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Saturday
Jun082013

Boy, 4, Who Accidentally Shot Dad 'Doesn't Know That His Father Is Gone'

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- A 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his father still doesn't understand what happened to his dad and is looking for his friend and playmate, the man's mother said.

The accident occurred Friday when Justin Stanfield Thomas, 35, of Phoenix was visiting his former roommate in Prescott Valley, Ariz., with his son, his family said.

Thomas' 4-year-old son, who is currently at home with his mother in Phoenix, still does not understand what happened to his father.

"He doesn't know that his father is gone," the boy's grandmother, Marilyn Andreatta, told ABC News. "He's still waiting to play with him some more."

Thomas took his son with him Friday when he drove from his Phoenix home to pick up his bed from his former roommate in Prescott Valley, his mother.

When they arrived, Thomas' son reportedly found a gun in the home, ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV reported. The boy accidentally pulled the trigger and shot his father.

Thomas was in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital, where he later died, KNXV-TV reported.

Andreatta, who lives in Tampa, Fla., said her eldest son was a former Green Beret who was stationed in Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

But before he served in the military full time, Thomas did stand-up comedy, Andreatta said.

"He was very gregarious, very outgoing. He had a marvelous sense of humor," she said. "We had a very special relationship. He was my best friend."

Thomas was a father of two. In addition to a 4-year-old boy, he and his girlfriend had a two-month old baby, Andreatta said.

ABC News' calls to the Prescott Valley Police Department were not immediately returned.

Monday
May272013

Person of Interest Questioned in Shooting Death of Chicago Baby

Courtesy the Family(CHICAGO) -- Police are questioning a person of interest in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 6-month-old Chicago baby, reported ABC's Chicago station WLS-TV.

Jonylah Watkins was shot five times, along with her father, Jonathan Watkins, 29, in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood on March 11. Watkins was changing his daughter's diaper in a car when police said someone fired on the pair.

Jonylah's parents held hands at a news conference Sunday as their pastor, Corey Brooks, said they hoped that whoever killed their baby would be brought to justice.

"We think that every day it is going to happen. Every single day we are hopeful and thankful, you know, that it is going to happen," Brooks said, as reported by WLS. "We are hoping that it will be in the next 24 hours."

A Chicago police spokesman declined to comment to ABCNews.com, citing the ongoing investigation.

Baby Jonylah became the face of Chicago's gun violence epidemic when she was sprayed with bullets almost three months ago by an assailant who police said they believe was targeting her father.

The 6-month-old was treated at Comer Children's Hospital, where she died of her injuries the next day.

"This is another tragedy, because no child, certainly not an infant, should be a victim of gang violence," Garry McCarthy, Chicago's police chief, said after the shooting. "Although there are a lot of angles that we're pursuing, there are very strong gang overtones to this particular event."

Police said Jonathan Watkins had known gang affiliations, but Brooks, his pastor, said that Watkins was not affiliated with any of Chicago's four major street gangs, and had not been in trouble with the law since 2007.

As Watkins stood behind Brooks on Sunday, the pastor said the 29-year-old had been inspired to better his life after the fatal shooting of his daughter.

"Jonathan has been very cooperative. He has worked with the police diligently, and he wants the person to be caught," Brooks said.

"He's working now. The fact that he's getting a GED, all of that stuff, was not happening before," he said. "Even though this was a horrific thing that happened, we are going to try to do our very best to make their life a better life."

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Saturday
Apr132013

Shooter May Have Posted Online Before Va. Community College Attack

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.) -- An 18-year-old college student may have posted messages online that detailed the weapons and ammunition he planned to use before allegedly shooting two women at a Virginia community college on Friday.

"I'm nervous because I've never really handled a shotgun but a few times with the Christiansburg police," Neil MacInnis, of Christiansburg, Va., reportedly posted just minutes before he opened fire at the satellite campus of New River Community College at New River Valley Mall, police said.

"Stevens 320 shotgun. Buck shots and slugs," MacInnis reportedly posted before the attack.

Investigators could not confirm if the information in the post matched the details of Friday's attack.

Christiansburg Police Chief Mark Sisson said MacInnis had participated in the town's Police Department Citizens Academy program in 2012.

The 12-week course allowed participants to ride along with police officers, tour the officers' training facility, as well as practice with firearms at the firing range, the Associated Press reported.

The type of weapon, how it was obtained and how many shots were fired during the incident were not being released due to the ongoing investigation, Sisson said at a news briefing on Friday night.

MacInnis was charged with two counts each of malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bail in Montgomery County Jail.

MacInnis, who is a student at the community college, wounded one student and one school employee in the attack. One of the victims was airlifted to the hospital for medical attention, while the other was taken by ambulance, Sisson said at the news briefing.

MacInnis was subdued by an off-duty security guard less than 10 minutes after the shooting began on Friday.

Authorities have not yet established the shooter's motive.

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Friday
Mar222013

Two Teens Arrested in Georgia Baby Shooting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) -- Two teenage suspects, one as young as 14, have been arrested in the shooting death of a 1-year-old Georgia boy, who was killed as his mother pushed him in a stroller, police announced Friday.

Chief Tobe Green of the Brunswick Police Department said that Demarquis Elkins, 17, and a 14-year-old unidentified suspect whose name has been withheld because of his age, were arrested early this morning in connection with the baby's death, and both have been charged with first-degree murder.

"We are still investigating the motive, but we are trying to turn every stone to make sure we get a motive," Green said.

Green declined to provide further details, other than to say it continued to be an open investigation, and that no weapon had yet been recovered.

Under Georgia law, Elkins is considered an adult, Green said, but the younger suspect is considered a minor.

"We are still following up on leads from our witnesses and are still involved in collecting evidence," Green said. Search warrants had been issued at three locations near Brunswick, which has a population of about 15,500 people.

Brunswick police, along with a SWAT team and various agencies, had launched a vast manhunt across the Glynn County area in search of the two teenage suspects after the shooting on Thursday morning.

Sherry West, the 41-year-old mother of the child, told police she'd been walking her 13-month-old son, Antonio, in a stroller Thursday morning through their Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood when two African-American boys approached her and demanded money. When she told them she didn't have any money, West said one of the boys pulled out a handgun.

"He said, 'I'm going to kill you if you don't give me money,' and I said, 'I swear I don't have any,"' West told WAWS-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

West said she tried to shield her child with her arms, but the gunman shoved her and shot the baby in the head. West was shot in the leg.

Going on West's description, police said they began looking for two African-American boys between the ages of 10 and 15 years old since Thursday. No details about how the suspects were arrested were given.

Officer Todd Rhodes, a spokesman for the Brunswick Police Department, confirmed that the weapon used in the shooting was a handgun but declined to describe it further.

Since the shooting, police said 30 different leads had been called into the Brunswick Police Department and the Glynn County Police Department, or were submitted through email. Police said the Glynn County School Board Campus Police had been assisting law enforcement in combing school attendance records for leads.

 

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Saturday
Mar092013

Seattle Police Seek Motive in Parks Department Shooting

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle police are working to determine the motive of a woman suspected of critically wounding a 65-year-old man inside a city parks building on Friday.

After a three hour-long manhunt for the suspect, police arrested Carolyn Piksa, a Seattle Parks employee, at her home in Burien, Wash., at 4:49 p.m. Friday.

Authorities are working to determine the relationship between Piksa and the 65-year-old victim, Bill Keller, as well as the motive for the shooting, Seattle Deputy Chief Nick Metz said.

The shooting unfolded just before 2 p.m. Friday and prompted the city to shut down all community centers and put area schools on high alert.

“We looked at this incident as a citywide emergency, because we knew that this suspect was likely to have access to a variety of parks department facilities, including some of the community centers,” Metz said.

Authorities responded to a Seattle Parks maintenance building after receiving a call from a man believed to be the victim, Keller, who said he had been shot. None of the other employees in the building had been targeted, Metz said.

Keller, the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, in critical but stable condition. He was last listed in stable but serious condition, according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

Investigators used cell phone signals to track Piksa to her house. A SWAT team surrounded her residence and ordered her through their bullhorn to come out of the house.

Piksa immediately surrendered unarmed and was taken to the Seattle Police Department’s homicide unit.

A weapon has not been recovered, but Metz said authorities planned to search Piksa’s home.

All park facilities and events will run on a normal schedule over the weekend, according to the Seattle Mayor’s Office.

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Thursday
Feb282013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Arrested in Los Angeles

LVPD(LAS VEGAS) -- The fugitive wanted for the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two other people in a taxi has been arrested in Los Angeles, according to ABC News' Los Angeles station, KABC.

Las Vegas Police Capt. Chris Jones told KABC that Ammar Harris was arrested Thursday by a team of police and federal agents in North Hollywood.

Harris, 26, was the subject of a nationwide manhunt that began after the Feb. 21 shooting that left the three people dead and several others wounded.

An arrest warrant for Harris was issued and he was considered, according to police, "absolutely armed and dangerous."

Harris' lengthy rap sheet includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV.

An argument between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati suffered a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

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Tuesday
Feb262013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Has 'Live Fast, Die Young' Tattoos

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LAS VEGAS) -- The fugitive shooting suspect in the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two people in a taxi has the words "Live fast, die young" ominously tattooed on his shoulders.

The tattoo is visible in a new photo released by police of suspect Ammar Harris. "Live fast" is printed on one shoulder and "die young" is on the other. He also has a heart-shaped tattoo below his right eye and an owl tattoo on his neck.

Harris, 26, has been named the primary suspect in the Feb. 21 shooting that killed three people. An arrest warrant for Harris has been issued.

Police are calling him "absolutely armed and dangerous."

"The focus is to find him and we will find him," Las Vegas Metropolitan Officer Jose Hernandez told ABC News Tuesday. "We're leaving nothing unturned."

A nationwide search is on for Harris, with police reaching out to law enforcement agencies across the country.

"We don't have any indication that he's left so we're just conducting this investigation and continuing to provide information to outside agencies," Hernandez said.

Harris' lengthy criminal history includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV. Authorities are "making tremendous progress," Hernandez said, but most of the details of the investigation remain under wraps since the situation is ongoing.

The verbal altercation between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

"We are confident that Ammar Harris was and is the only shooter on that night," Las Vegas Lt. Ray Steiber said at a news conference. "Right now, we're utilizing any resource we can, and [those resources] can be from California all the way to Maine if we have to."

Authorities emphasized that they will not rest until Harris is found and anyone who may be helping him hide would also be guilty of crimes.

"To anyone who is aware of his location, or is assisting Ammar Harris in any way, you will be arrested and prosecuted," Las Vegas Metropolitan Captain Chris Jones said at the news conference. "You may think you're being a friend, but keep in mind Ammar Harris is wanted for the murder of three citizens."

Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division at (702) 828-3521.

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Sunday
Feb242013

Las Vegas Shooting, Vehicle Explosion Suspect Identified by Police

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Las Vegas police identified a suspect Saturday in a shooting on the strip that caused a Maserati to hit a taxi and burst into flames, killing three people.

Ammar Harris, 26, has been named a suspect in the Thursday skirmish that killed three people, including rapper Kenny Clutch.

The altercation between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., is believed to have originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into a Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon and a female passenger. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

"He was a number one guy," Carolyn Jean Trimble, Boldon's sister, told ABC News.

"I looked out my window and I could see one vehicle down here on the corner of the intersection totally engulfed in flames," witness John Lamb told ABC News.

Boldon, 62, and his passenger, who has not yet been identified, were both killed, as was Clutch.

Timble said her brother loved driving his taxi around Vegas.

"He came to live with me in Las Vegas last year to help take care of our mother, and the first day he got here he said, 'I have to get a job.' The second day, I came home from work, and he said he got a job," she recalled.

"He says, 'You'll never guess what it is,' and I said, 'what,' and he said, 'taxi cab driver,' and we both fell out laughing," Trimble said. "He loved that job. He never complained. He'd come home and tell me stories about what happened, who he picked up."

Boldon was a single father who raised a 36-year-old son and was a new grandfather. His grandson was named after him, Trimble said.

"Of all the people to take from this earth," she said. "But I guess the Lord needed him."

A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

His father, Kenneth Cherry Sr., expressed his grief for the loss of his son while speaking with ABC News.

"This is something you never really, really ever want to experience as a parent, to lose a child before you go," he said.

Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division.

 

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Thursday
Feb212013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Launches Multi-State Manhunt

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- An argument in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel led to a deadly drive-by shooting on the occupants of a Maserati on Vegas' glitzy strip, initiating a multi-state manhunt for the black Range Rover from which the shots were fired.

Three people were left dead in the attack, including two who died when their taxi was struck by the careening sports car and exploded into flames.

"What happened is not just tragic, but underscores the level of violence we see sometimes here in Las Vegas as well as across America," Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a news conference Thursday. "Clearly, the suspects in this shooting have no regard for the lives and safety of others."

The altercation took place in the valet area of the Aria resort and casino. Gillespie said there is currently "no indication" what the squabble was about.

Gillespie said that authorities do not know how many people are in the SUV, but that they are considered armed and dangerous. He warned members of the public to stay away from it.

"You should not take action," he said. "Instead, call your local police department and alert them to the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle."

Authorities in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California are all on alert for the car.

"These individuals will be found," Gillespie said. "They will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

The Range Rover SUV shot at two people in the Maserati, which caused a multi-car crash. Police have not released the model of the sports car, but the price of a new Maserati ranges from $123,000 to $142,000.

Police said that they believe a group of men riding in a black Range Rover Sport SUV pulled up alongside the Maserati around 4:20 a.m. Thursday and fired shots into the car, striking the driver and passenger, according to Officer Jose Hernandez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department.

The Maserati then swerved through an intersection, hitting at least four other cars. One car that was struck, a taxi with a driver and passenger in it, caught on fire and burst into flames, trapping both occupants, Hernandez said.

The SUV then fled the scene, according to cops.

Gillespie said investigators are in the process of gathering video footage from hotels, casinos and the taxi cabs that were at the intersection.

The driver of the Maserati died from his gunshot wounds at University Medical Center shortly after the shooting, according to Sgt. John Sheahan.

The driver and passenger of the taxi both died in the car fire.

At least three individuals, including the passenger of the Maserati, were injured during the shooting and car crashes and taken to UMC hospital for treatment.

Authorities said the Maserati passenger, identified only as a man, sustained only a minor injury to his arm. He is speaking to and cooperating with police.

They do not yet know whether the cars had local plates or were from out of state.

No bystanders were hit by gunfire, Hernandez said.

"We're currently looking for a black Range Rover Sport, with large black rims and some sort of dealership advertising or advertisement plates," Hernandez said. "This is an armed and dangerous vehicle."

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority had no immediate comment about the safety of tourists in the wake of the shooting Thursday.

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Sunday
Feb102013

New Orleans Police: 4 Wounded in Bourbon Street Shooting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- New Orleans police are searching for three men who fled the scene of a quadruple shooting on the city's famed Bourbon Street, which was packed with revelers in the final weekend leading up to the Mardi Gras festivities.

Gunfire rang out Saturday night on the street, sending locals and tourists, many of whom are in town for Mardi Gras, running for cover.

Susan Talbot, manager of Rita's Tequila House, which is located on the block where the shooting happened, said her staff heard the gunshots and locked their doors.

"People just started running because the streets are jam packed," she said. "So you can't really see if you're standing at street level, but where the gunshots were from, people just took off running."

Two men and two women were wounded in the shooting, which appeared to stem from an argument, New Orleans police said.


One male victim was in surgery Saturday night, with shots to the abdomen, thigh and pelvis, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Frank Robertson said. The other three victims were listed in stable condition, he said.

Despite the interruption, partying continued well into the night for many on Bourbon Street.

"It was pretty much a big damper on the festivities but everything's back to normal," Talbot said. "I mean it's party as usual."

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