Thursday, September 18, 2008

FL: Owner of shop where suspect was killed: 'He came after' my family: "Noel Nagi says he was ready to give the gun-toting would-be robber the cash - about $150. "Just don't do anything crazy. There's a baby." Around the counter-top corner, Nagi's 7-month-old grandson was perched on his father's knee. His mother, Nagi's daughter, stood nearby. "I don't give a f-," Nagi recalls the man saying as he pivoted and leveled the gun at the boy. Then a customer pulled open the A1A Discount Beverage door. In a heartbeat, the gunman was distracted. The father, Yamen Abdelfattah, handed off the infant to its mother. She rushed him to the closed office in two steps. The gunman's attention and weapon then returned to Nagi, the store's owner. And the babe's father, a gun-carrying veteran of the check-cashing business, pulled his weapon, rounded the corner and fired. "We believe the employees of the store got the upper hand on him," Palm Beach County Sheriff's Sgt. Rick McAfee said Sunday night, as investigators combed the scene - a man's body still lying inside the doorway, glass from the door shattered around him. The robber was identified as Robert C. Martin, 35, of 2781 2nd Ave, North Lot 43, Lake Worth. "We're not expecting charges at this time, but it will be turned over to the State Attorney's Office," Barbera said."

GA: Business Partner Shot, Killed: "Police in Dawson County believe that a argument between business partners is the cause of a shooting that has left one man dead. in Big Canoe. According to police the couple said they shot the man out of self-defense after the victim picked up a knife and threatened them. The victim was shot and killed by his wife`s business partner Tuesday morning. Police had gotten a call early Tuesday morning and was told that someone had broken into the home. While deputies were in route, they were told the intruder had been shot to death. Authorities believe that the shooting started over a argument between business partners in which the victim went to the home to confront the woman living in the house. Police added that the debate led to a altercation and the woman`s husband fatally shot the business partner."

California shop-owner kills robber: "The owner of a San Pablo gift shop shot and killed one of two robbers during a holdup attempt Tuesday, the latest in a spate of heists at the business, police said. The shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. when two men stormed into A&L Posters at 14650 San Pablo Ave., said San Pablo police Lt. Mark Foisie. One of the assailants jumped over the counter with a shotgun and was shot dead by the owner, Foisie said. The man's name was not immediately released. The other would-be robber fled out the front door. The owner of the business has been robbed at least twice before, police said. About two months ago, he was robbed at the business. Within the past year, he was robbed, beaten and had a weapon fired near his face, Foisie said. Suspects have been arrested in at least one of the earlier cases, police said. The shooting is the latest in the East Bay in which store employees have fought back against robbers."

House passes rules easing D.C. gun restriction: ""The House moved Wednesday to compel the nation's capital to broaden the rights of its residents to buy and own firearms, including semiautomatic weapons. Critics, led by the District of Columbia's sole delegate to Congress, decried the action. They said the vote tramples on the District's rights to govern itself and could endanger both residents and political dignitaries who so often travel across the city. But the National Rifle Association-backed bill passed easily, 266-152, with supporters saying they were determined to give D.C. residents the same Second Amendment right of self-defense that has been available to other Americans."

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