-old man had shot and killed a 16-year-old girl before using the gun to kill himself. A note left by the man indicated he was upset because the girl’s family didn’t want them together.
Cedar Park, Tex. -- After a 59-year-old man -- a pastor at a local church -- and his son-in-law purchased a handgun at a gun show, they loaded the gun while in their car in the parking lot and, when the son-in-law was handling the weapon, it inadvertently fired and killed the pastor. No one else in the area was struck. The son-in-law has not been charged with any crime.
Lake Charles, La. -- A 53-year-old man carrying a shotgun walked into a church about 8:20 p.m. Friday and shot the pastor twice, killing him, as the pastor was preaching to a congregation of about 65 people that included the victim’s wife.
Windsor Locks, Conn. -- Police went to home about 1:30 p.m. Monday to find two people dead, both in their 40s, and authorities believe a husband shot his wife and then used the gun to kill himself. The couple had children although it was unclear if they were at home at the time of the shooting.
Henrico, Va. -- Police went to home about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to find a husband and a wife fatally shot and authorities have called the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet known if the husband or wife was the shooter.
Casper, Wyo. -- Police went to an apartment about 7 p.m. Friday to find a man and woman in their 20s fatally shot and authorities suspect it was a murder-suicide. The two were believed to be in a relationship. It was not yet known if the man or woman was the shooter.
Kenosha, Wis. -- A worker found an 80-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife fatally shot in a car at a cemetery about 7 a.m. Saturday and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. The couple left behind suicide notes in the car and at their home. Each victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. One of the victims was reported to have been in poor health. It had not yet been determined if the man or woman was the shooter.
Athens, Ala. -- Police went to a home about 1 p.m. yesterday to find two people fatally shot -- an elderly woman and her adult son -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet known if the mother or son did the shooting.
Livingston, Calif. -- A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the side of his face by his 14-year-old brother who was handling a shotgun about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was alert and talking as emergency crews provided treatment.
Wise County, Tex. -- When four youngsters spotted a snake outside a home about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, two of the children went inside to get a rifle from a gun cabinet and, as they did, the gun accidentally discharged and struck one of the group -- a 14-year-old boy -- in the abdomen. He was airlifted to a hospital and was listed in stable condition after surgery.
Harvard, Ill. -- A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the abdomen by his 12-year-old brother about 11 a.m. Tuesday after the two boys began handling a rifle they found in a home where they were staying while their parents were out of town. The victim was listed in stable condition and undergoing surgery.
North Charleston, S.C. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the leg. His injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
Hale, Mo. -- A woman -- the acting postmaster -- was shot and wounded at the post office about 3:30 p.m. yesterday by a man she knew and he was later found with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The woman was in stable condition. No word on the condition of the gunman.
Escambia County, Fla. -- When a 71-year-old man and his 32-year-old son got into an argument at a home on Tuesday, the son hopped on a riding mower and drove away, whereupon the father gave chase in his pick-up truck and fired two shots, one of them striking the son in his neck. Police said the father might not have intended to shoot the son. The victim’s injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.
Columbus, Ohio -- An off-duty police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg while in his personal vehicle about 5:45 a.m. yesterday. His injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
Keene, Tex. -- A 39-year-old man was accidently shot in his chest at his apartment by another 39-year-old man about 10 p.m. Friday. No charges have been filed against the shooter although the case is being forwarded to the office of District Attorney. The victim was flown to a hospital were his injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A man playing with his handgun accidentally shot himself in his arm about 6 a.m. Monday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No charges were filed. He was expected to recover.
Masaryktown, Fla. -- A 55-year-old man shot and wounded a 25-year-old man after the two got into an argument about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. The shooter was charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm. The victim’s injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.
Chicago, Ill. -- When two armed men, ages 22 and 18, tried to rob a 32-year-old man in a hallway of an apartment building about 11 p.m. yesterday, the three exchanged gunfire and all were wounded. The 18-year-old was treated at a hospital and then released into police custody. The other two were listed in serious condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- Two men, ages 39 and 34, walked into a hospital with gunshot wounds about 2:30 a.m. today after someone shot at their car. The older man received a graze wound and refused treatment. No word on the condition of the younger man.
Wasilla, Alaska -- After two vehicles on a road passed each other repeatedly about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, one of the cars pulled alongside the other and someone inside opened fire with a handgun on the two people in the adjacent car -- a 52-year-old male driver and his passenger. The car with the shooter then sped off. The undercarriage of the adjacent car was damaged but no one was injured.
Leesburg, Fla. -- A 62-year-old man used a loaded handgun to confront the driver of an early-morning newspaper delivery car because he felt the driver regularly went too fast in his mobile-home park where the posted speed limit is 15 miles per hour. The man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Today’s sources: Anchorage Daily News, Casper Star-Tribune, Chicago Tribune, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Columbus Dispatch, Keene (Tex.) Star, KCRA Sacramento, KEYE-TV Austin, KPLC-TV Lake Charles, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, San Diego Union Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, UPI, WCSC-TV Charleston (S.C.), WFAA-TV Dallas, WFSB-TV Hartford, WFTV-TV Orlando, WHNT-TV Huntsville, WKRN-TV Nashville, WSOC-TV Charlotte, KCTV-TV Kansas City, WWBT-Richmond
Addendum for July 3, 2014June 29, 2014 edition
Like a recurring nightmare, these awful stories will repeat tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and on and on and on.
Help make the U.S.A. a safer place. Call, write, email, or FAX the representatives at your state capital and 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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Virginia Beach, Va. -- A 40-year-old woman shot and killed her 7-year-old daughter Wednesday afternoon before using the gun to kill herself.
Plymouth, Pa. -- Two people -- a 58-year-old woman and her 57-year-old husband -- were found fatally shot in their home on June 15 and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. The woman had two gunshot wounds -- one in the back and one in the head -- and the man had one gunshot wound to his head.
Livingston, Tex. -- About 9:15 a.m. Thursday, an 82-year-old man went to his 78-year-old wife’s nursing home where he then shot and killed her before using the gun to kill himself.
Portland, Ore. -- A man and woman were found fatally shot at an apartment about 5:30 p.m. Friday and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide.
Vienna, Ga. -- A 49-year-old man shot and killed his 52-year-old wife at their home late Thursday night before using the gun to kill himself.
Fargo, N.D. -- A 20-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed by a family member around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Note to gun owners: 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.
Orondo, Wash. -- A 19-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed by his friend -- another 19-year-old man -- as they partied with others at a campground yesterday morning. Police charged the shooter with manslaughter.
Marietta, Ga. -- A 19-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed by another 19-year-old man, his roommate, Tuesday afternoon. The shooter was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Hoover, Ala. -- When a female called 911 about 12:30 a.m. today to report a physical altercation between her and her husband, police went to the home to discover a 29-year-old pregnant woman was fatally shot and witnesses reported seeing her 29-year-old husband fleeing the residence. Police are looking for the husband.
Gaffney, S.C. -- A 59-year-old woman is dead and her husband says he accidentally shot and killed her when his shotgun inadvertently discharged as he was cleaning it about 8 a.m. last Saturday. Police are still investigating.
Martinsburg, W.Va. -- A 22-year-old woman died after suffering a gunshot wound to her face about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. She was found lying near her vehicle in the driveway of her apartment. A vehicle was seen fleeing the scene after the shooting.
Sulphur Springs, Fla. -- A 38-year-old man was found lying on a sidewalk with a fatal gunshot wound to his upper body about 10:30 a.m. Friday. Police are looking for a suspect in the shooting.
New Orleans, La. -- Nine people were wounded when gunfire erupted on Bourbon Street about 2:45 a.m. today. Police say two young men began shooting at each other on the busy street after they argued. The most seriously injured victim, a woman, was in critical condition.
Cross Roads, Tex. -- An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot by another child about 1:35 p.m. Thursday. The victim was reported as conscious but no other details were available.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the foot while standing on a sidewalk about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was listed in good condition.
San Diego, Calif. -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun at his residence about 7 p.m. Wednesday. No word on his condition.
Bloomsburg, Pa. -- A vendor at a gun show -- a 44-year-old man -- accidentally shot a woman in the leg while showing her a gun and holster. No one else was struck. The vendor thought the gun was unloaded. Authorities had not yet determined if the vendor would be charged. The woman was treated at a local hospital and released.
Washington, Pa. -- A 48-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the stomach while closing a drawer in an upstairs bedroom at a home about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The bullet went through the wood drawer before striking her. Two 16-year-old teens downstairs at the time were not injured. Police said they did not expect to file any charges. The victim’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Norfolk, Va. -- When a man inside a residence was unloading his gun about 1:40 p.m. Saturday, the weapon accidentally discharged and the flying bullet struck his hand before hitting another man, a friend, who was sitting nearby. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The injuries to both victims were described as non-life-threatening.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 47-year-old woman on her way to work was grazed in the leg while riding a city bus about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after another passenger noticed a gun about 3-in. long lying on an empty seat and, thinking it was a toy or cigarette lighter, picked up the weapon and it discharged. The flying bullet struck a vent near the floor and a fragment struck the woman, although it did not penetrate her clothes.
Today’s sources: Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Birmingham News, The Chicago Tribune, (Lancaster, Pa.) Colonial News, (Hampton Roads, Va.) Daily Press, (Hagerstown, Md.) Herald-Mail, Houston Chronicle, KETK-TV Jacksonville (Tex.), KGW-TV Portland (Or.), KVLY-TV Fargo, KXLY-TV Spokane, (Washington, Pa.) Observer-Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, WALB-TV Albany (Ga.), WVEC-TV Hampton Roads (Va.), WYFF-TV Greenville, S.C.
Addendum for June 29, 2014June 25, 2014 edition
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 at your state capital and 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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Stafford, Tex. -- Police responding to a 911 call about 2 p.m. Tuesday found three members of a family fatally shot -- a 23-year-old man, his 18-year-old brother, and his 15-year-old sister -- and authorities are calling the shootings a double-murder and suicide. Authorities have not yet determined who fired the gun.
Carrizo Springs, Tex. -- A 46-year-old man, a reserve police officer, shot and killed his 13-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son before using the gun to kill himself at their home on Thursday. The mother of the two children was at work when the shootings took place.
Pawtucket, R.I. -- A 43-year-old man tracked down his ex-girlfriend to an apartment where he broke through a window there and fired several shots, killing the resident, a 45-year-old man, before using the gun to kill himself about 10 p.m. Monday. The woman was able to flee the apartment when shots first rang out.
Frazeysburg, Ohio -- An 11-year-old boy was shot and killed by his friend, another 11-year-old boy, after the two found a handgun at the friend’s house last Tuesday afternoon.
Riverdale, Ga. -- An 18-year-old male was accidentally shot in the chest and killed when he and two other teens were playing with a gun about 9:30 p.m. yesterday.
Salisbury N.C. -- A 22-year-old man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he accidentally shot and killed his 23-year-old cousin with a sawed-off shotgun while drunk about 11 p.m. Monday.
Benton, Mo. -- A male high school student was accidentally shot in the head and killed in his school parking lot Monday night. The victim and three friends just finished playing basketball and he was shot after they got into a truck and one of the friends tried to pass him a gun owned by the grandfather of one of the teens.
Appleton, Wis. -- A 55-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed at a residence about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when an acquaintance was examining a gun and it inadvertently discharged. No one else was injured although several other people were at the residence at the time of the shooting. No word on whether or not charges would be filed against the acquaintance.
Lithia Springs, Ga. -- A 48-year-old man had just arrived for work about 7 a.m. Sunday when he was shot at least three times and killed by a 41-year-old woman he had been dating for about 18 months. The woman left the scene and was later found dead in her vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her chest.
Eros, La. -- When a child called 911 early Saturday morning to report a shooting, police went to the residence and found that a 50-year-old man had shot and killed his 32-year-old girlfriend before shooting and killing himself. The child who made the call was one of the woman’s three children who lived at the house. The children are now with relatives.
Milpitas, Calif. -- A man and woman were found fatally shot at a park about 1 p.m. Friday and police suspect it was a murder-suicide.
Westfield, N.Y. -- A 38-year-old man fatally shot his 29-year-old girlfriend in the head before leaving the scene and using the gun to kill himself at a beach Thursday morning.
Akron, Ohio -- Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 27-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a fellow motorist, an 18-year-old male, during an alleged road rage encounter early Saturday morning.
Buffalo, N.Y. -- A 30-year-old man was shot and killed outside his home and two women, ages 40 and 28, were shot and wounded about 4 a.m. Sunday. The older woman was in serious condition; the younger woman was in fair condition.
Buffalo, N.Y. -- A 38-year-old man was shot and killed while on a street about 1 p.m. Friday.
Montgomery, Ala. -- A 27-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street early yesterday morning. No arrest has yet been made.
Phoenix, Ariz. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg while shopping at a big-box department store last Saturday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
Camden, N.J. -- A county prosecutor’s office detective accidentally shot himself in the leg in an office bathroom Friday. He underwent surgery and was expected to make a full recovery.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post, Douglas County (Ga.) Sentinel, Houston Chronicle, KCBS-TV San Francisco, KNOE-TV (Monroe (La.), KTVK-TV Phoenix, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WBAY-TV Green Bay, WBNS-TV Columbus, WIVB-TV Buffalo, WOAI-TV San Antonio, WSB-TV Atlanta, WSFA-TV Montgomery, WXII-TV Greensboro, N.C.
Addendum for June 25, 2014June 17, 2014 edition
Gun Fact: 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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Petersburg, Va. -- A 35-year-old man shot and killed his 2-year-old son, 9-year-old step-daughter, and 30-year-old wife before using the weapon to kill himself about 10 p.m. Sunday.
Rowlett, Tex. -- When a 35-year-old man didn’t show up at his son’s ballgame, police went to the man’s home about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to find that he and his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend had been fatally shot and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the man or woman did the shooting. Each of the victims had two children.
Gaithersburg, Md. -- Police responding to a parking garage about 11:20 p.m. Sunday found a 38-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound and a 39-year-old woman nearby armed with a handgun which she then used to shoot herself. Both died after they were transported to a hospital. Police say they believe that the two were married, but might have been separated.
Canon City, Co. -- Police went to a home about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to discover that a 56-year-old retired police officer had shot and killed his 49-year-old wife -- a police department dispatcher -- before using the gun to kill himself.
Irvington, Ala. -- Police who went to a home about 9:30 a.m. Saturday found a husband and wife fatally shot and lying between two cars in the driveway and authorities believe the man shot the woman before using the gun to kill himself.
Smithfield, Pa. -- On Saturday, a 29-year-old man shot and killed the 19-year-old woman he was dating before using the gun to kill himself.
Columbia, S.C. -- Police went to a parking lot about 6 a.m. Friday where they found two people fatally shot -- a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. The woman suffered two gunshot wounds to her body; the man had a single gunshot wound to his head.
Salisbury, N.C. -- A 22-year-old man was at his home last Monday when he accidentally shot and killed his 23-year-old cousin while showing him a shotgun and it inadvertently discharged.
Volusia County, Fla. -- A 40-year-old woman accidentally shot herself Sunday afternoon while putting a handgun into a holster during a marksmanship competition at a gun and hunt club. No word on her condition.
Liberty County, Tex. -- A 48-year-old man was driving with his 44-year-old wife and two young children on Friday when he accidentally shot himself in his upper leg while attempting to “jack” a round out of a handgun. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No charges were expected to be filed. He was in stable condition while awaiting surgery.
Cleveland, Ohio -- Two men were in a car about 7 p.m. Sunday when one of them -- a concealed carry permit holder -- accidentally discharged his gun and the flying bullet struck his hand and also struck the other man in his leg. The gun was confiscated by police. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on the conditions of the two men.
Macon, Ga. -- A man accidently shot himself in the groin about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when he tried to holster his handgun while parked at a gas station and the weapon accidentally fired. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.
Oklahoma City, Ok. -- An intoxicated 26-year-old man accidentally shot himself Friday while unloading his gun. No one else was struck. He was arrested on one count of carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. No word on his condition.
Orlando, Fla. -- A 70-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot when a handgun fell from his waistband in the parking lot of a grocery store about 12:30 p.m. Friday. He told police the gun-holster had broken so he stuck the gun in the waistband so the weapon would be concealed. No one else was struck by the bullet, however it ricocheted into a nearby unoccupied car causing about $500 damage. No word on whether or not charges would be filed.
Montoursville, Pa. -- A 24-year-old man was shot in the side of his head while at a birthday party at a home about 2 a.m. Sunday when a 24-year-old man -- the resident of the home -- was showing him a handgun and the weapon accidentally discharged. Both men had been drinking alcoholic beverages. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.
Harris County, Tex. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the chest about 1 a.m. Sunday. He was sitting in the back of a pickup truck with three other men when he took out a gun and pointed it at his own chest and the weapon inadvertently discharged. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. He was listed in stable condition.
Wilmington, N.C. -- A man accidentally shot a friend in the arm with a rifle inside a home Saturday night. No one else was struck. He was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits. The victim was expected to be okay.
Mobile, Ala. -- A teenage boy was shot about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. He was listed in critical condition.
Macon, Ga. -- An 18 year-old man was shot in the back at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. He was listed in stable condition with injuries considered non-life-threatening.
Albuquerque, N.M. -- A person was shot multiple times at a motel about 2:30 a.m. today. The victim was listed in critical condition.
Columbus, Ind. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in the neck about 9 p.m. Monday. A suspect was in custody. No word on the victim’s condition.
Memphis, Tenn. -- A 16-year-old was shot by someone on Monday. Police do not yet have a suspect. The victim was in critical condition.
Today’s sources: Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press, The Charlotte Observer, (Liberty County, Tex.) Cleveland Advocate, KDFW-TV Dallas, KPRC-TV Houston, Mobile Press-Register, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, News13-TV Orlando, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The (Columbia, S.C.) State, WECT-TV Wilmington N.C., WESH Orlando, WISH-TV Indianapolis, WMAX-TV Macon, WMC-TV Memphis, WRIC-TV Richmond, WTOP-Radio Washington, D.C.
Addendum for June 17, 2014June 13, 2014 edition
Supporters of open-carry gun laws have recently been visiting Target department stores in an effort to push their “I-can-carry-a-gun-any-place-I-want-and-you-can’t-do-anything-about-it” agenda.
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Ft. Myers, Fla. -- A 36-year-old man shot and killed his 29-year-old live-in girlfriend and her three girls, ages 10, 6, and 2, before using the gun to kill himself early Sunday. He was the father of one of the girls and a step-father to the other two.
Las Vegas, Nev. -- As two police officers ate lunch in a restaurant on Sunday, a man and woman walked up to them and opened fire, killing both officers, then the two shooters went to a nearby big-box department store where they shot and killed a man just before one of the shooters was killed by police fire and the other shooter used a gun to kill herself.
Troutdale, Ore. -- A 15-year-old boy, a freshman, entered his high school and used a rifle to shoot and kill another freshman – a 14-year-old boy – and shot and wound a teacher. The shooter was found dead in a bathroom. The teacher suffered a graze wound.
Vancouver, Wash. -- A man shot and killed his wife and also shot and wounded his 23-year-old son who tried to intervene before using the gun, a rifle, to shoot and kill himself at their home about 5:20 a.m. Monday. The husband also shot and killed the family dog. The son was in critical condition.
Inverness, Fla. -- On Monday night, a 52-year-old man shot and killed a 22-year-old man who was dating his ex-girlfriend and then shot and killed himself in his car after he was pursued by police. The shooter and his ex-girlfriend had a child together.
Marietta, Ga. -- A 54-year-old woman shot and killed her 52-year-old husband before using the gun to kill herself after they argued at a shopping plaza early last Friday evening.
Glenolden, Pa. -- On Tuesday morning, police went to a home where they discovered that a 66-year-old man had shot and critically wounded his 66-year-old wife before using the gun to shoot and kill himself. The woman was in critical condition and on life support.
Osceola, Ind. -- Police went to a home about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday to discover two people fatally shot -- a 61-year-old man and his 56-year-old wife -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the husband or wife did the shooting.
Madisonville, Ky. -- A husband and wife, both 56-years-old, were found fatally shot about 8 p.m. last Friday and authorities have ruled the deaths a murder-suicide. It was not yet clear if the husband or wife did the shooting.
Manatee County, Fla. – About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when a 22-year-old man was showing his 22-year-old roommate and two visitors the new accessories he bought for his handgun, the weapon accidentally discharged and struck the roommate in his head, killing him.
Houston, Tex. -- A man was found fatally shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 12:15 a.m. today.
Hopewell, Va. -- A 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot in his buttocks after his twin brother found and discharged a loaded handgun in their apartment on Monday. Police charged the boy’s 28-year-old mother and her 29-year-old boyfriend with felony child neglect. The child is recovering.
Albion, N.Y. -- A 9-year-old child was accidentally shot in his arm about 10 p.m. Thursday when his 13-year-old brother began playing with a handgun in a bedroom at their home and the weapon inadvertently discharged. The older brother had stolen the gun from an elderly acquaintance of the family. The child was listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
New Bern, N.C. -- A young female was at a home with three or more other minors late Tuesday night when she was accidentally shot in her leg. Her injuries were reported as minor.
Erie, Pa. -- A 26-year-old man accidentally shot himself in his thigh with a handgun while at his residence last Thursday. No one else was struck. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.
Cornwall, N.Y. -- A 35-year-old woman was accidentally shot in her thigh about 9:15 p.m. last Friday when her 46-year-old husband was demonstrating a light on a handgun and the weapon discharged. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on the woman’s condition.
Susquehanna County, Pa. -- A man picked up a gun from a kitchen table about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and, thinking the weapon was unloaded, pointed it at his brother’s leg in jest and pulled the trigger, whereupon the gun discharged and the brother suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said the shooter won’t face criminal charges. No word on the victim’s condition.
Chicago, Ill. -- A 16-year-old boy was shot in his abdomen by someone about 11:30 a.m. today. He was listed in critical condition.
Columbus, Ohio -- Three men, ages 23, 22, and 19, were injured when a group of young men pulled out handguns and started shooting at each other outside a recreation center about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. It was not yet clear if the wounded men were among those involved in the shooting. All three were listed in stable condition and expected to survive.
Orlando, Fla. -- Police are looking for a man who fired a gun during a domestic-violence incident about 10 p.m. last Thursday, Although it was not yet clear if the gun was discharged intentionally or accidentally. The husband fled the scene after the shooting. The woman was not struck.
Portland, Ore. -- A 58-year-old intoxicated man fired his gun into his yard after arguing with a family member about 7 p.m. Tuesday. No one was struck by the bullet. Police seized the gun and charged him on misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, possession of a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm in the city, and second-degree disorderly conduct.
Addendum for June 13, 2014Today’s sources: Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, The (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian, The (Batavia, N.Y.) Daily News, Erie Times-News, (Sarasota, Fla.) Herald Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Las Vegas Sun, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, New Bern (N.C.) Sun Journal, The Oregonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, (Middletown, N.Y.) Times Herald-Record, USA Today, WBND-TV South Bend (Ind.), WCHS-TV Charleston W.V., WESH-TV Orlando, WFIE-TV Evansville (Ind.), WPMT-TV Harrisburg, WTSP-TV Tampa Bay
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June 6, 2014 edition
Below the fold are my reports of some of the shootings that have occurred during the past few days.
My list of reports, however, is far from complete because, 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.
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Now the reports:
Carlton, Ga. -- A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his father on May 22 as the two were loading a boat while preparing for a father-son outing and the rifle the father was carrying inadvertently discharged. The father brought the gun along in case they saw a wild hog.
Bristol, Conn. -- A 26-year-old man shot and killed his 27-year-old wife in their bedroom before using the gun to kill himself on Wednesday. The wife had filed for divorce from her husband on May 30, 2014. The couple’s three children, ages 4 years, 3 years, and 20 months, were in adjacent bedrooms at the time of the shooting but were not injured. After the two older children went to their grandmother’s house next door for help, the grandmother called 911 saying “Please hurry. My grandchildren just ran over and said ‘Daddy’s shooting Mom.’ ”
Seattle, Wash. -- About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a 26-year-old man went to a campus hall at a university where he used a shotgun to shoot and kill a 19-year-old man and shoot and wound a 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman before he was subdued by students as he was reloading his gun. The wounded man was listed in satisfactory condition; the woman was in critical but stable condition.
Meigs County, Tenn. -- A man with a gun-carry permit has died after he accidentally shot himself in the upper leg while driving his car about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. His family said he always carried a gun.
Hagerstown, Md. -- Police who found three people dead in a home yesterday believe a 54-year-old man shot and killed his 47-year-old wife and his 23-year-old step-son before using the gun to kill himself. Authorities investigating the incident recovered a shotgun in the home.
Houston, Tex. -- Two people were found shot to death at a motel about 1 p.m. Tuesday and police suspect the shooting might be a murder-suicide.
Alden, N.Y. -- Two people, both in their 40s, were found shot to death in a house Sunday and police suspect the shooting was a murder-suicide.
Ironwood, Mich. -- Police went to a home to find that an 83-year-old man apparently shot and killed his 77-year-old wife before using the gun to kill himself on Monday. Authorities said the couple had been in ill health.
Russellville, Ark. -- A 46-year-old man shot and killed his wife at a home before using the gun to kill himself Friday night.
Greenville, Tenn. -- After a caller reported a shooting, police went to a home about 8 a.m. yesterday to find two people dead -- a 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman -- and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide. The two victim’s shared the same surname but police did not yet say if or how they were related.
Albuquerque, N.M. -- A 30-year-old man was shot and killed outside a home about 3:30 a.m. last Thursday. The suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle.
Aurora, Colo. -- A 19-year-old man was shot and killed after he got into a fight with someone outside a fast-food restaurant just after midnight Wednesday morning. Three males in their late-teens or early-twenties ran from the scene after the shooting.
New Orleans, La. -- A 10-year-old boy accidentally shot himself about 6 p.m. Sunday while in the back of a moving vehicle when he found a gun belonging to his uncle that he thought was a toy and pulled the trigger. The bullet stuck his index finger before entering his thigh. The boy was riding in the vehicle with his mother, uncle, and grandmother. No word on whether or not any adults would be charged. No word on the boy’s condition.
Bluffton, Ind. -- A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head just before noon on Tuesday when he was with a group of minors and one of the minors had a gun that accidentally discharged. No word on the victim’s condition.
Susquehanna, Pa. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in his leg about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when his brother, age unknown, pointed a handgun at him and, thinking the gun was unloaded, pulled the trigger. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim’s injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.
Putnam County, Fla. -- A 53-year-old man shot his 30-year-old son with a rifle after the son, who had been drinking tequila, began physically beating him during an argument in the father’s home about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The father suffered multiple bruises, scrapes, and a shoulder injury. The son was listed in stable condition.
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- A state trooper and a cadet were accidentally shot during a training exercise at a shooting range about 3:45 p.m. Monday. A single bullet stuck one of the victim’s in the hand; the other victim in the leg. Both were listed in good condition.
Moultrie, Ga. -- A 27-year-old man was accidentally shot by a 22-year-old acquaintance after the two left a bar and the younger man began handling a gun. The younger man was charged with reckless conduct. The victim was treated and released from a hospital.
Granville, Pa. -- A man was accidentally shot at a residence early Thursday morning. No word on his condition.
Ellsworth County, Kan. -- A 35-year-old man was accidentally shot yesterday morning. No word yet on whether or not charges would be filed. The victim’s injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.
Little Rock, Ark. -- A 49-year-old man was shot in the chest while sitting on his front porch with several other people about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Someone walked up to the group and fired a shot into the ceiling of the porch and then, after several more shots were fired, the victim collapsed. No word on his condition.
Augusta, Ga. -- A 26-year-old man was shot in the neck about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. He was listed in critical condition.
Stamford, Conn. -- A 46-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street corner about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. Witnesses said a man walked up behind the victim and fired a single round into his head. The shooter then fled on foot.
Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- An employee of a big-box department store found a loaded handgun in a toy aisle about 6 p.m. last Friday.
Today’s sources: Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Denver Post, Hartford Courant, Houston Chronicle, Johnson City (Tenn.) Press, KARK-TV Little Rock, Lewiston (Pa.) Sentinel, The (Marquette, Mich.) Mining Journal, The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer, Murder-suicide.blogspot.com, The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, Seattle Times, The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, WHEC-TV Rochester (N.Y.), WISH-TV Indianapolis, WJZ-TV Baltimore, WTLV-TV Jacksonville