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February 1, 2000 | by Scott Flander and Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writers
Kids playing with guns. Bang, some kid dies. Happens all the time. And in West Philadelphia early yesterday, 12-year-old Jameka Johnson watched her cousin die in her arms. There was Tyrea Spencer, just 13 years old, lying on the floor, blood pouring from a rifle bullet wound in her head. Nearby was the girls' friend, Lakesha Graham, the one who police say fired the rifle - accidentally - crying out, "I didn't mean to do it! I didn't mean to do it!" Jameka grabbed a blanket and put it to her cousin's head.
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September 3, 1988 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
Several days before his boss was found shot to death, Anthony Matteo practiced target shooting with a .22-caliber rifle, according to a friend of his who testified yesterday in Chester County Common Pleas Court. Matteo, 19 of Byers Road, Chester Springs, and Timothy J. Flynn, 21, drove around Chester County shooting at road signs from Flynn's van on Jan. 10, Flynn testified. Three days later - on the day when Montgomery County golf pro Patrick Calandriello was robbed and slain - Matteo carried "a one-half-inch- (thick)
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | By JACK McGUIRE and JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Joseph Grace contributed to this report
Robert Graves allegedly fired one shot from a deer rifle into the living room wall Tuesday night during an argument with his wife, Joyce. Yesterday, he pointed the rifle at his wife and the weapon discharged - striking his 2-year-old son, Allen, in the chest, police say. "I killed my baby, I killed my baby," Graves sobbed when police took him into custody at Children's Hospital, where he and his wife had driven their mortally wounded son....
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December 27, 2012 | By George M. Walsh and Mary Esch, Associated Press
WEBSTER, N.Y. - An ex-con is believed to have killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found. William Spengler, 62, who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter in the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother, set his house afire before dawn Christmas Eve before taking a revolver, a shotgun, and a semiautomatic rifle to a sniper position outside, Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.
NEWS
May 7, 1990 | By Robert J. Terry and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two bullets fired in separate incidents at 16th and Spring Garden Streets nine days ago - one that wounded a 27-year-old man and the other that killed a 60-year-old woman - both came from a .22-caliber rifle, police said yesterday. Detectives said they now strongly suspect a link between the shootings, both of which appeared to be random attacks. They said, however, that they had no suspects. The police Ballistics Unit performed tests last week on the two bullets, one that lodged in the shoulder of Carnell Walker and one that pierced the arm and chest of Kathryn Hayes Carmichael.
NEWS
June 14, 1989
Citing public disgust at congressional ethics, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D., Texas) has just barred any sequel to the great tax giveaway of 1986, when billions of dollars worth of "rifle-shot" tax breaks were hidden in the tax- reform bill. The powerful Democrat, who has chaired the Finance Committee since 1987, has just told committee members that he'll oppose all such tax breaks, which are done in obscure language designed to fit just one or several enterprises or investors. Thanks to Mr. Bentsen's clear stand, Congress won't be cheating the average taxpayer anytime soon by slipping tax breaks to a select few. As Mr. Bentsen is saying, clearly though belatedly, the practice combines two fundamental wrongs.
NEWS
June 3, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
Police are looking for two men who opened fire with semiautomatic rifles on a South Philadelphia street early today, killing a man. The shooting erupted on the 1200 block of South 21st Street in the Point Breeze section about 3:10 a.m., police said. Witnesses told police two men armed with rifles ran out from Titan Street and then opened fire on a man standing with a group of people. The victim, who was in his early 20s, fled, but was hit in the leg, chest and back. He was taken in critical condition to the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, but doctors could not save him and he died at 4:48 a.m., police said.
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May 3, 2013 | By Travis Loller and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press
BURKESVILLE, Ky. - In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, "she heard the gun go off," a coroner said. In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest.
NEWS
April 14, 2011
1COPS: MAN SHOT MOM WITH RIFLE A man was arrested for allegedly shooting his mother with a rifle yesterday morning at their Kensington home, according to police. Emmanuel Butler, 34, allegedly shot his 54-year-old mother in the left shoulder about 10:30 a.m. in their second-floor apartment on Allegheny Avenue near G Street, police said. She was taken to Temple University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Police said that Butler was disabled, but it was not immediately clear if his disability was mental or physical, a police spokeswoman said.
NEWS
February 19, 1996 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Police have arrested on charges of aggravated assault and related offenses a 43-year-old neighbor of the family whose home was peppered with bullets last week. Michael Iannuzzi of the 100 block of Bedford Lane was arraigned before District Justice David Keightly and sent to Montgomery County prison Thursday after he did not post $10,000 bail, police said. According to court documents, Iannuzzi told police that he was holding his rifle in his bedroom when it accidentally went off. Then, he said, he hid the rifle in his attic so police would not find it, the court documents state.
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January 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Philadelphia police were searching for a masked robber who aimed an AR-15-style rifle at a convenience-store employee during a stickup. Police said two men entered the Clearfield Food Market, 2442 Clearfield St. in North Philadelphia, last Thursday around 8:40 p.m., and one pointed the rifle at an employee, demanding money. The employee complied. The men fled on foot with $500. No one was injured. The suspects were caught on surveillance video released this week by police, which shows the gunman pointing the rifle one-handed at a man behind the counter as his accomplice takes the cash.
TRAVEL
September 1, 2014 | By Larry Trachtman, For The Inquirer
My wife and I went to Kruger National Park in June even though it was winter in South Africa. We chose that time to travel because it was the cool, dry season, with no bugs and no tall grass, which means the game viewing is better. Some people on safari do not see all of the so-called Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino), but we saw all of them in a single day. We saw so many animals, including lions mating every 10 minutes, that we become blasé about the sight. Unfortunately, the day begins at 5:30 a.m.; after a snack of muffins, fruit, and coffee, you go on the game drive in your open Land Rover with your ranger (who has a rifle)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AS TATTLE reported yesterday, Wiz Khalifa canceled his concert Saturday night in California after a person was shot and killed backstage at his Friday-night show. Wiz is currently on tour with Jeezy . As a follow-up to that story, TMZ.com reported that police searched Jeezy's tour bus after the shooting . . . and found an assault rifle. As of last night, Jeezy was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was arrested with five others at the Verizon Amphitheatre, in Irvine.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's become the last, best hope of people charged with a crime: a DNA test that proves police have the wrong guy. Tell that to Antwon Watkins. The 16-year-old South Philadelphia High School junior was found guilty of simple assault by a Philadelphia Family Court judge April 28 despite negative DNA results, alibi witnesses, school attendance records, and having no prior arrests. It could have been worse. Watkins had been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
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January 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A 16-YEAR-OLD male picked the wrong street to go for a walk with his rifle yesterday. The teen was carrying a pump-action rifle on Corlies Street near Tasker in South Philadelphia about 4 p.m. when he was spotted by two detectives - one from the Attorney General's Office, the other from the Police Department - who happened to be serving an unrelated warrant on a nearby home, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The police detective told the teen to drop his weapon. He didn't, instead pointing the gun at the two law-enforcement officers.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Siarhei Baltutski claims he sold at least 100 pieces of military hardware with names like Thermal Eye Renegade 320 and Scorpion thermal weapon sights to pig hunters in his native Belarus. But a federal judge in Philadelphia didn't buy the 41-year-old arms exporter's story and sentenced him Thursday to more than 25 years in prison for violations of federal arms-control and money-laundering laws. Baltutski, a Minsk businessman who pleaded guilty in January, led an international arms network that recruited U.S. straw buyers, including Belarusians living as legal permanent residents in Philadelphia, to purchase military-grade rifle scopes, goggles, and other similar devices for resale on the black market.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Amy Worden and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The state legislature is dark. Schoolchildren from the Lehigh Valley to the Ohio border have the day off. Across the northern tier and through the center of the state, businesses close and tradesmen vanish. Welcome to the opening day of rifle deer season - Pennsylvania's unofficial state holiday. Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in the number of licensed hunters. The state Game Commission expected most of them - about 750,000 - to be roaming the woods Monday.
NEWS
December 1, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NICETOWN The heist at Nicetown's Wild & Crazy Beauty Supply Store lasted less than a minute, but the video footage police recovered was alarming: two masked men, one brandishing an assault rifle, storming into the store and demanding cash. Philadelphia police on Friday were asking for help in tracking down the robbers, while employees who were in the store during Wednesday night's stickup were trying to put the incident behind them. "It happens," Derrick Hannibal, who has worked at Wild & Crazy for about a year, said Friday.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Look out, squirrels. Run for your holes, rabbits. Hunting season for these animals starts Saturday, and New Jersey for the first time is permitting the use of air guns to shoot them. The state joins Arizona and Alabama, which have also recently allowed compressed-air-powered pellet guns for hunting these small game. Their use has grown in recent years, according to industry representatives, because they have grown quieter and lighter even as they become more powerful. Dave Chanda, director of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, called the new regulation "inspiring news for young hunters, and an opportunity for more 'seasoned' hunters like me, who haven't picked up a pellet gun in years, to revisit the pleasures of childhood and dust off some old memories.
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