BELL, FL – Police say Don Spirit wiped out 2% of a small town’s population after the 51-year-old fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself.
On Thursday, Spirit is said to have gunned down his daughter and her six children before killing himself at a home in Bell, Florida, a town of only 350 people. The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office said the seven victims were found “all over on the property,” and included a 10-week-old baby.
The victims have been identified as Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28, and her daughters Alanna Stewart, 2½ months, Brandon Stewart, 4, Destiny Stewart, 5, and Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, and sons Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8, and Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11.
This wasn’t the first time Spirit has shot and killed a family member. In 2001, Spirit “accidentally” shot and killed his eight-year-old son, Kyle, while hunting together. Before that incident, Spirit had convictions for depriving a child of food and shelter, battery, and felony possession of marijuana.
Just as the trial was to begin for the shooting death of his son, Spirit pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received the minimum sentence of three years behind bars.…Continue Reading
ATLANTA, GA – The Fulton County district attorney’s office has announced they will be charging a 16-year-old girl as an adult after she allegedly killed a man while trying to steal his Playstation.
On Friday, 28-year-old Daniel Zeitz went to meet a couple posing as potential buyers of the Playstation 4 he’d listed on Craigslist. Once at the meeting place, an apartment complex parking lot, Zeitz met 20-year-old Nathaniel Vivian (pictured) and his 16-year-old girlfriend. The couple were in their car and had no intentions of paying for the gaming console.
When Vivian tried pulling the Playstation into the car, Zeitz fought back. Police say that’s when the 16-year-old, who was sitting in the passenger seat, pulled out a .25 caliber handgun and fired a shot at Zietz. The bullet ended up passing through Vivian’s hand before striking Zeitz in the chest, killing him.
Police say the teen’s 16-month-old baby was in the backseat at the time. The couple were arrested later after they went to the hospital to have Vivian’s gunshot wound treated.…Continue Reading
PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, OH – Three teens are facing murder charges after their friend was shot and killed by a woman inside the home he was attempting to rob.
According to police, 17-year-old Reb Barbee and three friends planned to break into the home of a childhood friend he’d had a falling out with.
Barbee entered the home early Sunday morning through an upstairs window wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask and armed with a knife. His accomplices, Tyler Blazer and Brandon Hamilton, both 17, and Adam Pickens, 18, stayed outside as lookouts.
Heather Tackett woke up when she heard noises inside her home so she grabbed her boyfriend’s .38-caliber revolver and went to investigate. When she checked in her son’s room, she found a masked Barbee standing over her son holding a knife.
Tackett, unaware that the masked intruder was her son’s childhood friend who used to sleepover, screamed and fired one shot at Barbee, who then fled the home suffering from a single gunshot wound to the back.
His accomplices, being the geniuses they are, used a computer chair to wheel Barbee back to his home a half mile away.…Continue Reading
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ – An 11-year-old boy upset over doing chores used a gun to kill himself with a gunshot to the head.
On Tuesday, Samuel Epps was at home with his father and three siblings when he became upset over completing some chores. “Samuel went into the home’s master bedroom and a short time later a single gunshot was heard by other family members.” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said.
Samuel’s father forced his way into the locked bedroom and found that his son had shot himself in the head. Samuel’s father called 911 and paramedics were on the scene withing minutes.
Although Samuel was still breathing and had a pulse, he would be pronounced dead two hours later after being airlifted to Maricopa County Medical Center.
Samuel’s father is a supervisor with the Arizona State University Police Department, but investigators say the gun Samuel used was an off-duty weapon.
Studies have shown that 90 percent of young children who commit suicide have some kind of mental health disorder, but detectives have not found any evidence that Samuel exhibited depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts.…Continue Reading
The incident happened just after 9 p.m. after police responded to a Wendy’s restaurant where there was reportedly a man with a gun robbing the restaurant.
When police arrived, they engaged 32-year-old Cortez Washington inside the building and ended up firing at least 30 shots after Washington fired a handgun at the officers. Washington was hit multiple times and died after stumbling into the parking lot. Dion, a 38-year-old sound mixer who was holding a microphone, was also hit by gunfire and collapsed inside the building.
After the shooting, an officer can be heard on police audio reporting: “We have one of the ‘Cops’ guys has been hit by gunfire; we need a squad here now.” Shortly after, a man says: “We’ve got a ‘Cops’ cameraman hit, white male, he’s not conscious, he’s slightly breathing.”
It’s now being reported that Dion has died.…Continue Reading
A 9-year-old girl was with her family at Bullets and Burgers shooting range to enjoy some cheeseburgers and semi-automatic weapons when the girl accidentally shot her gun instructor in the head with an Uzi.
It happened Monday morning as the girl’s gun instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, was giving her instructions on how to shoot an Uzi. As Vacca hovers over her, he has the girl fire a single shot before switching the weapon to “fully automatic” mode.
When the girl fires again, the recoil causes her to lose control of the gun while still squeezing off shots. Her arm veers sharply up and to the left, striking Vacca at least once in the head. He would die later that night after being rushed to the hospital.
“The guy just dropped,” Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe said, adding that no citations will be issued and no charges will be filed as the shooting range is a licensed and legal operation.…Continue Reading
ALVIN, TX – Last year we reported on David Barajas, the man who was charged with murder after he allegedly shot a drunk driver to death moments after he fatally struck his two sons. His trial started yesterday.
On Dec 7, 2012, David Barajas’ truck ran out of gas on a rural road yards from his home. He and his two sons, 12-year-old David Barajas and 11-year-old Caleb Barajas, jumped out and began pushing the truck while Barajas’ wife and two daughters remained inside the vehicle.
At around this same time, 20-year-old Jose Banda was driving drunk when he plowed into the rear of the pickup. Caleb and his brother would both die after becoming pinned between the two vehicles. Jose Banda wold die from a bullet wound to the head.
Several witnesses present at the scene of the accident told police that after the crash, David Barajas walked the short distance to his home then returned to Jose Banda’s car. That’s when they heard gunshots. David Barajas was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.…Continue Reading
MEXICO CITY – Oscar Otero Aguilar died over the weekend after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing with a gun for a Facebook picture.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, the 21-year-old was drinking with two friends when he put a gun to his head to take a picture for his Facebook account. His friends say that Aguilar accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself once in the head.
Police in the area arrived on the scene and found that Aguilar had a bullet wound to the forehead and was still alive. He wasn’t alive for long, as he was pronounced dead once paramedics got to the home — ensuring a Darwin Award nomination.
His body will be handed over to the family once an autopsy has been completed. I’m guessing officials want to make sure the friends’ story of Aguilar shooting himself jives with the forensic evidence, especially since one of his friends, 21-year-old Omar Campos Abner Vives, was arrested; while “El Paco” fled the scene.
This makes the second person we’ve reported on this year to die while posing for a selfie.…Continue Reading
SAN DIEGO, CA — A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp on Fiesta Island used a handgun to shoot and kill himself Monday morning, police said.
The boy was part of a group of around 20 who arrived at the camp from Las Vegas and were scheduled to stay at the camp until July 5, said Lt. Mike Hastings. Included with the group was a scout master and the boy’s father.
At around 7:36 a.m. Monday morning, police were called to the camp after the boy was found inside his tent suffering from a single gunshot wound. Initially reported that he’d been shot in the head, it is now being reported he’d shot himself once in the chest.
The boy’s identity has not been officially release and police have not said how the boy got his hands on the gun that was found inside the boy’s tent.
The camp allows Scouts to earn a variety of merit badges, sail and build leadership skills. Firearms are not allowed at the camp and the program offers no activities in which a firearm would be used.…Continue Reading
CHESTERFIELD, VA – Police say 35-year-old Barry Jernigan fatally shot his wife and two kids before killing himself Sunday evening.
Police were first alerted to the family’s home after Barry’s boss called to report that Barry had left him a message “that sounded threatening and possibly suicidal in nature.” Officers heard gunshots as they approached the home, but it was already too late.
Barry’s wife, 30-year-old Renotta Jernigan, and stepdaughter, 9-year-old Alexis Kellas, had both collapsed in the front yard after being shot. Neighbors who’d heard the gunfire were providing first aid to the victims, but Renotta would die on the scene while Alexis would die later at the hospital.
Inside the home, police would find 2-year-old Seth Jernigan had been shot to death as he lay in his crib. As for Barry, he was also found in the home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “At this point, the investigation indicates that Barry Jernigan shot his son, stepdaughter and wife before turning the gun on himself,” police said in a statement.…Continue Reading
PEORIA, IL – Police say Jaason Moore walked into a high school reunion being held inside a crowded sports bar and fatally shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before being fatally shot by another patron.
The triple shooting happened at Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria Saturday night where some of the 100 people inside were attending an East Peoria Community High School reunion for the class of 1999.
At around 8 p.m., 40-year-old James Moore walked in and made a beeline towards his wife, 33-year-old Lori Moore, who was at the reunion with her new boyfriend, 36-year-old Lance Griffel.
According to witnesses, Moore calmly walked up to the couple, pulled out a handgun and shot them both in the head. Both Lori and Lance were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Moore was unable to kill anyone else, if that’s even what he intended, because immediately after he sucker-shot the couple, an off-duty FBI agent inside the bar shot and killed him.
“I think it’s pretty clear in his case the presence of this officer and his ability to take very quick and very decisive action prevented a further tragedy,” East Peoria Police Chief Ganschow said.…Continue Reading
STLOUIS, MO – A man opened fire on two men during an attempted home invasion leaving one suspect dead and another critically injured.
It happened on Tuesday night when the man’s 17-year-old daughter went outside of her home to retrieve something from a car. That’s when she was approached by two armed men who ordered her back inside her home.
Unfortunately for the two suspects, the teen’s 34-year-old father was visiting the girl and her mother. He was armed and opened fire as soon as the two men pushed the teen through the front door. Turns out, he’s a pretty good shot.
One of the suspects, 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, was shot and died on the living room floor. His partner in crime, 33-year-old Cortez McClinton, was shot in the chest and legs but managed to run away and get to the hospital where he was last listed in critical but stable condition.
He’s probably wishing he’d died, as he’s now been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action in connection with a fatal shooting.…Continue Reading
HONEA PATH, SC – Police in South Carolina have arrested 18-year-old Taylor Kelly after they say she killed a man while testing out the effectiveness of a bulletproof vest.
You are reading this here, so you’ve probably guessed things didn’t work out too well.
Anderson County deputies received a call at 2:41 a.m. Wednesday morning from a home where eight to 10 friends had gathered. When they arrived on the scene, they found 26-year-old Blake Wardell lying in the garage with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Police would learn that the shooting was no accident, and that Wardell was a willing participant. According to police, the people hanging out in the home came up with a great way to test the effectiveness of an old flak jacket.
Instead of putting the vest against a tree or something, Wardell decided to put it on and have Kelly fire a gun at him. Unfortunately for everyone involved, aside from the overall gene pool, Darwinism ensured the bullet passed through a seam in the vest and directly into Wardell’s chest.…Continue Reading
Little Falls, MN – Back in 2012 we reported on 64-year-old Byron Smith, the man who shot two teenagers to death on Thanksgiving Day as they broke into his home.
He was convicted of their murder the other day and now the courts have released the tapes jurors heard that helped them send Smith to prison for the rest of his life.
For those of you who may have missed this story, Nicholas Schaeffel and Haile Kifer were both shot to death when they broke into the home of Byron Smith.
While Minnesota does allow for someone to use deadly force to prevent a felony from taking place in one’s home or dwelling, Byron was charged with a crime because of the things he did before shooting the teens.
Aside from moving his truck to make it look as if he wasn’t home, he setup a hiding spot in his basement and waited for the teens to show up. He even had a tarp ready that he used to wrap up their bullet-ridden bodies.…Continue Reading
From what police are saying, Roger Smith walked out of his home Sunday afternoon and popped a cap in that dad-blasted whippersnapper’s ass from across the street.
“We did not see any provocation by the victim,” said Perry Township Police Chief Michael Pomesky. “There was no interaction between the two. The victim was going about his own routine.”
There were prior reports of some bad blood between Smith and someone else that lived in the home, but the victim was not a part of those disputes.
Smith has been charged with felonious assault, discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation. Bond was set at $500,000.
No word on the condition of the victim.…Continue Reading
Minneapolis, MN — After shooting his son to death during an argument about cable television, an 84-year-old man reportedly told police he wasn’t about to settle the matter in some foolish courthouse — nope, he was gonna settle that argument once in for all in the afterlife.
According to police, Pang Se Vang was upset that his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang, refused to have cable television installed in the home they shared. Chue basically told his father that if he didn’t like it, he could move the fuck out. My house, my rules kinda thing….
Anyway, instead of moving out, Pops apparently armed himself with a shotgun and put a new hole in Chue’s chest Monday evening. Another shot was fired when Pang’s eldest son disarmed him, but there were no other injuries.
Left without a gun, Pang locked himself in his room. When police arrived on scene, Pang made it very clear that he was armed with knives. When officers requested that he exit the room with his hands up, Pang responded that he couldn’t, he had stabbed himself in the chest.…Continue Reading
COEUR d’ALENE, ID – Police have arrested 14-year-old Eldon Samuel III and charged him with the brutal murder of his father and younger brother.
Police say Samuel called 911 Monday night to report a shooting had occurred at his family’s home. When police arrived, they found Samuel at the residence, along with the dead bodies of his father, Eldon Samuel Jr., 46, and his younger brother, Jonathan Samuel, 13.
Authorities say a handgun, shotgun, knife and machete were used in the murders, and that Samuel shot his father in the head and then shot, stabbed and cut his younger brother.
Samuel was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the teen will be charged as an adult. Samuel is currently being held in the Kootenai County Public Safety Building on a $1 million bond.
Because I have written so many articles regarding teens killing family members, I have warned my kids that if I even perceive them as any form of a threat, I will beat them to death in their sleep without a moment’s hesitation.…Continue Reading
HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Not a lot of details on this one, but a man shot and killed a teenage boy he found hiding in his 16-year-old daughter’s room.
At around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, police received a call from a girl who said her father had just shot a man found underneath her sister’s bed. When police arrived on the scene, they found a 17-year-old boy inside the home dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
According to reports, the father and the teen got into a scuffle after the man found the teen while investigating noises he heard coming from his daughter’s room. The man’s daughter told him she did not who the boy was, and the teen refused to comply to the man’s demands. This led to a scuffle and a single shot being fired into the poor kid’s noggin.
The girl’s claims of not knowing the boy would later turn out to be false. She not only knew him, she was the one who had let him into the home and into her room.…Continue Reading