Latest Gun violence News

'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides

Oct. 19, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It was nearly last call on a Friday when Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez went to get a drink across the street from the tavern where he worked in northwest Portland — an area with a thriving dining scene, where citygoers enjoy laid-back eateries, international cuisines and...

Man arrested in fatal shooting of South Florida officer

Oct. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — An 18-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting a Florida police officer during an altercation, officials said Monday. Officers responded Sunday night to a call about a suspicious incident near the Emerald Hills Country Club, Hollywood police...

North Carolina man sentenced to 16 years for firearms crimes

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing firearms as a convicted felon has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Hucks pleaded guilty to the charges in June, according to G. Norman Acker,...

Jackson community and police march against violent crime

Oct. 16, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Shantell Johnson has lived in Jackson her entire life and been an outspoken supporter for those with mental health issues for 25 years. However, the Jackson mother wasn’t advocating for treatment for mental illness when she took the stage in...

Man pleads guilty in San Diego assault rifle bistro shooting

Oct. 14, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who unleashed a hail of gunfire from an assault rifle at a San Diego restaurant in 2019 pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that will send him to prison for decades. Stefano Parker, 32, entered pleas to five charges of assault with a semiautomatic...

Seattle police staffing woes prompt emergency dispatch plan

Oct. 14, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police department is sending detectives and non-patrol officers to respond to emergency calls because of a shortage of patrol officers. The department on Wednesday moved to the emergency officer dispatching scenario because of the staffing...

King County gun violence has already surpassed 2020

Oct. 13, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s most populous county continues to see a sharp spike in gun violence, with fatal shootings in the first nine months of the year already exceeding 2020’s year-end totals. As of the end of September, 73 people had been killed and...

Gun violence and kids: Shattered dreams, devastated families

Oct. 11, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gun violence is killing an increasing number of children and teenagers across America, leaving behind shattered dreams and devastated families. Here are three of their stories: SHAQUILLE BARBOUR, 18, OF PHILADELPHIA ...

Gun violence claiming more lives of American teens, children

Oct. 11, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gun violence is killing an increasing number of American children, from toddlers caught in crossfires to teenagers gunned down in turf wars, drug squabbles or for posting the wrong thing on social media. Shootings involving children and teenagers have...

Projects overshadow Danville’s lost jobs, population decline

Oct. 10, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — If Danville were a math equation, there would be more pluses than minuses. That’s the opinion of many of those who were asked how the city is doing these days. The pluses: Area parks that are second to none, demolition of...