- Have you seen these vile extremists who voted AGAINST univ bgd checks?
- Hoarding NRA dollars while KIDS pay with their lives
- It doesn’t have to be this way… Vote the TRASH out of Congress
#gunsense #2a #NeverAgain #GOP #NRA
#gunsense #2a #NeverAgain #GOP #NRA
Each year the NRA’s extremism inflicts death, trauma & grief on an estimated 38,989,278 Americans. More than the total population of California. Every single year.
#SandyHook #Newtown #gunsense #NRA #2a
Some of you reading this will have been fighting for #gunsense and commonsense gun laws for some time. Some will have just joined the fight. Welcome to everyone.
Some of you will have always been ‘political’. For some of you this will be the first time you’re getting directly involved in a political movement. We are all cynical about politicians and Congress, but something has made you take that decision to say “I MUST ACT”.
Perhaps the 6-year-olds murdered at Newtown was your defining moment. Perhaps you or a loved one have been directly affected by gun violence. Perhaps you are fed up with people telling you that thousands and thousands of Americans dying each year is just “collateral damage” and a “new normal”. Perhaps you are a gun owner who knows that commonsense regulation is needed and are fed up with the NRA’s extremist stance.
You are right not to accept this situation. You are right to no longer stay silent. You are right to take action. You are right to push your politicians.
Without you, the field is left to the special interests and lobbying firms of the gun industry.
Without you, the field is left to those who spread misinformation, fear and paranoia with the sole purpose of making more money from selling guns to whomever they can get away with.
Without you, more children and teenagers will die needlessly.
Without you, more children will cower in lockdown bathrooms, terrified as they cram themselves in during a living nightmare.
Without you, more women will be subjected to deadly domestic abuse.
Without you, America will continue to head to a very dark place.
But with you, things CAN and WILL change for the better.
These resolutions are all real and effective steps you can take this year to Continue reading
There are two races in America. The race I’m running is the 100m. It’s tiring (I didn’t bother training properly), it’s intense but if I keep hauling my bones along eventually I’ll get to the end. Even if I don’t, someone can probably help or carry me over the line. I’ll need to make a big effort, at the end I’ll be short of breath and exhausted, but I will have run the race.
But next to me there’s another race going on. From high above the stadium, in the TV blimp or police helicopter, both races look pretty much the same in a bird’s eye view. But come down closer until you can see the faces of the runners and feel the texture of the track: These two races are different.
The race next to me is the 110m hurdles. It is slightly longer. It is harder fought. It involves more skill and nerve to negotiate. If you hit the first hurdle and stumble, it hurts but you may stay on your feet. But hitting the second, third, fourth hurdle, at some point you may well be taken down and not be able to get up at all. By then you will be hurting and winded. You can’t breathe. By then the race is lost anyway. A few adept runners may be able to excel and get safely over all the hurdles, may be able to run that extra 10m to get to the finish line. But helping or carrying someone to the end of this race, hauling them over the hurdles, is a whole different proposition.
In one race the starter pistol starts the race. In the other it takes aim.
Back at the end of my race, the 100m, the runners (who all finished) are standing around. Most are silent as a few loudly run their mouths:
“Why is everyone talking about how hard the 110m hurdles is?”
“Our race was tough too!”
“We had to run hard!”
“We had to put effort in! Nobody did us any favors!”
“If they’re complaining so much why don’t they just come run this race? They’re just being lazy”
“If it will stop their complaining, let’s just reduce the number of hurdles from 10 to, say, 5!”
Or maybe everyone should be allowed to run the same race with the same rules and the same challenges.
#EricGarner #TamirRice #JohnCrawford #MichaelBrown #Ferguson #FergusonDecision #alivewhileblack #BlackLivesMatter #CrimingWhileWhite #ICantBreathe #NotOneMore #gunsense #p2 #uniteblue
How the NRA silences its own members:
NRA Board is voted for by just 2% of members
“We’ll take your money, but we don’t trust you to vote”
THE NRA – TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
Stand Your Ground This Christmas
The NRA – Terrorizing American Families for over 35 years
#NRA #SandyHook #Newtown #gunindustry #EricGarner #TamirRice #JohnCrawford #MichaelBrown #Ferguson #FergusonDecision #alivewhileblack #BlackLivesMatter #CrimingWhileWhite #ICantBreathe #NotOneMore #gunsense #p2 #uniteblue
Meet the Founder of the Terrorist @NRA in 1977 – HARLAN CARTER
He created the extremist NRA of today, pushing lax laws causing 1000s of deaths.
It’s time to reclassify the NRA as a terrorist organization.
The only way our laws will change is if people like YOU put pressure on our politicians in the U.S. Congress and State Senates.
Follow these simple steps:
Step 1) Find out who your US Senators and Representative are at http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
Step 2) Find out who your State Senator is from the State Senate website in your state.
Step 3) If possible, coordinate with your neighbors and friends in the area and all make contact on the same day or in the same week.
Step 4) Call, email and/or write to each of your representatives and ask which of the “Big Ten” gun safety measures they support:
Step 5) Note down the answers you receive, share them with people in your area and, if possible, publish them to the web. Use #gunsense if posting to Twitter.
Step 6) Attend in-person meetings with your representatives and demand that they support these commonsense gun safety measures.
Thanks for reading and keep working for commonsense gun laws in America.
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“A very dynamic and exciting time for the industry”
– James Debney, CEO, Smith & Wesson
“There isn’t an industry in America that wouldn’t be thrilled and delighted to see their underlying demand grow 16% in a quarter”
– Mike Fifer, CEO, Sturm, Ruger & Co
“It’s inherently a dangerous product… it’s going to have a devastating effect on anything in its path“- George Kollitides, CEO, Freedom Group
“I only did seven of the autopsies, the victims I had ranged from three to 11 wounds apiece”
– Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, Chief Medical Officer
“Liberty, of a person to own a high-powered magazine, is second to the right of my son to his life”
– David Wheeler, Father of Ben
“In the time it took to reload, 11 of the children were able to escape. Would my son be alive today?”
– Nicole Hockley, Mother of Dylan
“What happened in Newtown can happen in any town. In an instant, any mother in America can be in my shoes”
– Nelba Marquez-Greene, Mother of Ana
Each child killed at Sandy Hook is worth at least $36.9m in extra sales to the Gun Industry
Isn’t it time we put children before profits?
Contact your Senator TODAY and demand commonsense gun safety laws
In 2013 the extremism of #Gunbullies has hit a new high. This article reviews how they have tried to silence commonsense gun owners, Moms Demand Action, domestic abuse victims and even the Newtown parents – and why the #Gunbullies will ultimately fail.
In the December 2013 issue of Guns & Ammo magazine sanity and #gunsense broke out as Dick Metcalf wrote a column entitled “Let’s Talk Limits“. He was promptly fired along with the Editor of Guns & Ammo, after gun extremists attacked the publisher for daring to print a piece that promoted a commonsense conversation about gun safety. Continue reading
Michael Cass Forsyth, 57, and Thomas James Burton, 65, both of Ingot, were found shot to death in separate buildings that had been set on fire at Ingot Auto Dismantlers located on Highway 299, according to Sheriff’s investigators.
The fire, reported at 5:47 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 burned a home and a travel trailer, firefighters said.
On Thursday the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office released the cause of death of two people they said have been murdered.
Captain John Hubbard with the sheriff’s office said 57-year-old Michael Cass Forsyth and 65-year-old Thomas James Burton died from gunshot wounds.
Autopsies on their bodies were conducted in Yolo County on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
The case is actively being investigated as a homicide.
On Friday, Oct. 25 at 6:05 p.m. Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Ingot Auto Dismantlers to a fire with two fatalities.
The fire burned a home and a travel trailer on the auto dismantler’s property.
A Sheriff’s sergeant on the scene the night of the fire said the bodies of the victims were discovered in two separate structures.
Investigators say there’s a connection between the killing and burning of two men in Ingot, and a body found in the back of a burning truck near Millville.
33-year-old Joshua Reid McCormick and 32-year-old Rebecca June Wilson are charged with murdering two people in Ingot October, 2013.
Both McCormick and Wilson are eligible for the death penalty if their charges are enhanced.
In a connected case, McCormick and 32-year-old Byron Lee Willis are charged with killing another man in Redding, back in November, 2013.
The man they are accused of killing, 31-year-old Eric Richard Ratledge, was present at the first murder in Ingot, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
Shasta County investigators said McCormick and Wilson shot and killed 65-year-old Thomas James Burton and 57-year-old Michael Cass Forsyth on Oct. 25, 2013 in Ingot, then put their bodies in a home they later set on fire.
Both men were killed with a shotgun stolen from the property.
Shasta County Sheriff’s Department Captain John Hubbard said McCormick admitted to being the trigger-man.
“In interviewing Joshua McCormick, he admitted he was the trigger-man, [using] a shotgun he stole from the premises,” said Hubbard.
Hubbard also said that the reason Forsyth was killed was because McCormick said “he could identify him.”
The incident was classified as a robbery, with a number of traceable items missing from the property.
Eric Ratledge was there, and witnessed the whole thing.
Less than two weeks later, Sunday, Nov. 3, around 7 a.m.; CAL FIRE responds to reports of a grass fire on the 8800 block of Bass Pond Drive in Millville.
There firefighters found a pickup truck engulfed in flames. While extinguishing the fire, they found human remains later identified as Ratledge.
Ratledge was shot at least once and determined to be the victim of homicide.
While detectives followed up on leads surrounding Ratledge’s death, they found stolen property from the home in Ingot where the two men were murdered.
On Nov. 26, 2013, McCormick was arrested by detectives on outstanding warrants.
Willis was arrested almost a month later, on Dec. 18, 2013, on unrelated charges at his home.
All three victims had suffered gunshot wounds before the areas their bodies were found in were set on fire, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said.
A Shasta County man pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder in Shasta County Superior Court this morning.
Joshua McCormick had been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 57-year-old Michael Cass Forsyth and 65-year-old Tomas James Burton. The two men were found shot to death and set on fire at the Ingot Auto Dismantlers on October 25, 2013.
The third murder charge was for the death of 31-year-old Eric Richard Ratledge whose body was found shot and burned in the back of a pickup truck on Bass Pond Drive in Millville on November 3, 2013.
McCormick’s fourth charge of attempted murder was from an attempt to strangle his jail cell mate.
McCormick’s plea was in exchange for a 150-year-to-life-sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23.
A Cleveland man was shot three times on Cleveland’s east side Wednesday night.
The victim, identified as Mario Braxton, was on East 92nd Street and Superior Avenue when he was shot around 8 p.m.
When cops arrived, the 18-year-old was lying in the street.
Braxton was transported by EMS to MetroHealth, where he died.
The suspect wanted in this case is Mitchell M. Taylor Jr. Taylor is a 19 year old black male who is 5’9” tall, weighs 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Taylor also goes by the names “Mickey” or “Marcus Drive”.
George and Taylor are also awaiting trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Aggravated Murder charges in the death of Brian Montgomery near East 88th Street and Superior Avenue in September of last year.
Authorities believe this shooting was in retaliation for the 2013 slaying of Cutthroats gang member Mario (Rio) Braxton, and that George and Taylor actually meant to kill Montgomery’s son Brandon, who was wounded in the attack.
Coroner’s officials Friday released the name of a Los Angeles man fatally wounded by an off-duty California State University, Los Angeles police officer last weekend after allegedly shooting at the officer, authorities said.
Justo Quintero, 30, died at a hospital shortly after Sunday’s 1 a.m. shooting in the 1000 block of Arroyo Verde Road, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
Quintero was shot and killed on Aug. 18 by the off-duty officer during some sort of confrontation on Arroyo Verde Road.
Investigators say Quintero had a gun and fired the weapon during the incident.
A 49-year-old man injured last weekend during a Lawndale shooting has died.
Willie Bush, of the 1200 block of South Lawndale Avenue, died late Monday after he was shot multiple times late Saturday outside his home, authorities said.
Two others were wounded — one seriously — in the shooting, which occurred about 11:35 p.m., police said.
One man remains hospitalized with serious injuries at an area hospital, authorities said. Another man was shot in the leg and hand. He was initially listed in good condition, police said.
The two men standing with Bush were also shot. A 39-year-old man was hit in the hand and left leg, and a man in his 20s was wounded in the back, police said.
ASBURY PARK — Prosecutors say an Asbury Park man was shot and killed on a city street, the latest in a spate of violent incidents that have plagued the Jersey Shore community this year.
Twenty-year-old Tyrell Howard was killed shortly after 10 p.m. Friday in the area of Washington Village Apartments. Authorities have declined to provide details on the shooting, including what type of weapon was used or how many assailants may have been involved, but said they don’t believe it was gang related.
Tyrell Howard, 20, of Asbury Park, was reportedly shot several times in the street and taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m., Gramiccioni said.
Bryan Burford, 21, of Asbury Park, was charged with murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was taken to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold in lieu of $1 million bail with no 10 percent option.
Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, WISN News.com identified Mark Carrington, 27, who was fatally shot multiple times while using a public payphone at the 900 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive on early Wednesday. Carrington was talking to his girlfriend around 1:30 a.m. when he was shot. His girlfriend, Bianca Prescott told WISN that she her the shots and knew he was dead.
Police were patrolling at the 1600 block of W. National Ave. when they heard multiple shots on Chavez Drive. When they went to investigate, they found Carrington’s body on the sidewalk, according to police.
August 14, 2013
67. Mark Carrington (age 27) male found by police shot dead lying on the sidewalk in the 900 block of S. Cesar Chavez Drive.
DOVER, Del. (AP)- A Wilmington man who faced first-degree murder charges and a possible death penalty before prosecutors dropped the case against him earlier this year has been killed in a double shooting in New Castle, authorities said Tuesday.
State police said Medford Holmes, 33, was one of two men shot Monday night on New Castle Avenue in New Castle.
Troopers responded to a report of multiple shots fired shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. They found Holmes lying on his side near the shoulder of the road suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. Holmes was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said a second man, age 32, was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle, suffering from apparent multiple gunshot wounds. Police did not release the name of that man, who was admitted in serious condition.
08/12/13 – 12:01 a.m.
In the 19900 block of Archdale, the male victim, 32, was at home when the suspects questioned him about an incident. One suspects fired a shot, striking the vicitm in the body. He has died.
UNION GAP, Wash. — The Yakima County Coroner’s Office on Monday released the name and cause of death of a 20-year-old man killed late Saturday.
Juan Hernandez was declared dead at the scene in the 2100 block of South Seventh Avenue about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to Union Gap police reports. Coroner Jack Hawkins said a single gunshot wound near Hernandez’s left shoulder caused him to bleed to death.
Juan A. Venegas was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday for the death of 20-year-old Juan Hernandez, who was shot outside a party in the 2100 block of South Seventh Avenue on Aug. 11.
Deputies shot and killed a New Port Richey man after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife and fired at a SWAT team.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Tampa Bay area home Friday at about 9 p.m.
When a responding deputy arrived, the suspect allegedly pointed a weapon in the deputy’s direction. He then went back into the home. The man’s wife had already fled the scene.
A SWAT team and crisis management negotiators arrived and began a dialogue with the suspect.
According to investigators, sometime before midnight the man exited the house and shot multiple rounds from an AK-47 at deputies, who returned fire. The man was killed. His name has not been released.
Two deputies sustained minor injuries, possibly shrapnel wounds to their legs.
While Kaminski focused on the deputies, SWAT members out of his sight opened fire. Kaminski fell. Deputies tried to revive him, but he died in the circular driveway of his doublewide mobile home around 11:30 p.m.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department has identified a man who was killed by deputies during a Wednesday morning shootout on State Highway 103, on a bridge over Lake Sam Rayburn.
46-year-old Kevin Koonce, of Nacogdoches, died in the shooting after Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said Koonce opened fire on the deputies. Now, the Texas Rangers have stepped in to conduct the investigation.
According to Sheriff Bridges, deputies were attempting to serve a “high risk” warrant on Koonce when the incident occurred.
Bridges said the U.S. Marshals Service, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety and Nacogdoches County deputies had been investigating Koonce in reference to a parole violation.
According to Bridges, an arrest warrant for Koonce was obtained on Monday, and officers were on the way to his house when they saw his pickup truck.
Bridges said after a deputy pulled Koonce over, the man immediately jumped out of his truck and began shooting. The deputy shot back and hit Koonce.
According to Bridges, Koonce had two .45-caliber pistols with him, and numerous other weapons were found at his residence.
“On Wednesday around 5 a.m., law-enforcement officials arrived in Etoile,” Bridges said. “While staging for the execution of the search warrant, a vehicle was observed driving down the road that (I) knew was possibly associated (with) the suspect, Kevin Koonce.”
Bridges ordered deputies to stop the vehicle.
“The traffic stop occurred on Hwy. 103 East, just west of Etoile,” he said. “The driver of the vehicle stopped on the side of the road. (He) then immediately jumped out of his vehicle and came running at the patrol unit, opening fire with a pistol in his hand.”
Koonce fired at least four rounds from a .45 caliber handgun, hitting the deputy’s patrol unit at least three times, including once in the windshield.
“The deputy barely had time to get out of his patrol unit and take cover,” Bridges told The Daily Sentinel. “He didn’t have an opportunity to say anything to Mr. Koonce. All he had time to do was react to the gunfire. He had no choice but to immediately return fire, and that’s what he did.”
FLINT, MI — Police say the man found shot to death Monday night was 20-year-old Ashton D. Hull.
Hull was found around 9 p.m. Monday motionless on the living room floor suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at a home in the 700 block of East Marengo Avenue near Saginaw.
A Ross Township shooting left three people dead and four others seriously injured after gunman Rockne Warren Newell opened fire at a town council meeting in Pennsylvania. The municipal building was crowded at the time of the Ross Township shooting. According to the Pocono Record, Newell was targeting the township’s supervisors and solicitor after his property was condemned last week.
One witness to the Ross Township shooting told police he heard Newell shout, “You took my property, ****suckers,” as he entered the building with his gun.
The Ross Township shooting occurred around 7:15 p.m. Monday night. That’s when 59-year-old Newell first approached the municipal building and fired through its windows with a long gun. He then entered the building, and fired some more, before going back to his car to retrieve a handgun. Newell then reentered the building, and once again fired on the people inside.
“Is it rather disturbing,” Guy Miller, Director of Emergency Management for Monroe County, Pa., told ABC News. “You see it all over, and then here it is, right in your own hometown.”
The Huffington Post reports that The Ross Township shooting finally came to an end when two residents tackled and subdued Newell. Bernie Kozen was one of the people who lunged at Newell and got him in a bear hug. Kozen was able to get Newell’s gun and shot the man in the leg.
The victims of the Ross Township shooting have been identified. According to Chicago Tribune, they are 64-year-old James V. LaGuardia; 53-year-old Gerard Kozic; and David Fleetwood, the Chestnuthill Township Supervisor, who died at St. Luke’s Hospital-Fountain hill after medical personnel flew him there with a serious gunshot wound. The other two victims died at the scene.
Four other people, including Newell, were injured during the Ross Township shooting.
The attack looks to be the result of a feud between Newell and the township over the state of Newell’s property. According to ABC News, authorities had condemned Newell’s property last Thursday because the yard was filled with junk and trash. One report even states that in 2009, authorities found buckets of fecal matter on Newell’s land. He also wasn’t permitted to build anything there besides a storage structure, but instead was living on the property out of his car.
SANDIA PARK, N.M. —A deputy-involved shooting in Sandia Park Sunday night ended with one man dead.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston held a news conference from the East Area Command Center Sunday detailing the events leading up to the fatal shooting. Houston said John Chavez, 54, was shot at a home at 396 La Madera Road in Sandia Park shortly after 7 p.m.
Six to seven deputies were called to that home at 4:45 pm, after Chavez’s ex-wife called 911 saying that her ex-husband was threatening suicide.
When deputies arrived, Houston said deputies starting negotiating with Chavez. During negotiations Chavez went inside his home and armed himself with a high-powered rifle.
The deputies spoke to Chavez for roughly an hour and a half, trying to talk him down. Houston said the officers were preparing to leave the home before the shooting.
BCSO said Chavez pointed the rifle at deputies as they were retreated, triggering the shooting.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Louisville Metro Police are investigating a deadly shooting.
It happened late Friday night near Shawnee Park in west Louisville.
MetroSafe dispatchers told WLKY that one man was shot about 10:20 p.m. Friday near the intersection of 46th and Jefferson streets.
The man, later identified as 61-year-old Michael Bowles, was found lying dead in the street.
Anderson County deputies say they have filed charges against a security guard involved in a shooting at an Anderson nightclub that ended in a wreck Saturday.
Deputies say they’ve arrested 28 year old Joey Johnson, Jr. and charged him with assault and manslaughter in the death of 21 year old India Lomax.
The Anderson County Coroner says Sunday Lomax died from a gunshot wound in the back as she drove away from the nightclub Marvon’s Place just after 4 am Saturday.
Johnson told deputies he fired in self defense at the truck Lomax was driving as he says it veered toward him.
The truck later crashed into a parked car and a utility pole not far from the nightclub.
An Anderson security guard who says he shot a woman in self-defense after an altercation at a nightclub turned himself in to face charges Thursday afternoon.
Joey Ryan Johnson Jr. is charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature
Investigators said a man, Willis Donald, 33, and a woman, India Lomax, 21, both of Anderson, were shot.
Anderson County deputies were called to a wreck early Saturday on the Highway 28 bypass at Market Street where they learned two people in the truck and had been shot and one had died.
The coroner said the driver, India Cynthia Lomax, 21, was shot in the torso from behind and died at the scene.
Deputies said Lomax and her passenger, Willis Reginald Donald, 33, were shot at a gas station next to Marvon’s nightclub. Donald was shot in the arm.
An unidentified adult male was found dead in the backyard of a home in the 5400 block of Barbara Drive in Hampden Township.
The man was killed by a single gunshot, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said.
“It initially appears to be an accident or suicide,” Freed said. “It’s too soon to be sure.”
The call came in at 6:14 p.m. Sunday and police found the victim lying in the backyard of the house, Freed said.
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. –
People living in a Opa-locka neighborhood say two men were shot and killed during a party at a restaurant on Saturday.
Witnesses said the shooting happened at Lowe’s BBQ near Northwest 151st Street and 18th Avenue late Saturday.
Opa-locka police said up to five people were shot, but have not confirmed if any have died.
Witnesses said two people began shooting at two men, killing them both.
CHAMBERSBURG – One person was killed in a shooting Thursday evening on West King Street, Chambersburg.
David Gipe, 44, of 354 W. King St., died as a result of the shooting incident, according to Chambersburg Police. Franklin County Coroner’s Office has verified that next of kin have been notified.
Chambersburg Police were dispatched to a pedestrian traffic accident at the intersection of King and Garber streets at 11:15 p.m. Thursday. The actual location was determined to be in front of 354 W. King St.
EMS and police arriving at the scene found a deceased man with a gunshot wound.
BERKELEY — A Berkeley man was shot and killed Wednesday night — less than a week after the men who murdered his brother four years ago were sentenced to life in prison, his family said Thursday.
Berkeley High School graduate Jermaine Davis, 26, was found shot in the 1800 block of Derby Street at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday, then later died at a hospital. His older brother, Charles “CJ” Davis, was shot and killed in May 2009 — a killing that prosecutors said may have taken place when gang members seeking to kill Jermaine targeted his brother instead.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley alleged that reputed gang member Darnell Williams, a 22-year-old Oakland man, fired multiple shots into an apartment in the 3400 block of Wilson Street at about 11:15 p.m. on July 17 in retaliation for the shooting death of 26-year-old Jermaine Davis in the 1800 block of Derby Street in Berkeley about four hours earlier, at 6:52 p.m.
Friday night police were dispatched to the La Quinta Inn on Cypress Avenue. When they got there they found 19-year-old Celina Simone Lopez shot and killed inside a car. Witnesses reported seeing the shooter, 25-year-old Carlos Navarro, drive another to the other side of the hotel parking lot and take his own life.
“We don’t know the extent or duration of their relationship, but it was very clear that she wanted nothing to do with him any further and in fact may have begun another relationship which may have triggered what occurred yesterday,” Mestas said.
Police Sgt. Greg Byerlee said the murder-suicide happened about 10:30 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn on Cypress Avenue, just off Akers Street. It’s in a commercial complex just south of Highway 198; Visalia Adventure Park, a popular amusement park, is just past the motel on Cypress and was still open at the time of the shooting.
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — The family of Kenny Stafford is speaking out after he was shot and killed by police after walking through a neighborhood with a gun on July 11, 2013.
Officials with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office have not yet released the name of the armed man who was shot and killed by officers on Thursday, however the victim’s family reached out to News 4 to tell their story.
Kenny Stafford, 27, was an active military member who grew up in the Reno area. Stafford was stationed in Washington State, but he was in town to visit family and friends and attend a memorial for a young man he considered a brother. That young man was Ryan Connelly. Connelly, 17, was shot and killed on July 7, 2012 while walking home from the store, his murder is still unsolved.
A year and four days later, July 11, 2013 Stafford left the apartment he had been staying at in Reno, with a gun. His wife Aimee called 911, she says, “I was just trying to get him some help, I pleaded with them not to hurt him, because he was sick and then they took him.”
Stafford’s wife described her 911 call, “He’s sick, He needs help. Please don’t hurt him. Please don’t kill him. Please take him somewhere where he can get some help.”
Authorities say Stafford was suicidal, but his family says he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the unsolved murder of Ryan Connelly had taken a toll on him.
According to Washoe County Officials, while officers were attempting to negotiate with Stafford, officers opened fire. Authorities have not said what prompted police to shoot him, that’s still under investigation.
Ryan Connelly’s mother, Deana says she was near the scene when shots were fired along with Stafford’s mom, wife and sister. They say they were pleading with officers to let them talk to him.
In the final report Washoe County District Attorney, Richard Gammick determined the shooting to be justified under all applicable laws.
Stafford’s wife, Aimee doesn’t accept that decision, “I don’t see anything about that situation that was justifiable, um he was shot 15, 14 or 15 times. There’s no need for that ad the places he was shot, there’s no need for that.”
The autopsy report reveals 14 bullets hit Stafford, in his forehead, neck, chest, abdomen, ankle, knee and thigh.
Gammick says, “The officers have to make a call. Unless you’ve warn the badge, unless you’ve been out there and confronted people with weapons, you don’t understand that those decisions are made in split seconds, it’s not something you can 20/20 hindsight and spend the next four months analyzing.”
Prior to officers opening fire, reports indicate that police requested a less lethal device, “Officers requested a 40mm launcher, which would have had a mid-range potential solution,” says Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen.
That device was never used and officers say Stafford escalated his behavior “to the point of quickly turning towards the officers in the backyard in a manner such as to point the shotgun at them.”
Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen says the audio and video captured that day illustrates that all five shooting officers reacted simultaneously firing 22 shots, 14 of them hitting Stafford.
Sparks police responded to a report of a suicidal man with a gun on the city’s north side about 1:40 p.m. on July 11 and Reno police soon joined in a search for the suspect.