At least 36 people shot dead over Christmas weekend as holiday shootings erupt across the US

AT LEAST 36 people were killed and dozens more injured in shootings nationwide over Christmas weekend.

The deaths include a 13-year-old and her mother; a professional boxer shot in front of his girlfriend and children; and a man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after allegedly going on a shooting spree of his own at a rest stop.




The highest death toll over the three days was in Detroit where five people lost their lives, while four people were shot dead in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three people were killed in shootings in separate parts of Michigan, while shootings also took place in Florida, Tennessee, California, Virginia, and Louisiana.

And there were fatalities in shootings in Missouri, North Carolina, Colorada, New York, and Alabama.

In Detroit, Michigan, Elaine Fizer, 57, and her 13-year-old daughter Daunya, were found on Christmas day, shot to death in their own home.

Police are searching for the 57-year-old woman’s husband, but it’s unclear if he is a suspect in the case or considered a potential victim.

Detroit Police Chief James White said in a press conference that family members expected to have Christmas dinner with the woman and her teenage daughter, who was nonverbal and used a wheelchair, but discovered their bodies when they arrived at the home.

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Also in Detroit, a man was reportedly killed when trying to stop a thief from stealing his truck from his home.

Two others are said to have died in shootings in Detroit over the weekend.

In Flint, Michigan, two were killed and one person was injured in a shooting at a holiday party. 

The Christmas gathering turned violent in the early hours of December 26, with two men, aged 19 and 25, dying from gunshot wounds. Police are investigating the incident.

Also in Michigan, a Grand Rapids woman was shot and killed on Christmas Eve, and a male suspect has been taken into custody.

In Virginia, State Police responded to a reported shooting at a rest stop on southbound I-81 that houses the Virginia Welcome Center at Clear Brook.

At the rest stop, a domestic dispute reportedly evolved into a shooting that left four people injured.

The suspect was found in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Frederick County later that same day. 

Virginia State Police report that the suspect was transported to a hospital but did not survive.

Elsewhere in Virginia, a man was shot and killed in Hopewell after an argument early Christmas morning.

Police are investigating the shooting, which was ruled a homicide.

BOXER SHOT DEAD

A Maryland boxer was shot dead in front of his three children and girlfriend in what police say is a possible road rage incident on Christmas Eve.

Danny Kelly Jr was driving with family in Temple Hills, Maryland late in the afternoon when another car drove up to Kelly's vehicle and someone inside began shooting.

Prince George's County Police are investigating the shooting, and the Major Crimes Division is asking for tips from any members of the community who may have information about the incident on St. Barnabas Rd.

A Maryland man reportedly killed his girlfriend on Christmas Day in Pennsylvania, where he also had an active warrant for assault against the victim.

The suspect, 34-year-old Justin Kyle Marshall, shot his girlfriend in the neck, and she did not survive her injuries after being hospitalized. 

He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2004. 

Marshall and the victim, Tristan Shifflet, had a son together, who was reportedly unharmed and has been released to the custody of Washington County Child Protective Services.

FATHER AND DAUGHTER KILLED

A 70-year-old man and his 43-year-old daughter were found dead in their home in Sevier County, Tennessee, with no information about a potential suspect available at this time.

Edward W Atkins, 70, and Melissa J Burgess-Smith, 43, had lived together in the home.

In Memphis, a man was shot and killed when thieves took his 2012 Kia Sorrento from his apartment complex parking lot. 

The car was later discovered, crashed, with a handgun inside. 

The suspect has been arrested. 

Surveillance footage showed a group of men firing shots into parked cars in the apartment complex parking lot, and it's unclear if other members of the group were arrested. 

Four were killed in Fort Worth, Texas: three victims were shot at a convenience store and another person was killed in an apparently unrelated incident.

A San Antonio man fatally shot his neighbor late Christmas morning, later surrendering to police. 

San Antonio police said the 24-year-old victim and 28-year-old suspect were engaged in an "ongoing dispute."

FATAL FAMILY PARTY

A family gathering in Reedley, California turned deadly when a 23-year-old shot and killed his grandmother and his father's girlfriend. 

The suspect also fired shots at his father, but the man was not injured. 

Deputies tracked down the suspect, and he was arrested, charged with two charges of murder and one charge of attempted murder, and booked into the Fresno County jail.

Police told the local ABC affiliate that they have evidence "inside the home, outside, in fields and in roadways” that will provide more information on the shooting.

Two were killed in West Covina, California, in a double homicide that has no suspects at this time.

Three people were shot dead in Louisiana over the weekend: two in Baton Rouge, including a 20-year-old man shot dead in broad daylight on McClelland Drive, and one in New Orleans.

SHOOTING SPIKE

In Chicago, Illinois, two men were shot dead on Christmas Day. 

A 43-year-old man was shot dead on the sidewalk in the early evening in Lawndale.

In Logan Square, a 24-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene just before 11pm.

Early Friday morning in St. Louis, Missouri, one man was killed in a shooting which also left another man hospitalized.

One Pompano Beach, Florida resident was also killed in a shooting outside the Take 1 Lounge.

A bystander was injured before the shooter fled the scene.

Homicides with single victims were reported in Salisbury, North Carolina; Willow Spring, North Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; Aurora, Colorado; and Long Island, New York.

Investigations are underway in each case.


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