Xbox-iPod fight may be behind shooting

An argument over an Xbox and an iPod escalated into a fatal shooting at a Manson residence early Friday morning, according to documents filed in Chelan County Superior Court.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett identified the dead man as Paul M. Raney, 22, of Chelan. Burnett said Raney was shot multiple times in the chest with a handgun. He said he does not know who owned the gun.

Arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder is Steven M. Swinford, 20, of Chelan. On Friday, Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan set his bail at $1 million during a preliminary appearance. Swinford was in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center as of Saturday morning.

According to a deputy’s report, a witness to the shooting told Lt. Jerry Moore that “Mr. Swinford was playing Xbox and Mr. Raney wanted to listen to his iPod. Mr. Raney went outside and got his iPod, came back in and plugged it in. Mr. Swinford unplugged the iPod and Mr. Raney plugged it back in. Then Mr. Swinford shot Mr. Raney.”

Swinford called the RiverCom dispatch center at 12:54 a.m. Friday and told a dispatcher there was an altercation and he had shot his friend, according to the report by Deputy Dominic Mutch.

When Swinford called RiverCom, he said that “he had been drinking and his friend was more sober and could help more,” the report states. Swinford then passed the phone to that friend, who told the dispatcher Raney was dead. The friend told Moore about the iPod argument.

When a deputy arrived, he found Swinford, the man who talked to the dispatcher and a fourth man in the house in the 800 block of Wapato Way, the report states. The deputy said he saw a black shotgun leaning against a wall just inside the door to the residence. He also saw a handgun sitting on a table.

Burnett said the handgun was used in the shooting. There was no indication that the shotgun had been fired, he said. Medics determined that Raney, who was on his back inside the house, was dead.

Swinford and Raney have apparently known each other since at least 2005. Both were listed as Chelan High School football players that year in a Wenatchee World story about a game between Chelan and Manson. Paul Raney is also listed as Swinford’s friend on Facebook.

Raney’s mother is Paula Raney of the Chelan area. A family friend, Lynette Blake, said Paul Raney had been working this winter at Echo Valley Ski Area, where he had been teaching children how to snowboard and ski. “He was a great skier,” Blake said in a phone conversation Friday afternoon.



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White House to Push Gun Control

At the beginning of his State of the Union address, President Obama tipped his hat to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who’s now recuperating in a Houston medical facility. But throughout the hourlong speech, he never addressed the issue at the core of the Giffords tragedy—gun control—and what lawmakers would, or should, do to reform American firearm-access laws.

That was intentional, according to the White House. An administration official says Obama didn’t mention guns in his speech because of the omnipresent controversy surrounding the Second Amendment and gun control. Tuesday’s speech was designed to be more about the economy and how, as Obama repeated nine times, the U.S. could “win the future.”

But in the next two weeks, the White House will unveil a new gun-control effort in which it will urge Congress to strengthen current laws, which now allow some mentally unstable people, such as alleged Arizona shooter Jared Loughner, to obtain certain assault weapons, in some cases without even a background check.

Tuesday night after the speech, Obama adviser David Plouffe said to NBC News that the president would not let the moment after the Arizona shootings pass without pushing for some change in the law, to prevent another similar incident. “It’s a very important issue, and one I know there’s going to be debate about on the Hill.”

The White House said that to avoid being accused of capitalizing on the Arizona shootings for political gain, Obama will address the gun issue in a separate speech, likely early next month. He’s also expected to use Arizona as a starting point, but make the case that America’s gun laws have been too loose for much longer than just the past few weeks.

As the White House prepares its strategy, several gun-policy groups are saying they were burned by the lack of any mention of guns in the president’s highest-profile speech of the year. “President Obama tonight failed to challenge old assumptions on the need for, and political possibilities of, reducing the gun violence—which he suggested should be done two weeks ago in Tucson,” said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation’s largest gun-safety group. No group said it had been consulted by the White House regarding legislative suggestions.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association has stayed largely silent following the Arizona shootings. Asked about a specialized White House effort on guns, a spokesman for the powerful gun lobby declined to comment.