Duncan, OK – Just when you think it’s safe to go for an afternoon jog, you get shot by a group of bored teenagers. That’s exactly what happened to 22-year-old Christopher Lane on Friday afternoon.
Lane was a student from Australia attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship. He was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend when he decided to go for a jog, which his father says was part of his daily routine.
Despite the upper-class neighborhood he was jogging in, there were some bad apples hanging around that afternoon. Three teenagers, identified as James Edwards, 15; Chancey Luna, 16; and Michael Jones, 17; spotted Lane jogging past the house they were hanging out at and decided to kill him.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” Police Chief Danny Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’”
The three teens got into a car and followed Lane, then shot him one time in the back before driving off.…Continue Reading
Manchester, NH - A reportedly depressed father killed shot is 9-year-old son to death during a supervised visit at a YWCA before turning the gun on himself.
Muni Savyon, 54, and son Joshua Savyon were together for a supervised visit with an adult monitor when, halfway through the hour-long visit, Muni pulled out a handgun, shot Joshua and then himself. The monitor was unharmed. A police tactical team entered the building and found the bodies of Muni and Joshua inside.
According to those who knew him, Muni had a lot going on lately. In February Muni was a defeated candidate for the New Hampshire Legislature, the relationship between him and his ex-wife was described as “contentious” by police, and he’d just returned home from his brother’s funeral in Israel.
Rabbi Levi Krinsky said that Muni was distraught when he saw him a week ago. “He was going through a very, very difficult battle over his son,” Krinsky said. “He was visibly distraught, so my guess is that’s what led to this.”
He went on to say that Muni had sent an email to a friend that warned of what he was going to do.…Continue Reading
Sao Paulo, Brazil – A 13-year-old in Brazil killed his parents, his grandmother and his great-aunt before going to school then returning home to kill himself.
Normally I stay away from crime stories in different countries, but I decided to go ahead and report on this one. Not just because of the crime itself, but also because how the news is trying to associate this with the Amityville murders.
On Tuesday, the parents of Marcelo Pesseghini were found shot to death in their bedroom. Luiz Pesseghini, 40, was found in his bed while 30-year-old Andreia Pesseghini, was found on her knees. Both had been shot in the head with a .40 caliber pistol.
The boy’s grandmother, 65-year-old Benedita de Oliveira Bovo, and great-aunt, 55-year-old Bernadete Oliveira da Silva, were both shot to death in their beds in a different area of the house. Marcelo was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. His father’s police-issue service revolver was found nearby.
Investigators believe Marcelo killed his family members sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning.…Continue Reading
COLUMBIA, SC – Police announced they have arrested Jeremy Moody after he admitted to killed a man because he was a sex offender, and that he’d planned on killing more people on the sex offender registry before he got caught.
The bodies of Charles and Gretchen Parker, ages 59 and 51, were discovered Monday when some one saw their front door wide open and called police. Police arrived and found the Parkers dead from gunshot and stab wounds, but investigators had to wait over an an hour to begin examining the scene because several Chihuahuas were threatening emergency workers on the scene. Animal control officers were called and ended up removing 18 dogs, several cats and a half-dozen chickens.
Sheriff David Taylor said they were able to identify two suspects by reviewing surveillance footage captured by cameras on the victim’s property. The video showed Jeremy and Christine Moody, ages 30 and 36, driving up Sunday and popping the hood on their car as if it wasn’t working, Taylor said. The Moodys and the Parkers spoke to one another for about 10 minutes, before the Moodys were invited inside.…Continue Reading
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA – A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed during an attempted carjacking late Monday night.
Steven Diaz-Galindo was helping put air in the tires of his sister’s pickup truck when a red SUV pulled up and two Hispanic men approached them with bandanas covering their faces. One man had a baseball bat while the other was carrying a shotgun.
The men demanded the keys to the truck and their belongings, said 22-year-old Samaria Diaz. She told police she and her brother offered no resistance and did everything the men instructed them to do. Things didn’t go to hell until one man ripped the jewelry off her neck and another tried starting the truck.
When the man was unable to get the pickup truck to crank, they became enraged. One man started the hitting the truck with the bat while the other started shooting out the truck’s windshield.
“When we heard the first shot, we tried to run,” said Diaz. “I took a few steps. He fell on the ground so I grabbed his hand so we could run together and he said, ‘Samaria, come back.…Continue Reading
Saginaw, TX – A police officer is in critical condition and the teen suspect in the Alanna Gallagher murder has been shot in the head.
A team of five or more law enforcement officers were at the home of 17-year-old Tyler Holder to serve an arrest warrant in connection to the murder of Alanna Gallagher, the 6-year-old found under a tarp in the middle of a neighborhood street.
When some teens found her body, she was wearing only purple underwear, her feet and legs were bound and she had a plastic grocery bag over her head.
Police were serving the warrant after DNA evidence came back linking Holder to the murder of Gallagher, who lived two doors down. Holder came to the front door with a gun concealed in his waistband, pulled it out, and opened fire at the officers, hitting one in the groin.
In return, another officer shot Holder in the head. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with life-threatening injuries. The cop he shot was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he is listed in critical condition.…Continue Reading
Dearborn, MI – I haven’t seen a lot of news reporting on this, but police are looking Brenna Kathleen Machus, a Dollar Store employee who hasn’t been seen since her co-worker was shot dead inside the store Monday night.
Detectives believe Machus was abducted from the store after her co-worker, Joseph Orlando, was shot. His body was found by staff on Tuesday morning when they arrived to open for the day and found his body. They also found the store was in disarray and someone had targeted the cash drawer as well as the store safe.
What they did not find was 20-year-old Machus, although her car was found outside in the parking lot. Police reviewed surveillance footage inside the store that captured a suspect dressed in a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans and white shoes, as he entered the store at around 7.30 p.m. on Monday.
Despite the heat, he is wearing a jacket with a hooded sweatshirt over his head and drawn to cover the majority of his face.…Continue Reading
Athens, TN – A woman in Tennessee shot and killed her abusive husband minutes after he was released from jail where he’d been locked up for threatening to kill her and their children.
Last Saturday, police were called after Robert Marshall threatened to kill his wife, Melissa Marshall, and their children. Police were informed that Marshall was irate, suicidal and armed with a gun.
Police would find Marshall in his car outside of a local motel armed with a gun and in possession of a variety of prescription pills. Marshall was arrested and taken to jail where deputies learned Melissa had filed an order of protection against him that hadn’t been served.
“When they found out there was an order, they went to her residence, got her copy, made a copy and then served him off of that. So we made sure that once we got it, he was going to be served,” said Sheriff Guy.
A couple of hours later, Marshall was released from jail with explicit instructions not to go near his wife.…Continue Reading
PHOENIX, AZ – Police in Arizona have arrested a man who threw up on a dog, then shot the dog’s owner and two children.
According to police, a 41-year-old man was walking his dog in the courtyard of the Casa Mia Apartments when 22-year-old Anthony Jamar Houston leaned over a second-floor balcony and puked on the man’s dog.
An argument between the two men ensued, but the dog’s owner realized he done goofed when Houston began pursuing him, and made a hasty retreat back to his own apartment.
“It appears that he may have actually seen that the suspect had a weapon because something motivated him to get inside of that apartment as quickly as possible when the suspect started walking along the landing,” said Phoenix Police spokesperson James Holmes.
The victim almost made it to safety, but Houston pulled his gun and opened fire on the victim as he tried to get inside his apartment, hitting him several times. The victim’s 14-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom were in the living room, were wounded by stray bullets.…Continue Reading
FLORIDA – Police in Florida have arrested two teens and two young adults in connection to a week long shooting spree that left two people dead. The youngest of the accused, 15-year-old Konrad Schafer, shot another teen because he thought it would be fun.
Police had been working around the clock trying to determine who was responsible for a rash of shootings that mostly targeted homes and parked cars in the county. Bullet casing left at the scenes had investigators convinced they were dealing with the same gun in all of the incidents.
The shootings appeared to stop on July 2, the day police arrested a man in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred within 1,000 feet of where 17-year-old David Guerrero was fatally shot on June 26 while waiting for a bus to take him to work. The man was described as a person of interest in Guerrero’s death, but that is no longer the case thanks to some solid police work and a group of murdering morons.…Continue Reading
LAPORTE COUNTY, IN – A man died inside the home he broke into after the homeowner shot him once in the chest.
At around 9:15 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s department received a phone call from a homeowner who informed them he had just shot a man who had broke into his home. When police arrived at the home they found the “extremely upset” homeowner and the suspect, 23-year-old Jason Rabe, dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The homeowner told police that he was sleeping when he was awoke by the sound of breaking glass. After arming himself with a pistol he went to investigate and encountered Rabe, who was armed with a hatchet. The two exchanged words and got into a a physical altercation that ended when the homeowner shot Rabe and the bullet ruptured Rabe’s heart.
Police say the suspect arrived at the home on a moped with the intent of breaking into it and had entered the home after breaking a rear window. The homeowner says he does not know Rabe, who police believe chose the home because it is hidden by woods.…Continue Reading
CINCINNATI, OH - Two half-brothers were found dead after police say a 12-year-old boy fatally shot his 9-year-old half brother before turning the gun on himself.
The boys were found on Wednesday inside their grandparents’ home where they lived. In an upstairs bedroom, investigators say 12-year-old Austin Wiseman shot and killed his 9-year-old half-brother, Blake Campbell, before he killed himself with the same gun.
Investigators will now try to determine if this was a murder-suicide, a suicide pact or an accidental shooting followed by suicide. I’m going with the latter.
“There was no sign of a struggle,” Jackson County Coroner Dr. Gregory Hawker said. “The younger boy was just sitting in a children’s chair, sitting there like he was watching TV.”
Only two shots were fired from a .44-caliber handgun that belonged to the boys’ grandfather, Police Chief Carl Eisnaugle said Friday. The grandparents were not home at the time of the shootings, having left earlier to take care of some personal business.
Investigators have taken Wiseman’s computer in hopes that it contains clues to what might have led up to the shootings, but Eisnaugle said there’s the possibility that there may never be an explanation.…Continue Reading
The poor guy just couldn’t do shit right Friday night when he finally mustered the courage to shoot his defenseless wife with a small caliber handgun. According to police, after shooting her once, the gun malfunctioned and allowed his wife, who thought her husband had hit her with the gun, to jump out of bed and run out of the house.
“She told a neighbor that he had hit her in the face with the gun, but actually he had shot her and she didn’t know it because she was sleeping,” Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said. “It must have felt like a massive blow, like a punch, which is why she thought she had been hit with a blunt object.”
While his wife was next door, Pinel jumped into his car clad only in his underwear and sped away.…Continue Reading
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ – Police said a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father, 35-year-old Justin Thomas, while they were visiting at a friend’s house.
Thomas and his son had driven to Prescott valley from Phoenix for an unannounced visit to see his former roommate. Within minutes of being inside the home, Thomas’ son found a gun, picked it up and asked what it was while pulling the trigger.
The gun fired, and Thomas was hit. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, and later died from his injuries. Police said it’s standard procedure to investigate any death as a homicide anytime someone dies of anything other than natural causes, but probably will not be filing charges against the owner of the gun.
“At this point, it does appear that this is just a tragic accident from this child, and we will look to see if there’s any negligence issues there,” said Prescott Valley police Sgt. Brandon Bonney. “But, at this point, the information we have is it’s just a tragic accident that was unforeseen.”
Bonney also said the gun should have been locked away, but that Thomas’ friend was caught off guard by the unannounced visit and that no kids lived in the home.…Continue Reading
Covington, VA – Police have arrested 30-year-old Adan “Manuel” Rodriguez after they say he murdered his wife and buried her body in a Virginia cemetery where he worked as a gravedigger.
Rodriguez’ wife, 24-year-old Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez, was reported missing on May 13 when the mother of four didn’t show up for work at a local nursing home. Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall said they spoke with her husband that morning, but when they tried contacting him later that day, he had already fled the area.
Police wanted to talk to him again because late Monday night investigators received information that led them to Alleghany Memorial Park, where Rodriguez worked as a gravedigger. In the cemetery, in a remote portion of the cemetery accessible only to employees, Ashley had been found. Her body was found partially buried with a single gunshot wound to her head.
The sheriff’s office issued a warrant for Rodriguez on first-degree murder charges the next day but would not locate him until last Thursday. He was finally tracked down to a home in Pineville, NC where he was hiding inside a closet and suffering from a minor, self-inflicted wound to the neck.…Continue Reading
The incident happened in an off-campus house rented by Andrea Rebello, her twin sister and two other students. Sometime around 2am, Rebello’s boyfriend went outside to move a car, reportedly to avoid a parking ticket. It was during this time that 30-year-old Dalton Smith, dressed in black and wearing a ski mask, entered the house. Smith, a parolee with an extensive rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, weapons possession, assault and being an all-around charming fella, was armed.
He ordered Rebello, her twin sister Jessica and a third woman onto a couch. He did the same to Rebello’s boyfriend when he returned and demanded valuables from the four. I’m going to go out on a limb at this point and say Dalton likely never went to college: he was unsatisfied with what the four produced. I don’t know how much you could expect to fleece a few college students for, but I wouldn’t have expected more than a few beers and some dental dams.…Continue Reading
STPETERSBURG, FL – On Saturday, 51-year-old Pamela Beck accidentally shot her friend in the leg while standing in line inside a Florida Starbucks.
Police say Beck and a friend, 38-year-old Amie Peterson, were getting coffee at the Tyrone Square Mall when Beck set her bags down in order to pay for her drink. According to St. Petersburg Police spokesman Mike Puetz, Beck’s purse “hit the ground hard,” and a fully loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun at the bottom of the handbag fired, striking Peterson above the knee.
Peterson was treated and released at a nearby trauma center.
Beck told police that she didn’t even realize the gun was in her purse. She said her father had given her the gun about a year ago for protection, and she’d placed it inside a spare purse. Before going on a shopping trip with Peterson, she switched purses and forgot the gun was at the bottom, loaded with six rounds and one in the chamber.
Beck does not have a concealed carry weapons permit, but Beck says she never intended to carry the gun in the first place.…Continue Reading
Burkesville, KY – Authorities in Kentucky say 2-year-old Caroline Starks died after being accidentally shot by her 5-year-old brother, who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle he had been given as a gift.
Sparks was shot by her brother inside their home just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Sparks was rushed to the hospital where she would later be pronounced dead.
The children’s mother was at home when the shooting occurred, and the gun was a gift the boy received last year. It’s a Crickett rifle manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, and marketed towards children as My First Rifle.
The rifle was being kept in a corner and the family did not realize a shell had been left inside it. Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said the shooting will be ruled accidental. “Just one of those crazy accidents,” White said.
Although I’m sure some media outlets will hone in on the fact that their are rifles for children, I don’t have an issue with it – especially in areas where hunting is prevalent.…Continue Reading