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September 1, 2019

At least five people have been killed in a mass shooting that left 21 victims, police in the US state of Texas says.

"We have at least 21 victims, 21 shooting victims and at least five deceased at this point in time," a public affairs officer for Odessa police tells reporters.

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales tells Fox News that three police officers were among those shot, but they were expected to survive. — AFP

August 16, 2019

President Donald Trump says more mental hospitals are needed to take potential mass killers off the streets in response to recent mass shootings, while staying quiet on a pledge to toughen gun laws.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters estimated at around 12,000 in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump did not once mention his efforts to push for background checks on would-be gun purchasers.

Instead, he focused on the theory that the endless spate of mass killings carried out by men with easily obtained semi-automatic rifles is mostly down to lack of mental facilities. —  AFP

August 4, 2019

Texas authorities are investigating the mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso as a possible hate crime, the city's police chief says, as authorities study an online manifesto linked to the suspect.

A 21-year-old from Allen, a suburb of Dallas, surrendered to police outside the store after the rampage that left 20 people dead and 26 wounded.

US media identified him as Patrick Crusius, who is white, and linked him to a "manifesto" posted online that includes passages railing against the "Hispanic invasion" of Texas. — AFP

March 23, 2019

Local media report that the.teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida has killed herself while struggling with survivors' guilt.

Sydney Aiello, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last February 14 when a former student opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, killing 14 students and three staff members.

Among the dead were two of Aiello's best friends, Meadow Pollack and Joaquin Oliver. — AFP

February 16, 2019

Authorities say five people were killed and multiple police officers were shot when a gunman opened fire in an industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago, the latest mass shooting to hit the United States.

The shooting took place at approximately 1:28 pm (1928 GMT), at a giant  manufacturing complex in Aurora, Illinois -- a small suburb 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of central Chicago. — AFP

January 5, 2019

"Multiple victims" in shooting near Los Angeles, say local police.

November 10, 2018

The mayor of Thousand Oaks says that three-quarters of his city is under fire evacuation orders and that most likely includes people affected by the deadly bar shooting this week.

Mayor Andy Fox spoke Friday about the back-to-back crises his city faced when a wildfire threatened the city the day after a gunman killed 12 people at a country music bar.

Fox says the distinction between the two events is that the victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill and their family members experienced a permanent loss they may never recover from.

So far, he says, no one has died from the fire that has burned into the city.

Fox says that the fire is serious situation, but that homes can be rebuilt. — AP

November 9, 2018

Officials say five off-duty officers were inside Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks when gunfire erupted and helped get people to safety.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said Thursday that the two officers from the city of Oxnard and three from Los Angeles "assisted in evacuating those that were injured" and helped prevent others from being hurt.

When the gunfire ended Wednesday night, 12 people were dead and suspect David Long was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities have not determined a motive. — AP

November 9, 2018

Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow says the gunman is dead inside a Southern California bar where 11 people were injured late Wednesday.

Authorities say a responding deputy was shot and taken to a hospital. No other information on the victims was immediately known. 

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred. — AP

November 9, 2018

Authorities say multiple people were injured at a shooting at a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. The extent of the victim's injuries has not yet been released.

The Times reports that there were multiple reports of shots fired and people hit. Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene.

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.

November 3, 2018

Authorities have identified the shooter at a yoga studio in Tallahassee and the two people he killed, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

The Tallahassee Police Department has identified the shooter as Scott Paul Beierle, 40, the newspaper reports. He killed himself at the scene Friday.

The department identified the two people who were killed as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, the Democrat reports.

The newspaper says that Van Vessem was internist who served as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan. — AP

August 4, 2018

A survivor of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says it was gun-wrenching that Las Vegas police didn't determine a motive for the rampage.

Megan O'Donnell Clements of Wilmington, Delaware, told The Associated Press on Friday that not knowing why Stephen Paddock opened fire on the concert she attended in October is "kind of horrifying" and that she lacks closure.

Police released their final report from a 10-month investigation into the shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others.

It says Paddock became increasingly unstable and distant from loved ones but that there was no troubling behavior that would have led to a call to law enforcement. — AP

The family of the suspect in the deadly Toronto mass shooting says he suffered from severe mental health problems, but relatives "could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end."

Faisal Hussain's family expressed condolences in a statement. It said the family was "utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news" that the 29-year-old was responsible for the rampage.

The attacker fired into restaurants and cafes in a lively neighborhood late Sunday, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 other people. He died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Hussain's family says he struggled with psychosis and depression throughout his life, and medications and therapy didn't work to treat him.

The relatives say their "hearts are in pieces for the victims."

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