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Talking With the KKK Shooter

A Jewish reporter recounts an interview 33 years ago

(Newser) - When he heard the name of the suspect in the Overland Park shooting , Robert Satloff writes that he "shuddered." Because Satloff had met and interviewed Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross) 33 years ago, he recounts in today's Washington Post . "Don't bring down no blacks... More »

Girl Killed by 5-Year-Old Looking for His Toy Gun

Fatal shooting occurred at South Carolina birthday party

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina Saturday night after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun while looking for his own "gun"—a toy, authorities say. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the boy's mother gave him permission to retrieve a... More »

Kansas City Shootings Investigated as Hate Crimes

As hundreds gather to mourn 3 victims

(Newser) - The Justice Department, under Eric Holder's orders, will investigate whether yesterday's shootings at two Kansas City Jewish sites broke the federal hate crimes law, the AP reports. Holder today issued a statement on the shootings, which ended with three dead, allegedly at the hands of white supremacist Frazier... More »

Ex-KKK Leader Is Jewish Center Shooting Suspect

Frazier Cross, 73, arrested in Kansas City shootings

(Newser) - The suspect accused of shooting three people dead at two Kansas City-area Jewish sites has been identified as a former "grand dragon" of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Southern Poverty Law Center , which tracks hate groups, says 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross has a long history... More »

3 Dead at Jewish Centers, Suspect Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

JCC was full of kids auditioning for 'KC Superstar'

(Newser) - Three people were killed and one was critically wounded today when a man opened fire at two Jewish sites—a community center and retirement home—in the greater Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports. Police later arrested a heavyset man at a nearby school who was smiling and... More »

LA Deputies Accidentally Shoot, Kill Hostage

Victim worked on Comedy Central's 'Tosh.0'

(Newser) - Deputies responding to a hostage situation at a Los Angeles apartment complex Monday apparently shot the wrong person. NWCN reports the victim was producer John Winkler, a production assistant for Comedy Central's Tosh.0. It's unclear whether 30-year-old Winkler was already a hostage when the situation began unfolding,... More »

Cops Hunt Hedge Fund Boss in Banker's Murder

Plus: Possible banker murder-suicide investigated in Netherlands

(Newser) - The hunt is on for an "armed and dangerous" man in tiny Liechtenstein. Police say hedge fund manager Juergen Hermann is suspected of shooting and killing the CEO of Bank Frick in an underground parking lot, the Local reports. According to Swiss reports, the victim was Juergen Frick, 48,... More »

Girl, 11, Shot Dead by 2-Year-Old Brother

Siblings were playing with gun while mom was in bathroom: police

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl was killed in Philadelphia Saturday morning when she and her three siblings found a loaded handgun in their home and started playing with it. Police say her 2-year-old brother pointed the gun at Jamara Stevens and it discharged, with the bullet striking her heart. She was pronounced... More »

Family of Teen Killed in Girl's Room: Charge Her

They say girlfriend is at fault for lying about boy

(Newser) - The family of the 17-year-old Texas boy who was shot and killed after sneaking into his girlfriend's bedroom says the girlfriend should be charged in his death. The 16-year-old girl has not been identified, but a grand jury is deciding whether her father should face any charges for shooting... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Saw No Combat: Army

He worked as a truck driver in Iraq

(Newser) - More background but no answers in the case of yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood: The Army today confirmed that the gunman worked as a truck driver in Iraq from August to December 2011. He saw no combat, and the AP reports that his service record contains no mention of... More »

Nephew Who Shot Rapper: It Was Self-Defense

He says Benzino had been threatening to kill him

(Newser) - The nephew charged with shooting hip-hop artist and reality TV star Benzino during the rapper's mother's funeral procession on a Boston-area highway acted in self-defense, his lawyer said yesterday. Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder.... More »

Family of Guy Who Shot Himself: It Wasn't Suicide

They want James Jewell's cause of death listed as an accident

(Newser) - The death of the Michigan man who shot himself while attempting to demonstrate how safe his guns were has been ruled a suicide—and his family isn't happy about it. Jennifer Jackson says her longtime boyfriend James Jewell, 39, wasn't trying to take his own life: "I... More »

Rapper Shot During Own Mother's Funeral

Benzino's nephew charged in shooting

(Newser) - A rapper and reality TV star was shot Saturday—while riding in the funeral procession for his mother. Benzino, who stars in VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was injured in the Massachusetts shooting but is in good condition, and his nephew Gai Scott was arrested, the AP reports.... More »

Civilian, Sailor Shot Dead at Va. Naval Base

Suspect killed by security aboard USS Mahan

(Newser) - Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the lone suspect last night. The suspect was a civilian who had access to be at Naval Station Norfolk, spokeswoman Terri Davis said early today. She said she couldn'... More »

Pregnant Wife Accidentally Shot, Killed by State Trooper

Was cleaning gun at the time: police

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife while cleaning his gun in their East Norriton home Friday. Police say he didn't realize his .45-caliber handgun was loaded and pulled the trigger while taking it apart; the bullet hit JoAnna Miller, 34, in the head, NBC... More »

Boy Kills 8-Year-Old Brother by Mistake

He thought loaded handgun was a BB gun, police say

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Cincinnati boy was fatally shot in the chest yesterday while one of his brothers was playing with a loaded handgun that he thought was a BB gun, police said. Cincinnati police Lt. Don Luck said that three brothers were visiting their uncle in the city's Price Hill... More »

4 Shot In Detroit After Tax-Refund Argument

Dispute began because refund check wasn't ready

(Newser) - Four people were shot at a tax-preparation office in Detroit yesterday, and it reportedly happened after a woman got upset her refund check wasn't ready. The office's co-owner said that when the woman and two others were asked to leave for being disruptive, one of them pulled out... More »

New Testament Takes 2 Bullets for Bus Driver

Police say there was 'some kind of intervention'

(Newser) - Cops say "some kind of intervention" saved a bus driver in Dayton, Ohio, who was shot three times in an apparently random attack yesterday. Ricky Wagoner, 49, had a religious text called "The Message"—a modern translation of the New Testament—in his front pocket, which stopped... More »

Hunter Mistakes Man for Deer, Shoots Him —Twice

Tampa man may have suffered permanent damage in shooting

(Newser) - A hunter in Tampa, Fla., mistook a man practicing turkey calls for a deer Sunday night and shot him—twice—with a high-powered rifle. Amazingly, he survived, Opposing Views and the New York Times report. Clint Galentine, 37, was walking with a friend in a wildlife management area when the... More »

Teen Prank Ends in Death of Arkansas Girl, 15

Willie Noble, 48, facing murder charges after shooting car-load of teenagers

(Newser) - An Arkansas father is facing charges including first-degree murder after a teenage prank went horribly wrong. Police say Willie Noble, 48, opened fire on a group of seven teenagers in a car late at night after they dumped eggs and leaves on his son's car, reports USA Today . Front... More »

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