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Man in early 20s shot dead Saturday morning

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9-year-old Joshua Savyon killed during a visitation last year

A man shot and killed his son before taking his own life at the YWCA in Manchester on Sunday morning, police said.

Jacquan McKenzie charged in murder

LYNN, Mass. — A Lynn teenager charged with a fatal shooting in the city in January has been held without bail. Eighteen-year-old Jacquan McKenzie is charged with killing 29-year-old Hery Aquino on Jan. 12.
McKenzie was previously charged with trespassing, carrying a firearm without a license, and carrying a loaded firearm after being caught fleeing the scene of the shooting, but on Wednesday was charged with murder. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Prosecutors said in court Thursday that McKenzie was charged with murder because gunshot residue from a weapon used in the shooting was found on his clothes. The Daily Item reports that the defendant’s lawyer said at least two guns were used in the shooting and suggested another explanation for the gunshot residue.

1 person killed on Itasca Street

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BOSTON — One person was shot to death on a Mattapan street late Thursday night, Boston Police said.

The shooting took place on Itasca Street at about 11:30 p.m.   The name of the person killed was not immediately released by police.

The shooting is under investigation by Boston police homicide detectives.

Police investigate Mattapan shooting 

BOSTON — Two people have died after an overnight shooting in Mattapan.

A man and woman were shot several times as they got out of a pickup truck on Rosewood Street at about 2:45 a.m.

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The woman was shot as she ran from the truck and tried to get behind a house.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more information when it becomes available.

A North Carolina family says something went horribly wrong when they called police to help their schizophrenic son.

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News

North Carolina prosecutors promised Monday to get to the truth — “wherever the truth leads”—  in the death of a mentally ill teenager whose family claims police shot him in cold blood over the weekend.

Keith Vidal, 18, of Boiling Springs Lakes, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

At least three law enforcement agencies responded after the family called for help just after noon, saying Vidal was in the midst of a schizophrenic episode.

Vidal was declared dead of a gunshot wound at a hospital.

Jerry Dove, chief of the Southport police, one of the responding agencies, said at a news conference that Detective Byron Vassey, a nine-year veteran of the department, had been placed on administrative leave. He wouldn’t say whether Vassey was believed to be the officer who fired the shot.

Vidal’s family showed up at the news conference — to which they said they weren’t invited — carrying placards, demanding justice and insisting that their son posed no threat when he was shot.

Mark Wilsey, the young man’s stepfather, told reporters that the family called police to help subdue Vidal because he was holding a small screwdriver and threatening to fight his mother during a schizophrenic episode.

But the situation appeared to be under control, with two officers restraining the 90-pound Vidal, when the third officer arrived and shot Vidal point-blank, Wilsey contended.

“Then all of a sudden, this Southport cop came, walked in the house [and said]: ‘I don’t have time for this. Tase him. Let’s get him out of here,'” Wilsey said.

An officer used a stun gun on Vidal, “he hit the ground [and] this guy shot him,” Wilsey said.

Wilsey said that when he demanded to know why his stepson had been shot, the officer replied, “‘Well, I’m protecting my officers.'”

“He reached right up, shot this kid point-blank, with all intent to kill,” Wilsey said. “He just murdered him flat out.”

Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David said the State Bureau of Investigation had been called in to investigate, as is standard in all officer-involved shootings.

David said he would meet with Vidal’s family, promising “that I will go wherever the truth leads in this case.”

“The public deserves to have a process put in place that will lead to the most just resolution,” he said.

Neighbors told NBC station WECT of Wilmington, N.C., that Vidal often played with their children. They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia but never harmed anyone.

Vidal’s mother, Mary Wilsey, told reporters that she had often tried to get help for her son’s mental illness.

“Why?” she asked Monday. “Why did this child have to die?”



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