Thursday, July 21, 2005

California: Career crim shot: "A robbery suspect is in critical condition after being shot several times by two Acampo grocery store clerks during a botched hold-up, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department. Parolee-at-large Daniel Godoy, 37, of Galt is listed in critical condition at San Joaquin General Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds following the attempted robbery at AM Market, 4579 East Acampo Road in Acampo Friday night. Deputy Les Garcia said Godoy was armed when he walked into the market around 9:30 p.m. Friday and attempted to rob employees. According to witnesses, one of the store clerks produced a handgun and confronted Godoy, who then pointed his gun at the armed clerk. The clerk, in fear for his life, fired his gun, hitting Godoy several times, Garcia said. According to Garcia, Godoy then attacked the clerk, moving the altercation outside the store. Another clerk then produced a second handgun and shot Godoy again multiple times. The clerks were not injured during the robbery. Garcia said investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting to determine whether any charges will be filed against the store employees. In addition to the robbery, Godoy is also a suspect in a string of other robberies in the Stockton, Lodi and Acampo areas in recent weeks, Garcia said."

Ohio: "Assault weapons" ban triggers NRA cancellation: "The National Rifle Association said Monday it is pulling its 2007 national convention out of Columbus because of the city's ban on assault weapons. The City Council passed a ban July 12 outlawing the sale or possession of semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines. The gun owners' organization had planned to hold its annual three-day event, expected to draw as many as 60,000 people, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center."

California firearm bill seen as a de facto ban on ammo: "Police officials and gun rights advocates are worried that two pieces of legislation pending in the California Assembly could do considerable harm to the firearms industry and to national security. A bill introduced by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, a Democrat from West Hollywood, would require that all guns manufactured in the state be equipped with microstamping technology, which would allow law-enforcement personnel to track guns used in crimes as well as who purchased the weapon. A companion bill introduced by state Sen. Joseph Dunn, a Democrat, would require manufacturers to laser imprint serial numbers on each bullet casing and register the numbers with the Justice Department."

Another success for that strict California gun control: "The promise of an idealistic Ivy League student ended in a burst of gunfire here Sunday. Dartmouth student Meleia Willis-Starbuck, 19, died on the streets where she grew up, steps away from a dormitory on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. "A kid comes out here to do good and they are shot - this is terrible," said Lauren Schwartz, a Dartmouth graduate who was set to mentor Willis-Starbuck this summer. Police said Willis-Starbuck, who had won an internship to help homeless women and children in Berkeley and was spending the summer in an apartment near campus, was walking with friends on College Avenue around 1:45 a.m. when a group of men began arguing with them. The dispute seemed to be resolved, but soon after, a man exited a car and fired several shots at Willis-Starbuck and her friends before speeding off, said police".

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