Monday, July 13, 2009

Virginia: Two shot in South Richmond store: "A gunman who had wounded a shopkeeper and opened fire on several customers was stopped yesterday when another man shot him at the store in South Richmond, authorities said. The violent attempted robbery took place shortly after 1 p.m. at the Golden Food Market at 2701 Jefferson Davis Highway, the same store where another man was shot last month -- and only three blocks from the scene of another robbery in June that left a shopkeeper dead. Trammell, who arrived outside the store shortly after yesterday's shootings, described a frenzied scene. One man told Trammell that the man who had shot the robber was a guardian angel. "Whoever did it probably saved their lives in there," Trammell said of the shooter. The man who shot the robber is a friend of the store owner, and he was wearing a holster with a Western-style revolver, said Managing Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland. After the suspect shot the store owner and opened fire on patrons, the owner's friend shot the suspect once in the torso, took his gun and called police, Thorne-Begland said. Thorne-Begland said it appeared that the shooting of the suspect was justified, although he emphasized that the investigation was in the early stages. Police said they expect to file charges against the suspect. The store owner's injuries did not appear life-threatening, authorities said, but the gunman's injuries were said to be life-threatening. No one else was hurt."

Illinois man shot by store owner: "A Waukegan man is in stable condition after being shot by the store owner he is charged with robbing. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Fix said officials are reviewing the details of the Sunday night shooting of Demitrius Newbill, 29. Newbill, who was shot in the chest, is at Vista East Medical Center. Fix said Newbill, of the 500 block of Poplar Street, entered the Pasteleria Panaderia, 701 Yeoman St., about 8:15 p.m. The owner of the bakery told police Newbill had his left hand under his shirt and asked for a piece of paper and a pencil, Fix said. Newbill wrote a note that said: "I have a gun. Give me all the money," and handed it to the owner, Fix said. The owner gave Newbill all the cash in the register, Fix said, and told police he believed he saw a gun in Newbill's waistband as he did so. Newbill then took the business telephone and cell phones from the owner and his employees, Fix said, and began backing toward the door of the store. The owner told police he thought he saw Newbill reaching for the object in his waistband as he neared the door, so he took a .38 caliber revolver from underneath the counter and fired three times. Police interviewed Newbill at the hospital, Fix said, and he admitted the robbery and that he told the store owner he had a gun. Newbill, who was unarmed, has been charged with aggravated robbery and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Fix said police reports and witness statements are being reviewed to determine if anyone else will be charged. The store owner has a current state firearm owner's identification card, Fix said. Court records show Newbill was convicted of robbery in 2003 and placed on probation, but he was found in violation of the probation and resentenced to five years in prison".

OH: Owner of store shoots robber: " A Barberton store owner opened fire on two robbers Thursday night, and police believe one of them was a man whose body was later discovered outside Akron General Medical Center. The body has yet to be identified. His accomplice has also not been identified. Barberton Police Chief Michael Kallai said the robbery occurred at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the 619 Brew Thru at Fifth Street Southeast and Snyder Avenue. One of the men robbed a clerk and then, after being shot, fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a red Nissan Maxima sedan. Police said store owner Morad A. Fares fired at the robbers. Fares, 22, declined comment Friday afternoon. Kallai said the case remains under investigation. He said a prosecutor would ultimately decide whether Fares acted in self-defense. Fares has told police that at least one of the robbers was armed. Ohio law generally allows shop owners and homeowners to protect themselves when their lives are threatened. Earlier this year, a West Akron pizza shop owner was exonerated of criminal charges by Summit County prosecutors, who ruled he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an armed robber. Police say the shooting victim was a light-skinned black male, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing about 200 pounds. He had a goatee and a discolored front tooth. He wore white jogging pants, a blue ''BOSS'' labeled T-shirt, a green hooded sweat shirt and a blue baseball cap. The driver of the vehicle is described only as a white male in his 40s."

California man stops attempted burglary: "At 3:40 a.m., the homeowner awoke to sounds of a window breaking toward the front of his home in the 43-600 block of Louisiana Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials. The man saw two people standing in front of his home. He then armed himself with a pistol and chased the suspects as they fled north toward a golf course. The man fired one shot, which caused the suspects to surrender until Palm Desert police officers arrived. Steven Flores, 18, of Palm Desert, and a 16-year-old male teenager from Rancho Mirage were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary. Flores is in the county jail in Indio and the male teenager is at a juvenile detention facility in Indio. The name of the juvenile is not being released because of his age, officers said."

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