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Gun homicide, followed by suicide

United States

2 November 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

Eight states currently have laws that allow people to carry guns on college campuses. In 24 others, individual colleges can decide whether to allow firearms on the premises. The primary rationale for these laws, according to their supporters, is safety: School shooters, they say, are less likely to succeed in their attacks if students and teachers are armed and able to fight back. But a new study from Johns Hopkins University shows that campus carry laws are unlikely... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

28 September 2016

Economic Times (India)

India re-launched on Tuesday its global hunt for new-generation assault rifles after similar attempts over the last decade failed due to unrealistic technical requirements and whiff of corruption, interspersed by debates on whether the gun should "kill" or merely "wound" adversaries. The project is going to be a mega one, with the Army looking to induct 65,000 rifles in the first go, with another 1,20,000 to be manufactured in India. This, of course, would be just the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 August 2016

New America Media

Richard Swift grew up in the era of John Wayne and Gene Autry, cinematic cowboys whose armed antics drove his daydreams. He had a BB gun years before the first whiskers sprouted on his chin. At 12, he got a .22-caliber rifle that he'd lug around the hills and fields of his rural southeastern Pennsylvania burg, shooting targets and learning to hunt. "Mostly, I was just shooting things that were there, like a stick floating down the creek. I'd shoot bumblebees if they... (GunPolicy.org)

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Austria

24 May 2016

Local (Austria), Central European News

The gunman who opened fire with a Kalashnikov at a rock concert leaving three people including the attacker dead and 11 hospitalised was a skinhead member of extremist neo-Nazi group "Blood and Honour". The far-right have been gaining in popularity in Austria after mass immigration and the country almost voted in a far-right president Norbert Hofer who was only narrowly defeated in yesterday's election. Police have released further details yesterday of the killings... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Austria), Central European News

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United States

22 May 2016

New York Times

CINCINNATI — After the slaughter of nine worshipers at a South Carolina church last June, but before the massacre of eight students and a teacher at an Oregon community college in October, there was a shooting that the police here have labeled Incident 159022597.01. It happened on a clear Friday night at an Elks Lodge, on a modest block of clapboard houses northeast of this city's hilly downtown. Unlike the butchery that bookended it, it merited no presidential... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

18 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

The amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are with the legal drafters and are at an advanced stage, Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Lieutenant Sebastian Ndeitunga says. Amendments to the Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm licence, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the amendments will require background checks of applicants and raise the minimum age for acquiring a firearm licence from 18 to 25 years. Ndeitunga said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

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Australia

28 April 2016

Marie Claire

April 28 marks 20 years since the Port Arthur massacre and the implementation of Australia's groundbreaking gun legislation. But with gun ownership back to 1996 levels and firearm restrictions under threat, are our gun laws failing to protect us? It was just after 5pm on a brisk winter Sunday in Sydney, and the sickening sense of worry was building in Michelle Fernando's stomach. She was due to meet her father, Vincent, that evening to attend a talk by a lawyer they... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2016

Washington Post

The death tolls change, the places change: Nine in a church, 23 in a restaurant, 26 in an elementary school, 14 at a holiday party. The faces in the memorial photos change the most. But the weapons are the common denominator. Mass killings in the United States are most often carried out with guns, usually handguns, most of them obtained legally. There is no universally accepted definition of a mass shooting, and different organizations use different criteria. In this... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 November 2014

New Yorker

On Friday, October 24th, during the busy lunch hour in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates, killing one student and wounding four others, three of whom later died from their injuries. Then he killed himself. Just a week earlier, Fryberg had been crowned prince of the school's homecoming court—he was a community volunteer, student athlete, and all-around "good kid." But within... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greece

19 June 2014

Xinhua

NICOSIA - A 40-year-old Cypriot man shot his estranged wife and two under-aged children and then turned the gun on himself, the police said on Wednesday. A police source said the man had called his estranged wife to talk and they met on mid-afternoon Wednesday in a busy Nicosia suburb, but he started shooting with an army-issued assault rifle when the meeting developed into a shouting argument. He then took his own life by shooting himself in the head, the police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Austria

26 May 2014

Local (Austria)

Eight months after poacher Alois Huber's deadly shooting spree in the Lower Austrian town of Annaberg, a semi-automatic assault rifle has been discovered in nearby Lassingbach stream. Regional police spokesman, Johann Baumschlager, confirmed to Kronen Zeitung that police "are almost absolutely certain" the weapon found was that used by Huber, who shot and killed two policemen, a paramedic, and a member of Austria's counter terrorism special operations unit, known as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Austria)

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United States

26 May 2014

Mirror (UK)

Part 6 Santa Barbara: Endgame Age 19-22 21 Years Old My first act of preparation was the purchase [sic] my first handgun. I did this quickly and hastily, at a local gun shop called Goleta Gun and Supply. I had already done some research on handguns, and I decided to purchase the Glock 34 semiautomatic pistol, an efficient and highly accurate weapon. I signed all of the papers and was told that my pickup day was in mid-December. That fell in nicely, because that... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

16 May 2014

Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG - A gunman went on a shooting rampage on Friday in Mmabatho, North West Province, killing a local government official and wounding three others before turning the gun on himself, police said. A middle-aged man started shooting while outside a government building and reportedly entered the building and fired shots inside the offices of the Human Settlements Department (HSD) in the province, police Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said. "The man allegedly went to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Italy

22 April 2014

Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

[Translated summary: Italian national Enrico Telese was hospitalised after he attempted suicide following the fatal shooting of his wife and daughter in Brazil. Telese had 71 guns registered to his name although only the one involved in the crime was found at their home. Officials are searching for the remaining weapons.] RIO - O italiano Enrico Telese, de 58 anos, que tentou suicídio após matar a tiros a mulher e a filha, de 3 anos, no fim da tarde da última... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland,United Kingdom,United States,Australia

3 April 2014

Global Post (Boston)

The immeasurably tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead in December 2012, horrified the world and briefly ignited a debate about gun control. Nine months later, the debate was held all over again after the mass shooting at a US Navy Yard in Washington, DC that killed 13 people. America's most recent mass shooting took place Wednesday evening at Fort Hood Army base in Texas. The base was also the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey

19 March 2014

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

Seven people were killed and several are reported injured after an armed attack on the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) office in the northeastern province of Kars on March 19. It has been revealed that the assailant was an employee recently fired by TÜİK. He committed suicide right after the raid, which was staged soon after the opening of the office, Kars Governor Eyüp Tepe said in a statement. "Someone who was dismissed from his job ran amok and killed... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

27 February 2014

CNN

SRINAGAR, India - A soldier at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir killed five of his colleagues Thursday before turning his gun on himself, the military said. The soldier opened fire with an automatic rifle in the barracks of the camp in the town of Safapora, roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital, Srinagar, said military spokesman Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi. An investigation into the shooting has been ordered, Joshi said. Kashmir is a mountainous... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2014

Atlantic (USA)

Christy Salters Martin is a professional boxer and the owner of a concealed carry permit. But when she attempted to leave her husband, she was shot with her own gun. Today, she cautions other women against making the same mistake. "Just putting a weapon in the woman's hand is not going to reduce the number of fatalities or gunshot victims that we have. Too many times, their male counterpart or spouse will be able to overpower them and take that gun away." Wayne... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2014

Reuters

A gunman who shot and killed two people at a Maryland mall was a 19-year-old who lived with his mother in a nearby Washington suburb and arrived at the shopping center in a taxi about an hour before opening fire, police said on Sunday. But a day after Saturday's shootings, police could provide no immediate insight into why Darion Marcus Aguilar killed a young man and a young woman at the mall in Columbia, Maryland, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Baltimore, before... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

20 January 2014

Scoop.co.nz, Media release

The knee-jerk call by anti-firearm lobbyists to toughen firearm laws following the tragic murder-suicide in Dunedin is totally misplaced and ignores reality says the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. Trust spokesman Laurie Collins of Westport said New Zealand's firearm laws where the fitness of firearms owners is registered has been widely praised as practical and realistic. "A gun registry will not prevent one death or one crime. The tragedy underlines that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

16 January 2014

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Dunedin's West Harbour community is in shock after two children were seemingly shot dead by a man who had protection orders against him. Bradley and Ellen Livingstone, aged nine and six, died from gunshot wounds at their home in St Leonards on Wednesday night. A 51-year-old Milton prison worker then appears to have turned the gun on himself. Police will not yet release his name until they finish contacting relatives overseas. However, they confirmed he is the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2014

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Shoot Straight, Florida's largest independent gun-shop chain, has stopped renting guns to prevent its eight Florida ranges from becoming suicide parlors. Khaled Akkawi, founder of the Apopka-based chain, made the decision last month after the latest suicides at one his gun ranges. "We've had enough," Akkawi said Friday. "They've been increasing real fast and the one common denominator — everyone is done with a rental gun." Shoot Straight joins a growing number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

8 January 2014

New Era (Namibia)

Keetmanshoop — Police Crime Investigations Coordinator in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaaks, has called on people to seek counselling following failed relationships and not to resort to passion killing and suicide. Isaaks' remarks come in the wake of a series of suicides and passion killings in the region over the festive season. Speaking to New Era, Isaaks says although very few crimes were reported in the region over the festive season, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

1 January 2014

Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

MANILA: A gun enthusiast held hostage three members of his family and their maid for 10 hours before killing them and committing suicide in the eastern Philippines, police said Wednesday. Witnesses said Anthony Zepeda had argued with family members in their home in the town of Pili in Camarines Sur province on Tuesday, police said. The confrontation later culminated in Zepeda taking hostage his father, brother, sister-in-law and the maid, provincial police chief... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

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South Africa

18 December 2013

South Africa Press Association

JOHANNESBURG — Nicolette du Randt has died after being shot by her ex-husband, the musician Zirk Bergh, last week, the office of North West premier Thandi Modise said on Wednesday. Du Randt died at the Garden City Clinic, in Johannesburg, on Monday, Modise's office said in a statement. Bergh also shot Du Randt's new husband Dr Charl du Randt and his 23-year-old social worker Deon Kondos before turning the gun on himself. Charl Du Randt, Bergh and Kondos died on... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

16 December 2013

National Post (Toronto)

France is in shock after a 14-year-old boy mistakenly shot his father dead while out hunting then turned the gun on himself in despair and committed suicide. The father and son had been out hunting on Saturday afternoon in Sourribes in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence when the boy slipped on leaves, accidentally pulling the trigger, police said. The bullet struck his 42-year-old father in the legs. The distraught teenager then called contacted a family member who alerted... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 December 2013

USA Today, Web page

Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States. Well-known images from Newtown, Aurora and Virginia Tech capture the nation's attention, but similar bloody scenes happen with alarming frequency and much less scrutiny. USA TODAY examined FBI data - which defines a mass killing as four or more victims - as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America. They happen far more often than the government... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

29 November 2013

Caribbean Elections / Guyana Times

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – President Donald Ramotar has thrown his support behind embattled Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee for a review of the legal ownership and use of firearms. Commenting on the issue during a special interview at the Office of the President on Wednesday, the head of state said in his opinion renewal of gun licences should not be automatic. "The ministry and the police should have a right to review these, and see that the guns are in the hands of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

24 November 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – An man from Siberia's Republic of Buryatia shot his neighbor dead in a row over noise before taking his own life on Saturday, investigators said. According to the local investigative department, a 57-year-old resident of Ulan-Ude was in a bitter feud with a young family that had bought an adjacent apartment and was renovating it. Investigators said the man, angered by the renovation noise, "has repeatedly threatened the family with violence." When the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

18 October 2013

CBC News (Canada)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says that Brian Dawe was wearing body armour and had an AK-47 assault rifle when he used a handgun to shoot two people dead in Conception Bay South earlier this week before he killed himself. In a statement Friday afternoon, the RNC said Dawe also had hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a 9-mm handgun on him when they found his body at a cemetery in Mount Pearl. According to the RNC, Dawe was in possession of the firearms legally,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

7 October 2013

Local (Switzerland)

A 60-year-old Swiss farmer suspected of shooting a 44-year-old woman dead and injuring his brother with a revolver in the canton of Lucerne died on Monday after apparently turning the firearm on himself. The shootings occurred on Sunday at 6pm on the man's farm in the rural village of Luthern, west of the city of Lucerne, cantonal police said. The man opened fire on the woman and his brother in a shed, where they were milking cows, before pulling the trigger on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Switzerland)

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United States

21 September 2013

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

It's not difficult to grasp how a man with a history of gun arrests and mental instability obtained the necessary firepower to commit a massacre at the Washington Navy Yard earlier this week. Buying a gun, or even an arsenal, is exceptionally easy in the U.S. Even so, there are some people who both fail to meet the minimal requirements for purchasing a gun from a licensed dealer and whose relevant personal details are known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Since... (GunPolicy.org)

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Austria

19 September 2013

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia) / Agence France Presse, Video

VIENNA - An Austrian poacher who killed three policemen and a paramedic most likely died after shooting himself in the head, public prosecutors said Wednesday. "We believe it was suicide," said chief public prosecutor Michaela Schnell. What is assumed to be the charred corpse of Alois Huber was found by police late on Tuesday after armed police raided his farmhouse, but the cause of death had not been confirmed. An autopsy was still being carried out to confirm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia) / Agence France Presse

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Turkey

28 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A soldier serving his compulsory military service in Gölbaşı, a district of Ankara province, killed a comrade in a fit of rage before turning his gun on himself on Wednesday. According to reports, U.Ö., who allegedly had psychological problems, shot his friend O.D. three times after they got into an argument. U.Ö. then shot himself with the same gun. The two soldiers were immediately taken to Gölbaşı State Hospital, where they subsequently died. The cause of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey

22 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A 63-year-old cleaner, Şeyhmus Yıldız, attempted suicide after shooting Özlem Görükmez and Özlem Akdağ in Diyarbakır on Wednesday, Turkish media reported on Thursday. According to media reports, the incident took place in Bağlar, where Yıldız shot Akdağ dead and injured Görükmez. Yıldız, a cleaner at a family health center in Bağlar, is thought to have been in love with Görükmez, who worked at the health center as a nurse. He decided to kill her... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Zimbabwe

21 August 2013

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Harare businessman Irvine Mereki shot dead his long-time girlfriend before turning the gun on himself on Monday night at the height of a domestic dispute at a house in Avondale. Mereki (32) and Clariss Chopamba, whose age was not given, were found dead by a maid yesterday morning when she called for work. Police spokesperson Superintendent Blessmore Chishaka confirmed the incident that occurred at a house along Oxford Road in Avondale. "We confirm the death of the two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

21 August 2013

Xinhua

BERLIN - At lease three people died in a shooting incident at a sports club near the southern German city of Heidelberg on Tuesday evening. Police in Heidelberg said a man opened fire at the club in the village of Dossenheim to the north of Heidelberg, leading to the death of two people and injuries of at least five others. One of the wounded was in critical condition. The man then shot himself to death. A police spokesman told local media that the case was still... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

20 August 2013

Local (Switzerland)

A domestic dispute in a Toys'R'Us store in the canton of Zurich turned deadly on Tuesday when a 28-year-old man used a handgun to shoot his 24-year-old wife before pulling the trigger on himself. The incident occurred around 1pm in an underground parking area at the store in Dietlikon, a municipality northeast of the city of Zurich, cantonal police said. The woman, a Swiss citizen, was taken to by ambulance hospital with serious gunshot wounds. Her husband, an ethnic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Switzerland)

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Zambia

17 August 2013

Times of Zambia

A Livingstone police officer has shot his girlfriend dead before turning the firearm on himself, Southern Province Police chief Charity Katanga has said. Pukutani Banda, 54, is alleged to have quarrelled with his girlfriend before the shooting occurred. Mr Banda of Muzukung'ombe Police Camp, who was based at Livingstone Central Police, shot himself dead with a revolver around 11:50 hours yesterday. This was after killing his girlfriend, identified as Margaret... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

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Scotland

10 August 2013

Evening Times (Scotland)

The investigation into the deaths of two men in a farm shooting should centre on how the killer was able to obtain a firearms licence, the local MP has said. Robert McCormick, 53, is said to have gunned down 59-year-old Peter Thompson and injured his fleeing son John, 36, shooting him in the leg. McCormick then turned the gun on himself during the incident at Meadowhead Farm and equestrian centre in Auldhouse, South Lanarkshire on Tuesday. Michael McCann, the MP for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

7 August 2013

Guardian (UK)

São Paulo police have said that Marcelo Pesseghini was a "sweet child". They are mystified as to why on Sunday evening the 13-year-old pupil seemingly murdered his police officer parents, his grandmother and his aunt before shooting himself. Three of the victims were apparently sleeping in the family home in Brasilândia, north São Paulo, when they were killed. The body of his mother, Andreia, 36, was found slumped on her knees beside a bed, her arms covering her... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland,England & Wales

31 July 2013

BBC News

People with a history of domestic violence should be prevented from having guns, says the Home Office. Police in England, Wales and Scotland should review a person's suitability to keep firearms after every domestic violence incident, ministers say. Police have also been told to ask family members confidentially if they have concerns about an applicant. The change comes after a man from County Durham shot three members of his family and then himself in... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

19 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Three smiling faces stare back from the passenger seat. Silently, captured in a halo. Paul Nothnagel stared at them on Thursday. Then he opened fire. Two of them - Chane, 18, and Mischke, 14 - are dead. Their mother Linda, 43, is fighting for her life after her ex-husband ambushed her as she drove her girls to school on Thursday morning. Paul, 44, then killed himself. Abram Moraba bore witness to the tragic shooting. On Wednesday, Moraba was on his... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales

16 July 2013

BBC News

A man whose mother, sister and aunt were killed by a gunman, has criticised ministers for rejecting calls to ban people with violent pasts owning guns. Policing Minister Damian Green said the government would instead issue "tough new guidelines" to police forces on how they should license firearms. Michael Atherton shot his partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull and her daughter Tanya at his home. Bobby Turnbull accused the government of "pussy-footing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Italy

21 June 2013

Local (Italy)

A policeman in southern Italy used his service gun to kill his wife before committing suicide, local media reported on Friday. Louis Chiumiento, 44, shot 41-year-old Raffaella Ranauro in her car in the southern city of Benevento earlier today, local newspaper il Quaderno reported. Chiumiento then shot himself in the head, the newspaper said. The incident happened in a busy area of the city during lunchtime and so there were numerous witnesses. Chiumiento's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

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Estonia,Finland

16 June 2013

YLE (Finland)

Police have sketched out a clearer picture of events leading up to an apparent murder-suicide that took place at Helsinki's west harbour Saturday afternoon. Officers interviewed eye witnesses as well as relatives of the Finnish-Estonian couple. Helsinki police say that they have for the most part been able to piece together a narrative of events preceding a deadly shooting incident at Helsinki's west harbour Saturday, in which a Finnish man shot and killed his Estonian... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

20 May 2013

Namibian (Windhoek)

Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has admitted that it has become "too easy to own" a firearm in the country and that there is an urgent need to amend the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1996 in order to address its shortcomings. The Namibian on Friday reported that police issued close to 15,000 licenses for guns to civilians in the past two years - just over 7,100 license applications in 2011 and about 7,600 licenses were issued in 2012. "As someone responsible... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

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Israel

20 May 2013

Washington Post

JERUSALEM — A gunman stormed into a bank in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba Monday, killing four people in a gunfight and taking a hostage before killing himself, police said. Police initially suspected a bungled bank robbery but later changed their assessment. They identified the gunman as a former military officer who fell on hard times financially. The 40-year-old man arrived at the bank to withdraw money and settle a debt, police said. He reportedly got... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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Israel

13 May 2013

Times of Israel

Following a recent surge in gun murders in Israel, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich has called on citizens to hand illegally held guns to police without facing criminal charges. The public will be able to turn the munitions at police stations throughout the country for a month, starting Wednesday. The law calls for a maximum penalty of seven years in jail for someone caught in possession of an unlicensed firearm. Police sources told Ma'ariv they expected... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Israel

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Germany

10 May 2013

Local (Germany)

German police are picking through the remnants of a blood bath after a man shot dead his wife, and then roamed the neighbourhood ringing door bells and shooting people who answered. He then shot himself and is in a coma. Aachen public prosecutor Robert Deller said on Thursday that the man turned his gun on himself before the police could arrest him. The 63-year-old man from the town of Langerwehe in North Rhine-Westphalia shot dead his 64-year-old wife with a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

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Germany

26 April 2013

Local (Germany)

A 74-year-old gunman killed a top official in the northern German town of Hamelin on Friday before shooting himself dead, police said. "The perpetrator killed district administrator Rüdiger Butte and then killed himself," a police spokesman said. Officers were still at the scene on Friday afternoon, collecting evidence to support an investigation. Shots were heard shortly after 10am in the city's main administrative building, where 63-year-old Butte was later found... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

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India

4 April 2013

Times of India

NAGPUR - A 49-year-old office superintendent with joint director of technical education was shot with a country made revolver and stabbed to death by his daughter's male friend at his residence in ShriHarinagar near Manewada Ring road on Wednesday. YogeshDakhode's wife Kusum was also assaulted a number of times. The perpetrator Anwar Khan, 28, who was once in a relationship with Dakhodes' daughter, wanted to kill the girl too but was overpowered by neighbours before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

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Austria,Costa Rica

28 March 2013

Inside Costa Rica

An Austrian citizen in Guanacaste shot his partner twice before turning the gun on himself Tuesday night, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ). The murder-suicide occurred in the couple's home in Villa Margarita, 400 meters north of the main traffic lights in Liberia, Guanacaste, where the couple had lived for about five years. The Judicial Police identified the man by the last name Ladstetter, 71, and his partner by the last name of Achio,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

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India

27 March 2013

Times of India

KANPUR - An enraged man went on a shooting spree gunning down a teenage youth in the neighbourhood and critically injuring his wife, before killing himself on Tuesday. The gruesome incident took place at Muradpur Nagariya village under the limits of Bhogaon police station in Mainpuri district. "32-year-old, Prem Narain apparently first opened fire from his licensed firearm at his wife, Radha (28), then his neighbour, Vishal (18) and later killed himself," said circle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

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South Africa,United States

25 March 2013

al Jazeera, Opinion

On December 1, 2012, NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and then shot and killed himself in front of his two coaches and the general manager of his team, the Kansas City Chiefs. On February 14, 2013, South African track star Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his home. Two well-known athletes, two horrifying acts. While we don't know... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

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United States

12 March 2013

USA Today

Tuesday's arraignment of James Holmes, accused of mass murder in Colorado, was a rarity among massacre suspects. Holmes, who was scheduled to enter a plea for the July 2012 murders of 12 patrons in a suburban Denver movie theater and the attempted murder of nearly 60 others, is just one of a handful of suspects to face legal proceedings in a case involving no prior connection to murder victims. Judge William Sylvester declined a request by Holmes' attorneys to delay... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

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United Kingdom

8 March 2013

Guardian (UK), Press Association (UK)

A coroner has called for radical overhaul of gun licensing at the conclusion of an inquest into a taxi driver who shot dead three members of his family before killing himself. Andrew Tweddle described the current system as flawed, adding that it was fortuitous there had not been more incidents like the one in Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham, on New Year's Day 2012. Michael Atherton, 42, killed his partner, Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister, 44-year-old Alison... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK), Press Association (UK)

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Switzerland

11 February 2013

BBC News

Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world, but little gun-related street crime - so some opponents of gun control hail it as a place where firearms play a positive role in society. However, Swiss gun culture is unique, and guns are more tightly regulated than many assume. Throughout the attack, Anne Ithen kept her eyes shut. "I didn't want to see it. I didn't want those images in my head for the rest of my life… but I remember... (GunPolicy.org)

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37049

United States

4 February 2013

Macleans (Canada)

Tom Diaz, 72, is one of the most prominent gun control advocates in the United States. A former senior policy analyst at Washington's Violence Policy Center — which considers firearms violence to be a public health issue rather than criminal issue — Diaz wrote Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America in 1999. It explored the links between political lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun manufacturers. Last year, dismayed by a decade of... (GunPolicy.org)

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37030

Switzerland,Israel,United States

19 December 2012

Foreign Policy (America)

Following the tragic shooting last week in Newtown, Conn., two stories leapt out at me. The first was the astonishing tale of a teacher, Victoria Soto, who hid her first-graders in closets and took a bullet rather than risking the children's lives by hiding with them. The second featured a photograph of an Israeli woman with a military-style long gun slung across her back, herding children protectively. The contrast between the powerful Israeli woman and the unarmed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Policy (America)

36864

United States,Germany

17 December 2012

Local (Germany)

In the wake of the Newtown school shooting tragedy in the United States, German politicians are calling for tighter weapons laws in Germany, including banning all guns from private homes. A 20-year-old killed 27 people, including his mother and 20 children, in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, before turning the gun on himself, sparking revulsion in Germany and around the world. "The horrific massacre of young children in Connecticut is tragic evidence for how easy it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

36836

Namibia

28 November 2012

New Era (Namibia)

OSHIKANGO — Crimes of passion are among the top offences committed in the country and they are a serious cause for concern, says police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga. Lieutenant-General Ndeitunga made this observation during the inauguration of a new police station at Oshikango on Monday. A total of 31 men from several regions across the country have been arrested between January and November for murdering at least 32 women after their love relations hit the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

36782

United Kingdom

19 November 2012

Guardian (UK)

A man who shot dead three women had been allowed to keep his guns by police despite complaints of domestic violence and then threatening to shoot himself, according to a report seen by the BBC. Michael Atherton, 42, killed his 47-year-old partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, and her niece Tanya Turnbull, 24, before taking his own life on New Year's Day. The four bodies were found in Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham. The BBC's Inside Out North... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36751

Pakistan,India

7 November 2012

Gulf Times (Doha) / Agence France Presse

It was a classic bank heist in many ways. Armed men using a stolen car and motorbikes held up a van carrying cash in central New Delhi, shot a guard, and made off with the money. While familiar in many countries and a set-piece of Hollywood films, it set alarm bells ringing in India where gun crime and armed robbery is still low by the standards of other developing countries in Latin America or Africa. The daylight robbery in September and several mass shootings in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Times (Doha) / Agence France Presse

36720

Namibia

1 October 2012

New Era (Namibia)

WINDHOEK — In a crime-wracked weekend the Wanaheda Police Station reported a record 63 cases involving different offences, but mostly serious bodily assaults, while other stations recorded two murders and two cases of culpable homicide. The assault cases were reported between Friday and Saturday noon. More are to follow from Saturday afternoon to Sunday. According to the Namibian Police Deputy Commissioner, Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, the assault cases ranged from knife... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

36605

Switzerland

29 September 2012

Local (Switzerland)

A 40-year-old woman was shot dead at a hairdressers in the canton of Aargau on Wednesday by a man believed to be her husband, who then turned the gun on himself. The incident occurred around 10.30am in a hair salon in Wettingen, a town of 20,000 people. Cantonal police said the man, aged 51, entered the salon and shot several bullets at the woman who died on the spot. The attacker was seriously wounded by self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He was transported by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Switzerland)

36612

United States

28 September 2012

New York Times

The death toll from an attack at a sign company in Minneapolis rose to six, including the gunman, after another victim died on Friday, the police said. The gunman was identified as Andrew Engeldinger, 36, who had been fired from the business, Accent Signage Systems. Chief Tim Dolan of the Minneapolis Police Department said Mr. Engeldinger might have chosen to spare some former co-workers in the attack on Thursday. "It's clear he did walk by some people, very... (GunPolicy.org)

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36599

South Africa

17 September 2012

IOL (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - An alleged quarrel turned violent when a man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. The shooting happened on Sunday morning at the couple's home at Asanda Village in Strand. The husband shot his wife in the head, killing her at the scene. He then shot himself. But the 48-year-old survived the gunshot and was airlifted to Tygerberg Hospital by helicopter. Laticia Pienaar, communications officer for the hospital, said the man, who could... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IOL (South Africa)

36556

India

3 September 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI / GHAZIABAD - Spurned by a married woman, a heavily armed 27-year-old jobless youth went on a killing spree that left six people dead, including himself, in Delhi and Ghaziabad on Monday. The bloodbath began when the alleged killer, Ravi, visited the home of his cousin Navin, a BPO cab driver who lived in Bindapur near Dwarka in southwest Delhi. Ravi had earlier proposed to Navin's wife Renu, 24, who had rejected him. Police said Ravi was armed with an... (GunPolicy.org)

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36528

Germany

23 August 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

BERLIN — More than 900 police officers raided homes and clubhouses of suspected neo-Nazis in a crackdown in a western German state on Thursday, seizing far-right propaganda material, computer hard drives and a wide variety of weapons, the region's top security official said. The raids to collect evidence came after North Rhine-Westphalia state interior minister Ralf Jaeger banned three local neo-Nazi groups. "These groups are anti-foreigner, they are racist and they... (GunPolicy.org)

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36495

Germany

21 August 2012

Local (Germany)

German police are hunting the husband of a woman who was found with their two children, all three shot dead, at their home near Düsseldorf on Monday night. Police were called to the flat in Neuss by a neighbour who said there was music playing inside, but no-one answered the door when she rang. Officers who entered the flat found the bodies of a four-year-old boy, his eight-year-old sister and their 26-year-old mother. There was no trace of the father. All three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

36482

United Kingdom

9 August 2012

Telegraph (UK)

On the rainy summer's morning that I arrive at Bisley, a sprawling collection of colonial buildings and rifle ranges set in 3,000 acres of Surrey heathland, news is breaking about a policeman who has been shot dead in Essex. An unfortunate coincidence, this, given that I've come here not to write about gun crime but to meet some typical – that is to say, non-deranged – gun owners. In a clubhouse which has silver trophies in display cabinets and sepia photographs of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

36457

South Africa

7 August 2012

Sowetan Live

A month after a court dismissed a protection order that prevented him from carrying a gun, a Mpumalanga cop has shot dead his wife and then himself. Distraught family members of Nelisiwe Nkomo, 21, of Kwaggafontein outside KwaMhlanga, said the justice system had failed to protect their daughter from her abusive husband, Witbank policeman Themba Nkosi Nkomo's father, Daniel Nkomo, said: "Clearly my daughter was killed by the justice system. If the court had granted her... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sowetan Live

36431

France

27 July 2012

Local (France)

A 23-year-old man killed his father and 8-year-old brother, and left his 17-year-old brother in a coma after a shooting spree in the village of Bozel in Savoie in eastern France. The shootings took place late Thursday afternoon at the family home in the quiet Alpine village. The teenager was hit in the head and was transported in a coma to hospital in Grenoble, according to the Le Parisien newspaper. The man's mother, who was also subjected to an attack, managed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

36390

Germany

5 July 2012

Local (Germany) / AFP

The gunman who shot dead four hostages during a flat eviction and then killed himself in western Germany was French, it emerged on Thursday. Police say he had been planning the bloodbath for some time. The 55 year-old man, who has not been named, died along with his four victims in Karlsruhe on Wednesday. He was originally from the Alsace region, a police spokesman said on Thursday. The spokesman could not confirm whether the man also had German nationality. He had... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany) / AFP

36311

Germany

5 July 2012

Sydney Morning Herald, Telegraph (UK) / AP

Police commandos stormed a unit in southern Germany after a hostage standoff last night and found five bodies, including that of the gunman, a spokesman said. A standoff had developed after an attempted eviction. The spokesman said the hostage taker and all of his hostages were dead. "Special forces broke into the apartment after smelling smoke and found five dead bodies. Probably one of them is the gunman," the spokesman said. Shots were heard as a man barricaded... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald, Telegraph (UK) / AP

36300

United States

10 June 2012

USA Today

PHOENIX – Pamela Blaies handed her daughter a pamphlet on domestic violence, opening it in her hands to point out specific signs of an abusive relationship. "Look at this. Look at all this. See this? This is you," Pamela told 28-year-old Amanda Blaies-Rinaldi. "… your partner controls everything. "… your partner calls you names or yells at you. "… your partner shoves, pinches, hits, punches, kicks or otherwise hurts you. "… your partner destroys your... (GunPolicy.org)

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36227

United States

1 June 2012

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

Ian L. Stawicki, who shot five people to death Wednesday in Seattle before putting a bullet in his own head, had a long history of violence and mental problems, though not the kind that show up on official records. He was charged with misdemeanor assault in 2008 and 2010, but charges in both cases were dismissed after first his girlfriend, whose nose he allegedly bloodied, and then his brother declined to testify against him. Other charges reported by Seattle police,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

36202

United States

29 May 2012

Seattle Times / AP

GILBERT, Ariz. — All four people killed by a former neo-Nazi before he turned the gun on himself this month in a quiet Phoenix suburb were shot in the head, according to a police report released Tuesday that paints the clearest picture yet of the gruesome crime scene. Various Gilbert police officers and detectives wrote about what they saw at the home where they believe Jason Todd "JT" Ready, 39, shot and killed his girlfriend and three others, including a toddler,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Seattle Times / AP

36196

Finland

28 May 2012

Agence France Presse

HELSINKI — An 18-year-old Finn who has confessed to killing two students and injuring seven others in a weekend shooting spree in a small Finnish town was on Monday remanded in custody, media reported. The man, named by media as Eero Hiltunen, was after a drawn-out hearing at the Hyvinkaeae district court ordered to remain detained late Monday afternoon on two counts of murder and seven attempted murders, the Huvudstadsbladed daily reported in its online... (GunPolicy.org)

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36183

United States

15 May 2012

KSee 24 News (California)

Florida police say a Port St. John mother shot and killed her four children early Tuesday morning before turning the gun on herself. Tanya Thomas, 33, shot her children Joel Johnson, 12, Jazlin Johnson, 13, Jaxs Johnson, 15, and Pebbles Johnson, 17, in their home before taking her own life. A next-door neighbor was awakened by the sound of gunfire, then a knock at the door. Three of the children were there, asking for help. Joel Johnson was bleeding, and said he'd been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KSee 24 News (California)

36128

Germany

26 April 2012

Deutsche Welle

Ten years after Germany's worst school shooting, in which a former pupil killed 16 people before committing suicide, politicians are set to lay the foundations for a national gun-owners' register. The church bells in Erfurt rang out on Thursday shortly before 11am – the time a decade ago when 19-year-old Robert Steinhäuser started shooting at his former school there. A day of commemoration was planned in the Thuringian city. It was April 26 when Steinhäuser took... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

36082

South Africa

12 January 2012

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

People who possess firearms in South Africa can generally be separated into three categories. The first group consists of individuals in possession of duly registered firearms. The next group is of greater concern. They are the people who are in illegal possession of firearms. Not all people who possess firearms that are, according to the letter of the law, illegal are violent criminals. However, even this armed group is less of a concern than the last type. The third... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

35726

United Kingdom

3 January 2012

Independent (UK)

A taxi driver who murdered his partner, her sister and her sister's daughter before shooting himself in a New Year's Day killing spree at the family home held licences for six weapons and had been known to police for three years after he threatened to harm himself. His 19-year-old stepdaughter leapt to safety from an upstairs window after the man, named as Michael Atherton, opened fire in the crowded semi-detached house shortly before midnight. Police confirmed they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

35701

Guam

29 December 2011

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

A relative of two slain women is questioning if the government of Guam should harden the psychological scrutiny of armed law enforcement in the wake of a double murder-suicide. John Mamaligsa said yesterday that he is pushing local lawmakers to create a law establishing government-wide psychological evaluation standards for anyone who carries a gun in the name of GovGuam. The standards should require all law enforcement to be reviewed by a psychologist periodically to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)

35694

Belgium

15 December 2011

CNN

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A man who killed five people and himself in a gun and grenade attack in Belgium feared going back to prison and losing the life he had built, his lawyer said Thursday. The attack on a crowded market square in Liege Tuesday by Nourdine Amrani, which also left at least 130 people wounded, shocked the nation. His defense lawyer in Liege, Jean-Francois Dister, told CNN Amrani had called him late Monday and early Tuesday after the police called him in... (GunPolicy.org)

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35674

Switzerland,Finland,Germany,United Kingdom,Netherlands,Norway,Europe

14 December 2011

BBC News

As more details emerge of the shooting spree and grenade attack in Belgium in which five people died, the BBC News website takes a look at other recent incidents in Europe - and the effect they have had on each country's laws. Norway Seventy-seven people were killed in twin attacks on 22 July 2011 in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted that he planted a car bomb that exploded close to government offices in the capital Oslo, killing eight people. He then drove... (GunPolicy.org)

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35669

Italy

13 December 2011

Reuters

FLORENCE, Italy - An Italian man killed two African street sellers and wounded three others in an apparent racist shooting rampage in the heart of Florence on Tuesday before committing suicide, police said. Gianluca Casseri, 50, who Italian officials said was a right-wing extremist, parked his car in the crowded Dalmazia square at lunch time, got out and started shooting with a large pistol, witnesses said. Two Senegalese men were killed and one seriously... (GunPolicy.org)

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35664

United States

8 December 2011

Reuters

BLACKSBURG, Virginia - A gunman ambushed and killed a campus police officer and was later reported to have been found dead on Thursday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the worst shooting rampages in U.S. history. Authorities declared the campus safe and lifted a lock-down after a nearly four-hour manhunt, seeming to lend credence to television news reports that a body found in a Virginia Tech parking lot was that of the shooter. Police at a televised... (GunPolicy.org)

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35647

United States

1 December 2011

Associated Press

BAY CITY, Texas -- Laura Gonzalez was happy to be back at work after three weeks away that included a stay at a battered women's shelter. She saw it as the beginning of a new life. One without her husband and the father of her four children, she told co-workers. She wasn't going back to him this time, she said, and left for home. Less than an hour later, her 24-year-old husband, Jose Avila, launched a brutal final assault. First he shot his wife three times. Then, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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35608

Czech Republic

10 November 2011

České Noviny (Prague)

KUNOVICE - Three men, including the assailant, died and one woman suffered light injuries in a shooting incident in the Czech Aircraft Industries plant in Kunovice today, regional police spokeswoman Jana Bartikova said. The shooting occurred in the company's headquarters shortly before noon. There was reportedly a meeting of the company board, some of whose members were killed. The police were alerted by the employees. The situation in the company was very dramatic.... (GunPolicy.org)

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35528

Canada

5 November 2011

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

As tensions mount between Quebec and Ottawa over the federal government's proposed law to abolish the longgun registry, a wide-ranging group of activists and politicians gathered at Dawson College on Friday to urge the province to take legal action to save the registry and its vast database. Heidi Rathjen of Poly sesouvient.ca, a group that has tracked gun laws since the massacre at the École Polytechnique that killed 14 women on Dec. 6, 1989, said Quebec should do... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec)

35509

France

19 October 2011

TF1 News (France)

[Translated summary: Three police suicides, two family tragedies and one fatal accident in a single month. Should French police officers be banned from keeping their firearms at home?] Après une série de suicides et de faits divers tragiques impliquant des policiers munis de leur arme au domicile, la question se pose plus que jamais. Mais ni l'Intérieur ni les syndicats n'envisagent une telle solution pour l'instant. Le 22 septembre 2011, un gardien de la paix en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TF1 News (France)

35434

Pakistan

18 October 2011

Tribune (Pakistan), Editorial

The rate at which violence is spreading in our society is truly alarming. On the afternoon of October 17, hundreds witnessed an incident on Lahore's busy Jail Road, on the pedestrian bridge located outside the city's prestigious Kinnaird College, where a young man pumped five bullets into a second year student from the institute and then shot himself dead. The killer, Shams Alam, was 23; the victim, Samar Wasti was 19. Two young lives have ended tragically, leaving many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Pakistan)

35439

United States

5 October 2011

Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

CARSON CITY - The gunman who killed four people and then himself at a restaurant on Sept. 6 used a Chinese-made version of an AK-47 assault rifle altered into an illegal automatic weapon, the Carson City sheriff's office said Wednesday. Sheriff Ken Furlong said his deputies and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were continuing to investigate how the weapon and others ended up in the hands of Eduardo Sencion. Sencion, 32, of Carson City, fired 60... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

35382

Norway,Netherlands

4 October 2011

Auburn Journal (California)

A majority of Members of the Netherlands Parliament are supporting a recommendation from the public security council that applicants for a gun ownership license prove they are psychologically healthy before they can obtain a license. In the Netherlands gun ownership is not a right but a privilege, with hunting and target shooting the only two legitimate reasons for owning a gun. Self-defense is not considered a legitimate reason for owning a gun and only the police may... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Auburn Journal (California)

35367

Philippines

21 September 2011

Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — A 13-year-old boy who shot his 16-year-old friend inside a busy Philippines mall then turned the weapon on himself died Wednesday and left the other boy brain dead, raising questions about gun control in a country awash in firearms. Authorities were investigating how the 13-year-old obtained the .22-caliber pistol and smuggled it into the mall in Pampanga province's Mexico township, area police chief Wilson Santos said. He said the shooting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35308

United States

19 September 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

A 78-year-old man shot and killed his 21-year-old Filipino wife, then set their home on fire, before turning the gun on himself. Geunther Floerchinger, from Port St Lucie, Florida, is believed to have murdered his wife Carhina in an apparent murder-suicide. Police received two 911 calls to the property on Saturday after 1am. One from a neighbour saying Mrs Floerchinger asked her to take her four-year-old daughter away earlier that day and one from the husband saying... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

35301

Canada

16 September 2011

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

A Gatineau man shot and killed his parents and then shot himself with a handgun that he legally owned, police said Thursday. Police confirmed Patrick Mongeon-Johnson, 32, used his licensed and registered nine-millimetre handgun to kill his mother and stepfather before turning it on himself at 115 De Saguenay Street on Sept. 7. An autopsy confirmed Lucie Johnson, 51, and Denis Lagacé, 59, died of gunshot wounds. A handgun is considered a restricted firearm under... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

35283

Netherlands

11 September 2011

Radio Netherlands

Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten says he is going to ban semi-automatic rifles. Minister Opstelten referred to the massacre in the Dutch town of Alpen aan den Rijn in April of this year, when a man used a semi-automatic rifle as well as a pistol and a revolver to kill six people and injure 17 others before killing himself. "Such weapons", the security minister said, "are not intended for use at a shooting club. They're made to hit moving targets. It's... (GunPolicy.org)

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35265

United States

8 September 2011

Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), Editorial

CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A troubled young Morgantown man, barely beyond teen age, used two rifles and a pistol in a stunning murder rampage Tuesday. After writing weirdo notes on Facebook, he killed five at a farmhouse near Morgantown, then wounded a service station worker in Roane County, then killed himself in Kentucky. His bloodbath was just one of several gun killings in Wednesday's news. On the same day, a pistol-carrier pleaded self-defense after gunning down... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)

35268

United States

6 September 2011

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — A man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle opened fire Tuesday morning on a group of uniformed National Guard members as they ate breakfast at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. He hit all five Guard members, killing three of them, and killed another woman and wounded five other people before taking his own life. The gunman, identified by the police as Eduardo Sencion, 32, began his five-minute shooting rampage around 9 a.m. as people flocked to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35267

Sweden,Iceland,Denmark,Finland,Norway

16 August 2011

Agence France Presse

STOCKHOLM — In the Nordic countries, where hunting is popular and firearms are plentiful, the twin July 22 attacks that killed 77 people in Norway have spurred lawmakers to consider tighter gun laws. But change will not come without resistance in a region where hunting is viewed by many as a cultural heritage passed down from Viking ancestors, and sport shooting is a favourite pastime. Finland, which has one of the world's highest gun ownership rates at 1.5 million... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

35198

United States

4 August 2011

Washington Post

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Once again, police rushed to the campus of Virginia Tech. Again, the words man with a gun raced across the university. And again, students and workers locked doors and turned off lights. But a day-long search Thursday failed to locate the tall figure in the blue-and-white vertically striped shirt whom three summer campers thought they saw with a pistol, and by late afternoon their report remained unconfirmed. A five-hour campus lockdown was lifted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

35161

United States

25 July 2011

Sydney Morning Herald / AP

A US gunman shouted at children to leave his son's birthday party at a Texas roller rink as he fatally shot his estranged wife and four of her relatives, before then killing himself, police and witnesses say. Police said the couple had been having ongoing marital problems that investigators believe led to the shootings about 7pm on Saturday at Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie, about 30 kilometres west of Dallas. No young children or rink employees were killed. Some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald / AP

35107

Netherlands

11 July 2011

Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A gunman who shot and killed six people in a shopping mall before committing suicide should not have been granted a permit for the three weapons he used, police and prosecutors said Monday. The April 9 shooting shocked this nation where gun ownership is tightly regulated and mass shootings are a rarity, and sparked a review of weapon permit regulations. Investigations into the shooting spree concluded that the shooter, 24-year-old Tristan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35036

United States

8 July 2011

Agence France Presse

CHICAGO — A man suspected of fatally shooting seven people, including a child, committed suicide late Thursday after a car chase and hostage standoff with police in the US Great Lakes city of Grand Rapids. The two remaining hostages were released safely after the gunman, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, shot himself dead as police were speaking to him, Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk told reporters. Belk said officers were in the house and talking to Dantzler -- who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

35028

Finland

13 June 2011

univision.com / AFP

Tougher hand gun laws went into effect in Finland Monday, after being pushed through parliament amid outrage over two recent school massacres and a shopping centre shooting spree. The new legislation raises the minimum age for a handgun permit from 18 to 20 years of age, requires applicants to be trained by a police-approved instructor at a gun club, and obliges medical and military personnel to report anyone they feel is mentally or socially unsuitable to own a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: univision.com / AFP

34923

Canada

9 June 2011

Huffington Post (Canada)

Vivian Sula Enuaraq's family says the Iqaluit woman had finally had enough. The 29-year-old had thought about leaving her husband several times during their troubled 11-year relationship, her sister Jolene Arreak recalled from Ottawa. She had few friends in the northern community, however, and couldn't afford airfare out. So each time she decided to stay in the marriage for the sake of the couple's two young daughters, Arreak said. But the last time Arreak talked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (Canada)

34920

United States

2 June 2011

Yuma Sun (Arizona)

A 73-year-old Foothills man went on a shooting spree Thursday morning across Yuma County, killing five people and wounding another before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. The man, identified as Carey Hal Dyess, was found dead inside his silver Mazda in the area of Blaisdell and Highway 95 at 10:47 a.m. by Yuma County sheriff's deputies. He died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Yuma County Sheriff Ralph Ogden said the murders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yuma Sun (Arizona)

34886

United States

27 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

WESTMINSTER, California - Police say an Orange County man killed his sister and then turned the gun on himself. A caller who reported hearing five to six gunshots sent Westminster police to a home on Navajo Road at about 11 p.m. Thursday. A police statement says a woman met officers in the front yard and told them that her son had killed her daughter. The sister was found dead in the hallway and the man's body was found in the backyard. Their names were not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / AP

34857

United States

23 May 2011

Washington Post / AP

SHALER, Pennsylvania — A man fatally shot his girlfriend, her daughter and their 1-year-old child before turning the gun on himself, and authorities said what lay behind the shooting was still being investigated. The shootings happened late Sunday night in a home rented by the family. Police believe that Barry Hardesty, 43, shot his 38-year-old girlfriend, Lynette Gasparre, and then her 7-year-old daughter, Quinn Gasparre, and the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Nina... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / AP

34840

United States

18 May 2011

Advocate (Louisiana) / AP

PIERRE PART, Louisiana — A man shot and killed himself outside a south Louisiana seafood restaurant just minutes after killing his ex-girlfriend and getting into a shootout with a patron, authorities said Tuesday. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the shooting began about 10:30 a.m. at Landry's Seafood Restaurant, where the woman worked, in the unincorporated community of Pierre Part, about 50 miles west of New Orleans. Waguespack said Paul French, 51,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advocate (Louisiana) / AP

34828

Kenya

16 May 2011

Capital FM-Radio (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya - Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere has commissioned a research to establish the cause of the stress levels amongst his officers, in the wake of increased cases of policemen killing their seniors or colleagues before they commit suicide. This follows four recent incidents where police officers have either committed suicide or killed fellow officers - mainly their seniors - in various parts of the country. The most recent incident occurred at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM-Radio (Nairobi)

34814

United States

14 May 2011

Times-Union (Florida)

Glen Conley was standing about 50 feet away when a bullet pierced his only child through the chest. Seconds before, he heard the last words of his 18-year-old daughter, Cami. "Dad — help." He couldn't. "By the time I got up there," Conley said, "there was nothing I could do." He'd been close before, less than two years ago, when the Middleburg father had to save his daughter's life. That day, he could. But now, Conley is making phone calls to relatives and funeral... (GunPolicy.org)

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34806

United States

12 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

MANCHESTER, Connecticut - There is no evidence to support a man's claim that he was a victim of racism before he fatally shot eight co-workers at a beer distribution company last year, police said Thursday. Omar Thornton, who was black, "did not seem to understand the concept of seniority" and therefore believed he was subjected to racism at Hartford Distributors, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said. The company's most senior drivers pick the best routes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / AP

34795

United States

9 May 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

A deranged father shot dead his girlfriend and their two children inside a car before turning the gun on himself. Salvador Acevedo, 45, murdered Iris Oseguera, 33, and their six-year-old twins - a boy, Michael, and a girl, Michelle - while his three other teenage children were in the car with them. Acevedo then drove the three surviving children to a relative's house and released them, before driving to a separate location and shooting himself. Police in Los Angeles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

34784

United States

8 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

LOS ANGELES, California - A man shot and killed his girlfriend and two 5-year-old twins before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide inside an SUV that was witnessed by three other children, Los Angeles authorities said Sunday. The shootings occurred Saturday night in a residential area of East Los Angeles, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Thomas. Salvador Acevedo, 45, was driving with his girlfriend, Iris Oseguera, their young twins and three other... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / AP

34778

Brazil

13 April 2011

BBC News

Brazilian lawmakers say they will propose a national vote on whether to ban the sale of guns, after a deadly shooting at a school last week. The Senate leader said legislators would rush through a bill to allow a referendum to be held this autumn. A similar proposal in 2005 was rejected by voters and kept gun sales legal. Brazil observed three days of mourning after the attack on 7 April, in which a gunman shot dead 12 children in a school in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

34670

Brazil

12 April 2011

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Five days after Brazil's most lethal school shooting killed 12 children, Senate leaders decided Tuesday to rush a bill that would let the voters decide whether to forbid gun sales in South America's biggest country. Senate leader Jose Sarney said at a news conference that legislators would treat the matter with urgency so the issue could be put before Brazilian citizens this fall. The bill would have to be approved by both the Senate and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34665

Netherlands

11 April 2011

Irish Times (Dublin)

As the death toll from Saturday's shooting by a 24-year-old gunman in a Dutch shopping mall reached seven last night, a heated national debate was under way about how he had come to have legal permits for five weapons. "This will definitely be part of our investigation," said local prosecutor Kitty Nooy, as it emerged the gunman had had a number of previous run-ins with the police, including a weapons possession charge in 2003 when he was just 17. That charge was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Times (Dublin)

34659

Netherlands

11 April 2011

Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The man who went on a shooting rampage in a suburban Dutch mall fired more than 100 rounds in a few minutes as he killed six shoppers before turning one of his weapons on himself, Dutch prosecutors said Monday. Tristan van der Vlis, 24, used three different guns during the shooting spree Saturday at the busy Ridderhof mall in the central city of Alphen aan den Rijn, prosecutors said in a statement after police had studied video images from mall... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34655

Netherlands

10 April 2011

Reuters

A gunman's deadly rampage through a shopping mall was met on Sunday with disbelief by residents of a quiet Dutch town who once thought such carnage couldn't happen in their country. Dressed in camouflage trousers and a bomber jacket, Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in a parking lot on Saturday and walked calmly into Ridderhof mall, where he killed five people, most of them elderly. He wounded 17 others, one of whom died later. The 24-year-old gun club member then... (GunPolicy.org)

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34651

Netherlands

9 April 2011

BBC News

A gunman in the Netherlands has killed six people and wounded at least 11 before taking his own life. The killings took place at a busy shopping centre in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, about 25km (15 miles) south-west of Amsterdam. The mayor of the town said the man opened fire with an automatic weapon and then shot himself. The gunman came from the town, was known to police and "almost certainly operated alone", said a prosecutor. 'Slaughter' Kitty Nooy, from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

34648

Brazil

8 April 2011

Christian Science Monitor

Brazil is no stranger to urban mayhem, with street shootouts splashing the front pages of newspapers each day in the nation that tops the world in deaths by firearms. But Thursday's massacre of 12 children at school in western Rio de Janeiro has touched a nerve in this hardened nation. As families hold burial services today, Brazil is asking how such violence more associated with the United States became a reality here. As happened following the 2007 Virginia Tech... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

34644

Brazil

7 April 2011

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A gunman roamed the halls of an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and killed 11 children, lining them up against a wall and shooting them in the head at point-blank range as he shouted, "I'm going to kill you all!" It was the worst school shooting in Brazil and would have been deadlier if the gunman had not been shot in the legs by a police officer, who said the man then fell down some stairs and shot himself in the head. Images... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34640

United States

4 April 2011

Associated Press

ALBANY, New York - The critically wounded receptionist who phoned police during a gunman's rampage two years ago has broken her public silence to ask for a renewed federal ban on large-capacity gun magazines like those Jiverly Wong used to fire 97 bullets in under two minutes, killing 13 and wounding four others. Shirley DeLucia, who played dead under her desk at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, said the only point of those magazines is to inflict "as much... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34633

United States

22 February 2011

Journal News (New York), Editorial

Shootings like the carnage in Tucson in January that claimed six lives and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords galvanize gun control-advocates nationwide and focus attention on our gun culture … for about all of 5 minutes. Soon after, it is back to square one, and the everyday gun violence that riddles the nation with sorrow. Some of that pain is being felt in the Lower Hudson Valley and nearby communities after gun violence Friday claimed three lives, including a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal News (New York)

34444

United States

21 February 2011

Telegraph (UK)

Guns are banned at schools, universities and colleges in 38 American states. In 11 others, schools are allowed to decide whether or not to ban firearms from the premises. At present only Utah demands that they allow qualified gun owners to carry weapons on site. This is a timeline of recent shootings at American colleges dating back to the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007, when Seung-Hui Cho, a student, killed 32 people and injured another 15, in the country's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

34442

United States

17 February 2011

Associated Press

More than half the states are not complying with a post-Virginia Tech law that requires them to share the names of mentally ill people with the national background-check system to prevent them from buying guns, an Associated Press review has found. The deadline for complying with the three-year-old law was last month. But nine states haven't supplied any names to the database. Seventeen others have sent in fewer than 25, meaning gun dealers around the U.S. could be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34423

United States

16 February 2011

Lake County News-Sun (Illinois), Column

I had all but forgotten about the Valentine's Day shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Three years to the day that five people were shot to death and 18 wounded in a murder/suicide, I sat at my dining room table, typing the FAFSA school code for NIU, a preliminary choice for the next kid off to college. Steve Kazmierczak, the 27-year-old former NIU graduate student who shot up a geology lecture hall, had been treated for mental illness since high... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lake County News-Sun (Illinois)

34419

New Zealand

16 February 2011

Dominion Post (Wellington)

Desmond Winnie murdered his wife and father-in-law then shot himself, a court has been told. And a former wife said he had once threatened her by putting a gun in her mouth. The bodies of Mr Winnie, 65, Deborah Honeyfield, 51, and her father, Ian Ray Honeyfield, 86, were found in their home just outside Feilding, on August 23. Detective Sergeant Gary Milligan, of Palmerston North, told an inquest into their deaths yesterday that a caregiver found Mr Winnie's body... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominion Post (Wellington)

34417

Iraq,United States,United Kingdom

13 February 2011

Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

In May 2007 a British firearms dealer — Mil Tec Marketing Inc. — signed off on a contract to supply weapons parts to a Florida-based company that provides munitions and equipment to the U.S. military and other national defenses. Under that agreement, weaponry and accessories would have ended up in Iraq for the war effort. But the British firm was unable to meet the contractual promises. Oddly, an ensuing spat between the companies is the seed of an international... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

34379

United States

19 January 2011

Christian Science Monitor

A Nebraska lawmaker wants teachers to be able to carry concealed guns in school. The proposal follows a recent shooting in which an Omaha high school senior killed an assistant principal and wounded a principal before killing himself. Each school district would set its own policy, with a two-thirds majority vote of the school board required to allow the weapons. Teachers or administrators would have to get a concealed handgun permit, which requires some training. "If... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

34175

Italy

9 January 2011

Associated Press

ROME — A 74-year-old Italian retiree shot dead two neighbors and then his wife Sunday before turning the gun on himself, police said. Jealousy appeared to be behind the rampage in the northern city of Genoa. Carlo Trabona, a retired bricklayer, first went to a coffee bar where he shot one of his neighbors. As the other one ran away, Trabona followed him, shot him and then went back home where he killed his wife, according to a police reconstruction reported by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33992

United States

6 January 2011

BBC News

A US student who shot two school officials, killing one, had been suspended for 19 days just before the attack, officials have said. Robert Butler, who killed himself after the attack at his Nebraska school, had just been punished for driving over the school football pitch. Police said the gun he used belonged to his father, an Omaha police detective. No other students were injured in the attack. The school principal is in hospital and is expected to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

33969

United States

6 January 2011

Press Association (UK)

A teenager who opened fire at a Nebraska high school on Wednesday, killing an assistant principal before shooting himself dead, left a message on Facebook which could offer clues as to why he turned violent. Robert Butler Jr, 17, also wounded the principal at Millard South High School in Omaha before fleeing the scene and shooting himself in his car about a mile away. Assistant principal Vicki Kaspar, 58, died at Creighton University Medical Centre on Wednesday... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Press Association (UK)

33967

Brazil

21 December 2010

United Press International

RECIFE, Brazil - A Brazilian man shot and killed his new wife and his best man and then took his own life at their wedding reception, police said. The bride's brother was wounded, O Globo reported. Witnesses told police Roger Damascena, 29, went to his father's pickup truck during the reception Saturday in Casa Grande, a village near Recife, and apparently retrieved a gun. A few minutes later, he began shooting, gunning down Renata Costa Alexandre Coelho, 25, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

33891

United Kingdom

20 December 2010

Bloomberg (USA)

The U.K.'s 34 laws governing the control of guns are "complex and confused," placing an "onerous burden" on police and firearms owners, a panel of lawmakers said. In a report published today, Parliament's Home Affairs Committee said well-designed legislation that regulates and restricts the legal supply of firearms would help to reduce gun crime. The cross-party panel recommended introducing one licensing system to cover all firearms that require a license. While the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

33873

United Kingdom

20 December 2010

BBC News

Gun laws are a "complex and confused" mess and tighter controls on firearms licences are required, MPs have said. Replacing 34 laws applying to England and Wales with one system to cover all firearms could help cut gun crime, the Home Affairs Committee reports. The review, launched after Derrick Bird shot dead 12 people in Cumbria in June, recommends criminals given suspended sentences be stripped of gun licences. Campaigners say other recommendations would punish... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

33872

Canada

16 December 2010

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal (Ontario)

Thunder Bay Police are expecting the investigation into the unregistered firearm used in a Murillo murder-suicide on the weekend to take some time. The bodies of Joseph Lavoie and his wife Antoinette Lavoie, both 69, were discovered in their Oliver Road home just before 1 p.m. on Sunday. Investigation has determined Antoinette Lavoie, who suffered from minor health problems, died of a single gunshot wound, while Joseph Lavoie died of a single self-inflicted gunshot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal (Ontario)

33855

United States

29 November 2010

Michigan Live

Detroit police say three men died Sunday night in an apparent double murder-suicide following a dispute over loud music at the upscale Joliet Townhouses in Lafayette Park. While police have yet to confirm the victims' identity, WXYZ reports the shooter is related to one of the murdered men. Nov. 28, WXYZ: The situation began to unfold Sunday morning when shots were fired at the condo complex. According to neighbors the suspect, a man in his 20's, got angry because a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Michigan Live

33722

United States

22 November 2010

WSVN-TV News (Florida)

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Florida - According to police, a fight over an affair has left a mother of four dead and several of her children critically injured. Three children are fighting to stay alive after their mother's boyfriend opened fire on them and killed their mother before he turned the gun on himself. According to North Miami Beach Police, a domestic dispute led 37-year-old Mark Glinton to gun down Evelina Jack, after 11 p.m. Saturday, inside a North Miami Beach... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WSVN-TV News (Florida)

33680

United States

21 November 2010

Miami Herald

A man and a woman are dead, and three of her four children -- ages 10, 13, and 14 -- were in critical condition after the man went on a shooting rampage in their North Miami Beach home Saturday night. The shooting was ruled a domestic murder-suicide, said police spokesman Officer Mike Pons. The shooter, his girlfriend and her four kids lived together in the house at 1500 NE 151st Ter. The man was not the birth father of the children. The shootings came after a violent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami Herald

33678

United States

17 November 2010

Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania)

An Erie woman and her two children were shot to death with her gun, and police believe the children's father was the shooter, police said Tuesday. Jamie Malanowski, 28, and her daughters, Trinity Dacus, 4, and Brianna Dacus, 7, were shot with a .40-caliber handgun that belonged to Malanowski, police said. Their bodies were found inside their apartment at 601 E. 10th St. on Saturday morning. Also found dead in the apartment was the girls' father, Brian Dacus, who was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania)

33667

United States,Australia

17 November 2010

Reuters

Authorities are trying to unravel the mysterious double shooting of twin sisters from Australia at a Colorado gun range which left one woman dead and the other in critical condition. The simultaneous shootings of the 29-year-old sisters occurred on Monday at the Family Shooting Center in suburban Denver, Captain Louie Perea of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday. Perea said no third party was involved, but until the investigation is complete,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

33666

United States,Australia

17 November 2010

Baltimore Sun / KDVR-TV News (Colorado)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colorado -- Authorities in Arapahoe County continue to investigate a double shooting at the Cherry Creek State Park shooting range that left one twin sister dead and another seriously wounded. The women, whose names have not yet been released, were Australian nationals visiting the United States, FOX31 News has learned. They were 29-years-old. The shooting happened Monday afternoon after the women were dropped off at the shooting range by a taxi.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Baltimore Sun / KDVR-TV News (Colorado)

33636

Australia,United States

15 November 2010

Denver Post (Colorado)

One woman was shot dead and another injured at the Family Shooting Center at Cherry Creek State Park Monday afternoon, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department said. No names have been released, and at 5 p.m. investigators were still piecing together what happened, said Capt. Louie Perea. The shooting happened at 2:50 p.m., he said. "We're still trying to determine the circumstances," Perea said. "We have a number of witnesses to interview," he said. 9News reported... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Denver Post (Colorado)

33635

United States

13 November 2010

Associated Press

ERIE, Pennsylvania - A man shot and killed a woman and their two daughters in his home late Saturday morning before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook identified the dead as a 29-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and two girls, ages 4 and 7. A 2-year-old boy was taken to a hospital with a minor injury, and police believe the man tried to shoot him, too, he said. It was not immediately clear whether the man and woman were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33644

Israel

13 November 2010

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

A man shot and seriously injured his wife before turning his gun on himself in a failed murder/suicide attempt in Netanya on Saturday. The violence took place in the presence of the couple's three-year-old girl. Police broke into the apartment, on Rehov Ha'etzel, after being called to the scene by the man, aged 30. Paramedics rushed the couple to Laniado Hospital in Netanya, where the woman, 25, was hooked up to a life support machine. Their daughter was taken into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jerusalem Post (Israel)

33628

Canada

5 November 2010

Postmedia News (Canada)

Canada rigorously screens handgun applicants and rejects or revokes thousands of licences each year. While violent crime involving handguns is rare in Nanaimo, a pair of weekend deaths raised questions about how Gerrit Swart, suspected of being mentally ill, obtained a handgun police say he used to kill himself and his mother, 76-year-old Janetta, on Saturday. Like other legal gun owners, Swart would have been required to complete rigorous screening and training... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Postmedia News (Canada)

33625

United States

4 November 2010

Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

In a victory for gun-control activists, a federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Lebanon soccer mom who sought $1 million in damages after her license to carry a concealed firearm was revoked by the county sheriff two years ago. The ruling appears to be the final chapter in the saga which started in September 2008, when Meleanie Hain brought a loaded gun, in plain view and holstered on her hip, to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer games at Optimist... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

33583

United Kingdom

3 November 2010

Daily Mail (UK)

Cumbrian killer Derrick Bird tried to obtain a third weapon midway through his murder spree -– which would have allowed him to pick off more victims at greater speed. An official report revealed ­yesterday how the taxi driver attempted to retrieve a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun from a friend, who was storing it. But following a short conversation, the friend refused to hand it over. Police believe the killer wanted the gun because its automatic ejector mechanism... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

33579

Scotland,United States,United Kingdom

2 November 2010

BBC News

Derrick Bird, who shot dead 12 people in Cumbria, had held a firearms licence for 20 years. The taxi driver - who also injured 11 others before turning the gun on himself - had a shotgun certificate and a firearms licence for weapons for pest control and to go clay pigeon shooting. In the official police review of the tragedy, the country's top firearms licensing officer has said that Bird fulfilled the necessary requirements for issuing the licences. But are there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

35191

United Kingdom

2 November 2010

Guardian (UK)

Firearms laws should be strengthened in the wake of the murderous rampage in Cumbria by Derrick Bird, an independent report said yesterday. But only "far more fundamental changes" on private ownership of guns could have prevented the tragedy, the UK's senior firearms licensing specialist concluded. The report clears Cumbria police of mishandling licences for three shotguns and a rifle granted to Bird, who murdered 12 people and seriously injured 11 others before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

33581

United Kingdom

2 November 2010

Reuters

Britain's current gun licensing system could not have prevented the mass shooting earlier this year by Derrick Bird but it still needs to be tightened, a report said on Tuesday. Taxi driver Bird carried out Britain's worst gun killings for years when he shot dead 12 people and injured another 11 as he blasted victims during a three-hour rampage through towns and villages in Cumbria in northern England in June. The shootings, which involved people Bird knew as well as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

33574

United States

18 October 2010

Associated Press

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida - Broward County authorities say an unidentified 47-year-old man shot and killed himself at a shooting range. The man left a suicide note Friday morning at the Arizona Shooting Range in Lauderdale Lakes. No further details were immediately released. In August, a central Florida man sent distraught text messages to friends before fatally shooting himself at a gun range and allegedly killing a 21-year-old woman. In 2009, two men fatally shot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33495

United States

14 October 2010

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Two teens whose bodies were found in a heavily wooded area died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to autopsy results released Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Jacob Zachary Campbell, 14, of Lakeland, shot Lisa Marie Grijalva, 15, of Oak Park Heights, before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were found Tuesday night in a park about 25 miles east of Minneapolis. Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said a long barreled gun was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33487

Canada

30 September 2010

Maple Ridge News (British Columbia)

The carton of pre-rolled Players cigarette wrappers sits on a tray next to the TV, while another plastic box contains more blank wrappers in another container on the coffee table. Shirley Anderson knows she smokes too much and is about to try a third quit-smoking session. But she's opened the sundeck door on her fifth-floor apartment on 224th Street in Maple Ridge and she's lit a candle for a visitor to make it more comfortable to listen to her story. "You know... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Maple Ridge News (British Columbia)

33414

United States

27 September 2010

Associated Press

A man shot and killed his estranged wife and four of his stepchildren and then killed himself early Monday, but he spared his two biological children, police said. Seven children were inside the home when Patrick Dell, 41, shot Natasha Whyte-Dell, 36, and her four children, who were all pronounced dead at the scene. A 15-year-old at the home was recovering at the hospital. Dell's biological children, ages 1 and 3, were with relatives. Dell shot the family with a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33393

United States

25 September 2010

Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)

The man who carried a 9 mm handgun into the Americold Logistics plant Wednesday night purchased the firearm in Lincoln 18 days before opening fire on his coworkers and then shooting himself. Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady said Acher Arms, as per city statute, reported the sale of two 9 mm handguns to Akouch Kashoual on Sept. 3 and 4. Saline County Attorney Tad Eickman said Saturday that investigators had informed him Kashoual purchased one handgun, returned it and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)

33385

United States

21 September 2010

KPIC-CBS 4 TV News (Oregon)

JUNCTION CITY, Oregon - A mother went to pick up her daughters from school Monday afternoon, but the girls had never arrived at school Monday morning after spending the weekend with their father. "She went to pick up her children from school, and they weren't there," Sgt. Spence Slater with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said. The mother recently filed for divorce from her husband and had moved out of the family home. The mother found the family home south of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KPIC-CBS 4 TV News (Oregon)

33370

United States

20 September 2010

WTOP Radio (Washington)

WASHINGTON - The Arlington man who shot a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital before killing his mother and himself last week legally bought his gun, WTOP has learned. Paul Warren Pardus legally bought the 32-caliber Keltec pistol a few years ago at a Lorton gun shop that's now gone out of business. Pardus had a license to carry a concealed weapons in Virginia, but not in Baltimore where the shooting occurred Thursday morning. Doctors at Johns Hopkins say the status of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WTOP Radio (Washington)

33367

United States

19 September 2010

Associated Press

HOUSTON - Three children were found shot dead in their beds Sunday at a suburban Houston apartment building, and their father was charged with their murders after surviving an apparent suicide attempt, authorities said. Muhammed Goher, 47, was charged with three counts of capital murder in the Sunday morning shootings, said Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Jamie Wagner. Goher was in stable condition Sunday afternoon at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, where he was being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33354

United States

17 September 2010

Baltimore Sun / AP

Paul Warren Pardus spent restless nights with his ailing mother at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and when he believed doctors had failed her, the 50-year-old shot her physician before killing his mother and himself. Pardus was a fixture in the room since last week, after his 84-year-old mother, Jean Davis, was brought there for surgery related to cancer treatment. While speaking to Dr. David B. Cohen around 11 a.m., Pardus pulled a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Baltimore Sun / AP

33357

United States

17 September 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

A man in the US, devastated by his mother's diagnosis, shot her doctor at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before allegedly killing her and taking his own life. Police and officials would not elaborate on the diagnosis that sparked the shooting on Thursday but media reports speculated that the suspect's mother may have been paralysed after spinal surgery. The gunman, identified as Warren Davis, 50, had barricaded himself in his mother's room as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

33331

United States

12 September 2010

BBC News

A US man has killed himself after shooting dead five people, including his wife and stepdaughter, during an argument about his breakfast. Stanley Neace, 47, went on the rampage in a trailer park in Jackson, in rural Breathitt County, Kentucky. He chased his wife into a neighbouring trailer where he shot her, her daughter and three witnesses, reports say. Police say they are looking into why Neace flew into such a wild rage; there are reports he was facing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

33316

Slovakia

1 September 2010

Agence France Presse

A gunman who killed seven people and wounded at least 13 in a rampage in Bratislava was in legal possession of the assault rifle he used, police said Tuesday. The gunman, who killed himself after the Monday shooting spree, was a 48-year-old man from Devinska Nova Ves, the outskirts of the Slovak capital where the shooting took place, police said in a statement. "The police found an SA Vz.58 assault rifle. He also had two handguns and several full magazines. The man... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

33259

Slovakia

31 August 2010

Agence France Presse

BRATISLAVA — Conflicts with his Roma neighbours were a likely motive behind a shooting rampage in which a gunman killed seven people in Bratislava before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday. Lubomir Harman, 48, whose victims included his five Roma neighbours, their relative and a woman standing on a balcony, was shot by a police bullet to the chest before he killed himself, the police added, a day after the bloodbath. "We don't yet know the motive, but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

33263

United States

29 August 2010

Associated Press

DELTA TOWNSHIP -- Lansing-area authorities say a man fatally shot his wife with an AK-47 assault rifle, then killed himself with the same weapon. Eaton County Undersheriff Fred McPhail said today that 29-year-old Natasha M. Garcia died after surgery. He says 33-year-old Ivan G. Garcia shot her in the thigh and abdomen Saturday, then shot himself in the head. The shooting happened outside a home in Delta Township, southwest of Lansing. McPhail tells the Lansing State... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33228

United States

16 August 2010

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

The deaths of a young man and woman, discovered miles apart over the weekend, were a murder-suicide, Sheriff's investigators said Sunday. Ryan Ray Scurlock, 24 killed himself Saturday afternoon at a gun range south of Orlando. That suicide led to deputies to the body of Jennifer Lynn Roqueta, 21, in her apartment a few miles south of the University of Central Florida. Acquaintances on Sunday said Roqueta, an accounting major at UCF, and Scurlock had worked together... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

33190

Finland

16 August 2010

BBC News

When Finland experienced two school shootings in just 10 months it sparked a national debate about the country's relatively relaxed gun laws, now the government hopes new legislation will reduce the number of guns in the country and make another mass shooting less likely in the future. In 2007, 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen walked into Jokela High School in the town of Tuusula where he was studying. He shot seven pupils and the head teacher, before turning the gun on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

33169

United States

5 August 2010

Agence France Presse

NEW YORK — The US man who shot dead eight people after being sacked from a beer depot ran after his victims as they hid in offices, closets and the parking lot, emergency police calls revealed. A total of 20 calls were made to the 911 number from terrified workers at Hartford Distributors in the town of Manchester, Connecticut, as Omar Thornton, 34, went on the rampage Tuesday. "I got shot," the company's executive, Steve Hollander, tells police from an office where... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

33116

United States

5 August 2010

Associated Press

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — The warehouse driver who fatally shot eight co-workers and himself at a beer distributorship apparently targeted managers who had hired a private detective to tail him and forced him to resign because he stole beer from work, police said Wednesday. Omar Thornton's girlfriend, meanwhile, told The Associated Press that he had complained of racial harassment and had shared evidence of it with her: photos of racist bathroom graffiti and a... (GunPolicy.org)

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33115

United States

5 August 2010

New York Times

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — They were burly men who supported their families with an all-American pursuit: getting kegs and cases of Budweiser from the warehouse to store shelves and saloons. Husbands and fathers, even a grandfather among them, they had collectively held their jobs for well over a century at a family-owned business that had been remarkably stable. They drove trucks and operated forklifts at Hartford Distributors here. A few of them were hanging on for... (GunPolicy.org)

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33114

United States

4 August 2010

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

MANCHESTER, Connecticut - Nine people were killed Tuesday in a workplace shooting rampage at a family-owned beer and wine wholesaler, police said. The shooter was identified as Omar S. Thornton, 34, a driver for the company, Hartford Distributors, and was described by a Teamsters Union official as a recent hire and a "disciplinary problem." "The union was bringing him in to meet with the company to remedy the problem," said John Hollis, a Teamsters official. "He... (GunPolicy.org)

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33111

United States

4 August 2010

CNN

MANCHESTER, Connecticut - As police investigate the deadly shooting spree at Hartford Distributors and prepare to identify its victims, the company will meet Wednesday with employees, some of whom have been with the company for more than 30 years. "They want to meet in private, an opportunity for people to grieve and to come together and to address the remainder of their family members, meaning their employees," said James Battaglio, a spokesman for the family that... (GunPolicy.org)

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33110

United States

4 August 2010

New York Times

It was the busiest time of the day at Hartford Distributors, the morning shift change. And among the dozens of warehouse workers, sales representatives and executives inside the sprawling building in Manchester, Conn., was the company's newest truck driver, about to lose his job. The driver, Omar S. Thornton, 34, came in at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for a disciplinary hearing. Mr. Thornton had been with the company for two years, still new in a family-run workplace where... (GunPolicy.org)

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33109

United States

4 August 2010

Belfast Telegraph

A warehouse driver has killed nine people, including himself, and wounded others in a US shooting rampage. Omar S Thornton (34) reportedly entered the warehouse in Manchester, Connecticut, and fired at staff with a .223 calibre semi-automatic rifle. The driver had worked at the beer distributor in Manchester for a couple of years and had been called in for a disciplinary hearing, said John Hollis, of the Connecticut Teamsters labour union. Mr Hollis, who was with... (GunPolicy.org)

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33108

United States

3 August 2010

Boston Globe / AP

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — A driver caught stealing beer from the warehouse where he worked agreed to resign his job Tuesday and then as "cold as ice," one of his victims said, went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people and injuring two before committing suicide. Omar Thornton pulled out a handgun after a meeting in which he was shown video evidence of the thefts and was offered the chance to quit or be fired. "Then he went out on this rampage," company vice... (GunPolicy.org)

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33180

United States

3 August 2010

New York Daily News

A Connecticut truck driver caught stealing beer was given two choices: quit or be fired. But Omar Thornton, who complained about being racially harassed at work, had another plan. He pulled out a gun and opened fire on co-workers, killing eight and then fatally shooting himself - pausing mid-rampage to call his mother and say goodbye. "He said, 'I just shot the five racists who were out to get me. I took care of them, Mom,'" said Joanne Hannah, the mother of... (GunPolicy.org)

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33113

United States

3 August 2010

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — Omar Thornton almost slept through his 6 a.m. wakeup call Tuesday, springing to life only after the teenage brother of his girlfriend nudged him awake. The 34-year-old kissed his girlfriend Kristi Hannah goodbye, told her he loved her, and then left her East Windsor apartment for work at Hartford Distributors Inc. in Manchester, where he was to meet about 7 a.m. with company and union officials about allegations that he had stolen beer from... (GunPolicy.org)

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33112

United States

3 August 2010

Gainesville Sun (Florida)

The Sunday deaths of a Columbia County woman and her estranged husband have been classified as a murder and suicide. According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the bodies of William "Chuck" Wood, 44, and his wife, Jodi Wood, 41, were found inside the garage of the home at 2204 S.W. Jim Witt Rd. outside Lake City where Jodi Wood had been living with the couple's three children. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ed Seifert said the couple had separated and were living... (GunPolicy.org)

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33107

Malaysia

3 August 2010

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

KUALA LUMPUR (Update 21:30)- As investigations continue into the death of former Selangor assemblyman Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohd Noh and Tanjung Karang Wanita Umno vice-chief Siti Rohana Ismat, police have not ruled out the probability that one of them had shot the other. Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said initial investigations showed that the shots were fired from inside the car they were travelling in and that there was no other person in the vehicle at... (GunPolicy.org)

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33092

United States

29 July 2010

Associated Press

CHINO HILLS, San Bernardino County -- Two Southern California brothers - a 12-year-old who loved skateboarding and a 10-year-old about to start fifth grade - were shot to death with their father's handgun in what could be a double suicide or a murder-suicide, authorities said Wednesday. The bodies of Bryan Gonzalez and younger brother Christian Gonzalez were found Tuesday by a family member in a dry creekbed behind their Chino Hills mobile home in rural San Bernardino... (GunPolicy.org)

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33152

United States

12 July 2010

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A gunman angry about a dispute with his girlfriend forced his way into the New Mexico manufacturing plant where she works and killed two employees Monday before turning the gun on himself. Police identified the shooter as 37-year-old Robert Reza, who had addresses in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Four others were wounded in a rampage police said was motivated by Reza's disgust over a domestic violence dispute involving the girlfriend. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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33012

Australia

10 July 2010

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Police are working to find where a woman obtained the handgun she allegedly used to shoot her eight-month-old baby dead and wound her ex-husband. Jade Quilligan, 22, who is understood to have had links to bikie gangs, died on Tuesday after her baby and ex-husband were found shot at a house in Gracemere, near Rockhampton, Queensland. She is believed to have recently lost full custody of her baby, Anthony. According to an unconfirmed report, two handguns were found -... (GunPolicy.org)

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33762

Australia

8 July 2010

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

The mother suspected of shooting her husband and killing her eight-month-old son may have committed suicide after the shooting. Shortly before 8pm on Tuesday night, the 22-year-old mother is thought to have shot her son in the Queensland town of Gracemere. She is also believed to have shot her ex-husband in the stomach. As the baby was carried to a neighbour's house in a desperate attempt to save his life, his mother left in a ute, which hit a tree 10km down the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32972

Canada

2 July 2010

Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

NEW GERMANY — The husband of the woman shot to death outside of a New German grocery store on Wednesday has been charged with her murder. "Wayne Paul Eisnor, 47, of Barss Corner, Lunenburg County is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christina (Tina) Mae Eisnor, 43, of Hemford, Lunenburg," Lunenburg RCMP said in a statement this morning. Eisnor, who turned a gun on himself after his wife was shot, remains in critical condition in hospital. RCMP said... (GunPolicy.org)

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32951

China

23 June 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

BEIJING - China and guns have a long history. The country invented gun power and developed one of the world's first guns, known as the "fire spear." Rifles played a major role in China's modern history, from the fight against the Japanese army to the Communist's victory over the Nationalists. In 1938, Mao Zedong famously said that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." That comment perhaps foreshadowed the gun control laws later implemented by Mao and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32861

United States

20 June 2010

Los Angeles Times

A 56-year-old man opened fire in a San Bernardino Del Taco restaurant Saturday afternoon, killing his stepdaughter's husband and one of their two young sons before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said. The man also critically wounded his stepdaughter and her 5-year-old son. The San Bernardino Police Department late Saturday identified the gunman as Jimmy Schlager. It has not released the identities of the victims. The incident began at 1:14 p.m. Saturday... (GunPolicy.org)

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32880

United States

8 June 2010

WDBO-AM Radio (Florida)

We learning more about the man suspected in Tuesday morning's shocking murder-suicide in Deltona. Court records obtained by WDBO show the suspect was recently arrested in a drug bust where cops seized a slew of high-powered guns. An anonymous tip led detectives to search trash bags at the curb of 51-year-old Johnnie Burke's home. After they found stems from marijuana plants, a judge granted investigators a search warrant. "They executed the search warrant on September... (GunPolicy.org)

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32845

United States

4 June 2010

Mercury (Pennsylvania)

MARLBOROUGH — The mother and son found dead in a residence in the Green Hill Homes mobile home park Tuesday died of gunshot wounds in what officials have confirmed was a murder-suicide. Officials confirmed the killings occurred about 15 hours before the bodies were discovered by a family member. Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter I. Hofman said an autopsy confirmed Lorene Good, 78, died of multiple gunshot wounds fired by her son, Michael Good, 45. Michael Good... (GunPolicy.org)

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32825

United Kingdom

4 June 2010

New York Times

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain "should not leap to knee-jerk conclusions" about the need for tougher gun laws in the wake of the shooting rampage in northwestern England on Wednesday that left 13 people dead, including the gunman. Mr. Cameron spoke at a news conference as the police released new details about how the gunman, Derrick Bird, 52, a taxi driver, left a trail of death with few precedents in Britain's modern history through... (GunPolicy.org)

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32822

United Kingdom

4 June 2010

Mirror (UK)

Two days after the shooting spree, crucial ­questions about the police operation and contact with Derrick Bird remain left unanswered. Senior officers have refused to discuss several issues surrounding their pursuit of the taxi driver, insisting they would not "speculate" on what happened. Despite huge admiration for officers' efforts in dealing with the aftermath of the massacre, Cumbrians expressed concern that Bird roamed free for three hours, increasing his grim... (GunPolicy.org)

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32803

United Kingdom

3 June 2010

Guardian (UK)

Cumbria's deputy chief constable said his force had been stretched by the massacre that left one of Britain's smallest forces investigating one of the biggest mass shootings on UK soil. Stuart Hyde said: "Throughout the day we have been dealing with a very fast-paced operation that stretched over three hours, and emergency services responded during very difficult, challenging circumstances … thanks to the support of our colleagues at the Civil Nuclear constabulary and... (GunPolicy.org)

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32813

United Kingdom

3 June 2010

Independent (UK)

The day had begun in sunshine. The streets were filling up with families enjoying half-term, and Whitehaven was bright with the promise of summer. Then the first shots rang out. Within a few hours, 12 people lay dead, and this quiet Georgian port had joined the ranks of Dunblane, Hungerford and Omagh as geographic shorthand for mass murder. In the three-and-a-half hours from 10.35am, local taxi driver Derrick Bird, 52, was to unleash one of the most ferocious and... (GunPolicy.org)

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32811

United Kingdom

3 June 2010

Guardian (UK) / Comment is Free, Opinion

Yesterday's killings in Cumbria have already been compared with Hungerford and Dunblane, Britain's two previous rampage killings. Now there are three. But while such incidents are undoubtedly very rare, they are not completely unknown and if we shift focus slightly – murder/suicide incidents are rather more frequent. A lot of the media speculation has been asking why did he do it? There are certainly profile issues here; commonalities with Hungerford and Dunblane –... (GunPolicy.org)

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32805

United Kingdom

3 June 2010

CNN

LONDON, England - The shooting spree by taxi driver Derrick Bird across Cumbria, northern England has brought painful reminders of other mass shootings in the UK. The UK already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world, introduced in the wake of two infamous UK mass shootings. In 1987, Michael Ryan, 27, killed 16 people in the southern English town of Hungerford, Berkshire, as he went on the rampage for several hours armed with a pistol, a hand grenade... (GunPolicy.org)

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32777

United Kingdom

3 June 2010

Associated Press

A British taxi driver killed his twin brother and a family lawyer when he went on a shooting rampage in rural England, leading to speculation that a family dispute could be at the root of the horrific violence. Derrick Bird, 52, has been identified as the man who shot 12 people to death and wounded 11 others over a three-hour period, before killing himself on Wednesday. British authorities had originally reported that 25 people had been wounded, though Home Secretary... (GunPolicy.org)

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