In most states, crimes are categorized into violent and non-violent crimes. In the absence of physical violence, any criminal act that involves the harming, coercion, intimidation or harassment of another person is considered a crime of violence. Many jurisdictions categorize violent crimes as those where a victim or another person was deliberately placed in fear of their physical safety. Violent crimes in Arkansas include but are not limited to murder, aggravated assault, rape, battery and robbery.
There was recently a shooting during a street party in which two people were killed and 23 people were injured. According to police, there were about 100 people attending the street party. One man allegedly shot another man, and then a number of shots made their way into the crowd. The police believe that the shooting was gang-related, but they did not immediately apprehend any suspects.
Because violent crimes are handled differently and require greater attention to detail, it is important that, when faced with this situation, an individual's rights are protected. Every violent crime in the United States is defined by statute. This means that there are specific elements that must be satisfied in order to be convicted of a violent crime. Each crime carries with it different elements that must be proven.
Violent crimes carry harsh penalties, both in Canada and the United States. Our country has had to deal with many of our own gun-related crimes as of late. As such, it is important to know how to proceed when facing this type of situation.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, "Two dead in shooting at Toronto street party, 23 injured", Allison Martell and Euan Rocha", July 17, 2012