By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – The ex-wife and children of an Arizona gun range instructor shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl using an Uzi submachine gun do not blame the child and plan on reaching out to her family, according to a TV interview broadcast on Friday.
Charles Vacca was showing the girl how to fire the Uzi at the Arizona Last Stop gun range in remote White Hills on Monday when the recoil caused her to lose control of the high-powered weapon, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – Arizona occupational health and safety officials said on Thursday they were investigating a gun range accident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, and an Arizona newspaper reported the range had closed indefinitely.
Charles Vacca, an instructor at Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, was shot in the head on Monday morning when the girl lost control of the submachine gun, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
“We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain’s presence in Syria and can confirm his death,” U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hip hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, who was shot and wounded at a Los Angeles nightclub over the weekend, was resting at a local hospital but had “lost a lot of blood,” his family said on Monday.
Knight, 49, was struck by bullets early on Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire at a club in West Hollywood during a party in advance of the MTV Music Video Awards across town at The Forum in Inglewood.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A neighbor of the pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine who went missing in June from the couple’s home in California has been arrested in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with her murder, law enforcement officials in both states said on Monday.
Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop in Anchorage, the Anchorage Police Department said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A professional fighter sought by authorities after his former girlfriend accused him of attacking her and a friend at her home in Las Vegas has been arrested in the Los Angeles area, officials said on Friday.
Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known by the name “War Machine” for his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was taken into custody at a hotel in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley by U.S. Marshals and local police on Friday afternoon, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A professional fighter sought by authorities after his former girlfriend accused him of attacking her and a friend at her home in Las Vegas has been arrested in the Los Angeles area, the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported on Friday.
Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known by the name “War Machine” for his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was taken into custody at a hotel in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley by U.S. Marshals on Friday, according to the newspaper.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The University of Southern California announced a series of security improvements on Friday in response to the brutal murder of a Chinese graduate student who was beaten to death with a baseball bat last month near his off-campus apartment.
The measures mark the second major security upgrade since the 2012 murder of two graduate students from China sent shockwaves through the prestigious private school and ignited a debate over whether USC and the Los Angeles Police Department had provided adequate security in the neighborhoods surrounding the urban campus.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sunset Boulevard reopened in Los Angeles on Monday, a week after part of the famed thoroughfare across America’s second-largest city was shut down when a water main ruptured underneath it, spouting a 40-foot geyser and flooding part of the UCLA campus.
Crews worked around the clock to fix the broken pipe, fill in the gaping hole left behind when it burst and re-pave the thoroughfare before the Monday morning commute, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mudslides and flash floods that raged through Southern California mountains following heavy rains killed one man, damaged homes and cut off a foothill community, leaving rescuers clearing blocked roads and residents cleaning up on Monday.
The mudslides and flooding were triggered by weekend thunderstorms that unleashed some five inches of rain in less than two hours in parts of San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, San Bernardino firefighter and public information officer Chris Prater said.