SPU shooter sentenced to 112 years

SPU shooter sentenced to 112 years

Seattle Pacific University gunman Aaron Ybarra was sentenced to 112 years behind bars for his 2014 attack that left student Paul Lee dead.

Prior to the sentence being handed down Ybarra had this to say

“I realize I have damaged more than just innocent people,” Ybarra said. “I’ve damaged the community, maybe the world … I wish I could take back what I did.”

Again, probably more sorry that he got caught, and wasn’t able to join his heroes in the cowardly halls of hell.

Ybarra had also previously claimed that his plan was instructed to him by God and Satan. However, the prosecution noted that Ybarra didn’t make any such claims until he had already been in detention and heard talk of ‘God’s plan’ through ministries in jail.

There has been a lot of speculation that Ybarra is somehow representative of the failure of mental healthcare in this country. Let’s not forget that Ybarra was receiving treatment, but not only did he discount the treatment from day one, but also went off his meds so he could ‘feel the hate’.

So don’t shed a tear for Ybarra, he’s going exactly where he belongs for the rest of his natural life, away from society where he can’t hurt anyone anymore.

Shots fired at Baton Rouge high school

A 14-year-old suspect has been taken into custody after he allegedly produced a weapon and opened fire on the campus of Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Luckily, no one was struck by the bullets.

Early reports say that the student was a recent transfer to the school and witnesses say that the suspect was going to fight someone at lunch before pulling the gun and firing randomly outside. Please keep in mind that early reports of shootings like this can often be rumors and are subject to change.

The suspect was caught off campus by a plainclothes detective after the shooter allegedly threw the gun onto the roof of a building. The gun has been recovered. So far the shooter has not been named due to his age. Also there’s been no word on how the gun was obtained.

Since he was a new kid and was allegedly supposed to fight someone I can almost hear the ‘bullying’ cry going out. Let’s wait before we hear more details before we start the weeping and gnashing of teeth. As with the majority of shooters, it could very well turn out that he’s the bully. Even if he isn’t, it’s still no reason to try to kill someone.

UPDATE 2/7/2017: Investigators say that a fight between the shooter and four other students started on social media. No word what the fight was about yet.

UPDATE 2/9/2017: Yesterday, bail was set for the suspect at $110,000 on second-degree attempted murder charges. As of yesterday he was still being held in juvenile detention.

UPDATE 2/14/2017: Yesterday another student of the school, 17-year-old Quantae Kentrell Gray, was arrested for bringing yet another gun to the school. This same article that I linked to also identified the initial suspect as 14-year-old Jermaine Moore.

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

As an update to the shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, a second person was also injured in the shooting, but was said to have injuries that were not life threatening.

This past Monday,gunman Ely Ray Serna was in court and denied the charges, which I imagine is the juvenile equivalent of pleading not guilty. His attorney actually requested that he be allowed to return to his home with his parents. Thankfully, the judge ordered him held in juvenile detention for now, noting that the shooting “involved significant planning.”

Serna’s sister says that her brother is not a monster, but is unclear what his motive may have been.

Now, in a new Sheriff’s report that was released today, Serna allegedly apologized to Logan Cole after shooting him. Then Serna reportedly offered the gun to Cole and asked him to pull the trigger while the shotgun was pointed at Serna’s forehead. Cole is said to have refused the offer. The 17-year-old gunman then kicked the gun across the floor before being apprehended by school staff.

I can honestly say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a school shooter offering his victim some form of restitution, not to mention showing signs of regret in the middle of their spree. In my opinion this doesn’t seem like the typical school shooting where the gunman is seeking some kind of fame or retribution. To me it seems more like he was trying to commit suicide by cop then lost his nerve after shooting Logan Cole. That in no way should be seen as an excuse for his actions. He shot Logan Cole twice with a 12 gauge shotgun at close range, once in the chest and again in the arm. For committing such a wanton act of violence he should be tried as an adult. That decision could be made as early as this coming Friday when Serna returns to court.

UPDATE 1/28/2017: Victim Logan Cole is said to have a shotgun pellet in his heart. While the injury is not life threatening at present, if left untreated could cause a heart infection.

This is said to be the GoFundMe set up for Logan Cole by his father.

UPDATE 2/3/2017: Today in court, a judge ordered a competency hearing for Serna, and that he remain in juvenile detention for now.

UPDATE 2/6/2017: Logan Cole has been released from the hospital, and is now home. His father states that he is still at risk of infection due to the shotgun pellets that they couldn’t retrieve.

UPDATE 2/17/2017: Logan Cole has returned to class, but is currently wearing a brace on his torso that should be removed within months.

Ohio school shooting injures one, shooter in custody

Ohio school shooting injures one, gunman in custody

Earlier today a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at West Liberty High School in West Liberty, Ohio. The school is actually known as West Liberty-Salem Middle /High School but for the sake of convenience I’ll use the former.

The as yet unidentified gunman is said to have fired several shotgun rounds through walls and windows of the school. A few of those shots struck 16-year-old Logan Cole who is said to be in stable condition. Cole was not the intended target according to police but no motive has been released as of yet. School staff were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived. Police also searched the home of the shooter but it has not yet been reported if anything has been seized. So far the suspect has been charged as a juvenile with felonious assault.

As I was reading the reports of the shooting I kept running across one particular quote that always seems to make it into articles regarding the initial reports of a school shooting…

“Especially in … such a small town like this, where you pretty much know everyone who lives in the town, you just never think that stuff like this is going to happen,” she said.

I guess we have to go over the list again don’t we? Did anyone ever know about Littleton, Colorado, before Columbine or Newtown, Connecticut, before Sandy Hook? Even in Ohio, did anyone ever heard of Chardon before the shooting at Chardon High that left three dead? There is no ‘it can’t happen here’.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

(Sources)
Columbus Dispatch
WHIO
CBS News
ABC News

UPDATE 1/21/2017: The shooter has been identified as Ely Ray Serna. He is facing charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm, inducing panic and bringing a deadly weapon into a school safety zone. Prosecutors are saying that he may be charged as an adult. In my opinion he should be absolutely charged as an adult.

Also, it seems the school with many names is mostly known as West Liberty-Salem High School which is how I will refer to it going forward.

School shooting at American school in Mexico

School shooting at American school in Mexico

15-year-old Federico Guevara opened fire earlier today at Colegio Americano del Noreste, or American College of the Northeast, in the Mexican city of Monterrey. The shooting was caught on security camera footage, which then found its way onto social media, then traditional media. Guevara was said to be in a sitting position when he produced his pistol shooting the student in front of him, then his teacher. He then fired more rounds into the classroom striking two other students. He turned the gun on himself, pulled the trigger but missed. The gunman then said something to his classmates before shooting himself in the head. Guevara died later from his wounds at a hospital. The gun was a .22 that he had brought from home. The three victims are alive, but suffering from grave injuries.

No motive has been reported, but many reports say that the teen was being treated for depression. While many who commit crimes like this usually suffer from mental illness, is this really necessary to report? Many people suffer from depression, including myself. The way it’s being reported in this instance feels like it’s labeling people with depression as potential killers which further adds to the stigma of seeking mental healthcare. If history is any indicator the true motive will probably have something more to do with the shooter’s own failings that he blames on others.

UPDATE 1/19/2017: Some reports have identified the gunman as Federico Guevara Elizondo.

UPDATE 1/21/2017: The shooter allegedly told other students that he would be bringing a gun to school but no believed he would actually do it. For God’s sake people, in this day and age even if someone says this as a joke you need to report it. Its better to have it be not true and have someone inconvenienced rather than having three people in the hospital with gunshot wounds to the head.

Police have also said that there is no truth to the rumor that the gunman threatened the shooting online.

There have NOT been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook

There have NOT been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook

I have no problem with gun violence prevention groups, that is unless they try to portray the facts wrongly. That’s what I think Everytown for Gun Safety is doing once again. Previously in June of 2014 they claimed that there had been 74 school shootings since the shootings at Sandy Hook. Then in late 2015, they claimed that there had been 47 school shootings that year. Now with yesterday being the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the advocacy group is now claiming that there have been 200 school shooting incidents since then. As usual, it feels like Everytown is misleading the public with their claims. This time not only is Everytown playing fast and loose with the numbers, but they’re also misrepresenting themselves with their phrasing as well.

First, let’s take a look at the number 200. There have not been 200 school shootings as we think of them. When most people think of school shootings, they think of tragedies like Sandy Hook or Columbine. Since Sandy Hook there have been 17 school shootings with the most recent one being the shooting at Townville Elementary School back in September. As far as their phrasing goes, Everytown is trying to play it coy this time. Instead of saying there have been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook, they’re now saying that there have been 200 school shooting ‘incidents’ since Sandy Hook. The word ‘incidents’ is a C.Y.A. word like ‘allegedly’. The problem is, even if they’re using the word ‘incidents’, the public, and most media, still perceive it as 200 school shootings. If they wanted to be more honest and use less scare tactics they would say that there have been 200 gun related crimes that happened near schools since Sandy Hook, but that doesn’t make a catchy headline.

Please don’t get me wrong. Not only is 17 school shootings in 4 years still pretty disturbing, so is 200 shootings near schools. However, as I have said in the past, when you call everything a school shooting, it lessens the impact of actual school shootings. After a while, we’ll all become numb to whatever is being called a school shooting, and we’ll just shrug them off like it was a shoplifting charge.

My advice to Everytown is not to sensationalize the statistics. 17 school shootings, or 18 including Sandy Hook, in the past four years is still pretty disturbing. However, as the saying goes “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic” and you’re getting awfully close to statistic territory.

Sandy Hook truther charged with making death threats against victim’s family

Sandy Hook truther charged with making death threats
Lucy Richards

57-year-old Lucy Richards of Tampa, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly sending death threats to a Sandy Hook victim’s family. If you’re not familiar with the Sandy Hook truthers, they’re a bunch of conspiracy theorists who believe that the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School never took place and was a hoax perpetrated by the government designed to confiscate guns from gun owners. In the past I’ve posted about one such individual who confronted Vickie Soto’s sister and told her that she never existed.

Richards is accused of telling the parent “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” according to federal court documents. The statements were made in January. She also wrote, “Look behind you it’s death,” according to the documents.

The parent that she was allegedly threatening was Lenny Pozner whose young son Noah was killed at Sandy Hook. Pozner has become the target of the tin foil hat wearing nutjobs because he took on the unenviable task of engaging these morons in discussing the reality of Sandy Hook.

Mr. Pozner has previously said the following about the Sandy Hook truthers

“Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Pozner told the magazine.

“My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”

If convicted, Richards is looking at 20 years behind bars.

With the fourth anniversary of the tragedy approaching in the next couple of days I’d imagine that a number of these cretins will start emerging from the fetid swamps of their unreasonable imaginations.

UPDATE 12/16/2016: Richards has pleaded not guilty to making death threats against Mr. Pozner.

Parents prevent possible school shooting in Utah

Parents prevent possible school shooting in Utah

Hell has frozen over, the Seventh Seal has been broken and grab two of each animal and head for the border because the end is nigh. Two parents in Bountiful, Utah, actually prevented their 15-year-old son from possibly shooting up Mueller Park Junior High. The suspect allegedly stole two guns from his parents’ gun safe and took them to the school. The parents not only noticed the guns were missing, but that their son was acting strangely the morning of the incident. Let’s hear it for attentive parenting for once.

The parents rushed to the school in order to locate their son when they heard a gunshot. The suspect fired a shot into the ceiling of a classroom then held the gun to his neck. His mother found him in the classroom and disarmed him before anything else could happen. Luckily no one was physically injured. The guns were said to have been secured properly in their safe, but it has not been made public how the suspect obtained the guns.

The suspect is currently being held in a juvenile facility and has been charged only with misdemeanors so far. Felonies could be forthcoming. So far no motive has been made public.

How many school shootings in the US could have been prevented just by parents being more attentive than they were? How many more people would be alive today if more people acted as parents rather than friends? Not just friends though, a lot of parents of school shooters acted even more like acquaintances being barely involved in their children’s life. Too many parents are trying to be the cool parents rather than good parents. Luckily these parents were very good.

UPDATE 12/17/2016: Local prosecutors are looking to charge the suspect as an adult. He has been charged with three felonies of two counts of theft and a count of discharging a firearm on school ground.

UPDATE 12/26/2016: The teen suspect has pleaded not guilty. His attorney says it was a ‘cry or help’ and he never meant to hurt anyone.

In my opinion that doesn’t matter. He allegedly took multiple guns to the school and fired one of the guns. It’s only by sheer luck that one was injured or killed.

UPDATE 2/13/2017: The suspect has entered a guilty plea to discharging a firearm at the school. The plea agreement means three other charges have been dropped. He could be held in juvenile detention until he is 21 when he is sentenced on February 23rd.

Aaron Ybarra found guilty of murder in SPU school shooting

Aaron Ybarra found guilty of murder in SPU school shooting

Yesterday, not believing his claims of being possessed by Eric Harris or the pepper spray making him lie about his intent to kill, a jury found Aaron Ybarra guilty of first-degree murder. Ybarra killed 19-year-old Paul Lee when Ybarra opened fire on Seattle Pacific University in 2014. A number of jurors said that his journal and his admission of going off his meds to ‘feel the hate’ weighed heavily toward his conviction.

Ybarra wanted to emulate his heroes, like Eric Harris and Cho Seung-Hui, but instead he’ll be just another unoriginal loser whose name will be lost to history in a few years. It’s only a shame that he had to kill an innocent man to punctuate his own failures.

Ybarra is looking at a max of 111 years when he is sentenced in January.

Mother of Antigo shooter says responding cop was ‘careless’

Mother of Antigo shooter says responding cop was 'careless'

18-year-old Jakob Wagner was shot and killed by a patrolling police officer after Wagner opened fire on Antigo High School in Wisconsin while the school’s prom was taking place back in April. The officer, Andrew Hopfensperger, was cleared of any wrongdoing with investigators stating that lethal force was justified.

Wagner’s mother has once again taken to the media, this time to address her issue with Officer Hopfensperger.

“It’s extremely hard to see the officer smiling in every picture and, I believe, in an interview recently he said that he doesn’t even think about it anymore and it doesn’t bother him,” said Wagner. “Even if it wasn’t my child, the fact that he… basically cornered somebody and shot nine bullets at them, and six of them went into the school and it doesn’t bother him, is kind of wrong.”

Everyone is free to grieve in their own way, however it’s ignorant to think that any policeman is unaffected by shooting and killing another human being, let alone an 18-year-old kid. Even though police live their job 24/7 and it affects them, they can’t let events like this rule them to the point of ineffectiveness. I have no doubt that this shooting took its toll on him but being a professional, he still had to go out and face the public that he was sworn to protect.

Many officers have retried and have had mental issues after a shooting like this. The fact that Officer Hopfensperger is still working is a testament to his resolve.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for her editorial assistance)