mass murder

3 dead, 2 hurt in Georgia shooting

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: Georgia, mass murder |

ATHENS, Ga. – A University of Georgia professor who police suspect in the fatal shootings of his ex-wife and two men outside a theater near campus Saturday disappeared in his Jeep after dropping his children off with a neighbor, authorities said.

A nationwide manhunt was on for 57-year-old George Zinkhan, whom neighbors and others described as a quiet, introverted and respected marketing professor at the university in Athens.

Members of a local theater group had gathered midday at the Athens Community Theater when Zinkhan left his children in his car and fired at them, said Athens-Clarke County Police Capt. Clarence Holeman. Killed were Zinkhan’s ex-wife Marie Bruce, 47, Tom Tanner, 40, and Ben Teague, 63, Holeman said. Two others were injured by flying shrapnel. More on Yahoo! News

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High school student shot to death while biking to school

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Texas |

FORT BLISS, Texas — A Chapin High School student who would have graduated in June was shot and killed Friday morning, allegedly by a soldier. The bullet felled Ezra Gerald Smith, 18, who was riding his bike to school in a military housing area near Fort Bliss.

Army Spc. Gerald Polanco allegedly shot Smith dead about 7:50 a.m., Fort Bliss officials said.

Polanco, 37, also was charged with shooting and wounding another soldier.Polanco was in a home when he allegedly opened fire. Both victims were outside, said Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, commanding officer at Fort Bliss.

The second victim, a male soldier whose name was withheld by post administrators, was in stable condition at Beaumont Army Medical Center. Bromberg said the soldier had non-life-threatening wounds.

Twenty minutes after the gunfire, Polanco turned himself in to military police and was arrested. Bromberg could offer no possible motive for the shootings. More on El Paso Times

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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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Four Shot, One Dead at Korean Calif. Retreat Center

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: California, mass murder | Tags: , |

TEMECULA, California — A gunman opened fire at a Korean Christian retreat center on Tuesday night, killing one and wounding three others, authorities said.

The gunman was believed to be among the injured at the Kkottongnae Retreat Camp, and investigators were unsure what prompted the attack, sheriff’s spokesman Dennis Gutierrez said.

“We have some nuns that are very distraught,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said at least two of the victims were critically injured. A nursing supervisor at the Inland Valley Regional Medical Center near the retreat said she had no information on any of the victims.

Police and emergency crews converged on the rural area off Highway 79 after receiving reports about 7 p.m. that a gunman had shot his wife, said Mario Lopez, a spokesman with the California Highway Patrol. He said one person was dead when they arrived and the other three were hospitalized.

Law enforcement officers interviewed people at what appeared to be a triage center for injured victims, but Gutierrez said the language barrier was making it difficult to get all the facts. He said investigators believe all the victims are over age 40.

The retreat is one of four U.S. branches of the Kkottongnae Brothers and Sisters of Jesus, a Catholic organization dedicated to serving the poor and homeless. It was founded in the city of Cheongju, South Korea, by Father Oh Woong Jin in 1976.

A woman who answered the phone at the group’s Lynwood branch on Tuesday night said she did not speak English well and declined to discuss the shooting.

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Pittsburgh Gunman Kills 3 Police Officers

Posted on April 4, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Pennsylvania | Tags: , |

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.

Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting isn’t clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. An officer who tried to help the two also was killed.

Poplawski, armed with an assault rifle and two other guns, then held police at bay for four hours as the fallen officers were left bleeding nearby, their colleagues unable to reach them, according to police and witnesses. More than 100 rounds were fired by the SWAT teams and Poplawski, Harper said.

The three slain officers were Eric Kelly, 41, Stephen Mayhle, 29, and Paul Sciullo III, 37. Kelly had been on the force for 14 years, Mayhle and Sciullo for two years each. Another officer, Timothy McManaway, was shot in the hand and a fifth broke his leg on a fence.

Poplawski had gunshot wounds in his legs but was otherwise unharmed because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, Harper said. He was charged with three counts of homicide, aggravated assault and a weapons violation.

The shooting occurred just two weeks after four police officers were fatally shot in Oakland, Calif., in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. The officers were the first Pittsburgh city officers to die in the line of duty in 18 years.

“This is a solemn day and it’s a very sad day in the city of Pittsburgh,” Harper said. “We’ve seen this kind of violence happen in California. We never would think this kind of violence would happen in the city of Pittsburgh.”

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Gunman killed 13 people

Posted on April 3, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, New York | Tags: , |

April 3. Binghamton, New York – A gunman killed 13 people at an immigrant counselling centre where many of his victims were studying to become US citizens. The carnage at the American Civic Association, a language and help centre for immigrants settled in New York state, had all the hallmarks of being premeditated. The gunman drove his car to the back of the building and parked it tight against the rear door – preventing those inside from escaping. He then entered the front door armed with two handguns, shot both receptionists, one fatally and the other in the stomach. More on Guardian

2008

November. California  – Engineer, Jing Hua Wu, is accused of shooting to death three executives at chip-maker SiPort a few hours after being fired.

2007

October. Tampa, FL – Grimes brandished a revolver in a dispute at Club Fluid, 2016 Town Center Blvd., with a man who Grimes accused of stealing his car and burning it. The initial melee was broken up by the man’s friend, Jayfrey Williams. Witnesses said Grimes went after Jayfrey Williams later. The pair scuffled, witnesses said, and Grimes was forced back on a pool table. It was then, witnesses said, that Grimes pulled his gun and started shooting at Williams. More on TBO.com

2003

December. California – On Benton Street, 37-year-old Todd Vernon shot dead his 39-year-old wife and his three children who were visiting from Orange County, then climbed back into bed next to his wife and turned the .357 Magnum on himself.

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2 men, 1 woman slain in Compton apartment

Posted on March 30, 2009. Filed under: California, mass murder |

COMPTON, California — Homicide detectives Monday were investigating the fatal shootings of two men and a woman in an apartment.Neighbors contacted authorities after hearing gunshots in the apartment about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao.

All the victims were declared dead at the scene. The apartment is behind several businesses on East Rosecrans Avenue.

Authorities did not immediately release the names and ages of the victims.

Judy Mock told KCAL-TV she was friends with one of the male victims and said he was not a gang member.

“I’ve been up all night crying and praying,” she said.

The killings stand in contrast to recent improvements in the violent crime rate in the 10 1/2-square-mile city in the south county area.

Its murder rate once made Compton to No. 1 on a list of the nation’s 20 most dangerous cities. But as of last month that rate had been cut by more than half, the lowest since 1985. More on Mercury News

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Triple shooting in Dorchester, MA claims 3 victims

Posted on March 29, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Massachusetts |

The gunman who opened fire on a car on a Dorchester street early Sunday, killing three of four passengers inside, may have been smarting after getting spurned by one of his victims who had just left a late-night party, a police source said.

The victims, identified by police yesterday as Shacora Gaines and Chantal Palmer, both 20 and from Brockton, and Anthony Peoples, 19, of Boston, had been at a gathering at 41 Mount Ida Road for a fund-raising event for a Trinidadian group long active in Boston’s annual Caribbean day parade, the source said.

“They are major contributors to the Caribbean festival,” said a neighbor, who requested anonymity. ‘’Over the year they do several fundraisers here. They have a DJ and play Soca music and sell West Indian cuisine. People come, they eat and they socialize.”

The neighbor said the parties are usually loud but peaceful. Saturday night’s gathering had an added purpose because the family who lives in the red triple-decker and hosted the party was celebrating the birth of a grandchild.

But at 4:07 a.m. Sunday a volley of gunshots rang out, smashing the windows of a white Nissan Sentra in the middle of the street near the home, and killing the two women who sat in the front seats and their male friend in the backseat. A young woman who sat in the rear survived the shooting.

Police hauled away more than two dozen partygoers in a bus for questioning and continued interviewing witnesses yesterday. Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll declined to provide a motive for the shooting, other than to say that there appeared to be an altercation prior to the shooting. But a police source said investigators believe the shooting stemmed from the assailant having an interest in one of the woman he killed, but was rejected by her. More on Boston Herald

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Gunman Kills 8 in Nursing Home

Posted on March 28, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, North Carolina | Tags: , |

Carthage, North Carolina – North Carolina police are investigating whether the man accused of killing eight people in a nursing home shooting spree may have targeted the home because his estranged wife worked there, according to The Associated Press.

At 10 a.m. Sunday morning, while many residents of Carthage, N.C., were sitting quietly in church, police said 45-year-old Robert Stewart entered a local nursing home armed with multiple guns. Stalking from room to room, he shot several residents, even those bound to wheelchairs.

By the time the only on-duty officer for the Carthage Police Department arrived at the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center and put a stop to the massacre, seven nursing home patients and one nursing home employee had died.

“He came in with a shotgun, a rifle and a couple other kinds of weapons and he just went around shooting people, people in wheelchairs and this type of thing,” Sen. Harris Blake of the North Carolina State Assembly said. “This could not be any more barbaric.”

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4 police officers killed in Oakland shootings

Posted on March 21, 2009. Filed under: California, mass murder | Tags: , |

Oakland, California – At least three police officers in Oakland, California, were shot and killed Saturday afternoon after a man pulled over for a routine traffic stop opened fire and then battled SWAT officers at a nearby building, police said.

A fourth officer — also shot — remained in critical condition, and was pronounced dead two days later.

The man, a 26-yeoar-old Oakland resident, was later fatally shot in a shootout with a SWAT team in an apartment complex where he hid.

Authorities discovered the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon, had an extensive criminal history. At the time of the shooting, he was in violation of parole for assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

The incident began about 1 p.m. in east Oakland when two motorcycle officers tried to pull over a car for a “fairly routine traffic stop,” said Dave Kozicki, the deputy police chief.

Immediately afterward, emergency call dispatchers received reports that two officers were down at the scene and needed attention. They had been shot, Kozicki said.

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1 killed, 3 wounded in Spartanburg shooting

Posted on March 20, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, South Carolina |

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Police are still looking for suspects in a shooting that killed a teen-ager and wounded three women late Friday night in Spartanburg’s Collins Parks Community, a police spokesman said.

Malcolm R. Crawford, 17, of 290 Westover Drive, was pronounced dead at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, according to Randy Bogan of the Spartanburg Coroner’s Office.

The three women were identified as Cassandra Fowler, 19, of 1000 Lucerne Drive; Shantericka Bennett, 19, of 235 Fox Hall Road, and Latrice Wilburn, 22, of 443-B Drive OC Kirkland Terrance, according to police Capt. Steve Lamb, a spokesman for the city of Spartanburg. They were in “fair” condition, said hospital spokesman Chad Lawson.

The gunman was still at large late Saturday, Lamb said.

When officers arrived at OC Kirkland Terrance at 11 p.m., they found the women, he said. By then, Crawford was en route to the hospital, where he died, Lamb said.

Officers responding to the shootings tried to stop a Chevrolet Suburban on North Church Street, he said. The Suburban slowed and several people got out and ran away, according to Lamb. More on Greenville Online

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Gun Nut Kills 11

Posted on March 10, 2009. Filed under: Alabama, mass murder | Tags: , |

A CRAZED gunman killed 11 people then himself as he went on a shooting spree in two towns at night. Cops in Alabama found the body of the killer’s girlfriend in his burnt out home.

Two of the dead found earlier were a cop’s wife and child and others were members of gunman Michael McLendon’s own family. The 27-year-old was also found dead – having shot himself – after he was chased by cops to an industrial estate.

McLendon burned down his mother’s home, killing her, before taking the lives of his grandparents and an uncle and aunt. More on The SUN

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