Sunday, February 18, 2007

Lying statistics cannot conceal the constant failures of British gun control: "A man in his mid-20s was shot dead in London overnight in the latest in a series of fatal shootings that has fuelled public concern over gun crime and youth gangs. The latest victim was attacked by two men in Hackney, east London, according to a police. In Manchester, an 18-year-old was shot in the back late on Friday. He was taken to hospital and his injuries were not said to be life threatening. Two more men, aged 19 and 27, were shot and wounded as they sat in a car at traffic lights in the Longsight area of the northern city. Chief Superintendent Dave Keller, of Greater Manchester Police, said overall levels of gun crime in the city have been falling, although there has been a rise in recent months. "Clearly there are tensions in the area," he said. "This problem is only caused by a small number of individuals. We are actively targeting those individuals."

MS: Wounded clerks' boss now armed, "ready": "It was business as usual on Tuesday at the Chevron on 905 W. Northside Drive in Jackson. But three days earlier, it was mayhem as a gunman opened fire on two employees during a robbery. The attack was caught on surveillance video. Police are still looking for the shooter. ... After being shot once in the neck and three times in the torso, Bassam Alomari grabbed a .44 Magnum, walked out of the store and fired three shots at the suspects, store manager Mohammad Shawsh said. Arhgoummi, who had worked at the store only four days, was shot once in the head and once in the stomach, Shawsh said. If there's another robbery, Shawsh said, his employees will be prepared. As Shawsh stocked a shelf Tuesday, he did so with one gun in a hip holster and guns in each of his two front pockets. 'We're ready,' he said. 'If they come back here, they're not going to leave back out.'"

NY: Man shoots and kills intruder: "City police officers today released the name of the man who was shot to death in an alleged burglary attempt in southwest Rochester. Rufus D. Hooker, 38, of Rochester died Wednesday after he was shot multiple times in the chest at 198 West High Terrace, said Rochester Police Sgt. Mark Mariano. Hooker was found dead in the home's snow-banked driveway when police arrived about 8:30 p.m. The shooter – Reginald Leslie, 29 – reportedly told officers he wrestled the gun from Hooker and shot him with it. Hooker allegedly broke into Leslie's home through the basement on Wednesday night, officers said. A physical confrontation reportedly ensued when Leslie went to investigate. No charges were filed with respect to the shooting, but a grand jury is expected to review the case in the next 45 days."

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