Archive for April 11th, 2009

Seventh-grader fatally shot while playing with gun

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: accident, Georgia |

Atlanta, Georgia – Tyquavious, 13, a seventh-grader at Crawford Long Middle School in southeast Atlanta, was fatally shot when he and two others were playing with a gun that discharged and hit him, police spokesman Eric Schwartz said. Steven Gentry, 20, was arrested on a murder charge.

Police recovered the gun in the apartment. It wasn’t immediately clear who owned the weapon.

Those who knew Tyquavious struggled with his death Friday.

“He had his whole life ahead of him,” said 14-year-old Richard Nash, a friend and former classmate.

Tyquavious spent part of his last evening alive playing a game similar to baseball with a large group of neighborhood boys, Quentin said.

He once lived near Fisher Road, but had moved and transferred to a different middle school, friends said. He was one of eight siblings, friends said.

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Man shot and killed by police

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: shot by police, Utah |

Roy, Utah – Damon Lee Weems died early this morning after he opened fire on officers in his living room and they shot back. The officers weren’t hurt but are on paid administrative leave while an investigation is completed.

The Roy police chief is confident that the investigation will find his officers were simply defending themselves when they shot and killed Weems.

Chief Greg Whinham, with the Roy Police Department, said, “The phone was apparently set down inside the house. We could hear crying and screaming inside the house.”

When they arrived they found Weems’ mother and son, who told officers Weems was in another part of the apartment with a gun.

“We tried to have communication with him, and he fired a round through the door, through the closed door into the hallway,” Whinham said. More on

They were evacuating the grandmother and son when another shot was fired. Then Weems entered the living room, armed with a shotgun.

“There was an exchange of gunfire inside the living quarters between the suspect and the officers,” Whinham said.

Weeems died at the scene.

He had a lengthy criminal past, including drug, weapons and assault charges. He’d been released from prison last year, and neighbors say he was changing his life, working long hours at a dog food packaging plant and spending time with his son.

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Man, woman found shot to death in Frisco home

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: murder-suicide, Texas |

Dallas, Texas – A man and a woman were found fatally shot inside a Frisco home late Saturday, hours after a police tactical team responded to a report that a man with a gun was inside the home.

Their names were not released, pending notification of relatives. The relationship of the man and the woman was also not released.

The situation began about 5:30 p.m. in the 9100 block of Apollo Court when a girl alerted a neighbor.

Officers surrounded the house and tried unsuccessfully to make contact with the people inside, a police spokesman said.

About 9 p.m., officers entered the house, where they found the bodies.

Police declined to say whether the case was a murder-suicide, but they do not believe there is a gunman on the loose.  More on Dallas News

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Man shot dead by teenager over dispute

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, New Mexico |

Santa Fe, New Mexico – FBI agents arrested Carl Romero, who is either 18 or 19, who admitted he shot Naayaitch Friday in the chest with a shotgun April 11 in a dispute over drugs and money.

Naayaitch Friday and a friend met at the Sonic fast-food restaurant in Española about 9:30 p.m., April 10 and began drinking alcohol. A green Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Romero, with two others inside, soon joined them, and they all continued drinking. Friday and his friend didn’t know Romero and his friends, who were members of a north-side gang in Española, the affidavit says.

The five men left Sonic about 10:45 p.m. and went to the Big Rock Casino on the Santa Clara Pueblo near Española, where they drank in the sports bar until about 11:30 p.m., the affidavit states. The five left in the Cavalier at that time, then returned to the casino parking lot an hour later and milled around for about 15 minutes, according to the affidavit, which cites surveillance video of the men.

The five men “cruised around for awhile,” then dropped off Friday’s friend at a home in El Rancho on the San Ildefonso Pueblo. The other four men told the friend they were going to the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on the Pojoaque Pueblo, the affidavit says. At the time, Friday had $400 in cash on him and a full bottle of vodka.

Romero told FBI agents that after dropping off Friday’s friend at the El Rancho home, “he got into a verbal confrontation with Friday over drugs and money,” the affidavit states. At about the same time, one of the car’s tires became problematic, so they pulled into an arroyo. All four men then got out of the car so Romero could check the tire levels.

“During this time, Friday continued to mouth off to Romero about the drugs and money,” according to the affidavit. “Romero said he had had enough of Friday so he pulled out his .410 shotgun he had in the vehicle with him.”  Romero admitted he then shot Friday in the chest.

Agents recovered the shotgun in Romero’s room at his home on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.  More on Santa Fe New Mexican

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