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NYPD: Your Desk Won't Save You From a Shooter

Try a filing cabinet if you can't get to a safe room, department suggests

(Newser) - Most mass shootings happen in the workplace and most of them are over before police get there, according to the New York City Police Department, so workers need to know how to react. The NYPD held a training session for members of the media yesterday in response to last week'... More »

Why the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

'American Dream' plays a role, researcher says

(Newser) - High gun ownership rates and high rates of mass shootings might seem like an obvious connection, but University of Alabama researcher Adam Lankford says his study is the first to show empirical evidence that the aforementioned ownership rate "is the strongest predictor of [a country's] number of public... More »

Cops May Have Thwarted Pokemon Massacre

2 men arrested after making threats against championship

(Newser) - Two Iowa men who talked about "killing the competition" traveled to the Pokemon World Championships with mayhem on their minds and a carload of guns, police in Boston say. Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were arrested in their hotel on Saturday, and police say they found unlicensed... More »

Country's Biggest Theater Chain Now Checking Bags

Regal says it has to ensure safety of guests, workers

(Newser) - The country's biggest theater chain has announced that all moviegoers can expect to have their bags searched on entry—and it isn't looking for illicit snacks. Instead, Regal Cinemas says on its website that since "security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America,... More »

In US, 204 Mass Shootings in 204 Days

Crowd-sourced project tracks incidents in which at least 4 people were shot

(Newser) - It's the worst kind of synchronicity: A website that tracks mass shootings in the US had logged 203 through Wednesday. It hasn't caught up with last night's rampage in a Louisiana theater, but when it does, that will be No. 204—and yesterday was the 204th day... 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 »

Cops: Theater Shooter Had Wigs, Disguises at Motel

'Drifter' John Russel Houser, 59, was from Alabama

(Newser) - The 59-year-old man who opened fire at a Lafayette, La., movie theater last night, killing two and injuring nine before killing himself, has been identified as John Russel Houser, police said at a news conference this morning, per ABC News . Details are still emerging, but police say Houser, from Phenix... More »

5 Things to Know About the Deadly Theater Shooting

Gov. Jindal says teachers saved lives in Lafayette shooting

(Newser) - Police haven't named the 58-year-old shooter who killed two people and himself in a Lafayette, La., movie theater last night, but they say he's a "lone white male" with a criminal history, the AP reports. A police spokesman told reporters that the bomb squad was called in... More »

Sharp-Eyed Driver Helped Nab Shooting Suspect

Woman's call to 911 led to arrest of Dylann Roof

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering nine people in a church in South Carolina got busted because of a woman who was leaving church in North Carolina. As ABC News explains, Debbie Dills was leaving church this morning when she noticed that the driver in the car next to her matched... More »

Obama: Michelle and I Knew Pastor Killed in SC

President complains that suspect had 'no trouble' getting a gun

(Newser) - President Obama found himself in an all-too familiar position today, addressing the nation after mass violence. "I've had to make statements like this too many times," he said in reference to the church massacre in Charleston . "We don't have all of the facts, but we... More »

9 Killed in Charleston Church Shooting

White suspect sought after attack on historic Charleston church

(Newser) - Police are looking for a white suspect after nine people were killed in a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, SC. Charleston police chief Greg Mullen says eight people died in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and another died later in a hospital, the Guardian reports.... More »

Mass Shootings Have Nearly Tripled Since '06: FBI

Most are over before cops arrive, report finds

(Newser) - Mass shootings really are on the rise, according to a new FBI report. There has been an average of nearly one mass shooting a month in America this century and the rate has risen dramatically in recent years, the report released yesterday says. The agency says it identified a total... More »

How the Media Can Help Stop Mass Murders

Gina Tron was once feared to be a killer

(Newser) - Gina Tron made headlines as a teenager when people mistakenly feared she planned to go on a killing spree at her high school. Now, she writes at Politico about how she enjoyed her brief fame—and how mass murderers seek media validation. If we stop offering them a platform, she... More »

Lone Survivor of Shooting in Texas Leaves Hospital

Cassidy Stay, 15, lost her parents and four siblings

(Newser) - It is one bright spot in an otherwise horrible story: The 15-year-old girl who survived the mass shooting that killed her parents and four siblings is out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery, reports the Houston Chronicle . Cassidy Stay was tied up and shot with the... More »

Texas Man Shot Kids Execution-Style

Cop says Haskell came to home 'under guise of FedEx driver'

(Newser) - The details emerging from yesterday's shooting in a Houston suburb are jarring: Prosecutors this morning alleged that Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, shot his seven victims execution-style in the head after tying them up; four children and two adults are dead, with a 15-year-old survivor having sustained a skull fracture.... More »

Cops: Texas Man Kills 4 Kids

Death toll at 6; suspect surrenders after 3-hour standoff

(Newser) - Police say a man killed six people—four of them children—at a suburban Houston home last night. He also critically wounded a 15-year-old girl, authorities say. She was apparently able to call 911 to tell police what kind of car he was driving, and where he was headed next,... More »

City Locked Down After 3 Mounties Shot Dead

New Brunswick gunman still on the loose

(Newser) - Police in New Brunswick are hunting a gunman who killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and injured two others. Suspected shooter Justin Bourque, 24, is believed to be on the loose in the city of Moncton and residents have been told to stay in their homes and lock their... More »

7 Dead in Drive-By Shootings in Santa Barbara

7 others injured near campus; one suspect among dead

(Newser) - Police say seven people are dead and another seven injured after a series of drive-by shootings near UC Santa Barbara last night, reports KEYT-TV . Police are still unraveling what happened during the 10-minute rampage in the Isla Vista neighborhood, but they say the suspect is among the dead. Witnesses reported... More »

FedEx Shooter ID'd as Teenager

Family of 19-year-old is 'shocked and devastated'

(Newser) - The shooter who wounded six co-workers at a FedEx shipping facility near Atlanta today before killing himself has been identified as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “We’re dealing with our own loss and wishing the best to everyone who was affected,” said the gunman's... More »

4 Dead in Bloody Attack at California Tribal Office

Cherie Lash Rhoades allegedly killed four people

(Newser) - An eviction hearing for a formal tribal chairwoman ended in a hail of bullets yesterday at the Cedarville Rancheria American Indian tribal office in California. Alturas police say Cherie Lash Rhoades, also known as Sherie Lash, opened fire at around 3:30pm, shooting six people and killing four of them,... More »

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