Browsing: Mass Murder

genericrimescenephoto.jpgChaos came to the LBJ Freeway in Dallas last night as a balding, white man in his 40s apparently opened fire on several other motorists at random. Before he was done, two were dead and 1 person was injured. The bizarre spree began before 6 p.m. with its first fatality in Garland, TX. Jorge Lopez, age 20, was at a red light when someone driving a Ford pickup fired several shots into his Nissan, killing him.

Shots were reported again a few minutes later on the LBJ, but no one was injured. Then 42-year-old trucker William Scott Miller, of Frankfort, KY was killed while driving his 18 wheeler. Police say that Miller, who was going to fly home to spend Christmas with his family, behaved “heroically.” According to Dallas PD Lt. Craig Miller, the trucker was “mortally wounded,” but still “able to control his rig.”

Another shooting occurred a short time later when another truck was hit. The driver radioed in to his dispatcher that he was “getting shot at.” That driver was struck by flying glass but not hurt and his dispatcher called 911.

Police are currently receiving numerous tips about the shooter, who may have been driving an F-150 extended cab pickup with a loud muffler.

Dallas police don’t think these shootings were the result of road rage, per se. Dallas police Sgt. Gil Cerda’s quote, published by several press outlets, seems to characterize their take on the spree, so far, “For whatever reason, this person is upset with something or someone and he’s taking it out on
innocent victims going down the road, and that’s very scary.”

Scary indeed, because shooters like this, if not caught quickly, may get their rage on again. [KHOU.com, UPI]


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Three people have been murdered in an office park in Santa Clara, California. The gunman is still on the loose. The shootings occurred around 4 p.m. PT today, and police say the shooter is a 47-year-old man from Mountain View named Jing Wu. Police don’t know if the Wu is still in the office park or not. Wu is 5’7″, weighs about 170, and he may be driving a silver SUV.
The victims were two men and a woman.
The AP and other sources report that the shooting occurred inside Building #7 at 3255 Scott Blvd. According to this page, Siport Incorporated is the name of at least one business located inside Building 7. Siport “is in the Semiconductors and Related Devices industry” and “currently has approximately 1 to 5 employees and annual sales of Under $500,000.”
According to this LinkedIn profile, a Jing Wu lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and has in the past been a process engineer working for a company that makes semiconductors.
Google’s Street View of the general location can be seen at the top of this entry. This post may be updated as information becomes available. In the meantime, see what people are saying about the crime on Twitter. [cbs5.com — see also: The San Francisco Chronicle.]


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Google Street View of Knoxville Center Mall.
A shooting occurred in a Knoxville, TN mall around 4:30 p.m. today. Two people were hit, at least one was killed. The Knoxville Police say one person has been taken into custody. The shooting occurred inside the Knoxville Center Mall, which was formerly known as the East Towne Mall. (At least it was when I worked in the Florsheim Shoe Shop there in the early 90s. ~ Ed.)
The shooting may have stemmed from a confrontation between the shooter and at least one employee inside Reno Menswear. Knox County commissioner Greg Lambert was among the witnesses.
Witnesses told local TV station WBIR that they heard at least 3 shots. A witness who spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel said that there might have been as many as “10 to 15 gunshots.” One person who left a comment on the article published by the station stated that they worked in the mall. Using the screen name k-rock23, the commenter wrote, “[My] manager said that it was a centralized shooting […] people might have died east towne or not and second there were previous shots around 3:35 or so because i heard them but no one ran until the shots rang out around 4:30. It was a semi automatic so there were more than 3 shots.”
Another comment on the same article (linked below — be sure to read the comments there) was from screen name “Tygrasong,” who wrote, “My husband and a friend were inside the mall when the guy came in. Thank God the guy at Game Stop warned them to get out. The shots rang out not long after they were outside. Neither of them are injured. He called me after he left to tell me what happened…”
WBIR reports that firefighters and police are on the scene, collecting evidence.
[Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR.com.]


One of the chilling videos originally posted on YouTube by Matti Saari. via Liveleak.com.
Twenty-two-year old Matti Juhani Saari, the suspected school shooter in the most recent such incident in Finland, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Saari walked into a vocational school in the city of Kaujahoki around 11 a.m. local time. Clad in black and wearing a ski mask, he began shooting students taking a test in one classroom.
Finland’s interior minister says the death toll has risen to 11. It isn’t clear whether or not Saari is considered part of the death toll.
A twist in this story is the fact that police had actually brought Saari in for questioning in the last week or so about the videos he posted on YouTube, showing himself at target practice. Police ultimately found no legal reason to hold him.
Wouldn’t it be nice if one of these psychos lived to see prosecution, just once?
[NewsRoom Finland and Newsday/AP.]


One of the chilling videos originally posted on YouTube by Matti Saari. via Liveleak.com.
Twenty-two-year old Matti Juhani Saari, the suspected school shooter in the most recent such incident in Finland, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Saari walked into a vocational school in the city of Kaujahoki around 11 a.m. local time. Clad in black and wearing a ski mask, he began shooting students taking a test in one classroom.
Finland’s interior minister says the death toll has risen to 11. It isn’t clear whether or not Saari is considered part of the death toll.
A twist in this story is the fact that police had actually brought Saari in for questioning in the last week or so about the videos he posted on YouTube, showing himself at target practice. Police ultimately found no legal reason to hold him.
Wouldn’t it be nice if one of these psychos lived to see prosecution, just once?
[NewsRoom Finland and Newsday/AP.]

Matti SaariFor the second time in a year, there has been a major school shooting in Finland. Nine students were killed and two wounded during the rampage.
Matti Saari, age 22, walked into the School of Hospitality in the city of Kaujahoki around 0800 GMT — 11 in the morning local time — wearing black and carrying a duffel bag. He may have been carrying explosives as well.
Saari was wearing a ski mask by the time he opened fire on students who were hunkered over a test in one classroom. He then moved around the building, firing at others, including school janior Jukka Forsberg, who told Finnish media that he heard “several dozen rounds of shots,” possibly from an automatic pistol.
Saari was ultimately apprehended, but not before he attempted suicide. He was reportedly being treated at a Kaujahoki medical center.
This school shooter had a playbook to follow. It was written by 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who opened fire earlier this year at a high school in Jokela, a town in southern Finland. Like Auvinen, the Matti Saari may have posted videos about what he was planning on YouTube.
According to Finnish news outlet YLE, a number of videos were found on YouTube showing a young man practicing at a firing range. The young man said he was from Kaujahoki.
YouTube removed the videos, but other sites have attempted to publish them. They are short, and some show only target practice. One, however, shows the Saari standing over the camera with an automatic handgun. In English, he says, “You’re next,” and then fires just below the camera, several shots. The image accompanying this article was taken from that video.
The London Times reported that the YouTube videos were posted by a Mr. Saari, who was 22 and from Kaujahoki. He visited the site one more time an hour before the shootings occurred. He was a fan of the Bavarian electro-industrial DJ Wumpscut and also used the screen name Wumpscut86.
Another YouTuber was quick to grab the videos and has posted them with the parts that violate the site’s Terms of Service blanked out.
Bloomberg.com reported that Finland has the third-highest rate of gun ownership in the world, behind the United States and Yemen. Adults needly only register a weapon with a shooting club.
On his now-deleted YouTube account (Antville.org has a screencap made prior to the account going poof), Saari posted song lyrics. The last lines read:

Whole life is war and whole life is pain
And you will fight alone in your personal war
War
This is war!

Note: TotallyUpYours.com appears to have the videos Saari originally posted on YouTube, but be warned: this site’s ads are not safe for work.
[TimesOnline.co.uk, YLE.fi and Bloomberg.com. Also: a nod to some intrepid poster at Drew Curtis’s TotalFark.com for putting up the link to the copied videos.]

Matti SaariFor the second time in a year, there has been a major school shooting in Finland. Nine students were killed and two wounded during the rampage.
Matti Saari, age 22, walked into the School of Hospitality in the city of Kaujahoki around 0800 GMT — 11 in the morning local time — wearing black and carrying a duffel bag. He may have been carrying explosives as well.
Saari was wearing a ski mask by the time he opened fire on students who were hunkered over a test in one classroom. He then moved around the building, firing at others, including school janior Jukka Forsberg, who told Finnish media that he heard “several dozen rounds of shots,” possibly from an automatic pistol.
Saari was ultimately apprehended, but not before he attempted suicide. He was reportedly being treated at a Kaujahoki medical center.
This school shooter had a playbook to follow. It was written by 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who opened fire earlier this year at a high school in Jokela, a town in southern Finland. Like Auvinen, the Matti Saari may have posted videos about what he was planning on YouTube.
According to Finnish news outlet YLE, a number of videos were found on YouTube showing a young man practicing at a firing range. The young man said he was from Kaujahoki.
YouTube removed the videos, but other sites have attempted to publish them. They are short, and some show only target practice. One, however, shows the Saari standing over the camera with an automatic handgun. In English, he says, “You’re next,” and then fires just below the camera, several shots. The image accompanying this article was taken from that video.
The London Times reported that the YouTube videos were posted by a Mr. Saari, who was 22 and from Kaujahoki. He visited the site one more time an hour before the shootings occurred. He was a fan of the Bavarian electro-industrial DJ Wumpscut and also used the screen name Wumpscut86.
Another YouTuber was quick to grab the videos and has posted them with the parts that violate the site’s Terms of Service blanked out.
Bloomberg.com reported that Finland has the third-highest rate of gun ownership in the world, behind the United States and Yemen. Adults needly only register a weapon with a shooting club.
On his now-deleted YouTube account (Antville.org has a screencap made prior to the account going poof), Saari posted song lyrics. The last lines read:

Whole life is war and whole life is pain
And you will fight alone in your personal war
War
This is war!

Note: TotallyUpYours.com appears to have the videos Saari originally posted on YouTube, but be warned: this site’s ads are not safe for work.
[TimesOnline.co.uk, YLE.fi and Bloomberg.com. Also: a nod to some intrepid poster at Drew Curtis’s TotalFark.com for putting up the link to the copied videos.]

izamora.jpgThe Associated Press has identified the suspect in a Washington State shooting spree as Isaac Zamora, age 28.
The spree left six dead and two wounded. A deputy from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Dept. was among the dead. A Washington State trooper was injured during the police chase that ultimately led to Zamora’s arrest.
A spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol said that Zamora had “a mental illness.” The AP also indicated that Zamora was in Skagit County detention as recently as early August.
Dennise Zamora, a healthcare worker, told the AP she was Zamora’s mother. In an interview she described her son’s severe mental illness and said that she was “devastated for the families” of the victims. Dennise Zamora also said that she wished that either she or her son had been killed rather than the 6 who died.
In another interview with a Seattle-area TV station, Zamora’s mother said, “This is the truth: I love him, but I would of rather it would have been him than any of them. Its’ not his fault that he is mentally ill.”
Isaac Zamora’s mother has apparently tried to help her son in the past, but she has been limited by the fact that her son is no longer a minor. Zamora has been in and out of jail for theft and drug-related offenses and may have even been homeless for a time.
Isaac Zamora was on a special list of Skagit County offenders who were watched due to issues such as mental illness.
Zamora did have a MySpace page, but he hadn’t logged in since December of 2007 and there really wasn’t anything there, save a birthday comment from a friend, left in August, 2007.
Perhaps because the victims of this spree were scattered over several crime scenes, making the investigation much more complex than usual, none of their names have been released.
Zamora is in the Skagit County jail. [Seattle Times and the Bellingham Herald.]

shootingspree.jpgAn allegedly mentally ill man with an extensive criminal history apparently went on a rampage today in Skagit County, WA. Six people were killed and two were injured before he was taken into custody.
The insanity began with a police call to a home on Silver Creek Drive in Skagit County.
When the responding deputy wouldn’t answer hails from dispatch, more cops went to the scene. There they found two dead people, including the deputy.
The toll rose when two workers were found shot to death at construction site near the Silver Creek Drive address. Victim number 5 was found nearby.
Somehow the shooter was spotted at a gas station. He shot a witness there and fled the scene. A police chase ensued down Interestate 5, the shooter firing wildly much of the way. In the process he wounded a state trooper and killed an innocent driver.
Finally the shooter pulled up to a police station, where he gave up. Police say he began discussing the crime spree right away.
So far, that’s just about all there is on this story. There’s likely to be much more,later, so look for an update later tonight or tomorrow.
[TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA and KATU.com.]

During a press conference in Knoxville today, police revealed troubling new details about the Sunday morning shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
Jim David Adkisson, the alleged shooter, apparently hated liberals. In a letter found after his arrest, he pledged to strike out against the “liberal movement.” The Unitarian Universalists are about as liberal as you can get, as churches go.
According to Knoxville police, Adkisson entered Tennessee Valley Unitarian intending to kill just as many people as he possibly could. The congregants who tackled Adkisson and held him until the police arrived saved a good number of lives.
What was one of Adkissons supposed triggers, aside from TVUUC’s perceived liberalism? What could have caused this military veteran to strike out in authorities are now investigating as a hate crime?

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