Former ‘Guns and Ammo’ Editor Richard Venola Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

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This from KCTV5:


A former editor of “Guns and Ammo” magazine is charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting on Wednesday.

Richard Venola, 53, was arrested at his home on Mayan Drive in the small community of Golden Valley.

I guess their exhaustive journalistic research could only yield one picture of Richard for their story… his mug shot. *Cough*

This one was actually found on the G&A website bio of Richard which they actually link to.

UPDATE: According to this account from the Associated Press (take that for what it is worth) Both men were reportedly drinking and the victim was shot with a rifle. They also say that the victim and Richard were friends. I wonder if this was an AD???

UPDATE: More info from LVRJ:

Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said Venola used a “high-caliber” rifle to shoot his friend in the chest. She said James Patrick O’Neill, 39, of Golden Valley was dead at the scene of the shooting outside Venola’s home in the 4800 block of Mayan Drive.

In a report, Detective Larry Matthews said Venola appeared to be intoxicated when contacted by officers. Neighbors told investigators that Venola was “having words” with the victim before they heard a gunshot.

“Mr. Venola came over to the neighbors carrying a rifle and stated he just killed a man,” the report said. “Mr. Venola acknowledged he killed the man, but didn’t say why.”

Carter said three weapons were taken from Venola’s property.

UPDATE: According to this more recent report, Venola was highly intoxicated. He is claiming self defense and claims that the man was stealing some of his guns.

  1. I hope the bastard rots in hell for what he did to my son he was walking off the property when he was shot, totally unarmed

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