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Top 12 Crime Headlines of USA

Top 12 Crime Headlines of USA

The United States of America is one of the countries with high crime rate. Even though violent crimes has decreased in the USA in the last decade yet America tops the list of countries with most no. of prisoners.

Being one of the countries where guns can be sold and purchased openly in the market, the society is deemed to be open towards more criminal cases. Research has consistently found that the where there are more guns, there are more shootings.

The crimes are consistent in our day-to-day life as we hear news of any crime committed everyday at some corner of the world. Here, in this article, I have listed 12 crimes that shocked USA to the core in the year 2022.

Top 12 Crimes That Shocked USA

1. Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Crisis

Malik Akram, a 44-year-old British Pakistani armed with a pistol, took four people hostage in the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on 15 January 2022.

Akram demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national and alleged al-Qaeda operative imprisoned in nearby Fort Worth for attempted murder and other crimes.

The FBI Hostage Rescue Team negotiated with Akram and he released one of the hostages after six hours and the other three escaped after eleven hours into the standoff. The officers of Rescue Team entered the synagogue and fatally shot Akram.

A livestream of the synagogues services was streamed on its Facebook page that showed the ongoing situation, including the forceful taking of hostages.

2. Lincoln University Stabbing Case

On 16th February 2022, three students of Lincoln University were stabbed by a woman at the campus.

Out of three, one student, 21-year-old Jawine Evans was pronounced dead at the scene while two other victims, both 22 at the time, were rushed to a hospital and survived their injuries.

The accused, Nydira Smith(39) is the sister of the University student who got into fight with the three victims.

Smith is charged with first-degree and third-degree murder, possessing an instrument of a crime, aggravated assault and other related charges.

3. Pittsburgh Shooting

On 17th April 2022, a late-night house party was taking place at an Airbnb rental in the East Allegheny neighborhood.

It has been reported that the party took place in violation of Airbnb policy that forbade parties and it was attended by around 200 people, mostly minors.

In the midnight, the party was interrupted by 50 shots of gunfire that hit eight people. In a panic all the people started escaping the scene by smashing objects and jumping out of windows. This accidently injured many of them.

Two teenage boys died at the hospital because of their firearm injuries. The police estimated that there would have been more than one gunmen who conducted the shooting spree as it has been estimated that more than 90 shots have been fired.

The Airbnb banned the party’s host for life as the party took place against rules which neither allow any parties nor involve under 18 people to hold any account.

4. The Buffalo Shooting

Racism is the one evil that has always prevailed in the USA and has been a prime reason of various crimes there. The Buffalo shooting is one of the bitter fruit of this hate.

On 14th May 2022, a 19 years old white boy named Payton S. Gendron, entered the Tops Friendly Market supermarket, Buffalo, New York, with Bushmaster XM-15 AR-15 Style rifle, in the afternoon of that day. He shot four people in the parking lot, killing three and then entered the store where he shot eight more people, killing six.

All the ten people killed were black, who were victims of hate crime. It has been reported that Gendron entered the store with racial slurs and continued yelling while conducting the barbarous crime.

He was wearing body armor, a military helmet, and a head-mounted camera, through which he live streamed the attack on the online service Twitch. He had been reported as a supporter of white supremacy, which lead to the heinous massacre.

Gendron was charged on the state level with one count of domestic terrorism in the first degree, 10 counts of first-degree murder, 10 counts of second-degree murder as a hate crime, three counts of attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He pleaded to being ‘non-guilty‘ on May 19th, but on November 28th, he has been charged guilty on basis of above mentioned counts.

5. Texas Elementary School Shooting

Texas encountered its deadliest school shooting on 24th May 2022, when a 18 years old Salvador Ramos fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, and wounded seventeen others at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

It has been reported that Ramos was armed with an AR-15 style rifle and fired it for five minutes outside the school before moving inside. Then he entered the school through an unlocked side entrance door and shut himself inside two adjoining classrooms, without locking the classroom door, killed the victims, and remained in the school for more than an hour.

Later the United States Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) fatally shot him after they bypassed numerous local and state officers who had been in the school’s hallways for over an hour.

Ramos had shot his grandmother in the face at home the same day. According to police he was a high school student but had been rusticated from the school because of his frequent absences.

It has been reported that he neither had any criminal record nor any mental issue. But he had been seen posting videos online where he openly abused and killed animals.

6. Gonzalo Lopez- A Mass Murderer

Gonzalo Artemio Lopez was a 46 years old prison escapee and mass murderer who killed six people in 2005 and 2022.

In 2005, Lopez kidnapped a man and murdered him in Weslaco, Texas, for which he was charged with capital murder and life imprisonment.

However, he escaped the prison in May 2022 by assaulting a corrections officer and fleeing from a prison bus. He reached Centerville of Texas, where he killed five people from the same family including three children, on 6th June 2022.

Lopez broke into a ranch owned by the Collins family, and murdered five members of the family including- Mark Collins(66), Waylon Collins(18), Carson Collins(16), Hudson Collins(11) and Bryson Collins(11).

He stole several guns from the ranch, including an AR-15, as well as a white pickup truck which he fled in. The same day police spotted him and got engaged in a shootout with Lopez after a high-speed chase, where he was fatally shot during the exchange of gunfire.

7. San Antonio Migrant Deaths

On 27th June 2022, the USA faced its deadliest smuggling incident in which 53 migrants were found dead in and around a tractor-trailer near Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas.

It has been reported that an apparent illegal migrant smuggling was attempted across the US-Mexico border.

When the police reached the site, they found dead bodies stacked inside the tractor-trailer with the doors partially ajar. Among all victims 46 were found dead on the site and the remaining were sent to the Baptist Health System hospital and the remaining victims couldn’t survive and died at the hospital.

The exposure to heat (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and asphyxia are considered as the main reason for the deaths.

The San Antonio Police arrested four suspects in the case including the alleged driver of the truck trailer. Among the four, two have been charged with transportation of illegal immigrants resulting in death, which could result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.

While the other two have been charged with possession of a weapon by an illegal alien, which could result up to ten years in prison.

8. FBI Field Office Attack in Cincinnati

Ricky Walter Shiffer(42) attempted to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati field office in Ohio on 11th August 2022.

It has been reported that Shiffer was wearing body armor and armed with an AR-15 style rifle and a nail gun while attempting to breach the visitor screening facility of the office.

When he was committing the breach he fired a nail gun at law enforcement personnel and held up an AR-15 style rifle, causing alarm to go off.

Then he flew away in his vehicle to Interstate 71, leading the Ohio State Highway Patrol and reached a nearby cornfield in Clinton County, Ohio. The police chased him and reached the same place.

The police tried to negotiate with Shiffer but he denied to surrender and the standoff lasted for six hours. When the police tried to take Shiffer into custody he raised his gun at officers and was shot dead.

Shiffer was a Navy veteran who had top secret clearance and had been assigned to the USS Columbia (SSN-771), while serving in the Navy. He was one of the attackers art of the January 6th US Capitol attack and after the FBI search of Mar-a-LAgo, he posted his desire of killing FBI agents, on his Truth Social account.

9. Salman Rushdie Stabbing Case

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British-American novelist, who had been stabbed multiple times on 12th August 2022 at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, when he was about to give a lecture.

A 24-year-old man, Hadi Matar, rushed to the stage of the institution and stabbed Rushdie 10 times. He continued stabbing when even several people held him, which also injured the onstage interviewer and co-founder of ‘City of Asylum‘, Henry Reese.

Rushdie was immediately directed to the hospital where he underwent a surgery. The doctors said that Rushdie faced the prospect of losing one of his eyes, in addition to the possibility of liver damage and multiple severed nerves in one arm.

The accused Hadi had been arrested by the police and charged in state court with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault and remanded without bail.

10. Las Vegas Stabbings

Las Vegas Strippers suffered a stabbing spree on 6th October 2022, which killed two people and injured 6, outside the Wynn hotel-casino.

The suspect had been identified as Yoni Christian Barrios, 32, who claimed himself to be a chef by profession.

According to the witnesses, the suspect approached some showgirls and asked them to take a picture of him with his kitchen knife. But the showgirls refused the offer, so he out of rage started stabbing the people around there.

When he was interrogated he stated that he thought those showgirls were laughing at him and making fun of his clothing, so he stabbed two of the showgirls and other people.

When he was presented to the state court on 3rd December, the judges declared him unfit for the trials and ordered him to stay under the surveillance of state psychiatrist until the doctors determined that he can understand the criminal charges against him.

If he is found competent, Barrios will face two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder

11. American Rapper ‘Takeoff’ Murder Case

Kirshnik Khari Ball, ‘Takeoff’, was a famous American Rapper was fatally shot during a private party at a bowling alley in downtown Houston on 1st November 2022 at around 2:30 am. He was a member of Grammy-nominated hip hop trio Migos.

It has been reported that takeoff was playing dice with fellow Migos, when the shooting took place after an altercation, hitting him either in his head or near his head. He was sentenced dead on the scene.

The police searched the nearby surveillance video and asked for the witness regarding the crime but nothing fruitful obtained. In fact the security guards who were at the event heard the shooting but reportedly did not see who did it. Therefore no information about the suspects have been released by the police.

On 2nd December 2022, the police arrested a 33-year-old man on a murder charge in the fatal shooting. According to police, Takeoff was an “innocent bystander” to gunfire.

12. University of Idaho Killings

On 13th November 2022, four dead bodies were found in an off-campus three-story rented home, in Moscow, Idaho.

All the four dead were students of the University of Idaho- Madison Mogen (21), Kaylee Goncalves (21), and Xana Kernodle (20) and Ethan Chapin (20).

The three female victims- Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, and Xana Kernodle were living in the house with their other two roommates, while Ethan Chapin came to their house to visit his girlfriend Xana Kernodle.

The two other roommates were sleeping at the time when the stabbing spree took place and they remained uninjured.

This brutal incident had shocked the nation as till now no suspect has been recognised and arrested in this case. The police has formulated many theories regarding the crime but nothing fruitful have been obtained and investigation is still in progress.

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