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January 9, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, who was killed in the Tucson shooting rampage, appeared to have been an innocent bystander Saturday, but was the target of death threats in 2009 when he emerged as a central figure in Arizona's bitter disputes over illegal immigration. Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said Roll, 63, who was a close friend of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, had just attended Mass at a nearby church and decided to stop by and say hello. A gunman opened fire, killing six and wounding 12, including Giffords.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Kate Linthicum
The last thing Derek Easley expected to see on Halloween in West Hollywood was a man running through the crowd, flailing and on fire. He came out of nowhere, fully engulfed in flames ”like a torch,” the actor, writer and producer said of the victim, later identified as Gilbert Estrada, 51. Some bystanders thought it was a prank or a stunt, he said, but Easley, 32, quickly recognized the man was in “panic mode.” He and several others ripped...
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SCIENCE
October 25, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
If your heart stops and you fall to the ground, your chances of survival may depend on which neighborhood you're in when you collapse. Patients suffering cardiac arrest in poorer, predominantly black neighborhoods were half as likely to receive CPR from a bystander as those in richer, predominantly white neighborhoods, according to research published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Even cardiac arrest victims in well-to-do black neighborhoods were 23% less likely to receive bystander assistance.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 53-year-old Michigan woman survived being hit by a skydiver who died over the weekend doing a stunt, officials said. The unidentified woman, who was standing on the ground, was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said in a news release that was reported by the Associated Press. The incident happened in Ray Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit. The dead skydiver was identified as Kenneth R. Bernek of nearby Waterford, police told reporters over the weekend.
OPINION
January 2, 2006
Re "Innocent Bystander Is Shot, Badly Wounded in Westwood Restaurant," Dec. 28 Los Angeles Police Department detectives should stop using the phrase "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when a bystander is shot. A child walking to a corner grocery store, a man driving home from work and a young person out at a nice restaurant are not "in the wrong place." The problem is not the citizens going about their business but the availability of handguns to every hothead with a grudge, and the inability of our society to do anything about it. BARRY WENDELL North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
A woman died Monday night after her four-door sedan was struck by a freight train, police said. The woman was crossing the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks at Lakeview Avenue when her car became disabled on the tracks, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said. A bystander tried to assist her but was unable to help her out of the approaching train's path. After the train struck the car, the bystander pulled the injured woman from her vehicle, Martinez said. Police were called to the scene at 5:50 p.m. Paramedics took the woman to a hospital, where she died.
SPORTS
August 19, 1989
I can understand that Stacey Toran's friends are upset by the report that Toran was drunk, but why not a comment from someone that, "He could have killed an innocent bystander!" To kill oneself is bad enough, to endanger others is inexcusable. JAMES T. HUMBERD La Quinta
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1999
Once again, the Supreme Court promotes a victim mentality. A school can now be sued for monetary damages for failing to take action against a student who sexually harasses another student (May 25). I can see it now. Billy makes an arrangement with Suzy to sexually harass her, after previously making an agreement to split the proceeds from the ensuing lawsuit down the middle. Hey Mr. Supreme Court Jester, oops, I mean, Judge. Hurry up and create a category under which I can claim my victimhood so that I can sue some deep-pocketed innocent bystander!
NEWS
November 5, 1989
If Nancy Reagan was trying to put herself in a better light than those who have written prior books, she failed miserably. She only comes out as the vindictive woman she has always been. She and Ronnie belong together. They're alike in that neither will take the blame for anything. It is always someone else's fault. Neither can tell the truth whether it is about ages or taxes. It is incredible that Nancy thinks the Contra affair happened on Don Regan's watch. Who does she think her husband was, a bystander?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000
In reading about the NRA's idea of a really fun gun social club in the heart of Times Square (May 20) we recalled a Victor Talking Machine record by Will Rogers made in 1921. The title: "Timely Topics." "Never a day passes in New York without some innocent bystander getting shot. You just stand around this town long enough, and be innocent, and somebody's gonna shoot you. One day there were four shot. That's the best shooting ever done in this town. Hard to find four innocent people in New York . . . even if you don't stop to shoot them.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK--A woman remained hospitalized, two police officers were put on desk duty, and a 35-year-old man was facing several criminal charges Monday after a shooting near Times Square that officials say was prompted by the man's desire to commit suicide by getting himself run over.  The man, Glenn Broadnax, 35, of Brooklyn, was not injured in the Saturday night chaos, which erupted a block from the heart of Times Square on the corner of 8th...
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September 14, 2013 | By Steve Padilla
New York police fired on a man who was acting erratically Saturday night at a busy midtown intersection in Manhattan, wounding two bystanders, according to social media and news media reports. “OMG just witnessed NYPD gun down a pedestrian in Times Square,” Kerri Ann Nesbeth, a witness to the shooting, wrote on Twitter. She posted a photo of a man, in blue jeans and a white T-shirt, sprawled on his back on the sidewalk, blood apparently staining the fabric around his right knee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
The demolition of an old power plant in Bakersfield on Saturday morning went badly off script when a man was seriously injured by large shards of flying debris, police said. Several thousand people had gathered by 6 a.m. to watch the planned implosion of a closed steam power plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to police and Denny Boyles, a spokesman for the company. The curious onlookers stood outside a 1,000-foot safety perimeter set up by the demolition company that Pacific Gas and Electric had hired for the job, Boyles said.
SPORTS
April 30, 2013 | Ben Bolch
It's tough to win a playoff game going one on five. The Clippers gamely tried Tuesday at Staples Center, but not even the sustained brilliance of Chris Paul was enough on a night he nearly doubled the output of his fellow starters with 35 points. The Memphis Grizzlies didn't deliver a powerful jab during a 103-93 victory in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series as much as what seemed like a knockout blow, taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
The Southeastern Conference is, for now, a helpless Bowl Championship Series bystander as it monitors three undefeated outliers competing for this season's title. Winners of six straight BCS crowns, the SEC needs any two among these three teams - Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame - to take a loss in order to get a team back in the BCS race. The conference could even advance two schools to the end game if all three undefeated teams lose once. The SEC title winner seems a sure bet, but what if No. 6 Florida also finishes 11-1 with a last win over Florida State?
SCIENCE
October 25, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
If your heart stops and you fall to the ground, your chances of survival may depend on which neighborhood you're in when you collapse. Patients suffering cardiac arrest in poorer, predominantly black neighborhoods were half as likely to receive CPR from a bystander as those in richer, predominantly white neighborhoods, according to research published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Even cardiac arrest victims in well-to-do black neighborhoods were 23% less likely to receive bystander assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998
Re "High Court Says Police Not Liable in Chase Suits," May 27. Our U.S. Supreme Court turned a blind eye to reckless high-speed police pursuits that kill and maim children and innocent adults. Now, in California, police have virtually no accountability to victims who die or live broken, burned and scarred. Now, without accountability, police pursuits can scream through school zones or forget sirens and race through intersections, jumping sidewalks and causing bystander death and mayhem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arraignment was postponed Friday for two gang members who allegedly killed a bystander and injured a rival during a gang battle in Garden Grove four years ago. Quang Tran, 25, and Huan Nguyen, 26, of Lawndale were being held on $500,000 bail on suspicion of murder, said Garden Grove Police Capt. David Abrecht. Arraignment was postponed until March 16, a court clerk said.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
Hours after a gunman killed a constable and a bystander before dying in a shootout with police, the mayor of College Station, Texas, called Monday's events tragic and extended condolences to victims and thanks to the police. Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was serving a foreclosure notice near Texas A&M University when he was shot. Police identified the gunman as Thomas Caffall, 35, and the bystander as Chris Northcliff, 43. Brachmann was 41. An unidentified 55-year-old woman was wounded and hospitalized in serious condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A homeless man was stabbed to death behind a busy fast-food restaurant in Anaheim late Friday, the fourth such killing in Orange County in the last month, and police quickly took a man into custody for questioning. The suspect was being chased by two bystanders when police caught him on La Palma Avenue about a quarter-mile from the scene of the crime, according to Sgt. Bob Dunn, an Anaheim police spokesman. Authorities were cautious about linking the latest killing to the previous three, but said the suspect bore a resemblance to a man being sought in those deaths, which have been called the work of a serial killer.
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