Friday, July 10, 2009

Texas: Intruder Shot: "An apparent ongoing dispute led to an intruder being shot after he forced his way into a Whitney area home late Saturday, July 4. Hill County Sheriff’s Office deputies had been to a residence in the 300 block of Timberline Street off Farm Road 1713 earlier in the evening. The shooting was called into authorities at 11:53 p.m. after the victim forced open a door at the home to gain entry. The 46-year-old Whitney man struggled with the 43-year-old homeowner before he armed himself with a .22 caliber pistol. One shot was apparently fired, striking the older man in the abdomen. The victim fled and was taken to Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney by private vehicle. He was later flown by Air Evac to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. According to sheriff’s office reports, he was listed in stable condition the following day. Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon said that a charge of burglary of a habitation is expected to be filed on the man after he is released from the hospital."

Georgia: Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Would-Be Robber: "A quiet night in front of the television ended with a shoot-out in southwest Atlanta. A homeowner was in the hospital Thursday morning as police searched for the would-be robber. Officials said a homeowner will recover after suffering a gunshot wound to the ear during a gun battle when someone tried to break into his home. A shoot-out on Westmont Road between a homeowner and a would-be robber woke up several people in the neighborhood. "I guess I would say about 15 to 20 rounds was exchanged," said neighbor Otis Holliman. The homeowner told Channel 2 Action News her husband was in the living room watching television when he heard a noise outside the house. He grabbed his gun to check it out and that's when the gun battle erupted. The husband was shot once in the right ear and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital. "The guy dropped the gun that was shooting at her husband," said Holliman. The suspect got away. Holliman said criminals have been targeting his neighbors since they moved in. Doctors said the victim is in stable condition. The victim's wife said once her husband gets out of the hospital, they plan to move."

Tennessee: 2 Criminals Shot During Jewelry Robbery: "Two people have been shot during an attempted robbery of a jewelry vender in East Memphis. It happened around 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in the 5300 block of Poplar Avenue, outside of the Hopson Building. was first on the scene, just seconds after the call went out to Memphis Police. Police say a jewelry vender was doing business inside the building just before the shooting happened. The man told police that he had been followed by four men, but didn’t know how long they were watching him. Investigators say when the man left the building, the four suspects tried to rob him. The vendor then pulled his gun and shot two of the would be robbers, police said. Police say the two who were shot are in critical condition. Investigators also tell the jeweler, 62 year-old Stephen Fleischman was targeted by the four men. It's believed the would be robbers were following Fleischman for quite some time. Authorities say they are searching for two Latino men in a white Ford Fusion. Surveillance cameras captured the car leaving the parking garage seconds after the shooting."

Colorado store owner shoots, kills robbery suspect: "The owner of a check-cashing and cigarette store shot and killed an armed robber in his store early Monday afternoon, according to eyewitnesses and a vague police account. Aurora police said they received a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m. about a gunman who attempted to rob the check-cashing store on the northwest corner of Clinton Street and East Colfax Avenue. After investigating, police said a "possible suspect" had been shot by a person in the store. The wounded person was driven by an unknown person to a Denver-area hospital where he died of a single gunshot wound, police said, refusing to identify the victim or the hospital where he was treated. However, Ryan Moench, 17, a mechanic at Muffler Pros, which his family has owned for 15 years directly across Colfax from the check-cashing store, said he heard a single gunshot, then saw two men dressed in blue running from the store, out of his view. "I heard a shot and saw two guys running out of the store and around to the back," Moench said. He couldn't recall if one was bleeding and could give no other description. "I could see the owner of the store in the door on the telephone. Five minutes later, the police arrived," he said. The owner of the check-cashing business is a 56-year-old man named Tom, who has owned the business for 22 years, according to his landlord, Jim Rellos. Rellos said he couldn't remember his tenant's last name and couldn't find the lease."

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