Joe Nocera The New York TimesThe Gun Report: February 27, 2013

February 27th, 2013

The Gun Report: February 27, 2013

By: Joe Nocera

Two police officers were shot and killed as they followed up on a sexual assault investigation in Santa Cruz, Calif., Tuesday. Sgt. Loren Butch Baker was a 28-year veteran of the department and Detective Elizabeth Butler was a 10-year veteran of the department. The suspect, who was also killed in the shooting, was identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet.

—Associated Press

A 37-year-old man was fatally shot in his Brooklyn home Sunday. Omar Murray was blasted at least six times by a man as he entered his building in Brownsville just before 1 p.m., police sources said. The victim’s wife called 911, reporting a robbery. Cops found Murray unconscious in the building’s hallway. He was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died.

—New York Daily News

A man was found shot dead in a home half a block from an elementary school in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday afternoon. Police went to the home before 2 p.m. and found the 18-year-old victim, whose name the police did not immediately release. No details were immediately available on the suspects. The shooting death is Trenton’s fifth homicide of 2013 and comes on the heels of a bloody weekend during which six people were shot and wounded, none fatally.


A man shot a woman in the hand with a shotgun during a domestic dispute early Tuesday morning in a home in Saranac Lake, N.Y. The incident appears to be domestic and took place in the living room of the home around 3 a.m. Three children, ages 4 and younger, were in the room at the time of the alleged shooting. The man will likely face a charge of first-degree assault and multiple misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

—Adirondack Daily Enterprise

An 11-year-old Montgomery, Ala., boy is in stable condition at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham after he was shot and injured by a teen during an attempted robbery in the Flatwood Community around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The suspect, a 13-year-old, has been booked into the Montgomery Youth Facility and faces robbery first degree and assault first degree charges.


A 12-year-old girl under adult supervision accidentally dropped a double-barreled shotgun at a gun range in northwest Georgia and it discharged, leaving two people injured. The incident happened Saturday afternoon at the Chestnut Mountain shooting range, a property under United States Forest Service supervision. Some of the pellets struck the lower legs of a married couple, who were treated at a local hospital. No charges are expected to be filed.

—The Dalton Daily Citizen

A Chicopee, Mass., police officer was shot during a SWAT team training exercise in a vacant housing area near Westover Air Reserve Base on Monday afternoon. The officer, whose name is not being released, is out of surgery and recovering.


South Bend, Ind., police are searching for a man they believe shot two men this morning following an argument. The men were talking in a driveway around 8:20 a.m. when police say a third man showed up in a car and fired at least two shots. One man, 55, was struck in the leg, sending him to the hospital. The second man was grazed.

—South Bend Tribune

According to Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 2,317 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Newtown massacre on December 14, 2012.