Friday, December 29, 2006

IL: Residents defend themselves against robbers: "Police said two men were attempting to rob a home in the 5200 block of Ohio Avenue when they exchanged gunfire with other men inside the house. Police said one of the two was Richard R. Cosey III, 28, of the 7000 block of West A Street in Belleville. Cosey died of multiple gunshot wounds. A large caliber weapon was found on the porch from where his body was removed. A second man, 25, of East St. Louis, believed to have been involved in the robbery hobbled from the scene and flagged down a passing motorist, police said. He was driven to an area hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest and leg. East St. Louis Police Captain Lenzie Stewart said that three men were inside the home on Ohio Avenue when they exchanged gunfire with the two men who were on the front porch. 'We received information that the occupants of the residence were attempting to defend themselves in what is believed to have been a robbery attempt,' Stewart said. Two of the three men were being interviewed by police."

NC: Clerk foils robbery: "Three teenagers are charged with trying to rob a Clinton Road food store Saturday afternoon. One of the teens was wounded when a clerk at Draughon Food Store shot him. ... Clerk Tony Draughon and two other men were in the store when Tarver and Carmichael, wearing red bandanas over their faces, walked in. Tarver walked to the register, pointed a silver handgun at Draughon and demanded money. Carmichael stood by the door and acted as a lookout. While Draughon was opening the cash register, he reached for a gun under the counter and began shooting. Tarver and Carmichael ran but not before Tarver was shot in the hip. ... The two ran back to a car parked on Cardinal Circle, where Campbell was waiting for them, and they drove to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Police arrested them at the hospital."

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