Monday, August 13, 2007

Florida: Black robber lands in hospital: "An armed robbery suspect is in the hospital after a convenience store clerk shot him in self-defense earlier today, police said. Bruce Flanders, 54, fired at the suspect after the alleged robber and another male walked into the Super Stop Food Store at 6460 Pines Blvd. at around 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun and demanded cash, said Sgt. John Jacob. The 21-year-old armed suspect had racked the shotgun before the men demanded money and pointed the weapon at Flanders after the store clerk showed his gun, Jacob said. The two men fled the scene by running into an alley across the street from the convenience store, Jacob said. Shortly after arriving on scene, police found the injured suspect, who had a wound to his abdomen area, police said. The man was sent to Memorial Regional Hospital and underwent surgery Sunday afternoon, Jacob said. K-9 units found the second suspect, a 29-year-old male, hiding in a nearby dumpster"

North Carolina: 3 killed in shooting rampage: "Just after 10:30 p.m., a man walked up to the camper home of Frank James Clark and shot him dead with a rifle. He then walked the 150 feet across a driveway and yard to the trailer home of William and Shirley Clark, Frank's brother and mother, where William Clark was working on an ATV in the sultry heat. The man asked him where Clark's mother was. Clark knocked the man's rifle toward the ground and ran inside the trailer before the man started firing through the front door. Clark grabbed his mother and pulled her to the floor, where the two laid as bullets passed through the home and Clark called 911. Next, the man left the trailer, walked about 15 yards through the woods behind the Clarks' and knocked on the trailer home of William Clark's other two brothers, Edward and Wayne. He was told to come inside. When the man walked in he started shooting the rifle. He shot Edward at least twice, killing him, shot a woman and man who were visiting, and then started shooting at Wayne, who ran to a back bedroom. Wayne grabbed a rifle from the bedroom and waited until he heard the man's gun click. He assumed it was empty, so he stepped into the hall and saw the man there with the rifle in one hand and a handgun in the other. Wayne shot the man through the heart."

CA: Update on Yuba City shooting (See yesterday): "A deadly shooting is being called self-defense, after a convenience store clerk in Yuba City took matters into her own hands during a robbery. "We heard a couple gunshots and saw a bunch of people running," said Matt Lewis, who witnessed the incident. In normally quiet Yuba City, hearing gunshots will send people running, and it did on Friday night at the Percy Avenue Market. About 8:15 p.m., a white man in his thirties wearing a dark jacket walked into the empty store. He demanded money at gunpoint. The female clerk, also one of the market's owners, gave him all she had, which was less than one hundred dollars. "He demanded more cash, and as he demanded more that's when the clerk pulled out a gun and shot the suspect," said Sergeant Kim Slade of the Yuba Police Department. Shot in the chest, the man stumbled into the parking lot and died. Police found his gun and the money he had stolen in his coat. Back at work on Saturday, but much too shaken to speak on camera, the woman and her husband say this is the worst experience in their 24 years of operation. It's not the first time the store has been robbed. Back in 1992, a man came in, demanded money and got into a scuffle with the owner. He ended up getting shot in the stomach and the suspect got away. The couple says they've learned a lot about self-defense since then.

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