Gunman Opens Fire on Man Sitting on Bed-Stuy Stoop

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Grainy surveillance footage of the gunman
The NYPD is circulating a particularly chilling surveillance video this morning, one which shows a man strolling up to a house in Bed-Stuy very early on the morning of Sunday, July 6, and shooting at a man seated on the front stoop at close range.

The NYPD says the victim is a 25-year-old man, who was sitting on the steps of 184 Macdonough Street around 1:10 a.m. In the video, he and the gunman appear to be having an animated conversation for a few minutes. The gunman then looks around, reaches into his waistband, pulls out a handgun, and fires at least twice. As he's shooting, he turns and flees.

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New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead From a Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

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Hours after police cleared the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, the shooter who walked into the mall just before closing time was found dead in a remote corner of the building.

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BREAKING: Possible Gunman Spotted on the Campus of Kean University [Update]

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There are reports of an armed person on the campus of Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Details are spare, but Runnin' Scared is gathering gathered all the information out there as the story develops.

Update, 11:50 a.m.: The campus has gotten the all-clear and ended the lockdown.

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The Body of Sang Ho Kim, the Garden City Shooter, Has Been Found

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SPolicing have been hunting for Sang Ho Kim, a suspect in an East Garden City office shooting that left one dead, since Wednesday. Today, it appears the manhunt has come to an end. At 9:30 a.m., a body believed to be Kim's washed up on the banks of the Hudson River in Rockland County.

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Thursday's Good News: Homicide/Shooting Rates Have Dipped In First Quarter Of The Year

Given that it's Thursday, which means it's one day closer to Friday, we figured that it's time to shine some light on the good news out there in the world.

According to NYPD data released yesterday, the shooting and murder rates are down in New York City, with comparison to this time last year; the former has dropped by 24 percent and the latter by 30 percent.

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UPDATE: Shooter Who Wounded Three Officers at NJ Police Station Identified

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Update: Gloucester Township police have identified this morning's shooter as Eddie Jones III, a 39-year-old man from Willingboro, New Jersey. 

Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle revealed in a press conference this afternoon that the incident began around 1:00 this morning, when police were alerted that someone was lurking around a house. Jones, accused of domestic violence before, was charged this morning with stalking among other offenses and taken to Gloucester Township's police station for booking.

Once there, Jones was able to overpower a female police officer, Ruth Burns, and wrestle away her gun. Two sergeants, Kevin Thyne and James Garber, engaged Jones, who fired at the officers. They were able to kill the gunman, but all three police officers were wounded in the crossfire. Burns was struck in the foot. Thyne was hit in his duty belt. Garber took bullets to his abdomen and chest and had to be rushed to surgery.   

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UPDATE: Two Injured in San Antonio, TX Movie Theater Shooting

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Update: San Antonio's KSAT News is reporting that the man charged with last night's movie theater shooting is 19-year-old Jesus Garcia. 

The Bexar County Sheriff's department says Garcia began shooting at China Garden restaurant, where he was employed. 

Garcia then made his way to the parking lot, where he fired on a police car. The officer wasn't hurt, but a bystander outside was struck and wounded.

The gunman then ran into the movie theater, with an off-duty Sheriff's deputy on his heels. Inside the theater, he exchanged fired with the deputy, who shot him four times. Garcia, however, is expected to recover.

According to the Sheriff's department, a recent breakup with another China Garden employee may have been the catalyst for the shooting.

9:50 a.m.: Just two days after Adam Lanza's murderous shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 27 dead, including 20 young children, a lone gunmen fired shots inside and outside of a movie theater in San Antonio, Texas. Authorities said two people were injured. The shooter, whose identity has not yet been released, was stopped when he was wounded by an off-duty police officer.

According to CBS News, the first shots rang out around 9:25 p.m. last night, leaving people running for their lives in what was thought to be a repeat of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre on July 20. Bexar County Sheriff's spokeman Louis Antu told press that shooter started firing in a nearby restaurant and continued into the theater. 

At one point, the gunman took aim at a marked San Antonio Police Department cruiser, a crime Antu said was "automatic attempted capital murder." Shortly after, an off-duty cop who was working security at the theater fired on the shooter, wounding him. The suspect was taken to the hospital, but wasn't immediately charged. More updates as they come. 

UPDATE: Over Two Dozen Dead following Shooting at Newtown, CT Elementary School

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Update 6 (6:46 p.m.): As we've reported, multiple media outlets have identified 20-year-old Adam Lanza as the suspected gunman.

Earlier reports indicated that his brother Ryan Lanza, who's currently being questioned by police, was the shooter. Reports indicate that police do not believe Ryan was involved in the crime at this time.

The suspected gunman's mother, who is believed to have taught kindergarten at Sandy Hook Elementary, may have been killed at her home, according to ABC News. These details have not yet been confirmed. We reported earlier that the mother was killed in a school classroom.

Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police didn't confirm many details in his latest news conference, but did indicate that police believe the shootings took place in one section of the school in two different rooms.

Update 5 (6:30 p.m.): The suspect has been identified as Adam Lanza, the New York Times reports.

Update 4: Authorities have not positively identified the shooter, according to Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.

The number of children deceased is now believed to be at 20 -- with seven adults including the shooter dead, according to Vance.

Update 3: There now appears to be conflicting reports about the exact identity of the shooter.

Update 2: The alleged shooter has been identified as Ryan Lanza, a 24-year-old resident of Hoboken, N.J., according to multiple sources.

The mother of the gunman is a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, and is believed to among the victims killed in the shooting, according to WABC-TV.

Update: The shooter has been confirmed dead inside the school by Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.

Vance said that the public is no longer in danger, and the scene is secure. No updates will be given on the number of fatalities or the identity of those killed in the shooting until the families of the victims are notified.

He did not confirm whether there was a second shooter. The deceased gunman is believed to be a 20-year-old male and resident of Conn. with ties to the school, according to WABC-TV. The report indicates that he was seen wearing all-black, a bullet-proof vest while carrying two - four weapons -- including a .223 caliber rifle.

At least 18 young children are dead after a shooting spree inside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

At 9:41 a.m., authorities were alerted of gunshots When they arrived on the scene, they were alerted of at least one shooter opening fire on students and staff. Just moments ago, the Associated Press reported that at least 27 people, including 18 children, are dead.

There are conflicting reports as to how many shooters there were. According to ABC News, one gunman is dead, though the other is still at-large. NBC News Connecticut however, has only reported on a single gunman. Two 9mm handguns were recovered by authorities at the scene. 

There's no word yet from authorities as to how a gunman was able to enter the school, and no final count on how many people were injured or killed. Once SWAT and police arrived, Sandy Hook students were escorted to a nearby fire station. NBC News says the entire school district has been shut down.  

More updates as they come.

There's a Loosie Shooter Loose in the Bronx

On Sunday morning, a Yemeni immigrant was shot in broad daylight on his first day working at a bodega in the Bronx. He's in stable condition, sustaining an injury where he was shot in the hip. But the reason? The customer wanted to use his credit card to buy a loosie -- a single cigarette sold out of the pack -- and the unidentified worker denied him to do so (because a loosie is usually only 50 cents or so; nowhere near any credit card minimum.)

In the video shown above, released by the NYPD and uploaded to YouTube by Gothamist, the assailant is seen arguing at an unseen figure, and he gets physical for a second or two. Then, hours later, he returns, hood on and gun in hand, to seek vengeance on the worker.

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A Queens Gun Buyback Program Ends Up With 509 Weapons in Total

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Here's more proof that, no matter how much Americans love their guns, our affection for the Benjamin's always trumps all in the end.

At the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens yesterday, a gun buyback initiative was held to fight back against the 12% spike in shootings this year. And the program absolutely raked it in: a total of 509 guns were given in to those who wanted to receive a $200 gift card. Oh, damn.

And these were some serious guns: WABC reported that people brought in 245 revolvers, 168 semi-automatic pistols, an AK-47, a tec-9 and a freaking Calico 9mm with a magazine that held 50 rounds. In other words, when push comes to shove, Queens is a war zone.

The Congressman for the area, Gregory Meeks, had this to say about the initiative: "While our children are dying in the streets, basically and to a large extent shooting one another, there are too many guns." Yeah, apparently there's way too many.

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