Although it’s still far from clear what caused today’s fatal incident on Capitol Hill–where a car chase and gunshots reportedly left one woman dead–federal lawmakers were placed in sudden lockdown and scrambling for answers.
Among them was New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who said his first thought was that it related to the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington.
Tragic news today: As government employees stayed home today, it was a good thing the police were still out in full force in Washington, D.C. as a female suspect engaged in a firefight with officers after trying to ram the gates of the White House.
In the aftermath of Monday’s mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making yet another push for tougher gun purchase background checks.
“We don’t have all the facts about the shooter,” Mr. Bloomberg said at press conference today at City Hall, “but what we do know [is] what happened this week has happened before–and sadly it looks like it will happen again until we get serious about this issue of just too many guns around.”
A day after a baby boy was shot to death in his stroller, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is saying enough is enough.
“There must be a new era of community policing,” Mr. Thompson declared at a press conference today, standing solemnly beside his wife, outraged community leaders and grieving residents. They were next to an abandoned lot in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, where 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was killed.
“Trayvon did not have to die,” they chanted. “We don’t know the reason why.”
A crowd of thousands demanded justice for Trayvon Martin as the group marched en masse from Union Square to Times Square yesterday. Angry over George Zimmerman’s acquittal on all charges in the shooting death of the Florida teen, the protesters decried what they described as a starkly unjust ruling. The march culminated in a “shut down, sit down” protest in Times Square around 9.30 p.m.
Hooray for good ol’ fashioned American parenting!
On Tuesday, Jack Pawlowski went to Astoria’s Ditmars Park to do some target shooting. Accompanied by his five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. In a children’s playground.
After firing off a few rounds, Mr. Pawlowski passed the plastic gun–which resembled a .38-caliber pistol–to his daughter, who rode around on Read More
This morning, an off-duty police officer shot and killed her boyfriend and her one-year-old-son before turning the gun on herself, according to police.
At around 8.30 a.m. today, emergency officials responded to a 911 call from East 56th Street and Farragut Road in East Flatbush.
They found the alleged shooter, Rosette Samuel, Read More
Today’s tragedy in Connecticut is not the type of news that makes reporters get out bed and say “Now this is the kind of thing I went to journalism school for!” Yes, we report on it. Yes, we grab screenshots of the “best” (if that superlative is even correct) tweets from the aftermath.
We embed videos of Obama crying, come up with opinion-heavy listicles and try to make some grand thesis about America’s history of violence. But it’s horrible. The murder of children is not something any of us want to dwell on, even as we understand the necessity of doing so. People went to Newtown today with cameras and crews not because they wanted to, but because when this kind of thing happens, someone needs to be on the ground.
And so it’s only fair that after a long day such as this one, we end on a note of–if not exactly positivity–some sort of pick-me-up. Like LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow taking to PBS’s blog to help parents explain gun violence to their own kids.
Occupy Wall Street
Sad news today: an unidentified man lies in grave condition after being shot at the Occupy , Vermont protest at Burlington’s City Hall Park. Early reports say the wound was self-inflicted and may have been a suicide attempt. WPTZ reporter David Schneider reports via Twitvid from the scene.