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October 24, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SPARKS, Nev. - After days of saying they could not release his name, Sparks city officials publicly identified the 12-year-old shooter who this week killed a math teacher and wounded two classmates at his middle school before turning the gun on himself. Officials said the boy, who wielded a 9-millimeter Ruger semiautomatic pistol, was seventh-grader Jose Reyes. Authorities had said their unorthodox decision not to release the name of the deceased suspect was meant to protect his family's privacy.
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SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When J.J. Redick takes the court tonight for the first time this exhibition season, look for the Clippers shooting guard to be constantly on the move against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. It may not be as fluid as the Clippers would like because Redick and all-star point guard Chris Paul haven't been able to work together as a pair a whole lot. Redick just returned to practice Monday and Tuesday after missing two weeks because of a partial tear of his left quad muscle that was suffered during the Clippers' training camp in La Jolla.
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October 23, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SPARKS, Nev. -- Shocked students gathered at a makeshift memorial Tuesday night to mourn and try to make sense of the shootings at Sparks Middle School that left a teacher dead and two boys wounded.  Desiree Zepeda, an eighth-grader, cried as she recalled how slain teacher Michael Landsberry had given her after-school math support last year. "He helped me even though I wasn't in his class," Desiree said, adding that she passed her test the next day. PHOTOS: Sparks Middle School shooting She tearfully embraced her friend Margielle Stewart, another eighth-grader, who said she was a friend of the shooter, a 12-year-old boy who killed Landsberry and wounded the others, both 12, before turning the gun on himself.
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October 22, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Ari Bloomekatz
The morning after a 12-year-old boy opened fire at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, killing a teacher and wounding two students before turning the gun on himself, police said they do not have a motive for the seventh-grader's actions and did not release his identity "out of respect for his grieving parents. " "Everybody wants to know why - that's the big question,” said Sparks Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Miller. “The answer is we don't know right now. We are proactively trying to determine why. " Police said the shooter's family is fully cooperating with the investigation and believe the boy used a Ruger 9mm semiautomatic from his parents' home.
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October 22, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and David Zucchino
SPARKS, Nev. - He was dressed like any other student at Sparks Middle School: standard khaki pants and a Sparks sweat shirt. He was tall for a middle schooler, with dark, spiked hair, and he held a Ruger 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun in his hand. The 12-year-old boy pointed the weapon at about 30 terrified students huddled in a corner near an outdoor school basketball court early Monday. He locked eyes with eighth-grader Omar Lopez, who was nearby. "You guys ruined my life, so I'm going to ruin yours," he told the group, Omar said.
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October 22, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and David Zucchino
SPARKS, Nev. - He was dressed like any other student at Sparks Middle School: standard khaki pants and a Sparks sweatshirt. He was tall for a middle schooler, with dark, spiked hair, and in his hand early Monday was a Ruger 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun. The boy pointed the gun at about 30 terrified students huddled in a corner near an outdoor school basketball court. He locked eyes with eighth-grader Omar Lopez, who was nearby. "You guys ruined my life, so I'm going to ruin yours," the boy told the group, according to Omar.
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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.
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October 21, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Ari Bloomekatz
SPARKS, Nev. - A middle school crowded with parents dropping off their children and students hurrying to class erupted into chaos Monday morning as a student drew a semiautomatic handgun and opened fire, killing a teacher and wounding two students before fatally turning the gun on himself. The unidentified shooter was dressed in khaki slacks that are part of Sparks Middle School's required uniform, witnesses said. He shot one 12-year-old boy in the abdomen and another 12-year-old boy in the shoulder, Sparks Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Miller said, adding that both wounded boys were listed in stable condition.
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October 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and John M. Glionna
Two people are dead and two are hospitalized following a shooting Monday morning at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, just outside of Reno, according to officials. The victims were not immediately identified during a press conference, according to the Associated Press. Police responded to a shooting at Sparks Middle School shortly after 7 a.m. and students were evacuated to a nearby elementary school. Early reports said the shooter had been "neutralized. " The area around Sparks Middle School and a neighboring elementary school were closed to the public except for parents picking up their children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The deaths of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, two USC graduate students from China, puzzled investigators. The two had been fatally shot while sitting in Qu's parked BMW on a rainy April night in 2012, and authorities struggled to find a motive. Both, however, were missing their phones. In the end, prosecutors said, it was Wu's stolen black iPhone that led investigators to the suspected shooters. On Monday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that Bryan Barnes, 21, and Javier Bolden, 20, will stand trial for the students' deaths.
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