Wednesday, January 20, 2010

California: Resident Shoots Home Invasion Suspect: "Police are searching for suspects after a homeowner apparently shot an intruder who was trying to break into his home. The Sacramento Police Department said one or two suspects are still at large after the incident on the 7800 block of Ann Arbor Way on Sunday evening. Two or three suspects hopped over a back fence at about 8:30 p.m. and attempted to break into a home, according to authorities, and a grandfather inside heard the commotion and grabbed a firearm. He shot one of the suspects, according to police. The injured suspect is expected to survive. None of the home occupants were injured."

Man held after 5 found dead in Texas home: "Authorities working to determine what spurred a flurry of gunshots that left five people dead in southeast Texas are questioning a 20-year-old relative who lived with the victims in the isolated house surrounded by pasture land. Police said Monday the victims of the weekend bloodshed all lived in the single-story brick home in Bellville, a town of about 4,000 people located 55 miles northwest of Houston. They included a retiree and his wife, a younger woman and man, and a girl believed to be about 3 years old, police said. Investigators were questioning a 20-year-old man, who a relative said is a son of the wife. He remained jailed on burglary and attempted burglary charges after allegedly trying to break into a Bellville home. The man - arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday after a homeowner pulled a gun on him - could face capital murder charges. Prosecutors are reviewing the case. No one else is being sought and it does not appear any other people were involved in the shootings, Sheriff DeWayne Burger said. Those found inside the house were identified as George T. Washington, 69; his wife, Debra Washington, 54; Kiana Shree Thearse, 25; and Khalilah Masse-Chambers, about 3. A man found in the thick expanse of woods behind the house was identified as Cedric Thomas, 19." [Sounds like the shooter was a rural retard]

California: Retired couple defend home against burglary: "A man in a ski mask was shot by a resident after he forced his way into an Indio home Saturday night, police said. The suspect fled the home with a gunshot wound, the weapon and an undisclosed amount of money after he confronted the residents, a couple in their “60’s or 70s,” Indio Police spokesman Ben Guitron said. The couple was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. “They were mostly shaken up,” Guitron said. Police responded to the home at the 48-000 block of Andorra Street around 8 p.m., Guitron said. The suspect allegedly entered the backyard through a side gate and smashed the rear glass sliding door, Guitron said. The suspect ordered the residents to lie down on the floor, began searching the residence, then scuffled with the husband, Guitron said. During the scuffle, the wife obtained a 38-caliber handgun and shot the suspect once in the upper torso, according to evidence the police gathered, Guitron said. The suspect disarmed the wife and was encountered by a neighbor who heard the commotion, Guitron said. The suspect fled in a waiting vehicle, described as a red Ford Mustang with a black top. A partial plate of 5PA was reported, Guitron said. The suspect is described as white man, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build and wearing black clothes."

Indiana: Guns fired during beauty shop robbery: "Gunfire erupted during a robbery in a Northwestside beauty shop last night. No one was injured in the exchange at Diana’s Beauty Shop, 7011 N. Michigan Rd., but the robber escaped with $340, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report. Shop employee Hendry Rodriguez, 23, Indianapolis, told police that a gunman entered the shop at 7 p.m. and demanded money. Rodriguez gave the man about $30 from his pockets and opened the cash register for him. The robber then told Rodriguez to go into a backroom while he cleaned out the cash drawer. When Rodriguez reached the rear of the shop he pulled out his own gun, a Glock with a 14 bullets in it, and fired a shot into the ground to scare the robber. The bandit fired one shot at Rodriguez, missing him, and ran out the front door, according to the report. Rodriguez said when he looked out of the back door of the shop, he saw the gunman fire two or three shots into the air as he entered a nearby apartment complex. Rodriguez had a permit to carry a handgun."

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