2012 Shootings & Massacres

Title: Chardon High School Shooting: Second Student Dies As Alleged Gunman Is Identified
February 28, 2012
ABC News

Abstract: A second victim of the teenage student who allegedly opened fire at Chardon High School in Ohio has died.

Russell King, Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead at 12:42 a.m. at Ohio's MetroHealth Medical Center, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

The alleged shooter who killed two and wounding three others has been identified as T.J. Lane, according to a fellow student who witnessed the incident and ABC News' Cleveland affiliate WEWS.

The attack left "friends laying all over the place" in puddles of blood, one student told ABC News.

Nate Mueller, a junior at the school, was having breakfast with three friends when he heard a loud pop like a firecracker about 7:45 a.m., he told ABC News.

A friend yelled, "Duck" and Mueller told ABC News he turned to see fellow student Lane standing by his table. Mueller said Lane took a second shot and saw a friend get hit.

"He was over the table in a pool of blood," Mueller said, and another pal "was on the floor in a puddle of blood next to him."

A third friend "had not been hit yet as I jumped over him," Mueller said.

Mueller got on the floor and was trying to crawl away when a shot rang out and he felt a bullet graze his ear. He was not badly injured, he said, with just a small red mark left on his ear.

"It was terror. Everything had just gone tunnel vision, like, I need to get out of here," Mueller said. "You see glances of your friends laying all over the place. There's blood, there's people screaming, everybody's just running in different directions and you're just trying to get out. That's all you can do, get out of the school and not look back even though your friends are back there."

Two students were taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Hospital and three were taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Hospital, according to WEWS.

A student identified by MetroHealth Hospital as Daniel Parmertor died from the wounds Monday. His family released the following statement through the hospital:

"We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Another students at MetroHealth Hospital is in critical condition, according to police.

Police have not officially identified Lane as the gunman, saying only that the shooter has not yet been charged and that he is a juvenile.

Mueller described Lane as "a quiet kid. Freshman year he got into a 'goth' phase and didn't talk to that many people anymore. He never egged anybody on. He just went about his business."

But Lane's family life had been disrupted by divorce and violence, WEWS reported. His parents divorced in 2002, and his father later served time in jail on assault and other charges, according to the station.

Classmates described Lane as a outcast who'd been bullied. In late December he posted a poem on his Facebook page that read: "He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet," and ended ominously: "Die, all of you."

Lane allegedly opened fire with a handgun just before 8 a.m. in the school cafeteria where students were eating breakfast, authorities and witnesses said.

The shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and later turned himself in to a passerby, authorities said.

The suspect is in custody at Geauga County Safety Center, according to WEWS.

"Our prayers go out to the five victims and their families," a choked up School Superintendent Joseph Bergant said at news conference. "It's a horrible tragedy."

In the wake of the shooting, perhaps in a sign of solidarity, many of Lane's classmates -- including many in the "friends" column on Lane's Facebook page -- had the Chardon High School "Hilltoppers" logo as their Facebook profile pictures.

Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland praised the reaction to the shooting.

"A prompt entry was made into the school. They went into the school and located the victims. It became readily apparent that the shooter had fled already," McClelland said. "The individual was apprehended some distance from the school and had fled on foot."

The officer said police created a security perimeter to make sure the gunman could not return and a search, including a K-9 unit, was launched for the suspect.
Parent Teresa Hunt told WEWS that she was texting with her daughter during the lockdown and her daughter said she heard five shots fired in the cafeteria about 7:30 a.m. Her daughter texted that students were scared and that four people had been shot.

Chardon student Evan Erasmus told WEWS that a student had tweeted that he was going to bring a gun to school, but that no one took him seriously.

The Chardon Fire Department was called to the school at about 7:45 a.m. in response to a report of "several people shot," according to Inspector William Crowley of the Chardon Fire Department.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including a SWAT team, rushed to the school.

The superintendent immediately canceled classes at all schools in the district. Students who were still on school buses were being dropped back off at their homes and parents were called to pick up their children that were already at school.

The Chardon School District sent a voicemail to parents that schools are closed and high school students are being moved to the middle school, according to WEWS.

Parents received the following message:

"As of 9:00 AM the alleged sole CHS gunman is in custody and Chardon High School students are being moved by safety forces to Maple Elementary. Parents or legal guardians can pick up their students up any time. Chardon Middle School students are also being released to parents."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted around 9:30 a.m., "Pls pray for wounded Chardon HS students, their families, and their community; appears things under control now."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has eight agents on their way to the scene and they are expected to trace the firearm.

Chardon is a village in Geauga County, about 35 miles east of Cleveland (ABC News, 2012).

Title: Pittsburgh Psychiatric Hospital Shooting Toll: 2 Dead
March 8, 2012
ABC News

A gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic, leaving to two people dead, including the gunman, and injuring seven others.

The gunman died while exchanging fire with police, although it was unknown whether he shot himself.

In the aftermath of the shootings at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the facility remained an active scene as police were "methodically going through the building" to make sure sure every floor and room was secure.

Around 1:40 p.m., an unidentified shooter entered the clinic armed with two guns.

He proceeded to open fire on the first floor, wounding five staff members, according to Western Psychiatric's CEO, Claudia Roth. All of the wounded are expected to survive.

Gregory Brant, 53, told the Associated Press he was in a waiting room on the first floor when the shooter entered.

"We heard a bunch of yelling, some shooting, people yelling,`Hide! Hide!" he said. "Everyone's yelling, `Stay down!"'

The wounded were taken to the neighboring University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment. Two had been released, while at least one person required immediate surgery, officials said at an evening press conference.

One of the wounded was a University of Pittsburgh police officer who was grazed in the leg.

Jeffrey Romoff, CEO of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, praised the "work, professionalism and prompt response" of first responders.

"[We are] deeply, deeply saddened by today's events," he said. "I want to express our deepest sympathies to the victims."

Immediately after the shooting, SWAT teams from Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, the Port Authority and state police rushed to the scene, bringing along bomb-sniffing dogs.

The 289 patients in the hospital will not be evacuated, Roth said, and care will continue as normal.

Several nearby buildings were on lockdown, including the elementary school at Carlow University, Central Catholic and the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy.

The University of Pittsburgh, which is currently on spring break, issued a safety alert to remaining students and staff.

"An active shooter has been identified at Western Psychiatric Institute. Several injured; possible second actor in Western Psych. Lock-down recommended until further notice. If safe to do so, tell others of this message," the school wrote (ABC News, 2012).
Title: Suspect In Washington State Courthouse Attack Arrested
March 10, 2012
NBC News

Abstract: Authorities on Saturday arrested a man suspected in a courthouse attack in Montesano, Wash., at a home in the state capital of Olympia after a tip from his mother, according to media reports.

The mother of 34-year-old Steven Daniel Kravetz called Thurston County authorities after police released a flier with her and her son's photo. The mother, Roberta L. Dougherty, told authorities her son was at a residence in Olympia, The Seattle Times reported.

A SWAT team surrounded the house and negotiated his surrender, KOMO News reported. He was taken into custody without incident.

Kravetz is suspected of stabbing a judge and shooting a sheriff's deputy with her own weapon in a courthouse struggle in the coastal town of Montesano in Grays Harbor County, which is about about 90 miles southwest of Seattle and just west of Thurston County.

"He acted alone and we know him to be the assailant," Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Undersheriff Rick Scott said earlier Saturday. "We're operating under the belief that he's still armed."

Kravetz fled the courthouse with the officer's .45-caliber handgun after Friday's attack and showed up about an hour or so later at the office of his former attorney and asked to the use the phone, Scott said.

The attorney had represented Kravetz a number of years ago and "didn't know anything was up," Scott said.

Investigators believe Kravetz called his mom at about 3 p.m. and that she apparently gave him a ride out of the area, Scott said.

"We don't know what her knowledge or involvement is," the undersheriff said, adding: "We're concerned for her welfare. We don't know what his mental, emotional state was following the incident."

Around noon Friday, the deputy responded to a report of a suspicious person at the courthouse and confronted a man, Scott said. During a struggle, she was stabbed with either a small knife or scissors.

"When I went to assist the deputy, he had a weapon in his hand, a knife or something, and he was stabbing her," says Edwards. "And that's when I got stabbed."

When Davin attempted to draw her firearm, the attacker knocked her to the ground and took the weapon away from her, then shot her in the shoulder.

"He got the gun away from the deputy and went 'pop pop!'" said Edwards. "And [he] turned and looked at me then he went out the courthouse with the gun in his hand."

Both the judge and the sheriff's deputy were treated and released from a hospital hours after the attack.

Kravetz has 2008 felony convictions in Washington's for third-degree assault with a weapon and making a false statement to a public servant, according to court records, The Seattle Times reported. He was arrested after he refused to cooperate with police after being kicked out of a Centralia public library, Centralia police Sgt. Stacy Denham told the newspaper (NBC News, 2012).

Texas Courthouse Shooting Hostages Turn 'Heroes'
March 14, 2012
ABC News

A Houston man on trial for aggravated sexual assault opened fire today in Beaumont, Texas, leaving his 20-year-old daughter in critical condition and wounding her mother, according to police.

Bartholomew Granger, 41, also shot at two bystanders, killing 79-year-old Minnie Ray Seabol and wounding the other bystander, police said.

The incident began at 11:21 a.m. when Granger began shooting from a truck in front of the Jefferson County courthouse.

His daughter, Samantha Jackson, and ex-wife were witnesses against him in his sexual assault case; Jackson had already begun her testimony in the case and was scheduled to resume at 1:00 p.m.

"He was in the vehicle shooting; officers did return fire," Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley said at a news conference. After shooting his daughter, Granger ran her over with his vehicle, authorities said.

Nine officers responded when the shooting started.

After Granger's truck was disabled, he ran about one block to a business and took hostages inside the establishment.

The hostages, however, refused "to be victims," said Beaumont Police Chief James Singletary at a press conference later today. "They took the gun away from him and unlocked the door for the SWAT team" to enter.

Singletary added, the hostages did "a great job and we want to thank them." The hostages' names have not been released.

Granger suffered some gunshot wounds during the confrontation with law enforcement, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods. He has been released from the hospital and is in custody in the Jefferson County Jail.

He is expected to be arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges, but no court date has been set.

Granger's ex-wife and the second injured bystander have both been treated and released from the hospital. Granger's daughter remains hospitalized in critical condition.

This is the second courthouse shooting over this past week. On March 7, a shooting outside the Tulsa County Courthouse in Oklahoma left one deputy and three others injured. A barefoot man went to the courthouse plaza and apparently began shooting randomly (ABC News, 2012).

Title: At Least 4 People Shot At A Texas Walmart
April 19, 2012

Abstract: At least four people were shot Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in central Texas, police said.

A suspect was arrested at the scene, they said. The shooting took place very early in the morning in Cedar Park, which is just north of Austin.

Early indications were that a group of people met in the parking lot to fight and that at least one person then opened fire, police said.

No Walmart employees or customers were wounded, police said.

The names of tose involved in the shooting were not immediately released. An investigation is ongoing (CNN, 2012).

Title: Police Arrest 19-Year-Old In Connection With Post-NBA Game Shooting That Hurt 8
May 22, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a shooting that wounded eight people shortly after the Thunder-Lakers NBA playoff game in Oklahoma City.

Police say Rodney Hill was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, but no other details have been released.

A late-night fight in Oklahoma City that escalated into gunfire and left eight people injured -- one critically -- was not related to the Thunder-Lakers NBA playoff game that had just ended a few blocks away, police said.

"All we're hearing from some of the witnesses is there was pushing and shoving in the area," Capt. Dexter Nelson said. "Apparently a group of girls got into it with some guys. It was shortly thereafter that gunfire erupted."

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and that a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was assaulted in the scuffle.

Nelson said one of the shooting victims was in critical condition Tuesday and seven other people, including the pregnant woman hurt in the scuffle, were in good condition. He said it wasn't clear what sparked the shooting about 11:30 p.m. Monday or if anyone involved had been at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to see the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminate the Los Angeles Lakers to advance to the Western Conference finals.

Police are struggling to track down witnesses but are checking with nearby businesses that may have surveillance cameras that captured the fight and shooting.

Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney issued a statement saying the violence "put a damper on what was otherwise an exciting night for Oklahoma City and the Thunder."

"We are in communication with the Oklahoma City Police Department to determine exactly what happened and if there was any way for it to be prevented," Mahoney said.

He said keeping fans safe is a top priority and the team will work with the city and police to review security and crowd control procedures and makes changes as needed (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Police: Shots Fired At Canada Mall, 1 Dead
Date: June 3, 2012
Fox News

Abstract:  A gunman fired shots in a crowded food court in one of Canada's busiest malls Saturday killing a man and injuring seven others, police said.

Police Chief Bill Blair said the shooting at Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto targeted one individual and there were a number of innocent bystanders. Police constable Victor Kwong said two people were in critical condition after being shot at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto, including a 13-year old boy. The 25-year-old man who was killed died at the scene, he said.

Kwong said six people were shot in all, including the deceased. Two people were trampled on and pushed, including a pregnant woman who went into labor after she was pushed, he said.

Blair said investigators have a description of the suspect.

"A lot of innocent people were hurt and a lot of innocent people were put at risk," Blair said. "We will be relentless in our pursuit of the individual."

Witnesses said multiple shots were fired in the mall's food court and that hundreds of panicked shoppers sprinted for the exits. The mall, which is popular with tourists, was evacuated.

Swarms of people watched from outside as an injured man with visible bullet wounds was wheeled out on a stretcher.

Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Brett Lawrie was in the mall when the shooting took place and was one of the first to take to Twitter to break the news.

"Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eaton center mall ... Wow just sprinted out of the mall ... through traffic," he tweeted. "People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were ... Wow wow wow."

He later tweeted that he was "Rattled right now."

Marcus Neves-Polonio, 19, was working in the food court when he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing. At least two people were on the ground, he said.

"All of a sudden a herd of people were just running toward us, a massive crowd of people screaming, running, freaking out," said Hannah Stewart, 21, a shopper. "We saw this girl, sitting on the ground, and she had blood on her toes." The girl appeared to have been one of the victims and told Stewart she had just been shot.

Another victim said he was hit in the leg by a stray bullet.

"We had just gone shopping. We heard shots and hit the ground. A couple of seconds later I got hit," said Nicholas, who declined to provide his last name in an interview on CP24 television as he left the hospital. "I actually ran. It was a survival instinct. I'm tired but I'm pretty good."

He said he didn't see the shooter. "Nothing surprises me, but out in the open? Come on," he said.

Tonya Mahmood said her sister was shot in the leg but is doing better.

"We're just waiting to see if she'll need surgery," she told CP24 outside the hospital. "She's one of the nicest persons in the whole world. She was just shopping with her friends and she got shot. It's just heartbreaking. We're so lucky. We're thanking God. My parents are thanking God that it was the leg. It could have been anywhere else."

Erica Solmes, who manages the McDonald's in the mall's food court, said she heard about 15 shots ring out before a stampede of people made a dash for the exits.

Blair called the Eaton Centre an iconic landmark in Toronto, Canada's largest city.

"Any place for discharging a firearm in Toronto is dangerous. In the food court of the Eaton Centre on a Saturday evening, it's not only dangerous, it's outrageous," he said. "I believe every Torontonian is shocked and appalled by this crime."

Toronto prides itself on being one of the safest cities in North America. Many Canadians have long taken comfort in the peacefulness of their communities and are nervous about anything that might indicate they are moving closer to their American counterparts.

In 2005, a 15-year-old girl was killed during the Christmas holidays just north of the mall in a shooting that shocked the city during a year of record gun deaths in Toronto. In that case, Toronto teen Jane Creba was shopping with family on busy Yonge Street when she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between rival gangs.

"Today harkens back to that terrible moment," Blair said. "I am very sadly reminded of that. That was one of the most tragic and shocking events that ever took place in Toronto."

Kwong said police are in the process of reviewing security tapes. He said they had concluded a search of the mall.

"It's absolutely terrible," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty called it a case of "senseless, tragic violence" and expressed his condolences to the victims and their families.

The area around the mall was quickly blocked off after the shooting and the Eaton Centre itself was evacuated and closed down. A portion of a major subway line, which services the mall, was also temporarily shut down.

Police spent much of Saturday evening trying to clear out thousands of people who were milling around outside the mall, mostly trying to figure out what happened (Fox News, 2012).

Title: One Dead, 7 Injured After Shooting At Toronto Mall
Date: June 3, 2012
Sun News

Abstract: A man was gunned down Saturday evening and seven others -- including a pregnant woman and a young teenager -- suffered varying injuries after a mystery gunman unleashed hell in the packed downtown Eaton Centre.

Toronto Police said the man shot dead around 6:23 p.m. in the mall's north-end lower food court was 25.

Three hours later, as investigators tried to piece together witness accounts and reports from doctors as the hunt continued for the shooter, Const. Victor Kwong told reporters a 13-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man remained in critical condition.

A pregnant woman knocked down as thousands of people tried to flee "went into labour," Kwong added.

Her status and that of her baby were not immediately available.

Two women and another man were left in serious condition, and a woman was grazed by a projectile as the gunman kept firing into a crowd, Kwong said.

He said investigators were trying to determine how many victims were shot and those injured in the melee of escaping patrons.

As colleagues cordoned off Yonge St. between Dundas and Queen Sts., a police officer drove an ambulance to nearby St. Michael's hospital as paramedics worked on the man taken from the centre.

Marcus Neves-Polonio, who works in the food court, said "it was absolute mayhem."

The 19-year-old said the centre was unusually busy for a Saturday evening "and if you fire a gun, everyone is going to panic." Standing less than a metre away, near the Big Smoke Burger, "I literally saw a guy pull out a gun.

"He fired ... in the air," then calmly pointed it at nearby shoppers and food court patrons, while continuing to trigger the handgun, Neves-Polonio said.

Describing the killer as a dark-skinned man wearing a hoodie and baggie pants, the Eaton Centre staffer said he appeared to be "just crazy ... mentally unstable.

"He did hit a couple of people," including a man and woman "about my age," plus several other victims.

But as the gunfire continued, Neves-Polonio said "I dove under a table then ran ... I was really scared. I've never seen anything like that."

When the shooting stopped, "I helped some people leave, and police said to evacuate."

Harsh Pandya, who lives downtown, said he heard the shots while shopping with girlfriend Joe Rai in an Aldo shoe store overlooking the food court.

"People began running for their lives," said Pandya, 28. "I never saw anything like this before."

When he looked over a balcony railing, "I saw a black man, about 27 or 28, lying on the bottom of the food court.

"People were sitting there, chairs were lying on the floor," Pandya said. "We're traumatized by this."

Rai, 27, had just finished paying for a purchase "when we heard loud noises, like people falling on the ground.

"There were babies in strollers," she said. "I saw people lying there and there was a pool of blood."

Praising mall security and Toronto Police, Rai said while many shoppers were evacuated quickly, others were kept inside stores for about 15 minutes as officers tried to determine whether the gunman was still inside the centre.

Subway and streetcar travel through and around the Eaton Centre were halted and rerouted as a result of the shooting. At 10 p.m., TTC spokeswoman Jessica Martin said that the subway stations in the Eaton Centre remain closed.

Martin said police were poring over TTC security video in an attempt to learn the gunman's identity or his escape route.

Investigators were also collecting images from store surveillance cameras.

Shortly after all officers -- who were drawn from divisions across the city -- were ordered to report to the police command post on Queen St. W. at 8:50 p.m., Const. Kwong told reporters "we do not have the shooter."

Emergency Task Force and Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) officers combed the sprawling complex, while others guarded all entrances.

As ambulances converged on St. Michael's hospital, teams of ETF officers drove quickly to the Eaton Centre, where their sirens competed with a live concert singer at Dundas Square.

Outside the Eaton Centre, police Chief Bill Blair appealed for anyone with information to call 52 Division at  416-808-5200 (Sun News, 2012)

Title: At Least 12 Dead, 59 Injured In Colorado Theater Shooting During 'Dark Knight Rises'
July 20, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Police and FBI are questioning the suspected gunman in a shooting early Friday at a crowded midnight screening of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and 59 others wounded — the deadliest U.S. shooting since the Fort Hood massacre in 2009.

The suspect, identified by law enforcement officials as James Egan Holmes, 24, is in police custody. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said authorities are "confident" that Holmes — who was clad in all black clothing and wore body armor — acted alone and used an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a .40-caliber handgun in the attack. Another handgun was also found in his car, which was parked outside of the theater.

"We are confident that he acted alone," said Oates, adding that "many, many" rounds were fired.

Oates said Holmes' lone interaction with local police prior to the shooting occurred in October when he was cited for speeding.

Holmes is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Monday at 8:30 a.m. local time in Centennial, Colo.

Earlier, police said Holmes’ apartment was booby trapped, leading authorities to evacuate five surrounding buildings. Oates said bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. He says police could be there some time.

"We have an active and difficult scene there," he said.

Oates says pictures from inside the apartment are fairly disturbing, and the devices look to be sophisticated. FBI agents and police used a hook and ladder fire truck and put a camera at the end of 12-foot pole inside Holmes’ apartment, which is about four miles from the theater.

Police also have evacuated two research buildings at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where the suspect in the Colorado shootings was a graduate student. A school law enforcement officials said it was a precaution, and there is no reason to believe staff or students are at risk.

KUSA-TV reports that Holmes kicked down an emergency door at the theater, threw in some type of a smoke bomb and began shooting when moviegoers started to run.

Authorities started to remove the bodies from the theater on Friday afternoon. Officials wheeled a black bag on a stretcher out of the front entrance, placing it in the back of a minivan. Ten people died in the theater, while two others died from their injuries later.

One sailor and two airmen were injured while at the theater, the Defense Department said, and another sailor known to have been at the theater was still unaccounted for.

The killings set off security concerns at theaters across the country, with local law enforcement weighing in on their own precautions.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the NYPD is increasing security at movie theaters citywide.

"We're doing this to raise the comfort level," Kelly said. "We'd certainly encourage everybody to go about their business."

He also told reporters during a news conference that a contact in Colorado informed him that Holmes had painted his hair red and said he was “The Joker,” Batman’s nemesis who does not appear in the latest film.

Witnesses say they heard a series of explosions and up to 20 gunshots after the scene grew chaotic. About 100 witnesses were taken to a local high school to be questioned by police.

Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the theater after frantic 911 calls around 12:30 a.m. local time, officials said. 

Holmes reportedly fired shots inside the theater and fled to the parking lot and was confronted by police already at the theater for crowd control. Holmes wore a bulletproof vest, police said, and was carrying a rifle and two handguns. The handguns may have been placed in the theater before the shooting.

The guns used in the attack were purchased at two separate Gander Mountain Guns shops, one in Thornton, Colo., and another in Aurora. The remaining guns were purchased at Bass Pro Shops in Denver, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

FBI spokesman Jason Pack said there's no indication in the investigation so far of any connection to terrorism.

President Obama said he is "shocked and saddened" by the mass shooting and urged the nation to "come together as one American family." He said his administration will do everything it can to support the people of Aurora, Colo. The White House says Obama, who was in Florida at the time of the shooting, was informed of the shooting by Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan.

"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family," Obama said in a statement. "All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors."

Obama later spoke to supporters in Fort Myers, Fla., where he asked for a moment of silence.

“Everybody just take a moment," Obama said. "I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today. I am grateful to all of you."

Holmes attended Westview High School in San Diego, Calif., and graduated in 2006, the Poway Unified School District confirmed to Fox News. 

Police released a written statement from Holmes' family: "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved."

James Wilburn was sitting in the second row of theater 9 after midnight when an emergency door opened and a man entered, the Denver Post reports.

"He was dressed in black," Wilburn told the newspaper. "Wearing a flack jacket and a gas mask."

The man was carrying a shotgun and had a rifle strapped to his back, Wilburn said. The gunman then dropped a canister, causing a noxious gas to spew out. He raised the shotgun and repeatedly fired toward the back of the theater.

Wilburn and three friends dove to the floor, hiding behind seats in front of them. The gunman was only five or six feet away, he said.

Once the shotgun was empty, the gunman calmly dropped it to the floor, took the rifle and went on firing. Wilburn heard roughly 30 shots, the Denver Post reports.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Naya Thompson and her 22-year-old boyfriend Derrick Poage were running for their lives. Thompson said the gas spread and the gunman may have dropped two canisters.

"It was like a tear gas," Thompson told the newspaper. "I was coughing and choking and I couldn't breathe."

James Cameron, who was in an adjacent theater, said he heard commotion and screaming. People seated around him began coughing and having difficulty breathing.

"By the sound of it, it sounds like there could have been three or four guys shooting," he said.

Oates said there's no evidence of any other attackers. There was also no immediate word of any motive.

Bejamin Fernandez, 30, told the Denver Post that he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted "get down!"

Fernandez said he saw people falling, including one young girl.  

Jordan told the paper that one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9-years-old.

Jordan said it sounded like firecrackers until someone began yelling, "They're shooting out here!"

Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he heard several shots.

"Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station.

Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw "people hunched over leaving theater."

Some moviegoers said they thought the attack was part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater, pointing a gun at the crowd.

"I told my friend, `We've got to get out of here,' but then he shot people trying to go out the exits," Jennifer Seeger told NBC's "Today." She the shooter made his way up the aisle, shooting as he went, saying nothing.

The youngest victim reported was a 6-year-old being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims were taken. Their condition wasn't known.

Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.

Aurora is on Denver's east side and is Colorado's third-largest city with 327,000 residents. It is home to a large Defense Department satellite intelligence operation at Buckley Air Force Base, as well as The Children's Hospital, the University of Colorado Hospital and a future Veterans Affairs hospital.

The incident was the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist was charged with killing 13 soldiers and civilians and wounding more than two dozen others.

In Colorado, it was the deadliest since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, when two students opened fire in the Denver suburb of Littleton, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves. Columbine High is about 12 miles from the theater (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Gunman, Six Others Dead At Wisconsin Sikh Temple
August 6, 2012

The FBI will investigate Sunday's rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb as a "domestic terrorist-type incident" that left at least six people and the gunman dead, the town's police chief said.

Another three people were wounded, including the first officer to respond to the scene, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. A second officer returned fire, killing the suspect, according to the chief.

All three wounded -- one of whom was shot in the abdomen and chest, another in the extremities and face and the third in the neck -- were in critical condition Sunday night at Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital, the hospital said in a statement.

The congregation's president was among the wounded, his nephew said.

And another man told the CNN affiliate WTMJ, "Nobody's angry here. We're just confused. Was this a random act? Was this directed at us because of the way we look?"

Authorities have not identified the gunman by name, though Thomas Ahern, a spokesman with the ATF's Chicago division, described him as a white male roughly 40 years of age. No connection has been established between the shooter and the temple, he added.

Like other officials, Ahern said authorities have not determined a motive, adding "we are a long way away from that right now." Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge at the FBI's Milwaukee division, said late Sunday that investigators are still assessing whether this "might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time."

The Sikh religion originated in northern India around 1500 and has about 25 million followers, 700,000 of them in the United States, according to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused for Hindus or Muslims -- and have been the targets of hate crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, said Surinder Singh, a spokesman for the Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta.

Several Sikh leaders and members recalled Sunday the killing of a Sikh man in Arizona in apparent retaliation for the attacks that had been carried out days earlier by the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda, as well as other less severe crimes targeting the group over the past decade.
"There's always an apprehension and a sense of fear that this kind of incident will take place anywhere, anytime," said Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.

Sunday's attack occurred about 10:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. ET), when temple members were reading scriptures and cooking food in preparation for the main Sunday service and community lunch, said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the congregation and the nephew of its president.

Kaleka was not at the temple at the time of the shooting, but helped police interview witnesses in the aftermath. He said members described the attacker as a bald, white man, dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants and with a 9/11 tattoo on one arm -- which "implies to me that there's some level of hate crime there."

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation confirmed the shooter was wearing a white T-shirt and did not have a bulletproof vest.

Kaleka said the gunman started shooting in the parking lot, "then entered into the temple and proceeded to open fire."

"It seems the few casualties that have been divulged to me have been the equivalent of priests, the holy leaders of our people," he said. "My uncle is one of the administrators of the temple. It's mainly those individuals who have been targeted or shot. Maybe it's because the ladies were fortunate enough to dodge it out, but so far most of the people I've heard have been shot and killed were all turbaned males."

Police searched the suspect's home, "a short distance" from the temple, on Sunday evening, according to a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation. A single 9mm semi-automatic pistol believed to have been used by the gunman was found at the scene, along with the wounded officer's weapon, the source said.

Initial reports were that there may have been multiple attackers, but police found no indication of another gunman, said Bradley Wentlandt, the police chief in nearby Greenfield.

The Oak Creek temple, or gurdwara, opened in 2007 and has a congregation of more than 350. Family members gathered outside told WTMJ that survivors were being taken to a nearby bowling alley so they could be interviewed by police.

"Our dear ones and near ones are injured and hurt, and we are trying to find out what happened," said Darshan Dhaliwal, a congregation leader.

Congregation president Satwant Kaleka was shot and wounded when he attempted to tackle the gunman, his son, Amardeep Kaleka told WTMJ. His mother -- who hid in a closet during the violence -- was too distraught to talk, he said.

State Rep. Josh Zepnick said many members of the Milwaukee area's Sikh community are among his constituents and described himself as being "torn to shreds" by the attack.

"It's a very peace-loving community that has successfully integrated and assimilated into the metropolitan Milwaukee area," Zepnick told WTMJ.

And state Rep. Mark Honadel, whose district includes the temple, called the attack "craziness."

"Unfortunately, when this type of stuff hits your area, you say to yourself, 'Why?' But in today's society, I don't think there's any place that's free from idiots," Honadel said.

The American branch of the World Sikh Council, meanwhile, said Sunday was "a troubling day, not only for Sikh-Americans, but also for all Americans."

"We urge all to pray for the victims, their families and friends, and the surrounding community," the group said. "We also express our gratitude towards the law enforcement authorities for their prompt and effective response to the situation as it unfolded."

National and state political leaders -- including Gov. Scott Walker -- also offered condolence after the killings, which came two weeks after a massacre at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens more wounded.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called the slaying "a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship."

And from the White House, President Barack Obama said the United States had been "enriched" by Sikhs, "who are a part of our broader American family."

"My administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation," Obama said.

Rajwant Singh, from the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, put the onus on politicians, the media, academics and non-profit leaders to educate Americans about diverse groups and act "to lessen this kind of rage." He called it a tragedy Sikhs, growing up in the United States feel as if they don't belong in this country after incidents such as this.

"Everybody should feel at home," he said. "This nation belongs to everyone" (CNN, 2012).

Title: 3 People Gunned Down In Alabama Nightclub Shooting
August 10, 2012

A strip club customer angry over getting kicked out returned to the club with a pistol, killing three people and wounding one, authorities said Friday.

Ryan Clark Petersen, 22, of Enterprise faces three counts of capital murder in the killing of the club owner's son, an employee and a customer and is charged with one count of attempted murder of another customer, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said Friday.

Hughes said the shooting occurred shortly before midnight Thursday at Teasers in Wicksburg, just west of the Dothan city limits. A sign outside advertises "Cold Beer Hot Women."

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd identified the dead as dancer Tiffani Paige Grissett, 31, of Dale County; the owner's son, Cameron Eubanks, 20, of Wicksburg; and customer Thomas Robins Jr., 59, of Dothan. Wounded was 33-year-old Scotty Russell of Opp.

Byrd said Petersen "made inappropriate advances toward a dancer and was asked to leave the club."

Eubanks escorted him out. He went to his car, retrieved a pistol, and returned to shoot Eubanks just outside the front door, the coroner said.

Grissett was gunned down in the women's restroom, and Robins was shot near the back of the club, apparently while trying to help others, he said.

The sheriff said Eubanks' father lived behind the club, heard the shots and fired three times at Petersen as he tried to get in his car to flee. Petersen was not hit, but he ran into nearby woods, where officers found him hiding about 7 a.m. He had shed his shirt and shoes and was wearing only tan shorts when officers found him and he surrendered.

Officials said Petersen fired nine shots and some of the victims were hit multiple times. He was being held in jail without bond Friday. If convicted of capital murder, he could face a death sentence or life in prison without parole.

Court officials said he did not yet have an attorney. A phone listing for his address in Enterprise no longer worked Friday (, 2012).

Title: 3 Dead, Including Gunman, In Shooting  Near Texas A&M Campus, Police Say
August 13, 2012
Yahoo News

  Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman, are dead following a shooting near the Texas A&M campus in College Station on Monday, police and university officials say. Four others, including three police officers and a female civilian, were wounded.

According to the College Station Police Department, the gunman--35-year-old Thomas "Tres" Caffall--was shot and taken to College Station Medical Center, where he was  pronounced dead. Chris Northcliff, a 43-year-old College Station resident, was shot and killed in the "gunfight," police said.

The shooting began when Brian Bachmann, a 41-year-old Brazos County constable, attempted to serve an eviction notice. College Station police officers responded to the off-campus house shortly after noon following reports of shots fired, and found Bachmann on the ground.

"It appears that the shooter [was] shooting from a house with semi-automatic weapons," KBTX-TV said.

The suspect "engaged the officers with gunfire over a period of approximately 30 minutes before he was shot by a College Station officer," according to the police report.

College Station officer Justin Oehlke was shot in the leg. He's listed in stable condition. Two other wounded officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and were released, the police spokesman said.

The unidentified female civilian underwent surgery Monday; her condition was not released.

According to KBTX anchor Steve Fullhart, Caffall's mother released a statement late Monday saying he had "been ill."

"It breaks our hearts his illness led to this," the statement read.

Texas A&M issued an alert on its website just before 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday warning of an active shooter near Kyle Field, the campus football stadium.

The shooting occurred near Highlands and Fidelity Streets in College Station, just south of George Bush Drive and east of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Monday's shooting comes a little more than a week after seven people, including the suspected gunman, were killed in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and less than a month after a gunman opened fire at Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight screening of "Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and wounding 58 (Yahoo News, 2012).

Title: Virginia Man Charged In Shooting At Family Research Council
August 16, 2012

A 28-year-old Virginia man was held late Wednesday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after a security guard was wounded in the lobby of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy organization, authorities said.

Police and federal agents were investigating what prompted the suspect, identified by the FBI as Floyd Lee Corkins II, to walk into the group's headquarters about 10:45 a.m. and open fire.

Corkins, is from Herndon, a suburb of Washington, the FBI said in a statement about the charge.

The guard helped wrestle the gunman to the ground. Called a hero by police, the security officer was in stable condition after being shot in the arm.

A law enforcement official said the gunman made some remarks opposing the Family Research Council's policies before opening fire.

A source working with the DC Center for the LGBT Community told CNN that Corkins had worked as a volunteer at the center.

David Mariner, executive director of that center, released a statement Wednesday night saying he was "shocked to hear that someone who has volunteered with the DC Center could be the cause of such a tragic act of violence.

"No matter the circumstances, we condemn such violence in the strongest terms possible. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for the victim and our thoughts are with him and his family," Mariner said in the statement.

A backpack and a vehicle believed to belong to the suspect were recovered, the law enforcement official told CNN.

The suspect's weapon was a legally obtained 9mm handgun, according to another law enforcement official. The suspect had obtained the weapon "fairly recently" from a gun shop in Virginia.

The council is a Christian group that has pushed family and anti-abortion issues and religious liberties. It has been a leading opponent of same-sex marriage.

The Family Research Council recently backed restaurant chain Chick-fil-A after the company's president, Dan Cathy, said the company supports traditional marriage.

Investigators said that it was too early to say whether the organization was targeted for its political views, but made clear that would be part of the investigation.

"We don't know enough yet about him or his circumstances to be able to determine his connection to this group or to the business or to what, you know, mentally what he's doing or thinking. So we're going to try to sort it all out, and pull the evidence together, do as many interviews as we can, and get it all together," said FBI Assistant Director James McJunkin.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the man entered the building in downtown Washington and was "confronted by a security guard."

The suspect opened fire, striking the guard.

"The security officer here is a hero as far as I'm concerned. He did his job. The person never made it past, farther then the front door," Lanier said.

Steve Biondi, a tourist from New York, said he witnessed the first two police officers arrive at the scene. They ordered the suspect to put the gun down. The man got on the ground, and did not appear to put up a fight, according to Biondi.

He described the suspect as about 6 feet tall and weighing about 240 pounds.

The FBI's Jacqueline Maguire said the case is being worked jointly by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department "to determine motive/intent and whether a hate crime/terrorism nexus exists."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said "our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family."

Launched in 1983, the Family Research Council says it promotes "faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion."

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he was appalled by the incident.

"There is no place for such violence in our society," he said in a statement. "My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today's horrific events."

The National Organization for Marriage, which has actively campaigned against same-sex marriage efforts, also condemned what it termed an attack on the Family Research Council (CNN, 2012).

Title: South Africa Police Defend Shooting That Killed 34 Miners
August 17, 2012
CBC News

South Africa's national police commissioner says 34 miners died and another 78 were wounded when police opened fire on striking miners outside a platinum mine, 90 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg.

Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega told a news conference Friday that her officers acted to protect their own lives after strikers armed with "dangerous weapons" charged them Thursday. She said the strikers had not dispersed earlier, despite police use of water cannon and stun grenades.

The South Africa Police Service defended the officers' actions, saying in a statement they were "viciously attacked by the group, using a variety of weapons, including firearms. The police, in order to protect their own lives and in self-defence, were forced to engage the group with force."

It was one of the worst police shootings in South Africa since the end of the apartheid era, and came as a rift deepens between the country's governing African National Congress and an impoverished electorate confronting massive unemployment and growing poverty and inequality.

The shootings "awaken us to the reality of the time bomb that has stopped ticking — it has exploded," The Sowetan newspaper said in an editorial. "Africans are pitted against each other ... fighting for a bigger slice of the mineral wealth of the country. In the end the war claims the very poor African — again."

Police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi on Friday said an investigation into the shooting in Rustenburg is underway.

Political parties and labour unions, including the ANC, called for an independent inquiry. President Jacob Zuma is coming home from a regional summit in neighbouring Mozambique to address the crisis.

Makhosi Mbongane, a 32-year-old winch operator, said mine managers should have come to the workers rather than send police. He vowed that he was not going back to work and would not allow anyone else to do so either.

"They can beat us, kill us and kick and trample on us with their feet, do whatever they want to do, we aren't going to go back to work," he told The Associated Press. "If they employ other people they won't be able to work either, we will stay here and kill them."

On a chilly, sunlit Friday morning, police investigators and forensic experts combed the scene of the shooting, watched by about 100 people. A woman with a baby on her back said she was looking for her miner husband who had not come home Thursday night.

Police Service Defends Officers
The South Africa Police Service defended officers' actions, saying in a statement that they were "viciously attacked by the group, using a variety of weapons, including firearms. The police, in order to protect their own lives and in self-defence, were forced to engage the group with force."

Shocked South Africans watched replay after replay of video of the shooting that erupted Thursday afternoon after police failed to get the striking miners to hand over machetes, clubs and home-made spears. Two police officers had been beaten to death earlier in the week.

Some miners did leave, though others carrying weapons began war chants and marched toward the township near the mine, said Molaole Montsho, a journalist with the South African Press Association who was at the scene. The police opened up with a water cannon first, then used stun grenades and tear gas to try and break up the crowd, Montsho said.

Suddenly, a group of miners rushed through the underbrush and tear gas at a line of police officers. Officers immediately opened fire, with miners falling to the ground. Dozens of shots were fired by police armed with automatic rifles and pistols.

Images broadcast by private station carried the sound of a barrage of automatic gunfire that ended with police officers shouting: "Cease fire!" By that time, bodies were lying in the dust, some pouring blood. Another image showed some miners, their eyes wide, looking in the distance at heavily armed police officers in riot gear.

Poor South Africans protest daily across the country for basic services like running water, housing and better health and education — all of which were promised when racist white rule ended with the first democratic elections in 1994. Protests often turn violent, with people charging that ANC leaders have joined the white minority that continues to enrich itself while life becomes ever harder for the black majority.

Police often are accused of using undue force. Still, Thursday's shooting appalled the country, recalling images of white police firing at anti-apartheid protesters in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, though in this case it was mostly black police firing at black mine workers.

It remains unclear what sparked the miners' fatal charge at police. Mnisi, the police ministry spokesman, claimed the miners shot at police as well, using one of the weapons they stole from two policemen whom they beat to death on Monday.

"We had a situation where people who were armed to the teeth, attack and killed others — even police officers," the spokesman said in a statement Thursday night. "What should police do in such situations when clearly what they are face with are armed and hardcore criminals who murder police?"

President 'Shocked and Dismayed'
President Zuma said he was "shocked and dismayed at this senseless violence."

"We believe there is enough space in our democratic order for any dispute to be resolved through dialogue without any breaches of the law or violence," Zuma said in a statement.

Lonmin PLC chairman Roger Phillimore issued a statement Friday saying the deaths were deeply regretted. But he emphasized the mine considers it "clearly a public order rather than a labour relations associated matter."

The strike began last Friday. While it intially focused on wages, the ensuing violence has been fuelled by the struggles between the dominant National Union of Mineworkers and the upstart and more radical Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. Disputes between the two unions escalated into violence earlier this year at another mine.

Clashes involving the two rival unions have claimed the lives of 10 people, including two police officers who were beaten to death by strikers. Two mine security guards died of burns suffered after strikers set their vehicle ablaze.

Mining drives the economy of South Africa, which remains one of the world's dominant producers of platinum, gold and chromium. Lonmin is the world's third largest platinum producer and its mine at Marikana produces 96 per cent of all its platinum. The violence has shaken the precious metals market, as platinum futures ended up $39, or 2.8 per cent, at $1,435.20 an ounce in trading Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Lonmin stock plunged 6.76 per cent Thursday on the London Stock Exchange. The company's stock value has dropped more than 12 per cent since the start of the unrest (CBC News, 2012).

Title: Man Arrested In Parking Lot After 1 Dies In Shooting At Texas Mall
Date: August 19, 2012
Fox News

Abstract:  Authorities say a 24-year-old man has been arrested after a shooting in a Texas mall parking lot left one person dead and two injured.

Police in Odessa say Braushlyon Richardson turned himself in Saturday at their West Texas department. They say Richardson is charged with murder in an arrest warrant. He was booked into an Ector County jail, and an official there said an attorney had not yet been listed for him.

Police say no other suspects are being sought.

Officers were heading to the Music City Mall early Saturday after receiving reports about people refusing to leave a bar and grill. Then, several 911 calls came in about shots being fired in the mall parking lot.

Police say 23-year-old shooting victim Pablo Jimenez died at a hospital (Fox News, 2012)

Title: 2 Dead, 9 Wounded In Empire State Building Shootings, Police Say
August 25, 2012

A disgruntled former apparel designer was killed Friday morning in a hail of police gunfire in front of the Empire State Building after he shot and killed a co-worker and engaged in a gunbattle with two officers, authorities said.

Police officers fired a total of 16 rounds; one officer shot nine while another one shot seven, the New York Police Department said.

An investigation is under way, authorities said.

The violence erupted just as visitors began to queue up to ascend the famous New York skyscraper in one of Manhattan's busiest neighborhoods.

Police identified the shooter as 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, who was apparently laid off from his job as a designer of women's accessories at Hazan Import last year.

"We have on tape the perpetrator pulled his gun out and tried to shoot at the cops," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Whether he got off any bullets or not, to be determined."

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the bystanders were not hit directly by police, but rather the officers' struck "flowerpots and other objects around, so ... their bullets fragmented and, in essence, that's what caused the wounds."

Earlier Friday, Bloomberg told reporters that some of the wounded may have been inadvertently hit in the crossfire or by ricocheting bullets.

Six of the wounded were treated and released at hospitals as of Friday evening, while three others remained hospitalized, Kelly said.

One of those wounded, Erica Solar, was on her way to get a cup of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts when a bullet tore through the back of her leg, her brother said. The Manhattan receptionist is being treated at the city's Bellevue Hospital.

Robert Asika, a 23-year-old city tour guide, was on his way to work when he got caught in the crossfire.

"When I turned around, I saw a guy reach in his suit and he pulled out a gun," he told CNN affiliate WCBS. "I guess he shot at the police officer. And the police officer shot him. And one of them shot me in the arm, and I fell."

The slain victim was identified as Steven Ercolino by the president of State University of New York at Oneonta, where he was a 1992 graduate.

"We were saddened to learn that a member of our Oneonta alumni community was the victim of this tragic and senseless killing," Nancy Kleniewski said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family."

Ercolino, 41, is listed as a vice president of sales at Hazan Import Corp., according to his LinkedIn profile.

"It's not something that should happen to a loving person like that," his brother Paul Ercolino told CNN on Friday night. "He's going to be so missed by everybody. He was a light of so many lives."

Johnson had a longstanding dispute with Ercolino "apparently centered on the fact that Ercolino was not selling -- at least in Johnson's opinion -- as much of his product ... as he wanted him to," according to Kelly.

The suspect lost his job last year "as a result of downsizing," but continued to return to the company regularly, having "a confrontation with Ercolino virtually every time he went back," said the police commissioner.

Both men filed harassment complaints against each other in April 2011, Kelly added.

On Friday, Johnson was wearing a business suit and carrying a briefcase as he waited for Ercolino outside his business on West 33rd Street. When Ercolino appeared, "Without any conversation, he shot him once in the head and then shot him in the torso," said the police commissioner.

Johnson then walked east, before eventually turning north. A construction worker was among those who dashed after the gunman after the initial gunshots. Eventually, they alerted two police officers in front of the Empire State Building that the suspect "just killed a man around the corner," Kelly said.

The police commissioner said the suspect pulled his gun out of his briefcase as the officers approached, pointing at them. The officers then fatally shot Johnson.

A brief surveillance video released Friday night by police show the man walking behind a large planter on a busy street. He appears to point something as two officers approach, coming to within a few feet of him. Then, as bystanders run off in all directions, the man falls abruptly to the ground after apparently being shot.

Another video shot by an Australian tourist offered a street-level glimpse of the shooting, which prompted road closures and frightened onlookers.

At least two police officers appear in the video with their guns drawn over a man who is lying on his back. The man appears to be alive, with his hands partly outstretched.

The camera then pans to others who are apparently injured, as pedestrians duck behind buildings on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

Witnesses said police shot Johnson at least three times.

"I heard the gunshots," said Anika Basu, who was on a bus near the building when the shooting happened. "I looked towards the left and saw three people fall. ... The whole entire crosswalk emptied and people were running.

"We didn't realize if it was an actual gunshot or what," she said.

"It's just a crazy scene here," added Rebecca Fox, who works across the street from the Empire State Building. She had been getting coffee and had her headphones on when she saw people running.

"When I walked across the street, I saw a woman who had been shot in the foot. And she was just in shock, sitting there," Fox said. "I looked down, I saw another man had been laying on the ground, and he wasn't moving."

One witness -- 22-year-old Max Kaplan -- said he heard at least nine shots and saw ambulances race to the scene.

"We're all very shaken up at the office," he said.

Aaron Herman, a CNN iReporter, painted a portrait of confusion.

"It was a little chaotic. Police had barricaded the area, and I saw one woman who was a victim. I think she had been grazed," he said. "Some said they heard around three 'pops' and ran into nearby local stores to be safe."

Authorities initially reported that nine people were wounded in the incident, but later revised that number to eight. Then on Friday night, Kelly said nine bystanders were wounded.

Shortly after the incident, Bellevue Hospital reported that it was treating six victims for gunshot wounds. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Police say Johnson used a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun -- which held eight rounds -- and was carrying extra ammunition in his briefcase. He purchased the weapon legally in 1991 in Florida, but did not have a permit to carry it in New York City.

The former Manhattan resident did not appear to have had a criminal record, but authorities were still checking, Bloomberg added.

His neighbor, Gisela Casella, described Johnson as a quiet animal lover whose death left her "shocked."

"He was the nicest guy. He must have snapped or something. I don't know," she said.

His landlord, Guillermo Suarez, said he lived alone and that he'd seen Johnson leave the building around 8 a.m. in a suit.

By around 9 a.m., the shootings had prompted local and federal authorities to close several streets around Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, snarling traffic in the heart of Manhattan.

President Barack Obama learned about the incident around 9:30 a.m. from top aides, the White House said. The shooting did not appear to be linked to terrorism, authorities said.

The Empire State Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and one of New York City's best-known tourist attractions.

Each year, about 4 million people visit the building's two observation decks. At more than 1,453 feet tall, the landmark building reaches more than a quarter-mile into the sky.

The area also typically has a large security presence.

"There's always a focus and concentration on the building," retired police officer Lou Palumbo said. "That building gets special attention."

The Empire State Building Co. said in a statement Friday that "the building is fully operational at this time" and that police are investigating the incident (CNN, 2012).

Title: New Jersey Supermarket Shoot-Out: 3 Dead
Date: August 31, 2012

Abstract: Police exchanged fire with an armed individual in a shopping center in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The gunmen killed two people before turning his weapon on himself, say police.

The suspected gunman was reportedly killed in the shootout with Old Bridge police officers, which took place around 4:00am local time (8:00 GMT) in Pathmark grocery store, on Route 9 near the Sayreville border.

Employees were reportedly stacking shelves in preparation for the shop’s 6 am opening when the shooting broke out.

A preliminary report by authorities identified the suspect as a man in his 20s who was either a former or current employee of the store, and was also a former Marine. US media reports tentatively identified the shooter as Terence Tyler, who had moved in not along ago.

The two victims, a young woman and a man, were both from the township, a local news website quoted Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan as saying. One of the victims, 18-year-old Cristina LoBrutto, had recently graduated from Old Bridge High School. The other, 24-year-old Bryan Breen, was from the Laurence Harbor area of Old Bridge.

"I don't believe they were specifically targeted. I believe everyone was targeted,” Kaplan said. 

The suspect apparently returned to the store after he had finished his night shift. He was armed with weapons and multiple magazines and started firing randomly, Kaplan told reporters. 

An assistant manager got a dozen of other store employees out quickly opening a backdoor.

Some witnesses claimed that the gunman was wearing body armor and had taken several hostages.

Aerial footage of the New Jersey shopping mall showed several people being ushered into ambulances.

Heavily armed police rushed to the scene of the incident, where several windows were apparently shattered during the shooting (RT, 2012).

Title: At Least Five Dead In Shooting At Minneapolis Business
Date: September 28, 2012

Abstract: At least five people were killed when a man opened fire at a Minneapolis business and then turned the gun on himself, police said Friday.

The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET) Thursday at Accent Signage Systems in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, said Sgt. Steven McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department.

"I can confirm that the shooter is dead," Deputy Chief Kris Arneson told reporters. "And he died by a gunshot wound -- self-inflicted."

Police did not immediately give a motive for the shooting.

Raymond Thomas "R.T." Rybak Jr. said that he visited the business about a month ago and that it was rapidly expanding around the world "because they have such cutting-edge technologies."

Accent Signage Systems specializes in interior signs that help the visually impaired, CNN affiliate KARE reported. The company holds a patent for technology that imprints Braille on things like hotel room numbers and restroom signs.

According to the company's Facebook page, Accent started as a part-time engraving business out of company president Reuven Rahamim's basement in 1984, KARE reported.

Accent now employs about 30 people and earns $5 million to $10 million each year, the station reported.

A neighbor who lives close to the business told KARE that an Accent employee hid in her house to escape the shooting.

"He was visibly fearful," Barb Gasterland said. "He came running up the side of the road and asked for the phone because he was running from the shooter."

Gasterland told KARE that the employee saw his boss and best friend get shot, along with two others.

In a statement, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he deplored the "senseless" shooting. "There is no place for it anywhere in Minnesota," he said (CNN, 2012).

Title: Minneapolis Workplace Shooter Lost Job Hours Before Rampage
September 28, 2012

Police identified on Friday the disgruntled former employee who killed five people and took his own life in a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company from which he had been fired.

Hours after losing his job on Thursday, the 36-year-old gunman, Andrew Engeldinger, entered Accent Signage Systems Inc. through a loading dock door with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and began firing, police said. Some of his victims were likely targeted.

Engeldinger was found dead by officers in the basement of the building with a single shell casing next to him, Police Chief Tim Dolan told a news conference. It was the state's worst workplace killing in at least two decades.

"It is clear that he did walk by some people, very clear, especially when he went in the office area. He did walk by people to get to certain other members of the business," Dolan said.

He said police officers searching the building some time later found two people hiding from the gunman.

At Engeldinger's house, police turned up a second gun and packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition, Dolan said. He was believed to have acquired the handguns legally last year.

Dolan declined to say why Engeldinger was fired or what his job had been at the company, the only manufacturing business located among the mix of single-family homes and parks in the tree-lined section of the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Before taking his own life, Engeldinger shot dead four people at the office building. A fifth victim, 62-year-old Rami Cooks, who had been taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition after the shooting, died later on Thursday, authorities said.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in a statement identified the other victims as Keith Basinski, 50; Ronald Edberg, 58; Jacob Beneke, 34; and Reuven Rahamim, 61, who was the company founder. The company is known for a process of making interior signs with durable Braille text lettering.

One man remained in critical condition and another was in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Another person was treated and released.

Thursday's shooting was reported at 4:35 p.m. CDT (5.35 p.m. EDT). As officers arrived on the scene and entered the front of the building, they immediately encountered shooting victims, Dolan said. Paramedics then entered without waiting for the scene to be secured.

Rahamim, an Israeli immigrant, started a sign business out of his basement that grew to have 28 employees and an expected revenue of $5 million to $10 million this year, according to the publication Finance & Commerce.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Friday in a Facebook posting that Rahamim "was so proud of everything that he and his family have built in this country, and he had a right to be".

The Minneapolis shooting was a month after a work-related shooting near the Empire State Building in New York, which killed two people and wounded nine.

This followed a July mass shooting in a crowded cinema in Colorado and an attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August, which rekindled debate about gun control in the United States.

Minnesota work-place homicide records date back only to 1992 and no one incident had resulted in more than two homicides.

Nationally, there were 458 workplace homicides in 2011 and 518 in 2010, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data (Reuters, 2012).

Title: Domestic Dispute Eyed In Deadly Florida Hair Salon Shooting
October 18, 2012
Fox News

At least three people were killed and another injured Thursday at a Florida hair salon after a gunman entered the store and opened fire, reported.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred at the Las Dominicanas M & M Hair Salon in Casselberry, which is north of Orlando.

The gunman entered Las Dominicanas shortly after 11 a.m., police spokeswoman Sara Brady said. Two women escaped the salon.

Police have not identified the victims or the gunman. Brady said the shooting appears to be part of a domestic dispute.

The phone rang unanswered at the salon. A video posted on the site has a woman explaining in Spanish the services offered at the salon for men and women.

Brady said the fourth victim was being treated at an Orlando hospital. Her condition was not immediately released.

Casselberry is about 15 miles northeast of Orlando.

In October 2011, police say an angry ex-husband donned a bulletproof vest before killing his ex-wife and six of her fellow stylists and patrons at a Southern California hair salon. He also is accused of killing a man in the parking lot. Scott Dekraai is awaiting trial on murder charges (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Father, 4-Year-Old Shot Dead In California After Gunman Sets Fire To Home
October 20, 2012
Fox News

Police are searching for a gunman who wore a painter's mask when he set a home ablaze before going on a shooting spree early Saturday outside Los Angeles, killing a father, his 4-year-old son and injuring a woman and two other young children.

The 30-year-old father was shielding two of his children when he was shot, Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta said. He died in surgery, as did the 4-year-old boy.

Fronterotta said the suspected gunman, 55-year-old Desmond John Moses, was in a dispute with the victims.

Police say Moses lived in a bungalow behind a house where the victims lived, and had known them for years. The property owner told the Los Angeles Times that Moses recently fought an eviction notice in court and lost his case.

Five neighboring houses in Inglewood were evacuated as officers searched residences and the trunks of cars. Other nearby residents were told to remain inside with their doors locked.

Investigators were trying to determine whether Moses fled or remained in the house as it burned.

Television footage showed a home gutted by flames and a plume of smoke rising over the residential neighborhood early Saturday.

Detectives determined the suspect set the house ablaze at about 4 a.m. before opening fire with a weapon, Fronterotta said.

The 28-year-old woman, said to be the children's mother, was being treated for gunshot wounds. She was in critical condition, as was a 6-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the pelvis and a 7-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a department statement.

After being shot, the mother carried the wounded 4-year-old to a neighbor's yard.

"This extraordinary rescue attempt by the mother occurred in spite of the fact that she had gunshot wounds to both legs," the statement said.

An 8-year-old boy was uninjured (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Suspect In Wisconsin Spa Shooting Found Dead
October 21, 2012
Fox News

Police have confirmed to Fox News that the man suspected of killing three and wounding four in a shooting at a spa in suburban Milwaukee has been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Brookfield police identified 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, of Brown Deer, as the suspect on Sunday afternoon.

Haughton is reportedly the estranged husband of one of the hair stylists who works at the spa, Fox 6 Now reports. Online court records showed a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 because of a domestic abuse complaint.

Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus says the shooting happened about 11 a.m. at the Azana Day Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall in Milwaukee. He says an improved explosive device has been found at the spa and a bomb squad is investigating.

A spokeswoman for a local hospital has said four people were being treated there, none in critical condition.

The mall, a country club adjacent to the spa, a nearby hospital and other buildings were locked down as police searched for Haugthon Sunday afternoon, local media reported.

Spokesmen for the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said their agencies also had agents participating in the investigation.

Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said his agency sent a SWAT team and hostage negotiators, among others.

Radcliffe Haughton Sr., of Florida, told The Associated Press by telephone that he last spoke to his son a few days ago.

He says he had no indication anything was wrong, but added that if he could talk to his son at the time, he would tell him: "Please just turn yourself in or contact me."

The spa shooting was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.

The shooting at the mall took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Police: Wis. Man Accused Of Shooting 7 At Spa Where Wife Worked Had Domestic Violence Arrest
October 21, 2012
Fox News

A Wisconsin man who had been accused of domestic violence and slashing his wife's tires took a gun into the spa where she worked Sunday and shot seven women, three fatally, before killing himself, a police chief said.

The shootings set off a confusing, six-hour search for the gunman that locked down a nearby mall, a country club adjacent to the spa and the hospital where the survivors were taken. The search froze activity in a commercial area in Brookfield, a middle-to-upper class community west of Milwaukee, for much of the day. Ultimately, he was found dead in the spa.

Authorities said it would take time to sort out exactly what happened, and emphasized they were still interviewing witnesses and rescuers and did not have a firm timeline of events. At a news conference Sunday night, Mayor Steve Ponto called the shootings "a senseless act on the part of one person."

The chaos started around 11 a.m. at the Azana Day Spa, a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building across from a major shopping mall. The first officers on the scene found the building filled with smoke from a fire authorities believe was set by the suspect, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said.

They also found a 1-pound propane tank they initially thought might be an improvised explosive device, Tushhaus said. That slowed the search of the building as law enforcement agents waited for a bomb squad to clear the scene.

Tushaus said later that police didn't know whether the gunman brought the propane tank to the spa or it was left by a contractor.

The search also was complicated by the layout of the building, with numerous small treatment rooms and several locked areas, Tushaus said. While officers initially thought the gunman had fled the building, they later found his body in one of the locked areas, he said.

The bodies of the victims were also found in the spa. Tushaus said investigators were still working to identify them. He said the four survivors were between the ages of 22 and 40. He didn't know if they were employees at the spa or customers, and it wasn't clear if the man's wife was among the victims.

Haughton had recently been arrested after witnesses identified him as the person who slashed his wife's tires, police said.

He appeared in court Thursday. A four-year restraining order was issued, and Haughton was ordered to turn any firearms over to the sheriff's department.

Haughton's father, Radcliffe Haughton, Sr., spoke to a television station and The Associated Press shortly before police announced that they had found his son's body. In telephone interviews from Florida, he said he had last spoken to his son a few days ago, but didn't have any indication anything was wrong. He begged his son to turn himself in.

After learning of his son's death, he said only: "This is very sad."

A sea of ambulances and police vehicles collected at the scene shortly after the shooting. A witness, David Gosh of nearby West Allis, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was returning from duck hunting with his father and a friend when he saw a woman emerge from the spa, screaming, as she ran into traffic.

"She ran right out into the street was pounding on cars," Gosh told the newspaper. Moments later, a man with a handgun ran out. He appeared to be chasing the woman but then went back inside, Gosh said.

At the hospital where the victims were taken, staff members were escorted inside during the temporary lockdown and critically injured patients were accepted with a police escort. Officers were stationed at entrances.

The hospital released a statement saying two women had undergone surgery, and one was in critical condition. Another was expected to have surgery Sunday night.

The shooting investigation and manhunt paralyzed a normally bustling shopping district. Inside the mall across the street from the spa, people waited patiently for updates. Gina Kralik, a bartender at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, said people had been allowed to leave at one point but then police had decided not to let anyone come or go from the mall.

"We're just sitting watching the news and also trying to find out what's going on," she said about 3 p.m.

Austin Della, 17, was working at a department store in the mall when he heard announcements over the loudspeaker asking people to move their cars out of one parking lot. The mall was then locked down for almost three hours, he said, and customers joked about the good service they would get as the only clients in the store.

"Everyone was really calm," Della said. "If not for all the announcements, I don't think anyone would have known that anything was happening."

It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.

The shooting at the mall took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Authorities Investigate Spate Of Roadway Shootings In Michigan
October 21, 2012

A spate of random roadway shootings in southeastern Michigan has sparked fears of a serial shooter reminiscent of the 2002 sniper shootings that terrified the Washington, D.C., area.

More than a dozen shootings have been reported in at least three counties in the region since Tuesday, according to the Wixom Police Department.

No one has been injured, "but there's been some very, very close calls," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

"The scariest thing about it is the suspect, or suspects, are not targeting certain individuals," said Brian Cheesvro with the Wixom Police Department Detectives Division.

Police say at least 16 incidents of gunfire have been reported along I-96 in southeastern Michigan since October 16.

In one of the shootings, a man taking out his trash said he heard a bullet "whizzing by his head," Bouchard said. In another incident, a bullet went through the driver's side of a car, eventually lodging inside the passenger side door. Five vehicles were shot Thursday along the same road within a span of about "two to three minutes," said Clarence Goodlein, the director of public safety for the city of Wixom.

"Thank God nobody's been shot, nobody's been hurt. But it's still weird when you hear stuff like this. It brings back memories of the sniper and everything that was happening in D.C.," one local resident told CNN affiliate WDIV.

The D.C. sniper shootings occurred over a three-week span in October 2002, terrorizing the region. In all, 10 people were killed and three wounded. John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the shootings, was found guilty and executed in 2009. Lee Boyd Malvo, who was just 17 at the time of the shootings, is serving a life sentence.

Michigan police are looking for a black Ford Mustang with blue-tinted front lights and a racing stripe down the center of the vehicle. Other witnesses have reported seeing an older model Chevrolet Cavalier sports car, police said (CNN, 2012).

Title: 3 Dead After 5 Family Members Shot In California
October 24, 2012
Fox News

A gunman targeted a family-owned fire extinguisher business Wednesday, gunning down three people at the office and shooting two more at a family home nearby, police said.

Three of the five victims died and the two survivors, including a 13-year-old boy, remained in critical condition, said Downey police Lt. Dean Milligan.

The violence began just after 11 a.m. in this working class city about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles when someone from United States Fire Protection Services Inc. called 911 to report a shooting. A couple minutes after police arrived, the injured 13-year-old called dispatchers from the house down the same street, Milligan said.

A suspect fled in a 2010 black Camaro that belonged to a victim or a member of their family.

"We do not believe this was a random act of violence," Milligan said. "We do believe there is a specific reason this family was targeted and we want to know why."

Police declined to release the identities of the victims pending the notification of family members, but a neighbor said the fire business is owned by a group of brothers.

Dean Wright, who owns the septic supply business next door, said he didn't hear gunfire, but the sound of someone yelling, "hey," caught his attention. When he looked outside, police officers with guns drawn surrounded the building.

One of the owners he identified as Robert told him that the gunman shot his mother in the face, injuring her, and killed a secretary. At the family's home, the shooter fatally shot the wife of another brother and injured the teenage boy, Wright said.

Wright wasn't sure about the identity of the fifth victim, but police said a man was also killed at the business.

Wright said the two dead women each had three children.

"So now there are six children without mothers because of this idiot," Wright said. "It makes me just want to throw up."

The woman and teenager were originally at the business, but somehow got to the home in the Camaro before being shot. Police don't yet know if they drove themselves or were kidnapped by the suspect. There was no sign of forced entry at either location and police believe the suspect spoke with the victims at both locations before the shooting began.

Authorities were initially concerned about the safety of a small boy, age 4 or 5, related to the victims, but he was found unharmed at school.

The suspect does not appear to be a former employee, friend or family member and the teenager did not recognize him, Milligan said.

Police have not been able to interview the woman survivor at length because of her injuries. Witnesses told other news media that they saw her bleeding from the head outside the business.

No witnesses to the shootings other than the victims have come forward and police were reviewing surveillance footage in hopes it would give them a glimpse of the shooter.

United States Fire Protection Services is in an industrial strip across from a large Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant. The family owned business sells professional firefighting gear and equipment such as hoses and extinguishers, according to its website.

In the first hours after the shooting, as news media gathered outside police tape, a man who said his wife worked at the business showed up at the crime scene and said he needed to know if she was safe.

An officer pointed him toward a command post and he pushed past cameras and paced frantically with a cellphone to his ear before leaving a few minutes later.

Blanca Parker, who works in another business on the street, said the owners were very friendly and very aware of security.

"They were hard working," Parker said. "They worked seven days a week, 24-7."

Wright, who has owned the House of Wright for 40 years, said the area is relatively safe, but he said the fire business had a robbery a few years ago.

"I've never seen nor heard of anything close to this," he said. "I was driving to work this morning and thanking the good Lord for how much I love coming to work."

He said he'd have something else to think about now (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Accused Church Gunman In Atlanta Had Been Charged In 2001 Mosque Shooting In Maryland
October 25, 2012
Fox News

The man accused of killing a volunteer at an Atlanta megachurch was previously charged with shooting a man at a Maryland mosque.

Police documents say Floyd Palmer was working security at a Baltimore mosque in June 2001 when he shot another man working security. The initial police report did not say why Palmer shot the man in the back. Palmer tried to fire the gun again, but it jammed.

Palmer was committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2004 after pleading not criminally responsible. Court records show he was released the next year.

Authorities say Palmer killed 39-year-old Greg McDowell on Wednesday when he walked into a chapel at World Changers Church International and opened fire.

He was arrested and is being held in jail (Fox News, 2012).

Title: I-96 Shooting Spree: One Wounded In String Of 24 Linked Incidents Along Interstate, Police Say
October 27, 2012
Huffington Post

A motorist driving along Interstate 96 was shot and wounded Saturday in the latest in a string of shootings in southeastern Michigan, authorities said.

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said in a news release that the man was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after being shot in the left hip by a bullet that came through the driver's-side door. He was listed in stable condition.

Bezotte said shots were fired earlier into another car, but its two occupants weren't injured.

No injuries had been reported before Saturday in the series of at least 24 shootings in four counties. Ten of the shootings were in Wixom in Oakland County.

Most of the shootings happened near Interstate 96, though authorities said one occurred while a man was taking out his trash. In another incident, a woman said her car's rear window was shattered.

Saturday's shooting was the first incident since Oct. 18.

Sheriff's officials say the injured man is a 46-year-old from Delton. WHMI-FM reported he was traveling from the Grand Rapids area to Detroit to watch the Tigers play the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night.

The freeway's westbound lanes were closed in the area of the shootings.

Authorities said the gunman appears to be a man in his 30s.

"We need to stop this guy before he kills somebody," Bezotte told WWJ-AM.

Police said Friday that tests on bullet fragments and casings determined that the same firearm was used in the string of shootings up to that point (Huffington Post, 2012).

Title: 2 Suspects Arrested In Shooting At USC Halloween Party
November 1, 2012
Fox News

Authorities say four people were shot and wounded during a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus and two suspects were in custody.

It happened around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, where about 100 people had gathered for a party hosted by a student organization.

USC Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle says an argument between two men not tied to the school led to one of them pulling out a gun and shooting another person.

That victim was critically wounded. Three bystanders were taken to the hospital with less serious injuries.

The party appeared to be packed with students dressed for the occasion. One student told The Los Angeles Times that he saw a man shot in the leg asking for someone to give him a ride, apparently to a hospital.

The Los Angeles Times reports USC sent a text alert telling students to stay inside. Hours later, another text said the threat was over and classes would go on as scheduled.

An official at the school told the paper that campus security were monitoring the party and were able to respond swiftly to the incident and apprehend the suspects (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Police ID Suspect In Koreatown Office Shooting
November 2, 2012

Authorities have identified the alleged gunman and victim in a workplace shooting in Koreatown.

It happened around 4 p.m. Thursday in a realty office on the fourth floor of a high-rise in the 3400 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

Police say 52-year-old Ji-Tae Kim shot his co-worker, 44-year-old Victor Cho.
Cho remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Kim was arrested just minutes after the shooting.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation.

Kim was booked for attempted murder and his bail was set at $1 million (KTLA News, 2012).

Title: Driver Shot Near Bob Hope Airport In Burbank
November 2, 2012

Police in Burbank are trying to figure out what happened after a man claimed he was shot on the 5 Freeway early Friday.

Investigators say they believe the victim's version of events is false, and that the shooting didn't actually happen on the freeway.

The driver of a silver Mercedes coupe told police he was fired upon while driving in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway.

The victim, described only as a Hispanic male, was taken to an area hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

He was apparently speeding down Hollywood way, near the
Bob Hope Airport, when airport police pulled him over and noticed he had been shot.

But Burbank police believe the shooting actually happened in the 1800 block of Landis Street, about a half-mile from the airport.

Authorities received multiple 911 calls around 2:15 a.m. reporting the shooting.

"It does not appear that the shooting occurred up on the freeway," Burbank police Lt. JJ Puglisi said.

"The initial information was that it occurred on the freeway, but since that time we've discovered evidence that it most likely occurred in the Morgan and Landis area."

The investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates on this developing story (KTLA News, 2012).

Title: 3 Dead, 2 Wounded After Shooting Rampage At California Chicken Plant
November 6, 2012
Fox News

An employee at a Fresno, Calif., chicken processing center opened fire inside the facility Tuesday morning, killing two co-workers and injuring two others before killing himself, police said.

Lawrence Jones, 42, the suspected gunman and parolee, arrived at the plant just before his 5 a.m. shift. About three hours into his work day, as he was working near the cold storage part of the facility, he pulled out a handgun and opened fire, Jerry Dyer, the Fresno police chief said at a morning news conference.

One of the victims is a 32-year-old male, who was fatally shot in the head inside the facility. The victims’ identities were not immediately released, pending family notification.

Police received the emergency call at around 8:30 a.m. and responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, they located Jones lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun lying next to him. He was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Workers in the area told that they heard a series of gunshots. 

Jones had an extensive criminal history dating back into the 1990s, Dyer said.

Dyer said an employee told police Jones did not appear to be himself earlier in the day. It is unclear what may have provoked the shooting. Jones had been employed by the business for 14 months, police said.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us in the investigation," Dyer said (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 3 People Killed In Shooting Near Finnish Farmhouse, Police Call Jealousy The Probable Motive
November 17, 2012
Fox News

Three people were shot dead in southwestern Finland, most likely in an attack motivated by jealousy, Finnish police said Saturday.

No others were injured in the shooting by a farmhouse in the small town of Alavus, 350 kilometers (218 miles) northwest of Helsinki.

Officers were alerted to the scene by a passer-by around noon Saturday, then found the bodies of a man and a woman — both shot with a gun — in a car outside the house. The body of the suspected shooter, a man born in 1949, was found lying nearby, leading police to believe he had taken his own life after the attack.

Police would not say when the shooting took place, but national tabloid Iltalehti said it occurred overnight after the two victims had arrived at the farmhouse in the car.

In a statement, police said jealousy was thought to be the motive, saying the suspected killer earlier had a relationship with the woman but that had ended "ages ago" (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Man Charged In One Of Toronto's Worst Shootings; Barbecue Attack That Killed 2, Injured 23
November 22, 2012
Fox News

Toronto police have charged a man with two counts of second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with one of the worst mass shootings in the city's history.

Staff Insp. Greg McLane said Thursday that 22-year-old Nahom Tseigazab has also been charged with 23 counts of aggravated assault.

Numerous gun shots were fired during a July 16 barbecue for young people, killing fourteen-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay. Twenty-three others were sent to the hospital.

Police have linked the deadly shooting to the Galloway Boys gang.

Eighteen-year-old Shaquan Mesquito was the first person charged in the case two weeks ago. He faces two counts of first-degree murder charges, attempted murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Alabama Shooter Kills One Sheriff's Deputy, Wounds Another
November 24, 2012
Yahoo News

A man shot and killed one Alabama sheriff's deputy and critically wounded another when they went to his home near Fairhope on a report that he was acting aggressively toward family members, authorities said on Saturday.

The shooter, Michael Jansen, also was killed in the exchange of gunfire on Friday afternoon, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack told reporters that the deputies responded to a report that Jansen had "been confrontational with some family members" and were speaking with him at his home near Fairhope, about 15 miles southeast of Mobile.

"While the deputies were on scene and talking to the individual, the individual produced a handgun and began firing at the deputies," Mack told reporters.

A third deputy at the scene was not wounded.

The two deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile, where Deputy Scott Ward was pronounced dead and the second deputy, who has not been identified, was listed in critical condition, the sheriff's office said.

Ward served as a sheriff's deputy for 15 years.

"I'm very proud of him, it's a big loss," Mack told reporters. "But he was doing his job and we'll pull together in a time like this and we'll honor his memory by carrying on."

The shooting is being investigated by the Baldwin County Major Crimes Task Force, he said (Yahoo News, 2012).

Title: Federal Employee Fatally Shoots Self Inside Alabama Courthouse
December 13, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Police say a federal employee is dead after shooting himself inside the city's main federal court building in Birmingham.

Sgt. Johnny Williams says an unidentified worker pulled out a weapon and shot himself once in the head about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Williams said the man carried a gun inside a clerk's office on the first floor and shot himself.  The man was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Peter Montgomery, a witness inside the courthouse, told FOX6 News he heard a gunshot from inside a clerk's office on the first floor. Moments later, he saw an elderly man with blood pouring from his head.

Montgomery said security told everyone to stay down.

Williams says the shooting occurred in a first-floor clerk's office. He says the man apparently was able to get the weapon inside because he worked in the building, where visitors are normally required to go through metal detectors (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Alabama Police Kill Suspects In Separate Shootings That Left 3 Others Dead
December 16, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Police in Alabama killed two suspects Saturday following separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart that left three other people dead and several injured, including two officers.

East of Birmingham, police shot and killed a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle at the end of a pursuit that began with a triple killing in Cleburne County, near the Georgia state line, authorities said.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots at a mobile home park in Heflin and summoned police around 10 a.m., Cleburne Sheriff's office Investigator Michael Gore told The Anniston Star. Authorities were in the process of removing three bodies from the mobile home Saturday night.

Investigator Dennis Green of the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office told the newspaper that the three gunshot victims were males but that authorities were uncertain of their ages. Green said a child younger than age 2 was also injured and taken to a Georgia hospital.

Initial reports by a police official that the victims at the mobile home were a mother and her young children were false.

A police pursuit of a suspect ensued and wound into Oxford, where the man crashed a car near the busy interchange of Leon Smith Parkway and U.S. 78. Partridge said the suspect fired at police with the AK-47, wounding one police officer from Heflin. That officer was reported in critical condition Saturday night.

The suspect "exited the vehicle and started shooting at the officers," Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge said. "The officers returned fire."

Authorities said the suspect then carjacked a vehicle at the intersection, though the occupants were able to escape.

Police caught up with the suspect in nearby Coldwater. As he was being chased, he crashed his car into another vehicle.

Partridge said the suspect reached for the assault rifle as he exited the car. Two members of an Oxford police SWAT team fatally shot him, Partridge said.

Law enforcement officials were examining multiple crime scenes Saturday afternoon, trying to determine what happened, said Lynn Hammond, the chief assistant district attorney for Calhoun and Cleburne counties. She said that authorities were investigating a homicide, but she declined to comment further.

The name of the suspect was not immediately released.

In a separate incident, authorities said Jason Letts, 38, of Jemison opened fire early Saturday morning at a hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer.

Police were sent to St. Vincent's Hospital around 4 a.m. to check on a report of an armed man inside the facility. Two officers who arrived separately converged on the suspect on the hospital's fifth floor.

The gunman reportedly opened fire as the victims were coming off the elevator. A second police officer came around the corner and shot and killed the gunman, reported. 

Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said police were called because a man with a gun was walking through St. Vincent's Hospital on Saturday morning. The hospital issued a "Code Silver" using the intercom which alerts the staff that there is harm or threat with a weapon. 

A handful of cardiac patients and several staff members were on the fifth floor, hospital spokeswoman Liz Moore told reporters during a news conference. She said the hospital is secure and stable, and patient care was not interrupted.

Police are hoping surveillance video taken on the floor will help them determine what happened. A hospital spokeswoman told that employees go through security training to deal with incidents like this. 

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said in a statement, "In light of the recent mass shooting in Connecticut, too many of these incidents end with unimaginable tragedy."

The shootings continued what has been a violent several days in Alabama. In Homewood, police continued to investigate the slayings Friday of a 30-year-old woman and her two sons, ages 4 and 5, at the family's apartment. Police said they were awaiting autopsy results to determine how they were killed. Authorities said they received a call from a man returning to the apartment from work Friday who said he'd found his family dead. Police said the man was being held in "protective custody" (Fox News, 2012).

Title: US Marshals Capture Suspect In Fatal Alabama Nightclub Shooting
December 22, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: A suspect is in custody after fatally shooting two people inside an Alabama nightclub Friday. 

Hoover Capt. Jim Coker said called the shootings "not a random act," reports. 

The victims have been identified as Monterio Alonzo Peebles-Kellogg, 19, and Lakenya Chaniese Moton, 20. 

Police say the suspect walked into the club, approached the victims, fired the shots and then fled the scene. 

U.S. Marshals captured the suspect Saturday morning, reports. 

The shootings happened close to midnight at Martini's nightclub in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham (Fox News, 2012).