dispute – strangers

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 fatally shot had pointed gun at nightclub security guard

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Texas |

Fort Worth, Texas – A 23-year-old man who had been thrown out of an east Fort Worth club was fatally shot by one of the owners early Saturday after reportedly pointing a gun at an unarmed security guard.

Police said Monday that they will consult with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office to determine whether the 34-year-old club owner will face charges in the death of Michael Angelo Vela.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. outside Club Hip-Notic at 2934 E. Lancaster Ave.

According to witness statements to police, a group of four to five men, including Vela, had been escorted out of the club shortly before the shooting after they began throwing beer bottles and fighting with other patrons.  More on Star-Telegram.com

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22-year-old Man charged in shooting death over argument at a bar

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Montana |

PABLO, Mont. — A 22-year-old Idaho man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a member of the Salish Kootenai College national championship basketball team.

Juan C. Aldana Villanueva, of Post Falls, Idaho, is charged with killing 21-year-old Tim Wolfe after an argument at a bar in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, late Friday night. Shortly after closing time, Villanueva allegedly pulled up in a car and shot Wolfe in the head. More on Fort Mill Times

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Argument over girl led to shooting death of 16-year-old

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Illinois | Tags: , |

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Authorities say two 18-year-olds have been charged in the drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old Cahokia boy.

DeShawn Bell of Centreville and Travon Watson of Cahokia were each charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Allen.

O’Fallon Police Capt. Eric VanHook says an argument over a girl may have led to the shooting on Tuesday night.

It’s not clear if the teens have attorneys, and neither has a listed telephone number in Centreville or Cahokia. They’re being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. More on WQAD.com

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Gun slay of homeless teen marks deadly night in city

Posted on May 3, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, New York | Tags: , |

A Harlem teen trying to turn his life around was gunned down during a street fight, one of three murders across the city before the sun rose Sunday, police said.

Cory Squire, 17, was tossed out of his Harlem home by his fed-up mother last year but was looking for work and had been pleading for her forgiveness, his friends said.

“He called and said, ‘Mom, I have nowhere to go [and] I don’t have any food,'” said Jennifer Moore, one of several friends who provided shelter for Cory in recent months. “He was on the streets fending for himself,” said Moore.

Those same streets were Cory’s undoing at 5:30 a.m. when he tangled with a group of men on W. 141st St., police said.

The encounter soon grew heated, and one of the men drew a handgun and shot Cory in the chest. The teenager died instantly.  More on NY Daily News

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20-year-old Man Shot to Death in Dice Game Dispute

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Alabama, dispute - strangers |

USCALOOSA, Ala. —  Police say a dispute over $100 at a dice game apparently led to the shooting death of 20-year-old Delvarious Yarnell Johnson of Holt and a suspect has been charged.

In Tuscaloosa, Police Capt. Loyd Baker says Johnson was found dead inside a car at an intersection in Holt around 11 p.m. Friday. Johnson had been shot once in the head.

Baker says 27-year-old Jonathan David Polk has been arrested and charged with capital murder. An investigation determined that Polk accused Johnson of stealing $100 during a game of dice at another location. Baker says Polk left the game, saying he was going to get a shotgun. More on Fox news

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Man shot to death over argument by a passing motorist

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Pennsylvania |

Erie, Pennsylvania – A man was shot and killed on Erie’s east side Saturday night when he stepped away from a backyard cookout and argued with a passing motorist.

Erie police were called to East 20th Street at about 8:10 p.m. Officers at the scene said the man was unconscious when they got there.

Police arrested the suspected gunman at the scene. Foulk said the shooting was the result of “a road rage thing. A traffic dispute.”

Witnesses said the gunman got out of his car when the other man shouted something to him as the gunman passed the backyard of the white house at 2003 Franklin Ave. Several people, including a number of young children, were in the yard having a party, said one witness, who did not want to give his name. More on Erie Times

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Man Shot To Death over Argument Outside White Castle

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Minnesota |

Hopkins, Minn – A man was shot to death following a fight outside of a Twin Cities White Castle restaurant early Sunday morning.

According to authorities, a 24-year-old black male was shot at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the restaurant chain’s Hopkins location.

Witnesses said they saw the victim involved in an altercation with others before the shooting. Afterwards, two black male suspects were seen fleeing the scene.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. More on WCCO

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Man Fatally Shot At Bar Tuesday Night

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: California, dispute - strangers |

Gilroy, California – Gilroy police found a 46-year-old man shot to death at the Aloha Club around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, a police sergeant said.

An employee at the bar at 7287 Monterey Road called 911 and reported the shooting at 8:36 p.m.

The man was dead when police arrived three minutes later, and the suspect had fled the area, Sgt. Jim Jillio said.

The victim has been identified, but his name is not being released pending notification of his family.

Jillio said he expects a description of the suspect and possibly a sketch will be released. More on CBS5

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Party fight takes a young man’s life

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, New Jersey |

Camden, New Jersey – On Sunday night, 18-year-old Sergio Rivera did something that family and friends said the hard worker rarely did — attend a party outside of his home city, Camden.

“We just wanted to enjoy ourselves, dance with some girls and relax for once in a lifetime,” said Rivera’s close friend, Jerome Corbet, 20.

But, Corbet and Rivera’s family members said the enjoyment ended with a small bump that started the fight that ultimately led to their loved one’s death in Lawnside.

Rivera was shot multiple times around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday and died outside of the Wayne Bryant Community Center on East Charleston Avenue, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office. The shooter remains at large.

“During the brawl, one of the people fighting Rivera drew a gun and fired it into the floor. That person left and Rivera followed him out. The gunman allegedly shot Rivera outside,” Camden County Prosecutor spokesman Jason Laughlin said in a released statement.

Rivera’s family and friends said they were “really hurt” by the situation and upset that Lawnside officials were not on site, providing security during the event, which about 150 people attended. More on Courier Post

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Man Shot To Death At Greensboro Night Club

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, North Carolina |

Greensboro, NC– Greensboro police say around 5:15am, Sunday, officers respond to the Lost Dimensions on Farragut St. on a shooting call.

When they arrived on the scene, investigators found 30 year old Carlton Smith dead from a gun shot wound.

Greensboro Police Detectives are continuing the investigation.

They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 373-1000 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 373-2255. More on Digtriad.com

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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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Shooting victim was intoxicated

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, South Dakota |

Brookings, South Dakota – Brad Odens, a 23-year-old electronics engineering technology student from Sioux Falls, was walking south toward his home at about 2 a.m. from a downtown bar about three blocks away. Intoxication may have been a factor in confusing the house at 129 S. Main Ave. from his own at 143 S. Main Ave, said Capt. Jeff Miller, who is leading the ongoing investigation.

“The door was locked, and he woke up the resident while trying to enter,” Miller said. “He was warned by the resident not to enter the home, and that he had a gun inside, but the victim was pretty insistent that it was his home and was making threats to the resident.” The resident, whose name has not been released because there are no charges filed, lives alone.

Miller said that Odens was warned by the 28-year-old male resident when he was inside the front entryway trying to enter a locked door to the main part of the house. After being warned several times, Odens broke the window on the upper part of main door. He was shot by the resident after breaking the window, Miller said.

Police do not believe that Odens and the resident of the house knew each other.
Police are submitting information about the case to the state’s attorney’s office for a final decision on whether charges will be filed.

“I think the standard is that if someone is breaking into your home, you have the right to protect yourself,” Miller said. “As tragic as this turned out … the home owner was in fear and didn’t know what [Odens’] intentions were.”  More on ArgusLeader.com

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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 KansasCity.com

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19-year-old man is shot to death at local nightclub

Posted on April 5, 2009. Filed under: California, dispute - strangers |

Walnet Creek, California – A 19-year-old Los Angeles man died after being shot during a dispute at a local nightclub.On Sunday, April 5, 2008, at about 1:05 a.m., at a club in the 5500 block of South Western Avenue, Damien Cordell White and the suspect became involved in a fight outside the club. During the struggle the suspect pulled a gun and shot White multiple times.

After being shot White got into his car and drove a short distance to a nearby gas station at Slauson Avenue and Western Avenue, where he collapsed. Los Angeles city paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at 1:30 a.m.

Detectives do not have a suspect description or motive in this case. The gun is still outstanding.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detectives Kenneth White or Refugio Garza at (213) 485-1383. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).

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