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May 30, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details.
SEATTLE -- Seattle was paralyzed at midday Wednesday by two shootings that occurred within half an hour of each other in two of the city's most congested areas, sparking massive manhunts for what initially appeared to be two different suspects. The first shooting occurred about 11 a.m. at a popular cafe near the University of Washington. An unidentified gunman opened fire on five people, killing two of them and critically wounding the others. Half an hour later, a woman was shot and killed in an apparent carjacking in downtown Seattle in a parking lot near the city's Town Hall lecture center.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1998
Re: "Inmates' Spark of Hope," June 28. You've just been convicted of carjacking or armed robbery. Congratulations! Since you are female and a "minority," you get to be a firefighter! I understand "teaching young women skills . . . to improve their lives," but the most important thing to teach them is to not carjack people or duct-tape people and rob them at gunpoint. And this is being done by training them to be firefighters--one of the most coveted professions in Southern California?
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March 20, 1996 | Associated Press
Before she was smothered by a teenage carjacker, Kathleen Weinstein used a miniature cassette player to secretly record herself pleading for her life, authorities said Tuesday. "Don't you understand what kind of trouble you are going to get in? Don't you think they're going to find you?" Weinstein asked the boy who abducted her from a shopping plaza last Thursday. Although it didn't save Weinstein, the dramatic 24-minute recording helped authorities identify a suspect.
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December 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A prominent figure in Afghanistan's collapsed government who has not been seen for weeks, Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, was wounded by U.S. bombing last month, a Pakistan-based Afghan news service said. The Afghan Islamic Press quoted sources in Pakistan's border town of Miranshah as saying Haqqani, the Taliban's tribal affairs minister, was moved to an unknown location after the Nov. 16 bombing in the eastern Khost district that killed 62 people, including five of his bodyguards. He hasn't been seen in public since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1998 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first, the murder seemed to have all the markings of an attempted carjacking. When Los Angeles police officers reached the scene on the dark Boyle Heights street July 26, they found affluent software designer Bruce Cleland lying in a pool of blood across the street from his new black 4Runner. His distraught wife, Rebecca, said she had been knocked unconscious when she got out of the vehicle to check the tailgate and awoke to the gruesome sight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1994 | ERROL A. COCKFIELD JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police Wednesday shot to death one of two carjackers who wounded a motorist and fled in his car on a high-speed chase through the streets of Pacoima before engaging officers in a gunfight, authorities said. The carjacking victim, whom witnesses identified as a man in his early 20s, was in good condition at Holy Cross Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Police and hospital officials would not reveal the victim's name. The violent episode began about 3:30 p.m.
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March 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Just over half the nation's annual average of nearly 49,000 carjacking attempts are successful, and almost two-thirds of the crimes occur within five miles of the owners' homes, the Justice Department said. Using data for 1992 through 1996, the most recent available, the Bureau of Justice Statistics said each year, of an average 48,787 carjacking attempts, 24,520, or 50.3%, succeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997 | MACK REED
A 16-year-old Oxnard girl accused of assaulting a retired teacher with pepper spray and stealing her car will be tried in Juvenile Court on carjacking charges. Prosecutors had sought to have the girl tried as an adult on charges of carjacking, use of pepper spray, robbery, taking of a vehicle and hit-and-run. But Judge Charles McGrath found that the girl's case was more suited for Juvenile Court, where arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
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