Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mass Shooting #7

Source Material:

Police say
 four women and four men
 have been shot at a party in Brooklyn,
 but all are expected to recover from their injuries.

NYPD Sgt. Thomas Antonetti say
s the condition of a woman previously liste
d as critical has improved,
and she's now stable.

Police say someone
 began shooting at a house party
around 1 a.m. Sunday following a dispute.

 Antonetti says none of the victims
was struck more than once.

They were transported to three different hospitals.

Antonetti says the shooti
ng started after someone was either
asked to leave the party
 or never allowed to enter.

 He says it was unclear how many people fired shots.
Police say no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

Opening statements are not evidence, more like a lawyers roadmap of case

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mass Shooting #6

Source Material:

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A man armed with a shotgun shot
one person outside a North Carolina law firm Friday
before darting across a busy street
 and wounding three others outside a Wal-Mart
 before officers subdued him, police said.

Officers confronted the man
 outside the store and caught up with him
 behind a nearby Toys "R" Us.
He fired at them
and they shot multiple rounds back,
wounding the gunman,
said Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden.

The suspect was expected to survive
 as well as the four others he's accused of shooting,
Aden said.

The gunman's first target
was seated in his car outside the Kellum Law Firm
on the city's south side, Aden said at a news conference.

The firm's main office in New Bern declined comment.
Kellum has nine personal injury offices in the eastern part of the state.

 the first victim down when he arrived
on the scene at the Kellum Law Firm.
The suspect crossed
five lanes of traffic

 after the Kellum shooting
 and injured the three others
before he was caught, Aden said.

 Police are still trying to determine the shooter's
identity and motive.
He is in police custody at a local hospital, Aden said
The victims are all
in operating rooms
at local hospitals, Aden said.

He didn't give specifics
 on their conditions
 or their names and ages.
The shooter was using
 a "pistol-grip shotgun"
with an unknown number of rounds, Aden said.
He had a bag filled with ammunition, Aden said.

"He had enough to really do some
significant damage,"
the chief said.

Aden said officers responded
within mere minutes
 of the shooting calls, WNCT reported.

He added that their training
in mass shootings,
"likely prevented a larger crime scene
with multiple, multiple victims."

Aden said police are still sifting
through video footage of the scene.
Greenville is about 85 miles east of Raleigh.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mass Shooting #5

A 35-year-old man has been arrested
on suspicion of walking into a Catholic church and shooting
his father-in-law in the back of the head during Mass.

Charles Richard Jennings Jr., 35, was captured 
Sunday afternoon in nearby Box Elder County
after fleeing in a stolen pickup truck,
investigators said.

Witnesses say they heard one gunshot
during the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday at
Saint James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden,
and that parishioners immediately hit the floor.

The victim was taken to a hospital,
where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
His name wasn't immediately released.

Police said the victim was deliberately
targeted by the gunman
and it wasn't a random act of violence.

"We don't know the motive,"
 Ogden police Lt. Danielle Croyle
 told The Salt Lake Tribune.

"It is a domestic violence-related incident."

Parishioner Rebecca Ory Hernandez said
 the congregation was told by a priest
that the suspect and his wife had been involved
in domestic disputes.

Hernandez was sitting close to the victim
when the shooting occurred,
she said.

"The guy walked up to his father-in-law and shot him point blank in the head,"
 Hernandez told Ogden's Standard-Examiner.
"Then I ran over to the victim and pulled
 my scarf off
and put it around his head.

"He was pretty calm.
 There was so much blood...
 People were in shock
and some people were passing out.
 We have some military guys
 in our parish
and they ran out after the guy," she added.

Parishioner Leon Bedford said the victim
was sitting in a back pew with his wife
when their daughter and son-in-law
walked in holding hands
as the congregation started saying a prayer.

"Oh, it's obvious it was well planned out,"
Bedford told the Standard-Examiner.

"They came into the church hand in hand,
and he walked right up to (the victim) and pulled that trigger.

 We just hope and pray that he makes it."
Jennings is accused of stealing the truck
at gunpoint from a nearby resident
after fleeing the church.

 He was booked on charges
of attempted aggravated criminal homicide
and aggravated robbery.

Further details about the shooting
 will not be released until a news conference
Monday morning at McKay-Dee Hospital, officials said.

A family spokesperson and a police representative
will be on hand to discuss the case and status of the victim,
hospital spokesman Chris Dallin said.

Mass Shooting #4

Source Material:

Four employees of a home health care business
were killed in a murder-suicide Thursday in St. Louis,
police said.

The gunman,
a second man and two women
 were found shortly after 1:30 p.m.
 in the office of A K Home Health Care

on the first floor of the Cherokee Place Business Incubator,
which renovates buildings on the street
and leases them as work spaces,
police said. 

Police identified the gunman
 late Thursday as Ahmed Dirir, 59.
State and federal licensing records list
a man with that name as the company's director.

His three victims were identified
as Khadra Muse, 44; Seaeed Abdulla, 29; and Bernice Solomon-Redd, 54.

Police Capt. Michael Sack told reporters
that video from a surveillance camera showed the gunman
 having an argument with the three others before opening fire. 

"It appeared to be brief," he said.
"We don't know if this was a thing
 that carried over into today
 or was initiated today."

The weapon, a semi-automatic handgun,
 was recovered at the scene, he said.

Abdisalam Elmi, a Somali immigrant who drives a cab, told NBC station KSDK of St. Louis
 that he knew all four victims. 

"They are very hard workers," he said in an on-camera interview.
"They're friendly. They always smile for me."

"This is the worst day in my life," he said, adding:
"I pray for peace,
for love,
no hate."

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mass Shooting #3

Source material:

What would compel a man
his father's and his brother's lives

and then spray bullets at
his former college,
killing three other people
in the next 13 minutes?

The Friday afternoon


in Santa Monica, California, ended
only when police shot
dead the suspect, John Zawahri.

Over the weekend,
 bits and pieces emerged about 23-year-old.

But with his death –
a day shy of his 24th birthday –
the central question may remain unanswered.

He had suffered mental health issues
and was hospitalized a few years ago
after allegedly talking about harming someone,
a law enforcement source said.

Police had contact with him in 2006 –
but because he was in high school, and therefore a juvenile
at the time,

police couldn't disclose more.

And as recently as 2010,
he attended Santa Monica College –
where he met his chaotic end in the school library.

Police say the spate of violence
 that left this beachfront city reeling on Friday
 involved as many as six incidents over 13 minutes.

It started at the Zawahri family house on Yorkshire Avenue
shortly before noon, and ended a mile away in the college library
where students were studying for finals.

Officers were dispatched to the house to respond
to reports of shots fired.

 There, they found the 1,000-square-foot home
 in flames.

Inside, firefighters would later find two bodies
 in a back room –
that of Zawahri's father, Samir, and his brother Chris.
Both had been shot.

Outside the house,
police came across
 an injured woman who too had been shot: Deborah Fine.

Fine told CNN she was driving
when she saw the gunman pull over another woman
and hold a rifle
to her head.

"I thought to myself,
'What are you doing?
 Why are you pointing this gun at her?'

 And so I put on my accelerator,
I hit the gas,
 and I got in between the two of them," she said.

The bold move quickly turned the gunman's attention to Fine.
"I'll never forget his eyes.
 They were just
so intense and so cold," she said.

"That's when he raised his rifle."
The bullets struck
three to four times
across her body.

With blood
pooling around her,
 she slumped over
 and played dead
 in hopes that the gunman would stop.

When neighbors rushed to the scene,
 Fine had one plea:
"Please, I don't want to die.
 I have twins.
 Just please open my car door," she said.

has pieces of shrapnel inside her body.

Fine had interrupted
the gunman's carjacking.
But the gunman's rampage
was just beginning.

He got into the carjacked vehicle
and forced his victim to drive the short distance
to Santa Monica College.

During their ride, 911 calls poured in,
keeping police on the gunman's path.

As the car headed toward the campus of the community college,
where 30,000 students are registered,
 he opened fire on a passing bus, slightly wounding three people.

He then got out and shot into a red Ford Explorer,
 carrying 26-year-old Marcela Franco
and her father, 68-year-old Carlos Navarro Franco.

They were on campus to get textbooks for Marcela.
Carlos Franco worked as a groundskeeper at the college.
He died shortly after the shooting.
"Carlos worked really hard.
He worked beyond the age of retirement...
so that he could support his daughters and especially Marcela,"
who was about to graduate, relative Margret Quinonez Perez said.

Marcela Franco wanted to be a clinical psychologist.
 She was taken off life support Sunday.
"We spent last 48 hours like (in) a cocoon.
Nobody else in there
-- just us," Quinonez Perez said.

"We were loving her,
telling her how much we loved her.
We're going to miss her."

The Santa Monica College Foundation established
to help the family.

Relatives want to give
the father and daughter proper burials.

is not a strong enough word to describe us," Quinonez Perez said.

After shooting into the SUV,
the gunman abandoned his hijacked vehicle –
leaving the driver unhurt.

Dressed in black and wearing a ballistic vest,
he then walked the campus, "shooting as he went along,"
Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.

Outside the school library, he saw a woman

Her death was the fifth of the rampage.
 Her name was not released.

By all accounts,
the gunman was ready to inflict
 maximum harm.

He had about
1,300 rounds of ammunition
and multiple firearms, Seabrooks said.

He went into the school library
and fired several times
at terrified patrons who were hiding in a safe room.

Police said it was "miraculous"
that they were not wounded.

Jasmine Franco was in a classroom next to the library –
waiting for her English class to start.

"You could hear rumbling,
a lot of rumbling,
it sounded like an earthquake or something,"

she said, referring to the sounds of gunfire
 mixed with the footfalls of people running.

Inside the library, Priscilla Morales and her friends hid.

"I was so scared and thought literally
I was going to die,"
she said.

By then,
the gunman had returned to the main area of the library,
he was met with three police officers.

"Drop it!" Morales said she heard police say.

Then she heard gunshots
and a man's screams.
Officers had shot and killed Zawahri.

The rampage was over,
but the questions remain.