Saturday, May 12, 2012
Pa.: Victim shoots back but badly hurt: "The victim was walking out of the McDonald's restaurant on Forbes Avenue with friends at about 2:40 a.m. when he was confronted by Jason Woodall, who wanted to steal a bracelet that the man was wearing, police said. The victim pulled out a legally registered and licensed handgun and exchanged shots with Woodall, taking one gunshot to the chest, police said. City police said Woodall ran to Oakland Avenue, where a University of Pittsburgh police officer arrested him and took his gun. Police said Woodall, 18, of McKees Rocks, was treated at a hospital, then taken to the Allegheny County Jail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, carrying a gun without a license and receiving stolen property. The victim was taken to UPMC Presbyterian for surgery and was last reported to be in critical condition."
TX: Motel guest fatally shoots intruder: "A man was killed as he broke into a room at a northwest Houston extended-stay motel Thursday night. Houston police said a motel guest was inside a first-floor room at the Studio 6 Extended Stay on the Northwest Freeway and Rothway Street when he heard glass break about 7:20 p.m. Detectives said a man broke a window and then broke down the door to the room. Herness said the motel guest whose room was broken into warned the man. "This guy is like a pit bull, fighting and mad," Herness said. "(The motel guest) was hiding behind their bed saying, 'Don't come in here, sir. I have a gun.' Thank God they had a gun. No telling what he would have done. The motel guest and a woman inside the room were not hurt."
TX: Jeweler exchanges gunfire with robber: "According to witnesses, the suspected robber entered the store posing as a customer. An employee began to assist the man and he produced a handgun and announced that he was robbing the jewelry store. He ordered the female employee and a customer to lie on the floor. The robber then confronted the owner and attempted to restrain him. The robber then fired one shot that struck the owner in his upper leg. The robber began to rummage through the store and the owner was able to secure his personal handgun and fire several shots at the robber. An exchange of gunfire then ensued between the owner and the now fleeing robber. During that gunfight, the robber was struck multiple times in his upper body. He exited the store and fell on the front sidewalk. The owner then held the robber at gunpoint until officers arrived. Beaumont EMS transported both the robber and the storeowner to St. Elizabeth ER for treatment of their wounds. The owner was listed in good condition suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper leg."
FL: Self defense acknowledged in shootout: " Investigators faced conflicting accounts in the March Sportsman's Park shooting that left Marcus Samuel dead, and couldn't overcome Terry McEliver's contention that he fired on Samuel in self-defense. Port St. Lucie police have said the shooting happened after an altercation involving Samuel and McKeliver, who were playing basketball at Sportsman's Park. Officials learned Samuel ran to his car and got a .22 caliber handgun he is said to have purchased in February. "Prior to retrieving said gun, Samuel allegedly made the statement, 'You're dead,'" police records state. "Samuel did return back to the park and fire his handgun prior to being shot by McKeliver." He said Samuel turned in his direction and pointed a gun at him. McKeliver first fired a shot — intentionally aimed high — to scare Samuel, but Samuel still pointed a gun toward him. McKeliver fired a second shot that struck Samuel."