Latest Gun violence News

Lincoln University program might help recruit Black officers

Oct. 28, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Raise your hand if you know what Jim Crow laws were and who enforced them. That’s one of the first things Police Chief Gary Hill will be asking recruits in training at the new police academy opening early next year at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. “Learning...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Every Tuesday for months, DeWine interrupts his remarks on pandemic stats and safety measures and pleads with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. DeWine proposed the bill after a mass shooting in Dayton in 2019. A key element is boosting penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns. The governor says the need has only grown more dire since Dayton. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Ohio governor has been pleading for action on gun violence

Oct. 27, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Gov. Mike DeWine uses his twice-weekly bully pulpit to detail Ohio's fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive has also continued his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. After laying out pandemic stats and and warnings about masks and social...

This undated photo provided by the Chester County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Charles Ugvine Coleman. A DNA sample taken from Coleman after his arrest for pointing a gun while drunk has cracked a long-cold case, identifying him as the lead suspect in the slaying of a woman four decades ago, according to court documents. Coleman, 65, was arrested last week and charged with murder and rape in the killing of Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson, who disappeared after her shift at a textile mill on March 20, 1976, officials said. (Chester County Sheriff's Office via AP)

DNA sample after gun charge led to 1976 SC murder arrest

Oct. 27, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A DNA sample taken from a South Carolina man after his arrest for pointing a gun while drunk has cracked a long-cold case, identifying him as the lead suspect in the slaying of a woman four decades ago, according to documents. Charles Ugvine Coleman, 65, was arrested last week and...

FILE - This Oct. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Leslie Merritt Jr., who was once charged in some of metro Phoenix's freeway shootings during the summer of 2015. A civil trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in a false-arrest lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Public Safety by Merritt, who was jailed for seven months on charges in four of the 11 shootings. His case was dismissed after ballistics evidence against him came under heavy criticism. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Civil trial to begin over arrest in Phoenix freeway attacks

Oct. 27, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Leslie Merritt Jr. was jailed for seven months after he was charged in four of the 11 shootings that terroritzed motorists five years ago on metro Phoenix freeways. He steadfastly maintained his innocense and the case against him was finally dismissed in 2016 after ballistics evidence came...

Prosecutors: Homicides, assaults increase in King County

Oct. 26, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Shooting deaths and injuries increased in the first nine months of the year in King County, Washington state said, which prosecutors attributed in part to uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic. The King County prosecuting attorney's office released a report saying there were 58...

Man charged after fatal police-involved shooting in Chicago

Oct. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 25-year-old man arrested after a fatal police shooting in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood has been charged in connection with another shooting that drew officers to the scene. Saul Zaragoza faces attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful...

Hartford police seize 6 guns, arrest 7 in violence crackdown

Oct. 24, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford police said Saturday that they seized six firearms and arrested seven people on weapons charges as the city takes aim at escalating gun violence. Lt. Paul Cicero said the seizures and arrests came Friday night. Officers also recovered two stolen cars. Two people were...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2020, file photo a woman waits to vote in Miami. Election officials are on high alert amid fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

Oct. 24, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by a deadly pandemic, outrage over police brutality and one of the...

New Mexico DA gets grant for prosecutor to target gun crimes

Oct. 24, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is providing a $278,000 grant to a New Mexico district attorney's office to hire a full-time local prosecutor to try firearms cases in federal court. The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico announced Friday that the grant was awarded to the office of...

Rhonda Herring poses for a photo wearing a shirt with a picture of her slain son Brandon Herring,  in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Herring's son was killed in Kansas City in 2017, and found in a creek bed. Herring says she knows who killed him and has experienced threatening behavior by them, including men shooting by her home. She is very dissatisfied with the way police have handled the case. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City residents: Lack of trust in police drives crime

Oct. 23, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barbara J.K. Johnson was still in her Easter clothes when she ran out to her yard where a 14-year-old neighborhood boy lay on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was dead by the time police arrived. Such things happen too often on South Benton Avenue in Kansas City, where...