A man who reportedly walked through a Tacoma, Wash., neighborhood spraying gunfire was taken into police custody after a standoff at his residence, Seattle TV station KING 5 reported.
Police had surrounded the home Tuesday afternoon, where the man with at least four high-powered weapons was holed up, a sheriff’s official told NBC News.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KING that the suspect was 67-year-old Mike McBee, a Vietnam veteran.
No injuries were reported, but Pierce County sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer said several homes were hit by bullets in the neighborhood in Tacoma, about 30 miles of Seattle.
Troyer, speaking before the suspected was named, said the gunman was known to have “mental health issues” and was believed to have been drinking.
The last 24 hours of Kurt R. Myers’s life were punctuated by barrages of bullets.
The first two came on Wednesday morning when Mr. Myers, a gray-bearded 64-year-old armed with a shotgun, walked into two businesses in the neighboring upstate towns of Herkimer and Mohawk and shot six people, seemingly at random. Four died, and two others were seriously injured. In the final fusillade the next morning, Mr. Myers was shot and killed by a team of state and federal officers who had tracked him to an abandoned bar on Herkimer’s main thoroughfare.
But very little was clear on Thursday about Mr. Myers’s motivation for the attack or his life before it. His presence in the two towns where he killed was described as shadowy and somewhat antisocial, but with few interactions with law enforcement, except for a 1973 arrest for drunken driving, or other signs of trouble.
“He was apparently a loner,” the State Police superintendent, Joseph D’Amico, said. “He didn’t have a lot of contact with his family.”
Things a 7-year-old boy expects Mom to put in his backpack: A peanut butter sandwich. Pencils. Maybe even a nice note with a little heart scrawled on it.
Things he doesn’t: a flare gun, a .22-caliber pistol, a loaded magazine and, for good measure, 14 more bullets in a plastic bag.
But that’s exactly what a second-grader had inside his Batman backpack Thursday morning when he arrived at Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway in Queens, Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said Friday.
The mom, Deborah Farley, 53, told police she had been, according to Browne, “out walking the streets of Queens late Wednesday night” with the guns in her son’s backpack and she forgot to take them out.
An unfortunate gaffe. But the irony is just what the right wing thinks (or say they think)—that more bullets will prevent violence
Police say two robbers held up two men and shot and killed one of them in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia early Thursday morning.
The incident happened just before 1:00 a.m. on the 2000 block of Castor Avenue.
According to Officials, the two victims, both 24-years-old, were told by the suspects to “give it up” but they only handed over a pack of cigarettes.
The suspects became angry and then opened fire causing the two men to run into a house where one of them lived.
The gunman kept firing, spraying the front of the house with bullets.
One of the victims was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the hospital. The other victim was shot in the leg and is listed in stable condition.
Defense Distributed hopes to create a shareable digital pattern that would allow anyone with a 3D printer to build his own gun. Download the pattern, send it to print, and within minutes you have a working firearm. No background check, no waiting period. While an initial test suggested that printed guns are still somewhat flimsy, this is an initial prototype that will be refined even as the adoption of 3D printers — the “Cube” is only $1299 — increases. “How do governments behave,” Defense Distributed asks, “if they must one day operate on the assumption that any and every citizen has near instant access to a firearm through the Internet?”
Within the United States, the question has already been asked and answered: it gives up on gun violence. It sees mass shootings and weapons-related deaths that dwarf every other country. The United States is so saturated with guns that seeking to control them is futile. People own and use guns made in the early 1800s; guns made last month are on sale in stores now. We have a centuries-old accumulation of armaments that shows no sign of evaporating.
But there are two things that are needed for a gun to work: the gun and the ammunition. Limiting guns may be hopeless. So why don’t we focus on the bullets?
People have made their own guns for a long time. A ZIP gun, a crude device used in prisons and by street gangs, can be cobbled together with only a little more effort than Defense Distributed’s plastic offering. A gun can be made from any number of common household objects. But making bullets is much, much trickier. A bullet needs much more specific consideration of materials and weight and requires something that is much harder to come by: a propellant. You can make your own gunpowder, of course, but refining the process to create effective munitions is as tricky as building a simple bomb. Doable, but dangerous.
One by one, six coffins were rolled into a high school gymnasium here Friday and were surrounded by Sikh men and women singing traditional Punjabi hymns. As they sang, thousands of people from around the world streamed into the gym to mourn the six worshipers who were shot and killed on Sunday at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin here.
The deaths have rocked the town and reverberated throughout the global Sikh community, leading neighbors to skip work and visitors from as far as India to converge at Oak Creek High School for a group memorial service and wake.
“These bullets have hit their hearts,” said Rajwant Singh, chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and Education, who traveled from Washington. “It has become a big family gathering. It is really a shaking moment hitting the core of the community.”
During the visitation, families of the victims stood next to the bodies of their loved ones. Wooden coffins, draped with white cloth, were lined up under the basketball nets. Behind each coffin was a portrait of the victim and flowers.
In a world where Amazon can track your next book purchase and you must register to buy allergy medicine, James Holmes spent months stockpiling thousands of bullets and head-to-toe ballistic gear without raising any red flags with authorities.
The suspect in the mass theater shooting availed himself of an unregulated online marketplace that allows consumers to acquire some of the tools of modern warfare as if they were pieces of a new wardrobe. The Internet is awash in sites ranging from BulkAmmo.com, which this weekend listed a sale on a thousand rifle rounds for $335, to eBay, where bidding on one armored special forces helmet has risen to $799.
“We’re different than other cultures,” said Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, which advocates for firearms owners’ rights. “We do allow Americans to possess the accoutrements that our military generally has.”
Gun rights activists like Brown celebrate that freedom, but even some involved in the trade are troubled by how easily Holmes stocked up for his alleged rampage.
This could be a taliban terror attack or revenge from her husband; either way misogyny rules the extreme fundamentalist hinterlands of Pakistan.
A popular female Pakistani singer who defied the Taliban’s decree against singing and dancing was shot and killed in northwest Pakistan Monday night, police and hospital officials told CNN.
Authorities described the singer’s ex-husband as a suspect in the case, and said early indications were that the Taliban were not involved, according to police official Imtiaz Altaf.
Ghazala Javed, who recorded scores of songs in her native Pashto language and became a household name among young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns in northwest Pakistan, had just left a beauty salon and was driving home with her father when gunmen on a motorcycle raced towards their car and sprayed it with bullets, Altaf said.
An unusually large delegation of 60 British experts in the field of regenerative medicine have arrived to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday with around 150 Israeli counterparts to launch a groundbreaking program for promoting collaboration between the two countries.
Many millions of people suffering from major physical trauma; cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; severe burns; birth defects; and numerous other disorders and conditions will eventually benefit from this first-ever UK-Israel Regenerative Medicine Conference at Ben- Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba.