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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 »

19 Shot in Chicago as Gangs Feud

More than a dozen were shot in a half-hour stretch

(Newser) - Nineteen people were shot in Chicago last night and into this morning, 13 of them in a single 30-minute period starting about 9pm, reports the Chicago Tribune . In one of the incidents, eight teens—including two 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy—were fired on by gunmen in a passing... More »

Tulsa Shooters Confessed: Cops

Investigators still determining motive

(Newser) - Two men accused of killing three black pedestrians and injuring two others in Tulsa shootings have confessed to the crimes, according to authorities. Jake England, 19, said he shot two people, and Alvin Watts, 32, admitted to shooting three, say police. Investigators determined that one of England's victims and... More »

French Gunman Dies in Leap From Window

Mohamed Merah dead after 32-hour standoff

(Newser) - After a standoff of more than 32 hours, French shooting-spree suspect Mohamed Merah is dead, the AP reports. A police official confirms that Merah's death was announced today on police radio after five minutes of gunfire were heard; the French interior minister says Merah died after police entered his... More »

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