Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fatal hormones in New Hampshire: "A Newbury man shot and killed his wife after she fired a shotgun blast at him during an argument, police said. Karen Dion, 38, was killed Sunday in her driveway. In a statement, authorities said Dion's husband, Gary Dion, 37, called police around 2:30 p.m. to report shots fired at their home. Arriving officers found Mrs. Dion's body in the driveway. Police say the exchange of gunfire was prompted by a dispute between husband and wife. "After that dispute, Mrs. Dion retrieved a shotgun and fired it at Mr. Dion, who was outside clearing the driveway," said a statement from the attorney general's office and police. "Mr. Dion then retrieved his own firearm and after being confronted by Mrs. Dion, who still had her shotgun, he shot and killed her in the driveway of their home." Dion, who had been using a snowblower, was not injured, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin. Dion has not been charged as the investigation continues. He was not armed when police arrived, Strelzin said, and was released Sunday night after questioning."

Texas: Shootout at grocery leaves robber and customer dead: "Detectives said they believe that a man found shot to death in northwest Harris County took part in a botched robbery at a Fiesta grocery store Friday night that left a customer dead. "He fits the basic description," said Sgt. Robert Odom, of the Houston police homicide division. The body of Lisbon Wilkins, 27, was found later that night along the 1200 block of Northville - about 10 miles from the Fiesta supermarket. Police said he had a gunshot wound to the torso. The store's security guard, who was shot in the abdomen, is reportedly in stable condition at Ben Taub. At the Fiesta at Fulton and Patton, two men - one armed with a shotgun and the other with a handgun - entered the store about 9 p.m. on Friday, Odom said. Wearing hoods and ski masks, the gunmen threatened a male employee to try to gain access to the store's courtesy area. The armed security guard was taking a break in the coffee shop near the back of the store when he heard the disturbance and went to investigate, Odom said. When one of the suspects saw the security guard come around the corner, he opened fire, said Odom, noting that the guard's uniform closely resembles an HPD uniform. The gunmen and security guard exchanged gunfire. The gunmen fled in a stolen minivan that crashed several blocks away, in a ditch behind the Irvington Pentecostal Church. Police found blood inside the vehicle, thought to be from the man later found dead, Odom said.

Another Texas robber dies: "In Texas City, an unidentified man entered Jones Grocery in the 600 block of 9th Street North around 8:30 p.m. Friday dressed in black and armed with a shotgun, Texas City Police Department Capt. Brian Goetschius said. An employee outside smoking a cigarette was able to alert store owner Joe Kainer Jr. before being ordered away by the gunman, Goetschius said. The gunman entered the store and demanded money at Kainer's back counter, police said. After putting the cash in a bag, he demanded more money from the front register. At the front counter, Kainer was able to pull his gun out, police said. "As (the gunman) was opening the door to leave, which is within arm's length of the counter, still in possession of the shotgun and money, he was shot," Goetschius said. The robber was pronounced dead on the scene. "We believe (Kainer) acted within his rights under the laws of the state of Texas," Goetschius said."

Realism encroaching: When Doug VanderWoude does his Christmas shopping, he's packing more than money. Not far from his wallet is his gun. It is his way of protecting himself and others from the kind of violence that happened in an Omaha mall last week, when a gunman opened fire on employees and shoppers. The 19-year-old man killed eight people before turning the gun on himself. "The way I look at a firearm, it's my safety device. I wear a safety belt when I drive because you never know if an accident will happen. I wear a gun in case a crime happens," said VanderWoude, 42, co-owner of a Wyoming gun shop. Last week's tragedy prompted Michigan native Ted Nugent -- known as much for his gun-rights stance as his rock music -- to write an essay that appeared in a Detroit paper this week. He called on the government to get rid of "gun-free zones" and for law-abiding citizens to "get a gun, learn to use it and to do the right thing."

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