Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RI: Brother with gun sends robbers flying: "Already charged in the case is Daniel Christian, 24, of North Providence. Christian and Doucette allegedly barged into the house and confronted Banville and Hamilton. He said the assailants ransacked the house and demanded money from Banville and Hamilton, who is the president of the Visiting Nurse Association of R.I. As Christian forced Hamilton into her kitchen, the police said, Banville told the other assailant that the money was at the house of his older brother, Nathan, who is a staff sergeant with the 126th Aviation Battalion out of Quonset Point. Banville called his brother while he and the suspect were on the way to Nathan Banville’s Coventry home. Nathan didn’t know what was going on, but he had a loaded pistol on him when the men arrived, Marcello said. The assailant and the brother got into a bloody fight, and the gun went off, sending the suspect running, Marcello said. Christian was arraigned on charges of burglary, kidnapping, assault with intent to commit felonies and conspiracy."

Chicago: Bystander stops shooting spree: "Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joe Lattanzio said Amison arrived at his father home in the 1600 block of S. 19th Ave in Maywood at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday and shot his father in the neck. Witnesses and Amison told police that he was angry because “he believed that his father had been having an affair with his wife,” Lattanzio said. Amison then drove to Reed’s home in the 5300 block of S. Marshfield Avenue in Chicago, where he shot and killed Reed just an hour later, Latanzio said. Amison has confessed to the killing, Lattanzio said, and a bullet recovered from Reed’s body matched a gun recovered from Amison when he was arrested 40 minutes later at a South Side strip club. Amison threatened employees and patrons at The Factory,” 12054 S. Doty Ave., before stealing money from an employee, firing his gun, and being shot in the leg by a “concerned citizen,” Lattanzio said."

Court won't revive gun lawsuit: "The Supreme Court has turned away a new challenge to a 2005 law that gives gun manufacturers immunity from lawsuits by shooting victims. The justices on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Hector Adames Jr. to revive his lawsuit against the Beretta U.S.A. Corp. over the accidental shooting death of his 13-year-old son. The Illinois Supreme Court threw out the lawsuit, citing the federal 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Adames' son, Josh, was shot and killed by 13-year-old Billy Swan, who found his father's Beretta and removed the magazine containing the ammunition. He pointed the gun at Josh and pulled the trigger, not knowing that a bullet remained in the chamber. Adames sued Beretta, saying the gun did not have the proper warnings or a safety mechanism that stops the gun from being fired without the magazine in place."

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