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3 Dead in Current Active Shooting in Austin – Outrage as Texas Lawmakers Move to Make Unlicensed Open Carry Legal



Three people are dead in a shooting in Austin, Texas, with the gunman is at large, per multiple reports and the Austin-Travis County EMS:

“Police and medics are staging at a parking lot in the area where a Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are located, but the actual scene of the shooting is further down Great Hills Trail, according to officials,” KVUE reports.

KVUE senior reporter Tony Plohetski is on-scene:

There have been at least 150 mass shooting this year.

As reports flood social media many expressed outrage at Texas GOP lawmakers who this past week voted to eliminate requirements for gun licenses, which would allow open or concealed carry of handguns without a license.

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Watch: Eyewitness Describes ‘Hooded Figure’ With ‘An AR’ at Indianapolis FedEx Mass Shooting Leaving 8 People Dead



A FedEx worker who is an eyewitness to the overnight mass shooting in Indianapolis says he saw a “hooded figure” who had an “AR” style rifle, shouting. Levi Miller says he heard two shots, then three, then six “rapidly,” then ten. The gunman shot and killed eight people, and injured at least five others who were hospitalized. He later killed himself, according to multiple reports.

“It was 11:00 at night when this incident happened,” Miller told NBC’s “Today” show. “It was very dark. I was eating some food with my friends and another friend of ours and this is when we heard two gunshots from inside the building.”

The shooter was firing “in random directions,” Miller said.

He also said another man went to his vehicle and “pulled out a gun from his trunk to try and engage the shooter, and he died because of it.”

“One of my co-workers told me this is a well-known worker at this facility,” Miller says of the shooter. “It was someone who definitely worked at this building before.”

Asked if he had any indication of the shooter’s motive, Miller said, “From what I can see as rumors, I don’t know if it’s true, but the man was specifically targeting our head manager, and our manager was not here that day at all.”

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 147 mass shootings this year, including this one, in the first 105 days of the year. 12, 401 people have died by guns this year. Another 9744 have been injured. 87 children 11 years old or younger have been killed and 312 teens aged 12 to 17 have also been killed by guns.

There were four mass shooting on Thursday alone.


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‘Shot My Child in His Head’: Mother of 11 Year Old Boy Fatally Shot by 9 Year Old at Dallas Walmart Speaks Out



Tragic details are emerging from Sunday’s fatal shooting of an 11-year old boy by a 9-year old boy while the children and another 11-year old friend were left in a car at a Dallas Walmart. The mother of the other 11-year old, who is not the victim,  reportedly left the three children in the car to go into the store.

The 9-year old, according to reports, found a gun and shot one of the 11-year olds. KDFW reports the victim was Dazmon Ray Brown Jr. (photo).

His grieving mother, Keyamber Matlock, says, “The youngest brother I guess ended up getting it off the safety and shot my child in his head.”

Dallas Police have not released any details and have not said if charges against the woman who left the children in the car will be filed.

Attorney and former prosecutor Russel Wilson, who is not involved in the case, “says the mom who left the kids in the car could face a charge of making a firearm accessible to a child or child endangerment if she knew a gun was in there. But given the magnitude of the tragedy, he’s unsure if charges will be brought forward.”

Matlock and Dazmon’s aunt, Theresa Edwards, “want people to pray for the child who shot their loved one as well as that child’s family,” KDFW reports.

“Because I know they feel like everybody hate them,” Matlock said.

Edwards adds, “there’s also a child that’s hurting, too.”



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11 Year Old Boy Shot Dead in Dallas by 9 Year Old With Gun Found in Car After Being Left Alone at Walmart Parking Lot



An 11-year old boy was shot and killed by a 9-year old on Sunday. The two children, who are not related, were left alone in a car while a 32-year old woman went shopping at a Dallas, Texas Walmart.

The 11-year old was rushed to the hospital but died, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The woman “told police she had left the boys in the car while she was shopping. Police did not say whether the woman was related to the children and did not release their names.”

“Investigators said initial reports indicated the 9-year-old had found a handgun inside the car.”

The Daily Mail adds, “Dallas Police have not made an arrest in this case and said investigations are ongoing.”

No news outlets have reported any additional details since the initial report Sunday. National news media picked up on the story Monday afternoon.

“Every day, 316 people are shot in the United States,” according to the anti-gun violence group Brady (formerly the Brady Campaign).

“Among those,” Brady reports, “106 people are shot and killed.”

“Every day, 22 children and teens (1-17) are shot in the United States. Among those,” Brady adds, “5 die from gun violence.”

Annually, 38,826 people die from gun violence.


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