Thursday, March 24, 2016

Men target shooting seriously wound woman in her home; Drunken murderer DA failed to charge at it again

1 shot on campus of Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC (3-23-16) One person was shot and injured on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, according to paramedics.

Police haven’t identified the person who was shot, or given details about a potential suspect in the incident.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Beatties Ford Road. Paramedics told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that the shooting may have been accidental.

Footage from WBTV's helicopter showed several police cars and an ambulance in a parking lot. Officers had taped off two areas nearby.

Child injured in shooting in Russell neighborhood

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(3-23-16) Louisville police are investigating after a child was injured in a shooting Wednesday Afternoon.  Police got a report of a shooting in the 600 block of S. 10th Street.

Investigators believe the young child was grazed by a bullet in a shooting. The child's injuries are non-life-threatening, according to police.

They said child was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital by private transport.  The age of the child is unknown.

Police said they are not sure if the shooting was accidental or intentional.  MetroSafe said police did not find any other shooting victims at the scene.  Officers went to nearby hospitals to see if any victims were taken there.

WLKY will update this story as more information is released.

Shooting reported

Emporia, Ks (3-23-16) At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday a shooting was reported in the 1400 block of North Highway 99. Scanner traffic indicates that a woman in her forties accidentally shot herself in the hand. She is breathing and alert. Lyon County Sheriff's deputies and the Emporia Fire Department responded to the address to provide treatment.

East Cocalico Woman injured inside her home by target shooting negligence

East Cocalico, Pa (3-23-16) Resident Jim Miller asked about any decisions regarding a target shooting ordinance following the accidental shooting of a female resident inside her home. Police arrested seven people for reckless endangerment and other charges.


Woman, 22, in stable condition after shooting in East Cocalico Township

EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP, Pa (3-2-16) A 22-year-old woman is listed in stable condition at a Philadelphia hospital after being shot while she was inside a East Cocalico Township home on Sunday afternoon.

Jamie Horning, 22, was inside a home along the 500 block of Reinholds Road when she was struck in the neck around 3 p.m. Horning was taken to Reading Hospital and later transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia.

Police discovered the round was fired by a member of a group of target shooters who were in the 800 block of South Ridge Road, which runs parallel to the home. The group has been cooperating with police.

Authorities collected weapons, ammunition and other physical evidence from the scene.

Police: Man accidentally shot woman in car

Rome, Ga (3-24-16) A Rome man was in jail Wednesday without bond after he accidentally shot a woman while handling a gun earlier that afternoon, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports and Floyd County police Sgt. Greg Beck:

Devon Lavan Mc­Dougald, 25, of 520 Elliott Drive, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless conduct.

McDougald was sitting in the back of a car in a driveway on Elliott Drive on Wednesday afternoon. He told police the gun accidentally fired and hit a woman who was sitting in the front seat of the car.

Beck said the .38 caliber bullet went straight through the woman and she seemed to be doing OK at the scene. She was taken to Floyd Medical Center where she was still being treated late Wednesday according to FMC spokesman Dan Bevels.

Beck said police will conduct a gunshot residue test on McDougald to confirm that he shot the gun.

Not arrested in 2014 shooting death, Hernando County man faces gun charge

RIDGE MANOR, FL (3-23-16) A man who accidentally shot and killed a pregnant woman in 2014 while twirling a revolver was arrested Saturday after authorities say he repeatedly fired a gun in a reckless manner.

William Matthew DeHayes of Ridge Manor, who turned 37 on March 17, drunkenly fired a shotgun into the air several times while standing on his front lawn on the night of his birthday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public, a misdemeanor.

In July 2014, DeHayes, who was living in Brooksville at the time, accidentally shot a friend's wife in the head while showing them a "Western-style" trick, twirling a loaded gun around his finger. He told police that he didn't think the gun was loaded.

Katherine Hoover, 25, of Inverness was rushed to the hospital, where she died early the next morning. She was five months pregnant with a child the couple planned to name Rehlin, who was surgically removed from his dying mother in an attempt to save his life but lived about 30 minutes.

Authorities ruled the shooting an accident and decided not to charge DeHayes with a crime.

This time around nobody was hurt.

On Thursday night, several neighbors called 911 after seeing or hearing DeHayes fire shots in front of his single-wide mobile home at 4335 Cimarron Way, about 20 yards from his neighbor's house, according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.

When deputies arrived around 9:45 p.m., they found DeHayes drinking a bottle of beer and showing signs of intoxication.

"I asked William how much he had to drink today and he stated he could not keep count," a responding deputy wrote in an incident report. "He stated he had been drinking alcohol since 12 noon and had been drinking beer and Crown Royal straight from the bottle."

DeHayes told deputies he was going to teach his girlfriend's 16-year-old daughter how to shoot.

"William bragged that he knew how to handle firearms and had been shooting guns all his life," the deputy noted in the report.

It was a line Donna Bryan, Hoover's mother, heard back in 2014.

"I don't think he has any training with guns, to be honest with you," she said. "And then to think he's going to teach a 16-year-old kid how to shoot a gun, when you live in a trailer park and everybody's houses are right on top of each other."

DeHayes acknowledged that the projectiles would fall straight down after he fired into the air, "but showed no signs of concern for his neighbors or anyone else in the area," the report said.

Deputies found the gun — a pistol-grip, 12-gauge shotgun, according to the report — inside the mobile home.

Deputies sought an arrest warrant before taking DeHayes into custody. He was arrested Saturday and taken to the Hernando County jail, where he was released on $1,000 bail several hours later. Attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.

Bryan, who has been active in trying to get DeHayes prosecuted for her daughter and grandson's deaths, said when she heard about last week's incident she felt "upset, angry, furious, rage."

"He killed my daughter and my grandson," she said Wednesday. "They gave him back his guns, and he's out shooting up the town again. And I'm petrified he's going to kill someone else."

Contact Josh Solomon at (813) 909-4613 or Follow @josh_solomon15.

Weekend shooting leaves woman dead in Pineywoods

Walker County, Al (3-24-16) The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Pineywoods that left one woman dead and a man critically wounded.

Sheriff Jim Underwood said Chiquita Karen Henderson, 54, and Iven Denton Aaron, 70, were both shot in the head during the incident, which occurred Sunday at 12:50 a.m. at a residence on Old Pineywoods Road.

According to Underwood, deputies responded to the scene as a result of a 911 call placed by Aaron.

“Mr. Aaron called 911 and said that Mrs. Henderson had been accidentally shot. During the conversation with Mr. Aaron, they heard another shot,” Underwood said.

Deputies discovered Henderson and Aaron inside the residence, which the couple shared, when they arrived.

Henderson was later pronounced dead at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

Aaron was transferred to a trauma center in Mississippi. His prognosis is uncertain.

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Mom charged after toddler finds gun, shoots self at DeKalb hotel     (update)

DeKalb, Ga (3-23-16) Police arrested a woman Wednesday, two days after her 2-year-old found her gunand shot himself, DeKalb police said.

Valencia Burks was at the Knights Inn on Panola Road in Lithonia when her son found a handgun in her purse about 2:30 a.m. Monday and accidentally shot himself in the abdomen, police said.

The family is from North Carolina and arrived at the DeKalb hotel Sunday evening, police said.

The toddler was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition and immediately taken into surgery, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

He is continuing to improve and is expected to recover, DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said.

Burks was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 12 months confinement and/or up to a $1,000 fine, Fore said.


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