Archive for April 16th, 2009

3 dead in California hospital shooting

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: California, mass murder |

LONG BEACH, Calif. – A hospital worker shot and killed two employees and then killed himself at a medical center Thursday, sending panicked people fleeing, police and witnesses said.

The gunman was identified as Mario Ramirez, 50, of Alhambra, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The victims were Hugo Bustamante, 46, of Cypress, who died at the scene, and Kelly Hales, 56, of Redondo Beach, who was taken to the hospital’s emergency room in critical condition and died several hours later.

Police Chief Anthony Batts said the gunfire erupted just before noon at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He said the motive remained under investigation but noted the violence came amid a flurry of recent shootings in the country.

“This is a trend of active shooters that you have seen nationwide,” Batts said at a news conference. “This is becoming a national trend, probably because of the tension that’s going on in our society today.”

Hospital spokeswoman Stacie Crompton-Hime said all three men worked in an outpatient pharmacy where Bustamante was the manager and Hales was the executive director. Asked if the shooting stemmed from a dispute or possible layoffs at the hospital, Crompton-Hime said there were layoffs last month but no other reductions were planned. More on Yahoo! news

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1 man dead in Huron shooting

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: self defense, South Dakota |

Huron, South Dakota –

Ricardo Hein, 23, was found dead Thursday evening at a mobile home park in southwest Huron.

Police said a woman placed a 911 call at 5:31 p.m. stating that someone tried to break into a home and that the intruder might have been shot.

Authorities released no other details.

Two other deaths in Huron this year have resulted in criminal charges.

Christopher Aguayo, 23, and Shannon Flowers, 42, both of Huron, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Aguayo is being held at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for violating probation, while Flowers is being held in the Beadle County jail without bond.

The shooting death of Richard Bosque-Gonzalez and the beating death of Brittney Chua occurred within a week of each other in late February.

Police Chief Doug Schmitt said the public should not fear for its safety because the parties in all three cases knew each other. More on Daily Republic

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Man Shot to Death in Domestic Incident

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Nevada |

Las Vegas, NV – One person is dead and another in jail after a domestic violence incident in a southwest valley neighborhood. It happened this morning at a home on Endora Drive, near Rainbow and Flamingo. Police say just around 10 a.m., a woman called saying a man was firing a gun at the residence. When officers arrived, they found the woman unharmed, but a man standing in the doorway with a firearm. That man, identified as 48-year-old Tracy Petkovich, was arrested.

After entering the house, police discovered another man shot to death. Petkovich was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon. The incident remains under investigation. More one

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