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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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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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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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Man shot to death on Poughkeepsie Street by another resident

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, New York |

POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – Shanta Gaines, 27, was found shot at 195 Mill Street at the corner of North Bridge and Mill shortly after 12:30 p.m.  He was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his upper body and was pronounced dead about a half hour later at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

After an investigation, police arrested Daryl Rogers, Jr., 24, inside an apartment on Charles Street at 4:30 p.m.  Roger, a Poughkeepsie resident, has been charged with second-degree murder. A gun was recovered at the scene of the arrest.

This is the latest in a rash of violent attacks that have occurred in Poughkeepsie in recent months.

John Pardovich lives right down the street from the shooting.  He’s got two kids and he told he is worried about the neighborhood because “there’s always a crack dealer, there’s always a weed dealer, there’s always somebody over arguing other there, fights are breaking out at least every month.” More on Mid-Hudson 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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19-year-old man shot dead by accident as friend shows off gun

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: accident, New York |

Bronx, New York City – Investigators believe a 19-year-old Bronx man was accidentally shot to death Sunday by a friend who was showing off his handgun, police sources said.

Juan Acevedo took a bullet to the chest as he was hanging out with pals in an apartment just two blocks from the new Yankee Stadium, police said.

Paramedics reached the mortally wounded teenager at the E. 164th St. home just after 1:30 a.m. and took him to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, but Acevedo died an hour later, police said.

A tipster told investigators that Acevedo had been drinking with friends when one man decided to show off his gun, a police source said.

The man fumbled with the weapon and inadvertently let loose a round that felled Acevedo. More on NY Daily News

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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


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


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


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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