Monday, July 16, 2007

California robber injured: "A robbery suspect wound up at NorthBay Medical Center Friday night, according to Fairfield police, who report that he was shot with his own gun. The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Vedell Chew, a Fairfield resident. At approximately 6:30 p.m., the suspect reportedly approached a group of people who were gambling in the backyard of a residence in the 1800 block of Barbour Drive, according to police. Police allege that as he attempted a robbery, one of the people in the group struggled with the suspect and grabbed his gun. Meanwhile, several of the gamblers hit and kicked the suspect, according to police. During the struggle, the suspect was shot in the leg with his own gun by one of his intended victims, according to police. He was transported to NorthBay Medical Center by a waiting car. The suspect's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening, and police intend to charge Chew with counts of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, police said."

Tennessee Convenience Store Owner Shoots Robber: "After two previous hold-ups 67 year-old Boonie Crawford decided enough is enough. Crawford went out and got a permit and bought a gun. On Sunday, July 15, 2007, that weapon came in handy. His store is KC's Market and Deli in the 4900 block of Austin Peay Highway just outside Raleigh. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Crawford used his new gun to shoot an armed robber. Police identified the guy as 24-year-old Aaron Thomas. Thomas was rushed to a local hospital with a gun wound. This is the third time this store has been robbed since last December 2006. The last time the store was robbed was on May 25, 2007. Right now police are investigating if Aaron Thomas was involved in those robberies."

Pennsylvania: Black robber killed by clerk: "Police continue their investigation after a would-be robber’s night of crime was brought to an end when he was fatally shot on Saturday night. Now, officials are asking for your help in identifying the man who was shot and killed. He is described as a black male, about 25 to 30 years of age, about six feet tall, weighs around 161 pounds, with a well-groomed beard and has multiple, distinctive tattoos. Police say at the time of the robbery he was wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, gray tennis shoes, a black skull cap and a black and white bandana on his face. Authorities say the alleged suspect first entered a Co-Go’s on Mount Washington, demanded money and was able to get away. Investigators tell us that the man later attempted to rob a BP along Route 51 just before midnight. Police say the man entered the convenience store with a handgun and demanded money and tobacco products. According to authorities, the clerk handed the would-be robber a bag of cigarettes and cigars. Then, the clerk pulled a gun, shot twice and hit the man in the chest, police add. Officials have not yet identified the would-be robber or the clerk, but say the suspect died on the floor of the store. Sources who have seen the surveillance tape of the incident tell KDKA’s Ross Guidotti that it appears to be a self-defense shooting."

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