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Roof's Confession Tape: Felt 'Bad' When He Found Out Death Toll

Accused Charleston church shooter also admitted he was 'white supremacist'

(Newser) - During a week in which his mom already suffered a heart attack after hearing the case against him, more shock arrived Friday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, 22, accused of a church shooting in Charleston, SC, that killed nine black worshippers. He's facing 33 federal charges for... More »

Junior Firefighter, 16, Shot Dead Inside Station

Pa. firefighter charged with criminal homicide

(Newser) - Preparations inside a Pennsylvania firehouse for a "Light Up Night" parade on Sunday somehow ended up with a 16-year-old junior firefighter dead and a 21-year-old fire captain in jail. WPXI reports that George Matis Jr. was charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting of... More »

Cops: Oklahoma Airport Murder Wasn't Random

Victim is the father of a Kansas City Chiefs player

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours. Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found... More »

3 Alarming Stats From Florida Under 'Stand Your Ground'

Homicides have spiked, including those of African-Americans

(Newser) - For years, people have claimed "Stand Your Ground" laws have led to an increase in violence . A new JAMA study suggests their observations were right, at least in Florida. It finds homicides in the state spiked 24% from 82 per month from 1999 to October 2005, when Florida's... More »

Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings

(Newser) - Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times ; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the... More »

Woman in Town for Relative's Funeral Killed in Flurry of Bullets

Jacobia English Lane struck in back of head after up to 30 shots fired at NC home

(Newser) - An already sad occasion was rendered devastating early Saturday in Gastonia, NC, when a South Carolina woman in town for her sister-in-law's funeral was killed by gunfire that bombarded the home she was visiting, the Charlotte Observer reports. Jacobia English Lane had joined a gathering of friends and family... More »

6 Wounded in Downtown Minneapolis Shootings

Cops are trying to figure out if 2 separate shootings are linked

(Newser) - Six people in downtown Minneapolis were injured after being shot in two separate incidents in the early morning hours Monday, and police are trying to determine if the events are linked, the AP reports. KTSP notes that five of the victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds, while the sixth is now in... More »

Neighbor: Mall Shooting Suspect Was 'Creepy'

Arcan Cetin had many run-ins with the law

(Newser) - The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter was described by a neighbor in Oak Harbor, Wash., as so "creepy, rude, and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door. He also had a string of run-ins with... More »

After Ala. Peace Rally, Gunfire Kills 1, Injures 5

Residents in Birmingham community say it was chaos

(Newser) - It was a night that kicked off with peace and ended up in violence. Police in Birmingham, Ala., say one person was killed and five were injured as they stood in the streets of a public housing community after an anti-violence rally Sunday night, AL.com reports. Cops say as... More »

Female Shooter Dead, 2 Hurt in Texas School Shooting: Cops

Sheriff says female shooter killed herself at Alpine High School

(Newser) - A female student has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting and injuring another female student at a high school in the West Texas town of Alpine, the Brewster County sheriff said Thursday, per the AP . "The shooter appears to have shot herself," Brewster County Sheriff... More »

Chicago Logs 500th Murder of '16 in Bloody Weekend

65 people shot over Labor Day weekend

(Newser) - After wrapping up its deadliest month in 20 years , Chicago logged its 500th homicide of the year over Labor Day weekend, when 65 people were shot, including 13 fatally. Nine of those deaths and almost half of all shootings resulting in injuries or deaths occurred between 6am Monday and 3am... More »

Dwyane Wade Addresses Trump's Controversial Tweet

He says it appears Trump used his cousin's murder for 'political gain'

(Newser) - NBA player Dwyane Wade spoke out about Donald Trump's controversial tweet about his cousin's murder for the first time Thursday. "I was grateful that it started a conversation, but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family... More »

Teen Organizes Youths to Fight Gun Violence in His Hometown

Chris Suggs started Kinston Teens before he was even old enough to drive

(Newser) - As gun violence spirals out of control in one American city, a 16-year-old a few states away is doing his best to make a difference in his small town. ABC News reports that Kinston, North Carolina, was plagued by a rash of gun violence in 2014, largely involving gangs. Chris... More »

August Was Chicago's Deadliest Month in 20 Years

And it's not clear why

(Newser) - Chicago recorded its deadliest month in two decades in August, part of a sharp rise in gun violence in the nation's third-largest city this year, the AP reports. Chicago police said Thursday that 90 people were killed last month, a 66% increase over August 2015. There were 472 shooting... More »

Trump Accused of Congratulating Himself After Tragedy

Tweets 'VOTE TRUMP!' after shooting of Dwyane Wade's cousin

(Newser) - Donald Trump was criticized Saturday for taking a "self-congratulatory" tone in the wake of tragedy. Again. NBA player Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge was killed when she was hit by a stray bullet while pushing her baby in a stroller Friday in Chicago, CNN reports. On Saturday, Trump... More »

Home to Surprise Mom, Chicago Cop's Son Shot Dead

'I wish this senseless killing would stop'

(Newser) - Arshell Dennis III was due to fly back to New York on Sunday after a surprise visit home to Chicago for his sick mother's birthday, reports the Washington Post . Instead, the son of a Chicago police officer was shot dead. Police say Dennis, 19, was sitting on his family’... More »

Apple: Goodbye Revolver Emoji, Hello Water Gun

Emoji swap part of iOS 10 update that also includes rainbow flag, 'gender diverse' additions

(Newser) - Apple has swapped out an emoji in what the Guardian describes as a reflection of "growing despair in America and worldwide" over gun violence. Starting in September, a neon-green water gun will replace the company's black-and-silver revolver, part of an iPhone and iPad iOS 10 update that "... More »

Gabby Giffords: Speaking Is Hard; 'I Want to Say 'Madam President' '

Former congresswoman speaks out against gun violence at DNC

(Newser) - Five years after surviving a near-fatal assassination attempt, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords told the Democratic National Convention : “Speaking is difficult for me, but come January I want to say these two words: 'Madam President'." Giffords capped off a string of speakers calling on the government to do... More »

At ESPY Awards, NBA Stars Plead for End to Gun Violence

LeBron James won five trophies

(Newser) - LeBron James won five trophies, including best male athlete and best NBA player, at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night when frivolity gave way to a James-led call to end gun violence and racial profiling, the AP reports. The show honoring the year's best athletes and sports moments opened... More »

Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory Over US Police Shootings

'Exercise extreme caution...in interactions with the police'

(Newser) - In a reversal of how this kind of thing normally works, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory Friday to its citizens visiting the US, NBC News reports. According to BBC , the advisory was brought on by the deadly week in the US. Or as the Bahamas' Ministry of Foreign Affairs... More »

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