Monday, January 09, 2006

MD: Store robbery leads to shootout: "Two juveniles and a storeowner remain hospitalized Wednesday evening after an apparent robbery and shoot-out. Baltimore police responded at about 2 p.m. to Keeper's Market, located at the intersection of Brehms Lane and Brendan Avenue. WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Lowell Melser reported the convenience store was filled with students and other customers when three boys under the age of 18 began robbing the store. Police said they first received notification from a holdup alarm inside the store before a flood of 911 calls came in reporting shots fired. 'The storeowner was able to get to a weapon and gunfire was exchanged. Two of the suspects were struck, as well as the owner; the third suspect got away,' Baltimore police spokesman Donny Moses said."

Ireland falls under victim disarmament shadow: "Gardai [Irish police] expect more than 3,000 illegal firearms will be handed over in the up-coming amnesty ahead of tough new anti-gun laws. Automatic minimum jail terms of between five and 10 years for a range of weapons offences are set to be approved by the Oireachtas before the summer as part of the Criminal Justice Bill. The move is aimed at cracking down on Ireland's spiralling 'gun culture' which left 19 people dead last year in gangland shootings alone. The offences to carry mandatory minimum sentences include possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances, with intent to endanger life or while hijacking a vehicle, and production of a firearm to resist arrest. The Government intends to offer a month long amnesty in which people can surrender unlicensed guns before the new clampdown comes into force. "

CA: Crazy Hispanic breaks into apartment -- Slain: "An Oxnard man who broke into the bedroom of a Rancho Cucamonga apartment early Friday morning was shot and killed by one of the occupants - a prison counselor for the state Department of Corrections, authorities said. The intruder, Hector Soto, 21, of Oxnard, died less than three hours after being shot and undergoing surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, the San Bernardino County coroner said. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department did not release the prison counselor's name. He will not be charged, a spokeswoman said. The break-in occurred about 2:50 a.m. Sheriff's homicide investigators said Soto opened a front window to enter the apartment in the 8400 block of Fir Street, and walked to a bedroom. The prison counselor fought with Soto and then pulled a pistol from his nightstand, sheriff's investigators said. When Soto advanced, the prison counselor shot Soto one time, investigators said."

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