Sunday, October 12, 2008

NY pizza man shoots robber: "A pizza deliveryman fought off three robbers at gunpoint and shot one of them in the back Thursday night, police say. The deliveryman, who works for Tomatoes Pizza on Kensington Avenue, walked up to the house in the 400 block of Dartmouth Avenue and was confronted by the three would-be robbers, police said. At least one of the bandits had a gun. The deliveryman, whose name has not been released, works for the same pizza shop where another deliveryman was fatally wounded during a robbery on New Years Eve 16 years ago. No charges have been filed in the overnight shooting and attempted robbery, as detectives continue to investigate. Buffalo police say the deliveryman was not injured. "He has a permit for the gun, and he apparently used it lawfully to defend himself," Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said at mid-morning. Police also have not identified the 15-year-old male who was shot once in the back during Thursday night's robbery attempt. Following the shooting, which occurred at about 9:45 p.m., the three attempted robbers fled to nearby Shirley Avenue, where at least one of them apparently lives. The wounded teen was taken from there to Erie County Medical Center, where police said he's in stable condition."

CA: Intruder shot near UC Riverside: "Two months after an intruder was shot to death in a botched home-invasion robbery near UC Riverside, two suspects remain at large, the case has gone cold and the victims won't speak to police, a Riverside police sergeant said. On July 24, two men entered a house in the 3200 block of Celeste Drive and made demands to four college students, said Riverside police Sgt. Mark Rossi. Rossi declined to say what the demands were for, but the nature of the demands leads police to believe the intruders were at the house to rob it, although they did not take anything. The situation devolved into a fight and a shootout, Rossi said. One intruder pulled out a gun and started shooting and one victim found a gun in the house and shot to death Ryan Aron Casey, 20, of Garden Grove, Rossi said. Police say they believe the victim shot the intruder in self defense, Rossi said. Rossi said two of the victims were shot and the other two received other injuries, but have recovered. All of the victims were attending UCR or another college, Rossi said. The victims have not been forthcoming recently with officers, Rossi said. A small amount of marijuana was found in the house and the victims could face charges, Rossi said."

Guns, flags in Obama local ad buys: "Yesterday, hours after the NRA issued its seven-months-in-the-making endorsement of John McCain, the Obama campaign announced a new radio ad designed to counter the fears of gun owners concerned about Obama's Second Amendment record. Outdoorsman and TV host Tony Dean, who describes himself as a "lifelong Republican" now supporting Obama, assures voters in the ad that Obama will allow them to "keep our guns and our jobs." In a script rife with hunting metaphors (McCain's attacks are "way off target," and he's "trying to camouflage his record"), Dean says that "Barack will protect our Second Amendment rights - our freedom to own guns and defend ourselves. And Barack will protect our jobs too." The 60-second ad will run in Wisconsin and Minnesota".

NRA ad uses Hillary's words against Obama on guns: "The National Rifle Association is turning to Hillary Rodham Clinton to bolster its criticism of Barack Obama's positions on gun issues. The NRA's Political Victory Fund planned a national newspaper ad Thursday reviving a Clinton mailing that accused Obama of waffling on gun issues. Clinton's campaign sent the mailing when the New York senator was challenging Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. It accuses Obama of changing his statements on gun issues to try to fit the audience he was addressing. "Hillary was right: You can't trust Obama with your guns," says the NRA political action committee's ad, scheduled to run in USA Today. The PAC has spent at least $2.3 million on anti-Obama efforts, including more than $100,000 on the new USA Today ad. The NRA ad includes a reproduction of Clinton's mailing, which mentioned Obama's comment at an April fundraiser in San Francisco that some small-town voters bitter about lost jobs "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

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