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August 20, 1986 | Associated Press
A sniper killed a railroad electrician in a repair yard Tuesday, and authorities temporarily suspended service for thousands of commuters while they searched for the gunman.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
In the annals of Texas journalism, Robert Heard stands out for many things: a biting wit, a prolific career, a lawyer's understanding of lawmaking, a determination to get the story even at considerable personal risk. It was the last trait that catapulted him from news reporter to news figure on Aug. 1, 1966, when he was shot in the shoulder during Charles Whitman's bloody rampage from the top of the University of Texas Tower in Austin. Heard, a 36-year-old Associated Press reporter, had followed two highway patrol officers on a wild sprint across a parking lot, but he forgot his Marine's training to zigzag.
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NEWS
December 26, 1985 | Associated Press
A sniper fired dozens of shots in a lengthy, fog-shrouded standoff with police today, according to officers who sealed off the area and shut down a two-mile stretch of freeway. No injuries were reported, but eight people were evacuated from the sparsely populated area. Larry Stuefloten, deputy chief of field operations for the San Jose Police Department, said: "We've got him surrounded. We believe we have the area secure. We're attempting to contact him with bullhorns.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
NEWS
February 18, 2000 | Reuters
The NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo on Thursday retracted an assertion that an ethnic Albanian man killed by its soldiers had been a sniper firing at them. The peacekeepers said it had at first appeared beyond doubt that Avni Haradinaj was one of several snipers involved in gun battles Sunday in the northern city of Kosovska Mitrovica but that subsequent investigations found the picture was less clear.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2009 | Scott Calvert
A defiant John Allen Muhammad, who terrified the Washington area in 2002 as he orchestrated a series of sniper shootings, including 10 murders, was executed by lethal injection Tuesday night. Muhammad, 48, was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m., said Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections. Asked if he wanted to make a last statement, Muhammad "did not acknowledge us," Traylor said outside the Greensville Correctional Center. The execution took place without incident, he said.
WORLD
August 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A sniper assassinated a senior Syrian general close to President Bashar Assad, according to reports in a Saudi paper and on websites for a Syrian opposition figure and a member of Syria's ruling party. The sniper, on a yacht, killed Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman at a beach resort in the northern port city of Tartus, said the website of exiled Syrian dissident Abdul-Halim Khaddam. The site said the general handled intelligence files and was a close Assad associate. The other website, run by Ayman Abdul-Nour, said the senior officer was shot Friday night at his beach house.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2002 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Somewhere inside the mind of a serial sniper * It's very crowded in here. And no wonder, for television's minions have spent this month rummaging through the brain of the Washington, D.C., triggerman whose lethal moves and motivations remain baffling even after Thursday morning's wee-hours arrests in connection with the shootings.
OPINION
October 27, 2002
If the suspect apprehended in Maryland (Oct. 25) is indeed the sniper that killed so many in the Washington area, we are looking at two domestic terrorists who served in the 1991 Gulf War -- including Timothy McVeigh. If one were to add up the number of persons killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and this latest sniper rampage, it is not too much of a leap to see that the death toll to U.S. citizens as a result of the Gulf War rises dramatically. Do we really want to go into another war, one that raises the threat of foreign and domestic terrorism to such an extreme level?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1987
A roadside sniper shot out the right rear passenger window of a southbound automobile on the Harbor Freeway near Florence Avenue Friday, but police said there were no injuries and no clues to the identity of the shooter. Officer Dominic Lombardo of the 77th Street police station said the driver was taking his brother and sister-in-law, who were visiting from Japan, on a sightseeing tour when the shots were fired.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The summer in Helmand province, an arid region of southern Afghanistan known to be a Taliban stronghold, was the worst. Hunkering down for eight months in a mud-hut compound with no running water was challenging enough for 1st Lt. Nick Francona and his U.S. Marine Corps rifle platoon. The 120-degree heat of July and August was unbearable. "You take your body armor off, and steam comes out," Francona, now 28, said. "We'd pour water bottles over our heads to rinse off, but I think I took one hot shower the whole time I was there.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - He bent over the limp body and raised a corner of the bloody white sheet that covered it. Volodymyr Holodnyuk let out a dull moan and let the fabric drop. He then picked up a blue helmet that lay at the feet of the body, its insides gummy with blood, and ran his trembling fingers along the surface until he found what he was looking for: a hole left by a 7.62-millimeter bullet, the sort used by a Dragunov sniper rifle. The helmet, and the body, belonged to Holodnyuk's son, Ustym, a 19-year-old engineering student who was among at least 67 protesters killed in central Kiev early Thursday, at least 20 of them brought down by snipers.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By David Zucchino
TAMPA, Fla. - As an Army sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabriel Brown craved danger. Combat satisfied what he called his "adrenaline addiction. " When he returned home to Florida, nothing in civilian life provided the sense of invincibility that made combat so alluring and vital. The sniper was now a nursing student. There was a hole in his life, but he found a way to fill it: robbing banks. He robbed with a military flair. On Feb. 5, 2013, Brown whipped out a gun and tossed an M83 military smoke grenade during a robbery of a TD Bank branch in Auburndale, Fla., that netted $19,000.
WORLD
December 15, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli soldier was killed Sunday evening by shots fired over the border from Lebanon, the Israeli military reported. According to the statement , a sniper with the Lebanese military fired shots at a vehicle driving along the Israeli-Lebanese border, killing the Israeli soldier. The Israeli army fired at a Lebanese military post in retaliation, Israeli media reported early Monday. The Israeli military lodged a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon , or UNIFIL, of the "outrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty" and has stepped up preparedness along the border, military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
It was both eerie and gripping to watch the smart new true-crime drama "Blue Caprice" just days after the shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Loosely based on the 2002 Beltway shootings - 13 killed or injured by sniper fire - director Alexandre Moors' stylish first feature unfolds like a procedural. Yellow crime tape and draped bodies to start, then a shift to dissect the criminal minds, rather than the crime. An alliance between 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo and angry ex-soldier John Allen Muhammad proved deadly.
WORLD
August 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Raja Abdulrahim
BEIRUT - Delayed by a sniper attack, United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrived Monday in one of the Syrian suburbs allegedly hit in a poison gas attack last week, visiting a pair of field hospitals and meeting with witnesses, the U.N. said. The inspectors traveled to the Muadhamiya district, southwest of Damascus, after sniper volleys initially forced the U.N. convoy to turn back to the capital. A U.N. vehicle was struck in the incident, but no one was injured, the U.N. said in a statement.
OPINION
November 12, 2009
Re "D.C. sniper set to die Tuesday by injection," Nov. 9 In filing an appeal, Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad's lawyers complained that the case had moved too quickly. Muhammad was arrested on Oct. 24, 2002, and was executed on Nov. 10, 2009. That's seven years and 17 days. By comparison, when Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was murdered in 1933, it took just 14 days from the mayor's death on March 6 for authorities to sentence and execute his killer. I can personally testify that for ordinary citizens, and in comparison to today, street crime in 1933 was near zero.
WORLD
August 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIRUT -- A convoy carrying a United Nations team investigating allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria was fired on Monday by snipers, forcing the group to turn back, the U.N. said. The attack occurred on the team's first day of work looking into controversial allegations of a poison-gas bombardment last week in the Damascus suburbs. The team's task involves the dangerous job of traveling from relatively secure, government-controlled areas of central Damascus to contested areas east of the capital where armed rebels are heavily active.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Thanks to a push from local faith-based organizations and an assist from the Pasadena Police Department, 135 guns were taken off the streets Saturday at the Pasadena Area Gun Buyback and Peace-source Fair. More than a hundred gun owners drove up to the Pasadena PD and unloaded guns to be traded for gift certificates to Ralphs, Target and Best Buy stores. According to Lt. Tracey Ibarra, of the weapons collected, about half were rifles and half were pistols - and there were some especially notable items, including an AK-47 assault rifle, an SKS assault rifle and a sniper rifle with scope that would be repurposed by the department for training use. The gift certificates, which were purchased with the almost $20,000 raised by local churches and businesses, were given out in amounts of $50 for a handgun, $100 for a rifle and $200 for an assault rifle.
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