Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Vermont: Gun stops invasion: "Police in Burlington are searching for several men in connection with a late night home invasion. It happened at a home on Green Acres Drive Friday night. Police say several men, armed with baseball bats, attempted to rob the home. But they were confronted by the homeowner, who reportedly fired a gun at the men. Police say the suspects fled from the scene and they don't believe anyone was injured. Police say it appears that the home had been targeted and that it was not a random incident. "A number of Burglaries happen in Burlington and the burglars are often tricky and try to go when there's no one at the residence. It's a fairly brazen act for someone to try to enter and to have the residence be occupied," said Burlington Police Lt. Bill Ward"

California: Teen robbery suspect killed by E. Oakland liquor-store clerk: "An East Oakland liquor-store clerk fired the fatal shots that killed a 17-year-old robbery suspect, whose accomplice has now been charged in his slaying, authorities said today. Tommy Ray Spencer Jr., 17, of Sacramento was shot and killed at about 10 p.m. Friday by the clerk at the Oak Tree Market at 1601 28th Ave. Spencer is the second would-be robber in the past month to die at the hands of an Oakland store employee or owner acting in self-defense, authorities said. Spencer and Juan Antonio Gonzalez, 23, also of Sacramento, went inside the market with the intent to rob the employees, said Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers. After accosting the store clerk, Spencer fired two shots from a weapon, prompting the clerk to produce a gun of his own and fire at least one shot, Rogers said. Spencer was killed, and Gonzalez fled, police said. The clerk, whose name wasn't released, won't face criminal charges because he acted in self-defense, Rogers said. The investigation led Oakland police on Sunday to Sacramento, where Gonzalez fired shots at Officer Jason Lancaster -- narrowly missing his head -- before escaping, Rogers said. Gonzalez was arrested without incident on Monday after police tracked him down at a Sacramento motel.

Baby gets gun permit: "A 10-MONTH-old Chicago boy whose application listed his height as 60cm, his weight as 9kg and was signed with a scribble, was issued a firearm permit for his 12-gauge shotgun. Bubba Ludwig was issued the identification card by Illinois authorities after his father, Howard Ludwig, paid the $US5 fee and filled out the application. The card lists the baby's height (68.6cm), weight (9kg) and has a scribble where the signature should be, the Associated Press reported. "Does a 10-month-old need a (firearms owners identification card)? No, but there are no restrictions under the act regarding age of applicants," said Illinois state police officer Scott Compton. Mr Ludwig, 30, applied for the card after his own father bought Bubba a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun as a gift."

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