Wednesday, July 08, 2009

North Carolina: No charges filed against man who shot intruder: "A Sneads Ferry man who shot a teenager charged with trying to break into the man's home Monday will not be charged, authorities said. Landon Crews, of Crows Nest Lane, shot 18-year-old Cyle Norris early Monday morning. Detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff's Department said Norris was trying to crawl through a broken window when Crews shot him in the right forearm with No. 7 shot from a 12-gauge shotgun. Norris and three other local men were charged with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy. North Carolina state law says that Crews was within his rights to shoot an intruder breaking into his home. "The long and the short of it is he didn't break the law," Sheriff Ed Brown said. Authorities said Norris, Trevor Sturgis, 21, and David Sonye, 21, tried to break into Crews' house after Joseph Michael Greene III, 16, who is also accused of attempting to break in, was forcefully put out of the home 20 minutes prior. The four men tried to break down the front door, break out windows and climb through, authorities said. Crews - who was at home with his mother - told investigators that he warned them several times before shooting."

Missouri: Two injured in early-morning shootings in KC: "A homeowner shot a man outside his home with a shotgun early today. Police were investigating whether the gunman was responsible for a shooting that occurred one block away moments earlier. The incident began about 4:30 a.m. when a caller told police someone was firing a shotgun into an apartment in the 500 block of Gillis Street. The apartment was occupied, but no one was hit. Officers responding to the call encountered a man in a truck who had suffered a minor wound, possibly from a shotgun pellet. Moments later, police received another call from a man who heard a commotion outside his home in the 500 block of Troost Avenue. The homeowner saw a man running with a shotgun and told him to drop the weapon. The man with the shotgun allegedly threatened the homeowner and the homeowner shot him. The shotgun-wielding man suffered serious injuries, police said."

Maryland home invasion by relative: "The Frederick Police Department is looking for a man who invaded a home at 207 S. Jefferson St. early this morning, according to police. Officers went to the scene about 2:49 a.m. after shots were reportedly fired, police stated. A white man with dark hair, believed to be named Kevin, had forced his way into the home, police said. The man allegedly took money from a resident, who fired two shots at the man, Lt. Clark Pennington, police spokesman, said. Police do not believe the man was injured. According to Robbie Snyder who lives in another building on the property, a white man of medium build, between 25 and 30 years old, broke into his mother and his uncle’s home between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. by breaking a lock and window in the back door. Snyder said both residents are in their 80s and his uncle is wheelchair bound. His uncle fired two shots from a 38-caliber revolver at the intruder who then fled the scene, Snyder said. This is the third time the man has broken into the home and the fifth time he has been there, Snyder said. The first two times Snyder said his uncle gave the man named Kevin money after hearing a "sob story."

Heller ain’t no bad place to be : “Last week was the first anniversary of the District of Columbia v. Heller, where the Supreme Court for the first time declared that the Second Amendment indeed protects an individual right to own guns in the home for self-defense. It was a great victory for individual rights, but by no means a final one. The lawyer who successfully argued that case, Alan Gura, has remained a dedicated opponent of all sorts of gun regulations that still stand post-Heller. Senior Editor Brian Doherty talked to Gura by phone earlier this week about the various legal challenges Gura is fighting against state and local gun laws.”

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