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Boy, 4, Shoots Self After Finding Gun Under Couch

Justin Foss Jr. was pronounced dead Saturday morning

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Georgia boy found a gun hidden inside his house and shot himself in the head with it, according to a newly released sheriff's report, per the AP . Justin Foss Jr. was pronounced dead Saturday morning after the shooting at his Augusta residence, Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner... More »

Mass Shooting: Harassment Victim Recalls Scary Threats

Woman recalls abuse from Jarrod Ramos years ago that was covered by newspaper

(Newser) - Last week's fatal shooting in a Maryland newsroom has been blamed on the suspect's long-simmering anger with the Capital Gazette over its coverage of a harassment complaint against him years ago. Now the woman who lodged that complaint has given an interview to NBC News , saying that she... More »

He Was Thought Dead. Then the Sheet Twitched

17-year-old shooting victim stirs before dying in Chicago

(Newser) - A 17-year-old male shot multiple times in the head began moving under a sheet in Chicago, triggering a failed attempt to save him. Paramedics had arrived early Monday on the scene of a shooting after two vehicles were seen circling a party at a housing complex near the University of... More »

38 Shot in Violent Chicago Weekend

9 of them were killed

(Newser) - At least 38 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, nine of them fatally, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Those injured included a 12-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet during a shootout on the Far South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. Six people were shot at an outdoor party... More »

8th-Graders Given Ominous Graduation Gift

Graduates of Pennsylvania school receive bulletproof plates

(Newser) - "I never thought I'd need this." That's what one Pennsylvania middle-schooler told WTXF after receiving an unusual graduation gift Monday. The eighth-grade class of St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford was given ballistic shields that slide into backpacks as protection from bullets, per the New York Times ... More »

Cops: Middle School Student Opens Fires, Injures 2

Teacher and a student were taken to hospitals; suspect is in custody in Noblesville, Ind.

(Newser) - A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack at Noblesville West Middle School happened around 9am, police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference, per the AP . He said... More »

Cops: Santa Fe Suspect 'Spared' Those He Liked

Parkland students offer their support, plus a heartbreaking clip from one of the survivors

(Newser) - Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old suspect in the shooting at Texas' Santa Fe High School on Friday that took the lives of 10 and wounded several others, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant, CNN reports. Pagourtzis, who once played football on the school's... More »

School Shooter Identified as 17-Year-Old Student

At least 10 are dead at Santa Fe High School in Texas

(Newser) - Ten people are dead and 10 more wounded after Friday morning's shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, says Gov. Greg Abbott. No IDs have been released, but earlier Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said most victims were students at Santa Fe High School. USA Today reports... More »

Aspiring Rapper 'Lil Lonnie' Shot Dead While Driving SUV

22-year-old was killed in hometown of Jackson, Miss.

(Newser) - An up-and-coming rapper was planning on buying a house for his family as soon as he hit it really big in the music world, but the 22-year-old never got the chance. The Clarion-Ledger reports Lonnie Taylor, aka "Lil Lonnie," who gained national fame with his 2015 song "... More »

Waffle House Hero Wrested Gun Away From Shooter

'I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it'

(Newser) - James Shaw Jr. says he isn't a hero, but a lot of people—including police and survivors of Sunday morning's mass shooting at a Nashville-area Waffle House—disagree. Shaw hid in a restroom when alleged gunman Travis Reinking opened fire, then rushed him when there was a pause... More »

On Columbine Anniversary, a Walkout, a Shooting

1 injured in Florida as students nationwide protest gun violence

(Newser) - A day already painful for gun control activists became even more so Friday when the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre coincided with a shooting at a high school in Florida. One student at Ocala's Forest High School suffered a non-life-threatening injury; the suspected shooter, identified as a... More »

Report: YouTube Shooter Was Vegan Activist

Nasim Aghdam complained site was stifling traffic

(Newser) - The woman who opened fire at YouTube's Silicon Valley headquarters Tuesday was a vegan activist angry about how her videos were being treated, according to law enforcement sources. The sources have identified the shooter—who injured at least three people before apparently killing herself—to the San Francisco Chronicle... More »

He Was Shot in School in 2016. Now, Punishment for a Protest

Cooper Caffrey gets detention for March 14 student walkout

(Newser) - It shouldn't be surprising that a survivor of a school shooting might want to demonstrate against gun violence in schools—but maybe a little bit surprising that his school would punish him for it. That's the plight of Cooper Caffrey, a sophomore at Madison High School in Ohio,... More »

Doctors Slam Santorum's 'Unconscionable' Remarks

He suggested students learn CPR instead of joining anti-gun violence rallies

(Newser) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks students should learn CPR instead of "looking to someone else to solve their problem" by protesting gun violence—and a lot of doctors think Santorum should get a clue. His remarks were slammed by numerous medical professionals on social media, many of... More »

New England Patriots Fly Parkland Students to Rally

'There's definitely a lot of emotions,' parent says

(Newser) - The New England Patriots helped students and families from Parkland, Fla., arrive at the "March for Our Lives" rally in style, the Boston Globe reports. On Thursday, team owner Robert Kraft flew students injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the families of 17 victims to... More »

Bill Murray: What I See Today Recalls Vietnam War Protests

He says students have the power and the idealism it takes

(Newser) - The students in Florida pushing for an end to gun violence after the Parkland mass shooting remind Bill Murray of the students who pushed for an end to the Vietnam War half a century ago. "It really was the students that began the end of the Vietnam War,"... More »

Powerful Images From the National Walkout

Thousands of students are participating in Wednesday's protest

(Newser) - Thousands of students walked out of schools across the nation and even abroad as part of Wednesday's protest against gun violence , with the AP reporting that moods at the protests ranged from somber to angry. The walkout marked the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High... More »

'No Time More Critical': Students Walk Out Again

They'll protest gun violence, from US to Australia

(Newser) - Ten days before a massive rally against gun violence in Washington, DC, students across the country will walk out of school Wednesday to mark one month since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students at elementary schools, high schools, and universities will walk out... More »

7K Children's Shoes Placed on Capitol Lawn

There was a pair for every child killed by gunfire since Sandy Hook

(Newser) - Some 7,000 pairs of children's shoes were placed on the lawn of the Capitol building Tuesday as a haunting reminder of children killed by gun violence. The advocacy group Avaaz, which organized the display, says the shoes represented all the children killed by gunfire since the Sandy Hook... More »

Governor Signs 'Historic' Gun Bill After Parkland

Meanwhile, Parkland 911 calls were released

(Newser) - Among the newly released recordings of 911 calls from the Parkland school shooting, the parents of a 17-year-old girl can be heard telling a dispatcher that their daughter is texting from a classroom where the door's glass was shot out. "Three shot in her room. Oh, my God.... More »

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