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The One Call Between Shooter and Victim That Changed It All

Debbie Baigrie forgave Ian Manuel, who served 26 years in prison after shooting her when he was 13

(Newser) - A July night in 1990 changed both of their lives for the worse, but one phone call and the power of forgiveness then changed both their lives for the better. People details the story of Ian Manuel, who was just 13 when he was egged on to rob someone in... More »

'Targeted' Incident on Atlanta Train Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

A suspect has been arrested after shooting

(Newser) - A shooting that killed a man and wounded three other riders Thursday on an Atlanta public transit train appears to be a "targeted, isolated incident," officials say. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Chief Wanda Dunham said in a statement late Thursday that officers arrested a suspect in... More »

School Gunman's Threats Taken as 'Cry for Attention'

He had no trouble getting into San Bernardino school

(Newser) - Cedric Anderson had threatened his estranged wife before, but nobody realized how dangerous he really was until he opened fire in her San Bernardino classroom on Monday, police say. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Tuesday that Anderson, 53, who killed Karen Smith and an 8-year-old special-needs student before... More »

Judge Shot Dead Outside Chicago Home

Police believe Raymond Myles' killing was botched robbery

(Newser) - A judge known for being fair, kind, and tough was killed in front of his Chicago home in an act of violence as senseless as anything that passed through his courtroom. Police say Raymond Myles, a 66-year-old judge in Cook County's criminal division, was shot dead outside his South... More »

She Begged Shop Not to Sell Her Girl a Gun. It Did Anyway

Colby Sue Weathers bought a pistol with a disability check, then killed her father

(Newser) - In 2012, when a doctor told Janet Delana's schizophrenic adult daughter to stop an aggressive drug regimen that wasn't working and come back for a checkup in four days, the mother picked up the phone. Colby Sue Weathers had been hearing voices for five years and bought a... More »

7 New Homicides in Chicago Bring New Rebuke From Trump

'Totally out of control,' says the president

(Newser) - Chicago's 760 homicides made 2016 its deadliest year in two decades—but 2017 is on track to steal that title. The city experienced its deadliest day of the new year on Wednesday when seven people were killed—five in a two-hour period—including a pregnant woman in her 20s.... More »

3 Kids Shot, 2 Die in Chicago Violence

Youngest victim was 2-year-old boy

(Newser) - A Chicago toddler was shot and killed on Tuesday in what police suspect was a "gang hit" on a man in a vehicle with him, just a few days after two young girls were shot in the head. It marked the latest spasm of violence in a city struggling... More »

6 Injured by Gun Violence at Vigil for Victim of Gun Violence

Among those shot at Chicago memorial: a 12-year-old girl

(Newser) - A crowd gathered on Chicago's South Side at a vigil for a young man killed by gun violence were confronted with their own chaos when suspects said to be rival gang members started shooting Wednesday evening, NBC Chicago and CBS Chicago report. Six people were injured, including a 12-year-old... More »

Trump: I'll Send in Feds to Fix Chicago 'Carnage'

He cites 'horrible' gun violence figures

(Newser) - President Trump turned his attention to Chicago Tuesday night, saying that if the city doesn't do something about the epidemic of gun violence, he will. "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I... More »

8 Injured in Shooting at Miami's MLK Park

2 suspects are being questioned

(Newser) - Miami-Dade police say eight people—five of them juveniles—have been wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, the AP reports. Police spokesman Detective Daniel Ferrin says in a news release that two suspects are being questioned about the Monday afternoon shooting. He says two firearms... More »

Chicago's 2016 Murders: More Than NY, LA Combined

Cops blamed 'emboldened' criminals

(Newser) - One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation's third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents last year than it... More »

First Terror Attack of 2017 Hits Turkey, Killing 39 at Club

Gunman said to have been dressed as Santa also wounded 70 at Istanbul nightclub Reina: reports

(Newser) - Heavily armed police have been blocking the snowy street in front of Istanbul's Reina nightclub, where a gunman said to have been dressed as Santa killed at least 39 people and wounded almost 70 during New Year's Eve celebrations, the AP reports. Istanbul's governor says the attacker,... More »

Man Fatally Shot Near Memorial to Slain Son, Grandson

Oakland resident had spoken out against gun violence

(Newser) - A man who urged an end to violence in Oakland after gunfire killed his son and grandson as they slept three years ago became a victim himself this week as he drove near a street memorial for his slain family. Melvin Johnson, 39, was shot and killed Tuesday on the... More »

It Was a Bloody Christmas Weekend in Chicago

At least 41 shot, 11 fatally

(Newser) - Christmas weekend was grim in Chicago even by this year's wretched standards for gun violence: Police say at least 41 people were shot, 11 fatally, between Friday evening and Sunday night, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The victims include James Gill, 18, and Roy Gill, 21, who were killed when... More »

Chicago Goes 4 Days Without Deadly Shooting—a Record

The last fatal shooting was shortly before 1am Sunday

(Newser) - The city of Chicago just set a record for 2016, though don't expect the mayor's office to issue a self-congratulatory press release about it. The Chicago Sun Times reports that as of 12:52am Thursday, the city has gone four days without a deadly shooting for the first... More »

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 »

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