Police Disable Devices Found In Maryland Gunman’s Bag

English: Mall of Columbia interior Photo by up...

English: Mall of Columbia interior Photo by uploader, released to public domain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What happened A shooting at a suburban mall Saturday morning in Columbia, Md. left three people dead, including the suspected shooter.

The suspect and motive Police believe the shooting, which took place in or around the Zumiez skate shop in The Mall in Columbia, was a murder-suicide.

Police said Saturday night that they had found and disabled “two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks.” The suspect was also carrying a lot of ammunition, police said.

But the motive of the suspected shooter, an as-yet unidentified man, has not been determined and police said Saturday they didn’t yet know whether the shooting was random or whether he may have known the victims.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140125/police-disable-devices-found-in-md-gunmans-bag

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Mother’s Day Second-Line Shooting In New Orleans Injures At Least 17 People

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English: The USS New Orleans (LPD-18) passes by downtown New Orleans on the Mississippi River (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Mother’s Day second-line shooting on Frenchmen Street in the 7th Ward, on Sunday about 2 p.m., left about 17 people injured, according to changing NOPD numbers.  Earlier Sunday afternoon NOPD Superintendent Ronald Serpas said that about 12 people had been injured, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday that the toll had creeped up to 17 people as some victims initially hadn’t reported being injured.

The shooting, in which a girl allegedly was grazed on her side by a bullet, occurred in the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street at the intersection of North Villere Street.  The girl, who was 9 or 10 years old, appears to be in stable condition, Braden said.

“In fact, many of the victims were grazed (some by bullets that ricocheted),” Braden said in an email.  “At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life-threatening.

“But all medical conditions are not known at this time as victims were rushed to nearby hospitals,” Braden continued.  “Detectives are conducting interviews, retrieving any surveillance video in the area and, of course, collecting all evidence.  This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we’re confident that we will make swift arrests.”

Read more:  http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/05/mothers_day_second-line_shooti.html

Killer Had More Weapons At Home

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOLLIDAYSBURG – State police at Hollidaysburg have filed a search warrant stating they confiscated a number of guns, ammunition, knives and a stun gun from the home of a Blair County man who killed three people in Frankstown Township just before Christmas.

Jeffrey Lee Michael, 44, of 107 Lower Reese Road, who was distraught and supposedly believed the world was coming to an end, went on a shooting spree Dec. 21 in a rural area in which he lived and killed two neighbors and a woman who was decorating a church along Juniata Valley Road for Christmas.

Michael eventually was killed in a shootout with state police.

After the early morning shootings, Trooper Terry L. Summers obtained a search warrant for the home where Michael lived with his 51-year-old girlfriend and her 19-year-old son.

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Search For Answers Begins After Connecticut School Massacre

Map of Connecticut highlighting Fairfield County

Map of Connecticut highlighting Fairfield County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Residents of the small Connecticut community of Newtown were reeling on Saturday from one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, as police sought answers about what drove a 20-year-old gunman to slaughter 20 children at an elementary school.

The attacker, identified by law enforcement sources as Adam Lanza, who once attended Newtown High School, opened fire on Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which serves children aged 5 to 10. He ultimately killed at least 27 people, including himself.

Police said another adult was found dead at a related crime scene in the town, which many media accounts indicated may have been the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza.

State police said they hoped to have more information by Saturday morning, including confirmation of the victims’ identities.  More than 12 hours after the shootings, police began removing the bodies from the school and bringing in parents to make identifications, NBC News reported.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/local/sns-rt-us-usa-connecticut-answersbre8be034-20121214,0,3298509.story