We just lost an innocent honor student:
CNN: The family of a Chicago teenager killed just a week after she performed in President Barack Obama's inauguration supports using her death to help shape the debate over gun control, her father and godfather said Thursday. "Yes, definitely," Hadiya Pendleton's father, Nathaniel Pendleton, said on CNN's "Early Start." Pendleton, 15, an honor student and band majorette at Kings College Prep School, died Tuesday after a gunman shot her at a park in what her godfather, Damon Stuart, described as an "ideal community" on Chicago's South Side. Police have told CNN affiliates that the teenager had no gang affiliation and likely was not the intended target.Sigh, if only everybody could be armed.
NY Times: Even as the Senate was holding hearings to explore ways to reduce gun violence, a gunman opened fire in a Phoenix office building, wounding three people, one of them critically, authorities said. Police were searching for the shooter.
Meanwhile: Police, SWAT teams and negotiators had surrounded a rural Alabama property where a man was said to be holed up in a homemade bunker after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old passenger. The man boarded the school bus in the town of Midland City and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus. The driver later died of his wounds.
And: Ronald Franklin Gilbert, 52, a urologist in Huntington Beach, Calif., was shot multiple times by a patient in his exam room. Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, had brought the gun to his medical appointment, prosecutors said.