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OPINION
April 19, 2014
Re "Kansas shooting suspect has long history of hate," April 16 Suspected Kansas shooter Frazier Glenn Cross was described as a libertarian, defined in the article as someone in favor of smaller government. He was also described as being virulently anti-immigration, a self-described racist and an anti-Semite. While libertarians generally favor the smallest government possible, this is because the philosophy maximizes individual freedom for everyone, including immigrants, African Americans and Jews.
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NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Brandon Spencer, the 21-year-old former gang member sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for attempted murder, may have sobbed like a toddler Friday after learning that the next several decades of his life will be spent behind bars, but he deserves little sympathy, wrote Times columnist Sandy Banks on Monday. But several of our readers had a much more charitable, even forgiving, attitude toward Spencer. The two sides don't dispute the facts: A gun-toting Spencer showed up at a Halloween party at USC in 2012 looking to exact revenge on a gang rival; several shots later, three innocent bystanders in addition to Spencer's target were injured.
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NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON - The shooter who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday carved two cryptic messages into the wooden stock of his shotgun - “(Better Off This Way)” and “(My ELF)” -- according to a federal law enforcement official. The messages appear to be the first clue into Aaron Alexis' possible motive for attacking the base at the start of the work week after spending weeks drifting up and down the East Coast and complaining of hearing voices and believing he was being stalked by three unknown officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Brandon Spencer ought to be considered an object lesson by wannabe gangsters carrying guns. The 21-year-old was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting into a crowd waiting in line for a Halloween party on the USC campus in 2012. He wounded four people - including his target - but seems to think he ought to get leniency because nobody died. Spencer threw a tantrum in the courtroom when the judge announced his sentence, crying and banging his head on a table, like a 2-year-old sentenced to time-out.
SPORTS
July 26, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
The competitors she will face may not provide as much of a roadblock to success for Olympic shooter Kim Rhode of Monrovia as the airlines. Rhode, who actually has become one of the bigger names in these Olympics despite the obscurity of her sport, recently arrived in London after having to reshuffle her schedule. The culprit? Two straight days of canceled flights at LAX. "I got to the gate last Friday," Rhode said Thursday in London, "and was handing them my suitcase when they said my flight had been canceled and they were booking me on one the next day. So I gathered up my stuff, went home, came back the next day and the flight was canceled again.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A gunman who fired multiple shots from inside his home, 300 yards away from a northwest Missouri elementary school, surrendered to authorities late Friday after a nearly five-hour standoff, a police spokesman said. Gladstone Police Capt. Ken Buck told the Los Angeles Times that authorities had yet to determine what led the suspect to open fire, apparently through a window or door of his house, about 1 p.m. The shots came in at least three groupings, spread apart. Linden West Elementary School went on lockdown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The gunman who killed five people during a shooting rampage through Santa Monica left a farewell note expressing remorse for killing his father and brother, police said Thursday evening. John Zawahri, 23, also wrote that he hoped his mother would be cared for financially and said goodbye to several friends, the Santa Monica Police Department said. At a news conference  Thursday  night, police gave their most detailed account yet of how Zawahri made his way from his father's home on Yorkshire Avenue to the Santa Monica College library, where he was fatally wounded by authorities last Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin
Santa Monica College and other campuses in the city were on lockdown after a shooting that wounded at least three people. The California Highway Patrol said it received reports of shots fired at 11:55 a.m. at the corner of 17th and Pearl streets on the south side of the Santa Monica College campus. CHP officer Vince Ramirez told The Times one suspect was in custody and that officers were trying to determine if there was a second shooter. No details on the victims or suspect's condition were given.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Simon, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Saba Hamedy
COLUMBIA, Md. - Three people were killed during a shooting Saturday at a mall in suburban Maryland, including the suspected gunman, authorities said. The shooting was reported to 911 at 11:15 a.m., police said, and one of the three killed was found near a gun and ammunition. “We are very confident that it was a single shooter, that there are no other shooters in the mall,” Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said in a news conference outside the Mall in Columbia, adding that it was a busy day at the mall with a lot of shoppers and “a chaotic scene.” “You just heard people screaming, 'There's a shooter!
OPINION
July 26, 2012
Re "Calls mount to curb Colorado suspect's fame," July 25 You cannot prevent future massacres by ignoring the name of alleged shooter James Holmes any more than you can prevent future assassination attempts by erasing the name Lee Harvey Oswald. It's the guns, stupid. In 2009, U.S. arms manufacturers sold 14 million of them. Holmes' assault weapons and 6,000 rounds of ammo were legally acquired and transported. In the United States, per capita firearm-related deaths are 40 times greater than in Britain, where firearms are tightly controlled.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
For almost a month, Kansas Citians lived through what amounted to a horror movie without an ending. According to the narrative described in court documents, it would take cutting-edge and occasionally controversial law enforcement technology, including license-plate readers, to put an end to the horror show. The story of this very 21st century hunt began playing out on the tangle of freeways just south of Kansas City, Mo., where, starting in March, one driver after another reported being shot at by a mystery gunman - nobody they knew, for reasons nobody could fathom.
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Re "Kansas shooting suspect has long history of hate," April 16 Suspected Kansas shooter Frazier Glenn Cross was described as a libertarian, defined in the article as someone in favor of smaller government. He was also described as being virulently anti-immigration, a self-described racist and an anti-Semite. While libertarians generally favor the smallest government possible, this is because the philosophy maximizes individual freedom for everyone, including immigrants, African Americans and Jews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus, injuring four, sobbed uncontrollably in court Friday after he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to restrain Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February of four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first at the campus in decades. While prosecutors argued that Spencer should serve his four terms consecutively, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. ordered Spencer to serve his sentences concurrently, which means he will eventually be eligible for parole.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014
Re "Shooter said to be furious," April 5 The article states that investigators may never have a motive for Ft. Hood shooter Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Really? A soldier who was being treated for depression and anxiety was granted less than two days to go home to Puerto Rico for his mother's funeral five months ago; more recently, he was denied another temporary leave to return home to deal with family matters related to his mother's death. This man was sent into harm's way to protect our country, and we can't give him compassionate leaves of duty during such a tragic time in his life?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Samantha Schaefer and Hailey Branson-Potts
A gunman who allegedly walked into a Mid-City   Los   Angeles   police station Monday night and opened fire with a handgun, injuring one officer, had a rifle and ammunition stored in his car,   officials   said. The unidentified suspect walked into the LAPD Wilshire Division on Venice Boulevard near South La Brea Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. and engaged two officers in brief conversation before pulling out a handgun and opening fire, hitting one of them multiple times, police said.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Moments after news broke of the Ft. Hood shooting about 4 p.m. last Wednesday, Suzy Sanders began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post since fall. His first chilling reply landed at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from Indiana with a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile, is among four survivors expected to be honored by President Obama at a Wednesday memorial here.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Ari Bloomekatz
SPARKS, Nev. -- The student who came armed to Sparks Middle School on Monday morning opened fire using a semiautomatic handgun, wounding two other students and killing a teacher before turning the gun on himself, police said. Sparks Police Chief Tom Miller did not identify the deceased shooter or the teacher who was killed. Nor did he name the wounded boys, saying only that they are both 12 are hospitalized in stable condition. One was shot was shot in the abdomen, he said, and the other in the shoulder.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the to-the-point argot of Hollywood, director Tony Scott was known as a shooter, a term of respect that cut two different ways. In one sense, "shooter" referred to the eye for images Tony shared with his brother Ridley, an eye that first came to industry notice in 1983's "The Hunger," an outré designer vampire film starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. But a talent for visuals was not all Tony Scott had. Shooter also referred to the director's gift for making things move on screen, for shooting action like there was no tomorrow.
NATIONAL
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.
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