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Man Wrote 'No Mercy,' Then Killed 5 Neighbors: Police

Retired truck driver was facing eviction from his condo

(Newser) - A man whose condo association was trying to evict him for not paying his mortgage and association fees taped a note inside his front door that said, "No mercy!!!" He showed none, prosecutors said. Krysztof Marek, 66, now faces five counts of first-degree murder, the Tribune reports. Marek... More »

As El Paso Survivors Struggle, Defendant Pleads Not Guilty

Victims' relatives attend brief hearing

(Newser) - The man charged with killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso appeared in court Thursday, pleading not guilty to capital murder charges. He told the judge he didn't want the charges read to him, USA Today reports. Police documents said that he had confessed to the Aug.... More »

Suspect Arrested After Mass Shooting in Kansas City Bar

Second gunman is still at large, police say

(Newser) - One suspect has been arrested after a mass shooting in a Kansas City bar that killed four people and injured at least five others early Sunday. Police say Javier Alatorre, 23, was arrested across the state line in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday afternoon, hours after authorities released surveillance photos... More »

This Is the 3rd-Largest Victims Compensation Fund in US History

MGM Resorts settles with victims of Las Vegas massacre

(Newser) - Almost exactly two years after the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, MGM Resorts announced a settlement with the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. MGM owns the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was staying when he shot people attending the Route 91 country music festival on the street... More »

Relatives of Aurora Victims 'Horrified' by Joker Trailer

'such unnecessary violence ... chilled me to my bones,' says one victim's mom

(Newser) - Relatives of some of the 12 people killed in a mass shooting during a Batman movie in 2012 say they found the trailer for the new Joker movie disturbing—and they have asked Warner Bros. to help gun control causes. Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the... More »

Big-Name CEOs to Congress: You Need to Act Now

Heads of Twitter, Uber, others write letter asking for tougher gun laws

(Newser) - The CEOs of nearly 150 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber asked Congress to pass a... More »

Cops: El Paso Shooting 'Hero' Made Up His Story

Chris Grant was honored by President Trump Monday

(Newser) - For many people, the day they visited the White House to be honored for heroic actions would be one to remember with pride. It didn't work out that way for El Paso mass shooting survivor Christopher Grant. The 50-year-old was arrested by Secret Service agents when he arrived with... More »

Cops: Call From Dad Prevented Possible Mass Shooting

Texas man planned copycat shooting, police say

(Newser) - A concerned father and law-abiding businesses helped thwart a potential mass shooting in Texas last week, police say. Officers in Fort Worth say the father of a 27-year-old man contacted police on Sept. 3, warning that his son had not been taking his medication and he was worried that he... More »

Cops: Teen Used Illegal Handgun to Kill 5 Family Members

14-year-old confessed to murders, police say

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy accused of killing five members of his family confessed to the crime after being confronted with "some of the inconsistencies" in his story, police in Alabama say. The Limestone County Sheriff's Office says the boy is accused of killing his father, 38-year-old John Sisk, his... More »

Police Say Texas Gunman Called 911 Before Shootings

Fired employee left work before officers arrived

(Newser) - The gunman in a spate of gun violence after a routine traffic stop in West Texas called both police and the FBI before the shooting began, authorities said Monday. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator had been fired Saturday from Journey Oilfield Services. He said both... More »

'Guns Are a Small Part of It': Mayor at Texas Vigil

Hundreds gather to pray and sing in West Texas

(Newser) - Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin—a region known for its oil industry—at prayer vigil only hours after 8 were killed and 22 wounded in a nearby mass shooting, the AP reports. "We're out here in the middle of... More »

Texas Gunman Was Fired Hours Before Mass Shooting

Authorities aren't sure what sparked Odessa rampage

(Newser) - The man who killed seven people and injured more than 20 others in west Texas on Saturday had been fired from his job at a trucking company hours earlier, authorities say—but they're not sure what sparked the homicidal rampage. The shooting spree began when the 36-year-old suspect was... More »

After Mass Shooting, O'Rourke Campaign Hawks 'F-ed Up' T-Shirts

Proceeds will benefit anti-gun violence groups

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke denounced gun violence in no uncertain terms after Saturday's mass shooting in his home state—and his campaign has now put those words on a T-shirt. The Democratic presidential candidate repeatedly described the massacre in Odessa, Texas, and the "epidemic of gun violence in America"... More »

Law Officers ID the Odessa Shooter, Talk About Motive

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke refused to publicly say the name

(Newser) - Authorities said Sunday they still could not explain why a man with an AR-style weapon opened fire during a routine traffic stop in West Texas to begin a terrifying rampage that killed seven people, injured 22 others, and ended with officers gunning him down outside a movie theater, the AP... More »

17-Month-Old Has Teeth 'Knocked Out' in Odessa

Anderson Davis, 17 months, lost all her front teeth

(Newser) - "Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play." So says the mother of Anderson Davis, a 17-month-old girl who took bullet fragments to the chest and mouth during a Texas mass shooting that killed at least 7 and wounded 24,... More »

'What a Horrific Day for Odessa'

Texas shooting began with a traffic stop

(Newser) - The nation's latest mass shooting began with a simple afternoon traffic stop: NBC News reports that a police officer pulled over the suspect, driving a gold Honda, for failing to signal a left turn around 3:17pm on Saturday between Midland and Odessa, Texas. The AP reports that the... More »

Police: 21 Shot, 7 Dead in Texas Shooting

Police say the shooter was a white male in his 30s

(Newser) - At least 21 people have been injured by gunfire and seven killed in a shooting in West Texas, the AP reports. At a news conference Saturday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke also says that at least three law enforcement officers were among those shot. He spoke after a chaotic afternoon... More »

Red-Flag Gun Laws Are Gaining Momentum

It's still early, but studies say they do help

(Newser) - With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington, DC, have now passed "red flag laws" that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous. The back-to-back shootings that killed 31 people this month in Texas and Ohio have given new momentum... More »

Threat Assessment Leads to Scores of Arrests

Effort was stepped up after El Paso, Dayton shootings

(Newser) - After the El Paso and Dayton massacres earlier this month, the FBI ordered a new threat assessment to be made by agents across the country to head off another mass shooting. That step has resulted in the arrests of more than two dozen people charged with threatening to commit mass... More »

Cops: Marriott Cook Planned to Massacre Workers, Guests

It could have been a 'mass casualty incident' in Long Beach, police say

(Newser) - An apparently extremely disgruntled cook at a Marriott hotel in California is accused of plotting to massacre guests and fellow employees. Police in Long Beach say 37-year-old Rodolfo Montoya was arrested at his home after they received a tip from one of his colleagues, CNN reports. Montoya "had clear... More »

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