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Kerry Washington Speaks Out In Response To Recent Shootings: ‘The Violence Must Stop’

July 9th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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After this week’s tragic series of events, many celebrities are using their platform to spread positive messages to their fellow Americans.

Scandal star Kerry Washington now joins the growing list of individuals who are penning open letters in response to traumatizing violence that’s ensued over the past 72 hours to her 2.9 million Instagram followers.

“There are no words that can encapsulate the pain of our bleeding hearts,” she wrote on Friday (July 8) afternoon.

We all matter but statement that ALL LIVES MATTER will only be true when we fully embrace that #blacklivesmatter

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“Today, again, I am called to put my hand on my heart and affirm that: I matter. MY life matters. As a human, my life matters. As a woman, my life matters. As a Black person, my life matters. My life matters. And yours does too. Whoever you are.”

Washington’s words follow the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers and a deadly sniper shooting in Dallas, Texas, which left five police officers dead and seven injured.

“The violence must stop. We must do better,” she concluded.

Tennessee Teen Fatally Shot & Killed While Shielding 3 Girls From Gunfire

December 19th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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The loss of a loved one is never easy, especially during the holidays, where family is the epicenter of it all. Unfortunately one family will mourn the fatal loss of their own.

According to USA Today, a Tennessee teenager was shot and killed while trying to shield and protect three young girls from gunfire during a “senseless act of violence.” The victim, who has been identified as Zaevion Dobson,15, was in Knoxville on Thursday (Dec. 17) with a group of friends when several men began shooting, said David Rausch, Knoxwville Police Chief.

Dobson then jumped on top of the young girls to protect them, which led to him being the only one hit by the unexpected gunfire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I’m shocked. I’m really just shocked,” Zaevion’s brother, Zack Dobson, said. “We were just sitting on the porch chilling, and we see these random dudes walking up. Why would you shoot at random bystanders? For nothing. ….Zae, he was an awesome kid brother, awesome brother. Just know that I miss him. I miss my brother.”

According to police, Dobson’s untimely death is connected to two separate shootings that also happened overnight in the Knoxville area. The first incident involved Lisa Perry, 46, who was shot in a drive-by near her home. She is expected to survive. Perry’s son, Brandon Perry, 23, is said to be one of the suspects in Dobson’s death.

The second incident that occurred also involved Brandon Perry, who was shot later on that night. Perry also crashed his car into an apartment building, and passed away on Friday (Dec. 18) morning. Police Chief Rausch believes the shootings are gang-related, but Dobson in particular was not affiliated.

Rob Spears, principal at Fulton High School, which Dobson attended, spoke highly of the young man. “That speaks to his character,” Spears told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.” “As a sophomore, he was a leader. He was a kid that other kids wanted to be around.”

DC Reporter Shot Dead At 27 After Work Meeting

May 30th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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On Wednesday (5/27), 27-year-old Charnice Milton lost her life to a senseless act of violence.

The DC reporter was shot while waiting for the bus, after a leaving a business meeting at work. According to the Washington Post, a gunman drove by on a motorcycle and fired several shots in the air. One of the stray bullets hit Charnice, an unintentional victim.

Charnice’s father told my Fox DC,

 She had her own condition of Asperger’s and it was presumed because of her special condition, she would never excel and never achieve any great feat. Yet watching our daughter walk across the stage at Bishop McNamara High School with honors, then going to Ball State and graduating with honors, then graduating at Syracuse with honors, and then staying here in Southeast Washington D.C., when she could have gone anywhere.”

“What we do know is that out of cowardice, a young man grabbed my daughter and put [her] between the bullet and his life, We miss our daughter. We hurt that she is no longer with us it. But we also know that she is at a peaceful place.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also stated,  We know that people were in and around the area. We have gotten very little information and we need the public to provide that information so Charnice’s killer can be captured.

Charnice’s death marked day 6, in a chilling new trend. 6 people have been killed in 6 days across the District of Columbia.

Our prayers are with the family of Charnice.

Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shot At In Atlanta

April 26th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Lil Wayne’s tour bus was shot early this morning in Atlanta. 

Reportedly, the rapper’s bus was shot at around 3:30 AM after leaving a performance at Compound Nightclub. The shooting took place after Lil Wayne’s two tour buses pulled away from the venue. 

In addition to Lil Wayne, several Young Money artists and executives were also aboard the bus. However, no one was injured. According to TMZ, after the bus left the venue, it drove straight to a local hotel and the police were called. Officers are currently investigating the incident. No arrests have been made. 

This story is still developing…

Five People Shot During Chris Brown Concert In CA

January 11th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Five people were shot and injured early this morning at a Chris Brown concert in San Jose, CA.

During the performance of his hit song “Loyal”,  a fight broke out in the audience. Several seconds later a number of shots were fired. The shots sent the audience and everyone in attendance into a panic. In the above video, you can hear the shots and the see Chris’ reaction.

By the time officials arrived, four people were injured and an additional victim arrived at a local hospital later. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. According to reports, several people were detained at the venue.

As for Chris, he’s fine and was reportedly not involved in the shooting.

14-Year-Old Louisiana Boy Fatally Shot By Police Deputy

September 25th, 2014 - By Rich
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On Tuesday evening at 6pm a call was made to 911 in Louisiana concerning suspects with weapons entering an abandoned house. Fourteen-year-old Cameron Tillman was one of the suspects.

The police responded. According to Andre Tillman, Cameron’s brother, the police knocked and Cameron opened the door unarmed and was fatally shot on sight by a Terrebonne Parish deputy. The deputy was an African American male that has been with the department for seven years, field trained and has a perfect record. The sheriff office is withholding his name during the investigation.

“My little brother thought somebody was just clowning, because somebody is always clowning by the door. He opened [it] and the man just shot him. He didn’t have nothing in his hand,” Andre said.

The abandoned house had become a local hang out for youth since its last owner vacated the home over a year ago.

The Louisiana State Police are investigating the shooting and trooper Evan Harrell told WWL TV reporters that the details of the shooting are still unclear. But there was a weapon found “in close proximity” of Tillman’s body.

Cameron’s family says their “timid and respectful” high school student was shot four to five times in the back. Cameron’s cousin, Josh Miles, spoke of the nature of his family member.

“He stayed out of trouble. He was just a good kid,” Miles said. “I told the sheriff that as scared as he was, he’d never point anything at anybody.”

There suspects from the evening’s tragic chaos are in police custody – two juveniles and one 18-year-old – while a fifth suspect escaped out of the back of the house.

Harrell is asking the community to remain calm as the investigation is underway.

“What transpired on the scene is being processed right now … and we ask everybody to not make snap-judgment calls because we want to do a very thorough investigation because the officer and the 14-year-old deserve a thorough investigation.”

Cameron was a freshman at Ellender High School and while he had great athletic abilities in both basketball and football he was taking a year off to concentrate on his studies. Michael Legarde a teacher at Ellender and also the parent of Cameron’s close friends spoke of Tillman’s focus.

“He had heard all the hype about high school and just wanted to concentrate on his grades for the first year,” Legarde said.

“I look at him as one of my sons,” he said looking out at a sea of blue lights illuminating the neighborhood. “It’s a shame. This was a good kid, never caused any trouble.”

Over the the past month there has been more police killings of African American men (Mike Brown, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner), more police brutality of both minority men and women and unrest in the Black community with the growing number of incidents.

It will be interesting to see how the community responds with the shooting being done by an African American cop as race has rightfully played a role in other police shooting across the nation and how the police officers who swiftly reach for their gun seldom receive the consequences they should.

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Ex-Marine Shoots Girlfriend and Kills Himself As She Shelters Baby

September 21st, 2014 - By Rich
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A five-month-old baby is recovering from hypothermia after police found her tiny body hidden inside a toilet. The parents of the infant are both dead after her father, Antoine Davis killed her mother, Jessica Arrendale, before pulling the trigger on himself in a murder-suicide.

Arrendale is being labeled a hero for potentially saving the life of her baby girl by, according to WGHP, somehow placing her in a toilet while her father, Davis, was on a violent tirade after consuming alcohol.

Photo courtesy of Georgia News Day

Photo courtesy of Georgia News Day

Teresa Ionniello, the mother of the slain woman tells WSB Radio that this wasn’t the first time Davis became violent toward her daughter—in fact, it was one of many.

According to reports, Davis chased Arrendale through her Smyrna, Georgia home, eventually ending up on the third floor where Arrendale grabbed a baseball bat to defend herself against an angry Davis. According to Ionnielllo, Davis was able to wrestle the bat away from the woman and struck her in the head.

Arrendale was able to grab the couple’s five-month-old daughter, Cobie, and barricade herself in the bathroom as Davis went to get his firearm. Police officers and members of the SWAT team arrived to the home at this point, beginning what would end up being a 12-hour standoff.

As nearby homes were evacuated as a safety precaution, hours after police arrived at the home, Davis delivered Arrendale a fatal shot to the head. Shortly after, he would deliver himself the same fatal ending.

Tamaira Chesley, the ex-wife of the former marine says she believes Davis battled depression and acknowledged that he and Arrendale were in the midst of a custody dispute over little Cobie, who was found in the toilet bowl covered by her mother’s body.

“She had pure will. She wanted that baby to live,” says Ionniello in reference to her daughter. She continued, “Her last breath was saving the child.”

Davis’ had two other children from his previous marriage who were also inside the home at the time of the shooting. They shared some details of the incident with their mother, one of them saying her father stared at her for a very long time before the young girl asked him, “Daddy, what are you doing?”

She says her father then went upstairs to grab his firearm. Shortly thereafter she heard Arrendale screaming and then a “boom.”

A family friend set up a GoFundMe page for Arrendale’s surviving children. Cobie was treated at an area hospital and is currently in the care of the Division of Family and Children Services.

Arrendale’s family hasn’t released any type of official statement, just telling Fox 5 they wish to “grieve and surround themselves with loved ones” during this tragic, emotional time for their family.

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1-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Ends In Tragedy After Men Open Fire

May 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The birthday celebration for a 1-year-old this past weekend turned fatal after a group of gunmen opened fire, Masahble reports. The suspects fired “several shots” at a group of partygoers who were gathered by a play area in the California park where the party was held.

Seven people were shot. One man in his twenties was left dead due to his injuries. An exact motive for the shooting remains unknown; however, it appears that this was an organized hit. Investigators believe that the shooting may have been gang related. Police say that while the suspects arrived on foot, they fled the scene in “one or more” vehicles. Some of the victims drove themselves to nearby hospitals or were driven by friends or family members. Others were transported by ambulance.

“To see him just laying there. They took him away too early,” said the deceased man’s mother-in-law, Denise James. “They came in and shot my son-in-law,” she told the Sacramento Bee.

It has been confirmed that one of the victims was a 7-year-old boy. Thankfully, he’s expected to recover. The names of the victims have not been released. The identities of the shooters are currently unknown, but police say that they are still investigating the shooting. According the reports, they hope to recover footage of the suspects from home-surveillance cameras in the surrounding area.

Too Close For Comfort: The Mall of Columbia Shooting

January 27th, 2014 - By Rich
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No matter how crazy this world gets, we would all like to think that certain tragedies will skip our neighborhoods – until your community lands on CNN.

Yes, crime can happen anywhere and it does, but growing up in Columbia, Maryland, you are a resident of what many of us refer to as “the bubble.” There is only one mall, one movie theater and there’s but so much you can do before you jump in your car and head to either Baltimore or Washington D.C.

During my teenage years I had what you called “dual countyship” as I resided in both Columbia and Baltimore City. My parents were divorced with my father living in Columbia as a police officer which meant access to a better school system with more resources. It’s a place that has ranked in the top 10 of Best Places to Live and wealthiest counties in the U.S. The most action cops saw around town when I was growing up was kids drag racing down Route 29, routine traffic stops and the occasional confiscation of questionable products from children of “high-profile” individuals (of course that didn’t make the papers).

I can remember walking from Wilde Lake High School each day to the Columbia Mall to work at Claire’s. Like other kids in the area, I had the typical job at the common hangout where you ran into your friends on a daily basis. I must say it was a pretty boring scene.

My how times have changed.

“I’m not doing much today, just thinking about going to the mall,” my mom said on the phone Saturday – and by mall I knew exactly which one.

It’s one of those things you don’t really think twice about, that is until you find out there was a shooting with casualties. I first learned about Saturday’s events via Facebook as I have many friends who still live in the area and unfortunately found themselves inside the mall during the shooting. Thankfully, they were on the opposite wing of where things went down though I can’t imagine the craziness that ensued as Saturdays are notorious for being crowded with families and tons of shoppers.

One of the first things that ran through my head was, who on Earth would start shooting in this mall? Did someone get pissed about a return policy at Lord & Taylor? Was their frozen yogurt the wrong flavor? Even media outlets are stretching their stories to make Columbia seem as if it’s next to or a part of Baltimore (over 20 miles away) because this is so left field.

“That is some crazy ‘ish that happened,” my dad noted.

In his 28 years as a Howard County police officer (now retired) even he was surprised about the Mall of Columbia shooting, but not shocked. “Stuff like this is bound to happen because people are getting darker,” he said the other day. “Living in a certain zip code doesn’t make you immune.”

 Have you ever been around a random act of violence? Does it make you more cautious in public places?

Astonishingly Heroic 11-Year-Old Detroit Boy Shields 4-Year-Old Friend From A Barrage Of Bullets

July 26th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WDIV

Source: WDIV

Heroes come in an array of shapes and sizes, just ask Dovonta Andrews of Detroit, Michigan. The shockingly brave 11-year-old didn’t hesitate springing into action when he and a few of his younger neighbors were caught in the middle of a shootout. According to WDIV 4, the children were sitting on a neighbor’s porch, drawing in a coloring book when an altercation broke out at a house across the street. Reports suggest that the squabble began over money, taking a rather dangerous turn when one of the men involved pulled out a gun and began shooting.

“I heard some gunshots,” Dovonta told WDIV’s Chauncey Glover.

Once the gunshots rang out, Dovonta acted as a human shield, blocking his 4-year-old friend from the barrage of bullets that were heading their way.

“I pushed my little friend KJ out the way, then the bullet hit me.”

“It went through me and out,” he went on to say about the bullet, which entered through his shoulder and came out through his back.

Although his act of bravery left him injured, the pint-sized hero says had he not stepped in, his friend would’ve been hit in the head by the bullet.

“He would’ve got hit in the head. He would’ve died,” a serious Dovonta told WDIV.

When asked how he felt about being referred to as the neighborhood hero, he sheepishly smiled, admitting that he “felt good” about it. As for his shooter, Dovonta believes that he acted irresponsibly in the presence of children.

“It was kids on the porch. He should’ve never been shooting,” he said of the assailant.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. It’s a miracle that none of the children were gravely injured. Had Dovonta acted a second earlier or later, this story could’ve ended differently.

Turn the page for footage of Dovonta recounting the tale of his heroic deed.