Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Pennsylvania convenience store clerk shoots would-be robber: "A convenience store clerk in Ingram shot and seriously wounded a knife-carrying robber this morning. Ingram police Chief John Doherty said the clerk may have fired at the would-be thief inside and then outside the 7-Eleven store at 10 W. Prospect Ave. "He shot the robber several times. I'm not sure how many," Chief Doherty said this afternoon in a telephone interview. But the gunfire began in the store about 4:30 a.m. and then apparently continued outside, Chief Doherty said. He declined to identify either the clerk or the robber. Chief Doherty said the would-be thief is 20 years old and the clerk is in his mid-20s. Emergency crews transported the robber to Allegheny General Hospital, where he underwent surgery, Chief Doherty said. He said the clerk may have had a less serious injury. "I believe the clerk was cut," Chief Doherty said. Chief Doherty said the preliminary investigation showed that the clerk had a permit to carry a firearm. He said he knew this particular clerk because he had been robbed previously and Ingram police investigated the case"

Another shooting in "gun-free" Britain: "A 17-year-old boy is in a critical but stable condition in a south London hospital after being shot in the face. Police were called to Gartons Way, Battersea, at 1800 GMT on Christmas Eve, after reports of a shooting. Scotland Yard's gun crime unit is investigating the attack. Officers believe the victim was shot while he was inside a stationary vehicle. Two suspects, both black males wearing hooded tops, were seen leaving the scene on foot. Police officers, including armed officers, searched the area but made no arrests."

Strict NY gun laws at work over Christmas: "Two teenagers who were fatally shot on a Brooklyn street on Monday were identified by the police Tuesday as the authorities investigated several shootings around the city. The teenagers, Robert Grant, 19, and Oliver Maitland, 16, were each shot in the head in front of a brownstone in the Fort Greene section, the police said. Mr. Maitland was also shot twice in the torso and once in the arm, the police said. The victims were walking east on Lefferts Place at about 9:45 p.m. when they were shot, the police said, just a few doors down from where Mr. Grant lived. They were pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made, and the police said they did not know what had prompted the shooting. On Tuesday morning, four people were shot and wounded outside a Brooklyn nightclub after a man fired into a crowd, the police said. The victims, who were male and ages 16 to 21, were struck in the legs. None suffered life-threatening injuries, the police said, and at least two of the victims walked to hospitals. The shooting occurred outside Club Seabreeze at 556 Nostrand Avenue at 3:45 a.m. No arrests have been made. Also Tuesday, the police identified the victim of a shooting in the Bronx on Monday as Orlando Clarke, 26. Mr. Clarke was shot after he pulled his car into a neighbor’s driveway in the Baychester section and a gunman fired six shots at him through the windshield, the police said. Mr. Clarke was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center. The police have made no arrests."

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