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NATIONAL
February 14, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The 18-year-old killer pulled his car into an open spot in the parking lot of the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, stepped out, drew a shotgun and fired at two nearby shoppers. He walked through the mall's west doors and shot a woman. He kept walking and shot five more people who were standing in a gift store packed with Valentine's Day shoppers. If it wasn't for off-duty Ogden Police Officer Ken Hammond dining with his wife nearby, police said, Sulejmen Talovic would have killed far more people in Monday night's shooting rampage.
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NATIONAL
January 8, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Almost two years after a judge, a court reporter and a sheriff's deputy were shot to death at the Fulton County Courthouse, Brian Gene Nichols will stand trial in that courthouse for those crimes. As TV cameras roll, the justice system will be on trial too.
WORLD
November 21, 2006 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
An 18-year-old loner wearing an explosives belt and firing guns stormed his old junior high school in western Germany on Monday, shooting four students and a janitor before killing himself as police surrounded the building. The man, identified only as Sebastian B., rushed the Geschwister-Scholl school in Emsdetten about 9:30 a.m. with smoke canisters, pistols and rifles. Police say he slightly wounded four students and critically injured a janitor, shooting him in the stomach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A gunman opened fire at a bar in the city's Japantown, killing two people and wounding a third, police said Sunday. Joseph Melcher, 25, of Redwood City was arrested shortly after the Saturday night shootings at a bar called The Flow and was booked on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide and assault with a firearm. Witnesses told authorities that Melcher walked into the bar around 9:15 p.m.
NATIONAL
October 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
In a cold drizzle, the Amish drove in horse and buggy to a cemetery in Georgetown to bury the fifth girl shot to death by an intruder as details emerged of heroism inside the school. Two of the survivors told their parents that 13-year-old Marian Fisher, one of the slain girls, asked to be shot first, apparently hoping the younger girls would be let go, according to Leroy Zook, whose daughter was the teacher who ran from the school to call police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The man accused in this week's hit-and-run rampage that killed a pedestrian and injured at least 18 others was under psychiatric observation Thursday even as he faced charges of murder, attempted murder and battery. Omeed Aziz Popal, 29, was being held in a locked hospital jail cell and his first court appearance was delayed until Wednesday to await a report on his mental state. Relatives say Popal had been growing increasingly unstable.
WORLD
July 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Brazilian actor clad only in swimming trunks and toting a gun stormed a TV studio and took a hostage during the filming of the "Snakes and Lizards" soap opera, in which he was once an extra. Ricardo Dualibi, who was sacked from the series in April, fired two shots into the air and seized one employee, a Globo spokeswoman said. He told police he did not intend to hurt anyone and only wanted to draw the studio's attention to his art. He was arrested for attempted murder.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman shot six people, killing one, and started several fires at a 1.3-million-square-foot Safeway Inc. distribution center before police killed him, authorities said. "He was just shooting and lighting fires," said Safeway worker Jesus Lopez, who was about 20 feet from the gunman. Police said two of the gunfire victims were in critical condition, two were in serious condition -- including an officer who suffered a leg wound -- and one had been released from the hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman who allegedly broke into a Lakewood home last week and fatally stabbed a woman and wounded three of her relatives was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder. Virginia Ann Krall, 22, is being held in lieu of $2.7-million bail, according to prosecutors. She is scheduled to be arraigned July 5. Yolanda Meraz, 37, died of her wounds and three relatives, all women, also were stabbed but survived the attack, which occurred in the 4300 block of Quigley Avenue.
WORLD
May 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A knife-wielding teenager went on a rampage and attacked pedestrians as they left a celebration inaugurating Berlin's new central rail station, wounding 27 people, police said. Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect, a German from Berlin's working-class Neukoelln district, police spokesman Bernhard Schodrowski said. None of the victims had life-threatening injuries, he said.
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