Four teens killed in South Carolina shootings

A small South Carolina town was struck by a violent tragedy over the weekend after two separate shootings left four teens dead by gunfire. On Saturday night at around midnight, officers from the Newberry Sheriff’s Office said they received a call about reports of a shooting on Wise St. The victim of that shooting, a 16-year-old, was declared dead early on Sunday morning. That afternoon, approximately 15 hours after the Saturday night shooting was reported, law enforcement was called to a separate shooting on the 2400 block of Eleanor St, only a two-minute drive from the earlier location. Chief Kevin Goodman reported … Continue reading Four teens killed in South Carolina shootings

Tech & Crime: NY probes ‘bone-chilling’ social media role in Buffalo shooting

New York state’s top prosecutor has launched an investigation into the role social media companies played in Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo. The inquiry will look at the extent that social platforms were “used to stream, promote, or plan the event”, the attorney general’s office said. The state’s governor has argued tech firms share some blame for the attack. Critics say the companies were too slow to remove the alleged gunman’s violent posts. Announcing the investigation on Wednesday, Attorney General Letitia James said: “The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and danger of the online forums … Continue reading Tech & Crime: NY probes ‘bone-chilling’ social media role in Buffalo shooting

Update: US govt reaches $127.5 million settlement with high school shooting victims

The US Justice Department announced Wednesday that it had reached a $127.5-million settlement with survivors and relatives of victims of the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The agreement settles all 40 of the civil cases stemming from the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead and 17 wounded, the department said in a statement. “The settlement does not amount to an admission of fault by the United States,” it said. Survivors of the shooting and the families of 16 of the people killed had sued the government for damages. … Continue reading Update: US govt reaches $127.5 million settlement with high school shooting victims

Families of Sandy Hook victims settle with Remington

A company that made a rifle used in one of the US’s deadliest school shootings has settled with the families of victims for $73m (£53.9m). The settlement from Remington Arms comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the families of nine of 26 victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. The case marks the first time a gun-maker has faced liability for a mass shooting. Until now, the industry had immunity from litigation. Each family will receive a share of the settlement, but other details of the deal were not disclosed. Josh Koskoff, a lawyer representing the families of … Continue reading Families of Sandy Hook victims settle with Remington

Texas shootings leave 5 dead, 3 wounded

A man murdered four members of his family, including a child, in a Texas suburb on Saturday before he killed himself. Three others are also believed to have been injured in the overnight shooting spree in Navarro County. The suspect was identified by police Saturday evening as 41-year-old Kevin Milazzo, local outlet the Corsicana Daily Sun reported. Police told the outlet that Milazzo’s deceased family members include his 68-year-old stepfather, William Mimms; his mother Connie Mimms, 61; his 21-year-old son Joshua Milazzo; and his former girlfriend’s son, 4-year-old Hunter Freeman. After midnight on Saturday, police responded to the scene of … Continue reading Texas shootings leave 5 dead, 3 wounded

Four killed including an officer, in shootings in Denver

Police in Denver cordoned off streets to conduct their investigation. A string of shootings across the Denver metro area left multiple people dead and a police officer injured, authorities said. Police confirm there are at least four dead. The suspect is also dead, authorities said. “There are four significant locations where gunfire took place in the City and County of Denver,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said at a news conference late Monday. The first shooting began just after 5 p.m., when three people were shot, leaving two adult women dead and one adult male injured, according to Pazen. One … Continue reading Four killed including an officer, in shootings in Denver

Gunman kills several at Russian University

At least eight people have been killed when a gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm, officials say. The assailant walked on to the campus on Monday morning and started shooting. Students and teachers barricaded themselves inside the university building; others were seen jumping from windows. It is unclear how many people were injured. Russian police say the attacker has been detained. Russia’s official Investigations Committee says the attacker was a student at the university. The incident occurred at at Perm State University, located around 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) east of the capital, Moscow. Videos … Continue reading Gunman kills several at Russian University

AR-15 rifle maker offers $33 million settlement to Sandy Hook families

The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has offered some of the victims’ families nearly $33m to settle their lawsuit over how the company marketed the firearm to the public. Lawyers for now-bankrupt Remington filed the offers late Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court in Connecticut in the United States. The nine families suing the company, who are being offered nearly $3.7m apiece, are considering the proposals, their lawyers said. A Hartford lawyer representing Remington, James Rotondo, declined to comment Wednesday. The settlement offers were filed a day after a judge denied Remington’s request to … Continue reading AR-15 rifle maker offers $33 million settlement to Sandy Hook families

Five people killed and 40 injured after weekend shootings in Chicago

At least five people were killed and 40 others were wounded during gun violence incidents this weekend in Chicago.Eight people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday in Chicago’s Burnside neighborhood. There is no one in custody for each of the five fatal shooting incidents, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). There were 34 police responses to shooting incidents between 4pm Friday and 5am Sunday, according to data provided to CNN by the CPD. Eight people were wounded Sunday morning in the 8900 block of South Cottage Grove after occupants in a silver sedan fired into a group of … Continue reading Five people killed and 40 injured after weekend shootings in Chicago

Employee kills eight at U.S train yard

An employee fatally shot eight people at a California train yard before turning the gun on himself as police closed in. The shooting took place at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) site in San Jose. “When our deputies went through the door, initially he was still firing rounds,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith told journalists. Officials say the victims include transit employees. The gunman opened fire early at around 06:45 local time (14:45 GMT) on Wednesday in the VTA light rail yard. According to a local CBS station, the attack unfolded during an employee meeting. Law enforcement … Continue reading Employee kills eight at U.S train yard

American Carnage: 12 killed, dozens wounded in weekend shootings across U.S.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded over the weekend in gun violence and mass shootings in five states. The latest violence erupted near a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, three people were killed and three others were injured, one of them critically, after an incident inside the bar, Police Chief Carl Davis said at a news conference. He said authorities were searching for suspects and provided no other details. Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said in a news conference that the shooting was “unnecessary” and that “it breaks my heart when we … Continue reading American Carnage: 12 killed, dozens wounded in weekend shootings across U.S.

Gunman shoots dead six people at Colorado Springs birthday party

A gunman shot dead six people and then himself at a birthday party in Colorado Springs on Sunday, US police said. The shootings took place at a mobile home park where families had gathered in one trailer to celebrate. “The suspect, a boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said. The motive for the attack is not known. The victims were all adults, but a number of children were present in the trailer at the time. The … Continue reading Gunman shoots dead six people at Colorado Springs birthday party