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6 police wounded in Philadelphia shooting

Aug 15, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The incident comes after two mass shootings in the US earlier this month – one in Dayton and the other in El Paso – left a total of 31 people dead

ILES) In this file photo taken on December 3, 2017, shows the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Six police officers were wounded in a shooting in the US city of Philadelphia on August 14, 2019, after reportedly responding to drug activity, a department spokesman said. "SIX (6) PPD Officers shot - at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries," Philadelphia police Sergeant Eric Gripp tweeted. "Suspect is still firing," Gripp wrote around 6:20 pm local time (22:20 GMT). Eric BARADAT / AFP

Trump condemns racism, white supremacy after U.S. mass shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:21 PM

(UPDATED) In his brief address, the US President makes no mention of two ideas he tweeted hours earlier: tightening background checks for gun buyers and linking gun control reform to changes in immigration law

REFORMS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

9 killed in Ohio shooting, assailant dead – police

Aug 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) At least 16 others are injured, says the Dayton police department. It comes just hours after a separate mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Police search for motive in Virginia Beach shooting

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

This is the 150th mass shooting – with 4 or more people shot or killed – in the United States in 2019, says the Washington-based Gun Violence Archive

VIRGINIA SHOOTING. Kristal Davis, sister-in-law to shooting victim Ryan Keith Cox, embraces Mary Owens outside of the crime scene at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. House holds first hearings on gun violence and climate change in 8 years

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:02 PM

'No more climate denialism. No more evasions. @HouseDemocrats are in charge,' tweets the House Natural Resources Committee

Gunman kills 5 at U.S. bank – police

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The latest mass shooting ramps up the number of people killed in gun violence in the US to nearly 40,000 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida sheriff suspended over Parkland shooting response

Jan 12, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Governor Ron DeSantis said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had "repeatedly failed" and "demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership" following shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017.

LEADERSHIP. Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel (C), Florida Governor Rick Scott,(R),and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi,(L), speak to the media on February 15, 2018 about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Two dead, multiple wounded in U.S. yoga studio shooting – police

Nov 03, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people,' says police chief Michael DeLeo

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Emergency personnel stationed outside the HotYoga Studio after a gunman killed one person and injured several others inside on November 2, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman also died from what appears a self inflicted gunshot wound according to police. Seven people have been admitted to the hospital. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Dozens shot in Chicago due to burst of weekend gun violence

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Police blame much of the carnage on gangs, which run rampant in some of the city's poorest and predominantly minority neighborhoods on the west and south sides

GUN VIOLENCE. Chicago Police officers and detectives investigate a shooting where multiple people were shot on Sunday, August 5, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo bv Joshua Lott/Getty Images/AFP

Texas family sues U.S. government after mass shooting

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:55 AM

A lawsuit has been filed by Joe and Claryce Holcombe, who are in their mid-80s and lost their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the Texas church shooting

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS. Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Texas school shooting: What we know

May 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, bursts into a classroom and opened fire at Santa Fe High School, as the school day was beginning around 8:00 am

VIGIL. Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

10 dead in Texas school shooting, student arrested

May 19, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The gunman, arrested on murder charges, is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School

SHOOTING. This undated combination of two selfie photos available on social networks May 18, 2018 shows 17 yr old Santa Fe shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis. OFF/SOCIAL NETWORKS/AFP

U.S. school shootings rise rapidly in two decades – study

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:46 AM

'In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century,' says lead author Antonis Katsiyannis of Clemson University

EVACUATION. People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Unarmed California man shot 8 times by police – autopsy

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:41 AM

The examination shows no entry wounds in the front of his body, demonstrating that 22-year-old Stephon Clark could not have been a threat to police, says attorney Benjamin Crump

AUTOPSY RESULTS. (L-R) Attorney Dale Galipo, Dr. Bennet Omalu, attorney Brian Panish and attorney Ben Crump examine a picture showing gunshot wounds to Stephon Clark during a news conference at the Southside Christian Center on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

March for Our Lives: Student-led U.S. gun protests draw over a million

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The Washington crowd was estimated at more than 800,000 people — making it the largest gun control rally in the United States since the Million Mom March in 2000

OVERFLOWING. The crowd at the March for Our Lives Rally as seen from the roof of the Newseum in Washington. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

At Parkland gun control rally, grief is transformed into hope

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The protesters meet at Parkland's Pine Trails Park, the same place where a somber vigil was held in the wake of the February 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

HOPE FOLLOWS. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students participate in the March For Our Lives event at Pine Trails Park. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

U.S. Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools, including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students

GUN CONTROL. Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP PHOTO

'#ENOUGH': U.S. students stage walkout against gun violence

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:56 PM

(UPDATED) According to the #ENOUGH campaign, students from more than 3,000 schools nationwide took part in demonstrations on Wednesday, March 14

AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. Students from Harvest Collegiate High School stand in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018 in New York to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Republicans freeze as Democrats demand action on gun violence

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Lawmakers in US President Donald Trump's party appear stymied over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain US gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Toddler shoots playmates at Michigan daycare

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:58 PM

Police in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn say the child managed to get a hold of a loaded gun inside a private home that functioned as a daycare

Bailed murder suspect kills 6 in Iran rampage

Jan 11, 2017 - 8:42 PM

The 26 year old enters two houses in Arak and shoots 8 people with a kalashnikov killing 5 of them instantly ISNA news agency quotes the city s prosecutor as saying

5 dead in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Jan 07, 2017 - 8:54 AM

3rd UPDATE There is no immediate indication of a motive for the assault in a country where gun violence is widespread due to the ready availability of firearms

ANOTHER SHOOTING. First responders secure the area outside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting took place near the baggage claim on January 6, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Police capture gunman in US mall shooting

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:20 AM

3rd UPDATE The suspect is identified as Arcan Cetin a 20 year old resident of the town of Oak Harbor Washington

A large tent is set up for enforcement officials in the parking lot of the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Karen Ducey/Getty Images/AFP

Japan gunman kills 1, wounds 3 in rare shooting

Aug 29, 2016 - 5:31 PM

Local officials warn residents to stay indoors as a massive police manhunt is under way across the city

NBA legend Jordan speaks out, condemns US gun violence

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Michael Jordan pledges 2 million toward efforts to build trust

SPEAKING OUT. NBA great Michael Jordan, seen in this 2015 file photo, is speaking out on the gun violence heightening racial tensions in America, pledging millions of dollars in pursuit of a solution. ALAIN JOCARD / AFP

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Jun 23, 2016 - 1:03 PM

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Overcoming the politics of hatred that killed MP Jo Cox

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The death of Jo Cox is a reminder that the battle being waged against the politics of hate and intolerance has no bounds nor boundaries

BREXIT. Labor party member of parliament Jo Cox speaks during a session in the House of Commons in central London on November 17, 2015. File photo by AFP/PRU

US police launch manhunt after 6 killed in Pennsylvania

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Police don t have any firm suspects says police Superintendent Charles Moffatt We don t have enough at this time to make any arrests

In US gun control, not all laws are equal – study

Mar 11, 2016 - 9:15 AM

According to a paper in The Lancet medical journal conducting a background check on every single gun buyer could more than halve the national gun death rate in the US from 10 35 to 4 46 per 100 000 people

US GUN CONTROL. A file photograph showing guns on display at a press conference announcing the bust of a gun trafficking ring at Police Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, October 27, 2015. File photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

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Jan 13, 2016 - 6:24 PM

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Jan 05, 2016 - 12:29 PM

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Obama to bypass US Congress on gun control

Jan 05, 2016 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama will take a series of unilateral steps to end what he has called the scourge of gun violence

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters following a meeting on executive actions he can take to curb gun violence with members of his national security team, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, January 4, 2016. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Obama to tackle 'unfinished business' of gun violence in 2016

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Obama says: My New Year s resolution is to move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can That s especially true for our epidemic of gun violence

OBAMA'S RESOLUTION. US President Barack Obama says the 'epidemic of gun violence' is among his 'unfinished business' in office. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Spike Lee, NBA stars Curry, CP3, Anthony team-up to fight gun violence

Dec 24, 2015 - 2:43 PM

Film director Spike Lee has joined the NBA in an initiative to fight gun violence in America hoping that star power can succeed where politics has so far failed

AGAINST VIOLENCE. Steph Curry says a recent shooting involving a 3-year-old made him think of his own daughter Riley. File photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Director Spike Lee teams with NBA stars to fight gun violence

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:52 AM

Lee will direct End Gun Violence ads featuring basketball superstars

END GUN VIOLENCE. Filmmaker Spike Lee shows a peace sign to the crowd after leading a march calling for an end to gun violence on December 1, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton / Getty Images / AFP

Five US states spared from mass shooting bloodbaths in 2015

Dec 13, 2015 - 9:32 AM

Experts debate whether the states were spared thanks to coincidence or if circumstances there make them a haven of peace

The San Bernandino shooting spree in which 14 people were killed and 17 wounded  was carried out by a local couple, police said overnight. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

US Supreme Court gives nod to assault weapons ban

Dec 08, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Justices refuse to take up a challenge to a Chicago suburb s ban on the sale or possession of semi automatic weapons

A display of assault style semi-automatic rifles are seen at CJI Guns store in Tucker, Georgia, USA, December 19, 2012. File Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

At least 14 dead in California mass shooting

Dec 03, 2015 - 6:31 AM

4TH UPDATE The incident is the latest in a series of mass shootings that has exasperated President Obama

ANOTHER US SHOOTING. This still video image from a helicopter, courtesy of KABC TV in Los Angeles shows a victim during rescue from a shooting scene in San Bernardino, California on December 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KABC TV

Texas officer gunned down in 'cold-blooded' shooting

Aug 29, 2015 - 11:01 PM

Darren Goforth a sheriff s deputy is gunned down from behind while fueling his patrol car in a Houston area gas station says the police

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TV gunman plotted to 'hurt a lot more' – state governor

Aug 29, 2015 - 8:25 AM

We ve learned today that this individual had a lot more ammunition and more intent to hurt a lot more people we believe says Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe

SUSPECT. This is the photo of the suspect Vester Flanagan (also known as Bryce Williams) in the murder of two US TV journalists

US cinema shooter escapes death penalty

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:05 AM

UPDATED A Colorado jury fails to unanimously agree on execution for 27 year old former graduate student James Holmes obliging the judge to impose a sentence of life without parole

JAMES HOLMES. A file picture dated March 12, 2013 shows shooting suspect James Holmes in the courtroom at Arapahoe County Court during his plea hearing in Centennial, Colorado, USA. File Photo by RJ Sangosti/EPA

4 Marines killed in US shooting rampage

Jul 17, 2015 - 2:05 AM

2nd UPDATE The gunman – identified by the FBI as 24 year old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez – is shot dead

CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING. Members of a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Evidence Response Team set up outside a US Military Recruiting storefront after a shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, July 16, 2015. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

US study says mass killings may be contagious

Jul 03, 2015 - 7:41 AM

Mass killings in the United States may be contagious according to a study that finds each deadly tragedy can increase the likelihood that another will soon follow

AFTERMATH. A message is left on a highway overpass in remembrance of those killed down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

Five people killed in US shooting

Feb 08, 2015 - 10:26 AM

A total of seven people were shot Two of the injured are children

Texas gunman kills at least 6 including children – police

Jul 10, 2014 - 9:53 AM

UPDATED A gunman kills at least six people most of them children during a domestic dispute in Texas and triggers a tense ongoing standoff with authorities

Obama urges national 'soul searching' over gun violence

Jun 11, 2014 - 8:10 AM

UPDATED We are the only developed country on earth where this happens and it happens now once a week says US President barack Obama after the latest US shooting incident

24 dead in weekend violence in northern Mexico

Apr 08, 2014 - 7:23 AM

Twenty four people die over the weekend in a number of violent attacks and gunfights in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas

VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS. Tamaulipas, Mexico cites at least 18 people dead in weekend violence

Obama seeks gun law changes on Newtown anniversary

Dec 14, 2013 - 7:43 PM

UPDATED On the eve of the Sandy Hook slaughter a schoolboy in Colorado armed with a shotgun opened fire at his school and killed himself

CHANGES NEEDED. US President Barack Obama says for tragedies like the Newtown massacre to end, there must be changes. File photo by AFP