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Oklahoma Teenager Gets Life in Prison for Role in Shooting of Australian Athlete

Michael Jones
AP This undated booking file photo provided by the Stephens County Okla., Sheriffs Department shows Michael Dewayne Jones, of Duncan, Okla.

Michael DeWayne Jones pleaded guilty to driving the car from which his friend shot Christopher Lane apparently at random

An Oklahoma teenager was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to his involvement in the 2013 shooting that killed an Australian baseball player in Duncan, Okla.

High school dropout Michael DeWayne Jones, 19, admitted driving the car from which his friend, Chancey Allen Luna, shot Christopher Lane, The Oklahoman reported.

Lane, a 22-year-old rising senior from Melbourne at East Central University in nearby Ada, was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend and was out for a jog when Luna shot him in the back.

“I saw Chancey shoot the jogger,” said Jones in his statement. “I believe that Mr. Lane died as a result of me driving my car while Chancey Luna fired the revolver at him.”

Jones also tendered an emotional apology to Lane’s girlfriend, Sarah Harper, who was in the courtroom with her parents. He said he was “truly sorry” for their loss and hoped they would forgive him. “I pray for you all daily,” he said.

Jones’ guilty plea was part of an agreement that reduced his charge from first-degree to second-degree murder, making him eligible for parole in 36 years. The Associated Press reported that as part of the plea deal, Jones will not testify against Luna, whose trial is set to begin next month.

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This Guy Got Shot in the Shoulder and Immediately Decided to Post a Selfie

Status update: Feeling shot

What did Isaac Martinez do after sustaining a gunshot wound after a white supremacist went on a rampage in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday? He took a selfie, of course.

According to two images posted by a local reporter on Twitter, Martinez appears to have snapped at least two selfies after suspect Ryan E. Giroux allegedly approached and shot him through the shoulder at a restaurant operated by the East Valley Institute of Technology in suburban Phoenix.

Martinez was later treated at a local hospital and informed his friends via Facebook that he was at home and convalescing and thankfully was not suffering from any “complicated injuries.”

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Swedish Police: Several People Shot, 2 Dead, in Goteborg

Police officer stands at the scene of a fatal shooting in Gothenburg,
TT News Agency/Reuters A police officer stands at the scene of a fatal shooting in Goteborg, Sweden, on March 18, 2015

Several people have been shot inside a restaurant in Goteborg

(STOCKHOLM) — Several people were shot inside a restaurant in the city of Goteborg late Wednesday and at least two of them have died, Swedish police said.

Police said in a statement that an automatic weapon is believed to have been used in the shooting. They had no details on any suspects but said several people had been brought in for questioning.

The shooting happened in the Biskopsgarden suburb of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city. The neighborhood has a history of gang violence, said police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm.

She said it was too early to speculate on the motive but said there were indications that the shooting was gang-related.

“There is absolutely nothing that indicates terrorism,” Brehm said.

Brehm said at least two people were killed at the scene and several others taken to a hospital.

One witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT that two men entered the restaurant and started shooting with automatic weapons.

“I didn’t have a chance to think about what happened. Then I saw that my friend was bleeding. I tried to stop the bleeding as well as I could with my hand,” said the witness, who didn’t give his name.

Police said the shooting happened inside a restaurant called Var Krog och Bar, which means “our tavern and bar” in Swedish. According to its website, the restaurant opened in 1995 and also has a sports bar and a night club that’s open on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Jan. 30 a man was wounded in a shooting on the square outside the restaurant. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the shootings were linked.

Gun violence is not uncommon in Sweden’s major cities, though shootings in public places with multiple victims are rare.

“The problems are the same here in Sweden as internationally,” Brehm said.

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Ex-Convict Arrested in Phoenix-Area Shootings That Killed 1

Ryan Elliott Giroux
Arizona Department of Corrections/AP Ryan Giroux

Ryan Giroux, an ex-convict, went on a rampage that included a motel shooting, a carjacking, and a home invasion in Phoenix

(MESA, Ariz.) — A gunman killed one person and wounded five others Wednesday in a rampage that included a motel shooting, a carjacking and a home invasion and ended with his arrest at a nearby apartment in suburban Phoenix.

The suspect was taken into custody after officers spotted him on an apartment balcony and shocked him with a stun gun. Numerous officers led the handcuffed man to a truck parked outside an apartment complex.

Police later identified the man as Ryan Giroux, a 41-year-old ex-convict who has served three stints in state prison since 1994.

Giroux served prison terms totaling more than eight years for burglary, theft, attempted aggravated assault and a marijuana violation, the Arizona Department of Corrections said.

He was first incarcerated in 1994 and returned to prison in late 1995 before being released about a year later. He then returned to prison in mid-2007 before being released in late 2013.

Last year, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge allowed Giroux to remain on probation despite an unspecified probation violation.

Police said Wednesday’s shootings started with an argument inside a motel room that spilled outside, leaving one man dead and two women wounded, Mesa police Detective Esteban Flores said.

The gunman then shot a man working at a nearby restaurant. The adult student at the nearby East Valley Institute of Technology was able to run across the street to emergency responders already at the motel, Flores said. The school said in a statement that the victim was one of seven students and an instructor working at Bistro 13 restaurant. The student was treated at a hospital and released.

The gunman got away by carjacking the instructor’s car.

Police say the man then went to an apartment complex about 2 miles away, where he entered an apartment and shot a man. That victim will survive, police said.

A police officer found another man in a neighboring apartment building with multiple gunshot wounds, Flores said. He was listed in critical condition.

The shootings prompted an intense hunt for the gunman as Mesa police searched the trunks of cars, interviewed witnesses and brought in SWAT and canine units from other agencies. Flores warned people in the neighborhood to remain indoors.

Several buildings in the area were placed on lockdown amid a heavy law enforcement presence. The Arizona Department of Public Safety sent its SWAT team to Mesa to assist with the effort, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. Scottsdale police also sent SWAT and canine units.

East Valley Institute of Technology officials said the school went into lockdown as soon as gunshots were heard. The lockdown lasted more than an hour, according to students. Afternoon classes convened but were made optional.

A nearby Mesa Community College campus issued an emergency alert, saying it was on lockdown and anyone there should proceed to the safest location. The campus remained closed Wednesday.

Vinny Carbone, who owns an auto body shop near the motel and restaurant, said he was getting ready to open when he heard a man yell “help, help” from Bistro 13 across the street. He turned and saw a woman outside the motel with what looked like a bullet hole in her side.

“She was in a chair but she was holding onto another chair, shaking, trying to keep her balance,” Carbone said. “Another guy, he had blood on the back of his shirt.”

Alex Martin, of Mesa, saw the chaos that ensued.

“I heard several cop cars and ambulances and fire trucks roll up past me. I get here and there’s easily 20, 30 police units just swarming the roads,” Martin said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised Mesa officials any resources the state could offer.

“Right now, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mesa, the individuals affected by this tragedy, and all law enforcement and first responders working to assist the victims,” he said.

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3 Killed, 4 Wounded in Shooting at California Grocery Store

At least three people are dead and four people are wounded in a shooting at a grocery store

(STOCKTON, Calif.) — Police in Northern California say at least three people are dead and four people are wounded in a shooting at a grocery store.

Stockton police say one person was killed Tuesday night at the store in Stockton and another two died at a hospital.

The Stockton Record reports the victim who died at the store was a woman. She was found on a sidewalk outside. Some of the wounded victims were found inside the market.

Dozens of people gathered in the area after the shooting, and additional police had to be called to help control the crowd.

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Attorney: Ferguson Shooting Suspect Didn’t Target Officers

Jeffrey Williams
St. Louis County Police Department/AP Jeffrey Williams

Suspect's lawyer says Williams was not targeting the police

(CLAYTON, Mo.) — A man accused of shooting two officers last week in Ferguson was not targeting police or aiming at demonstrators at a late-night protest, his attorney said Monday as he countered an earlier police description of the crime.

Defense attorney Jerryl Christmas also suggested that St. Louis County police may have used excessive force when arresting the suspect, Jeffrey Williams, saying his client had bruises on his back, shoulders and face and a knot on his head.

Police spokesman Brian Schellman called the lawyer’s allegations “completely false,” adding that Williams was seen by a nurse when booked into the county jail, standard procedure for all incoming inmates.

“The nurse released Williams as fit for confinement,” he said.

Williams is accused of shooting the two officers Thursday outside Ferguson’s police station, which has been the scene of protests since last summer’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Williams, 20, appeared in court Monday morning, one day after his arrest on charges of felony assault, armed criminal action and a weapons offense. His case was continued until March 31. Christmas did not appear at the brief hearing and said he first spoke with his client late Monday afternoon.

“This wasn’t any type of ambush shooting,” Christmas said in an interview with the AP, countering an earlier description by St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar of the March 12 shooting outside Ferguson police headquarters. “Those officers were shot accidentally.”

Williams also told investigators he was not targeting law enforcement and had been aiming instead at someone with whom he had a dispute, authorities said. But that assertion was met with skepticism by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

“We’re not sure we completely buy that part of it,” the prosecutor said Sunday.

Christmas said he wasn’t aware of any details regarding a possible dispute that could have preceded the shooting.

But Ferguson activist Derrick Robinson said Sunday that Williams told him during a jail visit that he had been robbed earlier on the day of the shooting and returned to the protest zone to retaliate. On Monday, Robinson referred inquiries to Christmas.

The shooting happened as a demonstration began to break up. The protest followed the resignation of city Police Chief Tom Jackson in the wake of a Justice Department report that found widespread racial bias in the city’s police practices.

Christmas said his client was not a regular participant in demonstrations outside the police station, echoing statements by protest leaders who said they did not recognize Williams as one of their own.

“That little strip has become the hang-out spot,” Christmas said, noting that the area has attracted people besides demonstrators.

Williams is jailed on $300,000 bond. Christmas said his client is unemployed and expecting a child with his girlfriend.

On Monday, no one answered the door of the north St Louis County home Williams listed as his address on court records, and several neighbors said they did not know him. The home is about 5 miles northeast of the Ferguson Police Department.

According to 2014 county court records, Williams lived in the nearby community of Jennings, which borders Ferguson. No one answered the door there either.

Online state court records show a man by the name of Jeffrey Williams at the address police provided Sunday was charged in 2013 with receiving stolen property and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.

Belmar had said the two officers easily could have been killed. A 41-year-old St. Louis County officer was shot in the right shoulder, the bullet exiting through his back. A 32-year-old officer from Webster Groves was wearing a riot helmet with the face shield up. He was shot in the right cheek, just below the eye, and the bullet lodged behind his ear.

The officers were released from the hospital hours after the attack.

The Ferguson Police Department has been a national focal point since Brown, who was black and unarmed, was killed by police officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November, and Wilson was cleared of civil rights charges by a Justice Department report released March 4. Wilson resigned in November.

A separate Justice Department report found widespread racial bias in the city’s policing and in a municipal court system driven by profit extracted from mostly black and low-income residents.

TIME celebrities

Reported Shooting at Lil Wayne’s Home Was Likely a Hoax, Police Say

Rapper Lil Wayne performs in Los Angeles, California in 2014.
Allen Berezovsky—WireImage/Getty Images Rapper Lil Wayne performs in Los Angeles, California in 2014.

The rapper was reportedly not home at the time

Police responded to a possible shooting at the Miami Beach home of rap artist Lil Wayne on Wednesday, but later said it appeared to be a hoax.

A 911 call suggested shots were fired at the home and four people may have been injured, WSVN 7 News reports. Miami Beach police had set up a perimeter around the home Wednesday afternoon, with a SWAT team also on location.

The record label founded by Lil Wayne, Young Money Entertainment, sent out a tweet saying Lil Wayne was not home at the time.

Later, the Miami Beach police sent out a tweet that the shooting was a hoax.

[WSVN 7 News]

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L.A. Police Say Homeless Man Tried to Grab Gun Before Fatal Shooting

Charlie Beck
Damian Dovarganes—AP Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles, at a news conference at police headquarters on March 2, 2015.

But a bystander who caught the incident on video says otherwise

Los Angeles’ police chief said Monday there was evidence that a homeless man shot and killed by officers on Sunday had struggled over one of their guns, but a bystander who captured a viral video of the deadly incident says he never saw the man reach for a weapon.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said during a news conference that the slide of the weapon had been “partially engaged,” which is “indicative of a struggle over a weapon,” according to the Los Angeles Times, which has reviewed a second video of the deadly altercation.

Police were responding to a suspected robbery call and pursued a man known by some as “Africa” in the Skid Row area, home to one of the largest populations of homeless people in the country. After officers made contact, the department said in a statement, the man apparently began to fight back and resist being taken into custody.

“The officers attempted to use a Taser to subdue him but the suspect continued to fight and resist the officers and fell to the ground,” the statement continues. “While on the ground, the suspect and officers struggled over one of the officer’s handguns and then an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Sunday’s encounter was recorded by at least one officer’s body camera and caught on a video that was circulated widely on Facebook. The bystander who recorded the footage, Anthony Blackburn, told CNN on Monday that he hadn’t seen the man reach for a weapon.

Beck said the officers involved in the shooting had received training about working with mentally ill people. The man reportedly spent the past few months living in a tent after previously residing at a mental-health facility.

Police said the shooting is being investigated by a number of law-enforcement offices, including the Office of Inspector General and Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Justice System, to determine if the man’s death was another case of excessive force by police, as some witnesses and local activists claim.

TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: LAPD Shoots and Kills Homeless Man

The disturbing incident was caught on camera by a bystander

A homeless man was shot and killed by the Los Angeles Police Department on Skid Row Sunday. Watch Know Right Now to find out more.

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Deadly Shooting Kills 1 at Copenhagen Free Speech Event

DENMARK SHOOTING
Kenneth Meyer—AP An armed security officer runs down a street near a venue after shots were fired where an event titled "Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression" was being held in Copenhagen, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

Cartoonist who has drawn Muhammad was in attendance

One person is dead after shots were fired at a cafe in Copenhagen on Saturday that hosted an event organized by a Swedish cartoonist who has received death threats of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, according to media reports.

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According to the Associated Press and Reuters, Danish police say that one civilian was killed and three police officers were injured during the event titled “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression.”

The cartoonist, Lars Vilks, has been the subject of numerous death threats over the years, primarily over a cartoon he drew in 2007 depicting Muhammad with the body of a dog. Some branches of Islam prohibit any likeness of Muhammad.

MORE: Turkey Censors Facebook Pages That ‘Insult’ the Prophet Muhammad

According to multiple media reports, gunmen fired numerous shots into the cafe and then drove away from the scene.

The incident follows the attack inside the offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in January, which killed 12 people.

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