Archive for May, 2009

2 killed, 6 wounded in shooting at graduation party in Arizona

Posted on May 24, 2009. Filed under: Arizona, dispute - domestic |

MESA, Ariz. — Two people were killed and six others — two of them children — were wounded in a shooting at a high school graduation party, police said Sunday.

A 37-year-old man was taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police at a house in Mesa, east of Phoenix, Mesa Police Sgt. Ed Wessing said.

Preliminary information indicated that the suspect was an invited guest at the party who got into a physical fight with his ex-wife late Saturday, Wessing said.

The suspect allegedly went to his vehicle, got a gun, returned to the party and opened fire, killing his 38-year-old ex-wife and a 32-year-old man, Wessing said.

He said six others had minor injuries. They included a 10-year-old boy who was grazed on the head and an 8-year-old boy injured by bullet fragments. More on whotv.com

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Rapper shot to death over a fight during a flight

Posted on May 19, 2009. Filed under: California, dispute - strangers |

LOS ANGELES, CA — A 23-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of murder following the shooting death of up-and-coming rap artist Dolla outside a Los Angeles shopping mall, police said Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, of Georgia, had been booked for murder and was being held on one million dollars bail in connection with the death of Dolla, real name Roderick Anthony Burton II.

Atlanta-based Burton, 21, was shot in the head in broad daylight on Monday afternoon as he waited outside the Beverly Center, a busy shopping hotspot which is popular with tourists.

Burton’s publicist Sue Vannasing  told the Los Angeles Times that Burton had got into a fight with a passenger during a flight from Atlanta. “They followed him to the mall because they knew he was coming,” Vannasing told the Times.

Los Angeles Airport Police officers identified a male passenger matching the description at an airport ticketing desk who was later discovered to be armed. More on Google news

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Man shot and killed in his front yard

Posted on May 18, 2009. Filed under: California, murder |

San Diego -A man was shot in the head and killed yesterday in Logan Heights, and two men were detained a block away for questioning, San Diego police said. The shooting happened about 6:15 p.m. on South 30th Street near Logan Avenue.

A resident reported that a man had been shot in a front yard of a residence. Officers stopped two men for questioning on Marcy Avenue about five minutes later. More on Sign On San Diego

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Inglewood police shoot, kill man at birthday party

Posted on May 18, 2009. Filed under: California, shot by police |

Inglewood, CA – Inglewood police shot and killed a man who allegedly brandished a weapon early Sunday while officers were attempting to break up a birthday party, authorities said.

Police said officers responded to reports of a fight shortly after 12:45 a.m. in the 800 block of South Osage Avenue. Officers opened fire on Marcus Smith, 31, of Compton after he pointed a semiautomatic handgun at them, Lt. Mike McBride said.”

He had it in his hand. He drew it and pointed it in the direction of the officers,” McBride said. “So I would say that’s threatening the officers.”

One officer was shot in the right leg in the incident. He was taken to a hospital, treated and released, McBride said. Police suspect the officer was shot by Smith, but they need to conduct more tests on his gun to be sure, he said.

A woman who identified herself as Smith’s fiancee said she did not see him brandish a weapon. Kalonna LaCount said she and Smith were leaving the party together after police called on guests to disperse. LaCount said she and Smith were walking down a stairway when Smith slipped. LaCount said she then saw Smith’s body jerk as police fired their weapons.
“He had his hands in the air,” she said. “The more he stumbled, the more they shot.”

The Inglewood Police Department is under investigation by the Justice Department and the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review over incidents in which officers have been accused of using excessive force. More on LA Times

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Fatal shooting likely in self-defense

Posted on May 17, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Texas |

San Antonio, Texas – Police said a Northwest Side shooting death Sunday night could be justified in self-defense.

26-year-old Boanegres Najera broke into a friend’s home in the 9600 block of Timber Laurel after he was kicked out of a bar for causing a disturbance. Najera allegedly stole a gun from the home.

Later in the evening, the owner of the gun confronted Najera in the 5200 block of Northwest Trails.

The men struggled over the weapon before a third man, the gun owner’s brother, shot the suspect about 10:45 p.m., police said. Najera died at the scene, while the shooter fled.

Police said the shooter likely would not face charges because he was defending his brother.  More on MySanAntonio.com

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Richmond teen shot to death during argument

Posted on May 17, 2009. Filed under: California, dispute - acquaintance |

Richmond, CA – A Richmond teen is dead after someone pulled a gun during an argument.Police say the 15-year-old boy died after being shot multiple times as he argued with a group of friends around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators are hoping witnesses will come forward. They’re offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. More on Mercury News

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3-year-old fatally shot dead at home

Posted on May 17, 2009. Filed under: accident, Illinois |

CHICAGO, Ill. (STNG) — The death of a 3-year-old Roselle Jaquan Reed, fatally shot in the chest early Sunday on the West Side has been ruled a homicide.

A weapon was accidentally discharged at the residence, with two juveniles were present. The shooting is initially being classified as an accident, Banks said.

No one is in custody for the shooting, although the death remained under investigation by Harrison Area detectives. More on WBBM 780

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Woman Charged In Shooting Death Of Live-In Boyfriend

Posted on May 16, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Ohio |

CLEVELAND, OH — A Cleveland woman has been charged in connection with the weekend shooting death of her live-in boyfriend. Channel N. Martin, 30, was charged with murder in the death of Mack Fluker.

Police said Martin shot Fluker Saturday during a domestic dispute at the couple’s East 136th Street home. More on newsNet5.com

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Man shot and killed by police in Gainsville, FL

Posted on May 16, 2009. Filed under: Florida, shot by police |

Gainsville, FL – A struggle between an Alachua County sheriff’s lieutenant and an 18-year-old Gainesville man on a busy city street ended Friday afternoon with the deputy fatally shooting the man, whom witnesses reported had attacked the deputy and tried to grab his gun.

The shooting occurred shortly before 1 p.m. after a flood of 911 calls reported that a man was on foot and weaving through traffic on the roadway, where he tried to pull at least one woman into or from a car as well as knock out other motorists’ windows, police said.

During that attack, Hanson shot Weeks with his Taser stun gun, but the man got up after being stunned and continued to fight with the deputy, police said. more on Gainsville.com

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Store owner fatally shot

Posted on May 14, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder |

Chicago, IL – On Thursday night, Norton, 55, of unincorporated Glen Ellyn, was found shot to death in the rear of his store, his hands bound and a bullet through the back of his head. Police are calling the incident robbery-related. No one was in custody Friday evening.

Recently, Norton had told gang members allegedly selling drugs to get out of an apartment above his store, family and neighbors said. They in turn threatened to “break his legs” and even take his life, they said.

Last week, someone fired a gun into the North Avenue side of Norton’s corner store. Norton, who owned the building, told neighbors that he believed the angry tenants were responsible. On Friday, a bullet hole remained visible in the window behind a metal window gate. More on Chicago Tribune

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Buffalo man kills girlfriend, holds children hostage before turning gun on self

Posted on May 13, 2009. Filed under: murder-suicide, New York |

Buffalo, NY – A 29-year-old man apparently shot his 21-year-old girlfriend to death late Tuesday night and then held police at bay for four hours with three young children in the house, before he shot and critically wounded himself, Buffalo police say.

The standoff, which occurred in the 300 block of Millicent Avenue, began just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, after neighbors heard shots and other loud noises coming from the house. The home is three blocks north of the Kensington Expressway, just west of Eggert Road.

“Police say that during the standoff, the boyfriend continued to threaten police that he would harm them and the kids in the house,” Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said today.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., after an approximately four-hour standoff, police heard what appeared to be another shot inside the home. More on Buffalo News

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Man Shot and killed by Wife over a domestic squabble

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: Alabama, dispute - domestic |

PISGAH, Alabama – A shooting death at a home in northeast Alabama is under investigation.

The Jackson County sheriff’s office said 28-year-old Jason Frederick Brown died in a shooting Tuesday night at his home on Alabama 71.

Investigators said the victim was shot by his common-law wife after a domestic squabble. Sheriff’s officials would not release the woman’s name or discuss a motive. More on Waaytv.com

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Man charged after shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, South Carolina |

Myrtle Beach, SC – A 24-year-old Conway man was charged with shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend to death in front of her two children at her townhouse in the Forestbrook area.

Jeffrey Todd Horan forced his way into the unit, walked to a back room and shot Hubert James Aland, according to a police report. Aland, 30, was shot multiple times and died in the 8:40 a.m. incident at Bahama Bay Villas on 950 Forestbrook Road, said Sgt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County Police Department.

The shooting was the latest in a string of incidents involving Horan and his estranged wife, according to police and court records.

Three weeks earlier, Horan was arrested for breaking into the home of Tashana Cameron, his estranged wife, confronting her about her “new boyfriend” and assaulting her, according to a police report. More on TheSunNews.com

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Police search for clues in man’s shooting death

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: murder, North Carolina |

Raleigh police were planning to blanket the area near where a man was found shot Tuesday to search for clues to his death.

Police were handing out fliers door-to-door in the neighborhood near the Battle Ridge at Chastain community where Christopher Ryan Davis, 19, of Clayton, was found face-down in front of a parked car

Police said someone called 911 at 6:34 a.m. Tuesday to report the body off the 6500 block of Guard Hill Drive.

The crime scene was next to a playground and two houses that are under construction. Neighbors said the body was found near a busy thoroughfare connecting several sections of the neighborhood. More on Wral.com

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Man Shot Dead at apartment Complex

Posted on May 11, 2009. Filed under: Florida, murder |

Jacksonville, FL – Police are canvassing an apartment complex known for violent crime, after a man is shot to death.

Officers were called to the Hill Top Village Apartments, off West 45th Street and Moncrief on the Northwest side Saturday afternoon, in response to an alarm going off.

However, when they got to the complex, they heard several gun shots and saw several people running away.

That’s when officers found a man shot to death in a stairwell.  So far the victim hasn’t been identified and no suspects have been named. More on WOKV.com

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San Jose man killed by police was mentally ill, father says

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: California, shot by police | Tags: , |

San Jose, CA – “Don’t kill him! He’s mentally ill!” That’s what Brian Duy Pham, 29, shouted as police officers rushed into his Berryessa neighborhood home just about noon Sunday, according to family members.

His brother, Daniel, had just attacked him with a knife.

27-year-old had allegedly moved toward police with a knife. Two officers first used a Taser to try to subdue him, then shot him with their handguns. He died at the scene.

Police Monday identified the officers as Matthew Blackerby, with two years on the force, and Brian Jeffrey, a three-year officer. Both are on routine administrative leave. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officers have any criminal liability. More on Mercury News

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Man arrested in death of Cut Off woman

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Louisiana |

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lesley Peters said deputies have booked 22-year-old Toby Gray with second-degree murder. She said Gray knew the victim, 37-year-old Raquel Barrios, for about two to three weeks.

Peters said the shooting, which took place in the Alidore community Sunday night, happened after an argument over money that Barrios supposedly owed Gray. More on theadvertiser.com

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Man fatally shot in Philadelphia neighborhood

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: murder, Pennsylvania |

Philadelphia, PA – A man in his early 20s was fatally shot in the city’s Oxford Circle neighborhood Friday night, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released pending family notification, was shot multiple times in the 1200 block of Elbridge Street. The shooting was reported at 9:57 p.m.

The man was taken to Aria Health’s Frankford Campus and pronounced dead at 10:37 p.m.

Police reported no arrests or motive as of yesterday. More on Philadelphia Inquirer

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9-year-old girl shot to death in York

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: bystander, Pennsylvania |

York, PA – A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon.Ciara Savage, of Lancaster, was in the 500 block of South Duke Street when she was shot in the back about 2:35 p.m., York County Coroner Barry Bloss said.

Darren Moore, who lives further north on the block, said he worries about his own daughter. Kids can’t be kept inside all the time, he said. But he said he frequently hears gunshots outside at night. They echo, and he said it’s hard to know where they came from, much less the reasons behind them.

“That’s pretty much commonplace,” Moore said. “A couple of times a week.”

Witnesses told police the shooter was in a red or burgundy vehicle, and an abandoned vehicle matching that description was found nearby, city police Lt. Tim Utley said. He could provide no further details about the vehicle. More on York Daily Record

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14-year-old girl shot to death a 12-year-old boy

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: accident, Idaho |

MARSING, Idaho – a 14-year-old girl found a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol in a closet of a residence she was visiting around 2 p.m. Sunday. She brought the pistol into the living room where the boy, Marcos Jaramillo, and a friend were watching television and accidentally fired one round while handling the firearm, officials said.

The shooting occurred inside the home of the 14-year-old’s sister, a 17-year-old mother of a 2-year-old who lives at the home with her boyfriend, according to Owyhee County Sheriff Daryl Crandall. The gun belonged to the 17-year-old’s boyfriend, who was not present when it was fired.

The eldest sister was home at the time of the shooting

The bullet struck Marcos on the right side of the head and exited the left side. He was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise by air ambulance. He was in critical condition on Monday and died just before midnight.

Gun locks are available free of charge in Owyhee County at the sheriff’s office in Murphy and at the sheriff’s substations in Marsing and Grandview.

“We’re trying to promote as much safety as we can with the (free) gun locks,” Crandall said. More on Idaho Press

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