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Texas Deputy Killed in Gas Station 'Ambush'

Darren Goforth shot while pumping gas, in uniform

(Newser) - A gunman ambushed a Texas sheriff's deputy at a gas station in what the Harris County Sheriff says "appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing," reports CNN . Deputy Darren Goforth was killed last night, in uniform, as he was pumping gas into his vehicle near Houston. "... More »

Husband Shares Virginia Shooting Survivor's Story

'Then he shot three times at my wife'

(Newser) - The survivor of the shooting that left two journalists dead Wednesday in Virginia evaded multiple bullets before curling into a ball and being shot in the back, her husband tells ABC News today. Vicki Gardner, executive director of the local chamber of commerce, came out of a medically induced coma... More »

What Was Inside the On-Air Gunman's Rental Car

Vester Flanagan had six magazines of ammunition with him, police say

(Newser) - After his death, police searched the rental car Vester Flanagan used to flee after allegedly shooting two journalists to death during a live broadcast. What they found, per NBC News and reporter Tom Winter :
  • A Glock pistol and six magazines of ammunition
  • A to-do list
  • 17 stamped letters
  • A briefcase
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Virginia TV Shooting: Is This the New Normal?

WDBJ observes moment of silence as killing's social-media presence resonates

(Newser) - Roanoke station WDBJ-TV observed a moment of silence at 6:45am today to mark the moment that reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot to death on live TV yesterday, reports AP . Their deaths, and the way killer Vester Flanagan went about them, continue to resonate:
  • New normal?
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Cameraman Filmed Gunman's Nasty 2013 Firing

Station bosses told Flanagan to get help

(Newser) - The Virginia gunman who killed two former colleagues during a live news broadcast yesterday morning had a long and troubling history of clashing with co-workers during his broadcasting career. At WDBJ in Roanoke, where he worked with victims Adam Ward and Alison Parker, Vester Lee Flanagan was ordered to get... More »

Mr. Robot Finale Delayed Over Today's TV Shootings

Episode featured similar scene, network says

(Newser) - USA's Mr. Robot, a critically-acclaimed TV series about a hacker and an anarchist (and featuring Christian Slater in the title role), was supposed to air its season finale tonight—but in light of this morning's on-air journalist killings , the finale is being delayed one week, Mashable reports. "... More »

On-Air Shooting Suspect Left 23-Page 'Suicide Note'

Vester Flanagan says Charleston massacre pushed him over edge

(Newser) - The suspect in this morning's on-air killings had apparently been trying to pitch a story to ABC News over the past few weeks, the network reports . This morning, he faxed a manifesto to ABC after the shooting (a fax the network shared with authorities ), and later called to... More »

Suspect in On-Air Murders Has Died

Vester Lee Flanagan lived for 2 hours after shooting himself on I-66 in Virginia

(Newser) - The man suspected of fatally shooting a cameraman and a reporter during a live broadcast this morning has died after shooting himself, reports WDBJ-TV . Vester Lee Flanagan was pronounced dead at 1:26pm today in a hospital, Virginia state police confirm, per the AP . He had been traveling on I-66... More »

Fiancee of Cameraman Killed On-Air Saw Him Die

Reporter, photographer both leave behind grieving partners

(Newser) - Alison Parker and Adam Ward, gunned down on live TV this morning , leave behind two mourning partners—both of whom work at the same station where Parker was a reporter and Ward a cameraman, Virginia's WDBJ7. "We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very... More »

TV Reporter, Videographer Shot to Death on Air

Police seeking shooter in Virginia

(Newser) - A live news report in Virginia turned to horror this morning when a gunman shot to death a female reporter and a male videographer, reports CBS News . Killed were Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, of the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, WDBJ-TV . Parker was conducting an interview at Bridgewater... More »

Accused Killer of Social Worker Had 'Hit List'

Jody Herring allegedly planned more killings than the 4 she's been charged with

(Newser) - The Vermont woman charged with killing a social worker after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter had a "hit list" that included her mother, stepfather, and possibly brother, according to documents made public yesterday. The Burlington Free Press reports Jody Herring's ex-boyfriend told police he saw the hit... More »

US Military Personnel Stop Shooter on Train

3 people are injured in apparent terrorist attack in France

(Newser) - Off-duty US military personnel subdued a gunman aboard a high-speed French train, stopping what some are calling a terrorist attack that could have been much worse, CBS News reports. Current reports are conflicting about whether two or three American servicemen—rumored but unconfirmed to be Marines—were involved in the... More »

Cops Suspect 2-Year-Old Fatally Shot Father

They were reportedly the only people at home at the time

(Newser) - Police say a 31-year-old Alabama man may have been shot dead by his 2-year-old son, NBC News reports. The boy's mother returned home from work yesterday to find Divine Chambliss lying dead on a bed, according to . NBC reports Chambliss had been shot in the head. There... More »

Tennessee Theater Assailant Had Pellet Gun, Hatchet

3 moviegoers suffer minor injuries, including a hatchet wound

(Newser) - Details are emerging in today's theater attack in Tennessee: Police say a 29-year-old man armed with a pellet gun and a hatchet attacked people this afternoon at a theater in Antioch, near Nashville. Three people were injured, including two women suffering the effects of pepper spray—apparently from the... More »

Pregnant Teen Shot in the Eye in Road Rage Attack

Police say occupant of passed SUV opened fire on couple

(Newser) - A pregnant teen is in critical condition after an unprovoked road-rage shooting in Reedley, Calif., police say. The 18-year-old victim, who hasn't been named, was riding in an SUV driven by her husband, 26, on Sunday night when he passed a slow-moving vehicle, reports NBC News . Described as a... More »

NJ Trooper Shot at Teens Who Knocked on Wrong Door

He says he thought they were trying to break in; they say they were looking for pal

(Newser) - Three teens who say they were looking for a friend's house in Sparta, NJ, early Sunday morning went to a neighbor's house by mistake—and apparently freaked out the owner, an off-duty state trooper, enough to get him to start shooting at them, officials tell the AP . The... More »

Suspect in Mont. Shooting: Victim Laughed at Me

And injured victim doesn't know her parents died in the shooting

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Wyoming man accused of robbing and shooting three members of a family told investigators he opened fire after one of the victims laughed at him, an FBI agent said in a court filing yesterday. Jason Shane, 51, and Tana Shane, 47, died in the Wednesday shooting in the... More »

Theater Gunman Did Twisted Things to Own Home

And apparently had big issues with his daughter's wedding

(Newser) - In 2014, facing eviction from his Alabama home, John Russell Houser set out to make sure no one else could ever live in that house. He poured concrete down the drains and cemented the fuse box shut. He splattered paint and human waste all over the walls. The new owners... More »

Theater Victims: Promising Student and 'Creative Force'

Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, died in Lafayette, La., attack

(Newser) - One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities. The two people slain by a gunman who opened fire yesterday in a Louisiana movie theater, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, had promising careers... More »

Wife of Theater Shooter Got Protective Order

Filing shows she moved all weapons from their marital residence

(Newser) - The wife of Louisiana shooter John Russel Houser sought a protective order against him in 2008 after he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior" and "made ominous as well as disturbing statements," according to court documents cited by the AP . The filing for the order, which was at least... More »

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