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Dad Shot Dead Standing Up for His Son

Incident arose over a stolen baseball cap

(Newser) - Gerald Cummings confronted a group of young men about his son's stolen baseball cap, and wound up losing his life as a result, police say. The 38-year-old father of two was shot twice in the head near a basketball court outside a Brooklyn elementary school around 10:15pm Wednesday,... More »

Kid Who Shot Friend Tapping Window May Be Charged

Prosecutors weigh negligent homicide for boy in accidental shooting

(Newser) - Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified boy was startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and a friend knocked on his window early... More »

Iraqi Refugee in US Killed Photographing His First Snow

Dallas cops not sure newcomer was target

(Newser) - Police don't know yet whether it's a hate crime or a case of tragically bad luck, but an an Iraqi immigrant who moved to Dallas less than a month ago was shot to death this week. The wrenching detail is that the shooting took place after Ahmed Al-Jumaili... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

Shield Star Arrested in Wife's Murder

Michael Jace allegedly told 911 'I shot my wife'

(Newser) - Actor Michael Jace, best known for playing Julien Lowe on The Shield from 2002 to 2008, has been arrested and charged in his wife's murder, police tell CNN . April Jace, 40, was found fatally shot in her home in south Los Angeles last night, and Jace has now been... More »

Guy Killed After Friend Misses Bulletproof Vest

He asked friends to shoot him, and one did

(Newser) - Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? An 18-year-old woman faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after she allegedly fatally shot her friend in the chest Wednesday ... because he asked her to. Though 25-year-old victim Blake Wardell wore a Kevlar bulletproof vest during the incident, the bullet from the... More »

Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight

New Jersey boy shot dead during gun demonstration, police say

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy died this weekend when his uncle, showing off his gun collection, pointed a gun with a laser sight at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, Raw Story reports. The New Jersey fifth grader—identified by WNEP as Hunter Pederson—was visiting his grandfather's house... More »

Girl Killed by 5-Year-Old Looking for His Toy Gun

Fatal shooting occurred at South Carolina birthday party

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina Saturday night after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun while looking for his own "gun"—a toy, authorities say. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the boy's mother gave him permission to retrieve a... More »

3 Dead at Jewish Centers, Suspect Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

JCC was full of kids auditioning for 'KC Superstar'

(Newser) - Three people were killed and one was critically wounded today when a man opened fire at two Jewish sites—a community center and retirement home—in the greater Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports. Police later arrested a heavyset man at a nearby school who was smiling and... More »

Man Accused in Movie Text Killing Had Just ... Texted

Curtis Reeves sent text of his own minutes before the shooting

(Newser) - The 71-year-old Florida man who fatally shot a fellow moviegoer who was texting during previews had sent a text of his own about 15 minutes earlier, reports the Tampa Bay Times . Curtis Reeves responded to a text from his son, who was supposed to meet his parents in the theater... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Over Xbox Argument

Boy, 13, allegedly shoots cousin, 16, after fight

(Newser) - Police say a 13-year-old fatally shot his 16-year-old cousin after the teen boys got into a fight about an Xbox. Raymond Galloway was shot in his sleep in a Chicago home early yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reports; his cousin was charged with first-degree murder today. It's not clear how... More »

Alleged Cop Killer Shot Dead Outside Bank

He allegedly fired at police in Mississippi

(Newser) - A bank robber sought in two holdups and the murder of a police officer was shot dead yesterday after robbing a bank in Phoenix, according to the FBI. The subject of a nationwide manhunt , he entered a Compass Bank in Phoenix yesterday morning and walked out in a black ski... More »

Teenager Killed Trying to Enter Her Own House: Police

Stepfather apparently opened fire as she climbed in the window

(Newser) - Tragedy in Colorado: A man shot and killed his stepdaughter before dawn today, probably mistaking her for a burglar as she sneaked back into the house, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports. "The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," a police spokesman said. Officers found the unidentified 14-year-old... More »

Man Mistakes Alzheimer's Patient for Intruder, Kills Him

Police say charges are possible in Georgia incident

(Newser) - Authorities in northwest Georgia say a man shot and killed a 72-year-old who he thought might be an intruder but turned out to be a wandering Alzheimer's patient. Walker County police told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Ronald Westbrook had walked about 3 miles in the sub-freezing temperatures... More »

'Honky-Tonk Hero' Dead in Bar Shooting

Wayne Mills killed after argument about smoking

(Newser) - Wayne Mills called himself an "outlaw," a country singer who loved performing in honky-tonks. But he was shot in the head and killed in a Nashville honky-tonk around 5am Saturday, WZTV reports. Mills, who had been playing in country bars for decades with his Wayne Mills Band, was... More »

Boy, 8, Shoots, Kills Elderly Woman—Intentionally

Cops say he shot his caregiver in back of head after playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy fatally shot his elderly "caregiver"— WBRZ identifies the victim as his grandmother—in Slaughter, Louisiana, last week, authorities say. The victim was Marie Smothers, 87. The boy has not been identified because of his age. He originally told police the shooting was unintentional, but authorities... More »

Cop Charged With Murder in Road Rage Death

Detective had his wife, kids in minivan with him at the time

(Newser) - A New Jersey police officer was driving back home through Maryland on Saturday night, his wife and three children in the minivan with him, when a road rage incident erupted, leaving one man dead and the off-duty officer charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. All police have said so far... More »

Man Leaving Easter Service Murdered by Son: Police

Reshad Riddle accused of gunning down father Richard

(Newser) - An Easter church service in Ohio turned tragic yesterday when a man was gunned down—by his own son, say police—while leaving the church with his wife. The associate pastor tells the Star Beacon that Reshad Riddle approached Richard Riddle, 52, and killed him with a single shot, then... More »

Few Answers Yet in Dad's Shooting of Masked Son

Connecticut police say he didn't know until authorities removed ski mask

(Newser) - Police in New Fairfield, Connecticut, say it will take several weeks to finish the investigation into the bizarre case in which a man shot and killed a knife-wielding masked prowler, only to learn it was his own teenage son. But the local News-Times clarifies one tragic detail: Jeffrey Giuliano didn'... More »

Chilean Envoy's Daughter Shot Dead

Venezuela busts 12 officers in checkpoint shooting

(Newser) - The Venezuelan government is apologizing for the shooting death of the 19-year-old daughter of the Chilean envoy, killed at a security checkpoint. Twelve officers have been arrested. Karen Berendique was shot three times as she sat in a car with her brother when the officers opened fire in the western... More »

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