Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FL: Store owner shoots, wounds robber: "A 70-year-old convenience store owner shot at two men who robbed him at his business Tuesday evening, injuring at least one of them. Melbourne police said that at about 6:30 p.m. two men entered Gloco Grocery and Soul Food Deli at the corner of South Harbor City Boulevard and Jernigan Avenue and ordered food. At one point, there was talk of exchanging a $50 bill for change with the owner of the store, identified by Melbourne police as Willie Byrd. "Then, one of them pulled a small-caliber gun on (Byrd)," said Cmdr. Ron Bell of Melbourne police. The robbers then grabbed for an undisclosed amount of cash. While all this was going on, Byrd reached for a .357-caliber gun and started shooting at the two robbers, police said. Police arrived at the scene a few minutes later and found one of the men lying in the parking lot, still clutching a wad of bills. The man, whose identify has not yet been released by police, had been shot in the lower torso. The second robber fled as the shooting started and officers were still looking for him late Tuesday. Bell said that Byrd fired at least two or three rounds at the suspects: "He was well within his rights."

FL: Store manager shoots robber: "A store manager shot and wounded an armed man during an attempted robbery at a Chevron gas station near U.S. 1 and Peachtree Street on Tuesday night. At about 9:20 p.m., a man entered the store and pointed a large-caliber handgun at the store manager and demanded money. The store manager, Sowann Suy, 40, instead pulled out a gun from below the counter and started firing. The man was shot once in the abdomen. He did not fire his weapon and immediately left the store, collapsing in the parking lot, where Cocoa police found him when they arrived a few minutes later. Suy called 9-1-1 right after the shooting. The man, 40, was flown via helicopter to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, where he was undergoing surgery at press time. His condition was critical but stable, said Officer Barbara Matthews, police spokeswoman. Suy is a member of a family that has owned the gas station for about five years, police said. "He absolutely had the right to defend himself," Matthews said.

WA: Home invasion robbery turns into shootout: "Everett police say a home invasion robbery turned into a shootout. Police say at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the 600 block of 93rd Street SW for a report of a man being shot. When they arrived they found a 23-year-old man inside the home. The victim said a man had broken into his house and shot him. He said he was able to get his gun and return fire. The suspect fled on foot and was found by a K-9 in bushes across the street. The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The victim was not seriously hurt."

Cato files brief in McDonald case: "Cato, joined by the Pacific Legal Foundation, has filed a brief supporting those challenging the handgun ban — who are represented by Alan Gura, the lawyer who successfully argued Heller — and calling for an overruling of the Slaughter-House Cases, which eviscerated the Privileges or Immunities Clause in 1873. Slaughter-House narrowly circumscribed the rights protected by the Privileges or Immunities Clause, contrary to the intentions of the Amendment’s framers and in direct contradiction to the developments in legal theory that underlay its adoption.”

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