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Maria Menounos

Car Window Explodes ...

'We're Being Shot!'

10/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Maria Menounos Car WindowMaria Menounos thought a sniper was opening fire when her car window suddenly exploded Thursday morning in NYC -- but what really happened was still pretty scary.

One of our camera guys got Maria shortly after the accident ... and she told us shards of glass went flying everywhere because someone threw a friggin' TIRE IRON through the rear window.

The TV host was okay, but she explained how other passengers narrowly escaped serious injury. 

Cops were on the scene ... but it's unclear if some tool threw the tool -- or if it was just road debris.


Waka Flocka Flame

Loaded Gun that Triggered Arrest

Thanks for the Pic, TSA!

10/11/2014 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-TSA-Waka-Flocka-Gun-INSTAGRAM-01Take a look at the gun Waka Flocka Flame sent through an airport scanner with 29 rounds PLUS one in the chamber -- posted by TSA's Instagram ... yes, TSA has an Instagram.

Shortly after Waka's arrest Friday the agency posted a pic of the gun/ammo ... adding the whole thing would have been A-OK had the owner just checked it as baggage. 

The post doesn't name Waka ... but as far as we know, no other firearm arrests were made that day.

As we previously reported ... Waka's lawyer says his client accidentally grabbed his fiancee's bag at home with the gun tucked inside -- all just a big mistake.

As they say ... tell it to the judge.


Waka Flocka Flame

Arrested for Packing Heat at Airport

10/10/2014 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

2:39 P.M. PDT -- Waka's rep, Debra Antney, tells TMZ ... it was all a big mistake ... he accidentally grabbed his fiance's bag -- which contained the gun. She explains ... they're in the process of moving and all their stuff got mixed up in the move ... which is how the gun ended up in the bag.
Joking about Ebola is the newest way to get yourself in trouble at the airport, but bringing a gun through security is the classic way ... as Waka Flocka Flame learned on Friday morning.

Flame was busted at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when a security scan turned up a loaded handgun in his bag.

Waka didn't have a permit, so he was arrested and charged with Carrying a Weapon in a Prohibited Place. He was taken to Clayton County jail.

Story developing ...


Famous Tattoo Artist


10/10/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1009-arrow-chris-brown-instagramTrigz -- a famous tattoo artist who has worked with the likes of Chris Brown -- was shot and killed in broad daylight Thursday.

According to police, Trigz got into a verbal altercation with a man outside Black Derby Smoke Shop in North Hollywood. Police say the man (described as a Hispanic male) then shot Trigz and took off ... leaving Trigz to die on the scene.

According to his Model Mayhem profile, Trigz worked on music videos for the likes of Mobb Deep, Travis Barker, Wiz Khalifa and Tyga.

He leaves behind five children.

Soulja Boy

Charged in Porsche Gun Caper

10/4/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Soulja Boy
has been belatedly charged with packing heat in a car ... and the charge is a LONG time in coming.

Soulja was pulled over last January after cops stopped the car in which he was riding and discovered a loaded gun under the passenger seat. He was arrested on the spot, but the investigation took months.

The rapper claimed his neighbor was the culprit ... he had borrowed the car and stashed the Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver under the bucket seat of the Panamera. 

So now he faces misdemeanor charges of unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm.  

And of course L.A. prosecutors threw in a weed charge ... it's Soulja for cryin' out loud.

Jonathan Cheban

Knife-Wielding Attacker

Shot by Cops in New Incident

10/3/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1003_punch_launchThe man who attacked Jonathan Cheban with a knife 4 months ago was shot and killed by NYPD officers Friday after a tense standoff.

Police say Denis Volchkin had ransacked his mother's home in Brooklyn and when officers arrived he was sitting on a couch with 3 knives next to him. Cops tried to talk him into surrendering, but he eventually lunged at them with one of the knives ... and they opened fire.

Volchkin was hit once in the body, and died later at a hospital.

Law enforcement sources, and Cheban himself, tell TMZ ... Volchkin is the same man who lunged at Jonathan when he was in a Brooklyn sushi joint back in May.

TMZ broke the story ... the "Keeping up with the Kardashians" regular was leaving the restaurant after Volchkin -- who had a knife on him -- tailed JC around the spot. When Volchkin made his move, Cheban's bodyguard punched him in the face and subdued him.

Witnesses say Volchkin appeared to have been on drugs during Friday's incident.

Too Short

Barefoot And Loaded

... At Burbank Airport

10/3/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rapper Too Short just got away with a crime that lands most people in jail ... taking a loaded gun to an airport ... then fleeing in his socks.

The rapper was at Burbank Airport Thursday when he put his bag on the conveyor belt, and as it rolled he realized there was a loaded gun inside.  We're told his reaction was immediately -- GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE.

Problem is ... Short's wallet and shoes were also on the conveyor, so he left in his socks and without cash.

We're told Too Short got in his car, drove off and called his lawyer and asked what to do. We're told the lawyer told him to go on his merry way and that he'd clean up the mess.

So according to our sources ... Short's lawyer, Keith Davidson, went to Burbank Airport and convinced authorities to merely ticket his client for misdemeanor firearms possession and not arrest him.

Meanwhile ... we're told Too Short went to nearby Van Nuys Airport and took a private jet to SFO.

Handguns ... leave home without them.


Rich Homie Quan

Father Gunned Down

Hospitalized in Atlanta

9/29/2014 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929-rich-homie-quan-and-dad-BET-03Rich Homie Quan's father got shot multiple times this morning, and the rapper is by his side in an Atlanta hospital ... TMZ has learned.

Quan's dad, Corey Lamar, was in the barber shop he owns this morning when a man ... or men ... came in and attempted to rob the place -- and during the hold up they opened fire ... according to Quan's rep.

We're told Lamar -- who is Quan's manager -- was hit 4 times. He was rushed to a hospital and taken into surgery. We're told he is in critical condition, but expected to survive.

RHQ was at the hospital when his father got out of surgery. Police are investigating the shooting. So far, they know the suspect fled the barber shop in a black Honda.


'Kitchen Nightmares' Star

Threatens to Kill Patron With Knife

9/28/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Amy's Baking Company founder Samy Bouzaglo -- who appeared on "Kitchen Nightmares" -- attacked someone with a knife outside his restaurant Saturday ... and the footage is CRAZY!

The person who shot the video says a drunk guy was eating at the Scottsdale restaurant when Samy's wife Amy Bouzaglo became enraged and ordered him to leave -- and he did.

But Samy wasn't done with him. The video shows him outside -- waving a knife  -- going after the guy. You hear him scream to his wife, "Let me!"

Samy eventually backed off, the guy left.  

We called the Bouzaglo's ... and they INSIST Samy was holding a pen -- not a knife.

And you thought Gordon Ramsay was intense.

Rob Gronkowski

Breakin' Out The Guns

... For Charity

9/23/2014 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Gronk like gun. Gronk shoot gun. Gronk raise money for charity. 

Rob Gronkowski was one of several New England Patriots players who picked up a gun and blasted away on Tuesday to raise money for an ex-teammate's charity ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

It all went down in Mapleville, RI -- where Pats players like Julian EdelmanStevan Ridley and Nate Soldier participated in the 10th annual "Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out" ... which features a skeet shooting competition.

We're told the event raised more than $800k for Matt's charity -- which is dedicated to helping at-risk youth. 

So who was the top shot?? Pats OL Marcus Cannon -- who our sources say is an absolute SURGEON with a shottie.

Unfortunately, Tom Brady couldn't make it ... but he hasn't been hittin' his targets lately anyway. 



Fires Thiago Silva

After Gun Video Surfaces

9/19/2014 6:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919_thiago_silva_gettyThe UFC has fired Thiago Silva ... again ... after footage of the fighter holding a GUN and accusing his wife of hiding a man in the house surfaced online.  

The footage was shot by Silva's estranged wife Thaysa in early 2014 ... when Thiago pulled out a pistol and began threatening her because he believed she had another man in their home. 

At one point in the video, Thaysa says she's recording so officials would have proof in case he killed her that day. 

Of course, Silva was recently let off the hook in Florida -- where he was accused of pulling a gun on Thaysa at a martial arts studio and threatening to kill her in February -- because prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to get a conviction. 

UFC honcho Dana White had initially banned Silva from fighting in the octogon ever again ... but reinstated him when charges were dropped. 

Now, with this new footage coming to light ... White has fired Silva again. We're guessing Thiago has finally run out of of second chances.

Thaysa told a Brazilian media outlet that she has moved on from Thiago -- and is now living in Abu Dhabi with "a real man by my side."


Ray McDonald

Fiancee Pulled Gun on Him in Earlier Incident

9/18/2014 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Police went to Ray McDonald's house back in May ... when a woman pulled a gun on a man in the San Francisco 49er's house.

San Jose cops just released an incident report describing the altercation between an "engaged couple" on the evening of May 25th. According to the doc ...while the couple was arguing the woman grabbed a firearm and held it at her side. The man then told her he was going to call 911 -- and she ran out of the house.

Cops say the woman did not make any threats or point the gun at her fiance. The report doesn't mention McDonald's name. 

McDonald was arrested in August by San Jose police for a felony domestic violence incident involving his pregnant fiancee. The 49ers have said McDonald will remain active while he goes through the legal process.

Calls to the 49ers have not been returned. It's unclear if the team was aware of the May incident. 

Ex-NFL Star Marion Barber


... Cops Say

9/9/2014 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0909_marion_barber_getty2Former NFL running back Marion Barber brought a LOADED HANDGUN into a church and flashed it to churchgoers ... this according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports

We broke the story ... 31-year-old Barber was arrested on June 15th and held for mental evaluation after an incident at a church near is home in Mansfield, TX. 

According to the police report, cops were first called to the scene after the former Dallas Cowboys star entered a church with a loaded 9mm handgun -- and 3 magazines ... containing 51 hollow-point bullets. 

When cops got to the church, officers say Barber seemed disoriented -- and one cop says "He heard Barber state he did not know what year it was or where he was at." 

Cops spoke with a pastor at the church who told them ... Barber had been speaking erratically inside the church and "removed his jacket showing the congregants his firearm in public."

According to the report, a doctor from the Dallas Cowboys was en route to the scene -- unclear if he ever made contact with Barber.

Barber was eventually arrested around 8pm -- and was held for "mental detention and observation."

Neighbors tell us they haven't seen Barber near his home since he incident.

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