MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The death of a 7-year-old boy in Virginia by a stray bullet is drawing attention to the dangers of celebratory shooting.
The practice involves firing a weapon into the sky, often on New Year's Eve and July Fourth.
This summer, a bullet pierced Brendon Mackey's head as he went to a fireworks show in central Virginia. Brendon died the next day.
Police determined that the bullet was probably fired within a 5,200-foot radius. Investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors hoping to find the person who fired the fatal shot. No one has come forward.
A state senator is proposing "Brendon's Law" to curb celebratory shooting and to provide stiffer penalties for those who maim or injure others with stray bullets.
One man is in critical condition after shots were fired during an overnight brawl.
Police were called to the site of a large fight near the corner of Louisiana and Osage around 12:30 AM. Before officers arrived, witnesses say shots were fired.
When the officers pulled up to the scene and exited the car, someone pointed a gun at them. The officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he did not. Police opened fire and the suspect ran.
While police were looking for the suspect, they found a man who had been shot. That man is in critical but stable condition and police are investigating his shooting.
The suspect was captured a short time later.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A witness to the 2009 Fort Hood shootings says she had to quickly decide who she could save, so she used a black marker to write a "D" on the foreheads of the victims she couldn't.
Sgt. 1st Class Maria Guerra recalled those moments while testifying Thursday at the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He's accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others that day at the Texas military base.
Hasan is acting as his own attorney. He raised a rare objection when Guerras said she heard the gunman silence a woman who was yelling, "My baby!" Hasan asked the judge to remind Guerra she was under oath.
Guerra said she didn't want to change her testimony.
Hasan challenged no other witnesses and said little during the trial.
Three people are hurt after a triple shooting overnight in north St. Louis. It happened just before 2:00am Tuesday in the 5400 of Genevieve Avenue. Police say a woman in her 30's was shot in the leg.
A man, also in his 30's, was shot in the hip, and a man in his late teens was shot in the leg. Police say the two men and the woman are in stable condition. No suspects are in custody.
Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.
Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene.
A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m. Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot.
There are no suspect details at this time.
Charges are filed against Keith Wildharber after police say he accidentally shot and killed his friend.
Wildharber was drinking with his friends on Monday night, when witnesses say he playfully pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim, asked the victim if he trusted him, and pulled the trigger. The victim died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Wildharber believed the gun was unloaded.
He now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Police have identified the man shot and killed this morning in North St. Louis.
Police received a call about a shooting just after 8 AM. When officers arrived they found 45-year-old Sean Jackson with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No information on any suspects or a motive for the shooting.
One person is in critical condition after a shooting in Webster Groves this afternoon.
Police say the shooting happened at 2 PM on the parking lot of a housing unit near the intersection of Elm and Waymire Avenues. One person was injured and taken to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.
Police do have a suspect in custody but are asking if anyone has additional information about the incident.
A Steelville man faces charges for allegedly shooting and killing a man during an argument.
Witnesses say James Crocker was arguing with Paul Dart Jr over whether Dart was standing on private or public property. The argument escalated and that is when police say Crocker fired several shots at Dart--one bullet hit him in the head. Dart was pronounced dead just a short time later.
Crocker faces second-degree murder charges and is held on a $650,000 bond.
People affiliated with a number of social justice groups held a rally in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal.
Zaki Baruti with the Universal African Peoples Organization believes the Zimmerman verdict says something about the US. "America is not qhat it says it is, it is full of hypocrisy. It is not freedom and justice and equality here in this country." says Baruti.
Protesters gathered outside of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Organizers say this is just the first activity planned to draw attention to was they say are injustices.
City Police were aware of the event and were happy to announce that there were no arrests made.