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Shootings, deaths in RV parks last week

It’s been a terrible week for deadly crimes in RV parks. Four people are dead from gunfire and three others were injured in separate incidents.

Anthony Orlando Sherwin

A 6-year-old child and her parents were killed in a shooting at an Iowa state park campsite Friday morning, and the suspected gunman is also dead. Police responded to reports of the shooting at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Campground before 6:30 a.m. Officers later found the body of the suspect, Anthony Orlando Sherwin, west of the park. He had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. So far there is no word about a connection between the family and the suspect. A fourth member of the family, a 9-year-old boy, survived.

Maquoketa Caves State Park is located about 10 miles northwest of Maquoketa in Jackson County. The campground was evacuated and the park closed through at least September 28 in the wake of the shooting.

And, sadly, that wasn’t the week’s only RV park violence. North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) Police captured 40-year-old William Alston Thursday afternoon after an hours-long manhunt that ended in the Briarcliffe RV Resort. Officers had been searching for Alston to serve a warrant on domestic violence and abduction charges. When the police confronted him, he began firing. He temporarily escaped, but was soon captured and found to be in possession of a Glock 9 mm handgun.

And if that isn’t enough bad news, two Anchorage police officers exchanged gunfire late Wednesday with a man at an East Anchorage campground, sending the man and one officer to a hospital, according to police. Both were expected to survive. About 180 homeless people are currently staying at Centennial RV Park since the city closed a mass shelter, cleared homeless camps and directed “campers” to Centennial, according to Parks and Recreation safety director Mike Braniff. The weekend before, a fight at the campground drew a large police response and resulted in multiple officers being assaulted, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

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Kevin Thrash
14 days ago

What does telling the make and caliber of the gun have to do with the article other than to seem to blame the gun.
It’s like saying a criminal was apprehended and driving a ford.

Bryan
16 days ago

Since y’all are talking about guns. What can I do with my shotgun if I want to go into Canada?

Bruce
16 days ago

Responsible citizens take care of their own safety with something other than 911. Thank god for the 2nd Amendment.

MattD
18 days ago

Yikes, hot topic! I carry, it’s my Constitutional right, to defend myself if attacked by insane people like these in this article!

Ron
18 days ago

How is the lack of gun regulation working out for the victims?

Rich K.
18 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Better question: where has strict gun control ever SAVED lives, if someone is determined to commit acts of murder and mayhem? Communist China has some of the strictest gun control (heck, the strictest CONTROL over their subjects…) anywhere in the world, and they have mass STABBINGS! And when good people with guns ignore idiotic signs that say “no guns”, it can save lives as well – like the recent incident in the Indiana mall. The guy who wanted to commit mass murder certainly ignored the “no guns” signs. If the other guy had not ALSO ignored those signs, it would likely have been a massacre. As it was, the good guy was able to react within 15 seconds and take out the bad guy quickly and efficiently. As crazy as our world has become, people who choose not to arm themselves to defend themselves and their families are taking their own lives into their hands. The Supreme Court determined DECADES ago that nobody has an individual “right” to police protection.

DENNY JOHNSON
17 days ago
Reply to  Rich K.

When seconds count, remember, the police are usually several minutes away. Not knocking them, just stating facts.

Rich K.
17 days ago
Reply to  DENNY JOHNSON

Truth! I go armed wherever I go, because a cop just won’t fit in my back pocket.

Danny Morrell
17 days ago
Reply to  Rich K.

I do the same.

Purple Bob
18 days ago
Reply to  Ron

What “magic” NEW gun regulation law do YOU have that the crooks and crazies will all of a sudden start obeying? We’d sure like to hear it! That guy already broke about 30 existing gun laws! Your ” gun regulation” only disarms the law- abiding citizens.

Rosalie Magistro
18 days ago
Reply to  Purple Bob

Well said

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
17 days ago
Reply to  Purple Bob

Hi, Purple Bob. That reminds me of the old bumper sticker (which I guess is still around): “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Take care. 😀 –Diane

Sue
17 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

AMEN

Mindy
16 days ago
Reply to  Purple Bob

💯% spot on!

Rosalie Magistro
18 days ago
Reply to  Ron

It’s not the GUN.. guns don’t kill.
It’s our current administration, catch and release, our borders are wide open.. I could point out a lot more reasons..

chris
18 days ago

What does the border have to do with shootings?

MattD
18 days ago
Reply to  chris

Well, for one, criminal gang members, like MS13, from central america coming in illegally and joining up with their fellow gang members already here, then obtaining illegal weapons and using them. Just a fact.

chris
17 days ago
Reply to  MattD

I don’t recall any mass shooters as being identified with MS13.

Spike
17 days ago
Reply to  chris

Depends if you categorize drug dealing GANG violence murders in with mass murders.

chris
17 days ago
Reply to  Spike

I don’t. Right now the country is slightly more concerned with young men armed with weapons of mass destruction murdering school children, teachers, and innocent people enjoying their day.

MattD
16 days ago
Reply to  chris

This article has nothing to do with mass shootings. Unless you consider any shooting over one person a mass shooting. Chris, you seem to be arguing for the sake of argument, and honestly, it’s quite boring. I wish you the best.

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chris
14 days ago
Reply to  MattD

Everyone on here is arguing.

BillMFl
11 days ago
Reply to  chris

Chris, you can’t argue with gun happy folks today. When I was a teen back in the 50’s in Wisconsin we all grew up with guns designed for hunting. Now many folks who never hunted or had proper gun training are armed with rapid firing military type weapons designed for killing people not hunting game. And movies and video games glamorize it all. Mass shootings used to be very rare. Now they occur all the time. When gang members shot each other nobody really cared that much. Now we have kids committing mass shootings of other kids. And with military style weapons that have no justification for the general population to own. Shameful!

Rosalie Magistro
18 days ago
Reply to  chris

A LOT… I am in southern Arizona and see the news about the illegals coming in that are caught with illegal guns..

chris
17 days ago

Then we should be thankful they’re caught.

Rosalie Magistro
17 days ago
Reply to  chris

Wow… that’s the problem, our amazing LEO’S can’t catch them all. More are getting in,than you can ever imagine.
I’m done with this conversation..

Jewel
15 days ago

Our friends who live outside Yuma are constantly seeing a trail of illegals walking along the canals. If they do that openly, you can bet there are more.
People like Chris have no clue why the 2nd Amendment exists but unfortunately, it looks more and more like the biggest reason is happening. We have to protect ourselves, from evil people and even from corrupt and overreaching government.
Stay safe.

chris
15 days ago
Reply to  Jewel

Chris knows the 2nd doesn’t exist to look the other way when 18yo kids use weapons of mass destruction to mow down school kids.

Last edited 15 days ago by chris
Rosalie Magistro
15 days ago
Reply to  chris

The 2nd is for us to protect ourselves, we unlike that kid do not have mental illness running through our brains..

Rosalie Magistro
15 days ago
Reply to  Jewel

I agree
Sad isn’t it,what is happening to our country
Staysafe and aware.

Bill Braniff
18 days ago

DO NOT BLAME the gun. Blame the person who used that tool to kill. I carry a gun with me in my vehicle and in my fifth wheel. I am now almost 78, and cannot react like I did when I was a young 23 year old Infantry Sergeant in Vietnam in 1968. I like millions of other American gun owners are responsible people, who know how to handle and use a gun, be it a pistol, revolver or M 16. It is there strictly for the protection of my family and others who may need a boost at some time.
Happy trailering.

Bob p
18 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Amen brother!

Bill Fisher
18 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Amen! (Fellow Vietnam brother)

Stinger45
18 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Roger that. (USN Ret.)

Nick
18 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

100% agree. Thank you for your service!

Spike
18 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Thank you!

BillMFl
11 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

So I too have owned (up to 7 guns at a time)and still own several hunting guns. The problem I see is the easy access young teens and mentally defective adults having easy access to military style large magazine rapid firing weapons capable of mass slaughter. You were a trained professional and served your country honorably. I would be happy to have you and your guns as a neighbor. My son is a sheriff and carries 24/7. The problem as I see it is the wrong type of people have easy access to weapons of mass destruction. There are no effective controls. Anybody can buy an AR15 military weapon. Legally or not. Only the gun manufacturers get rich while little kids get slaughtered. I don’t claim to have the answer but I sure do recognize the problem!

Bob M
18 days ago

It’s a shame we have so many crazy people are ruining it for law abiding gun owners. I blame our politicians for the decline of Americans morals. They’ve taken religion out of peoples lives and society don’t value human life anymore In many instances judges throw out attempted murder charges and give light sentences to criminals. Theirs no enforcement of present gun laws. Than you have the news media capitalize on mass shootings giving notoriety to these murders. Making them feel like hero’s and enticing others to do the same. God Bless America and save us✝️ 🇺🇸

Dave
18 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Have to disagree. Politicians haven’t done anything to remove religion. You are as free as ever to practice. What some politicians have done is say there is only one religion, and wow is that scary. Religion, over history, has helped many but also been used against the name of the Lord to conquer lands, mostly Christian (I am one).

We as humans need to learn to live and love one another and find common agreement in not killing each other or acting harmful. Shouldn’t be that hard and every base religion agrees with that. So my question is…why is this not a required course that we teach our children…because what I do know is the family structure has broken down on that end. I was lucky to have my parents teach me this and to respect others. Others have not.

But agree with you on media (grandstanding) & the courts (too light).

Andrew
18 days ago
Reply to  Dave

Absolutely correct! I would
Like to also add that a lot of the issues that you see in today’s society stems from folks not properly parenting their children at a young age, like instilling morals and values And the schools that they are not being educated in As well.

Rich K.
18 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

Part of that is because bleeding hearts have convinced the courts that a belt across the butt is somehow “child abuse”, despite the fact that a good butt-whooping has been an effective disciplinary method for CENTURIES. And schools, especially in “blue” states, are turning into indoctrination centers for agendas like CRT and the Alphabet Mafia, rather than teaching kids the important basics like the “3 R’s”. I remember when I was in school, the principal had a wooden paddle hanging on the wall – and was allowed to use it! And there was very little in the line of disciplinary problems in school, either.

Jewel
15 days ago
Reply to  Dave

If you haven’t parented in the age of the internet, social media and schools turning into social experiments, you haven’t seen what parents are up against.

Society has been turning against religion and won’t even allow displays of it at many public schools, so as not to”infringe”. Children’s minds are being poisoned under our noses by TV shows and books. And the power of the parent is being undermined by those who seek to destroy innocence. Why have drag queens read books to 3 year olds?

Anyway, to get back on topic, it’s not parents who are to blame. Society is crumbling around us. Morality and self respect are fading with all this instant self gratification and moving from religion. Sad times.

chris
15 days ago
Reply to  Jewel

Fortunately we have Marjorie Taylor Greene who thinks we should be Christian nationalists, Lauren Boebert who wants more religion in government, and a former president who tried to “save” us by overthrowing an election. Is this what you’re talking about?

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BillMFl
11 days ago
Reply to  chris

Well Chris it certainly is a crazy world when people like Greene and Boebert can be elected to high office! That’s like the crazies running the asylum. And we all know who the king of crazy is. And of course he never served in the military. But he sure knew how to declare bankruptcies and stiff his investors.

chris
11 days ago
Reply to  BillMFl

and Herschel Walker. The crazier the better, I guess.

Bob p
18 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Amen brother! Yes one of the big reasons for so many crazies out there is the law congress passed that prevents Dr’s from telling police that one of their patients is a nut case and needs to be investigated before they go off and start killing people. That law needs to be amended so a shrink can call the police when they’re treating a nut case who may be dangerous. Once again this is what happens when we send lawyers to represent us, no common sense legislation.

Joseph Eafrati
17 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Mental health is a severe problem. There aren’t enough facilities to keep people anymore. The insurance companies don’t want to pay and the state doesn’t either. They tell the people to go home and take your meds and the Dr’s and Big Pharma get rich on pushing pills. Sick people can’t self-medicate. And yes, all that other stuff you guys said is also true about no discipline.

Megan Edwards
16 days ago
Reply to  Joseph Eafrati

I remember going to a coworker’s funeral and her daughter had mental issues.
Her daughter was there with her social worker. She was telling her what color pills to take when she felt different ways. A fellow coworker and I both said we are sane and would have trouble doing the right pills yet you are trusting her to take the right pills.

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