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Ex-principal at Va. school where boy shot teacher was not told the child had a gun, her lawyer says

Three teachers went to administrators at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Jan. 6 warning that the boy may have had a gun, the attorney representing the wounded teacher, Abigail Zwerner, has alleged.
Students return to Richneck Elementary in Newport News, Virginia, on Jan. 30, 2023, for the first time since a 6-year-old shot teacher Abby Zwerner.
Students return to Richneck Elementary in Newport News, Virginia, on Jan. 30, 2023, for the first time since a 6-year-old shot teacher Abby Zwerner.

First sweeping federal gun crime report in 20 years released

The report also documents a spike in the use of conversion devices that make semi-automatic guns fire like machine guns.
A Chicago Police officer watches as a evidence technician officer investigates a gun at a crime scene in Chicago
A Chicago Police officer watches as a evidence technician officer investigates a gun at a crime scene in Chicago

Omaha Target shooting suspect bought AR-style rifle 4 days earlier, police say

Joseph Jones, 32, was fatally shot by an Omaha, Nebraska, police officer after he opened fire in a Target on Tuesday. No one else was hurt.
Police investigate the scene of a suspected active shooter at a Target, in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday.
Police investigate the scene of a suspected active shooter at a Target, in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday.

Man fatally shot 1, wounded 2 in Washington, D.C., before train passengers disarmed him, police say

Police said the man shot three people in a rampage that began on a bus and ended in a Metro tunnel.
Washington Metropolitan Police officers investigate a shooting at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station in Southeast Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. An armed man shot three people, killing one, Wednesday in a morning rampage that started on a city bus and ended in a Metro tunnel after passengers attacked and disarmed him. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Washington Metropolitan Police officers investigate a shooting at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station in Southeast Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. An armed man shot three people, killing one, Wednesday in a morning rampage that started on a city bus and ended in a Metro tunnel after passengers attacked and disarmed him. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Republicans quash Democratic ban on carrying guns in a congressional committee room

A Democratic amendment to ban firearms from the hearing room for the GOP-led House Natural Resources Committee sparked a contentious debate Wednesday.
Lauren Boebert takes part in the House Natural Resources Committee's organizational meeting on Capitol Hill
Lauren Boebert takes part in the House Natural Resources Committee's organizational meeting on Capitol Hill

11 shot in Florida drive-by, police say

People fired from a sedan in the shooting Monday afternoon in Lakeland, east of Tampa, the police chief said.
Police investigate a shooting in Lakeland, Fla. on Monday, which injured ten people.
Police investigate a shooting in Lakeland, Fla. on Monday, which injured ten people.

$100 repair bill sparked Half Moon Bay shooting, prosecutor says

Authorities say Chunli Zhao, 66, shot and killed four workers and wounded a fifth at California Terra Garden. He then went to nearby Concord Farms, where he had worked previously, and fatally shot three former co-workers, they say.
Mourners hold candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Half Moon Bay. Calif.
Mourners hold candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Half Moon Bay. Calif.

Principal at Virginia school where 6-year-old shot teacher is removed as students return to class

Students returned to Richneck Elementary School for the first time Monday with two metal detectors, two permanent school division security officers and clear backpacks.
Police respond to a shooting at Richneck Elementary in Newport News, VA., on Jan. 6, 2023.
Police respond to a shooting at Richneck Elementary in Newport News, VA., on Jan. 6, 2023.

3 dead and 4 injured in shooting at gathering in home near Beverly Hills

There is no information on the suspects at this time, according to police.
Law enforcement work an investigation of an early morning shooting in Beverly Crest, Los Angeles.
Law enforcement work an investigation of an early morning shooting in Beverly Crest, Los Angeles.

No sign of gun law change in Washington, as voters say it's low priority

There have been more mass shootings in the U.S. in 2023 than the number of days in the year. But voters are still focused on other issues.

Police charge second teenager in Iowa school shooting that killed 2

Two teenage students at the Starts Right Here education program were fatally shot Monday and the program’s founder was wounded.
A law enforcement officer exits the Starts Right Here building, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. Police say two students were killed and a teacher was injured in a shooting at the Des Moines school on the edge of the city's downtown.
A law enforcement officer exits the Starts Right Here building, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. Police say two students were killed and a teacher was injured in a shooting at the Des Moines school on the edge of the city's downtown.