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December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Virginia Tech classroom wing where a student gunman killed 30 people, wounded two dozen others and killed himself April 16 will be turned into a place to study peace, the school announced in Blacksburg. Having vowed never again to use Norris Hall for general classes, school officials said the rooms would house the new Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.
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December 12, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The gunman who killed four people in shooting rampages at two Colorado religious institutions committed suicide after he was shot by a church security guard, police said Tuesday. An autopsy showed that Matthew Murray, 24, died of a self-inflicted wound after being shot several times Sunday by volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam at New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
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December 11, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi and DeeDee Correll, Times Staff Writers
The gunshots were so loud that Jeanne Assam thought the shooter was already in the building. A former police officer, Assam, 42, was on security duty Sunday morning at New Life Church here. Hours earlier, a 24-year-old who had been rejected from a missionary school in a Denver suburb had shot and killed two staffers there. Now he was spraying New Life's parking lot with gunfire and pushing through the doors to the sanctuary.
NATIONAL
December 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
People returned to the Westroads Mall in Omaha, most to shop for the holidays but some to grieve in the place where three days earlier a gunman killed eight people and himself. Within the mall, however, the Von Maur department store where Robert Hawkins, 19, fired an AK-47 on Wednesday remained closed. A memorial had been assembled at its inside entrance. Wreaths sat on tripods just outside the doors. Hawkins' family released a statement through the Rev.
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December 6, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
Holiday shoppers scattered in terror Wednesday as a young gunman sprayed a shopping mall with gunfire, killing eight people and wounding five others before he fatally shot himself. Nebraska public safety officials and witnesses said most of the casualties were inside the Von Maur department store at the Westroads Mall on Omaha's west side. The 20-year-old assailant, who wore military-style camouflage, opened fire from the store's third floor shortly after 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley police Wednesday confirmed the identity of the gunman who fatally shot a woman and critically wounded two other victims at a tire store a day earlier. Authorities said Robert J. Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley, who was found dead at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, began shooting at the Tire Pros store at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Becerra's motive for the rampage has not been determined, police said.
NATIONAL
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Anger over a divorce settlement may have driven a 63-year-old Baptist deacon to shoot five people in a law office, killing two, then exchange gunfire with police during a standoff that ended with his death, authorities said in Alexandria. A special tactical unit used explosives to enter the building shortly after midnight Friday and shot John Ashley after he opened fire, police spokesman Sgt. Clifford Gatlin said. Autopsies are planned for all three of the dead, Gatlin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A Panorama City man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly going on what police described as a 10-minute rampage in which four people, including two LAPD officers, were injured as the man attempted to run over several pedestrians and ram police cars. Jimmy Giron, 26, was visiting his girlfriend about 12:40 a.m.
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April 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A man driving a dead woman's car shot a police officer in the arm Sunday, then opened fire in a parking lot and a shopping mall, authorities said. By the end of the day, four people, including the gunman, were dead. Police fatally shot the gunman outside a Target store at Ward Parkway Center in south Kansas City, police spokesman Tony Sanders said. Target employee Cassie Bradshaw, 19, was in a break room with two other people when they heard shots.
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April 23, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo and Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writers
The tissue boxes were neatly laid on every wooden pew, but there were none on the pulpit, so Tommy McDearis wiped his tears away with the back of his hand. The pastor of Blacksburg Baptist Church also served as a police chaplain, and after last week's shootings at Virginia Tech, he had to tell 20 families that their children were gone. He had to console the homicide detectives and SWAT team members who saw the blood-soaked classrooms, the wounded and the dead.
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