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Three arrested in ‘senseless’ killing of Baytown mother of 11

By Julian Gill, Staff writer 2 hrs ago

Houston Chronicle logoThree arrested in ‘senseless’ killing of Baytown mother of 11

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the home-invasion killing of a Baytown mother of 11, police said Wednesday.

Josue Lopez, 17, was charged with capital murder. Another 17-year-old, Kain Lopez, and an unidentified 16-year-old boy were charged with aggravated robbery. All three were from Baytown, police said.

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Sarmistha Sen: Texas scientist and mother of two killed during her regular morning run

By Jennifer Henderson and Eric Levenson, CNN 7 hrs ago

CNN logoSarmistha Sen: Texas scientist and mother of two killed during her regular morning run

A 43-year-old scientist and mother of two was found dead near a creek in Plano, Texas, on Saturday morning after going out for her regular morning run, police said.

a bunch of stuffed animals: Residents of Plano, Texas, paid tribute to Sarmistha Sen by placing pairs of running shoes near where she was killed.© From Arindam Roy/Caring Bridge Residents of Plano, Texas, paid tribute to Sarmistha Sen by placing pairs of running shoes near where she was killed.



Less than two hours later, a witness saw what she believed was a body about 20 to 25 feet below near the creek. Police were called to the scene and discovered Sen's body.

Her death is being classified as a homicide and the investigation is ongoing. A person of interest is currently being held at the Collin County Detention Center for a burglary that happened nearby, according to a press release from Plano Police Department.

Sen was an avid runner and liked to wake early and jog around Plano's Chisholm Trail every morning, according to a CaringBridge site set up by her family, her husband, Roy Arindam, confirmed to CNN. The site said that she was "brutally killed by a stranger for no apparent reason."

The killing is an extreme example of an issue women commonly face while out running. A 2016 survey from Runner's World found that 43% of women at least sometimes experience harassment on the run compared with just 4 percent of men.

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Rapper FBG Duck killed in triple shooting in Chicago
Dennis Romero 31 mins ago

A Chicago rapper was killed in a triple shooting in Chicago on Tuesday, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed.

The 26-year-old, Carlton Weekly, performed as FBG Duck and rapped about gun violence.

Medical examiner's spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny said in a statement that he was pronounced dead about 5 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Three people were shot about 3:30 p.m. when multiple got out of two vehicles that had pulled up to the trio and opened fire in the upscale community of Gold Coast, Chicago police said in a statement.

The Chicago Police Department said a "26-year-old victim," later identified as FBG Duck, was fatally shot in the chest, groin and neck.

A 28-year-old woman was shot in her left hand, and a 36-year-old man sustained injuries to his back, side and "flank," police said. The woman was said to be "stable," while the man was in serious condition, the department said.

The suspects fled but a weapon was recovered, police said. The case was under investigation.

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Florida woman arrested in fatal shooting of Burger King employee over drive-thru delay
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A Florida woman was arrested in connection with the death of a young Burger King employee, days after her husband was also nabbed for shooting the worker in the restaurant parking lot following a fight over the drive-through delay, police said.

Ashley Mason, 31, was charged on Wednesday for her involvement in the death of Desmond Joshua, who had recently started working at a Burger King in Orlando.

The Aug. 1 shooting followed an argument involving the Burger King's manager, Joshua and a woman, whom police officials later identified as Mason. Police said Mason had allegedly grown irate over the long wait time at the fast-food restaurant's drive-thru, where she ordered $33.11 worth of food.

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Second Arrest Made After New Burger King Employee Was Allegedly Murdered Over Drive-Thru Wait
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Authorities in Orange County, Florida arrested another person allegedly involved in the recent shooting death of a new Burger King employee. Ashley Mason, 31, was previously described, but not identified, in the allegations against her husband, Kelvis Rodriguez-Tormes, 37.

As deputies previously said, a woman (Mason) in a black sedan was waiting at a Burger King drive-thru, and got mad over the wait-time. An employee refunded her $40, and she left, but returned accompanied by a white truck, according to this account. Rodriguez-Tormes had arrived at the scene. He challenged victim Desmond Joshua Jr., 22, to a fight, and put the man in a headlock until a witness stopped that. Rodriguez-Tormes allegedly retrieved a gun from his truck, and told the victim he was giving him two seconds before shooting. He allegedly opened fire. The white truck and black sedan fled the scene. The alleged shooter was also accused of hiding the gun.

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Secret Service report finds large portion of mass shootings done with illegal gun
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A substantial portion of people who committed mass shootings last year used guns they possessed illegally, according to a report released Thursday by the Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center.

The report analyzed 34 mass attacks that took place in the U.S. last year. Of those, 24 were conducted via firearms, of which at least 10, or 42 percent, involved illegally owned guns, such as those possessed by minors or people with felony convictions or adverse mental health judgments.

Of the total 34, two-thirds of those who committed the attacks exhibited behavior that concerned others, and nearly half had a history of drug abuse, the analysis said.

About half of the attackers also had a history of violence, and 13 of them had committed acts of domestic violence. However, only seven of those had faced charges for those acts.

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Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence The Second Annual Exhibition

Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence is an exhibition of work by fine artists who were paired with families of victims and created portraits to illuminate those precious lives. The mission is to bring attention to and memorialize the lives lost and tragically altered due to gun violence. The goal is to encourage the viewer to focus beyond the statistics and see the individuals and the cost of gun violence to our human community. Portraits have the unique ability to call out the souls and profoundly affect those who see them. The variety of mediums and approaches reflect the unique qualities of each soul depicted.

Artists featured include: Marie Bender, Joe Brenman, Michelle Brown, Beth Carson, Jonny Castro, Jennifer Coburn, Karen Shechtman Cole, Lisa Domenic, Marge Feldman, Ann Price Hartzell, Corinne Holloway, Melissa L. Joseph, Warren Keyser, Anna Kocher, Jacqueline Lewis, Laura Madeleine, Helen Mangelsdorf, Nathalie Miller, Laura Orfanelli, Rachel Reinfurt, Karen Ruggles, Monique Sarkessian, Austin Crenshaw Shelley, B. Douglas Smith, Lauren Vargas, Oscar Vance, Keisha Whatley and Greg Woodring.

Rush Arts Philadelphia- 4954 Old York Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Opening Reception

Friday, May 10, 6 to 9 pm

Public Program

Community Discussion

Saturday May 18, 2 to 3:30 pm

Exhibition Dates– May 10 to June 2, 2019

Sponsored by Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence

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The Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence exhibition will debut at Rush Arts Philadelphia. 4954 Old York Road in Philadelphia, on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 6pm to 9pm. A community discussion on Gun Violence with the curator, artist and activists talk will be held at the gallery on Saturday, May 18, 2019 2pm to 3:30 pm. The exhibition will be open to the public until June 2, 2019 during Gallery hours Fridays 2pm–8pm, Saturdays 12 pm –6 pm, Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm.

Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence is an exhibition of work by fine artists who were paired with families of victims and created portraits to illuminate those precious lives. The mission is to bring attention to and memorialize the lives lost and tragically altered due to gun violence. The goal is to encourage the viewer to focus beyond the statistics and see the individuals and the cost of gun violence to our human community. Portraits have the unique ability to call out the souls and profoundly affect those who see them. The variety of mediums and approaches reflect the unique qualities of each soul depicted.

The project began in Chestnut Hill over two years ago as an exhibition meant to be on view for one month. As a result of a groundswell of support it went on to travel to many venues in the Philadelphia area and the State Capitol in 2018. This year, the exhibition will, once again, travel throughout the city for a year making a stop at Rush Arts Philadelphia.

Danny Simmons, Founder of Rush Arts Philadelphia, says "I saw the exhibition first with a friend Joe Brenman, a participating artist at his synagogue in Philadelphia. Joe has passed on since then, but his portrait carries on. This exhibition of portraits of the victims of gun violence resonated deeply with me. Everyone, of course, is aware of the impact guns have on our communities but these portraits put a face to it's the victims. These thoughtful artworks added another layer of resonance with the addition of the artist's vision of who these people were and what they meant to the people and communities left behind by the deaths. I feel this show and others like it should have a wide audience in every community nationally affected by these terrible tragedies."

Subjects of portraits Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence Second Edition 2018-2019 include: Zakiyy Alford, Luis "Martin" Alicea, Elisabeth Barrer, Brandon Lamar Baylor, Angel Enrique Bermudez, Linwood Bowser III, Jamal Bryant, Izzadeen Burgos, Aslemarie Torres Camacho, Francisco Caraballo, Richard J. Davila, Daronn Davis, Paul Domenic, Darrin "Meatball" Grandy, Dwayne Erik Greene, Charles Andre' Johnson, Tamara Johnson, Peter LaCourt, Alexander Martinez, Erica Shontell McClelan, Jayvon Mitchell Pendleton, Terence Ryans, Nicholas Santiago, Diamond Santiago, John Tillar, Lauretha Vaird, Howard Williams, Terrance Dontay Williams, and Donte Wylie.

The portraits were created by the following artists: Marie Bender, Joe Brenman, Michelle Brown, Beth Carson, Jonny Castro, Jennifer Coburn, Karen Shechtman Cole, Lisa Domenic, Marge Feldman, Ann Price Hartzell, Corinne Holloway, Melissa L. Joseph, Warren Keyser, Anna Kocher, Jacqueline Lewis, Laura Madeleine, Helen Mangelsdorf, Nathalie Miller, Laura Orfanelli, Rachel Reinfurt, Karen Ruggles, Monique Sarkessian, Austin Crenshaw Shelley, B. Douglas Smith, Lauren Vargas, Oscar Vance, Keisha Whatley and Greg Woodring.

For more information, visit: https://rushphilanthropic...hibitions/ or https://www.soulsshotport...oject.org/

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N.Y.C. Man Is Fatally Shot in Front of Wife After Flicking Cigarette Butt Toward 3 Strangers

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People logoN.Y.C. Man Is Fatally Shot in Front of Wife After Flicking Cigarette Butt Toward 3 Strangers

A New York man was fatally shot in front of his wife after he flicked his cigarette butt in the general direction of three strangers,

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On Saturday night, Curtis Holley, 36, and his wife went for a walk along 165th St. and Prospect Ave. near his home in New York City's Bronx neighborhood.

At around 8:45 p.m., Holley flicked the butt of his cigarette toward three people standing nearby.

“He flicked a cigarette,” a police source told the New York Post. “It just happened to be in the direction of three individuals. He didn’t mean to do it.”

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An argument ensued and one of the men allegedly pulled a gun out and shot Holley in the torso. Holley was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly before midnight.

No arrests have been made and the investigation into Holley's death is ongoing, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“Every time I’d see him he was on the elevator with his wife and we would talk,” neighbor Donna Prophete, 55, told the New York Daily News. “He’s a nice guy though. He was very friendly.”

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17-year-old killed, 20 injured in Washington D.C. shooting

Caroline Linton 1 hr ago

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A 17-year-old was killed and 20 others were injured in an overnight shooting Saturday in Washington D.C. Among the victims was an off-duty 1st District Police officer, who Metro police chief Peter Newsham said was shot and "seriously injured." Newsham said that judging from gunshots being fired in multiple locations simultaneously, it appeared there were at least three shooters.

"You need to stop because you took away something that belonged to me, somebody hat I loved so much and somebody dear to me," grandmother Patrice Brown told WUSA-TV in a phone call hours after the shooting.

"I know this is not the only child or will be the last child," she continued. "But they need to stop this. I want everybody to be safe and happy. But this is not the way to be safe. And this is not the way to be happy."

His mother, Artecka Brown, told WUSA-TV that Brown was a father to a 1-year-old boy and had another baby on the way. "He was an innocent king ... he just wanted to go attend a neighborhood party," she said.

Newsham said the shooting occurred at a large social gathering with several hundred people in attendance. Newsham said police had been at the scene earlier.

"Preliminarily there were police officers on the scene. I want to confirm that, I want to talk to the management team over here and see if we were doing everything we possibly could," Newsham said. "Because we can't tolerate these types of gatherings in our city during COVID-19, it's just too dangerous."



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Family identified the victim to CBS Washington D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV as Christopher Brown. His grandmother told WUSA-TV that he was a great person and would affectionately call him her "Poppy."

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NYC daylight shootings from May to July more than doubled in 2020, data shows

Stephanie Pagones 1 hr ago

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A man in the Bronx was crossing the street with his 6-year-old daughter when he was gunned down. A woman in Brooklyn was leaving a store as bullets flew. In Queens, a 14-year-old boy was approached by two people and then shot three times.
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If nothing else, the victims share one commonality: they were shot in broad daylight in the past few months.

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New York City saw more than double the daytime shootings – those that occurred between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. – from May 1 through July 31 than it did during the same period last year, as the Big Apple continues to grapple with the startling uptick in gun violence, Fox News has learned.

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New York Police Department statistics show a nearly 137% increase in the number of shootings that occurred over the three-month period specifically during the daylight hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. From May through July 2020, 168 incidents were reported, while during the same time period in 2019 the number of shootings reported was 71, according to data obtained by Fox News.
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Broken down by month, May 2020 saw 38 shootings and 42 victims during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., compared to the 19 incidents and 24 victims reported in May 2019.

There were 64 shootings in June, with 78 victims, versus the 31 incidents and 38 victims reported last year.

And July of this year saw 66 broad daylight shootings and 72 victims, compared to the 21 shootings and 23 victims reported during the same hours of July 2019.
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In total, the number of daytime shooting victims over the three-month period increased from 85 in 2019 to 192 in 2020, statistics show.

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The beginning of July saw a particularly startling spate of daylight shootings.

One of the most alarming examples was the brazen attack of 29-year-old Anthony Robinson, who was shot while walking with his 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx on July 5.

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Terrifying video shows Robinson standing at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street around 5:50 p.m., holding his daughter's hand as he waits to cross. As he does so, a sedan comes to a halt on his left and a hand is seen pointing a gun out the passenger's side window.

Robinson collapses to the ground moments later as his daughter runs away, video shows. He was rushed to an area hospital, where he later died. Three people were arrested later that month in connection with the attack.

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Just days earlier, on July 2, 20-year-old Deondraye Moore was standing at the corner of New Lots Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brooklyn around 6:45 p.m. when he was shot. Video later shared by police shows a man approach and pull out a gun, shooting Moore in the head from only a few feet away. He succumbed to the attack shortly thereafter, police said.

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CHILDREN ARE PAYING THE PRICE AS GUN VIOLENCE SURGES
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A woman who was also in the area was shot multiple times as she was leaving a nearby store. Shaquana Fields, 36, suffered gunshot wounds to her arm and chest and was believed to have been an innocent bystander, according to the New York Daily News. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Police arrested the gunman weeks later.

And on July 6, a 14-year-old boy was on 166th Street and Marsden Avenue in South Jamaica, Queens, shortly after 5 p.m. when he was approached by two people, police said. He was shot in the neck, torso, and leg, but was expected to survive the attack.

PIX 11 reported the teen was suspected of being affiliated with a gang.

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Shootings as a whole, regardless of the time of day, also skyrocketed fro May to July of this year, when 549 incidents were reported compared to the 238 logged during the same time in 2019, police data shows. The 685 shooting victims during that period compared to the 295 last year.

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So far most protesters who use violence have no links to Antifa.

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SEE IT: Shooting erupts during livestream of basketball game in Ohio

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New York Daily News logoSEE IT: Shooting erupts during livestream of basketball game in Ohio

A game of pick-up basketball at a Toledo park became the site of a shooting which was caught on video by one of the victims who was livestreaming when shots started ringing out.

After more than a dozen shots are heard, including what sounds like return fire, the man holding the camera screams and drops the camera after being shot, however the camera continues to record the scene.

“I got shot! I got shot! Help me, bro — I got shot!” he shouts. “I’m gonna die, bro!”

The video ends as the man is hustled into a car and begs to be taken to a hospital.

Toledo police Sgt. Brian Bortel told the Toledo Blade that the victim, believed to be in his mid-20s, was in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital.

Bortel said the man was the only victim in the shooting.

“Arguments in a park in Toledo shouldn’t be leading to life and death situations,” Black Lives Matter protester and Toledo City Council candidate Julian Mack wrote on Twitter after reposting the video. “We deserve safe parks and recreation free from violence.”

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In the video that was originally posted on Facebook, the players start yelling and running away from the court as a shirtless man carrying an AR-style rifle approaches and begins firing.

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Organizer of DC party where 22 people were shot may face charges

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The Hill logoOrganizer of DC party where 22 people were shot may face charges

The organizer of a Washington, D.C., block party where 22 people were shot and one killed may face charges, the city's police chief said Monday.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said during a press conference that he thinks the party organizer should be held accountable for violating Mayor Muriel Bowser's (D) order forbidding more than 50 people from gathering.

"I think that there needs to be responsibility for whoever hosted an event of this size without any consideration of the public health emergency that we have going on," he said. "So that is something we are going to thoroughly investigate and see if somebody can be charged."

The gathering of hundreds was interrupted when at least four shooters fired more than 100 rounds at a crowd, hitting 22 people. Christopher Brown, 17, was pronounced dead at a hospital, Newsham said. Brown was the father of an infant child, he said.

An off-duty officer was also shot in the neck, and although her condition was "improved," the police chief said she wasn't "out of the woods yet."

Newsham said Brown was the only minor shot. Another victim was 19, 16 victims were between 20 and 29 years old and four were over 30. Twelve women and nine men were shot. He said he is "convinced" an attendee captured video or photos of the shooters and called on them to come forward.

D.C. parties in the streets require permits, which Newsham said the organizer did not obtain. The police chief said he is "very concerned" that the gathering was able to occur without law enforcement preventing it. Officers were on scene but did not have enough of a presence to break up the crowd, he said.

During the press conference, Bowser noted that she was "surprised" press coverage has revolved around "mass gatherings and not about people shooting guns."

"This gathering could have happened at somebody's house, and if three people or four people decide to shoot guns, you still end up with 20 people shot," she said.


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Oregon UPS driver arrested in string of interstate shootings; 1 was hurt

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NBC News logoOregon UPS driver arrested in string of interstate shootings; 1 was hurt

A UPS driver was arrested in connection with the shooting of driver on an Oregon interstate Wednesday, and he is suspected in six other shootings along the highway that occurred since late May, state police said Friday.

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Kenneth Ayers, 49, of Roseburg, was arrested at around 11 p.m. Thursday, and he has been booked on attempted murder and other charges, according to Oregon State Police. The shootings on Interstate 5 that Ayers is suspected of carrying out began on May 12.

A woman was shot Wednesday night on the interstate in Jackson County as she drove northbound, and she was treated and released, police said. There were no injuries in the other shootings.

No motive has been confirmed, police said.

It was not immediately clear if Ayers had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Friday night, according to online jail records. Attempts to find any relatives and reach them by phone were unsuccessful Friday night.

State police said they learned a UPS truck may have been involved in the shootings, and after the woman was shot Wednesday police found the UPS tractor-trailer around 60 miles north of the scene.

That truck was seized, and police said in a statement that "the search of the truck revealed a firearm consistent with the type used."

State police would not specify the type of gun used. Police said UPS cooperated with the investigation from the beginning of the probe.

UPS did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Friday night. The shipping company said in a statement to NBC affiliate KOBI of Medford that, "We are appalled to hear about these allegations and are fully cooperating with the responding authorities."

"Firearms are prohibited at UPS facilities and in our vehicles, and we are extremely concerned for the other motorists and individuals affected," the UPS statement to the station said.

The shootings Ayers is suspected of carrying out happened in Josephine, Jackson and Douglas counties, which stretch from the California border to south of Eugene.

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I came of age during the "Crack Wars" of the 80s and 90s....these stories are amateur night compared to that era

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from the video avail in the link: Chicago has 1901 shooting victims so far in 2020... 18 people killed in a 24hr period on May 31... Chicago dispatchers received 65,000 calls on the same day, 50,000 more calls than average -

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As Chicago Gun Violence Rises, Mayor Says Increase in City Is Result of 'Lax Gun Laws' in Other States
Matthew Impelli 8/18/2020

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday suggested that the "lax gun laws" in states such as Mississippi and Indiana are causing the increase in violence in the city.

During an interview with MSNBC, Lightfoot was asked about the rise in violence across Chicago and what she is doing to combat it.

"Well, look, we can't stop things that happen outside of our borders. Sixty percent of illegal guns that come into Chicago every year are from out of state, from Indiana, from Mississippi, from other states that have lax gun laws," Lightfoot said in response. "When my people can go over the border to Indiana and buy military-grade weapons and bring them back in any quantity that they want as long as their money is right, that's a problem.

Lightfoot also added that she thinks that gun violence issues are something "that we need federal leadership on."

"As long as we have this proliferation of illegal guns that's pouring in from outside of our borders, we are going to continue to fight an uphill battle," Lightfoot said. "There are things that the federal government is uniquely qualified to do, to partner with us to stop this scourge of gun violence. This president refuses to engage on those basic issues."

Her comments come as Chicago has seen a drastic increase in homicides and shootings in July and over the past year.

According to data released by the Chicago police, there were 105 homicides and 406 shooting incidents reported in July alone. In comparison, there were 44 reported homicides and 232 shooting incidents in July 2019, a 139 and 75 percent increase, respectively.

Across 2020, homicides have increased by 51 percent, when compared to the period from January to July in 2019. Shootings have also increased by 47 percent, compared to the same period in 2019.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, last month 573 people were shot in the city, with at least 58 of the victims being juveniles. A 3-year old girl was shot on July 22, the youngest victim in July, as well as a 9-year old boy who was killed by gunfire on the city's North Side.

On July 21, 15 people were shot outside of a funeral home on the city's South Side, in a drive-by shooting.

As Lightfoot criticizes other states gun laws, a 2017 Gun Trace Report found nearly 60 percent of guns recovered in Chicago came from dealers outside of the state, according to NBC 5 Chicago. The 2017 report also found that nearly 25 percent of guns in Chicago were traced back to just 10 federally licensed firearm sellers, with seven in Illinois and three in Indiana.

Newsweek reached out to Lightfoot's office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.



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Pros and Cons of Decriminalizing Drug Addiction

April 23, 2018

Several US states have recently decided to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. Along the same path, the general population consciousness is moving toward being in favor of decriminalizing drug use in general. Therefore, many people are considering the impact these changes might have on individuals, communities and our overall culture.
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Some compare the change in perception of drug addiction to the end of prohibition in the 1930s. However, many warn that decriminalizing drug use will lead to rampant addiction much worse than the epidemic is now. Because of these polarizing views, discerning the true pros and cons of these changes can be quite challenging.

Is Decriminalization the Same as Legalization?

Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. In Portugal, for instance, virtually all drug use was decriminalized in 2001.1 That does not, however, mean that drug use is legal. The distribution and sale of controlled substances is still a criminal offense in Portugal, but possession and use of drugs are handled as a public health problem and not criminal activity. Cases of substance abuse and addiction are handled by counselors, psychologists and social workers instead of police and prison wardens.
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This allows people who are addicted to drugs to get help — from the state — without entering the penal system.
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While there may be certain substances, such as marijuana, that would be made truly legal in some cases, the decriminalization of drugs does not mean that there is a free-for-all with drug use. Users cannot get high in public and buy and sell chemicals from whomever they please with no fear of prosecution. It simply changes the way society deals with the problem of addiction from a legal and treatment perspective.
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Now that Portugal's decriminalization process is over a decade old, there are several long-term benefits that have been recognized, including the following:
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1 Substance abuse and addiction rates have been cut in half since decriminalization
2 Addiction treatment and rehabilitation is less expensive than incarceration
3 Individuals with substance abuse problems are much more likely to find recovery in rehab than in jail
4 People completing treatment can become productive members of society much more easily than convicted felonsViolence related to drug trafficking is greatly reduced
5 Courts are freed up for other important work
6 The rebellious, countercultural essence of drug use is changed when society sees it as a disease and not a crime
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Cons of Decriminalization

Such a change in philosophy and practice certainly brings apprehension and warning. Not everyone is convinced that decriminalization is the best way forward for the United States.

Detractors often cite the following concerns:
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1 Individuals with a biological predisposition toward addiction may be more likely to experiment with drugs if they do not fear legal prosecution.
2 The existing treatment resources are not nearly large enough to handle the influx of millions of new addicts from the legal system.
3 Decriminalization may lead to a push for legalization in some situations.
4 If decriminalization leads to an increased supply of drugs on the streets of the US, prices will fall and millions of new people may be tempted to experiment.
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The fear of the unknown—how culture would change if drugs were decriminalized and how our country would handle it—is a strong factor for those who are in favor of keeping drug used designated as a criminal offense. There are too many factors that could have ongoing negative effects within US culture to lend any excitement toward any potential positive changes.
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Most Americans do not come face to face with drugs or with drug addicts until someone in their lives is affected. This lack of familiarity can lead to fear of the unknown. Those who consider substance abuse morally or spiritually objectionable often fear that decriminalization sends a confusing message of partial endorsement for such dangerous choices to young, impressionable people.
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Cons of Decriminalization


Such a change in philosophy and practice certainly brings apprehension and warning. Not everyone is convinced that decriminalization is the best way forward for the United States.


Detractors often cite the following concerns:
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1 Individuals with a biological predisposition toward addiction may be more likely to experiment with drugs if they do not fear legal prosecution.
2 The existing treatment resources are not nearly large enough to handle the influx of millions of new addicts from the legal system.
3 Decriminalization may lead to a push for legalization in some situations.
4 If decriminalization leads to an increased supply of drugs on the streets of the US, prices will fall and millions of new people may be tempted to experiment.
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The fear of the unknown—how culture would change if drugs were decriminalized and how our country would handle it—is a strong factor for those who are in favor of keeping drug used designated as a criminal offense. There are too many factors that could have ongoing negative effects within US culture to lend any excitement toward any potential positive changes.
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Most Americans do not come face to face with drugs or with drug addicts until someone in their lives is affected. This lack of familiarity can lead to fear of the unknown. Those who consider substance abuse morally or spiritually objectionable often fear that decriminalization sends a confusing message of partial endorsement for such dangerous choices to young, impressionable people.
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If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction and is ready to receive help, we want to help connect you to the best facilities available to get you started on a path to a healthier and happier life without drugs. We are a network of treatment centers that all have the goal of helping patients find recovery. Please reach out today.



I don’t buy it. There’s nobody saying “now that crack or heroin is legal, I’m going to try it “.,. Alcoholism didn’t decrease during Prohibition. What DID increase was Criminals (including the Italian Mafia and Jewish and Irish gangsters) involved in the trade and killing others in the process.

Addiction is a disease. Addicts don’t care if something is “legal “ or “illegal “. And conversely, very few “normal “ people are going to try drugs that are known to be highly addictive because they are now “legal “. If anything, there are going to be those who would try something only BECAUSE it’s “forbidden “.

And given the subject of this thread, my main concern is innocent people who are shot in the midst of gang warfare, particularly over the drug trade. Eliminate the huge amounts of money to be made from the drugs being illegal, and that eliminates most of the violence associated with it.
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Republicans rip Democrats' priorities after vote scheduled to decriminalize marijuana

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that the House will consider the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act the week of Sept 21, prompting criticism from Republicans.


The measure would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, although the bill stands no chance of becoming law facing a Republican firewall in the Senate and a GOP president in the White House.

"I'm pleased to bring the MORE Act to the House Floor next month to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level," Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement to ABC News Monday. "This legislation is an important step to correct the disproportionate impact our criminal justice system has had on communities of color."

Steny Hoyer wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walks out from the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi office on Capitol Hill, March 13, 2020.© Yuri Gripas/Reuters, FILE House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walks out from the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi office on Capitol Hill, March 13, 2020.

Although the measure has collected dust since passing through the Judiciary Committee last November, the timing of the planned floor vote nearly a year later paves the way for Democrats to boast during the campaign season about another measure Republicans have blocked from advancing towards law.

Across the aisle, Republicans have taken the announcement as an opportunity to criticize Democratic priorities in the midst of a pandemic and racial reckoning, when every minute of floor time is limited and considered precious to lawmakers -- Democrats and Republicans alike.

"We are dealing with a pandemic and mob violence is terrorizing major cities -- so what's first up on Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi's agenda after a long House recess? No Joint Left Behind – A bill legalizing pot!" Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Texas, tweeted.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's spokeswoman pointed out the subtle irony in decriminalizing marijuana amid the pandemic due to its association with respiratory illness.

"The House has been out for weeks -- the first legislative business the Democrat majority plans to take up is the legalization of marijuana. In the midst of a pandemic associated with a respiratory tract infection, this is what Dem leaders have decided to make their priority," McCarthy's communication director Michele Perez Exner tweeted.

a hand holding a piece of paper: A hand holds a smoking joint in this undated file photo.© STOCK IMAGE/Getty Images A hand holds a smoking joint in this undated file photo.

Even the president's reelection campaign piled on.

"House Dems -- more worried about pot dealers than providing relief for the American people," tweeted Erin Perrine, director of press communications for the Trump campaign.

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Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who is a leading sponsor of the bill, pushed back against criticism that the timing is misguided, arguing a vote in the House is the next step towards racial equality and passing the measure in the next session of Congress.

"It's extremely encouraging to see our House leadership moving forward on this issue. We are facing challenging times in our fight for racial equity and law enforcement reform, and passing the MORE Act is crucial to addressing our country's history of injustice," she said. "This is the next step in our goal of ending the harmful prohibition of cannabis in 2021."

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New York City hospital slammed by Covid-19 now inundated with gunshot victims

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a truck is parked in front of a building: Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center went from a Covid-19 crisis to a gun violence crisis.© Mark Morales/CNN Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center went from a Covid-19 crisis to a gun violence crisis.

Dr. Dorian Alexander had just walked into the emergency room and he could immediately sense what to expect the rest of his shift.

"I smell blood," Alexander told fellow staff members on a recent Sunday at Brookdale University Hosp...cal Center in New York City.

The scent hung in the air, something that he had always noticed at the Brooklyn hospital. Lately the smell of blood has been more prevalent, a sign that the gun violence that has gripped the city perhaps has its tightest hold on the communities surrounding his hospital.

"It has a little bit of a metallic smell. And it kind of just lingers with you," said Alexander, 36, who added that on particularly violent days he can't stop smelling blood, even after he's gone home and showered. "You know it when you smell it."

Brookdale, a level two trauma center, has been a lifeline for shooting victims from East New York and Brownsville -- neighborhoods that have been the most ripped apart by gun violence in thet city. And after struggling to help their community survive the Covid-19 outbreak, Alexander and the rest of the staff now find themselves dealing with another crisis.

'Broad daylight, people are getting shot'

Brookdale saw nearly 100 more gunshot victims in June, July and August of this year compared to the same period last year, according to data from the hospital.

There were 149 gunshot victims treated at Brookdale during those three months -- 38 in June, 66 in July, and 45 in August. Last year there were 55 gunshot victims -- 12 in June, 25 in July, and 18 in August.

And while shooting numbers continue to rise to levels not seen in New York City in years, staff at the hospital struggle to save victims, a task that has not only become more frequent but more problematic. It's a strong indicator that the violence isn't stopping.

"What we've noticed recently over the last couple of months is that 9 a.m, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., broad daylight, people are getting shot. People are getting murdered," Alexander said. "You're sometimes like, 'Wow, it's 10 o'clock in the morning. I got up at 5 a.m. to go to work. What time did this person get up to shoot somebody at 10 o'clock? People used to think in the daytime you have some safety."

And it's not just safety during the day that's in peril, Alexander says. He's seeing more and more come in with multiple gunshot wounds, which ultimately makes it harder to save a life.

In July, 81% of the patients who were shot were in critical condition and needed level one trauma care, according to the hospital.

"Normally you'll get someone who was shot twice. Three times maybe. But we're talking about twenty, thirty times. One person," Alexander said. "So we know as physicians that our ability to save that person at that point is almost non-existent. There's just too much damage in too many places to be able to control anything."

New York City's summer explosion of gun violence

Gun violence has tightened its grip on the city as Covid-19 started to get under control. As of Aug. 27 there were 974 shooting incidents across New York City, which is almost twice that of the year prior, which had 527. There were also 1,174 shooting victims while last year there were 602, according to NYPD statistics.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and several NYPD officials have cited what they called a "perfect storm" of events that have brought about the increase in gun violence: Demonstrations related to the George Floyd police killing, recent police reform bills that have caused officers to pull back, and recent releases from jail due to Covid-19 and bail reform.

a person standing in front of a store: The New York hospital where Dr. Dorian Alexander works is seeing a lot of gunshot victims.© Mark Morales/CNN The New York hospital where Dr. Dorian Alexander works is seeing a lot of gunshot victims.

East New York and Brownsville are two neighborhoods that have led the city in shootings. Year to date as of late August there have been 66 shooting incidents in Brownsville, compared to 25 the year before. Shooting victims are also higher, with 77 compared to 43 the year before. In East New York there were 84 victims compared to 50 the previous year. And 65 incidents compared to 41 last year.

And while shootings have skyrocketed in the city, gun arrests are still not yet at last year's pace, though they are climbing back up.

As of Aug. 23 there were 2,062 gun arrests, down from 2,221 from last year.

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12-Year-Old Minn. Girl's Aunt Calls Her a 'Hero' for Protecting Infant Niece During Shooting

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Makayla Saulter is being celebrated as a "hero" after she recently took a bullet to the head while protecting her 18-month-old niece during a shooting.

On Aug. 30, a 48-year-old Minnesota man — whom police later identified as Jason Michael Mesich — fatally shot his wife Angela Mesich before shooting Makayla, 12, and her sister Canisha Saulter, 29, who lived next door, according to a statement from police in Bloomington.

Makayla and Canisha were helping their aunt load a moving truck at the time of the shooting, KARE reported. "They had been shot while in their front yard which is on the same block as the deceased victim," police said in a previous statement.

At the time of the shooting, Makayla was holding Canisha's infant daughter, Winter, when the teen was shot in the head while trying to run away from the gunman, according to Today, which reported that authorities found Makayla on the ground cradling the unharmed baby upon arrival to the scene.

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"She's a hero," Makalya's aunt, Reverend Marcia Westbook, told Today. "She was going to protect the baby no matter what. She's a protector."

As of Thursday, the Bloomington police statement noted Mayakla in critical condition and Canisha in serious condition, recovering from multiple gunshot wounds to the legs.

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6-year-old boy among five people shot at Brooklyn J’Ouvert celebration

Five people were shot — including a 6-year-old boy — in Brooklyn early Monday during an outdoor J’Ouvert celebration, police and witnesses said.

The gunfire rang out just before 3 a.m. at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Crown Street in Crown Heights, where about 300 people had gathered for a pre-dawn West Indian Day celebration.

“It was really crazy — everyone was in shock,” said Joshua Kristal, who was marching with the procession.

Police sources identified the victims as Maxwell Cesc-Dinho, 6, his mother, Patricia Brathwaite, 47, Yves St. Flavin, 40, Bob Charlotin, 46, and Kelly Barthold, 34.

Brathwaite — who has an address in a Crown Street apartment building right where the shooting occurred — and St. Flavin were each shot in the left foot, while Charlotin and Barthold were both blasted in the right leg.

All five victims were taken to Kings County Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the mother and son were just getting out of a cab when they were shot.

The little boy was in surgery Monday morning, police sources said.

Harrison said the shooting appeared to be gang-related.

“It looks like, it’s unfortunate, a gang-related shooting,” he told reporters at the scene Monday morning. “This is a notorious gang area that, you know, we’ve had problems with in the past.”

It wasn’t immediately clear which of the victims, if any, were intended targets.

The official J’Ouvert and the West Indian Day events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but revelers decided to gather in the early hours anyway.

Harrison said many residents took to barbecuing and playing music outside instead.

“We actually promote that,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that people should come out and start shooting.”

Graphic video from the scene shows the moment the shots rang out. The young boy is seen lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood as a crowd of bystanders and police officers surround him. Multiple screams can be heard.

Immediately after he was struck, a woman, who appeared to be the child’s mother, rushed to his aid.

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8-year-old killed, 2 adults wounded in Chicago

An 8-year-old girl was killed and two adults were severely wounded after they were shot in Chicago while traveling in a vehicle on the city’s South Side. (Sept. 8)

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HOUSTON (WOIA/KABB) - Police are investigating a terrifying incident involving a family who was shot at while they sat in a pickup truck at a highway intersection in Houston.

Investigators say a man, his wife and their small child were sitting at a traffic light along the Eastex Freeway at Parker Road on Sunday night when a car pulled up next to them.

A man got out, walked in front of the pickup and pointed a gun at the family. The victim tried to drive around the gunman and he opened fire. The victim was shot and he crashed into a highway pillar.

He was taken to the hospital for surgery. His last known condition was not available. The wife and child were not hurt.

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NYC, Chicago See Rise in Gun Violence Over Labor Day Weekend Amid Summer Crime Surge

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Both New York City and Chicago saw an increase in gun violence over Labor Day weekend compared to last year, a sign that the surge in crime experienced by the two cities this summer is not slowing down.

a traffic light sitting next to a car: New York City police officers secure and investigate a shooting scene on August 20, 2020 in downtown Brooklyn, New York. Two men got into a fight and both pulled out guns, with one being critically wounded with a gun shot wound to the head. New York City, and Brooklyn in particular, has seen a dramatic increase in gun violence this summer. Both New York City and Chicago saw an increase in gun violence over the 2020 Labor Day weekend compared to last year, a sign that the surge in crime experienced by the two cities this summer is not slowing down.© Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty New York City police officers secure and investigate a shooting scene on August 20, 2020 in downtown Brooklyn, New York. Two men got into a fight and both pulled out guns, with one being critically wounded with a gun shot wound to the head. New York City, and Brooklyn in particular, has seen a dramatic increase in gun violence this summer. Both New York City and Chicago saw an increase in gun violence over the 2020 Labor Day weekend compared to last year, a sign that the surge in crime experienced by the two cities this summer is not slowing down.

In its preliminary report, the New York Department of Police (NYPD) listed a total of 22 shooting incidents, 28 victims and five homicides between Friday at 12:01 a.m. and Monday at 11:59 p.m., an NYPD spokesperson wrote in an email to Newsweek.

The numbers are up markedly from last year's Labor Day weekend, which spanned August 30 to September 2, 2019. Throughout those four days, the city saw 16 reported shooting incidents and 19 victims, stated the NYPD spokesperson.

In Chicago, a total of 51 people were shot and 10 people were killed between Friday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 11:59 p.m., Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said during a press conference Tuesday. This is an increase of 10 victims from 2019, when 41 people were shot and seven were killed in the city during Labor Day weekend.

Both cities have experienced surges in gun violence throughout the summer. One weekend was particularly violent: August 14 to 16 saw 39 shootings occur in NYC and nearly 30 in Chicago.

From January 1 through July 26, NYC saw 745 shooting incidents, marking a 73 percent increase from the 431 shootings in the same period last year, according to The New York Times.

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