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Ex-Con Shot Minutes After Release From Prison

New York Post says it was a vendetta by someone he snitched on

(Newser) - The New York Post has the bizarre story of an inmate who got released from prison after 15 years only to be shot 15 minutes into his newfound freedom. The 33-year-old identified as Devon Williams is expected to make a full recovery, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal . The Post's sources... More »

Mayor's Wife: I Killed Him to Save Son's Life

19-year-old backs up his mother's claim

(Newser) - The woman who shot to death the mayor of California's Bell Gardens —her husband—has told police that she did so in order to save her son from a fatal beating, reports the Los Angeles Times . And in a move that could make a conviction on criminal charges... More »

Cops: Wife Kills LA-Area Mayor

Daniel Crespo's wife released after questioning

(Newser) - The town of Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County has been stunned by the murder of its mayor, who police say was shot dead by his wife during a domestic dispute that also involved their 19-year-old son. Daniel Crespo, 45, was shot several times by his wife, Levette, after the... More »

Family: Guy Shoots Friend by Mistake, Kills Himself

Two LA-area men are dead after apparent tragedy

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area man apparently shot and killed a friend at a party by mistake and, grief-stricken, turned the gun on himself, CBS Los Angeles reports. About 10 guys in their 20s were outside a South LA house after midnight on Sunday when one of them, Dominique Barnett, 24, showed... More »

Cops: Guy Unloaded Gun— by Firing at House Next Door

George Byrd says he didn't know how else to unload

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say a convicted felon accused of shooting a bullet through a neighbor's window told a judge he fired the gun because it was the only way he knew how to unload it. Middletown Detective Patrick Nicastro tells the Bucks County Courier Times that 31-year-old George Byrd... More »

How the Secret Service 'Bungled' White House Shooting

Agency didn't even know White House had been hit: investigation

(Newser) - The Secret Service fumbled its response to a 2011 attack on the White House so badly that the president and Michelle Obama were furious with the agency behind closed doors, according to a Washington Post investigation. The Post's article—apparently based on documents, radio transmissions, and interviews with key... More »

Elderly 'Nice Guy' Shot 4 Times Answering Door

72-year-old Utah man had no enemies, neighbor says

(Newser) - An elderly Utah man described as "too nice of a guy" answered a knock at his door Saturday night and was shot multiple times by an unknown assailant, KSL.com reports. His wife apparently saw the dark-clothed gunman running away when she hurried to her 72-year-old husband, whose name... More »

Kid, 11, Among 15 Shot in Miami Club

At least 5 teens among the injured

(Newser) - Fifteen people have been wounded in a shooting that sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early today, police said, adding the youngest victim is 11 years old. When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1am, they said they found chaos among... More »

UPS Shooter Sought Prayer, Says Pastor

Kerry Joe Tesney's friends, family recall loving man

(Newser) - The man who shot and killed two former colleagues and himself at an Alabama UPS facility had "asked for prayer" amid a "troubled" period in his life, a pastor at his church tells the AP , adding, "He's just a guy who went through his trials at... More »

Dog Walker Shoots Neighbor's Dog

Man opens fire when other dog jumps fence

(Newser) - A dog walk in suburban Denver is generating attention because it ended with a man shooting to death his neighbor's dog. As the Denver Post reports, the Martinez family of Commerce City were hosting a 5-year-old's birthday party when Clifford, their Labrador mix, jumped a fence. After hearing... More »

Gunman, 2 Others Dead in UPS Shooting: Reports

Birmingham, Ala., shooter was believed to be former employee

(Newser) - Three people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting this morning at a Birmingham, Ala., UPS facility, a local police lieutenant tells the AP . The shooting, which took place around 9:30am, was at the hands of a man described as being a white male in his late 40s,... More »

Cops: Ambush on Troopers Was Planned for Months

Suspect Eric Frein continues to elude FBI and police during massive manhunt

(Newser) - The man suspected of shooting two Pennsylvania State troopers 10 days ago may have been planning both the shooting and his escape for months if not years, police say, perhaps explaining why he's been able to elude captivity for so long . Even the clues uncovered yesterday in the huge... More »

Cops: Man Kills 6 Grandkids, Daughter

Florida police say 51-year-old Don Spirit then killed himself

(Newser) - Florida police are investigating a horrific murder-suicide in which a 51-year-old man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren yesterday, reports CNN . The kids ranged in age from an infant to 11 years. The shootings took place in the rural town of Bell, about 35 miles west of Gainesville.... More »

Guy Re-enacts Tombstone Stunt, Kills Sister

He was hosting her birthday party when he dropped his gun and it fired

(Newser) - Some things are best left to the experts—or Hollywood stuntmen. A Florida man learned this the hard way when he attempted to re-enact an elaborate gunplay scene from the 1993 movie Tombstone and dropped his gun; it fired, the stray bullet struck his sister Renee Chaires in the neck,... More »

Survivalist Sought in Trooper's Murder

Eric Frein accused in ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania are hunting for a 31-year-old survivalist and expert marksman accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another . The suspect is Eric Frein, who lives with his parents in Canadensis, about 20 miles from where the troopers were shot outside their barracks in Blooming Grove, reports USA ... More »

Gun Instructor's Kids Make Video for Girl Who Shot Him

Charlie Vacca's children say they hope to meet her

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old has a video message for the girl, Mediaite reports: "Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life," says Charlie Vacca's 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. "You should not let this... More »

Shot Pennsylvania State Troopers IDed

No one in custody in attack

(Newser) - Pennsylvania state police have identified two troopers who were shot last night : Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed, while trooper Alex Douglass is currently in critical but stable condition in the hospital, the AP reports. No suspects are currently in custody, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports. Police have interviewed a person of... More »

Shooter Ambushes, Kills Pennsylvania State Trooper

Another trooper injured; man is being questioned

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was killed and another wounded in ambush attack outside their barracks last night, authorities say. A "person of interest" is being questioned, but no charges have been filed against the man, reports the Times-Tribune of Scranton. The troopers were shot outside their barracks in Blooming... More »

Uzi Instructor's Family: We Feel 'Sorry' for the Girl

Family of Charles Vacca is sending prayers to unidentified girl

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor shot dead by a 9-year-old girl this week feels "sorry" for her and hopes she can learn to move on, the AP reports. "That's truly how we feel," said Anamarie Vacca, ex-wife of instructor Charles Vacca. "I know we'... More »

Girl, 9, With Uzi Kills Shooting Instructor

She accidentally shot him as weapon recoiled

(Newser) - A shooting range instructor in Arizona is dead after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi set to fully automatic. Police, who have released a video of the girl taking her first shots, say she safely fired the weapon in "single-shot" mode, but she lost control of the weapon... More »

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