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Assailant Hid Gun in Umbrella Before Beach Massacre

37 dead in Tunisia; one of 3 terror attacks

(Newser) - A young man unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers and killing at least 37 at a Tunisian beach resort—one of three deadly attacks today from Europe to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by ISIS extremists. The killings in... More »

Mom Gets Shot, Loses 3rd Child to Chicago Violence

James Jones of Chicago was targeted in apparent gang attack

(Newser) - A young Chicago drug dealer shielded his mother from gunfire yesterday and died in the process—leaving her with only one child who hasn't died from violence. Three out of four have now lost their lives, her sister tells the Chicago Sun-Times . In the latest killing, Alicia Jones' son,... More »

Guest Accidentally Shoots Up Waldorf

4 wounded as gun goes off in wedding guest's pocket

(Newser) - A police source says a wedding guest's gun went off accidentally at New York's swanky Waldorf Astoria Hotel and four people suffered minor injuries from debris. The incident happened at 7:25pm last night in the Park Avenue hotel's lobby. A police official with knowledge of the... More »

Curious Guy Shoots Own Foot

Colorado man wanted to know what it felt like

(Newser) - Being incredibly stupid is not a crime in Colorado—but reckless endangerment is, and a man named Adam Hirtle was charged with it after telling cops he shot himself in the foot to find out what it felt like. A police spokesman tells the Denver Post that when officers went... More »

Argument Over Beer Pong Rules Ends in Teen's Death

Witness says disagreement led to fight, then gunshots in Texas

(Newser) - A 19-year-old woman in Texas lost her life over a dispute about beer pong, a witness tells the Eagle of College Station. The fatal shooting of Lacie LaRose took place last month at a graduation party, when about two dozen people were playing beer pong in a garage about 1am.... More »

DC Reporter Killed After Texting Mom: 'On My Way Home'

Police say Charnice Milton wasn't the intended victim

(Newser) - Charnice Milton, a DC reporter, had just finished an assignment at a local meeting Wednesday night and was walking to a bus stop on her way home when she was shot and killed. The 27-year-old was simply in the "wrong place, wrong time," DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier... More »

Police: 'Clueless' Pair Rode to Walmart With Gunman

They had no idea what Marcell Willis, 21, was about to do

(Newser) - Two people who were in the car with a US airman when he drove to a North Dakota Walmart and opened fire inside the store in an apparently random shooting had no idea what he was about to do, police said yesterday. Marcell Willis, 21, made up a reason to... More »

2 Dead in 1am Shooting at ND Walmart

Grand Forks Air Force Base says airman was involved

(Newser) - A 24-hour Walmart Supercenter in Grand Forks, ND, was rattled by a shooting in the wee hours this morning that left two people, including the gunman, dead. Though police did not provide information about the gunman or victims, Grand Forks Air Force Base issued a statement saying an airman was... More »

Woman Snapping Selfie Shoots Self in Head

Russian police are investigating how she got the handgun

(Newser) - A Russian woman posing for a selfie with (what else?) a loaded gun pointed at her head accidentally pulled the trigger and shot herself in the temple, reports AFP via the Hindustan Times . The 21-year-old office worker was apparently using a 9mm handgun that a security guard had left behind.... More »

9 Dead in Biker-Gang Shootout

Motorcycle gangs turn restaurant into 'shooting gallery'

(Newser) - A motorcycle-gang shootout in Waco, Texas, left nine people dead and 17 injured today when gangs opened fire in a restaurant and its parking lot, KWTX reports. Cops and sheriff's deputies surrounded the Twin Peaks Restaurant this afternoon after reports of shots fired, and were securing the parking lot... More »

Alleged Shooting at Zimmerman Was Self-Defense: Lawyer

Police recover guns from Matthew Apperson and George Zimmerman

(Newser) - After recent reports that Matthew Apperson shot at George Zimmerman near Orlando, Apperson's lawyer says his client did nothing illegal: It was "a good, old-fashioned self-defense case," attorney Mark NeJame says, as the AP reports. He holds that Zimmerman waved a gun at Apperson; he notes that... More »

George Zimmerman Shot at—by Guy He Threatened Last Year?

Matthew Apperson described as other person involved in shooting

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is embroiled in another shooting: Police in Lake Mary, Fla., say he was part of a shooting incident this afternoon. Details are scant, but though WESH initially reported Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, police say Zimmerman was only sprayed with glass and debris that hit his windshield,... More »

2nd Muhammad Cartoon Shooter Identified

Nadir Soofi, 34, was apparently roommates with Elton Simpson

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials have identified the second shooter at the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, yesterday but say they don't know too much about him, CNN reports. Unlike the first identified shooter— 30-year-old Elton Simpson —Nadir Soofi, 34, hadn't already attracted the FBI's... More »

Shooting Suspect IDed, Linked to #TexasAttack Tweet

Elton Simpson may have foreshadowed shootout over Muhammad exhibit

(Newser) - One of the gunmen killed in the attack last night on the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, has been identified as 30-year-old Elton Simpson, an Arizona man convicted in 2010 of lying to the FBI, ABC News reports; the agency feared he was headed to Africa to... More »

4 Dead in 'Random' Bridge Shooting

Alleged gunman dead after Wisconsin attack

(Newser) - Four people are dead and another person is injured after a shooting on a bridge in eastern Wisconsin that a police chief says appears to be a "random act." The Menasha Police Department said in a statement that the shooting happened around 7:30pm last night on the... More »

Lil Wayne's Tour Buses Shot Up

No one injured in overnight shooting

(Newser) - Things got real overnight for Lil Wayne, who performed last night at a club in Atlanta and then had his tour buses shot soon after. Police tell the Journal-Constitution they were called to a hotel around 3:30am today about "someone shooting at a bus that Lil Wayne was... More »

Pregnant Woman Uses Last Words to Save Baby

Kimberly Richardson makes chilling 911 call after being shot

(Newser) - A dying woman who had just been shot called 911 on Saturday night in Raleigh, NC, and said just enough to save her unborn baby, WNCN reports. Kimberly Richardson, 25, who was six months pregnant, made the chilling call behind the Triangle Town Center where she worked: "Help,"... More »

Crossbow-Wielding Boy in Spain Kills Teacher: Reports

4 others reported injured; details still hazy

(Newser) - A teen armed with a crossbow killed a teacher this morning in a rare attack in Spain, according to reports. The teen, who has been arrested, is said to be 13 years old, reports the BBC , which notes that the age of criminal responsibility in Spain is 14. It's... More »

Police Chief Who Shot Ex-Wife Could Get 1 Year

William McCollom faces misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge

(Newser) - A Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his ex-wife while they slept was indicted yesterday on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge. Peachtree City Chief William McCollom called 911 early New Year's Day to report inadvertently shooting his ex-wife, Margaret, as they slept in their suburban Atlanta home. The... More »

Gunshot Hits Armadillo, but Also Shooter's Mother-in-Law

She was inside house, relaxing on recliner

(Newser) - A Georgia man might be in the dog house after a bullet he fired, meant for an armadillo, managed to find his mother-in-law. Larry McElroy, 54, decided to do away with a pesky armadillo while standing outside about 100 yards from his mother-in-law's mobile home in Lee County on... More »

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