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Cops: Texas Teen Killed Mom, 2 Neighbors

He killed himself before 19-hour standoff

(Newser) - Police in Texas are trying to figure out what led to three murders, a suicide, and a "standoff" in which a mobile home full of dead people was surrounded by police overnight. Police say that on Friday, 19-year-old Dylan Westerburg killed his mother, Jennifer Diane Jacques, 42, before going... More »

2 Dead in 'Targeted' Seattle Homeless Camp Shooting

Cops say 3 more were wounded

(Newser) - Two people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Seattle homeless encampment known as "The Jungle," officials say. Police responded to reports of shots fired at about 7:20pm near Airport Way South and South Atlantic Street south of downtown. More »

FBI: Man Planned Massacre to 'Defend Muslims'

Feds say he targeted Milwaukee Masonic center

(Newser) - A man plotted to massacre dozens of people at a Masonic hall in Milwaukee in what he called an operation to "defend Muslims," federal agents say. According to an FBI affidavit, 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was recorded by two undercover agents plotting to storm the Humphrey Scottish Rite... More »

Mayor: Canada School Shooter Killed Brothers First

Teacher killed at Saskatchewan school was mayor's daughter

(Newser) - The gunman who opened fire at a high school in La Loche, Saskatchewan yesterday killed his two brothers first, according to the remote town's acting mayor, who lost his own daughter in the shooting. "He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to... More »

Girl in Colo. School Shooting Plot Charged as Adult

She planned to make assault deadly as possible: prosecutors

(Newser) - One of two suspects accused of plotting to kill classmates and teachers at a suburban Denver high school has been charged as an adult. Sienna Johnson, 16, faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder related to a shooting plot that police tell the Denver Post was to "... More »

'Mass Farting' Meets Fake Gun Massacre

Protesters take to the streets in Austin, Texas

(Newser) - The gun-rights debate has apparently boiled down to a fake mass shooting and machines that spit out fart noises. It all happened Saturday in Austin, Texas, where pro-gun activists staged a mock gun-massacre at a church and anti-gun protesters countered with what they called a "mass farting," the... More »

My Dad Killed 20 People in a McDonald's

Zelia Huberty explains what it's like for families of mass shooters

(Newser) - The San Bernardino rampage was the deadliest mass shooting on US soil since Sandy Hook. But it stands out for another reason. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik left behind a 6-month-old daughter . Few people know what it's like to be the child of a mass shooter because, as... More »

Gun Buyer Plotted With Shooter: Cops

Enrique Marquez was long-time friend of Syed Rizwan Farook

(Newser) - Enrique Marquez didn't just purchase two guns used in the San Bernardino shooting. Officials tell CNN the long-time friend and next-door neighbor of Syed Rizwan Farook has also admitted to plotting an attack with Farook in 2012. They allegedly put the plan on ice after four people in the... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Move on Assault Weapons

Justices refuse to hear case against weapons ban

(Newser) - Acting in the aftermath of the San Bernardino mass shooting, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from gun owners who challenged a Chicago suburb's ban on assault weapons. Two conservative justices said they would have heard the case and struck down the ban. The Illinois State Rifle... More »

NYT Runs First Front-Page Editorial in 95 Years

Time to start taking guns away, it says

(Newser) - Recent mass shootings have moved the New York Times to put an editorial on its front page for the first time in nearly a century, calling it a "moral outrage and a national disgrace" that civilians "can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed... More »

There's a Big Problem With Mass Shooting Stats

Lack of a proper definition can blur our understanding, writes essayist

(Newser) - Were you floored by the finding that we've had more mass shootings than days this year? So was Mark Follman. According to Mother Jones , where Follman is an editor, there have been only four mass shooting this year—including the one in San Bernardino—and only 73 since 1982.... More »

Female San Bernardino Shooter Praised ISIS Online

Authorities say Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to Islamic State

(Newser) - Authorities say the woman who took part in this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State online. The details of what Tashfeen Malik wrote and when she wrote it are still developing, but NBC News quotes a source as saying that she posted... More »

ATF: San Bernardino Rifles Were Legal—at First

Weapons used by San Bernardino shooters altered for more power after purchase

(Newser) - The weapons used by the San Bernardino shooters may have been legally obtained , but that doesn't mean they remained legal under California law. The two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm pistols said to have been carried by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik in Wednesday's attack were... More »

Co-Worker's Question Before Rampage: 'Where's Syed?'

'The situation was surreal,' says responding officer

(Newser) - Patrick Baccari greeted his San Bernardino County co-worker with his usual joke before a mandatory all-day continuing education meeting in the conference room. "Ready to be bored?" he asked. "I'm ready," Syed Farook said with a smile. Soon the room was filled with 75 people and... More »

NY Sheriff Urges Gun Owners to Start Carrying

Request made 'in light of recent events'

(Newser) - In light of "recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world," it's time for people to stop leaving their guns at home, according to the sheriff of Ulster County, NY. In a Facebook post , Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum encourages "citizens of... More »

Senate Rejects Additional Gun Control Measures

The polarizing vote came one day after a shooting in California left 14 people dead

(Newser) - A polarized Senate voted Thursday against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest US mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's mostly party-line 50-48 vote, which followed the Senate's defeat of other firearms curbs, underscored that political gridlock... More »

'I'll Take a Bullet Before You Do': San Bernardino Cop to Workers

Video shows tense moments as group is led out of massacre site to safety

(Newser) - San Bernardino office workers trapped in the Inland Regional Center after Wednesday's shootings got some reassurance in the form of a police officer who led them to safety. In a video taken by employee Gabi Flores and provided to KPCC , the cop instructs frightened people to "keep your... More »

Let's All Be Quiet About Mass Shootings

Daily Beast writer calls for a moratorium, a 'wordless groan'

(Newser) - The mass shooting in San Bernardino has set off familiar refrains from all camps about gun violence and related politics, and Ana Marie Cox at the Daily Beast would prefer a much different reaction for once: silence. "The right ridicules calls for gun safety measures. The left mocks what... More »

Obama: 'We Don't Know Why They Did It'

But he doesn't rule out the possibility of terrorism

(Newser) - President Obama spoke on the San Bernardino shooting Thursday after being briefed by top security officials, but he's apparently in the same boat as everyone else in trying to understand a motive. "We don't know why they did it," he told reporters in the Oval Office,... More »

Before Shooting, Suspects Left Their Baby at Grandma's

Cops believe both San Bernardino shooters have been killed

(Newser) - The colleagues Syed Rizwan Farook failed to massacre say he was a quiet, polite man who appeared to be happily building a life with his wife and their 6-month-old baby. Patrick Baccari, a fellow health inspector who shared a cubicle with the San Bernardino suspect, says the 28-year-old seemed to... More »

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