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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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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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

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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

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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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Naked suspect arrested in Washoe Valley shooting death

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

Rene, Nevada – Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man suspected of shooting two men Sunday afternoon in Washoe Valley, killing one of them and injuring another in the U.S. 395 area.

The shooting happened at around 12:30 p.m. near northbound U.S. 395 and Bellevue Road in Washoe Valley. One man was killed in the shooting, and another man was shot as he stopped to help the injured man, Keast said.

The suspect had allegedly fled the scene by driving south on U.S. 395 and turning onto Bellevue Road, where he crashed his car into a ditch, Keast said. He fled that scene on foot and ran to the home where police later located him, she said. More on

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Police Investigating Homicide in Allentown

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: murder, Pennsylvania |

Allentown, PA – Police in Allentown are investigating their third homicide of 2009. It took place at about 2:15 Saturday morning, at a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Spring Garden Street. Police say they were responding to the report of a gunshot, when they found a man – 35 year old Joseph Botz, of Allentown – on the ground with a bullet wound to his upper body. Botz was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he later died. More on

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Murder now the charge in Sumter baby’s death

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: murder, South Carolina |

Sumter, SC – In the wake of a 1-year-old’s death from gunshot wounds Monday, Sumter police said Tuesday the suspect they are looking for will be charged with murder.

The father, Cabrall Archie Sr., 26, who was holding the youngster, had multiple chest wounds and remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The incident happened shortly before midnight Friday. Police said Archie Sr. was talking with an unknown person when shots were fired. The other person fled.

The incident is the second time a child has been killed by a gun in Sumter in the last six months.

Last Halloween, a Sumter man was charged with fatally shooting a 12-year-old trick-or-treater with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Quentin L. Patrick, 22, has been indicted but not yet tried on federal gun charges, court documents show.

Federal prosecutors are alleging that Patrick, who is a convicted felon, had the assault rifle, a 9 millimeter handgun and ammunition for both at his home. More on

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Wesleyan Student Shot to Death in Cafe by stalker

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Connecticut, murder |

A student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., was shot to death at a campus cafe on Wednesday, the university’s president said.

The president, Michael S. Roth, said the gunman was still at large.

The student, Johanna Justin-Jinich, class of 2010, who was from Timnath, Colo., was killed at her job at the Red and Black Cafe, Mr. Roth said in a statement on the university’s Web site.

Students, faculty and staff on campus were asked to remain indoors for about four hours while the police searched for the killer, he said.

A gun was recovered from the Broad Street Books store, where the cafe is located, according to the statement.Ms. Justin-Jinich’s former boyfriend, who was not identified, entered the cafe about 1 p.m. carrying a gun and wearing a wig. The station said that the wig was left behind. More on

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Detroit police seek suspects in shooting death of man, 78

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Michigan, murder | Tags: , |

Detroit — Police are searching for suspects in the death of a 78-year-old man who was shot Wednesday while driving on the city’s west side.

About 3:30 p.m., the man was in a car near Fenkell and Linwood when a white van pulled up alongside him and shot at the driver’s side, said Sgt. Eren Stephens Bell of the Detroit Police Department.

The man, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was unknown how many people were in the van at the time of the shooting, Stephens Bell said. More on Detroit News

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Teen shot to death in home basement

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder |

WHITING, IL — Police are looking for suspects in the apparent homicide of a 19-year-old who was found dead Monday night in the basement of a home he shared with his parents.

Police so far have held several “persons of interests” but have no suspects or eyewitnesses in the shooting of Jordan Linko, said Detective Lt. Sam?Abner.

Police were called to the house in the 1600 block of Center Street by Linko’s father, who heard a gunshot from his son’s basement apartment around 8:45 p.m. He ran to the basement and found his son, bleeding and unresponsive, Abner said.

Linko was shot in the neck and died at the scene, Lake County Coroner Chief Deputy Jeff Wells said. No weapon was found at the murder scene, nor did it appear anything had been stolen.

Linko had a number of friends who frequently visited the apartment, but so far none of those interviewed say they were present at the time of the shooting, Abner said. More on Post-Tribune

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Berkeley police investigate shooting death

Posted on May 4, 2009. Filed under: California, murder | Tags: , |

An 18-year-old man was found shot Monday night in the backyard of a home in the 1300 block of 67th Street.

Police said they responded to numerous 911 calls of shots fired in the area at 11:29 p.m. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police have not released the identity of the man, nor could they say what he was doing in the yard or why he was shot. More on Inside Bay area

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Man shot dead while sitting in a rental car

Posted on May 4, 2009. Filed under: Florida, murder |

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, — Monday afternoon Samuel Hall of Lake Worth was shot and killed while he sat in a rental car in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Military Trail.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Diaz and charged him with 1st degree murder and robbery with a firearm.
Witnesses told PBSO investigators that Diaz was spotted running from the rented Ford Taurus in the Popeye’s parking lot in Suburban West Palm Beach.
The arrest report says that Diaz and friend Jorge Flores were walking through Popeye’s parking lot when Diaz spotted Hall sitting in a car.
PBSO says Diaz attempted to rob Hall. Witnesses report hearing an argument followed by a shot being fired according to investigators. More on
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Suspect quickly captured in parking lot shooting death

Posted on May 2, 2009. Filed under: murder, New York |

Buffalo, New York – A 37-year-old Buffalo man was shot several times early this morning near a Broadway parking lot and was later pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center.

Buffalo police quickly apprehended a suspect, Timothy Sanders, 29, of May Street, near the scene. The shooting was the 16th homicide in Buffalo this year.

Sanders was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Officer Mark Goodspeed was on routine patrol at about 4 a.m. when he heard gunshots coming from near a parking lot at 1478 Broadway.

Goodspeed responded to the sound and saw Sanders running from the lot. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect tossed a handgun to the ground, police said.

Police said they don’t have a motive for the shooting yet. “For reasons yet unknown, the suspect had shot at the 37-year-old victim, striking him several times. He was attempting to flee the scene when he was spotted by the alert Officer Goodspeed,” said Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards. More on Buffalo News

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Teen charged in the shooting death of a man in nearby neighborhood

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: murder, New York |

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo homicide detectives have arrested a teenager who they say shot to death a Kenmore man Wednesday in the city’s Riverside section.

Jerome Thagard, 16, of Philadelphia Street was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Steven Northrup, 31, of West Girard Avenue, Kenmore.

J. Richards, chief of detectives. Northrup’s body was discovered

The crime occurred at around 9 p. m. Wednesday. More on Buffalo News

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Pacific man, 19, arrested in shooting death

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: murder, Washington |

Seattle, WA – A 19-year-old Pacific man was arrested Tuesday morning after he allegedly shot and killed another man, according to a spokesman for the Auburn Police Department.

The identity of the slain man, who was 29, has not been released.

The victim, an Auburn resident, was shot in the chest shortly after 11 a.m. in an alley in the 500 block of K Street Southeast. More on Seattle Times

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Houston man shot and killed by unknown suspect

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: murder, Texas |

Houston, Texas –

Houston police are investigating the shooting death of a man Sunday in northwest Houston.

Troy Patrick Fontenot, 42, of Houston, was shot several times in the 8300 block of Chateau Forest about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Police said that Fontenot was standing in the street talking to a friend when unknown suspects approached him.

One suspect pointed a pistol at Fontenot and demanded his belongings. When Fontenot ran away, the suspect shot him several times.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black man, about 5-foot-10, with shoulder-length braids. The suspect wore black clothes, including a long-sleeve shirt. He was seen in a beige four-door vehicle, make and model unknown, with dark tinted windows. More on

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Jersey City man shot to death outside housing complex

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: murder, New Jersey |

Jersey City, New Jersey – A 23-year-old man was fatally shot in the face outside a public housing complex in Jersey City early this morning, authorities said.

Jalil Spears of Jersey City was killed shortly after 1 a.m. outside a building at the Booker T. Washington Public Housing Complex by what police believe was a lone gunman on foot, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Spears had been found not guilty during a murder trial last year, in which he was accused of killing a drug dealer, but authorities said they have not established a motive in his shooting death today.

At least six shots were fired from a semi-automatic pistol, some hitting cars parked nearby, and neighbors who heard them called police, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Responding officers found Spears outside a building. More on

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Former UWEC Golf Coach gunned down at work in Arizona

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Arizona, murder |

Phoenix, Arizona – 51-year-old Doug Georgianni was shot and killed as he worked in a mobile speed enforcement van on a Phoenix freeway Sunday night. Georgianni was the women’s golf coach at UW-Eau Claire from 1995 to 2001.

Police say they don’t know the motive for the killing.

Arizona became the first state to use photo speed enforcement on state highways last year. The Arizona Department of Public Safety awarded a contract for the operation of 100 fixed and mobile photo speed enforcement cameras in July and the first were deployed in September.

The program has drawn criticism from many who call the effort costly and unfair to motorists. Its proponents say photo radar saves lives by slowing motorists and frees up police to tackle other problems.

Georgianni had worked for three months for RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc., which has the state contract to operate the photo radar systems.

Hill said investigators believe Destories stopped behind the van and then slowly pulled alongside it and fired a gun multiple times. Georgianni was sitting in the van, doing paperwork with an interior light turned on when he was shot.

Five large-caliber gunshots hit the marked Department of Public Safety van; three of them were in a tight pattern and grouped on the window of Georgianni’s seat, according to the document.

Police found the magazine for a .45-caliber pistol in Destories’ front pocket when they arrested him, according to the probable-cause statement. More on

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Police investigating shooting death

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, murder |

Colorado Springs, CO – Colorado Springs police are investigating the death of a man who may have been shot and was found unconscious early Sunday in the lot of a car dealership near East Platte Avenue and Circle Drive.

The man, whose age and identity have not been released, was found outside Southwest Auto Sales, 2444 Platte Place, at 5:32 a.m. after police received a report of a shooting in the area.

No arrests have been made. Several people were at the scene when officers arrived and their involvement is being investigated.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy, and if the death is ruled a homicide it will be the city’s 10th this year. More on

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