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June 9, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
A 42-year-old man was shot to death Saturday morning outside a Wilmington apartment complex by a male suspect with a rifle who fled in a dark-colored SUV, Los Angeles police Sgt. Jerry Davila said Sunday. The victim was struck by gunshots in the face and torso at 8 a.m. and died a short while later at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Davila said. The Los Angeles County coroner's office had not released the victim's identity Sunday afternoon. Davila said police did not know a motive for the shooting, which occurred in the 1600 block of North Wilmington Boulevard , or if the two men knew each other.
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March 28, 2014 | Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said, workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. "Basically everything of value -- be it electronics, jewelry and items -- that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags," LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A lockdown at Chaminade High School was lifted Tuesday afternoon after Los Angeles police determined that a report of "an unknown male with a gun" actually turned out to be harmless pieces of a school project. A parent reported an armed man in a trench coat at the West Hills school around 9:40 a.m., prompting a campus lockdown. Officers from the LAPD's Topanga division were sent to the campus, said Officer Diana Figueroa. They searched the area and went room-to-room at the school but did not find a gunman, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An 18-year-old Huntington Park man was arrested on suspicion of firing a rifle into the air on New Year's Eve, police said. A caller initially alerted police to the gunfire, reporting a man firing a weapon in an alley in the 7000 block of Marbrisa Avenue, according to the Huntington Park Police Department. Responding officers saw the suspect standing in a group of people and witnessed him shoot into the air, police said. The man -- identified by police as Andrew Figueroa -- was arrested and the rifle was confiscated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Kate Mather
Counselors were at a Chino elementary school Thursday where three students were injured after a student discharged a rifle mounted on a police motorcycle on display, district officials said. Around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, a child at Newman Elementary School approached the rifle and pulled the trigger, said Tamrin Olden, a spokeswoman for the Chino Police Department. The AR-15 rifle was locked onto the motorcycle that was on display during a Red Ribbon Week drug abuse prevention event, Olden said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An 18-year-old Huntington Park man was arrested on suspicion of firing a rifle into the air on New Year's Eve, police said. A caller initially alerted police to the gunfire, reporting a man firing a weapon in an alley in the 7000 block of Marbrisa Avenue, according to the Huntington Park Police Department. Responding officers saw the suspect standing in a group of people and witnessed him shoot into the air, police said. The man -- identified by police as Andrew Figueroa -- was arrested and the rifle was confiscated.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DALLAS - Back in 1963, Dallas Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Boone rushed to the scene of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches, Boone, 75 and living in Abilene, Texas, shared memories of that day, including how he happened to know Jack Ruby. He also described two searches - one of a rail yard, the other of the Texas School Book Depository, where he found the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald. On Wednesday, Boone will participate in a panel discussion of assassination witnesses at the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former book depository.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 13-year-old boy carrying a replica assault rifle was shot and killed Tuesday by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, authorities and local media reported. Two deputies spotted the boy near the intersection of Moorland and West Robles avenues at 3 p.m. Tuesday "with what appeared to be some type of rifle," according to a news release from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.  The deputies ordered the teenager to drop the rifle "and at some point immediately thereafter, the deputies fired several rounds from their handguns at the subject striking him several times," according to the sheriff's office.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano and Alana Semuels
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Adam Lanza, the suspect in the suburban Connecticut elementary school shooting rampage, tried to purchase a "long gun" rifle from a local shop but was turned away because he did not want to wait for the required 14-day background check, law enforcement sources said Saturday. As this western Connecticut town continued to seek a way of coping with the grief from Friday's shooting that left 28 people dead, including the gunman and his mother, officials pressed their search into how and why one of the worst massacres in U.S. history took place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Safety procedures weren't properly followed when a student discharged a rifle mounted on a Chino police officer's motorcycle, department officials said Thursday. A child at Newman Elementary School approached the rifle and pulled the trigger about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday,  said Tamrin Olden, a spokeswoman for the Chino Police Department. The AR-15 rifle was locked onto the motorcycle that was on display during a Red Ribbon Week  drug abuse  prevention event, Olden said.
WORLD
December 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose eponymous assault rifle changed the face of international conflict, died Monday at a clinic in central Russia. He was 94. The creator of the legendary AK-47, which became widely known as the Kalashnikov, was hospitalized a month ago with stomach bleeding for which he was operated on, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. Until his last day, Kalashnikov was the head of Izhmash, a weapons manufacturing plant in Izhevsk, the capital of the central Russian republic of Udmurtia.
WORLD
December 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
It killed more people in the 20th Century than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The AK-47's easy maintenance and light weight led to its becoming the armament of choice for at least 50 armies worldwide, as well as guerrilla factions, terrorist groups, drug gangs and pirates. A symbol of resistance, revolution and independence, the rifle with the signature curved ammunition clip is celebrated on the flags of Mozambique and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. The 1940s invention of what is now the world's most ubiquitous weapon was attributed to Soviet military designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died Monday in Izhevsk, the Udmurtia Republic capital where the factory he ran produced about half of the estimated 100 million Kalashnikovs still waging war and terror the world over.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington. Political groups seeking to counter the influence of the National Rifle Assn. and others in the gun lobby hope to score some victories in next year's midterm election. But they are setting modest goals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Ari Bloomekatz
An armed man who was shot dead by police earlier in the week after a confrontation at his home was identified by Los Angeles County coroner officials as a 72-year-old from Granada Hills. Robert Gillon was shot Monday night after threatening officers with a rifle following a brief standoff, police said. LAPD officers were responding to reports of shots fired in the 12700 block of Woodley Avenue at 10:20 p.m. Gillon refused to leave his house when police arrived. About an hour later, Gillon, armed with a rifle and a handgun, exited out a rear door and "threatened the officers with the rifle," said Los Angeles police Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man in his 60s who was reportedly wielding a rifle and a handgun at his home in Granada Hills was shot and killed by police Monday night, authorities said. Officers were called to the 12700 block of Woodley Avenue about 10:20 p.m. after reports of shots fired. Police tried to make contact with the man, who was not immediately identified, but he would not leave his home, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz. About an hour later, the man exited out a rear door and "threatened the officers with the rifle," Sandoz said.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DALLAS - Back in 1963, Dallas Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Boone rushed to the scene of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches, Boone, 75 and living in Abilene, Texas, shared memories of that day, including how he happened to know Jack Ruby. He also described two searches - one of a rail yard, the other of the Texas School Book Depository, where he found the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald. On Wednesday, Boone will participate in a panel discussion of assassination witnesses at the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former book depository.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A 4-year-old boy picked up his father's loaded .22 caliber rifle, walked outside and shot a 6-year-old friend in the head, leaving the victim in serious condition and shattering a normally quiet New Jersey neighborhood.  The shooting occurred Monday evening in Toms River, N.J., about 70 miles south of New York City, one day after an incident in Tennessee involving a 4-year-old who got his hands on a loaded gun. In the Tennessee shooting...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle. The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week's killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times. “Andy was a boy, he has [a] ... toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A home in Eastvale was raided Thursday by state agents who seized explosives and dozens of assault rifles. The search warrant was served at 6489 Pimlico Place, and law enforcement officers from the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Firearms led the raid, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise . "We're seizing explosives and assault weapons," an agent who declined to give his name told the Press-Enterprise. The agent said the explosives were C4.  ALSO: LAX shooting: Moment of silence planned for slain TSA agent Cancer patient's pre-surgery flash mob dance goes viral, inspires 90-foot Christmas tree arrives at Newport Beach's Fashion Island   Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com  
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