gun violence

September 10, 2021

11-year-old girl ‘played dead’ to survive massacre of family

An ex-Marine fatally shot an entire Florida family — or so he thought. The sole survivor is an 11-year-old girl who told police she survived by pretending to be dead.

The gunman, Bryan Riley, shot the girl seven times, according to police.

“He thought he killed her,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday. “But this 11-year-old was very brave and very smart, and she outthought him. She said, ‘I played dead, and I prayed.’ And that’s the reason she’s alive today.”

Riley fired over 100 bullets and bizarrely confessed to the murders using military terminology.

Police charged the suspect with killing the girl’s grandmother, parents, and 3-month-old brother. Police said a motive is still unclear.


Girl, 11, ‘played dead’ to survive horrific massacre of Florida family

September 1, 2021

DA asks public for help in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl at a football game

Delaware County, Penn. District Attorney, Jack Stollsteimer, requested the public’s help in finding the person who opened fire at a high school football game Friday night, killing an 8-year-old girl and injuring her 12-year-old sister.

“On Friday night, a terrible tragedy occurred — the senseless death of eight-year-old Fanta Bility,” Stollsteimer said in a statement. “There is an active and ongoing investigation into the circumstances of her death, led by the detectives of Delaware County’s Criminal Investigative Division.”

Mohamed Bility, Fanta’s uncle, pondered the violence that took her young life.

“When is the shooting going to stop? When are they going to get control over the guns on the streets?” he said. “Because actually, children cannot go nowhere. When they go to school, they are not safe. When they go to a program on a football field they are not safe, either.”

Any individual with information about the shooting is asked to call Delaware County Detective Timothy Deery at 610-891-8030.


Delco’s district attorney asks the public for help in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl at a football game

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