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Shooting suspect dead in Rockford hotel standoff; 1 victim killed

Update: The suspect in last weekend's incident has been identified as Antonio Wilson, 35, of Freeport. Polices say he killed a 19-year-old man and wounded two other people.  A high-powered weapon, able to penetrate walls, was used by the suspect in a firefight with officers. By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - An hours-long standoff with a suspect in a fatal shooting at an east-side hotel is over after police say the gunman killed himself. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officers…

Canada bans military-style rifles after deadly shooting rampage

By Rob Gillies Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Canada is banning the use and trade of assault-style weapons immediately.  Trudeau cited numerous mass shootings in the country, including the killing of 22 people in Nova Scotia April 18 and 19. He announced the ban of over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms, including two weapons used by the gunman as well as the AR-15 and other weapons that have been used in a number of mass…

Trump: Mental hospitals key to stopping gun violence

By Kevin Freking Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When shots rang out last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead, President Donald Trump quickly turned his thoughts to creating more mental institutions. When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Trump again spoke of "building new facilities" for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings. "We don't have those institutions anymore and…

Congress again faced with gun control issues after deadly US weekend

By Mathew Daily Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newtown. Orlando. Parkland. And now after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Congress again is confronted with the question of what, if anything, lawmakers should do to combat the scourge of gun violence afflicting the country. While both parties are calling for action, the retreat to familiar political corners was swift. Democrats demanded quick approval of gun-control legislation — some of it already passed by the…