skeleton_running.gifTACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE: Five children between ages 7 and 16 were found shot dead, allegedly by their father, in their home southeast of Tacoma, Wash., authorities said Saturday night. The body of the children’s father was discovered Saturday morning in his car near a casino about 25 miles away. The man had apparently killed himself with a rifle, authorities said. The discovery prompted Pierce County sheriff’s deputies to check on the children at a mobile home park near Graham, Wash., said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department. He identified the dead children as four girls and a boy. MORE

skeleton_running.gifASSOCIATED PRESS: A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said. Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting was unclear, but friends of the gunman said that he recently had been upset about losing his job and feared that the Obama administration was poised to ban guns. Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. A third officer who tried to help the two was then killed. Poplawski, armed with an assault rifle and two other guns, then held police at bay for four hours as the fallen officers were left bleeding nearby, their colleagues unable to reach them, according to police and witnesses.  MORE

skeleton_running.gifABC NEWS: Officials said Voong entered the civic association armed with two pistols — a 9 mm and a .45 caliber handgun. A satchel around the gunman’s neck carried high capacity magazines, a survival knife and a flashlight, according to police. Voong backed his car up to the rear door of the building. “Obviously, it was premeditated. He made sure nobody could escape,” Zikuski said. Voong then headed to the front where he allegedly began executing people. He allegedly burst into the civic center wearing a bright green nylon jacket and dark-rimmed glasses and promptly shot two female receptionists. One woman died, but the second woman survived. “She pretended she was dead,” Zikuski said. As the gunman headed for a room off the reception area, “she crawled underneath the desk and sometime after that called us,” he said. MORE

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