Monday, September 10, 2007

Texas homeowner shoots suspected intruder: "Detectives are questioning a man who shot a suspected intruder early today inside the northwest Harris County home he was remodeling, authorities said. After the homeowner stopped by the house in the 7900 block of Shady Grove about 7:45 a.m., "he found an intruder inside," said Sgt. Joe Freeman of the Harris County Sheriff's homicide division. In the ensuing confrontation, a suspect in his late teens to early 20s was shot, and subsequently taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, authorities said. His condition is unknown. Deputies placed paper bags over the homeowner's hands to preserve any gunpowder residue from the shooting. He wasn't injured, authorities said. Detectives haven't determined if the entry was forced or how long the suspect had been inside."

New York: Employee Foils Gunman's Donut Shop Robbery On L.I.: "A gunman held up a doughnut shop, pistol-whipped an employee and forced her to open a safe but then ran away empty-handed after another employee grabbed his weapon, police said. The gunman, Karsheam Simpkins, entered the doughnut shop just before 1 a.m. Sunday, confronted the two employees and ushered them toward an office in the back, Nassau County police said. He smacked a female employee with his gun and made her open the safe, they said. But while he was going through the safe, a male employee snatched his gun from him, police said. He ran out a back door, they said. Two police officers saw the robber running away and arrested him as he was entering his home a few blocks away, they said. Simpkins, 31, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He was to be arraigned later Sunday. His home telephone number was unlisted."

Arizona: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Store Shooting: "A convenience store security guard fatally shot a 21-year-old man and superficially wounded another in the parking lot during an apparent robbery attempt, Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill said. It's the same Circle K store where clerk Brady Daniel was shot and killed June 4, Hill said. Hill said in the latest incident, two men entered the Circle K store at 5845 W. McDowell Road around 1:30 a.m. The 21-year-old was was armed with a handgun and pointed it an armed security guard inside the store while the second man apparently went to steal property from the store, Hill said. The security guard and the gunman got into a hand-to-hand fight with guns drawn, according to Hill. Both men ran from the store and into the parking lot with the security guard chasing after them, Hill said. The gunman pointed his weapon at the security guard and the guard opened fire, killing the 21-year-old Hispanic, Hill said. The second man, a 20-year-old Hispanic, attacked the security guard outside the store and the guard shot him once in the arm, Hill said. A Phoenix police officer who was working an off-duty job at a convenience store across the street heard the commotion and spotted a suspicious vehicle in the lot, according to Hill. Hill said the occupants of the vehicle, who were detained, may have been involved in the crime. Detectives said the dead gunman had a real gun, but it contained no bullets."

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