Saturday, June 04, 2005


When Ohio's law allowing residents to carry a concealed weapon went into effect last year, a number of people rushed to get permits so they could legally carry a firearm. The right to do that may have saved a man in Westwood early Wednesday morning. Cincinnati Police say he opened fire on three men who shot him after trying to rob him outside his girlfriend's home.

When he arrived at this Robert Avenue home, Pryor found trouble. Right after Pryor parked his car at the end of the sidewalk, he was approached by three men who told him to lay down. Police say he then ran to the front door, that's when he was shot three times, but Pryor managed to return the fire, shooting one of the suspects. Burton heard someone banging on the front door. "I said who is it? And he said, Miss Ola, it's Charles. I've been shot. I've been shot. Open the door." Burton says when they opened the door, Pryor fell in on his girlfriend. She says he left a trail of blood on the living room floor. "He said he didn't want to die. I don't want to die."

They did all they could to keep Pryor calm before paramedics arrived. She's thankful Pryor had a gun permit. "It saved his life. I think it saved him. I think so." Pryor obtained his conceal carry permit last September. Burton says he did so for his own protection. "He's been robbed before. He said he had been robbed several times before." And Burton says after hearing about Charles Pryor's encounter, more people may want to consider a conceal carry permit.

Doctors performed surgery on Pryor Wednesday for the three gunshot wounds. He is expected to recover. After the shooting, one man checked himself into Good Samaritan Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police aren't sure whether he's connected to the shooting. No arrests have been made.



Two teens, captured by a gun-toting Broad Street resident early Saturday morning, probably played a role in the rash of burglaries plaguing the city during recent weeks, said Police Chief Jon Arcaro. �No doubt, they were behind some of the thefts, but there are others involved, too,� he said. �There�s another group (of thieves) out there, working independently (of the arrested teens).�

A 69-year-old man, alerted by a barking dog and a neighbor�s frantic telephone call, got the drop on the young thieves around 5:22 a.m., police said. Armed with a pistol, the resident caught the suspects � ages 16 and 17 � in his garage, officers said. The youths immediately surrendered, and police found them sprawled on the garage floor, guarded by the homeowner, officers said. The teens were taken to the youth detention center in Ashtabula Township, police said.

Their dog�s barks woke up the man and his wife, and moments later a neighbor called to report seeing someone rummaging through the couple�s vehicle. Police discovered the garage had been ransacked, and some of the couple�s possessions were found strewn around the youths. Officers also found a pipe containing suspected marijuana residue, with the teens. Thieves have been taking tools and other merchandise from garages and sheds across the city the past few weeks, prompting bulletins from police. (1522


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