Gun violence in the US

Three-year-old boy among 13 shot on basketball court in Chicago

A police officer searches through debris at the basketball court in Chicago where gunmen firing from a car shot 13 people. Photo: AP

Witnesses said gunmen in a car opened fire on people on a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighbourhood on Thursday night.

Saturday, 21 September, 2013, 4:07am 2 comments

Washington Navy base killer was hunting his victims, says FBI chief

Aaron Alexis used the pistol of a guard he killed. Photo: Reuters

The gunman who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard stalked his victims as if he was "hunting" them, FBI director James Comey said.

He said former Navy sailor Aaron Alexis roamed the Navy Yard's 197 building, blasting victims at random with a sawn-off shotgun.

The 34-year-old was killed in a gun battle with police after being cornered on Monday.

21 Sep 2013 - 4:07am

Same firm involved in security checks on Snowden and Navy Yard gunman

Edward Snowden. Photo: AP

The company that scrutinised former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for a US government security clearance said on Thursday it also checked the background of the Navy Yard shooter, allowing him to obtain a “secret” clearance.

21 Sep 2013 - 4:15am

I am so, so very sorry, says mother of Washington Navy Yard gunman

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. Hagel is ordering the Pentagon to review the physical security of all US defence facilities worldwide. Photo: AP

The mother of Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis apologised to the victims on Wednesday and was unable to explain what drove her son to open fire on civilian workers inside a restricted military installation.

19 Sep 2013 - 11:46am

Pentagon orders security review after US naval base shooting

A police officer checks the ID of a person entering the Washington Navy Yard.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it would review security at US bases worldwide after a defence contractor gunned down 12 people in Washington, as investigators worked to uncover the shooter’s motive.

18 Sep 2013 - 10:51am

Gun rampage at Washington naval base leaves 13 dead

Gun rampage at Washington naval base leaves 13 dead

A former US naval reservist killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a military base in the heart of Washington on Monday, before himself being killed in a shootout with police. Police identified the alleged gunman as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, who served in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 before becoming a defence subcontractor for computer giant Hewlett-Packard.

17 Sep 2013 - 5:16pm 5 comments

California shooting rampage that killed 4 was premeditated

A .44 revolver, part of an AR-15 type assault rifle and ammunition allegedly dropped by the gunman during a mass shooting spree in Santa Monica, California. Photo: AFP

The killer, who died a day shy of his 24th birthday, was connected to the home that went up in flames after the first shootings, said Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks. Investigators were looking at family connections to find a motive because the killer’s father and brother were the first victims

9 Jun 2013 - 5:48pm

A farewell to arms

A sign sits at a memorial for those killed in the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Christmas morning in Newtown, Connecticut December 25, 2012. Photo: Reuters

America is a bizarre country. To be an American – or to live in America – is to accept a few things that defy common sense. For starters, pizza is considered a “vegetable” under federal law. Two tablespoons of tomato paste on the dough is enough to make the pie healthy enough to be served at every public school cafeteria.

29 Dec 2012 - 8:32am 13 comments

No escape from the gun madness in US

Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher (red tie). Photo: AP

She was an innocent child sharing her radiant smile with a complete stranger. Holding her grandmother's hand she said her name was Jeanie and she was five years old. You could tell instinctively that picking up her adorable granddaughter after school was the highlight of grandma's life, there was so much joy in both of their faces.

23 Dec 2012 - 6:08am

Four dead, 3 police hurt in Pennsylvania shootings

Gunman In Rural Pennslyvania Kills 3 People, Injures 3 State Troopers. Photo: AFP

A man with a pistol fatally shot three people on Friday in rural western Pennsylvania, one of them in a church, before he was killed in a shootout with state troopers as he tried to flee in a pickup truck, authorities said.

22 Dec 2012 - 1:35pm

Quiet Connecticut town rocked by mass school shooting

Family members of students of the Sandy Hook Elementary School get updated information from the police after the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: Xinhua

The peace and security of the suburban Connecticut community of Newtown lay shattered on Friday after a gunman attacked a primary school in one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

15 Dec 2012 - 9:30am

US school shooting revives gun debate

Supporters of gun control legislation hold candles during a rally to pay respect for the shooting victims in front of the White House in Washington, capital of the United States, Dec. 14, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Relatives of those killed in past mass shootings reacted with outrage to Friday’s news of another massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut. The tragedy also reignited calls from gun control activists for laws restricting access to weapons.

15 Dec 2012 - 12:51pm