Tabloids React To NYPD Shooting Two Women Near Times Square By Writing About "Gangbangers" and "Drug Thugs"

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Theodora Ray, 54, after being accidentally shot by the NYPD.
On Saturday night, as you've likely heard, the NYPD tried to shoot a disturbed man as he was running in and out of traffic near the Port Authority. Instead, they hit two women standing nearby. Theodora Ray, 54, was hit twice in the leg; according to friends interviewed by CBS, she remained hospitalized at Bellevue Sunday night, recovering from surgery. Sahara Khoshakhlagh, 35, was grazed in the buttocks, treated, and released from Roosevelt Hospital Saturday night. Her husband told the New York Post they'd decided not to comment, leaving the Post to deal with their larger problem: how does a newspaper cover the NYPD's shooting of two random bystanders in the most flattering possible light?

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Two Men Arrested in Connection with Shooting Death of One-Year-Old in Brownsville

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Two men have been arrested for shooting killing a one-year-old boy in a gangland dispute with the boy's father. The two men were taken into custody in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the same day of 16-month-old Antiq Hennis's funeral. The suspects are awaiting extradition to New York.

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A Man Was Shot In The Head Near Columbus Circle Yesterday. What The Hell Happened?

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At around 2pm yesterday, Brandon Woodward, 31, was walking around Columbus Circle near 58th Street. Visiting the Big Apple from Los Angeles, he temporarily left behind a criminal record and a young girl but, according to his father, he was enrolled in law school to clean his act up. Except, in a horrific matter of seconds, his life was ended.

In the middle of a constantly crowded area, NYPD authorities told reporters that an unknown gunman in a brown hoodie ran up to Woodward and shot him point blank in the head directly in front of St. Thomas Choir School. Then, as Woodward fell to the ground, the gunman ran about 60 feet and hopped into a Lincoln sedan apparently waiting nearby, which had an idle driver in front seat ready for escape. The two took off down Seventh Avenue as the bloody man was taken to West Side Medical Center. He was later pronounced dead.

As of now, police have no idea who the gunman was or why Woodward was targeted - the motive was completely unclear. And the fact that it happened near Columbus Circle is way too reminiscent of what happened near the Empire State Building this past summer, leaving many people, us included, very uncomfortable.
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Another Knife-Wielding Foe Taken Down by NYPD in Queens

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As if the Times Square encounter with that nutjob and his knife in broad daylight wasn't already imprinted in our short-term memory.

In Queens, police received a tip at around 5pm that a 27-year-old man was holding a knife to his own neck. Once they arrived on the scene, the tip came true as the NYPD surrounded the man. After numerous calls for the man to put the knife down, he began to walk towards the cop with the knife waving high in the air.

One of the NYPD officers shot the approaching target in the shoulder, a presumably non-life-threatening shot. However, when the 27-year-old was taken to nearby Jamaica Hospital, he was pronounced dead at around 7:30pm.

Unfortunately, it turns out that yesterday was an overall bloody day for the NYPD: this fatal incident rides off the coat tail of another shooting in which the police were responsible. 

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New Jersey Shooting Update: Suspect An Ex-Marine; Killed Two Before Turning Gun On Self

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The suspect in this morning's mass-shooting at a New Jersey grocery store has been identified as an ex-Marine who's worked at the store for the last two weeks. Additionally, authorities say he shot two people before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities say the suspect entered the Pathmark store in Old Bridge about 4 a.m. -- as employees were preparing to open the store at 6 a.m. -- decked out in camouflage and carrying an AK-47 and an automatic handgun. He reportedly also was wearing body armor.

The suspect fired at least 16 shots, killing two people -- a man and a woman -- in different parts of the store. The women reportedly was only 18 years old.

The gunman then turned the gun on himself.

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New Jersey Shooting Leaves Three Dead -- But It's Not At The Empire State Building, So Go About Your Day

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For the second Friday in a row, there's been a mass-shooting in the New York area -- but it isn't at the Empire State Building, so it's apparently only kinda news.

Authorities in New Jersey say three people -- including the gunman -- are dead following an early-morning shooting spree at a grocery store in Old Bridge, just south of Staten Island.

The gunman, police say, entered a Pathmark grocery store just before 4 a.m., as employees were stocking shelves before the store was scheduled to open at 6 a.m.

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Eviction Was "the Final Straw" For ESB Shooter

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Since Friday, New Yorkers have been caught up in the hysteria that happened outside of the Empire State Building - an encounter that left shooter Jeffrey Johnson and his boss dead while nine others lay wounded by bullets dispersed from two NYPD officers (the bureau confirmed this yesterday). 

As with any shooting, especially one of this caliber in such a densely packed area, reporters are digging deep into Johnson's past to find out what made him into a ticking time bomb. Turns out the Post has discovered what it was: his issued eviction this past year.

The statement transcends the common knowledge attributed to the shooter - he was a bird-watcher blogger in Central Park, his neighbors told reporters he was a loner and co-workers described him as a no-show to office events - but the eviction, according to the NYPD, is what made Johnson murderous on Friday. The notice topped off his unemployed morning routine, in which he would wake up, throw on a suit, grab some Mickey D's and head home.

After four years on East 82nd Street, Johnson was no longer able to pay the rent for his Upper East Side apartment. So he turned to bloodshed to calm his financial woes.

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NYPD Commish Ray Kelly Confirms That, Yes, the Cops Accidentally Shot 9 People Yesterday

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The scene from yesterday.
Yesterday, sources told the Voice that eight victims at the Empire State Building shooting were hit by bullets fired by the police officers at the scene. 

There, we were told that two officers fired off 16 rounds at Jeffrey Johnson, the white-collar employee who sought revenge against his ex-boss, and somehow, these shots deflected off nearby objects to hit passerby's fleeing the scene. In the press conference immediately after the deadly encounter, Mayor Bloomberg told reporters that there was a chance it was the cops' fault for the wounded spectators.

Well, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly not only confirmed our sources' information (and Bloomberg's chance) this morning but the number of those accidentally shot by the NYPD has raised one up to nine in total

Kelly was quoted as saying that the police duo's shots hit "flowerpots and other objects around, so... their bullets fragmented, in essence, that's what caused the wounds." The commish also told reporters that, as of Friday evening, six of the wounded were released from medical care while three of them remained under hospital supervision.

So there you have it: the two NYPD officers accidentally shot nine people yesterday. Luckily, none of those deflected shots were fatal. But, to quote Gail Collins's column in this morning's New York Times, "This isn't surprising: it's only in movies that people are good shots during a violent encounter;" afterwards, she pointed to a statistic that showed a 34% accuracy rate for police officers in the line of duty. 

Unfortunately, target practice can only get you so far.

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Neo-Nazis Next Door? Here's a List of New York's Hate Groups

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When details began emerging about the Oak Creek, Wis. massacre, reports indicated that the suspected shooter, Wade Michael Page, was a white supremacist and had played in a neo-Nazi band called "End Apathy."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, had been keeping tabs on Page since 2000, when he reportedly tried to purchase products from another well-known hate group called the National Alliance.

Though there had been questionable claims about neo-Nazis in Greenpoint, Sunday's incident made us wonder: Are these kinds of groups -- be they neo-Nazis or anti-Sikh or anti-Muslim, etc. -- in New York?

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Sikh Temple Shooting: What You Need To Know About The Wisconsin Massacre (UPDATE)

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Yesterday morning, a gunman entered a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. and opened fire on congregants, killing six and wounding three -- including a police officer who is in critical condition.

Since the incident, additional details have emerged about the crime.

Here's what we know so far...

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