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Manhunt on for Suspect in Deadly NY Office Shooting

Accused of killing 1, injuring another

(Newser) - A "massive hunt" is under way for a man police say opened fire at a New York office yesterday morning, killing one and injuring another before escaping the scene. Sang Ho Kim, upset "over a bad business deal," allegedly shot at an employee and the store owner... More »

Chicago Busts 2 in 13-Person Park Shooting

But shooter still believed to be at large

(Newser) - Chicago police have made a breakthrough in the mass shooting last week that left 13 people injured—and led to talk of the National Guard being brought in to assist city cops. Two men in their early 20s have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with... More »

At Least 7 More Shot in Chicago

Shooting violence continues after Thursday's spree

(Newser) - Chicago's violence is showing zero sign of abating since the shooting spree Thursday night that injured 13 people . In what's probably a troubling sign, the local media can't agree on just how many people have been shot since then: NBC Chicago counts 11 people, with five fatalities;... More »

Mass Shootings: Now 'as American as Apple Pie'

Petula Dvorak: Mass shootings are now simply routine in the US

(Newser) - Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown. No more context is needed—we mentally amend the words "mass shooting" to each of these. And today we add another location to that list: Washington Navy Yard . "How can this country tolerate another mass shooting, after we’ve endured so... More »

A Black Man in a Hoodie Shot Me; So What?

Brian Beutler tells his story

(Newser) - Five years ago, Brian Beutler was shot by a black man wearing a hoodie while walking the streets of Washington, DC. He tells the story in a compelling Salon column today for one reason: He wants people to understand that despite what happened to him, he does not support racial... More »

Another Bloody Weekend in Chicago

67 shot, 11 killed on July 4 long weekend

(Newser) - It's been another grim weekend in Chicago, with 67 shot and 11 dead since Wednesday afternoon. One drive-by alone saw eight people shot, one fatally, the Chicago Tribune reports. Among those wounded: a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy, who were both shot in parks in separate incidents. The... More »

Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 46 Shot, 7 Killed

Youngest victim was 16

(Newser) - The news out of Chicago just five days ago was encouraging: after a murder-riddled 2012, this year's murder rate had plummeted to a level not seen in 50 years. Today, the news is of a darker nature. Between Friday afternoon and Sunday, a total of 46 people were shot... More »

5-Year-Old Kills Sister, 2, With 'My First Rifle'

Loaded gun had been left in a corner

(Newser) - It was "just one of those crazy accidents," in the words of the local coroner: A 5-year-old in Cumberland County, Kentucky, accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister yesterday with a .22-caliber rifle. But unlike many such tragedies , the rifle in this case actually belonged to the child,... More »

Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Calls Out Sen. Ayotte

Erica Lafferty angry over senator's vote against background checks

(Newser) - Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has been taking flak for her vote against stronger background checks , especially because she was the only East Coast senator north of Virginia to do so. Today, at her first town hall meeting since that vote, Ayotte got an earful from the daughter of... More »

Newtown Mom Recalls 'Boy Who Would Never Come Home'

Francine Wheeler fills in for Obama in weekly address, pushes gun laws

(Newser) - Newtown mother Francine Wheeler delivered the president's weekly radio address today to make an emotional plea for tougher gun laws, reports ABC News . Wheeler, who lost her 6-year-old son in the shooting, appeared with her husband, David. The Guardian has the full transcript. Some key spots:
  • ”I’ve
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Bill Likely to Bring Big Improvements on Mental Health

Senators making quiet progress on substantial reforms in care: NYT

(Newser) - With the Senate poised to start debating gun legislation next week, much of the attention has focused on what the final bill won't have—a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, for example. But a New York Times story weighs in on what the bill probably will have,... More »

NY Shooting Suspect Dead in Police Shootout

Kurt Myers had been holed up in abandoned building, surrounded

(Newser) - Kurt Myers, the suspect in an upstate New York shooting spree , has been killed in a shootout with police, the AP reports. Cops surrounded Myers, 64, in an abandoned building yesterday afternoon, and had traded fire with him. This morning, police entered the building and Myers shot a police dog.... More »

2 NY Shootings Leave 4 Dead; Police ID Suspect

Kurt Meyers, 64, is sought by police in Herkimer

(Newser) - Six people were shot, four of them fatally, in two shootings this morning in Herkimer County, NY, reports WKTV News . Police believe the same person was responsible for both and have identified the suspect as 64-year-old Kurt Meyers of the town of Mohawk, reports the AP . He remains at large,... More »

Baby Shot, Dies as Dad Changes Diaper

Jonylah Watkins was just 6 months; dad is suspected target

(Newser) - Jonathan Watkins was changing his baby daughter's diaper in the front passenger seat of a minivan parked on a Chicago street yesterday when someone opened fire on them. Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot five times, in the thigh, shoulder, lung, liver, and bowels, and "she didn't make... More »

Mass Shootings Have Killed 934 People Since 2006

But most are smaller killings than you're imagining

(Newser) - The US has seen 934 people killed in 146 mass shootings since 2006, a USA Today analysis of FBI records has found—a number that represents less than 1% of all gun-related homicides. Few of those shootings were the kind of Newtown-esque massacres you might be imagining, however. The paper... More »

Biden: 'Buy a Shotgun, Buy a Shotgun'

Vice president says semi-automatics aren't necessary

(Newser) - This isn't as weird as it sounds in full context, but Joe Biden today urged people to buy shotguns while speaking at a town hall hosted by Parents magazine. During the forum, Biden took a question from someone who asked whether a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons would put... More »

Bruce Willis: Why I Gave Up Stone-Cold Sobriety

'Die Hard' series veteran also touches on movie violence

(Newser) - With critics mauling the Die Hard series' fifth installment, Bruce Willis talks to GQ about movie violence, struggling actors, and his return to light drinking, Huffington Post reports. The 57-year-old—once a promoter of Seagram's Golden Wine Coolers before going sober in 1988—has eased up on the sobriety... More »

Bloomberg Turns Chicago Race Into Test Case on Guns

Politico: $2M ad blitz goes after NRA ally

(Newser) - To gauge how well the Newtown massacre translates into political reality, keep an eye on the special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. in Chicago, reports Politico . Its story says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pouring up to $2 million into the race... More »

SOTU Guests: Ted Nugent, Mohawk Guy

A look at who will be attending tonight's State of the Union address

(Newser) - Who will be sitting in the audience when President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight? Well, not everyone will be a fan:
  • Ted Nugent will be there as a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, Talking Points Memo reports. Nugent wants to "counter the scams and lies
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Michelle Obama Attends Funeral of Slain Girl

Hadiya Pendleton was killed after performing at Obama inauguration

(Newser) - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service today for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet, one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best... More »

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