Archive for April 8th, 2009

Man, 20, shot to death by Friend

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: California, dispute - acquaintance | Tags: , |

SAN DIEGO, CA – A 20-year-old man was found shot to death Wednesday afternoon in an apartment in San Carlos, police said.

San Diego police Sgt. Bryan Pendleton said that shortly after 3 p.m., police received a call about a shooting at the Canyon View apartment complex on Navajo Road near Jackson Drive.

Officers found the victim inside a bedroom of a third-floor apartment in a three-story building in the gated complex. Paramedics who responded pronounced him dead.

Initial reports were that a 25-year-old man called police to report that he had accidentally shot his friend, Pendleton said.

No one else was believed to have been inside the apartment when the shooting occurred, Pendleton said.

The friend was taken to police headquarters in downtown San Diego for questioning.

Homicide detectives were at the apartment investigating Wednesday night.

It was not immediately disclosed where on the body the victim had been shot or what type of gun was used. More on

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Man shot dead outside of his home

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Georgia, murder |

Bainbridge, GA- Two suspects have been charged with the April 8th murder of James Curtis Christian Jr.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Investigators charged Marquez Taylor, 16, of 128 Black Jack Road, and Willie Earl McGriff, 25, of 115 Rosa Lee Lane in Attapulgus, with the murder of 29-year-old Christian.

Christian was found shot outside of his home at 137 Bruce Road shortly after 3 a.m. on April 8. His girlfriend said he walked into their bedroom and said, “Somebody shot me,” according to investigators.

Christian was found outside of the home where he collapsed, apparently trying to get to his mother’s home, 20 to 30 yards away.

“People in the community pointed us in the right direction, leading us to the suspects and other parties involved that had information,” said Nix.

He said one of the witnesses said they saw Taylor with a gun and ski mask—similar to one found at the scene. Three other witnesses said McGriff had spoken about the shooting in their presence. More on The Post-searchlight

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Man, 26, charged in killing of homeless man who tried to stop a fight

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Kansas |

Kansas City, Kansas – Jackson County prosecutors today charged Ricardo D. Ross, 26, with murder for allegedly pistol-whipping and shooting a homeless man who tried to break up a fight.

Ross is accused of killing Derrick L. Ashby, 19, who had been sleeping on a sidewalk near a homeless shelter at 9th and Harrison streets about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

According to court records, Ross drove up in a van and fought another man who had been riding in the van. Ashby reportedly tried to stop the fight, and Ross started fighting him. The other man ran. Ross allegedly found a magazine clip in his van, loaded his gun and shot Ashby five times.

Ross couldn’t find the key to his van, so he ran, leaving the van near Ashby’s body. Ross told police he had driven to the area to buy drugs, according to court records. More on

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19-year-old man fatally shot while handling a weapon with a friend

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Colorado |

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Officers responded to the shooting at 12:07 a.m. Hennessey and a second man were handling a weapon when it went off, hitting Hennessey in the abdomen, police said. Hennessey was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police did not identify the second man, saying the case was under investigation.

Prosecutors with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office likely will determine whether charges are merited.

“The El Paso County Coroners Office will rule a death a homicide anytime a person dies as the result of the actions of another person,” said Lt. David Whitlock, police spokesman. “As such, no inference about criminal culpability should be made based on those rulings alone.”

The incident puts the city’s homicide count this year at eight, the same number seen this time last year. More on

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