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Shootings & Mass Violence

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a person into custody at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, on Sunday
Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP

A gunman disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires in a rampage across the Canadian province of Nova Scotia that killed 16 people, the deadliest such attack in the country’s history. Officials said Sunday the suspected shooter was also dead.

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET

At least 10 people were killed by a gunman in western Germany late Wednesday at several locations, including two hookah lounges frequented by ethnic Kurdish customers. The suspected shooter, who was later found dead, left a letter and video claiming responsibility, according to multiple German news agencies.

The suspect had reportedly posted materials online that were vehemently anti-immigrant, prompting federal prosecutors to take over the case.

El Paso Walmart
Andres Leighton / Associated Press

The man accused of killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more in a shooting that targeted Mexicans in the border city of El Paso, Texas, has been charged with federal hate crimes.

Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson / The Texas Tribune

Liberty Hill resident T.J. Wagner yelled commands at his friend James Johnson in an empty classroom at a building in North Texas earlier this month: “Face the wall! Feet apart! Hands behind your back!”

Within seconds, Wagner handcuffed Johnson, leading him out of the room with one hand gripping the metal cuffs and the other squeezing his right bicep to guide him out. Then, the two switched places and it was Johnson’s turn to detain his buddy.

A Lawsuit By Sandy Hook Families Is Poised To Provide A Rare Window Into The Gun Industry

Jan 15, 2020
Josh Koskoff and plantiffs at a press conference
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

A lawsuit by families of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has the potential to significantly change what the world knows about how the gun industry thinks and operates. 

Gov. Greg Abbott presented the Governor's Medal of Courage to Jack Wilson, who shot and killed a gunman that attacked a White Settlement church.
Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman via AP

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave Texas’ highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December.

For decades, the federal government has treated a mechanism called the lower receiver as the essential piece of the semiautomatic rifle, which has been used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings.
Associated Press

A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun’s parts or building the weapon.

At issue is whether a key piece of one of America’s most popular firearms meets the definition of a gun that prosecutors have long relied on.

Anton "Tony" Wallace, left, and Richard White were killed Sunday in a shooting inside West Freeway Church of Christ on Dec. 29.
Courtesy / Facebook

The two church members killed Sunday in the sanctuary of West Freeway Church of Christ were not just bystanders in a violent attack. Friends and family say Anton Wallace and Richard White were men dedicated to their church community and deeply rooted in their faith. 

Police officers David Riggall, left, and Nick Guadarrama, center, demonstrate how to clear a hallway intersection during a security training session at Fellowship of the Parks campus in Haslet.
Associated Press

Traditionally, sanctuary has meant "safety." But decades of mass shootings in places of worship have shaken that faith.

Twenty years ago, it was Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist — seven churchgoers dead. Then came 2015 and Charleston, S.C. — nine dead. Two years ago, Sutherland Springs — 26 dead. Last year, Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh — 11 dead. And just this weekend, in White Settlement outside Fort Worth — two church members dead. All of this has led sanctuaries to harden their defenses in hopes of saving lives.

Stephen Willeford, center, who confronted and exchanged gunfire with the Sutherland Springs church shooter in 2017, joins church and community members gathered outside West Freeway Church of Christ for a candlelight vigil Monday night.
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via / Associated Press

The congregation of West Freeway Church of Christ gathered in the sanctuary Monday night – the first time since a gunman opened fire during a service Sunday morning, killing two church members. Outside, dozens gathered at a candlelight vigil.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The man who fatally shot two people at a Texas church was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2012 and was repeatedly fed by the congregation before he grew angry because church officials refused to give him money, according to court records and the pastor.

River Oaks Police Dept. / Via Associated Press

Authorities have identified the gunman in Sunday's suburban Fort Worth church shooting as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen of River Oaks, a small city near Fort Worth. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting. 

 West Freeway Church of Christ
David Kent / Associated Press

A gunman who opened fire Sunday morning at a suburban Fort Worth church was killed by two parishioners, authorities say. Two people died from the wounds they sustained at the hands of the shooter.

Al Meredith, retired pastor of Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church, in 2009
Associated Press

Texas is all too familiar with grief after a church shooting. Sunday's gunfire in suburban Fort Worth came two years after the deadliest church shooting in modern history, when 26 people died in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This weekend also revived memories of a shooting two decades ago at a Fort Worth church just 10 miles away.

El Paso Shooting memorial
Courtesy of Walmart

A memorial was unveiled Saturday honoring the 22 people who were killed in a recent mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

El Paso Shooting memorial rendering
Walmart

Customers have returned to a Walmart in El Paso that had been closed since a gunman fatally shot 22 people there in August.

About 50 shoppers lined up early Thursday to enter the renovated Walmart in the border city of El Paso. They streamed past dozens of sheriff's deputies, security guards and store employees.

Updated Nov. 12, 5:25 p.m. ET

While the number of reported hate crimes dipped slightly in 2018, violence against individuals rose to a 16-year high, according to numbers released Tuesday by the FBI.

The FBI's annual tally counted 7,120 hate crimes reported last year, 55 fewer than the year before. The main concern for extremism trackers, however, is the rising level of violence — the report showed an increase in the number of "crimes against persons," such as intimidation, assault and homicide.

Brandon Gonzales, who had been accused of being the gunman in the deadly shooting that left two men dead near Greenville last month, has been released from the Hunt County jail.

Eric Gay / Associated Press

Today marks the anniversaries of two mass shootings in Texas — two of the state’s deadliest shootings in history.

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An attorney says a teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school last year has been declared incompetent to stand trial by three experts.

The determination means Dimitrios Pagourtzis' trial will be delayed. It had been set to begin in February.

Depending upon whom you ask, there have been somewhere between eight and 350 mass shootings in America so far in 2019. That’s a pretty big range. So why don’t we know the exact number?

El Paso Shooting memorial rendering
Walmart

The reopening of the El Paso Walmart where 22 people were killed in an August mass shooting has been pushed back. The renovated store will now open its doors on Nov. 14, about a week later than originally planned.

Texas Reacts To Greenville Shootings

Oct 28, 2019
The shooting at the small events center west of Greenville shocked Texas and the nation.
Mark Haslett / KETR

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that officials were working "aggressively" to respond to a shooting in Greenville, Texas, that left two people dead. 

crime scene after a shooting at Party Venue in Greenville
Ryan Michalesko / The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press

Updated 4:55 p.m.

A man suspected of opening fire at an off-campus college party near Greenville, killing two people and injuring 12 others, has been arrested.

After a mass shooting, people and resources pour into the community to help victims and survivors cope. As these incidents continue to unfold, the grim infrastructure that springs up around them is growing larger and more sophisticated.

Associated Press

Kenneth Roberson's lyrics chronicled the gang violence he saw in his hometown of Houston.

"Momma's crying, son is dying on this crime scene," he rapped. Those words became prophetic as the aspiring artist was killed during a September 2018 drive-by shooting that left his mother, Yvonne Ferguson-Smith, heartbroken.

A federal judge in San Antonio has named Academy Sports + Outdoors a co-defendant in a lawsuit stemming from the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting, the deadliest in modern Texas history.


Associated Press

A sporting goods retailer violated the law by selling an AR-15-style rifle and large capacity magazine to a man who later used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church, federal prosecutors said in a court filing.

From Texas Standard:

An arraignment hearing will be held next week for the suspect accused of targeting Hispanics, and killing 22 people, at an El Paso Walmart in August. But covering legal proceedings for those who’ve committed mass violence poses a problem for news organizations: How do they identify the shooter?

The aftermath of a mass shooting has become all too familiar: Funerals take place, obituaries are written, heroes are highlighted, hashtags are created, motives are questioned, guns and mental health are debated. There is often the painful breakdown of a parent who lost their child on the evening news, images of community members holding candles on the front page of newspapers, and soundbites of politicians calling for gun control on social media. A community's physical pain and mourning are exposed.

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