Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ohio homeowner kills break-in suspect: "A man was shot in the chest and killed about 2:45 this morning by a homeowner who said the man had broken into his house. Police said it happened in the 13400 block of St. Clair Avenue. Lawrence Hanson, 65, said he was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into the house. When the Hanson went downstairs to investigate, he saw signs that his house was being burglarized. He went back upstairs, got dressed and grabbed his gun. Hanson said he had no intention to shoot and kill a burglar morning. Hanson confronted the man, whose name has not been released, and ordered the intruder to stop. The man approached Hanson. The gun went off, and the man fell to the ground, Hanson said. "I can't believe I shot somebody," he said, standing next to his garage. Hanson was not arrested, but police seized the gun."

Antigua: Shot robber gains sympathy of shop owner: "Richard Williams can count his blessings today after the court dismissed a charge of break-in, entering and larceny that was brought against him by the police. Williams was shot by the proprietor of Roti King while attempting to burglarise the business place on 14 Jan. Owner of the popular eatery, Tahir Ajim, told the court yesterday that he does not want to proceed with the case. Ajim said that Williams approached him shortly before the case was called and asked him to drop the case. "He saw me outside and told me he is sick, and I felt sorry for him," Ajim said. Chief Magistrate Ivan Walters told Williams that he was free to go after dismissing the matter for want of prosecution. Williams allegedly broke into Roti King and stole $5 cash, one case of Guinness, one case of Wadadli Gold (beer) and one case of Smirnoff Ice valued at $225.83. The Gray's Farm man allegedly with another man entered the popular down town restaurant, but Ajim caught them in the act and Williams was shot three times. He received bullet wounds to both legs and to the right side of his head."

FL: Under anonymity, gun licenses soar : "The number of Floridians with permission to pack heat has jumped nearly 50 percent in three years. In 2005, one year before the state Legislature's decision to provide anonymity to people holding concealed weapons licenses, there were 347,350 active permits statewide. Now, that number has swelled to about 520,000."

Russia: Man shoots neo-Nazi in self defense : "A man who appeared to be from the Caucasus shot an alleged neo-Nazi while waiting for a metro train in St. Petersburg, according to a September 22, 2008 report by the web site. On September 21, paramedics brought a 22-year-old man to the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. He claimed that the shooter opened fire without provocation, but police sources say that metro video cameras clearly show five young people dressed like `members of informal groups' (a common euphemism for neo-Nazis) approach to the shooter and start to menace him. Not taking any chances in a city where neo-Nazis have murdered several minorities in recent years, the man fired into his assailants and then fled the scene."

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