Jacksonville Shooter Targeted Other Gamers

KTLA — The suspect who opened fire during a Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday actively targeted other gamers in his shooting spree, Sheriff Mike Williams said.

David Katz, a 24-year-old gamer from Baltimore, Maryland, was in town for the tournament at GLHF Game Bar at the Jacksonville Landing, a downtown shopping and dining complex. He walked past patrons in other parts of the restaurant and then opened fire on his fellow competitive gamers before killing himself, Williams said.

The shooting left two people dead, 10 injured from gunshots and one person with a non-gunshot injury, Williams said. All of the injured are expected to survive, he said.

“As bad as this is, it could have been much worse,” Williams said. Continue reading →

Teen Gunman Shoots 2 Children And A Teacher At South Carolina Elementary School

Two children and a teacher were shot by a gunman at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina.

According to KTLA:

The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, deputy chief Taylor Jones said.

The students were sent to a local trauma center, Jones said.

One child was taken to Greenville Health System emergency trauma center by helicopter, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said.

The teacher also was hospitalized. The severity of the injuries is not known.

The mother of a student at Townville Elementary School told CNN Greenville affiliate WYFF that her daughter and classmates huddled in a bathroom.

“Her teacher was shaken up. I know all the kids were scared. There was a bunch of kids crying,” the unidentified woman said. “She didn’t talk for about five minutes when I got her. … I’m just so scared. I don’t even want her to go to school now.”

 

Chicago aka “Chi-Raq” Hits 500th Homicide Of 2016 Over Labor Day Weekend

Chicago’s 500th homicide of the year happened over Labor Day weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune.

That number carries a lot of weight for the city — not just in quantity, but in meaning: 2016 is now the deadliest year in two decades.

CHICAGO VS. OTHER CITIES

When you compare Chicago’s homicide rate to that of other big cities in the country — New York and Los Angeles, for example — it tops the list.

But Chicago is not the homicide capital of the United States.

New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore and Newark all have higher rates when you drill down the data per capita.

However, this doesn’t tell the entire story of Chicago’s bloodshed. There’s another statistic that points to a disturbing trend the city is facing: a surge.

WHAT 500 MEANS

In the early 2000s, the homicide rate in Chicago held steady, but it began an upward tick in 2014 and has been increasing ever since.

But 2016 is the deadliest year in two decades when it comes to homicide rates.

Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer. In 2015, the city had 480 homicides total.

The day-to-day breakdown of those figures is alarming. For example, there were 12 murders on Father’s Day weekend alone. The youngest victim was just 16.

THE GUN PROBLEM

A lot of the homicides in Chicago are gun-related. There are nearly 82 shootings per week. In just one weekend in August, there were eight gun-related homicides and 64 non-fatal shootings.

Chicago has strict gun laws, which is why many gun rights advocates point to it as evidence that tighter regulation doesn’t equal less crime. But Chicago’s gun violence problem is more complicated. Sixty percent of the guns used in shootings were purchased out of state.

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a new gun control law that imposes harsher penalties on those who bring in guns from out of state to sell and do not have gun-owner ID cards.

WHO’S TO BLAME?

There’s a deeply rooted distrust of Chicago’s police force.

The city’s police department has been under review for months in the wake of high-profile officer-involved shootings, including that of Laquan McDonald.

That independent task force has accused the police of institutional racism, saying they “have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.”

But the other side of this battle is the street crime in Chicago, which has led to the killing of innocent bystanders and kept residents shut inside their homes out of fear.

Englewood resident Stephanie Armas, 43, said she taught her kids from a very young age what to do when they hear gunshots.

“If you live in a society where (your children) have to learn to duck and dodge bullets, you have to teach them how to duck a dodge bullets,” Armas said on September 1. “That’s all you can do.”

Some Chicagoans partly blame the violence on economic struggles and lack of jobs. However, Chicago’s unemployment rate fell from 6.1% in 2015 to 5.5% in 2016.

THE PEOPLE

We often point to Chicago’s alarming homicide numbers, but the real tragedy in this city are the victims and the families left behind.

They are the ones who face this violence every day, the ones who stand over gravestones, the ones who’ve lost hundreds of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers.

Originally posted on FOX 5 San Diego.

Las Vegas Man Killed After Not Holding Door for Woman at McDonald’s

According to KTLA– The cops are looking for the man who gunned down a Las Vegas father during a dispute at a local McDonald’s restaurant Saturday night.

The victim, 31-year-old Mohammad Nestor Robinson, was at the Pecos Road McDonald’s on his lunch break when a woman accused him of not holding the door for her, Robinson’s friend later told the family.

He was coming into McDonald’s and some female was going out,” Robinson’s mother told KVVU. “The door closed before she could get out and what happened is she said a few choice words to him.”

The woman’s boyfriend confronted Robinson in the parking lot, and the two argued before the man pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times.

Robinson was rushed to University Medical Center where he died Sunday morning.

The gunman fled the scene; no arrests have been made.

How terrible is this story? Hard to fathom that a young man has lost his life behind such foolery. SMH!

Rest in paradise, Mohammad. And stop senseless gun violence!

NEW STUDY: 85 Percent Blacks Killed With Guns

  
Though they make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, African Americans account for half of all homicide victims and 85 percent of those cases involve guns, according to the results of a study released by a national gun violence prevention group.

Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the liberal-leaning Violence Policy Center, said in a statement. 

“In America, black men and women face a disproportionate risk of being murdered, a fact both alarming and unacceptable. Moreover, our study found that the vast majority of these homicides are committed with guns, usually a handgun. We hope our research will not only help educate the public and policymakers, but aid those national, state, and community leaders who are already working to end this grave injustice.”

Sugarmann’s group analyzed 2013 data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and put it into its 10th annual report, which stratifies the information on the state level and ranks those with the highest rate of homicide.

Indiana had the highest rate of black homicides, with 34.15 per 100,000 population. Missouri had the second highest rate, with 30.42 black homicides per 100,000, followed by Michigan with 30.34, Nebraska with 27.65 and Oklahoma with 27.36. Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Louisiana, California and New Jersey also have high rates of black homicide.

The number of black people killed in the U.S. is disproportionately high when compared to white people, but that rate looks staggeringly higher when comparing the homicide rates in other developed nations.

And it’s not just crime or gang violence that’s causing so many African Americans to be killed. The study also included 140 “justifiable homicides” of black people nationwide by law enforcement in 2013.

Some 68 percent of cases occurred not in connection to any other felony. Of those, 51 percent involved arguments between victim and attacker. Only 15 percent were determined to be gang-related.

A total of 6,217 black people were killed in the U.S. that year at a rate of 16.91, where the overall national homicide rate was 4.27 and the white homicide rate was 2.54.

Of the total black homicides nationwide, 87 percent were male, for a rate of 30.59. The white male homicide rate was just 3.71 per 100,000 population.

In the cases where a relationship between the victim and offender could be identified, approximately 72 percent of black victims were killed by someone familiar to them, the study found.

The report states:

“The devastation homicide inflicts on black teens and adults is a national crisis that should be a top priority for policymakers to address. An important part of ending our nation’s gun violence epidemic will involve reducing homicides in the African-American community. For black victims of homicide, like all victims of homicide, guns — usually handguns — are far and away the number-one murder tool. Successful efforts to reduce America’s black homicide toll, like America’s homicide toll as a whole, must put a focus on reducing access and exposure to firearms.”