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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A detailed survey of 1996 gun violence in Los Angeles County has found that someone died, on average, every six hours as a result of a firearms-related homicide, suicide or accident. The report, compiled by the Los Angeles-based Women Against Gun Violence, also found that while the ages of the victims ranged from 2 to 93, one out of five people killed by gunfire last year was 18 or younger. And six of the victims were under age 9.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1993 | Dana Parsons
We don't get many looks at the inside of law enforcement agencies. Although cops and deputies are public employees, there's always a moat between them and the rest of us. Cops think the average citizen doesn't understand the real nature of their job, doesn't appreciate them. That's why I found my telephone conversation with a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department so interesting.
NEWS
December 23, 1991 | Jerry Hicks
LOCKUP: If you didn't already have reason enough to keep your guns locked away from the reach of children, prosecutors can now add incentive. Another new law for 1992 says parents are legally responsible in shooting tragedies in which children gain easy access to a gun at home. . . . "Before, we could only prosecute the children," says Deputy Dist. Atty. Devallis Rutledge. "But it's usually Dad who's to blame; he's the one we're going after now."
NEWS
May 22, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Marine who served in the Persian Gulf War was shot and killed while taking part in live-fire training, authorities said. The Marine, Gunnery Sgt. Ronald W. Barry, 32, was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday at the U. S. Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. A base spokesman, Capt. Timothy Hoyle, said Barry was shot about 10 a.m. while taking part in the exercise.
NEWS
April 3, 1988 | Associated Press
A 4-year-old Bakersfield girl has died after her brother found a gun under a pillow and accidentally shot her. Anita Armstrong was shot Monday by her 5-year-old brother, the Kern County coroner's office reported. The girl died of the wound Thursday night in Kern Medical Center. The shooting occurred while the child's mother and grandmother were sleeping in the house, according to Bakersfield police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1988
A 3-year-old boy was critically wounded Wednesday when a rifle he found while playing at a relative's home in the Willowbrook area accidentally discharged, authorities said. Alberto Alcala was visiting his uncle, Francisco Ayala, when he discovered the loaded .22-caliber rifle behind a crib, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Hom. The youngster began dragging the rifle by its barrel when the gun apparently "caught on something beneath the crib," causing it to discharge, Hom said.
NEWS
November 13, 1988 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Authorities credited "quick action" by a sheriff's deputy with saving the life of a 13-year-old Lancaster boy who had accidentally shot himself with his father's .45-caliber automatic pistol. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the deputy, Mark Richardson, disregarded the possibility of danger when he quickly attended to the bleeding boy he encountered in the doorway of a home.
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