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GOP Aide Fired for Calling Shooting Survivors 'Actors'

Conspiracy theories are spreading

(Newser) - An aide to a Republican lawmaker in Florida was fired Tuesday for spreading a bizarre conspiracy theory about survivors of the Parkland school shooting. Benjamin Kelly, a staffer to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, used a government email account to email the Tampa Bay Times , claiming that two students filmed speaking... More »

Teens Walk Out of School, March 10 Miles to Shooting Site

Florida students demand end to gun violence

(Newser) - Hundreds of students walked out of their Florida high school Tuesday and made their way to the site of a school shooting 10 miles away in a show of solidarity for bringing an end to gun violence, the AP reports. "It has to be tougher. People are blaming it... More »

After School Shootings, Russian Bots Hijacked Gun Debate

'The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans'

(Newser) - For Russia-linked Twitter accounts and bots linked to Russian propaganda campaigns, last week's horrific school shooting in Florida was just another opportunity to sow division among Americans, security researchers say. Within an hour of the shooting, hundreds of automated Twitter accounts with suspected Russian links began sending out tweets... More »

Petition: Parkland Student Hero Should Get Full Military Funeral

Peter Wang held doors for fleeing students, staff; another student hero recovers at a local hospital

(Newser) - Amid the grief and anger, stories of inspiration and heroism continue to emerge out of the Parkland school shooting last week, and a petition is now in place to honor one of the late students who helped his classmates escape to safety. The Sun Sentinel reports that the petition on... More »

Cops Were at Florida Suspect's House 39 Times

Nikolas Cruz's lawyers call him a 'broken child'; ex-classmates aren't so generous

(Newser) - The FBI has acknowledged that it received a tip about Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Kruz in January that wasn't properly investigated, as details continue to trickle in on the 19-year-old's evolution "from 'broken child' to mass killer" in the words of CNN . His defense attorneys say... More »

Vlogger Says He Warned FBI of 'Nikolas Cruz' in September

Bureau was unable to determine the identity of the YouTube commenter

(Newser) - It was a foreboding comment then and an especially eerie one now: "I'm going to be a professional school shooter" was posted to a YouTube video by a user named "Nikolas Cruz." Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old vlogger who'd uploaded the video, was alarmed enough that... More »

Football Coach Fatally Shielded Students During School Shooting

Suspect Nikolas Cruz bought gun legally

(Newser) - A heroic football coach fatally jumped in front of students to protect them during Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, witnesses say. "Can everyone please take a second to pray for my coach today he took serval [sic] bullets covering other students at Douglas,"... More »

Teacher: Florida Student Was Flagged as Threat

Classmates say Nikolas Cruz was obsessed with weapons

(Newser) - The former student accused of killing 17 people in America's worst school shooting since Sandy Hook had been flagged as a threat at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after he was expelled, a teacher says. Fellow students at the school in Parkland, Fla., say Nikolas Cruz, 19, was obsessed... More »

Vegas Gunman Autopsy: Bad Teeth, Overweight, No Drugs

No substances in Stephen Paddock's system that would have caused aggressiveness

(Newser) - The much anticipated autopsy report on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock did nothing to help explain why he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern US history—his body didn't hold diseases or drugs or other substances that could have caused aggressive behavior. In fact, it showed he was... More »

Cops: Quadruple Homicide in Pa. Not Random

Police say they have no suspects after bodies of 4 men were found in Reading apartment

(Newser) - Police in the small Pennsylvania city of Reading haven't identified any suspects in a quadruple homicide that's believed to be among the deadliest shootings in the area in recent history, officials say. The victims, all men, were shot several times, and their bodies were found Sunday evening in... More »

Families: Car Wash Mass Shooter Was Driven by Jealousy

Tim Smith is not expected to survive

(Newser) - A man suspected of gunning down four people at a Pennsylvania car wash was driven by jealousy, according to family members of the shooting victims. State police say Timothy Smith, 28, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a .308-caliber rifle, and a handgun and was wearing body armor without the... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Parents, Sister, Friend in NYE Shooting

16-year-old arrested after shooting at NJ home

(Newser) - A 16-year-old is in custody after a horrific shooting just before midnight New Year's Eve in a Jersey Shore town. Police say the teen, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi; 18-year-old sister Britanny Kologi; and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old family friend who lived... More »

California Shooter Was Banned From Owning Guns

Police say Kevin Neal used 2 homemade rifles

(Newser) - The man who killed five people in a shooting rampage in California on Tuesday was banned by court order from owning firearms—and police are being criticized for failing to take action after neighbors in Rancho Tehama Reserve complained that he had been firing hundreds of rounds. At a press... More »

Body of Gunman's Wife Found Hidden at Home

That brings the death toll in Rancho Tehama to 6, including gunman Kevin Neal

(Newser) - The California gunman who went on a rampage Tuesday started the killing in his own home. Police in Rancho Tehama found the body of Kevin Neal's wife hidden beneath the floor of the residence, reports the Los Angeles Times . She had been shot multiple times. "We believe that'... More »

Cops: Calif. Shooting Was Almost a School Massacre

Suspect tried to enter classrooms

(Newser) - The mass shooting in California on Tuesday morning could have been a far more enormous horror if not for the quick thinking of staff at an elementary school, police say. A gunman that Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston describes as on a "killing rampage" shot randomly at people... More »

Trump Tweets Condolences for Wrong Mass Shooting

He sent late-night message about Sutherland Springs

(Newser) - A possibly jet-lagged President Trump arrived back in the US late Tuesday—and sent his condolences to victims of the wrong mass shooting. "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," he tweeted around midnight. "The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived." Trump apparently... More »

Vegas Marathon Goes Ahead Under Tight Security

Runners spoke of defiance, strength after mass shooting

(Newser) - Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. The city posted snipers and used a helicopter to watch for danger as tens of thousands participated in the race. Many wore T-shirts... More »

Killer Was at Church Festival 5 Days Before Shooting

Devin Kelley's mother-in-law was happy to see him

(Newser) - Five days before killing 26 people inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Devin Patrick Kelley rubbed elbows with the congregation at the church's annual fall festival. Attendees were surprised to see him with his children at the event—which included a bouncy house and petting zoo—... More »

Couple Killed in Texas Church Memorialized Son There

Robert and Shani Corrigan had just buried their son last year

(Newser) - On Nov. 26 of last year, Robert and Shani Corrigan lost their 25-year-old son to suicide. They held his memorial service at Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church in Texas, where the Michigan couple had moved years prior to start a new life. Less than a year after his death, they... More »

Lawmaker Won't Take Part in Moment of Silence for Victims

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu says 'we need action,' not silence

(Newser) - Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu says he's "heartbroken" over the victims in Sunday's mass shooting in Texas, but he posted a Facebook video explaining why he walked out on a moment of silence for them in the House. "I can't do this again," says the... More »

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