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May 7, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 20-year-old woman who was the first victim in an early-morning shooting rampage in Orange County in February had been hired as a stripper by the gunman, according to law enforcement sources. Courtney Aoki , 20, was discovered shot to death in Ali Syed's bedroom after his parents frantically called 911 at 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 19. Syed left the Ladera Ranch town house and took off in the family's car, embarking on shooting rampage on Orange County freeways, randomly firing on other motorists.
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April 27, 2014 | By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
In the annals of Texas journalism, Robert Heard stands out for many things: a biting wit, a prolific career, a lawyer's understanding of lawmaking, a determination to get the story even at considerable personal risk. It was the last trait that catapulted him from news reporter to news figure on Aug. 1, 1966, when he was shot in the shoulder during Charles Whitman's bloody rampage from the top of the University of Texas Tower in Austin. Heard, a 36-year-old Associated Press reporter, had followed two highway patrol officers on a wild sprint across a parking lot, but he forgot his Marine's training to zigzag.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The Santa Monica neighborhood where a gunman went on a violent rampage Friday that left five people dead was jolted by another shooting Sunday in which one man was wounded, police said. Police said a man was shot and wounded about 2 p.m. on Yorkshire Avenue, a few blocks north of the burned out home where Friday's rampage began. The latest shooting was believed to be gang-related and had no connection to Friday's attack, authorities said. Police are still investigating the Friday rampage, in which the gunman, John Zawahri, 23, left a burning home on Yorkshire Avenue near Kansas Avenue and cut a bloody path through the city's normally quiet streets before ending up on the Santa Monica College campus, where he shot three people.
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April 9, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - For the second time in five years, President Obama came to this sprawling Army post to console a community all too familiar with death, to offer a nation's condolences and to remind soldiers and their families of the healing power of love. The president stood on a platform under bright sun and blue skies, reciting the names of the three soldiers who were killed in a shooting rampage last week. Before him stood their portraits, boots, rifles and helmets, what are known as "battlefield crosses.
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May 10, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - A man in Port Angeles, Wash., went on a rampage with a bulldozer Friday afternoon after quarreling with a neighbor and plowed through four structures, a pickup truck and a power line, cutting electricity to homes as far as 20 miles away. One of the homes was swept from its foundation and smashed into another house, Clallam County sheriff's spokesman Jim Borte told the Los Angeles Times. There were no apparent injuries, though a woman was at home in one of the less-damaged structures and managed to escape, he said.
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October 26, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Richard Winton
The woman killed at the start of a violent rampage through Ridgecrest and parts of the Mojave Desert on Friday has been identified as Brittany Matheny, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff's Department. Matheny, age 22, was found dead by police responding to a shooting at a Ridgecrest home early Friday. Police believe Matheny was killed by 39-year-old Sergio Munoz, a felon with a lengthy rap sheet. A second person found at the house, identified as Thaddeus Meier, was shot several times but survived.
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August 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
The Venice boardwalk was quiet Monday as locals looked to restart their businesses and recover from a deadly hit-and-run rampage that shook the tight-knit residential and vendor community. Although the street vendors and homeless who spend their days at the beach say they know most of their neighbors, locals said they didn't know anything about the suspect in Saturday's rampage. Nathan Campbell, 38, was booked on suspicion of murder as the driver in Saturday's incident and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
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November 2, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles International Airport terminal where a deadly shooting broke out Friday, killing one Transportation Safety Administration screener and sending hundreds of passengers scurrying for cover, was fully reopened early Saturday afternoon, officials said at a news conference . Operations at the airport were thrown into disarray Friday when a gunman -- identified by police as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia -- opened fire...
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August 6, 2013 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A 38-year-old Colorado man was charged with murder and other crimes for allegedly driving his car into pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk. His attorney said the man is sad and depressed over what happened. Nathan Louis Campbell, who was arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Airport Courthouse, faces 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run , according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is also charged with murder in the death of Alice Gruppioni , 32, of Italy, who was in Los Angeles on her honeymoon.
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June 8, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Marisa Gerber
The FBI joined local authorities on Saturday in seeking to determine a motive for a gunman's rampage that killed four people in Santa Monica. The gunman, who was also fatally shot by police to end Friday's harrowing incident, has not been identified. But law enforcement sources said his first victims were his father and brother, whose bodies were found in a burning home. The sources said they believe those deaths appeared to be tied to a family dispute. But they stressed the investigation is still in its early stages.
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April 9, 2014 | Adolfo Flores and Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
At first, the other students thought a fight had broken out. The hallway inside the science wing of Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., was crowded with students on Wednesday morning, unaware of the chaos that was about to break out. It was no fistfight. For Mia Meixner, the moment of realization -- and shock -- came when she saw a male freshman, who had fallen from the scuffle, stand up, lift his shirt, and reveal the wounds to his stomach. "I saw blood gushing everywhere,” said Meixner, 16. “That's when I knew something was wrong.” A normal school day then turned horrific, students told the Los Angeles Times in a series of interviews.
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April 4, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Joe Mozingo
When Army Spc. Ivan Lopez went on the shooting rampage Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Texas, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, he had just learned that superiors in Washington had rejected his request to take a temporary leave to deal with family matters related to his mother's death, a federal law enforcement official said. The incident marked the second time Lopez had clashed with military supervisors over the issue of leave - he had been granted less than two days when his mother died in November - and the latest such denial left him furious, the official said.
OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Gunman opens fire at Ft. Hood," April 3 The saddest thing about the latest Ft. Hood shooting spree was how quickly the government assured us that this was not an act of terrorism. Thank God that it was not terrorism but rather just another normal, American, run-of-the-mill mass murder made possible by gun nuts and their puppet masters in the National Rifle Assn. This is, after all, what makes America great, yes? If unfettered access to firearms leads to the deaths of a few innocents, well then, that's a small price to pay to protect our freedom, right?
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April 3, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The Ft. Hood shootings are stoking debate over whether Congress should repeal a two-decade-old ban on carrying personal firearms on military bases, a policy designed to protect military personnel against accidental or indiscriminate shootings. “The government hasn't learned anything in five years," said retired Sgt. Howard Ray, who received the Army Commendation Medal for carrying nine people to safety in 2009 when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the base processing center.
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April 2, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and John M. Glionna
KILLEEN, Texas - Four people were killed, including the gunman, and 16 others were hurt Wednesday in a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, which in 2009 was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting on a military base in U.S. history. The gunman was a soldier, an Iraq war veteran who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, the military said at an evening news conference. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the base commander, refused to identify the gunman but said he had killed himself when confronted by a military policewoman.
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April 2, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
After shots rang out Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Americans' memories flashed back to Nov. 5, 2009, when Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on the Texas base, killing 13 and wounding more than 30.  That remains the deadliest mass shooting on a military base in the U.S. Wednesday's incident left at least four dead, including the gunman, officials said, and several were wounded.  In the 2009 incident, Hasan , an Army...
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July 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The suspect in the shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater has been identified as James Holmes, described by law enforcement sources as a loner. Holmes, 24, was taken into custody in the parking lot outside the Century 16 movie theater after the post-midnight attack in Aurora, Colo., on Friday. He allegedly entered the theater through an exit door about half an hour into the local premier of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” At least 12 were killed in the attack.
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December 11, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Dalina Castellanos and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The man gunned down by police after he randomly shot at passersby during a chaotic rampage in Hollywood has been identified as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Saturday. Meanwhile, some details emerged that may explain what motivated Friday morning's shooting, which occurred near one of Hollywood's busiest intersections and left a 40-year-old music executive in critical condition with neck and face wounds. A woman who identified herself as Brehm's ex-girlfriend said she believes their recent breakup may have sparked his rampage.
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March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A man who authorities say went on a rampage through a residential neighborhood of Chino Hills was fatally shot Friday morning by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, a department spokesman said. Deputies responded to a 911 call around 5:40 a.m. reporting that someone had been stabbed, kicking off an almost hour-long pursuit that ended with the suspect's fatal shooting, said Cpl. Randy Naquin. When deputies arrived near Hickory Lane, they found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds, Naquin said.
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March 28, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Kate Mather
How best to station armed law enforcement officers at airports was the focus of a congressional hearing at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, one of several reviews of the emergency response to November's shooting rampage that left a federal security agent dead. During a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security, contrasting views were presented in the aftermath of a decision at LAX early last year to shift police from fixed positions at passenger screening areas to roving patrols.
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