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Double Murder/Suicide – Killed – Augustus Bennett (Mobile, AL)

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MOBILE, Alabama — A shooting reported early this morning at Campus Quarters near the University of South Alabama has claimed the life of a third victim, a Mobile Police Department spokeswoman said.

The case is now being investigated “as a double homicide and a suicide,” said MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains.

“One of the males was in a previous relationship with the female and an argument started,” Rains said. “That’s all we know.”

Around 4:45 a.m., officers were called to Campus Quarters at 112 South University Blvd after a shooting reportedly injured multiple people, according to police.

On arrival, police found a man and a woman approximately 100 yards apart from each other at the complex. They had died of gunshot wounds, Rains said.

A third man was transported to the hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Around 2 p.m., police said he had passed away.

MOBILE, Alabama — China Leann Barber, 20, Robert “BJ” Sprinkle, 23, and Augustus “Gus” Bennett are the names of the three people who died in Tuesday’s shooting at Campus Quarters apartment complex in Mobile, near the University of South Alabama.

The Mobile Police Department confirmed the names Wednesday after making sure the families were notified.

Mobile Police Department also stated that Sprinkle was the shooter.

Barber and Sprinkle attended Theodore High School and were married, according to Mobile County marriage records. The two married on December 12, 2012 and became estranged recently, according to family.

According to a friend of Barber’s who spoke to Alabama Media Group, Barber and Sprinkle had been separated since May 4, 2013.

They had been a couple for 4 1/2 years.

The wedding had not been planned and was a spur-of-the-moment decision that Barber later expressed remorse for, according to the friend.

Bennett, of Coden, Alabama, announced that he was in a relationship with Barber on Dec. 8 of this year, via his Facebook page.

Barber’s family has suffered immense tragedy growing up in impoverished conditions and she is the fourth of six children to die. Her brothers Ben and Tyler died in separate car accidents, and her brother Kevin of natural causes.

China Barber, 20, and boyfriend Gus Bennett were gunned down at her apartment complex by China’s estranged husband Robert Sprinkle

Sprinkle had been friends with Bennett and had been with China for years before they married last December

The couple split in May

China grew up in abject poverty but graduated from high school with honors and attended college on scholarship

Bennett posted their relationship on Facebook three days before he and China were murdered

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/3rd_victim_dies_following_earl.html

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/names_of_campus_quarters_shoot.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2522391/China-Barber-new-boyfriend-gunned-estranged-husband.html

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http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/12/17/china-barber-couple-killed-relationship-facebook

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/remembering_slain_usa_student.html

http://www.georgianewsday.com/news/regional/196980-college-student-and-new-boyfriend-gunned-down-by-estranged-husband-making-relationship-facebook-official.html

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Double Murder/Suicide – Dead – Robert Sprinkle (Mobile, AL)

Robert 'BJ' Sprinkle

MOBILE, Alabama — A shooting reported early this morning at Campus Quarters near the University of South Alabama has claimed the life of a third victim, a Mobile Police Department spokeswoman said.

The case is now being investigated “as a double homicide and a suicide,” said MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains.

“One of the males was in a previous relationship with the female and an argument started,” Rains said. “That’s all we know.”

Around 4:45 a.m., officers were called to Campus Quarters at 112 South University Blvd after a shooting reportedly injured multiple people, according to police.

On arrival, police found a man and a woman approximately 100 yards apart from each other at the complex. They had died of gunshot wounds, Rains said.

A third man was transported to the hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Around 2 p.m., police said he had passed away.

MOBILE, Alabama — China Leann Barber, 20, Robert “BJ” Sprinkle, 23, and Augustus “Gus” Bennett are the names of the three people who died in Tuesday’s shooting at Campus Quarters apartment complex in Mobile, near the University of South Alabama.

The Mobile Police Department confirmed the names Wednesday after making sure the families were notified.

Mobile Police Department also stated that Sprinkle was the shooter.

Barber and Sprinkle attended Theodore High School and were married, according to Mobile County marriage records. The two married on December 12, 2012 and became estranged recently, according to family.

According to a friend of Barber’s who spoke to Alabama Media Group, Barber and Sprinkle had been separated since May 4, 2013.

They had been a couple for 4 1/2 years.

The wedding had not been planned and was a spur-of-the-moment decision that Barber later expressed remorse for, according to the friend.

Bennett, of Coden, Alabama, announced that he was in a relationship with Barber on Dec. 8 of this year, via his Facebook page.

Barber’s family has suffered immense tragedy growing up in impoverished conditions and she is the fourth of six children to die. Her brothers Ben and Tyler died in separate car accidents, and her brother Kevin of natural causes.

China Barber, 20, and boyfriend Gus Bennett were gunned down at her apartment complex by China’s estranged husband Robert Sprinkle

Sprinkle had been friends with Bennett and had been with China for years before they married last December

The couple split in May

China grew up in abject poverty but graduated from high school with honors and attended college on scholarship

Bennett posted their relationship on Facebook three days before he and China were murdered

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/3rd_victim_dies_following_earl.html

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/names_of_campus_quarters_shoot.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2522391/China-Barber-new-boyfriend-gunned-estranged-husband.html

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/2_dead_1_hospitalized_followin.html

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/3rd_victim_dies_following_earl.html

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/3rd_victim_dies_following_earl.html

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/he_wasnt_a_monster_friends_say.html

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/12/17/china-barber-couple-killed-relationship-facebook

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/12/remembering_slain_usa_student.html

http://www.georgianewsday.com/news/regional/196980-college-student-and-new-boyfriend-gunned-down-by-estranged-husband-making-relationship-facebook-official.html

http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary-preview.aspx?n=china-barber&pid=168504283&referrer=30

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Killed – Sharron Charles Mason (Odenton, MD)

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ODENTON, Md. – A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in Odenton during the early hours of Tuesday morning, and police are looking for suspects.

Around 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, Anne Arundel County Police were called to the 1300 block of Chapel View Drive after someone heard shots fired in the area, police said.

When officers arrived, they found the 19-year-old man inside a home in that block suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police. The man, identified by police as Sharron Charles Mason, died at the scene.

http://www.abc2news.com/news/crime-checker/anne-arundel-crime/man-shot-killed-in-odenton-home

http://wjla.com/news/crime/sharron-charles-mason-shot-killed-in-odenton-97923

http://patch.com/maryland/odenton/man-shot-dead-in-home-on-chapelview

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel-county/odenton-fatal-shooting-under-investigation/23408674

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-12-10/news/bs-md-ar-homicide-20131210_1_19-year-old-man-anne-arundel-county-police-odenton

Killed – Robert T Smith (West Carrollton, OH)

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WEST CARROLLTON — A 20-year-old Miami Twp. man died early Tuesday in a shooting in West Carrollton, according to reports.

Robert T. Smith was pronounced dead at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday outside the Carollton Pointe Apartments, 308 Camphill Way in West Carrollton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

A resident told a 911 dispatcher he heard six shots near the pool area. The dispatcher suggested the shots could have come from deer hunters in the Cox Arboretum area nearby.
“I heard six shots. It didn’t sound like rifle shots,” the resident said.

http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/police-man-found-dead-after-shots-fired/ncGdf/

http://www.whio.com/news/news/person-interest-pegged-west-carrollton-homicide/ncKRC/

http://m.daytondailynews.com/news/news/person-interest-pegged-west-carrollton-homicide/ncKRC/

Killed – Man (San Bernardino, CA)

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SAN BERNARDINO >> Police found a body on the north end of the city early Tuesday, the city’s third homicide since Saturday and the 45th of the year.

San Bernardino police received a call at 12:38 a.m. from someone who spotted a man lying on a dirt road where Palm Avenue ends, said police Lt. Rich Lawhead. The area is north of Melvin Avenue.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It appears he died of a gunshot wound,” Lawhead said.

The man had been shot multiple times.

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20131210/police-find-body-on-san-bernardinos-north-end

http://www.pe.com/articles/-740600–.html

http://www.pe.com/articles/police-682618-bernardino-san.html

Killed – James Williams (Birmingham, AL)

James Williams

The Birmingham Police Department says they are investigating a new homicide.

Officers from the East Precinct responded to a ‘shots fired’ call in the 1300 block of Americana Drive just before midnight on Monday. At the scene, 24-year-old James Williams was found suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to UAB Hospital and was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives say Williams was involved in an argument with three other subjects before the shooting. No arrests have been made in the case.

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/24182473/birmingham-man-killed-in-shooting-on-monday-night

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/12/fairfield_man_dead_after_shot.html

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/12/1_found_shot_in_northeast_birm.html

http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/List_of_Birmingham_homicides_in_2013

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Double Shooting – Killed – Luis Cruz (Cleveland, OH)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 30-year-old man was shot and killed Monday night on Cleveland’s West Side, in what was the city’s fifth suspected slaying in as many days.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the man Tuesday morning as Luis Cruz.

Cleveland Police said Cruz was sitting in a silver Honda in the 3200 block of West 90th Street with two other people about 9:35 p.m. Police said the unknown shooter fired into the car, striking the victim, and then ran away.

Cruz was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in a private vehicle before officers arrived on scene, police said. He was later pronounced dead.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police have accused a 25-year-old man of gunning down a man in a car on the city’s West Side in December.

Deshon Day is wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the Dec. 9 shooting death of Luis Cruz.

Cruz and two others sat in a silver Honda in the 3200 block of West 90th Street about 9:30 p.m. that night.

Police said Day approached the vehicle and opened fire, hitting Cruz in the head and chest.

Cruz was driven to MetroHealth Medical Center in a private car. He later died from his injuries.

19 Action News has learned two men were shot, and then taken by a private car to Metro.

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Luis Cruz, 30, later died from his injuries.

The condition of the other victim is not known.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/12/fifth_homicide_in_cleveland_in.html#incart_river

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/man_accused_in_december_slayin.html

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/24179851/victim-idd-two-shot-one-killed-in-west-90th-shooting

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Luis-Daniel-Cruz-97365951