One week in America
Monday, Jan. 21:
Eleaquin Temblador had plans. He was working to earn his high school diploma and wanted to join the U.S. Marine Corps and marry his girlfriend. ... Instead, family members are planning Temblador's funeral. For reasons no one can explain, gunmen in a light-colored, older-model vehicle gunned down the 18-year-old ... as he rode his bicycle home from his girlfriend's house.
-- Dailybreeze.com, Los Angeles
Relatives of a teen who was shot while playing basketball at a local park said the 16-year-old is now paralyzed from the waist down. ... Police said the shooter, a 17-year-old boy, had a gun stuck in his waistband. While he was playing basketball, someone bumped into him and the gun went off. ...
-- Click Orlando.com
Tuesday, Jan. 22:
A Baton Rouge man, who authorities said was playing with a gun, was booked ... in the accidental shooting of his 2-year-old brother. ... (The man's uncle) said the teen had armed himself due to "environmental pressure" from neighborhood friends.
-- The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
The New Mexico teenager who used an assault rifle to kill his mother, father and younger siblings told police he hoped to shoot up a Walmart after the family rampage and cause "mass destruction." ... Nehemiah Griego, the 15-year-old son of an Albuquerque pastor ... "stated he wanted to shoot people at random and eventually be killed while exchanging gunfire with law enforcement," the (police) report said.
-- ABC News
Wednesday, Jan. 23:
Kansas City police arrested a 16-year-old Ruskin High School student accused of shooting at a school bus after the driver refused to allow him to board on Wednesday.
-- The Kansas City Star
A 4-year-old boy has died after being shot in the head Wednesday. ... The deputy (sheriff) located the child's body inside of a Ford Taurus. There was a bullet hole in the roof of the car. ... "Jamarcus loved Batman, Spider-Man and football and was looking forward to starting kindergarten," (his mother) said.
-- Newsnet5.com, Akron, Ohio
Thursday, Jan. 24:
The estranged husband of a woman found dead in her Madison apartment Thursday was found dead in his home ... of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. ... "We can't really believe it; I mean, these things happen on TV, they don't happen to us," (her stepmother) said. "We're middle class, normal Americans, and she was a nice girl."
-- WISC-TV, Madison, Wis.
Police said an 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the face by her father in a New Jersey home on Thursday night. Investigators said 27-year-old Byaer Johnson apparently entered the home to visit his young daughter. ... He was asked to leave, then picked up a handgun and shot his daughter.
-- CBS News
Friday, Jan. 25:
An Oakland police officer was shot and wounded Friday evening, the second officer in the city to be injured by gunfire this week. ... The shooting happened after a man in a car ran a stop sign, crashed into another car ... and ran off. Shortly thereafter, an uncle and his nephew reported that they were shot a block away by a man who tried to steal the uncle's bicycle.
A man has been charged with murder for fatally shooting his brother during a "domestic" dispute outside a South Side Englewood home Friday afternoon. ...
Saturday, Jan. 26:
A party in Salem that spilled outdoors ended in drive-by gunfire that hit at least two people and riddled a car and nearby homes. ...
-- KOINlocal6, Salem, Ore.
A 55-year-old man has been released from custody after allegedly shooting and killing his own dog. Police say Gordon Lagstrom was drunk Saturday night when he pulled a .38-caliber handgun and shot to death his 4-year-old Australian terrier, Lena.
The city broke a nine-day murder-free streak last night when a man was found dead in the basement of a Queens apartment complex, police said. The 20-year-old victim, whose name was not released, had been shot in the head.
-- New York Post
Among those killed Saturday was a 34-year-old man whose mother had already lost her three other children to shootings. Police say Ronnie Chambers, who was his mother's youngest child, was shot in the head while sitting in a car. Police say two separate double-homicide shootings also occurred Saturday about 12 hours apart. ... Chicago's homicide count eclipsed 500 last year for the first time since 2008.
-- CBS News