Crime

Police: Tennessee shooting leads to 3 dead, 14 injured

Police say a shooting near a Tennessee nightclub led to three deaths and 14 people suffering gunshot wounds and other injuries. Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy said during a press conference that 14 people were hit by gunfire early Sunday and three were hit by vehicles while trying to flee the scene. Murphy says two people died from gunshot wounds and one person died after being hit by a vehicle. She says 16 victims were adults and one was a juvenile and several remained in critical condition. Murphy said there were multiple shooters, but authorities think it was an isolated event and don’t believe there’s an ongoing public safety threat.

Tulsa shooting puts focus on waiting periods for gun buyers

The mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, are again putting the focus on gun control measures such as waiting periods to buy firearms. Advocates say such measures can provide authorities with time to complete background checks and create a “cooling off” period for people who might pose an imminent danger. The gunman who killed his surgeon, another doctor and two others this week in Tulsa bought an AR-style rifle hours beforehand. Just nine states and Washington, D.C., have explicit waiting periods before people can purchase at least some types of firearms. Gun-rights advocates say such laws hinder people who seek guns to protect themselves.

Police: Tulsa gunman targeted surgeon he blamed for pain

Police say a man who blamed his surgeon for ongoing pain after a recent back surgery bought an AR-style rifle hours before opening fire at a Tulsa medical office, killing the surgeon and three other people before fatally shooting himself. Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin identified the shooter as 45-year-old Michael Louis. He says the gunman had recently undergone back surgery and had called a clinic repeatedly complaining of pain. Franklin says the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Preston Phillips, was killed Wednesday, along with Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn and visitor William Love.

Buffalo supermarket gunman indicted on terror, hate charge

The white man accused of killing 10 Black people in a racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket has been indicted by a grand jury on a state domestic terrorism and hate crime charge that would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Payton Gendron, who has been in custody since the May 14 shooting, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Erie County Court. Gendron had previously been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, which also injured three people. He has pleaded not guilty.

Deputies arrest Florida man who threatened a school shooting

Detectives arrested an 18-year-old Florida man after receiving a tip that he threatened a mass shooting at a school in a social media post. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said Corey Anderson's post showed him with a handgun, a rifle and a tactical-style vest and a caption that said, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school.” Anderson was charged Sunday with a written or electronic threat to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism. The arrest comes days after an 18-year-old entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and fatally shot 19 children and two teachers. The Texas gunman was eventually killed by law enforcement.

Suspected serial killer charged in Missouri over 7th death

A suspected serial killer already charged in six killings in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas has been charged with first-degree murder in a seventh death. Jackson Couty Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the new murder charge against 26-year-old Perez Deshay Reed on Friday. Baker also charged Reed with one count of armed criminal action and two counts of fraud involving a credit or debit device. The new charges stem from the November 2021 shooting death of Stephon D. Johnson in Kansas City, Missouri. Reed is also charged in four killings in the St. Louis area in September, and two more in Wyandotte County, Kansas, in October.