Saturday, April 30, 2005


Pity the store owner wasn't a better shot

A suspected robber is recovering at Vanderbilt Medical Center after being shot by a store owner who is also a former Army Ranger. The incident happened in north Nashville at a family run country store. Owner Brad Lewis, his fiancee, and another clerk were working late checking inventory when they heard a crash at the front door of their business around 1am.

The owner's brother says Brad tried to protect his loved ones. "[Brad came out and saw] the perpetrator who had made his way into the store. He had a hood over his head, hands in pocket and told Brad to give him all his money. At that point Brad feared for his life, and that's when he started firing,� said Bryan Lewis, Owner's brother.

Police say convicted felon Ralph Wade Flemming, 35, was hit twice, once in the leg and once in the arm. He ran across the street where he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Flemming is familiar with police having been arrested 69 times in Davidson County. Police say he may not have been working alone. "We have not found a car, and we don't know if he walked or was dropped off. Maybe someone was waiting on him and heard the shots and fled,� said Metro Detective Robert Swisher.

Police say the store owner had a permit for his handgun and will not be charged. His brother says it is the first incident at the store since opening in February. Just a few hours after the shooting, the store was back open for business.


Such a great help that guns are illegal in Britain! "Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting in a garden in Glasgow. James Differ, 42, from Kirkintilloch, was seriously injured in Gartloch Road, Garthamlock, on 21 April. He died later in hospital. Strathclyde Police said a 45-year-old man has been arrested and is being held in custody. The man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court in Glasgow on Friday."

Florida: Bill now law: "With a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association at his side, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill Tuesday intended to make it clear that people have a right to defend themselves on the street, meeting 'force with force' without fear of being prosecuted. The measure, which passed the Legislature overwhelmingly earlier this year, says people are under attack don't have to retreat before responding, as long as they're in a place they legally have a right to be."

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