Thursday, August 21, 2008

Texas: Apparent intruder fatally shot: "A case in which a southwest Harris County apartment dweller shot and killed a neighbor after an argument will be referred to a grand jury, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced today. The pair were involved in an argument in the parking lot of the Sierra Pines Apartments at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies reported. One man retreated to his apartment, in the 6400 block of Sierra Blanca near Alief Clodine, but the other forced his way in, deputies were told. The man who had retreated pulled a pistol and shot the other man."

Virginia: Two shot in argument: "They used to live together as boyfriend and girlfriend. But early Wednesday morning, it appears a Suffolk man tried to force his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment. Both ended up shot. They remain hospitalized in serious condition, city spokeswoman Debbie George said. Police responded at 4:28 a.m. when a young girl called to say a man broke into her home and her mother had been shot. When they arrived at the Hardy Court apartment, they found Juanita Everett, 33, lying in the roadway and suffering from two gunshot wounds. Aubrey L. McQueen, the man police say forced into the residence, was found inside with one gunshot wound. Four children, who range in age from 10 to 15, were found unharmed inside the residence. McQueen, 30, was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that were initially described as life-threatening. Everett was taken by ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Police believe McQueen is Everett's former boyfriend. He has not lived there since last month, when police took out warrants for him in connection with a staged 7-Eleven robbery. He's wanted for two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery and uttering. Last month, police say a 7-Eleven employee staged her own robbery with the help of McQueen." [The intruder later died]

Louisiana: Neighbors blame store rather than robbers: "On Sunday, around 10:30 p.m., New Orleans Police Department officers say two hooded men robbed an employee of the Soprano's Meat Market at gun point at 2703 Ursulines Avenue. Store owner and brother of the employee, Rick Abraham, says surveillance video captured the entire incident. "They robbed him, beat him with the gun, threw him on the floor, and demanded the money," he said. But Abraham says his brother was only carrying $50, and so when the robbers demanded more, his brother pulled out his own gun to defend himself. "What happened wasn't just some gunfight; it was a matter of life and death situation." But on Tuesday night, a handful residents showed up to the First District police station, arguing otherwise. During the New Orleans Neighborhood and Police Anti-Crime Council Meeting (NONPAC), residents argued that the store employee should not have continued to shoot at the robbers, especially if the two men were fleeing the scene. "What we don't understand is how it's possible that a business owner feels it's the safe and right thing to do to chase a robber down a full city block shooting in a residential neighborhood," said Kate Parker, President of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. While surveillance video does not show the store employee running after the robbers, neighbors say the gunfire did result in at least one bullet entering a home down the block. NOPD officers also found several other bullet casings in nearby vehicles. During the NONPAC meeting, officers told residents the store employee, legally, did nothing wrong. New Orleans police Sgt. Cyril Davillier said the man did not have a concealed weapons permit, but said so long as a person is carrying a gun from their work to their vehicle, or from their home to their vehicle, they do not need one."

California: Would-be robber flees store after employee shoots him: "A man was shot Tuesday morning as he tried to rob a Coachella convenience store, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The man entered the Y and M Market in the 1500 block of Second Street about 10:40 a.m. and brandished a handgun. Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and a store employee and the suspect was shot, according to the sheriff's department. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle with a woman. They did not get away with any money. No one in the store was injured. The man is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a thin build. He wore dark clothing and a fedora-type hat. The woman is described as a heavyset Hispanic adult with dark hair."

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