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Frat Party Violence Escalates at Arizona State University

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- In the latest instance of what has become a persistent problem in the Tempe, Ariz., area, five people were arrested at a fraternity brawl near Arizona State University, which police say involved baseball bats and gunfire.

Tempe police say a party at the Delta Kappa Epsilon apartment complex came to a violent end early Sunday morning after two non-students were attacked by fraternity members during a fight over a woman. Much of the incident was captured by surveillance cameras.

One of the fraternity's members remains in intensive care Wednesday, and police expect more arrests in addition to the five people already charged. The arrests are the latest incident as a university and city try to reign in a party culture that some say is getting out of hand.

The fight, which began with a shoving match at the party, was captured by security cameras, and newly released 911 tapes reveal the incident's escalation.

"Somebody came in with a baseball bat and smashed somebody in the face," a caller told the 911 dispatcher. "You need to get over here right now."

At that point, gunshots were fired. The ensuing panic sent hundreds who were at the party running for their lives. No one was shot. Three of the alleged attackers remain in custody on Wednesday. Two others were booked on misdemeanor charges of trespassing. But Arizona State University's neighbors say they've had enough.

"Eight months of constant partying, constant underage drinking … the cops may show up but they never got shut down. The music was always going," one neighbor told ABC News.

Since ASU closed all on-campus Greek housing in 2012, the fraternities and sororities have filled nearby apartment complexes. Since then, neighbors say crime, loud parties, and violence have skyrocketed.

"You have parties that grow to 50-plus people and they are drunk. It can feel threatening," a neighbor said.

At the same apartments where this weekend's melee took place, two rival fraternities were caught on tape brawling it out last November. In March, two female students were hospitalized for burns after police say someone at the party threw a bottle of alcohol into an open fire, causing an explosion.

"The bottom line is, we're going to respond, and we're going to take care of the situation," Tempe Council Member Joe Navarro said. "And we want our residents to know that they live in a safe area."

Arizona State officials say they are working with off campus fraternities to move them back on campus by the fall semester. Delta Kappa Epsilon tells ABC News that their members were attacked unprovoked and there was no fraternity party in the apartment complex the night in question.

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Shopping Cart Injures Two in Taxi Driver Dispute

Comstock/T​hinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A shopping cart that critically injured two men might have been used as a weapon in a dispute between taxi drivers competing for fares outside a New York City shopping center, according to a taxi driver representative.

Louncey Camara, 52, and Ibrahima Sagne, 30, were hit after the cart plummeted three stories at Mott Haven Mall in the Bronx.

“It’s about who took whose passenger, and who was waiting for who, and whether you can really pick them up or not pick them up,” Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, told WABC of the brewing battle between licensed and unlicensed cabbies.

The New York Police Department said it is reviewing surveillance video of the incident in order to determine what happened.

Camara suffered lacerations and a puncture to his forehead and Sagne had lacerations to an eye and the back of his head.

This is the second time in three months that a shopping cart has been pushed from a higher floor and landed on a shopper.

Marion Hedges, 47, went into a coma after two boys pushed a shopping cart from a fourth-floor parking garage in New York City Oct. 30, 2011. Hedges had been shopping for Halloween candy to donate to charity at the time she was hit.

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Household Gun Ownership Lowest Since 1977

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A declining percentage of Americans are keeping guns in their homes.  A new report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center shows household gun ownership in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977.

In 1977, 54 percent of American households reported having guns. That percentage dropped to 32.3 percent in 2010.

The report cited several factors for the decline of gun ownership, including an increase in single parent homes headed by women, the aging of the current gun-owning population, the decreasing popularity of hunting, and a lack of interest in guns by youth.

Additional findings from the VPC report:

  • Personal gun ownership peaked in 1985 when 30.7 percent of Americans reported personally owning a gun.  By 2010, that number had dropped t0 20.8 percent.
  • Male gun ownership peaked in 1990, when 52.4 percent of men reported personally owning a gun.  That percentage dropped to 33.2 percent in 2010.
  • Female gun ownership peaked in 1982 at 14.3 percent. In 2010, the rate of female gun ownership was 9.9 percent.

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Top US Officials Mourn Slain ICE Agent, Promise Justice

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) -- Three of the nation's top law enforcement officials Tuesday eulogized slain U.S. special agent Jaime Zapata, who was gunned down in Mexico last week. They also pledged that his killers would be brought to justice.

"The U.S. and Mexico will bring the long, hard arm of the law down on Jaime and Victor's shooters," said an emotional Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, addressing Zapata's parents at the funeral in Brownsville, Texas.

Zapata and fellow agent Victor Avila were returning to Mexico City from a training exercise in Monterrey when their armored SUV with diplomatic plates was chased off the road and later sprayed with gunfire. No arrests have been made in the case.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "We will not relent or flinch or let up in any way in our determination to see that those responsible for his death will be held responsible for their crimes."

Alluding to the violent drug cartels believed to have ties to the attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder vowed officials would "eradicate the scourge" that led to Zapata's death. "That is how we will honor Agent Zapata, that is how we will pay tribute to him. And that is how we will ensure that his spirit will live on," he said.

The presence of three top Obama administration officials at Zapata's funeral underscores the seriousness of the attack, which was the highest-profile Mexican incident involving a U.S. government agent in more than 20 years. It also reflects a growing concern by law enforcement chiefs that U.S. agents may be becoming targets.

Zapata, 32, was a four-year ICE veteran based in Laredo, Texas, and Avila, was a six-year ICE veteran based in El Paso, Texas. Both men had been stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as part of a human smuggling and border security enforcement task force.

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Mystery: Why Did Stranger Stab Boy Playing Video Game in Restaurant?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WABC-NY(WESTBURY, N.Y.) -- An eight-year-old boy is recovering after being stabbed in the back at a Long Island restaurant.

Police are investigating what caused Evan Sachs, 23, to stab the boy Friday night at a Dave & Buster’s restaurant and arcade in Nassau County, New York.

"There was no connection whatsoever to this boy," Detective Lt. Kevin Smith tells ABC News. "There was no contact between him and the boy, either prior or on this night. They don't live anywhere significantly close to each other."

Smith says Sachs forced a hunting knife into the boy’s back, who was playing a video game at the time of the assault.

“The boy staggers back to his mom,” Smith explained, “he says something to effect that someone just hit him on the back or tapped him on the back, and then collapses.”

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor.

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Chicago Grandmother Shoots Troublesome 12-Year-Old

Photo Courtesy - WLS/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Is the gun-wielding widow who wounded a menacing 12-year-old boy a hero or a dangerous granny with a gun who over-reacted? That's the debate stirred by the actions of an elderly woman on Chicago's South Side.

On Tuesday, Margaret Matthews, 68, decided she'd had enough of two young boys, ages 12 and 13, who she said had been harassing her in her home for more than a year. When she returned to her home from grocery shopping that day, she noticed broken windows and the two boys running away.

When they returned, the widowed grandmother stood on her porch and confronted them. Allegedly, they replied by hurling bricks and rocks at her. She said one hit her in the chest.

She called police, but worried they might come too late, so she said she went back outside and fired at the boys, wounding the 12-year-old in the shoulder.

"I was either going to be a victim or a villain," Matthews told ABC News. "I did what I had to do to protect myself."

Police agreed and decided not to charge Matthews. The boys face charges of aggravated assault. 

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