Saturday, September 22, 2007

Texas business owner shoots burglary suspects: "A pair of burglary suspects were foiled Thursday evening by the owner of a business in the 700 block of Rodeo Center Blvd. when he entered the second floor of the building and fired a shotgun at the two suspects after they resisted an order not to move, Mesquite police say. At about 10:25 p.m., Mesquite police received a call noting a burglary in progress at a closed business. The owner entered the building to investigate voices he had heard inside, the caller indicated. Upon entering the building, officers heard three shots, police reports say. The owner of the building indicated he had found the two burglary suspects on the second floor. He pointed a shotgun loaded with buckshot at the burglars and told them not to move, police say. One burglar advanced toward the owner of the business and he fired, striking the burglar in his chest and face, police say. After hearing the gunshots, officers went upstairs and found both burglars lying on the floor, police reports state. Charles Ray Knight Jr., 40, a white male, was transported to Baylor Hospital in Dallas suffering from pellet shot to the face, a punctured lung, and one pellet entered his heart. He is listed in stable condition. James Edward Jamie Black, 40, a white male, was identified as the other burglary suspect. Both Black and Knight have lengthy criminal histories. The owner of the building will not face charges in the incident."

Pennsylvania hairdresser turns tables on bandit: "Philadelphia police had no trouble identifying a robbery suspect. He's the one with the bullet wound in his leg. One of his victims grabbed the bandit's gun and turned the tables on him. "I don't know what came over me. I just grabbed the gun from under his arm. I just started shooting," said Lillian Bailey. She can't believe what happened at her Germantown hair salon as she worked past midnight. When a client left the popular stylists business, a gunman lurking outside rushed in demanding money. Her three clients gave him their purses and ran for cover in two back rooms. Lillian was shaken as she shared her frightening story exclusively with Action News. "He went to reach for my pockets, but he put his gun under his arm with the pocketbooks. In that split second, I just grabbed the gun and started shooting," said Bailey. The young mother thought about making it home to her children as she aimed at the robber and emptied his .38 revolver. "After there were no more bullets, I just started bashing him on his head as he was trying to escape the salon," she said. He got away. Lillian didn't realize he was shot until police found him unconscious in some bushes on nearby Johnson Street. He had a bullet wound in his leg."

Pistol-packing teachers?: "In court documents, she's known as 'Jane Doe.' Innocuous enough, but the woman behind that pseudonym pushes one of the nation's hottest political buttons: guns and school safety. What Ms. Doe wants to do is take her Glock 9-mm pistol to the high school in Medford, Ore., where she teaches. She's licensed to carry a concealed weapon and she has what many supporters say is a legitimate reason for being armed: a restraining order against her ex-husband based on threats he's allegedly made against her and her children. But district policy prohibits anyone except a law-enforcement officer from bringing a weapon onto campus. When word got out that she had a concealed-carry permit, administrators reminded her of that policy."

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