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Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Person in Zorro Getup Detained During LAX 'Gunshots' Panic

But it's not clear if 'Zorro' incident was related to 'gunshots'—and reports of gunfire turned out to be false

(Newser) - Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, while flights to and from the airport saw major delays, the AP reports. A search through terminals brought no evidence of a gunman or shots fired, LAPD... More »

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

But nothing has been ruled out yet, per AG Lynch

(Newser) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP . The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men... More »

Student Film Project Causes Campus Lockdown

'Gunmen' were tripod-carrying ninjas

(Newser) - The Arkansas State University campus was put on lockdown Sunday after three men in black were reportedly seen carrying firearms—but officials later determined it was a student film project. The Arkansas State University Herald reports that after state and local law enforcement officers descended on the campus and failed... More »

Cops Kill Man With Guns, Machete in Pa. Walmart

20-year-old making threats was shot after refusing to put down weapons

(Newser) - Pennsylvania State Police say a man armed with two handguns and a machete was shot and killed by police inside a northeastern Walmart. Andrew Joseph Todd, 20, of Mount Bethel, Pa., was shot when he refused officers' orders to drop his weapon inside the East Stroudsburg Walmart late Saturday. Police... More »

Cops Kill Shooter Aiming at SF Hospital

'We have no idea why he did what he did,' says chief

(Newser) - Police fatally shot a man climbed to the sixth floor of a construction site and aimed a gun at a hospital in San Francisco on Wednesday, authorities say, reports KRON . The man first robbed a nearby sporting goods store in San Bruno with a handgun, making off with a rifle... More »

French Prosecutors Don't Buy Train Gunman's Story

Ayoub El-Khazzani claims he was homeless, but he used first-class ticket

(Newser) - French prosecutors apparently aren't buying the story that Ayoub El-Khazzani was just a hungry man who stumbled upon a bag of weapons in a park and planned to rob people for food money. The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed today that the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack on... More »

Train Hero: 'It Was Do Something or Die'

Spencer Stone recounts waking up to see gunman 'ready to fight'

(Newser) - "It was either do something or die," says US Airman Spencer Stone in his first public comments on stopping a gunman from rampaging through a French train . He describes waking from "a deep sleep" to see the gunman holding an AK-47, reports ABC News , his first thought... More »

Gunman Fires 100+ Rounds in Austin at 2am

Police officer shoots, kills suspect

(Newser) - A police sergeant who was outside Austin police headquarters shot a gunman in the wee hours of the morning today; that gunman is dead, though it's unclear if he died by the sergeant's bullet or his own. KVUE reports by way of a news conference that 911 calls... More »

Soldier, 1 Shooter Dead as Canada Locks Down Capital

PM Stephen Harper evacuated; gunfire heard inside Parliament halls

(Newser) - Canada's Parliament Hill, National War Memorial, and a nearby mall came under attack this morning, Ottawa police tell the CBC , and one gunman is dead with another still believed to be at large. "Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown," says a police rep, as per the... More »

Gunman, Student Dead in Oregon School Shooting

Shooter was reportedly a student there

(Newser) - A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore. The teen opened fire at Reynolds High School with a rifle while classes were in session about 8am, reports AP . He killed one student and then... More »

Gunman Killed After Storming Courthouse

Sheriff in Georgia says Dennis Marx planned to take hostages

(Newser) - A member of the anti-government sovereign-citizen movement staged what amounted to a one-man assault today on the courthouse in Forsyth County, Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . But Dennis Marx never made it inside. After opening fire from his pickup, he was shot to death by deputies in a shootout that... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Ranted About Lanza

Ivan Lopez thought Newtown shooter 'pretended to be victim of mental illness'

(Newser) - Ivan Lopez was apparently something of an over-sharer on Facebook: CNN reports that the Fort Hood shooter ranted about Adam Lanza, complaining that the Newtown gunman was after his "minute of fame as a villain" and "pretends to be a victim of a mental illness followed by addiction... More »

Gunman Surrenders After ER Bathroom Standoff

Phoenix Baptist Hospital workers evacuated as police negotiated with suspect

(Newser) - Workers had to evacuate the emergency room of Phoenix Baptist Hospital this morning after a man pulled a gun on them, setting off a standoff with police. The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, surrendered around 6am, MyFoxPhoenix reports, but not before an hours-long standoff that saw a... More »

Yale Gunman Story Likely a Hoax: Cops

Caller said roommate intended to shoot people

(Newser) - Yale University has lifted its lockdown after police said an anonymous call about a gunman headed to campus was probably a hoax, reports the AP . "New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe," said New Haven's police chief. "Though it is starting to tilt in... More »

France Captures Newspaper, TV Shooting Suspect

He was accomplice to 1994 anarchist killings

(Newser) - After a two-day nationwide manhunt, French police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a newspaper assistant photographer and three other attacks. The country's interior minister identified the suspect as Abdelhakim Dekhar, convicted in 1998 as an accomplice to an anarchist couple in a high-profile 1994 robbery and... More »

Man on Run After Shooting Up Paris Bank, Newspaper

He's suspected of a Friday news channel shooting as well

(Newser) - A manhunt is under way in Paris for a man believed to have opened fire at a newspaper office and a bank branch before hijacking a car. A man with a shaved head burst into the offices of left-wing newspaper Liberation this morning and opened fire, hitting a photographer's... More »

LAX Suspect Was Dropped Off by Friend

Paul Ciancia says he acted alone

(Newser) - Alleged LAX gunman Paul Ciancia told investigators he had acted alone after being dropped off by a friend in a black Hyundai, a police official tells the AP ; that friend, officials believe, didn't know what Ciancia had planned. The accused shooter is currently under heavy sedation—and 24-hour armed... More »

Girl, 8, Shot Dead at Sleepover

Gunman on the loose with no clue as to motive

(Newser) - A young girl is dead after an innocent sleepover turned into a nightmare in Oakland on Wednesday night. Alaysha Carradine, 8, was shot and killed at a friend's apartment when a gunman rang the doorbell then proceeded to fire through the door, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Alaysha's... More »

James Holmes' Lawyers: He Was Aurora Gunman

But he was suffering from a 'psychotic episode'

(Newser) - For the first time, James Holmes' lawyers have acknowledged that he was the gunman in the Aurora theater massacre. But he "suffers from a severe mental illness and was in the throes of a psychotic episode when he committed the acts that resulted in the tragic loss of life... More »

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