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Teenage Gunman Shoots Five Dead In US
A 15-year-old has been arrested and charged with the murders of two adults - including a chaplain - and three children at a New Mexico home.
Police said in a statement they had found the bodies of an adult male, an adult female, two girls and a boy - all dead from multiple gunshot wounds - when they arrived at an Albuquerque home late on Saturday.
The teenager is in custody and charged with two counts of murder and three counts of "child abuse resulting in death".
Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names, but law enforcement officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.
Fire Chief James Breen said in a statement: "Chaplin Griego was a dedicated professional that passionately served his fellow man and the firefighters of this community. His calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed."
Jail Chief Ramon Rustin said Mr Griego was instrumental in the creation of the Metropolitan Detention Centre's chaplain program and worked to get inmates integrated back into the community.
MrGriego also was a former member of the pastoral staff at Calvary, a Christian church in Albuquerque, where he oversaw the Straight Street program for jail inmates.
Lt Sid Covington, a sheriff's spokesman, said detectives were working to positively identify the five victims as well as the teenager's relationship to them.
"Right now we're to the meticulous points of processing the scene and collecting physical evidence, and this is a vast scene with a lot of physical evidence," he said.
Authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns
The shooting came days after US President Barack Obama unveiled proposed restrictions on guns and ammunition in the wake of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
On Saturday, pro-gun activists held rallies across the US to protest against the proposed measures.
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what do you think?
Another example of what guns do
After reading so many American shooting stories, last year but not only in America, I began to wonder how similar or not dangerous sport games might be to a bullet. Sifting through pages of rubbish online I "think" that I managed to discover a cricket ball can have about half the kinetic energy of a "weakest" .38 calibre pistol bullet. I don't know if I found any meaningful information or not, to be honest but it seems likely because lots of people have died from being struck by cricket balls. Obviously, there are other sports which use different sized spherical missiles. I gave up trying to find anything at all meaningful by writing "annual cricket ball injury statistics" into search engines and finding pages of nothing but cyan colours and no facts at all. All these shooting stories just made me wonder how similar or not some sports injuries might be to bullet wounds. Well, I suppose I was wondering, the American government might ban guns and bullets, which then leaves how many hard spherical missile sport injuries? Does that seem reasonable to ask? It does to me. I wanted to compare bullet wound to sport injury statistics?
What I'm trying to say is, if even a cricket ball can have half the kinetic energy of a .38 bullet then it just really makes you wonder about everything?
Stop being insulting.adrians our statistic man on here and is certainly no fool.
Erm, surface area? Some basic physics missing in your thinking here Adrian.
I honestly did wonder about the size of a cricket ball compared to a bullet, which is obviously why bullets go through people and cricket balls don't. Then again, I did read somewhere, years ago about bullets which are slower and have less penetrating ability can result in more of the kinetic energy being absorbed by a victim's body? One thought I did have was, how far might a .38 bullet travel to have half its original kinetic energy? It might bounce off an object and have half the velocity? Obviously, a cricket ball with larger surface area than a bullet can still kill people. Apparently, some professional boxers can punch with the same force as a cricket ball?
There's been so much bad news recently that it'd be more of a shock if the news was good
Let's hear it for the NRA and the gun lobby.