Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Texas homeowner kills 1, critically wounds another: "A northeast Houston resident shot and killed one man and critically wounded another after reportedly catching them breaking into his house early today. The man told police he returned to his house on Lakewood near Jensen just after 1 a.m. today and found four men trying to break in. He opened fire on the would-be burglars, who fired back before fleeing to a house on Willie near Terrell, about a mile a way, authorities said. One man died at the house on Willie and another man with gunshot wounds was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. Neither of the victim's names has been released yet. Police are still questioning the man who shot them."

The results of strict British gun control: "Teenage gunmen are responsible for a huge surge in shootings across London. Police say they are arresting teenagers with loaded guns as young as 16, while one community leader told the Standard there were now 14-year-olds carrying guns. The teenage gunmen are suspected of being behind a rise of as much as 146 per cent in gun crime in some London boroughs in the months since April, during which Met Police figures show a 10 per cent rise capital-wide. One senior detective on Operation Trident, combating armed black drug gangs, said: "The gunmen are getting younger and younger. These kids are less disciplined than older gunmen and more volatile. The terrifying thing is they are getting hold of these guns and they are more willing to use them than older criminals." One youth, 19-year-old Troy Robinson, was shot dead and two other teenagers were injured in a gun battle involving four young men with guns in Wembley on Sunday night."

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