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February 3, 1991 | NANCY WRIDE and MATT LAIT, Nancy Wride and Matt Lait are Times staff writers in Orange County
SEPT. 12, 1986, SHORTLY AFTER 4 P.M. Two seventh-graders, Richard Bourassa and Jeffrey Bush, are playing after school. They are alone in the den of Richard's Anaheim Hills home, a pair of 13-year-olds training loaded guns on each other. The barrels touch. Suddenly, Richard later tells police, the 12-gauge shotgun in his arms goes off, spraying the room with buckshot. One pellet pierces the door. Another shatters the window. And several riddle Jeffrey's body and head.
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November 17, 1999 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A firearms instructor demonstrating how to safely use a handgun at the Sheriff's Department firing range in Orange accidentally discharged his pistol Tuesday, sending a bullet ricocheting off a wall and striking a recruit in the neck and collarbone. The 25-year-old recruit, whose name was not immediately released, suffered only minor bruising and was back training at the range within an hour of the accident, Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Dan Martini said.
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December 29, 1993 | LEN HALL RENE LYNCH and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The apprehension of four car-theft suspects by the California Highway Patrol prompted an informal police training session that cost Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Darryn Leroy Robins his life at the hands of a fellow deputy, officials disclosed Tuesday. Both Robins and Brian Scanlan, the deputy who fired the fatal bullet, assisted in the Christmas Day apprehension.
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October 24, 1999 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A community shaken by the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy after the theft of a plastic pumpkin gathered to remember him Saturday--and to understand why his life was cut short. More than 500 people gathered at the church where Brandon Ketsdever was baptized to mourn the popular Kennedy High School athlete, known for his sense of humor and clever pranks. Ketsdever was one of three teenagers who stole a Halloween decoration Monday night from the front yard of a Buena Park homeowner.
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September 25, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE
Citing his "potential danger" to others, a judge Monday ordered a 17-year-old Anaheim Hills boy who killed two classmates in separate shootings to be held in Orange County Juvenile Hall pending his murder trial. Richard H. Bourassa Jr., who was not charged until last Friday with the May 24 killing of 17-year-old Christian Wiedepuhl in the Bourassa family home, had been attending high school in San Bernardino County.
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October 26, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite emotional pleas from his family and friends for a brief stint in Juvenile Hall, 14-year-old Richard Hubler of Anaheim was sentenced Thursday to 17 years to life in the California Youth Authority for the fatal shooting of his younger sister. Hubler, who begged for leniency, tearfully told the court that he would never touch a gun again and blamed his interest in firearms on watching a lot of television. Now, he said, "I just want to get out and go to my sister's grave."
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February 16, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN and MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Orange County sheriff's deputy Brian P. Scanlan, who accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer during an impromptu training session on Christmas Day, 1993, has been granted a service-connected disability retirement in which he may receive about $2,100 a month. The retirement for Scanlan, who is under federal investigation for possible civil rights violations in the death of Deputy Darryn L.
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June 14, 1990 | PATRICK MOTT
Officially, the cause of Christian Wiedepuhl's death was a .38-caliber bullet in his brain. It was fired at point-blank range by another 17-year-old boy who was examining his parents' pistol in an upstairs room of the parents' Anaheim Hills home on the afternoon of May 24. The slug struck Christian Wiedepuhl above the right eye.
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July 25, 1990
A 14 year-old Laguna Hills boy was wounded in the back by another teen-ager Tuesday in what authorities said they believe was an accident at a hunting and trap shoot area.
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September 18, 1991 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul M. Crowder, accused of killing a high school basketball star on her prom night, testified Tuesday that he considered the teen-ager a good friend and never intended to shoot her. Crowder, 19, fought tears as he detailed the moments before dawn on June 1, when his .357 magnum went off, killing the Crescenta Valley High School senior as she slept on a fold-out couch after a post-dance celebration at the Crown-Sterling Suites Hotel in Anaheim.
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October 22, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the day a man accused of shooting a 17-year-old boy over a stolen plastic pumpkin posted bail and left jail, prosecutors announced they will not file petty theft and trespassing charges against two teens who accompanied the victim. Monday evening's shooting has divided the quiet Buena Park neighborhood where Brandon Ketsdever, a popular student at Kennedy High School in La Palma, was slain.
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November 8, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young Laguna Niguel mother arrested for fatally shooting her baby boy said through her legal team Saturday that she did not intend to harm her son. "The first words out of her mouth were: 'I did not murder my son,' " said Vince Rubalcava, a paralegal working for her defense, after visiting 20-year-old Shantae Molina at the Orange County Jail. Molina has been held without bail since her Thursday arrest. "She's afraid. She's lonely.
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November 7, 1998 | JANET WILSON and RICHARD MAROSI and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A young Laguna Niguel mother who shot and killed her baby last month in what she said was a tragic accident was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, authorities said Friday. Sheriff's investigators took 20-year-old Shantae Molina into custody Thursday night while she was visiting with relatives at a restaurant in San Diego County. She is being held in Orange County Jail with no bail, and prosecutors plan to arraign her Monday.
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October 18, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the quiet tree-lined streets of this city, where the grass is kelly green and the yards are manicured, nothing about the shooting death of an 8-month-old boy named Armani makes sense. "I can't imagine why this happened," said John Underwood, holding his 7-month-old daughter. "I would never have guns in a house with my children."
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October 18, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the quiet tree-lined streets of Laguna Niguel, where the grass is Kelly green and the yards carefully manicured, nothing about the shooting death of an 8-month-old baby boy named Armani made sense. Nothing. "I can't imagine why this happened," said John Underwood, holding his 7-month-old daughter in his arms. "I would never have guns in a house with my children."
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October 17, 1998 | NANCY CLEELAND and JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 8-month-old boy died Friday after he was shot in the head at his home. The shooting appeared to be accidental, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. His mother, Shantae Molina, 20, was being interviewed about what had happened. "It's way too early to tell" what occurred, sheriff's Lt. Joe Davis said. "All we know is we have an 8-month-old that's been shot." Davis said Molina was hysterical when she called 911 just before 1 p.m.
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February 13, 1994
A 16-year-old Santa Ana youth who ignored a friend's warning about playing with a loaded weapon died Saturday after accidentally shooting himself in the head, police said. The teen-ager's name was not released because the victim's relatives had not yet been notified, said Santa Ana Police Sgt. John Follo. The shooting took place about 5:45 p.m. at the teen-ager's home in the 700 block of West Bishop Street.
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December 30, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and JODI WILGOREN and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dennis Scanlan shook his head miserably Wednesday as he stood on the front stoop of his son's home, still stunned by the turn his family's life has taken in the last few days. He'd heard all the talk about his 32-year-old son, Brian, all the sneers and suppositions about his training, his competence and even his motives in the Christmas Day shooting that had taken the life of fellow Deputy Darryn Leroy Robins during an impromptu training session.
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October 17, 1998 | NANCY CLEELAND and JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 8-month-old boy died Friday night after being shot in the head at his Laguna Niguel home early in the afternoon in what investigators said appeared to be an accident. Shantae M. Molina's infant son, Armani, underwent surgery twice at Children's Hospital in Mission Viejo, an arm of Children's Hospital of Orange County. The child died after the second operation, said Lt. Joe Davis of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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October 16, 1998
Funeral services were held Thursday for Adam Zavalza, the 8-year-old Whittier boy who died Saturday afternoon when his father's gun went off accidentally while the two hunted for deer in Cleveland National Forest in Orange County. About 150 mourners gathered at the service, held at St. Mary's of Assumption Church, remembering Adam as a "loving, happy boy," in the words of one eulogist. Many expressed hope that Adam's father, Rafael Zavalza, would not blame himself for his son's death.
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