Sunday, July 03, 2005

Trinidad: Granny trounces gunman: A 73-year-old great grandmother single-handedly tackled a masked gunman who had just shot one of her grandsons, and held him until police arrived. They found the gunman crying with the woman sitting on him. The drama began when Elise Joseph awoke just after midnight to the sounds of smashing glass and found her grandson being beaten. It was enough to make her spring into action. Joseph jumped the man, clawing, fighting, grabbing away the gun, tripping and then sitting on him. The man bit her on both arms, but was unable to get her to release him. And despite his tears and plea to be allowed to go home, Joseph, who weighs around 200 pounds, refused to budge. Each time he tried to get up she choked him. Half an hour later, the police came to find Joseph still sitting on the man in the yard of her home at Vessigny Village, La Brea.... The 26-year-old suspect, described as "tall, lean and fit" was said to be red-faced with shame in a cell at the La Brea Police Station. He was the butt of jokes in Vessigny Village, where his bungled crime ended in his detention by Joseph, a mother of seven, grandmother of 24, and great grandmother of 16. The man he shot, Anthony Joseph, 28, was being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital for bullet wounds to his left leg and left arm... A man was charged late yesterday with four gun-related offences and wounding with intent, all arising out of the incident.

Michigan: Gun scares robber: "The owner of a jewelry store in Hamtramck attempted to chase down a robber on Saturday, Local 4 reported. Police said a man grabbed about $500 worth of jewelry from the Nice Jewelry store on Jos Campau Street. Police said it was not the first time the store had been the target of a robbery. The owner was shot in the chest and in the stomach during a robbery in July 2000. "He's been a business owner in town for many years. He was shot numerous times," said Detective Ben Bielecki. The owner recovered from those injuries and returned to work, but said the only way he could protect his family and his business was to carry a gun, the station reported. Police said the store owner has a permit for the weapon. "It's one store I would not want to rob or steal from in Hamtramck," said Bielecki. Police were able to locate the robber hiding in alley and take him into custody. He's expected to be charged on Monday."

Politicians Want Gun Buyers Checked, Not Illegal Aliens: "Dozens of U.S. House members who sponsored the nationwide instant background check system for gun buyers in 1993 or backed the expansion of that system in 2002, have shown no support for a similar database intended to identify illegal aliens trying to find work in the U.S. At least one member who supported the gun control measure is challenging the proposal to crack down on illegal immigrants. .."

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