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Chicago Shootings: 1K More Than Same Time Last Year

8 killed, 40 wounded just this past weekend

(Newser) - Eight people were killed and at least 40 were wounded in Chicago shootings this weekend, creating a disturbing new statistic overall: 1,000 more people shot in the city in 2016 compared with the same time last year, the Chicago Tribune reports. By this time last year, there were 2,... More »

Accidental Shootings Kill More Kids Than You Know

Gov't stats may actually miss a third of cases

(Newser) - Government statistics may miss a third of deadly accidental shootings involving children, according to a joint investigation from the AP and USA Today. The survey of news reports, public sources, and research data shows minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day during the first... 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 »

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 »

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 »

More Than 2K People Have Been Shot in Chicago This Year

New strategies have failed to stem bloodshed

(Newser) - It's only halfway through the year and there have already been more than 2,000 shooting victims in Chicago, far more than recorded in the city this time last year—and far more casualties than the US suffered in the Gulf War. The milestone was passed over the Fourth... More »

A Serial Killer May Be Striking at Random in Phoenix

Police say five shooting deaths since April are linked

(Newser) - Six people have been shot—five fatally—within a four-mile radius in west Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood since April. Now police say a serial killer (or killers) may be on the loose. Authorities have made little progress in the investigation but say all six victims—aged 12 to 32—were... More »

Analysis: 23 People Shot in 2016 ... by Toddlers

What makes some US areas more prone to this type of incident is still anyone's guess

(Newser) - Last week in Milwaukee, a 2-year-old fatally shot his mom from the back seat of their car. But where a story like this may have once been a freakish anomaly, the Washington Post notes, it's now becoming increasingly and disturbingly commonplace. A Post analysis of news reports finds 23... More »

'Enough Is Enough': Chicago Mayor After 14 Shot in 15 Hours

Rahm Emanuel notes 'anguish' of city, calls for stricter penalties for gun crimes

(Newser) - Fourteen people were shot over a 15-hour period in Chicago starting Monday evening, with six of those people succumbing to their injuries, the Chicago Tribune reports. Of the eight wounded, one was an 11-month-old and one was a 2-year-old; among those killed were a pregnant mother, a grandmother, and the... More »

Vigilante 'Bolt Force' Trying to Solve Ariz. Shootings

But Phoenix cops investigating freeway shootings want Bolt Force to back off

(Newser) - They bill themselves as "the nation's first and only armed volunteer crime fighting force that specializes in law enforcement and preservation of order." And this week, members of Bolt Force are turning their attention toward solving an Arizona mystery that's been frightening residents and puzzling police:... More »

Chicago Has Deadliest Day Since 2003

9 people killed in homicides on Wednesday alone

(Newser) - Wednesday marked the deadliest day for Chicago in more than a decade with nine people killed by gunshots in eight different districts across the city. Such gun violence hasn't been seen in Chicago since July 5, 2003, when 10 homicides occurred, reports the Chicago Tribune . Police say the various... More »

'Army of Moms' Patrols Chicago to Stop Shootings

But they say they need more adult involvement to keep their neighborhood safe

(Newser) - When 34-year-old Lucille Barnes was gunned down June 23 on the 7500 block of Chicago's Stewart Avenue, a group of local mothers wearing neon-pink shirts that said "Moms on Patrol" set up chairs on street corners to prevent retaliatory violence. The Mothers Against Senseless Killings volunteers organized by... More »

Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 62 Shot, 10 Killed

7-year-old hit with bullet meant for dad: police

(Newser) - Gunshots mingled with the sounds of fireworks over Chicago this weekend: 10 people were killed and 54 others were injured in shootings between Thursday afternoon and early today, reports the Chicago Tribune . Half of the casualties occurred during a nine-hour stretch from Saturday evening to early yesterday, according to police.... More »

One Dead, 16 Injured in Detroit, Philly Block- Party Shootings

Among the injured in Philadelphia: a toddler, an 11-year-old, and a young teen

(Newser) - A Detroit block party last night ended in mayhem when a gunman fired into the crowd, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring nine others, the AP reports. One man is said to be critically wounded, while eight others ranging in age from 21 to 46 were "seriously injured,"... More »

Baltimore Murder Count Hits 43-Year High

43 people killed in city in May, 116 so far in 2015

(Newser) - Three fatal shootings in Baltimore yesterday bring May's homicide count to 43, making it the most violent month in more than 40 years. Police say two men were fatally shot in the head about 1am; about 11am, a man was fatally shot in the back. May is the deadliest... More »

DC Reporter Killed After Texting Mom: 'On My Way Home'

Police say Charnice Milton wasn't the intended victim

(Newser) - Charnice Milton, a DC reporter, had just finished an assignment at a local meeting Wednesday night and was walking to a bus stop on her way home when she was shot and killed. The 27-year-old was simply in the "wrong place, wrong time," DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier... More »

'Surreal': 56 Shot, 12 Killed Over Weekend in Chicago

In Baltimore, 32 people were shot during the holiday stretch

(Newser) - The long holiday weekend proved especially violent in two big US cities:
  • In Chicago, police say 56 people were shot, 12 of them fatally, from Friday through Monday, reports the Tribune . The wounded include 4-year-old Jacele Johnson, who got hit while riding in her family's SUV about 8pm Friday,
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Pa. Gunman on the Loose After 6 Killed

Police warn that Bradley William Stone is armed and dangerous

(Newser) - Details are coming to light in yesterday's shooting spree north of Philadelphia, as police search for the suspect and communities in Montgomery and Bucks counties hunker down. Bradley William Stone, a 35-year-old former Marine reservist who spent a few months in Iraq and is said to have PTSD, is... More »

40 Shot, 4 Killed This Weekend in Chicago

11-year-old girl was shot in head while indoors at a sleepover

(Newser) - On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a... More »

Video Games Not to Blame for Navy Yard Shootings

Let's focus on the gun shooter always carried: Alexander Abad-Santos

(Newser) - Not surprisingly, quite a few media outlets were quick to trot out the familiar old "mass shooter played violent video games" articles in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings in Washington. But the idea that video games are to blame for real-life violence is a "toxic notion,... More »

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