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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 »

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 »

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