Monday, April 14, 2008

Florida Store Owner Shoots Would-Be Robber: "A would-be robber, who was shot by a grocery store owner in Orange County, has died. Ronel Utile, 22, died Sunday, hours after investigators said he and another man tried to rob the Mi Bodega Latina Grocery store on the Old Cheney Highway. One of the men pulled out a gun and demanded money. That's when deputies said the owner pulled out his own gun and opened fire. The second robber and a getaway driver who was waiting outside were able to get away. Investigators said they did not anticipate filing charges against the store owner."

Texas Woman Shoots At, Terrifies Intruder: "Police said a woman shot at an intruder, scaring him directly through a glass door. Officers with the Friendswood Police Department said they responded to a residence in the 400 block of Regency Court after a homeowner shot at a man that had broken into her home. The woman said that at about 11:15 a.m. on April 12, she awoke to a loud noise followed by her alarm system sounding. She then heard footsteps going up to her second floor. The woman said she grabbed her pistol and walked into the living room where she saw a man standing in her house. She fired a shot in the man's direction, which sent him running through -- and shattering -- a glass door as he fled the scene. The homeowner was not hurt. The intruder was described as a dark skinned black man, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt with white lettering, dark shorts and dark colored tennis shoes. He was clean-shaven, had a short hairstyle and appeared to be well groomed. Officers said they searched the surrounding neighborhood and businesses but were not able to find the man. They said the investigation is ongoing."

PA: Firearm owners rally in Harrisburg for rights: "Gun owners vowed to continue fighting to protect their Second Amendment rights during a rally Monday, but a gun control advocate criticized their raffle of a pistol in the state Capitol Rotunda as 'unfortunate' and 'insensitive' to victims of gun violence. Daniel Plovic, 72, of Washington, Pa., won a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun at the conclusion of the third annual pro-gun rally, where advocates urged the defeat of gun control measures and an expansion of firearm owners' rights."

Israelis being disarmed: "The Israel Defense Forces has begun collecting weapons from the armories of West Bank settlements -- even personal weapons the army provided to settlers for self-defense, said Mate Binyamin regional council deputy head Moti Yogev. ... A source from Central Command said the decision to collect the arms was made because several break-ins occurred at armories over the past few years. 'Several dozen weapons were stolen, and therefore it was decided to remove the armories from the settlements and transfer them to the regional brigade camps in Judea and Samaria, where we will keep them, maintain them and, during escalations, distribute them to the residents.'"

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