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Saturday marks five years since a gunman rained bullets into an outdoor country music festival crowd on the Las Vegas Strip. The grim drumbeat of mass shootings has only continued in the years since, from New York to Colorado to Texas. Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox oversees a database maintained by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University and says there's also been a horrifying uptick in the number of mass shootings with an especially high number of people killed. The news takes a toll on survivors of the Las Vegas slaying, but a strong sense of community has also developed.

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Mississippi’s top law enforcement official said officers of a special police unit in the capital city of Jackson will not change the way they pursue suspects. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell met with community members following a spate of recent shootings involving the Capitol Police. The unit patrols areas around state government buildings and other neighborhoods near downtown Jackson. A man was shot and killed in an encounter with the police Sunday night. Capitol Police officers have also been involved in two other nonfatal shootings since August. Tindell said there is a “criminal element” in Jackson “that is not used to being policed.”

Officials have disclosed the identities of five people killed in a Central Texas neighborhood and the suspect in the slayings. The Texas Department of Public Safety says 35-year-old Nicolas Jaimes-Hernandez of Mexico has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was shot and wounded Thursday in a gunfight with officers before they found five people dead at two houses in McGregor. The DPS says he's also suspected of killing 38-year-old Monica Delgado, 15-year-old Miguel Avila and 14-year-old Natallie Avila, along with next-door neighbors 47-year-old Lorena Aviles and her 20-year-old daughter, Natalie Aviles.

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A suburban St. Louis man has been convicted of murder in the 2018 shooting of his girlfriend, her two children and her mother. A St. Charles County jury deliberated about two hours Friday before finding 50-year-old Richard Emery guilty of four counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he shot and killed 39-year-old Kate Kasten. They say he then shot and killed Kasten's 61-year-old mother, Jane Moeckel, and Kasten's two children, 8-year-old Zoe and 10-year-old Jonathan. Sentencing is scheduled for Saturday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Prosecutors say Emery killed the victims after Kate Kasten told him to leave her house. Emery's attorneys argued he has a mental illness that caused him to lose control.

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Parents of some of the 19 children killed in the Uvalde school massacre are calling for tougher gun laws in Texas as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke meet for their only debate. Their presence Friday in the border city of Edinburg underscored the sustained anger over one of the nation’s deadliest classroom shootings and how the tragedy has refocused a competitive race. Polls show a single-digit race, but the stakes are especially high for O’Rourke in what remains an uphill climb to become the first Democrat to win statewide office in Texas in nearly 30 years.

One of the 10 teenagers charged with murder in the drive-by shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside a downtown Des Moines high school in March has entered a plea deal with prosecutors and a second is considering it. Court documents say 17-year-old Manuel Buezo entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder and two counts of willful injury on Wednesday. Sentencing is May 30. Prosecutors agreed to a term of 20 years in prison. A second teen, 16-year-old Kevin Martinez, was scheduled to appear at a plea hearing on Friday. They are among eight juveniles charged with murder as adults and two in juvenile court in the March 7 shooting that killed 15-year-old Jose Lopez and injured two girls.

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A Michigan homeowner has been charged with shooting and wounding an 84-year-old woman who was canvassing door-to-door against a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler says Richard Harvey was charged Friday with felonious assault and reckless discharge of a firearm causing injury charges. Harvey is being held in the county jail. Butler says State Police investigated the Sept. 20 shooting in Odessa Township, and submitted charging recommendations to the prosecutor’s office. Harvey is being represented by a public defender, who has not not responded to a message seeking comment.

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Two men have been arrested in an investigation of the killing of a 12-year-old boy in an shooting attack last year on an SUV near a school playground in Los Angeles. Police said Friday that Damian Ulysses Martinez, 21, and Gabriel Martinez, 19, both of the community of Wilmington, were arrested Tuesday. Police say the case has been sent to the district attorney’s office for review. Police say the men killed 12-year-old Alexander Alvarado and wounded his stepmother last December when they fired multiple bullets into the SUV. A 9-year-old girl at the nearby playground was also injured.

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A former tenant charged with setting a fire at a Massachusetts apartment building that claimed the lives of four people pleaded not guilty at her arraignment and was held without bail. Yvonne Ngoiri faced four counts of second-degree murder as well as arson and assault charges in court on Friday in connection with the May 14 blaze in Worcester. Among the victims was a man who in 2018 had sued right-wing radio host Alex Jones’ Infowars website. Ngoiri, who once lived in the building,  was taken into custody on Thursday. A telephone message seeking comment was left with the suspect’s attorney.

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The man who survived a shooting by Kyle Rittenhouse that left two others dead during a Wisconsin protest in 2020 has filed a secret petition to change his legal name because of what he now says was continued harassment related to the case. Gaige Grosskreutz has called for an investigation by the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court on how the sealed petition was leaked to a conservative news outlet this week. Grosskreutz issued a statement after the petition became public which said he has received death threats in the two years since he was shot in the arm during a protest in Kenosha and sought the name change to protect him and his family.

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Gun rights groups and firearms owners have launched another attempt to overturn Connecticut’s ban on certain semiautomatic rifles that was enacted in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A new lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned a New York law and expanded gun rights. The high court had earlier upheld assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York passed in response to the school shooting that killed 20 first graders and six educators in 2012. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says the state's gun laws save lives and he will defend them against the new lawsuit.

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Myanmar’s military government has accused rebel forces of firing at a passenger plane as it was preparing to land, wounding a passenger who was hit by a bullet that penetrated the fuselage. Rebel groups denied the allegation. State television MRTV says the Myanmar National Airlines plane, carrying 63 passengers, was hit as it was about to land in Loikaw, the capital of the eastern state of Kayah. A spokesperson for Myanmar’s ruling military council says the shooting was carried out by “terrorists” belonging to the Karenni National Progressive Party, an ethnic minority militia battling the government, and their allies in the People’s Defense Force, an armed pro-democracy group.

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Two brothers in Texas have been arrested after authorities say one of them opened fire on a group of migrants getting water near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one man and shooting a woman in the stomach. The shooting Tuesday was in rural Hudspeth County about 90 miles from El Paso. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday that the female victim was recovering at an El Paso hospital. Court documents say Michael Sheppard and Mark Sheppard were charged with manslaughter. Michael Sheppard served as warden of a local detention center. A spokesman for Lasalle Corrections said Thursday the warden had been fired.

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The Southern California teenager who was killed this week alongside her father in a shootout with law enforcement along an interstate east of Los Angeles was with him a day earlier when he fatally shot her mother. Fontana police on Thursday said 15-year-old Savannah Graziano was in the back of her father’s pickup truck when he gunned down her mother. Witnesses and two videos show she stayed still as her mother screamed. Savannah and her father were killed a day later in Hesperia after a long chase. Savannah, wearing tactical gear, was fatally shot as she ran toward deputies. Authorities are investigating whether she was shot by deputies, her father, or both.

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A man and his 17-year-old son have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock at a South Los Angeles restaurant. Authorities say 40-year-old Freddie Lee Trone and his son were each charged Thursday with murder, second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Trone was arrested Thursday in Las Vegas. His 38-year-old wife Shauntel Trone pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to the killing. She and the teen, her stepson, were arrested Tuesday. PnB Rock, the 30-year-old Philadelphia hip-hop artist whose legal name is Rakim Allen, was gunned down Sept. 13 while eating with his girlfriend.

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Two Detroit residents face charges in connection with the shooting of a Michigan State Police trooper while he and other members of a narcotics unit were conducting surveillance in Detroit. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Thursday that a 28-year-old man is charged with assault with intent to murder, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and two weapons charges. She says a 23-year-old woman is charged with accessory after the fact and lying to a peace officer. Worthy says both were arrested Tuesday, the day of the shooting. The undercover trooper was critically wounded on Detroit’s west side.

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Two brothers in Texas have been arrested after authorities say one of them opened fire on a group of migrants getting water near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one man and shooting a woman in the stomach. The shooting Tuesday was in rural Hudspeth County about 90 miles from El Paso. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday that the female victim was recovering at an El Paso hospital. Court documents say Michael Sheppard and Mark Sheppard were charged with manslaughter. Michael Sheppard served as warden of a local migrant detention center. A spokesman for Lasalle Corrections said Thursday that the warden had been fired.

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Officials say five people were shot dead in a Central Texas residential neighborhood. The incident happened Thursday morning in McGregor, which is about 20 miles southwest of Waco. McGregor Mayor Jimmy Hering says police arriving at the scene were confronted by an armed man who began shooting at them. Officers returned fire, but Hering didn't say if the suspect was wounded. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety says a suspect in the shootings was captured alive. Sgt. Ryan Howard says motives, relationships and other details are still to be determined.

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Two adult students and four school workers were shot and wounded in a shooting at an Oakland school campus in a gang-related attack that officials say was perpetrated by at least two shooters who fired more than 30 rounds. Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said Thursday that a student counselor, a security guard, two adult students and two workers who were at Rudsdale High School were wounded after two suspects breached the school and opened fire Wednesday. He said a third suspect drove a getaway car. No arrests have been made. Three of the victims remain hospitalized.

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A man suspected of murder and a police officer were injured during a shootout in downtown Topeka. That shootout Thursday morning came after the suspect led officers on a chase through Kansas’ capital city, firing at them as he drove. Topeka Police Chief Bryan Wheeles said police sought the suspect over the shooting of two people at a south Topeka home. One of those victims died, and the other has been hospitalized. An officer spotted the suspect's car, and a 4-mile chase ensued. The suspect is hospitalized in critical condition, and a woman riding with him also is hospitalized. The injured officer was treated at a hospital and released.

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The stakes are high for Democrat Beto O’Rourke on Friday night in his only debate against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas. O’Rourke is trying to close in on two-term incumbent with six weeks until Election Day. Abbott has tried to refocus the race to his hard-line immigration measures on the U.S.-Mexico border as anger in Texas is apparent over a new abortion ban and the Uvalde school massacre. Early voting is set to begin in just over three weeks. O'Rourke has visited many strongly Republican counties in an effort to weaken the wall of rural support that's helped the GOP offset losses in big cities and suburbs.

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A father whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting says his family gets hit by another round of abuse whenever conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says something on his show about the massacre. Robbie Parker testified Thursday on the 11th day of Jones' defamation trial in Connecticut. Jones and his company have been found liable for damages to several Sandy Hook families suing Jones for his calling the shooting a hoax. The jury will be deciding how much he should pay them. Parker and other relatives have testified about years of harassment, including in-person confrontations and death and rape threats by hoax believers. The trial continues Tuesday.

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against eight entities and three individuals for the May shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. The lawsuit filed in Del Rio was first reported by the San Antonio Express-News. It was filed Wednesday by one parent whose child was wounded in the shooting and two parents whose children were on campus at the time. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from the Uvalde school district, the city, law enforcement, a gun manufacturer, three individuals and others. The defendants either declined comment or did not return messages. Attorneys for the parents say this is the first federal lawsuit related to the attack.

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A man shot and wounded an 84-year-old Michigan woman who was canvassing door-to-door against a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state. The State Police are investigating the Sept. 20 shooting at a home in Odessa Township, a community about 130 miles northwest of Detroit. The Detroit News reported Thursday that the canvasser, Joan Jacobson, told investigators that she was asking a woman at the home to vote against Proposal 3 in November but was told to leave. She says she was shot while walking to her car. Richard Harvey, who lives at the home, told WOOD-TV he shot Jacobson accidentally while she was arguing with his wife and refusing to leave.

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In a rare admission of sexual harassment in Japan’s military, its army chief has apologized to a former soldier for suffering caused by a group of servicemembers. Yoshihide Yoshida, head of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, says an internal investigation found evidence that several servicemen had been involved in the case brought by former soldier Rina Gonoi last month. The investigation is ongoing and further details, including the assailants and their punishment, have not been released. In a country where gender inequality remains high, sexual harassment is often disregarded in Japan. But Japanese women have started to speak up, including in the government and the film industry.

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