Saturday, April 08, 2006

Kansas bartender shoots strip club patron: "The man started by harassing the dancers at Baby Dolls, a north Wichita strip club. Then he started belittling staff members and the manager, who was tending bar. When he grabbed a beer bottle, threatened her with it and then swung at her with it, she shot him once in the chest with a gun she kept at the club for protection, Wichita police said. The shooting victim and his friend left the strip club shortly after midnight Wednesday, Lt. Jeff Easter said, and were driving to the hospital when they were pulled over on I-135 by a Park City police officer. The driver ran from the stopped car, and the shooting victim slid over to the driver's side and took off for the hospital. The 36-year-old man is in serious condition at Wesley Medical Center, but Easter said he is expected to recover. The bartender was taken downtown for questioning and then released. Detectives also interviewed several witnesses to the incident. "There is a self-defense issue here, and that is why she was not put in jail," Easter said. State law permits business owners who can lawfully own a gun to have one on the premises, he said. Authorities are still looking for the second man from the car."

TX: Shooting was justified, police say: "An Irving teen-ager accused of trying to rob a man at gunpoint Wednesday night was shot by the victim in a parking lot of an apartment complex, police said Thursday. The 16-year-old remained in intensive care in critical condition Thursday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, police said. The teen suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. The man was not injured, police said. Police declined to identify the man or the teen. No other injuries were reported in the shooting that occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 9400 block of E. Valley Ranch Parkway. The attempted holdup victim, a 45-year-old Irving man, told police that he was sitting in his pickup truck in the parking lot, talking on his cellphone, when the teen walked up. The teen � armed with a semi-automatic handgun � demanded the man�s cellphone and wallet, police said. The man told the teen he would give him his wallet and acted as though he was going to get it, but instead grabbed a larger caliber revolver that was lying on the seat, police said. As he pushed the teen�s gun away, the man shot the suspect, police said.... �At this point, we believe it was self-defense,� Irving police spokesman David Tull said. The teen is expected to be charged with aggravated robbery, Tull said. The shooting case will be turned over to a Dallas County grand jury for consideration, Tull said."

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