Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Unloaded gun found in 13 year old's backpack

Yet another Washington student carried a gun to school in his backpack. This time, no one was shot as happened last week when a different 13 year old had a loaded gun which bullet shot an innocent classmate. From this story:
An unloaded gun was found Wednesday in an 8th-grade student’s backpack in a south Seattle school, just one week after a 3rd-grade student in Bremerton was shot when, police said, a gun hidden inside a classmate’s backpack discharged accidentally.
Wednesday’s incident occurred at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, when one student reported that he believed one of the students, a 13-year-old, had a gun in his backpack.
Also from the article:
In Ohio this week, three high school students were shot and killed, allegedly by a fellow student who carried a gun into school.
This has led some to question what can be done to better protect students. Washington state law requires every school to go into lockdown when there's a gunman inside. That means that classroom doors closed and locked.
“The plan behind the lockdown (is a) locked door between students and danger. That’s what we’d recommend,” said Seattle’s Ingraham High School Principal Martin Floe.
But at Ohio’s Chardon High School, a student shot five of his classmates in the school cafeteria – and kids had nowhere to hide.
Martin Speckmaier, a school safety expert with Comprehensive School Safety LLC, said locking down isn't always the safest option.
Perhaps the solution here is to look at where kids get their guns in the first place and then how to prevent such easy access to guns for kids.

Every gun in the hands of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Where do the guns come from?

As we said in an earlier post about the Chardon, Ohio school shooting, 65% of guns used by school shooters come from the home of a relative or a friend. Such now appears to be the case with T.J. Lane,   the shooter in Ohio. It looks like a gun went missing from his grandfather's garage.
The gun was noticed as missing after Monday’s shootings and fits the description of the pistol that reportedly was used to kill three students and wound two others at Chardon High School, said Carl Hendersen, a neighbor of the suspect’s grandparents.
The young man suspected of opening fire at an Ohio school had his first court hearing today. Investigators are still searching for a possible motive.
Chardon High School calls 911 to alert authorities of a gunman in their school.
He is a retired police officer and former Geauga County sheriff, as well as a longtime neighbor of the grandparents of suspect T.J. Lane. He said he has spoken to the grandfather, Thomas Lane, about the gun.
The suspect’s grandfather believes the gun is the same, “because the gun was there the day before, in the barn,” said Henderson, 74, who says he’s been friends with the boy’s family for nearly 50 years.
A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the gun used in the shooting, a Ruger .22-caliber Mark III target pistol, was bought legally in August 2010 from a gun shop in Mentor, Ohio.
And now Lane's grandfather has to live with the fact that allegedly, one of his own guns was used to shoot 5 teens, 3 now dead. His grandson will be tried for murder and spend time in prison. The grandfather, who meant no harm, will spend time in a "prison" of his own. Guns should be safely stored from curious or troubled teens and kids. Shootings of and by kids have a tremendous ripple affect, changing the lives of many. How sad for all concerned.

All guns in the hands of kids and teens must first go pass through the hands of an adult.

13-year old Delaware boy shot in the back

A 13-year old Wilmington, Delaware boy was shot in the back while standing with a group of youths on the side of the street, in an apparent drive-by shooting.

From the article:
Police say the boy was shot in the lower back about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the area of 10th and North Madison streets. Authorities say he was standing outside with other youths when he was shot. The boy was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he was in serious condition.
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12-year old boy killed by 14-year old half brother in Jersey City

Hasson "Hass" George, age 12
A 12-year old Jersey City boy, named Hasson "Hass" George, was visiting the home of his half brother, who was the son of a corrections officer, Shaara Green-Simms.  Hasson was apparently shot once in the chest by his 14-year old half-brother, dying in the home or just outside the home, where his body was found.  Green-Simms' Corrections Department-issued gun was used in the shooting.  Both boys have the same father.

Hasson was apparently an honor roll student.

It is not known yet if the shooting was deliberate or unintentional.  The mother was apparently home at the time of the shooting.

However, prosecutors say Hasson's body was moved from the house where he was shot in Jersey City, New Jersey, Friday to the street outside -- likely while he was still alive, struggling for his life.
The boy was a fifth-grader at a local elementary school and was well-known in the working-class neighborhood were he lived.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

UPDATE (3/18/12): The 14-year old half-brother has now made his first court appearance.  From the article:

The 14-year-old Jersey City boy charged with killing his 12-year-old half brother has made his first court appearance on charges that include aggravated manslaughter.
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Prosecutors say the two boys were alone in the apartment when the 14-year-old loaded the semiautomatic handgun. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio has said the gun was not safeguarded by a trigger lock and was not in a lock-box.
The 14-year-old pointed the gun at Hasson’s chest, pulled the trigger, and then put the gun away and dragged the wounded boy out of the apartment and to the sidewalk, DeFazio said. The defendant then called 911 to report someone had been shot outside the residence, reports said.
Hasson was still alive when a passerby came upon him on the sidewalk, but he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Prosecutors do not allege the killing was premeditated or purposeful, but that it was an act manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. The 14-year-old is also charged with hindering his own apprehension and one weapons count.
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Two Florida boys, ages 7 and 8, shot by mother in murder/suicide

William Rashley (left) and Daniel Rashley (right), ages 7 and 8
Donna Gayle McCulloch had suffered many years of an abusive marriage, difficult divorce, and a car crash that paralyzed her from the waist down and put her in a wheelchair.  Perhaps those were factors which drover her to shoot her two young children in their St. Johns County, Florida home with a handgun before taking her own life.

Her children, 7-year old William (Ben) Rashley and 8-year old Daniel Rashley, were found by her parents next to her body.

From the article and Sheriff's press conference:
But what led the St. Johns County mother to apparently shoot her two boys and then herself in their home Thursday night remains a mystery, Shoar said. The sheriff said he didn’t doubt that both burdens left McCulloch, 40, desperate and possibly played a role in the shootings. But she left no note in the murder-suicide.
“The truth is, it’s inexplicable,” said Shoar, noting it’s still early in the investigation. “We’re not 100 percent sure what went through her mind.”
The bodies of Julington Creek Elementary second-grader Daniel Joel Rashley, 8, and his brother, first-grader William Benjamin Rashley, 7, were found with their mother by her parents about 4:30 p.m., Shoar said.
They routinely checked on the mother and children and made one of those stops at their home at 504 Loveland Place when they found the bodies, Shoar said. There was no forced entry.
(a related article with more details on her past problems)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

14-year old Fresno boy shot 16-year old boy and 15-year old accomplice

A 14-year old boy was shot in Fresno, California, by a 16-year old boy and a 15-year old accomplice in what appears to be a gang shooting.

From the article:
Fresno Police say they have made two arrests in a gang-related shooting.
A 14-year-old boy was shot around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Abby and Harvey.
Investigators say witnesses identified the gunman as a 16-year-old boy. Officers say they found him and a 15-year-old accomplice at a nearby apartment.
Police say the teenagers confessed to the shooting. They say the gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered.

Both teens were booked into Fresno County Juvenile Hall. They face charges of assault with a deadly weapon, weapons violations and gang enhancements.
Detectives believe this shooting was in retaliation for a shooting that occurred on Sunday night. No one was hurt in that incident.
The article did not state the condition of the victim or how the shooter got the gun.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Two teens wounded in L.A. shooting

Two teens, one age 17, were wounded in Los Angeles by a single gunman.

From the article:
Police were looking for at least one suspect after two teenage boys -- including a student at Los Angeles High School -- were shot and wounded outside the campus Friday afternoon.
One was shot in the leg and the other in the back. Both were transported to a local hospital. KTLA-TV Channel 5 News reported that one was a 17-year-old high school student.
Los Angeles Police Department officers were swarming the area looking for the gunman.
Authorities said it's unclear whether the teenagers or the suspects were students at the school, which is on Olympic Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire district.
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14-year old boy shot in Riverside, California

Larenz Simmons, age 14
14-year old Lareanz Simmons was in front of his grandmother's home in Riverside, California when a tan vehicle pulled up, a male gunman got out and shot Lareanz before fleeing.  He has now passed away

From the article:
Simmons is a Riverside Poly High School freshman who is in the ROTC program, according to neighbors.
"He was always happy at school," says Alexandra Lopez, 17, a neighbor and fellow Poly student. "He would go up to random people. He was just a very happy person."
Students, neighbors said, plan to wear black and blue at school on Friday as a tribute. Blue is Simmons' favorite color.
A related article and news footage.
"He always put a smile on everyone's face, just with his smile, with his personality. Everyone knew him, he touched everyone's heart," said friend Fernando Martinez.
Simmons was in the junior ROTC program at Poly High. People say it was one of his dreams to go into the armed forces. 
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Kids and real looking toy guns

With more frequency we are reporting about incidents of kids being shot by police because of real looking pellet or BB guns or of kids carrying these guns around in public. One such incident resulted in the death of a Texas middle school student when school officials believed there was a student with a gun in the school. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun. Toy guns can look like the actual thing. They are designed that way. This article points out the obvious problems with letting kids carry real looking toy guns around.
"It's always been an issue. Their existence in and of themselves is not a problem. It's when they're utilized in an unsafe or unlawful manner," Krokoff said of the weapons, which are most often powered by forced air and fire small-diameter ammunition at velocities that can pierce the skin.
BBs are round and tend to be less accurate than pellets, which often have a shaped tip and travel faster.
"They become a dangerous weapon," the chief said, "and I don't think the public, by and large, understands how dangerous they are."
In 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported that 13,851 people were injured by BB and pellet guns.
In New York, anyone under the age of 16 is barred from possessing air-powered weapons like pellet guns, but there is little other regulation -- and none, apparently, about how realistic they can appear.
State business law prohibits the production or sale of realistic-looking fake weapons that don't have bright colors, but that measure does not apply to possessing them, nor does it apply to pellet or BB guns, according to the Legal Community Against Violence, a California-based group that aims to prevent gun violence by advocating for tighter controls at state and local levels.
But attempts to regulate toy guns also meet with resistance. From the article:
Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle& Pistol Association, predicted any attempt to make the weapons less realistic would be met with sharp opposition from aficionados.
"If you want to see a battle, try to see when a law is proposed that will outlaw authentic-looking pellet guns. They are not going to want to fool around with a green colored or yellow-colored pellet gun," King said.
The obvious response to this comes from law enforcement:
"I'm not trying to claim that we should outlaw pellet guns. I'm sure there are some legitimate uses for them," he said. "I just don't see the need for them in an urban environment. If you want them for target practice, that's fine. You don't need them in your waistband."
Kids should not be carrying guns of any kind around with them in public places in their waistbands. Kids learn from adults. If adults carry these "toy guns" around with them thinking there is no problem, kids will model this behavior.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Is there a trend in recent school shootings and gun incidents?

One does have to wonder if there is something happening with school shootings and incidents with guns in the last few months. If you but read this blog, there is enough proof that there are too many kids with guns and too many shootings of and by children and teens. This article discusses the Ohio school shooting of today and then lists the other recent incidents. From the article is a list:
On Feb. 10 in Walpole, N.H., a 14-year-old boy shot himself in the face in a crowded elementary school cafeteria. The teen, who police said was upset by a "relationship issue," survived.
On Feb. 20, two teens wielding guns shot at a group of kids at a Murfreesboro, Tenn., school. A 14-year-old student was shot twice in the leg. The shootings allegedly stemmed from a beef between two groups, police said.
On Feb. 22, a .45-caliber handgun a 9-year-old boy in Bremerton, Wash., had stashed in his backpack accidentally discharged, critically wounding an 8-year-old girl in their elementary school classroom. Police said the boy found the gun at his mother's house and brought it to school because he wanted to run away from home.
Those were not the only incidents involving guns in the nation's schools in the first two months of the year.
In Las Vegas, authorities confiscated a 9-mm handgun from a 16-year-old student at a high school on Jan. 30, and on Feb. 2, stumbled upon a loaded .32-caliber handgun when they searched a teenage student at another high school who was suspected of stealing property from a classmate.
In Harper Woods, Mich., near Detroit, a 16-yearold student was showing off the 9-mm handgun he had brought to his high school when it went off. No one was injured, but a search of the campus found two more guns.
In Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 6, a 7-year-old boy on a school bus inadvertently discharged a handgun hidden in his backpack. The single shot missed the 30 elementary students aboard for the ride home. Authorities said the youngster got the weapon from a closet at home, and had it with him all day at school.
Twelve days later, in the same Arizona city, a 12-year-old boy was caught with a semiautomatic handgun and a loaded magazine at his junior high school. The seventh grader said he got the weapon from his granfather's house, and took it to school because he felt threatened there and suicidal, police said.
This just in two months. We should all find this cause for concern. There should not be guns in schools. Schools should be safe for our children.

For more cases like these, click the "Schools" tag on the right.  At the time I post this, there have been 39 such cases we've documented.

Every gun in the hands of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.

14 year old boy shoots mother when she won't let him hang out with friends

Some days, we think we've heard everything about kids and guns. This 14 year old Detroit area boy got mad at his mom for not letting him hang out with his friends. From the article:
Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee Jr. and Mayor Dave Bing held a press conference Monday afternoon to address Robinson's shooting and other recent gun violence involving minors, including the early Monday morning shooting of a 6-year-old boy in an attempted carjacking. The boy is still in critical condition. Police say the two suspects in custody for the child's shooting are also teenage boys.
Bing asked Detroiters not to stand idly by while children become victims of crime. But at the same time, he demanded parents take more responsibility for their children's actions.
"You can't expect the police to be in every home, on every corner, responding to things that we as parents and adults ought to be responsible for," he said. "Let's let these young people know that we care about them but at the same time, we aren't not going to allow them to create havoc. You have to start discipline ... when they come out of the womb."
Indeed. Note that the Detroit Police Chief references another shooting in the area- that of a 6 year old boy. And the gun, in the case above came right from the home- owned by the mother's fiance´. Children know where the guns are kept. Where do children get the idea that a gun should solve arguments with their parents?

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Ohio school shooting results in 3 dead, 2 wounded

Daniel Parmerto, age 16
If you wish to leave any words of sympathy or support to the Chardon community about this shooting, you can do so HERE:
http://rememberingchardon.com/

America woke up to yet another school shooting. This time it was Ohio's turn to be the center of the nation's attention as early this morning a student shot up his Chardon, Ohio high school and was chased out of the building by a teacher. He was apprehended in the woods near the building by officers. From the article:
Russell King Jr., age 17
"We are shocked by this senseless tragedy," his family said in a prepared statement distributed to reporters. "Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."
A student was in custody in the case, but has not been identified because of his age, officials said. He has not yet been charged, they said.
Media interviews with witnesses and survivors painted a picture of students preparing for the start of their school week, then thrown into the chaos of flight by the ominous popping sounds that came first from the hallway, where officials said the shooter opened fire with a handgun.
Demetrius Hewlin, age 17
Daniel Parmerto is the teen who died from his gunshot injuries. Kids should not have to face gunshots when they go to school. Parents of school children should not have to hear news of a shooting at their child's school and run in a panic to the school, hoping that one of the shot kids is not their own. Senseless is hardly the word here. Schools should be safe places for children. And where do kids get their guns? 65% of school shooters get their guns at home.

Also from the article: " "I'm a single dad and I'm pretty devastated," one parent told a television reporter. "This is not something you would expect at this locale."" No, no one ever expects these sorts of things to happen at their locale, at their school, in their town. But they happen anywhere and everywhere every day in America.

Joy Rickers, age 18
Where did he get the gun?  Every gun in the hands of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.

An update from CNN:  The shooter is identified by one of the wounded boys, Nate Mueller, as T.J. Lane.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/27/justice/ohio-school-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

UPDATES (2/28/12):

A second victim, Russel King Jr., has been pronounced brain dead, according to CNN.  A third victim, Demetrius Hewlin, has also been identified.


Nick Walczak, age 17
Russell King Jr., 17, was declared brain dead early Tuesday, according to the medical examiner's office. Student Daniel Parmertor died on Monday.
Now a third student, Demetrius Hewlin, has passed away.

His family made the following statement: 
“We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community.  Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends.  We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation.  We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

According to THIS article, the shooter chose victims at random, didn't know the victims well, and didn't shoot due to being bullied or drugs.

"He chose them randomly," Joyce said.  
Lane fired 10 shots in the cafeteria with a .22-caliber handgun, Joyce said. He told authorities that he did not know his victims, officials said. However, one student who was grazed by one of the bullets said on Monday he knew Lane in middle school. And several of those shot rode a bus with Lane each day and were listed as friends on his Facebook page. 
Joyce said at a news conference after the court hearing that Lane was someone who was "not well" and the incident did not involve bullying or drugs. 
Joy Rickers, 18, a senior, and Nick Walczak, 17, a junior, were also shot by T.J. and were taken to Hillcrest Hospital. Joy has been released, officials said.


HERE is some information on victim Russell King Jr.  HERE is information for Nick Walczak.


The shooter brought the .22-caliber gun from home, his grandfather's, usually happens in these cases.

T.J. Lane lived with his grandparents in Chardon, said Carl Henderson, a former Chardon police officer and Geauga County Sheriff who lived several homes away from the family. Mr. Henderson said he spent Monday evening with the family and learned that the .22 revolver of Mr. Lane's grandfather, Thomas Lane Sr., was missing from the home when they learned of the shooting. 
"The gun that the boy used, he took from the grandfather," said Mr. Henderson, 74. "A .22 revolver—the same gun the sheriff's office confiscated. Just a regular little revolver, a target revolver." 
Mr. Henderson said he was a frequent hunting partner of Thomas Lane Sr. and that he knew T.J. Lane also hunted. 
"We all have guns. Everybody in the community has guns," he said. "I'm sure that [Thomas Lane Sr.] has taught [T.J. Lane] how to use guns, and I'm sure [T.J. Lane] knows how to use guns from being around the family."

Also, some further information from CNN on the accused shooter, who was described as quiet or funny, but with a troubled family and background:
Accused shooter, T.J. Lane, age 17
"He seemed like a very normal, just teenage boy," [friend] Kovacik said of Lane. "He did have a sad look in his eyes a lot of the time, but he talked normally, he never said anything strange."
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Lane may have been dealing with his own family problems, according to reports by The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland.
Lane's father, Thomas Lane Jr., has been arrested several times for violent crimes against female acquaintances, including Lane's mother, the newspaper reported citing court documents.Between 1995 and 1997, the first two years of Lane's life, his father and his mother were both arrested for domestic violence against each other, the paper reported.
His father also served prison time for assaulting a police officer and he also was charged with holding a different woman under running water and bashing her head into a wall, the newspaper reported.
It was unclear how much contact Lane had with his father. He rarely opened up about his family, some said.
"I've asked him once or twice, but he never would go into detail. He just said he had family trouble," Kovacik said
Evan Erasmus, who said his family knew Lane's family, was among several students who said what happened Monday took them totally by surprise.
"I was really shocked when I found out it was him," Erasmus said. "He was quiet, but was one of the nicest kids there. You could talk to him really easily. He was funny."
According to Kovacik, Lane told her that "he enjoyed hunting, he enjoyed video games, just normal things."
UPDATE (3/1/12): T.J. Lane has been charged according to THIS CNN article. Also more information on the shooter's past violence and background.

This is not Lane's first brush with the law, according to juvenile records released by authorities this week. 
When he was 15, Lane was charged with juvenile assault for putting another boy in a choke hold and punching him in the face, according to the complaint.
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Lane's driver's license was recently suspended for two and a half months after he was ticketed for "failure to control" a vehicle. The license was reinstated in early February upon his completion of a mandatory driver improvement program, records show.


A good landing page for further updated information on this shooting and the aftermath:  http://www.cleveland.com/chardon-shooting/


17-year old pregnant mother killed by 18-year old in Ohio

A fight happened between young adults outside an elementary school, over a "boyfriend-girlfriend" issue.  A day after the fight, the combatants returned with friends.  A shootout resulted with as many as 10 people involved.


The result was the death of a 17-year old girl, Dena-jua Delaney, who was 3-months pregnant and the mother of a 6-month old boy, named Jay'mire.  She was shot in the face.


The shooter was 18-year old Robert Robinson.


From the article:

Police Chief Ralph Spotts said the shooting grew out of a fight that erupted Tuesday and resumed Wednesday afternoon in front of Superior Elementary School. 
Spotts said the shooting was at 3:30 p.m. and school had let out that day at 2:15 p.m. He characterized the underlying dispute as "boyfriend-girlfriend," but he did not elaborate. 
People gathered allies before returning, he said, and up to five people were firing handguns. 
Robinson was driving a late-model Saturn coupe and was firing out the driver's window, police said. 
Spotts said security cameras at the school and the city's traffic cameras enabled police to identify some of the brawlers, as well as the car Robinson was driving. 
As many as 10 people appear to have been involved in the fight, but no one else was injured. 
Delaney, the mother of a 6-month-old boy, was shot once in the face. Police said she was three months' pregnant.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Two teens injured, one critically, in Syracuse car shooting

Two teen boys and a driver of unknown age were driving in a Honda in Syracuse, New York, when a gray SUV pulled in behind them.  The occupants of the SUV opened fire, injuring the two teens, one critically.  The driver then chased the SUV, but was stopped when he was re-ended by a moving van.  The driver then bailed out and ran, leaving the critically-injured teen in the back seat.

Officers believe this may be gang-related.

From the article and news footage:
Police have identified the teens as 15-year-old Ronnie Daniels and 17-year-old Lamyke Kelly.

The incident began in the 300 block of Furman Street, just after two p.m. Police say the victims, who were inside a gray Honda Accord, were struck by gunfire coming from a dark colored SUV-type vehicle.

Kelly was found in the 300 block of Furman Street after police say he fled from the car when shots were fired. Daniels continued to drive away from the scene and was later involved in a crash at S. Salina and Castle streets on the city’s South Side.

Police say Daniels was struck by at least one bullet and is currently in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital. Kelly was grazed by bullets, police said, and is expected to make a full recovery.
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14-year old boy wounded by 17-year old gang member with criminal history

Two police gang taskforce members were driving in Queens, New York, when they witnessed a gang shooting.  A 17-year old boy and Crips gang member, named Chinloy, with a previous history opened fire on a group of kids, wounding a 14-year old boy in the buttocks.  Police apprehended the shooter at gunpoint.  The victim was treated.

From the article:
Myers, who was in the driver’s seat, whipped his head around to see Chinloy squeezing off shots from a .40-caliber Glock handgun at some people in front of a store, police said.
“When Officer Myers looks over his [left] shoulder, he sees the muzzle flash on the firearm as the guy is shooting toward the group,” a police source said. “They were right there.”
None of the shots hit the police car, a source said, and the officers were not injured.
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A 14-year-old boy who had been in the crowd called for an ambulance shortly after the incident and was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the buttocks, police said.
Investigators found four .40-caliber shell casings across the street where Chinloy was seen firing, police sources said.
Chinloy has four prior arrests for gun possession, a source said.
Chinloy, who lives on Hessler Ave. in Far Rockaway, was charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.
The known gang member was most recently arrested in October for possession of a loaded firearm and resisting arrest, a police source said.
A month earlier, Chinloy was arrested for having a loaded gun that was stolen from Pennsylvania, the police source added.

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13-year old Florida boy shot in drive-by while riding his bike

A 13-year old boy was biking alongside a West Palm Beach road when a black car pulled alongside.  The occupants opened fire on the boy, hitting him three times, including once in the head, before the car sped away.  Three males were inside.  An Iraq war vet helped save the boy, who is now in critical condition.

From the article:
Bach, a mechanic, spoke exclusively with CBS12. Bach is also an Iraq war veteran who knew what he had to do before rescuers arrived.
"After the gunshots, I walked out to the road and saw the boy laying on the sidewalk," said Bach.
Bleeding from the head, the boy needed help quickly. Bach stopped the blood with anything he could find. He didn't hesitate.
"That's what we're supposed to do right? Went to him and started giving him medical attention. All the training I had in the military just kicked in," said Bach.
Steve says the boy was awake but likely unable to comprehend what just happened.
"He was trying to talk to me. Trying to get up. Basically I kept him calm. By the time I got up and looked around, all the police officers and detectives were here. It was quick," said Bach.
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15-year old Texas boy accidentally shoots himself in the head

Matthew Spann, age 15
Two 15-year old boys were in a pasture in Texas when one of them, Matthew Spann, accidentally shot himself in the head with a .22 rifle, apparently while hunting. He was the son of a county commissioner.  The boy is now braindead and will soon be taken off of life support, and will be an organ donor.

From the article:
Deputy Sheriff Terry Simons said Matthew had been transferred to the Corpus Christi hospital.
Matthew was in a pasture near Bayer Road with another 15-year-old boy when a .22-caliber rifle accidentally discharged, resulting in a self-inflicted injury to the head, O'Connor said.
"Preliminarily, it looks like it was an accidental discharge," he said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

15-year old Virginia boy charged with bringing gun to school

A 15-year old boy in Virginia has been accused of bringing a gun to school, according to witnesses.

From the article:
Deputies have not recovered the weapon, but do have evidence that the student carried the gun to school.
“We have witnesses who said he had a gun on campus,” Dunagan said. “We know of at least one day.”
Dunagan said the student never made any threats regarding the gun.
“The statement that he made was that he brought it for personal protection,” Dunagan said. “He did not threaten anyone and we are not aware of threats being made toward him.”
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

8-year old shot in arm in the Bronx by 15-year old armed bicyclist

Armando Bigo, age 8
An 8-year old boy was hanging with a group of young men in the Bronx in front of a store when a young man on a bicycle rode by, pointed a gun, and shot at the group.  The boy was hit in the arm.

From the article:
“He’s in front of (the store) with a group of others,” a police source said. “An unknown male on a bicycle rides by and fires a shot at the group and strikes this kid in the left shoulder.”
Cops said the boy was not the intended target.
Witnesses described a frenzied group getting into each other’s faces.
“Two boys were fighting. The other boy didn’t want to fight so one of them pulled out a gun,” said a 19-year-old who lives nearby. “The next thing you know a boy was shot outside the store.”
According to another article, where a store video is also available, the second grader's name is Armando Bigo, and he was shot in the shoulder.

As the boy’s mom screamed in horror, the shopkeeper sat Armando down on a milk crate and applied pressure to his gunshot wound.
“The only time he said ‘Ouch’ was when I applied pressure,” Abdulrub said. “Then he said, ‘Thank you, mister.’”
The second-grader at PS 170 in the Bronx even apologized for spilling blood on the bodega’s floor, and asked Abdulrub for permission to spit in front of his store.
"He was very polite and I said, ‘Don’t worry about it, kid, spit all you want,’" Abdulrub said.
The bullet fractured a rib and a bone in Armando’s spine, Flores said. He is in stable condition at Jacobi Hospital with bleeding into his lungs, his mom said.
The injuries are not considered life-threatening.
“He felt the shock go across from one arm to the other,” Flores said.
Inside the hospital, the sedated boy was finally giving in to a little fear, his mom said.
“He wants to stay inside,” said Flores, an out-of-work home-health aide.
Eduardo Rodriguez, age 15
UPDATE (2/28/12):  A 15-year old boy has been arrested for the shooting, Eduardo Rodriguez.  Eduardo has been in trouble before, for armed robbery.
In Rodriguez’s Sept. 8 arrest, he and his teen cohort, Steven Chavez, allegedly first knocked their victim in the back of the head with a hard object and Chavez then aimed the shotgun at him.
Rodriguez the tried to snatch the victim’s wallet, authorities said, but the man struggled and the perps fled. They were soon captured.

15-year old Ohio boy shot in head in attack

A 15-year old and a 20-year old were walking in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, when a car pulled up and people started shooting at them.  The 15-year old was shot in the head.

From the article and news footage:
Garfield Heights police said a 15-year-old boy and 20-year-old were walking near East 131st and Parkway when a vehicle drove up to them, then an unknown number of people got out and fired three to six rounds of shots.
Police said the 20-year-old ran and the victim, the 15-year-old, was shot in the head.
Emergency workers took the teen to Marymount Hospital, then a medical helicopter transported him to MetroHealth Medical Center. His condition is not known at this time.
UPDATE (2/29/12):  The 15-year old's name is T'John Terry.  He was shot twice in the head.

Two teens threatened on street by gunman in Ann Arbor

Two teens were walking on a boulevard in Ann Arbor, Michigan, when they were threatened at gunpoint.

From the article:
A 17-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy apparently said something to the suspect as he passed, according to Pittsfield Township police, which prompted him to turn around and confront them with a handgun.

He then left the area without further incident. There were no injuries.
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12-year old Mesa, Arizona boy brings gun and loaded clip to school

A 12-year old boy was caught with a semi-automatic handgun and loaded ammo clip in a Mesa, Arizona school.

From the article:
The 12-year-old, however, faces a possible felony charge that carries a penalty of up to 18 months detention in a juvenile facility. He told police he took a semiautomatic handgun and a loaded magazine from his grandfather's house and brought it to school because he felt threatened and suicidal.
A new report released by Mesa police this week states that the boy lives in a home that had been visited by Arizona Child Protective Services before the Jan. 18 incident. CPS is investigating allegations of abuse of the boy's older brother by their stepfather, the police report states.
(the article also refers to an accidental shooting where a boy fired a gun that he brought on a school bus, which we originally reported about HERE).

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

14-year old boy accidentally shot by 15-year old brother, both autistic

Damian Rolle, age 14
14-year old Damian Rolle had just gotten home from school and was with his 15-year old brother, Devonta in their Englewood neighborhood home in Chicago.  Somehow, Devonta had gotten hold of an unsecured, loaded handgun and tried to show it to his younger brother.  The gun was accidentally fired it at Damian, fatally injuring him in the chest. 

Both boys are autistic.  Their mother was still at work.  They were being watched by an older sister.  At least one other child was present at the time.

The .22-caliber gun was thrown out the third-story window after the shooting, but was retrieved by police.

From the article:
The mother of the two children, Bettey Grant, 38, said Tuesday night outside the hospital that she had no idea how her son came to possess a gun.
“There was no gun in my house that I know,” she said before being comforted by a group of family members, who later joined hands in prayer.
The victim’s uncle, Anthony Smith, said he believed the shooting was an accident.
“I truly believe it was just a serious mistake,” he said. “It really had to be a mistake.”
Smith described Rolle as a “good boy,’’ who was honest. Smith said Rolle is one of four kids who live in the home.
“They’re just little boys trying to find their way without a father,’’ Smith said of his relatives.

(A related article and video)

It is unknown where the gun came from, as it apparently wasn't from the home.  Their mother had apparently searched the home many times in the past, fearing that something like this might happen.

“My sister didn’t have weapons in her house. She didn’t even have a knife in their house because [he] had autism,” [the boys' aunt] Smith said.
She knew that the boys fought from time to time, but with sticks or bottles - not guns.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Two Miami boys, 14 and 11, shot with an AK 47

Antonio Miller, age 11
This dangerous neighborhood in Miami has been the scene of a lot of violence. Most recently two boys were shot with bullets from an AK 47 while standing outside of a housing complex in Miami. From the article:
Ted and his friend’s little brother, Antonio Miller, 11, both were shot while gathered with a group of about 10 kids, aged 7 to 16, on the sidewalk next to one of the most dangerous places in Miami-Dade County: the Liberty Square public housing project.
The boys' injuries were not life threatening. The shooting of the two boys was just the latest of many.
Before the police department’s initiative began, there were 13 shootings in Liberty Square in the previous two months. One was the November death of a 42-year-old father of five who was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from a previous shooting in June.
Because it was the weekend, Moss said he could not provide data to support the decrease in violent crimes or the number of evictions at Liberty Square. There have been at least three violent incidents - including Friday night’s shooting - in the complex since the initiatives were announced.
Still, the shots that rang out Friday night - Ted estimated he heard about 15 - were another reminder for many residents that it’s still not safe to be outside of their own homes.
(...) Ted said he won’t let the shooting deter any of his dreams. He’s on crutches, but plans to go to back to Charles R. Drew Middle School on Monday.
But his family is outraged. “I’m not angry at the shooter, I’m angry at society,” said Linda Williams, Ted’s grandmother. “So many children here have nothing to do and don’t know anything else but the violence. We’re treated like a lost city.” 
Kids and teens should not have to live in neighborhoods where shots ring out regularly, endangering their lives on a daily basis.

Oregon man, high on marijuana, shoots himself in presence of his 3- and 5-year olds

A man in Springfield, Oregon, accidentally shot himself while he was twirling his .357 revolver.  Aaron Lee Brown, age 26, was high on marijuana, and the bullet tore through his left thigh and lodged in the floor.  Three people were occupying the apartment below him.

Also present during the shooting were 3- and 5-year old children.

From the article:
Investigators suspect that Brown had been smoking marijuana before the shooting, Umenhofer said.
“This was all very dangerous,” [police sergeant] Umenhofer said. “Citizens who aren’t convicted felons have a right to possess firearms, but you have to be responsible.”
Brown remained in the city jail on Friday evening. His bail was set at $5,250.
There isn't a law against being under the influence while handling a loaded gun in your home, in Oregon (or while having a loaded gun in public, if you have a concealed carry license) -- it only becomes illegal once the bullet is fired, but by then it will be too late.

Luckily, Brown was the only one injured.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

15-year old boy, and an adult, execute two women in Michigan

Semaj Moran, age 15
15-year old Semaj Moran, and his friend, 22-year old Arnold Howard, got into an argument with two women.  They then pulled out a gun and executed the the women before fleeing.  The boy apparently pulled the trigger.  They were eventually arrested.  Both Semaj and his friend had criminal records, and the boy's mother has a record as well.

From the article:
Oakland County Sheriff's detectives believeMoran and Howard knew the victims and were invited into the first floor of the their two-flat home on Friday.
According to the sheriff's office, an argument broke out with one of the victims.
Howard then went upstairs and broke into the second-floor flat, according to investigators. Police allege he pushed one of the women back downstairs, whereMoran "executed" both women with a handgun, police allege. A purse was taken during the incident, detectives believe.
Acting on tips, the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team fanned out across Pontiac over the weekend, arresting Howard on Saturday at his home on Legrande Street andMoran on Sunday night.
Howard has a criminal history that includes receiving and concealing stolen property, drug charges and fleeing and eluding.
Deputies saidMoran has twice been in Children's Village, at ages 13 and 14, on larceny charges.
The boy's 33-year-old mother, also of Pontiac, was taken into custody on probation violations for home invasion and assault with a dangerous weapon.

One might ask how a criminal like Mr. Howard and a child like Semaj are able to get guns.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

14-year old boy injured in shooting on school grounds in Tennessee

A 14-year old boy was with a group of other kids at Cason Lane Academy school in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, when a vehicle drove up and someone inside started firing at them.  The boy was injured in the leg.

From the article:
The 14-year-old was shot in the leg around 5:10 p.m., according to a statement from MPD spokesman Kyle Evans. He was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center with minor injuries.

A juvenile suspect has been developed and officers are currently looking for that suspect. No further information will be released this evening, Evans stated.
Early reports also indicate some youth were gathered in an open field area near the campus when someone pulled up and opened fire. Police scanner traffic indicated that one person had been shot in the leg area.
UPDATE (2/26/12):  The boy was shot by two 15-year old boys, who got two guns from a locked cabinet owned by the parents of one of the boys.  The victim was shot twice in the leg.  The incident was about an argument over a girl, and was not gang-related.  Some additional facts from a follow-up article (see article for more details:
— The three teens charged with conspiracy include a 17-year-old female, 14-year-old female and 15-year-old male.
— The two alleged shooters are both 15 and male.
— Murfreesboro Police Detective Abe Vongphakdy said the three teens charged with conspiracy were cooperative during the investigation. One of the alleged shooters turned himself in and claimed that the victim attacked him with a knife and that he accidentally shot the victim. Police did not find a knife at the scene.
— One 15-year-old shooter carried a .9-mm pistol, while the other carried a .23-caliber pistol; Both guns have been recovered by police, according to the MPD detective. The guns were obtained from one of the teen’s parents house. The guns were locked up but the teens knew where to get the keys. The parents told police they keep the guns because they feel the street they live on (Kings Highway) is rough and that they need to defend themselves.
— A school administrator has recovered video of the shooting and police were set to obtain that video following the juvenile court detention hearing. The administrator told a detective it shows at least one shot being fired and children scattering after the gun went off.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

17-year old Longbeach boy shot by relative cleaning his gun

A 17-year old Longbeach, California boy was at home when a relative, apparently his father, was cleaning his gun.  The gun discharged, striking the boy in the stomach.  The boy is now in stable condition in the hospital.

From the article:
When offices arrived, a man told them he was inside the living room cleaning his gun when it discharged, hitting the 17-year-old boy.
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The teen was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital with a single gunshot wound to the stomach.

He is now listed in stable condition.

The man, who may be the teen's father, was detained and questioned by police, but he was not taken into custody.

Police said they do not plan to file charges.
From a related article:
[Police Spokeswoman] Massacani said the incident serves as a caution "that any time they’re handling a gun, to handle it with extreme caution. Whether it’s loaded or not, keep it pointed downward and away from any people to prevent accidents like this from occurring."
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17-year old hearing-impaired boy shot five times by officers in North Carolina

17-year old Jacob Plemmons was angry at a family member when he took off in his mother's truck, in Canton, North Carolina.  Some time later, he was stopped by officers for having an unreadable temporary tag and a broken taillight.  After that stop, the officers once again spotted the boy speeding.  The tried to pull him over, but the boy sped away.  A chase ensued.  Finally they stopped him, but the boy apparently rammed their patrol car.  When he didn't stop his apparent attack, the officers shot the boy five times.  Jacob is now in the hospital, recovering.

It turns out the boy is hearing- and speaking-impaired.

From the article and Sheriff interview:
Sandi Ross, Plemmons’ mother, said her son suffered five gunshot wounds — two in the chest below the collarbone, one in the abdomen, leg and elbow. Plemmons, of Blue Ridge, Ga., is in stable condition at the Mission Hospital ICU. Ross said he had surgery to remove part of his small intestine, and doctors inserted a rod into his left leg.

“The boy should not have been shot five times,” Ross said. “It’s on his driver’s license that he’s deaf. He was holding his hands in the air, telling them not to shoot.
"Then they yanked him out of the truck and threw him on the ground. I just don’t see no justice.”
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Ross said her son was likely lost. Plemmons told his family the truck was running out of gas.
He was scared and confused and tried to put the truck in park when the officers pulled him over the second time, Ross said.

Plemmons has been charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and faces a pending charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, Duncan said.
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17-year old New Jersey boy shot and killed across from elementary school

17-year old Damel Mitchell was a good kid, apparently, but received a phone call that led him to go to an athletic field across from a Roselle, New Jersey elementary school.  There, at 10:30 in the morning, he was shot dead.

From the article and video:
Seventeen-year-old Damel Mitchell was a good kid, intelligent and one of a kind according to his friends, but on Monday morning his young life was cut short. His friends told PIX11 that Mitchell received a phone call in the morning, telling him to meet someone at the Sylvester Land Field -- which he did.

According to police, officers were called just a little before 11am Monday to report a shooting. They responded and found Mitchell at the athletic field -- he was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives canvassed the area, looking for evidence, and say their investigation is still continuing, but no arrests have been made yet.

Adults, who work with area youth, said Mitchell's murder is heartbreaking, especially because Sylvester Land Field was donated to the community by the town to deter kids from violence.
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13-year old boy and 16-year old girl in Oklahoma threatened in home invasion

Sara and Jacob Crabtree, ages 15 and 13
13-year old Jacob Crabtree and his sister, Sara, were in their home with an aunt when five men invaded the home, threatening them with guns to their chest or head.  They ransacked the home and stole many items before destroying phones and fleeing.  The kids' parents were gone at the time.

From the article and video:

[T]he masked men armed with guns kicked in the backdoor to the home.

"They pointed a gun at me and they kept on saying who all is here, who all is here," says 13-year-old, Jacob Crabtree.

"I was in my bedroom watching TV on my laptop and I heard yelling coming from in here, so I opened my bedroom door and I saw men standing in here with guns," says 15-year old Sara Crabtree.

Luckily, none of the victims were harmed.  Police quickly caught up to the men and captured them.

13 year old Florida boy steals AK 47

Guns are fascinating to kids. This Florida teen stole an AK 47 from a client of his mother's. From the article:
According to Hernando County Sheriff's officials, the boy's mother cleans houses in the county as a source of income. On or around Feb. 12, the boy allegedly stole the weapon from a Spring Hill home his mother was cleaning.
Officials said the boy was assisting his mother clean the home when he took a rifle bag containing the AK-47, numerous rounds of ammunition and several magazines.
The boy said he liked the gun and was sure his mother would not buy him one. Let's hope not. And further:
"This is a situation that could have ended in tragedy," Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said. "Recently in the Tampa Bay area, there have been several incidents that have involved guns and accidental shootings that have ended in the death of, or serious injury of, innocent victims. I would like to take this opportunity to remind homeowners, whether you have children or not, to please make sure your firearms are properly secured, especially when others will be entering your home."
Indeed. Safely storing guns is of the utmost importance. And every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.
 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

9-year old boy shot by 10-year old brother who played with gun

A 9-year old boy was home alone with his 10-year old brother while their aunt ran out for a quick errand.  That's when the boys started playing with a loaded handgun.  The 10-year old accidentally shot his brother in the back, then tried to cover it up by making his brother take a bath.

From the article:
The shooter's great uncle, Joe Jefferson, 41, of Woodson Terrace, said the boys' aunt had been watching them today but left them alone for about 10 to 15 minutes to run an errand.
Jefferson said he's relieved the boy will recover but said the shooting is a reminder about children and guns.
"There's no such thing as a responsible 10-year-old" around guns, he said. "They were playing with the gun in the house and it went off."
The boy is in stable condition.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

10-year old Chicago boy shot in leg during botched robbery

A 10 year old boy was shopping at a store with his mother when a man tried to rob another man outside the store.  A struggle insued, moving into the store, and the robber's gun discharged.  One of the suspects was injured in the leg, and a bullet or bullet fragment also injured the boy.

From the article:
A 10-year-old boy, who was a customer at the store, was grazed in the leg either by a bullet or a bullet fragment when the gun went off, police said. He fled, but his mother later took him to an area hospital for treatment of the minor wound.
The injured suspect was arrested at the scene and was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Gaines said. Charges against him are pending.
The second suspect took off and is not in custody early Monday, police said.
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16-year old Sacramento boy injured in head when he and friend played with gun

Two 16-year old boys were playing with a gun at a home in Sacramento, California when the gun was discharged, injuring one boy in the head.

From the article:
A bullet grazed the head of a 16-year-old boy as he and his friend were playing around with a gun around 10 a.m. Monday, say Sacramento police.

The injured youth was taken to an area hospital by his family. He suffered a very minor injury, Officer Laura Peck said.
The other 16 year old was arrested for the negligent discharge of a firearm.
Police did not know if parents were home at the time. The incident took place on the 100 block of Fairbanks Avenue. Hospital personnel informed police.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

11-year old boy hospitalized after BB gun shot to head

An 11-year old Willard, Ohio boy was taken to the hospital after being shot in the head with a BB gun.

From the article:
An 11-year-old was transported to Willard Mercy Hospital after being shot in the head with a BB gun Monday evening.
A spokesman from the Seneca County Sheriff's Office said the office received a 911 call that the juvenile had been was shot and then dispatched Attica EMS to South SR 4 to transport the juvenile to the hospital.
The spokesman said the injuries were non life-threatening.
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Eighth-grader brings loaded gun to school

An 8th grade boy brought a loaded gun to his private school in Greenwood, Mississippi.

From the article:
Authorities say an eighth-grader who brought a gun to a private school in Greenwood had a problem with another student.
The boy was arrested Friday at Pillow Academy after tip from a parent led officials to a pistol in his backpack in his locker.
Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks tells the Greenwood Commonwealth (http://bit.ly/AbtFD1) that the boy "had a problem the day before with another student and that might have been the reason for him bringing it."
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"I don't know what the kid wanted to do. ... He may have been trying to let them know he wasn't going to take any more mess," he said.
Banks said he didn't know how the student got the gun.
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Land said the school received the tip at about 9 a.m. The student was in physical education class at the time. The small handgun was found in his book bag in his locker at the gym. Land said he did not know what motivated the student to bring the gun to school.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

11-year old New Jersey girl shot in face

An 11-year old Asbury Park, New Jersey, girl was cleaning her room when gunmen outside shot at her house, apparently targeting another occupant of the home.  She was shot in the face and is in critical condition.

From the article:
A dispute police say was tied to drugs has left an 11-year-old girl fighting for her life after she was hit by a stray bullet while cleaning her room over the weekend.

The girl was in her home in the 1000 block of Monroe Avenue when one or more gunmen, apparently targeting another occupant, opened fire from the street after 9 p.m. Sunday, police Capt. Anthony Salerno told the Asbury Park Press.
The girl, struck in the face, was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

UPDATE (3/17/12):  An arrest has been made:  Tyree Kirkpatrick, 23, of Asbury Park.  From that article:

The girl spent several days in critical condition and is now considered stable, the Monmouth County prosecutor's office said.
From another follow-up article:
Police at the time said the shooting was motivated by drugs and aimed at another occupant of the residence. No one else was injured in the shooting.
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Six teenagers injured and two men dead in Chicago mass shooting drive-by

Six teenage boys were injured, and two men killed, when a beige vehicle drove up and shot at a group of people in Chicago.

From the article:
Five teens were wounded: two 13-year-old boys, a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, according to police preliminary reports.

The 14-year-old was taken in critical condition to Comer Children's Hospital. Two other teens were shot in their legs and taken in fair-to-serious condition to Trinity Hospital, and two others were taken to Jackson Park Hospital with gunshot wounds to the legs, Langford said.

He said the conditions of the four teens taken to Trinity and Jackson Park had stabilized by late Sunday night.
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Police said another 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg a short distance away, about eight minutes after the group was shot at the store, but it was not clear if it was related.

Two men were killed in the attack:  Gregory Glinsey, age 54, and Jamal Harris, 19.  Glinsey was about to attend his mother's 80's birthday party, where around 100 party guests were waiting.
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17-year old boy shot and killed in Chicago

17-year old Edgar Delgado was found shot to death on a Chicago street.

From the article:
A teenager was shot and killed in the Avondale neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side.
Police found the 17-year-old boy shot in the 3400-block of North Monticello Avenue just before 8 p.m. Saturday.
Edgar Delgado, of North Central Park Avenue, was pronounced dead at 8:19 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. No one is in custody.
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17-year old Lakeland boy shot in head

Daylon Easton, age 17
A 17-year old boy in Lakeland, Florida, was found shot in the head on a couch in a home.  He is now in critical condition.

From the article:
Police responded to a call at 11:23 p.m. about a person being shot at 1202 Jewell Ave. They found Daylon Ashae Easton on a living room couch, with a gunshot wound to the head.
Several people were in the home at the time, but no one could provide any information about the shooting, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE (2/26/12):  Daylon has since died from his wound.
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16-year old shot in Tennessee under suspicious circumstances

A 16-year old boy was dropped off at a Clarksville, Tennessee, hospital with a shooting injury to his back.  But circumstances seem suspicious.

From the article:

According to the teenager, he had spent the night with some friends, and he said he was shot in the lower back when he was walking on Old Ashland City Road. The victim said he doesn't know who shot him, and police cannot find a crime scene.
After he was shot, Clarksville Police said the 16-year-old was driven to the E.R. at Gateway Medical Center by two unknown men in a silver Mitsubishi. A paramedic saw the victim get out of the Mitsubishi as it pulled up to the emergency room, and then the vehicle left the hospital.  
The victim was flown to Nashville by LifeFlight where he underwent surgery. He is now in stable condition.
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14-year old Miranda Campbell commits suicide with gun due to bullying


Miranda Campbell, age 14
14-year old Miranda Campbell was a bright student who was well-loved at her Hopkinsville, Kentucky school.  Unfortunately, she was endlessly bullied for being bisexual, and wound up shooting herself to death.

( article and news footage )

From a related article:

Felty and Campbell's father, Travis Campbell, said the teen was bullied because she was bisexual. Hopkinsville High School principal Demetria Choice said she was not aware of any bullying in the classroom, where she said Campbell was well-liked. She said the school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying.
Now an anti-bullying campaign has been started in her name, the "Miranda Campbell Challenge" :
During the service, Miranda’s father spoke about his commitment to the challenge movement.
“I’m going to take the tenacity and perseverance that I gave my daughter and feed it into the Miranda Campbell Challenge,” Travis Campbell told the crowd. “This challenge is now my child.”
Several of Miranda’s friends also attended at the service. Dabbing away tears from their eyes, many spoke of their feelings of loss.
“Never have I ever lost a friend like this until now,” student Mackenzie Russell said at the service. “I don’t have any words to describe all of this.”

What is lacking in all of this are some very important questions:  Where did Miranda get the gun?  Why was it left loaded and unlocked where she could reach it?  Why didn't anyone recognize any warning signs?

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

17-year old boy shot and left at Chicago hospital

A 17-year old boy was shot and dropped off at a Chicago hospital, and later died.

From the article:
Saturday night, a 17-year-old boy died after being shot about 8 p.m. on the 3400 block of Monticello Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood.Police responded to a shots fired call on Monticello and learned the boy had been dropped off at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, where he died, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

A dark-colored car left after leaving the boy at the hospital, police said.

Additional circumstances surrounding that shooting weren't available. The victim lived two blocks from the shooting.
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