A Shooting a Day

In Memory of AndrewI’ve randomly chosen a story from a shooting a day for the past week.

Monday, October 21, 2013: A middle-school kid shot two students and a killed math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45-years-old, before shooting himself before school started. Sparks, Nevada.

Sunday, October 20, 2013: A church worship leader arrives early to set for Sunday worship when he notices a man lying in the alley, dead from a gunshot wound. His identity is unknown. El Paso, Colorado.

Saturday, October 19, 2013: Samarri Tyana Beauford, a two-year-old little girl accidentally shot herself when she found a loaded handgun under the couch. Her 19 year old father faces manslaughter charges and was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Friday, October 18, 2013: A neighbor heard gunshots. He found his 29-year-old neighbor, Michelle Williams, with a gunshot wound to the chest. She was shot and killed in her front year. She has a 13-year-old daughter. Hampton, Virginia.

Thursday, October 17, 2013: When she couldn’t reach her twin sister, she became concerned. When he didn’t show up for work for a couple of days, a co-worker went to check on him. Apparently, this young couple was having marital problems when Senior Airman Cody Hooks shot and killed his 22-year-old wife, Kayla Rihn, before killing himself. San Antonio, Texas.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013: A grandmother is accused of shooting and killing her 52-year-old husband, Randolph Alan Ford, and critically wounding her 20-year-old granddaughter. A 5-month-old boy was found unharmed. The motive is being investigated. Burson, California.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013: Adrian Alvaresz, 16, was sitting by himself during lunch when pulled out a handgun and shoots himself in front of other students. He posted his intent with a message on Facebook for his friends to help his mother and infant son. Austin, Texas.

Monday, October 14, 2013: An investigation is under way in the police shooting of a 22-year-old man, Jacob Westberg, who was suicidal and said he needed someone to talk to. When he came out of the house with his shotgun during the negotiations, the police shot and killed him. His brother, who arrived just after the police, tried to convince the police he could talk him down, but was not given the opportunity. Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Each of these stories represents only one shooting a day. Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention.

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