Mass shooting

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

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 5:48pm

Motive unclear in shooting rampage in Santa Monica

The body of the gunman involved in a shooting spree lies on a footpath outside Santa Monica College. Photo: Reuters

Investigators tried to piece together a confusing string of incidents involving a gunman who killed four people in a rampage through Santa Monica, that ended when police fatally shot him at a junior high school library where pupils had been studying for exams.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:45am

At least six dead in US rampage by black-clad gunman

A police officer is seen by a bullet riddled car outside a home which was set on fire in Santa Monica. Photo: Reuters

A black-clad gunman killed at least six people in a shooting rampage in the US state of California on Friday, before police shot him dead in a college library, officials said.

8 Jun 2013 - 10:37am 1 comment

Gunmen kill 14 travellers in ambush at fake checkpoint in Iraq

Gunmen ambushed a group of travellers at a fake checkpoint at a remote desert site in western Iraq yesterday and killed at least 14 of them, according to Iraqi officials, in what appeared to be the latest blow in sectarian violence gripping the country.

6 Jun 2013 - 1:49am

Colorado cinema shooting victims' relatives angered by 'remembrance'

Denise Paba, relative of a Colorado cinema shooting victim, cries during a memorial service. Relatives have criticised the cinema owners for inviting them to its reopening. Photo: Reuters

Relatives of victims massacred by a gunman in a Colorado cinema have criticised the owners for inviting them to its reopening, saying it was a "ridiculously offensive" publicity ploy.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

New York gunman wrote note before shooting

Houses ablaze after Spengler set fires and killed firemen. Photo: AP

Before William Spengler opened fire on firefighters who had arrived to put out a fire at his home in the upstate New York town of Webster, killing two and seriously wounding two others, he typed a couple of pages announcing his plans.

"I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighbourhood I can burn down and do what I do best: killing people," Spengler wrote, police said.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

How they see it, December 23, 2012

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, center, stands with other officials to observe a moment of silence while bells ring 26 times in Newtown. Photo: AP

1. The New York Times

30 Dec 2012 - 2:36am

Letters to the Editor, December 20, 2012

Cars illegally double-parked in Central. Photo: David Wong

It seems that a mere ticket/fine is no longer a deterrent to the illegal parking of chauffeured, rich men's vehicles and in fact, the attitude of these people makes a mockery of our traffic laws. "We don't care", seems to be the theme.

20 Dec 2012 - 2:37am 3 comments

Django Unchained premiere cancelled to honour shooting victims

Director and writer Quentin Tarantino at the Canadian premiere of his new action film, Django Unchained, held at Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Photo: AFP

The red-carpet Hollywood premiere of Quentin Tarantino's garishly violent new film, Django Unchained, has been cancelled, the latest such response to the Connecticut school massacre.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

Newtown schools reopen as first funerals of shooting victims held

The funeral procession taking the coffin of school shooting victim Jack Pinto, six, to Newtown Village Cemetery. Photo: New York Times

Most children in Newtown returned to classes yesterday for the first time since last week's shooting, but survivors stayed at home and Sandy Hook school remained a crime scene.

In a thin drizzle, yellow school buses once again rolled through the Connecticut town, where 5,400 children are enrolled.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:33am

US must tighten gun control laws

Gun control supporters in a candlelight vigil in Washington after twenty-seven people were killed in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: AFP

I write regarding the mass shooting on Friday morning in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life.

America is familiar with gun-related mass shootings, including a recent mall shooting in Oregon and The Dark Knight Rises theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in July.

19 Dec 2012 - 1:52am

American myth of freedom through guns

Supporters of gun control legislation hold candles and placards during a rally to mourn the shooting victims. Photo: Xinhua

The brutal murder of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut, shakes us to the core as individuals and requires a response as citizens. The United States seems to reel from one mass gun killing to another - roughly one a month this year alone. America needs to find a better way.

19 Dec 2012 - 1:52am 2 comments

Wave of Iraq attacks kills 48 people

Iraqis inspect the damage following two bomb blasts near a Shiite place of worship on December 17, 2012.

A wave of attacks targeting both Iraqi security forces and civilians killed 48 people on Monday, in a second day of deadly violence ahead of the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US forces.

Monday was the deadliest day in Iraq since November 29, when 50 people were killed. The latest violence comes after attacks killed 19 people and wounded 77 on Sunday.

18 Dec 2012 - 12:02am

Parents pay tribute to children killed in Connecticut school massacre

The gunman targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo: Reuters

It is not the way Emilie Parker died that will matter, it is the way she lived. She was only 61/2, but her father said she was an extraordinary force in the lives of loved ones.

"Emilie was bright, creative and very loving," said Robbie Parker, 30, who moved his family to Connecticut eight months ago.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Teacher victims of mass shooting recalled as dedicated to students

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Dawn Hochsprung was known as the open and friendly face of Sandy Hook Elementary School, a 47-year-old principal pursuing a doctorate on weekends and quick with a smile.

Victoria Soto, 27, was a first-grade teacher, who liked to tell stories about her students. She lived in a pale blue house with her mother and three siblings. She shovelled snow from an ailing neighbour's walkway.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am