Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MS: Angry man shot: "A young Vicksburg father was shot to death in a convenience store parking lot Sunday morning, and another man surrendered to police hours later. Hinds Community College student Derrick Stamps Jr., 18, was killed with a small-caliber weapon after he approached a Nissan Maxima in the parking lot of the Exxon station at Mission 66 and Clay Street at about 1:04 a.m., police Sgt. Sandra Williams said. Williams said the fatal shooting, the first in the city this year, followed an earlier fight at Joanna’s, 3961 N. Washington St., a nightclub in Kings. At the nightclub, the fight was between Stamps and an unidentified teen. Lt. Bobby Stewart said Dominic Rashad Turner, 19, intervened to stop the fight — a move that apparently angered Stamps. At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Turner, 202 Easy St., turned himself in at police headquarters and was charged with murder, Williams said. Williams said Stamps left his vehicle and went to the Maxima and opened the door and Stewart said he believed it was to confront Turner about breaking up the earlier fight. Turner then fired at least three rounds, according to the investigation. “Stamps was shot in the car that Turner was in,” she said. “He did open the door and approach Turner,” before being shot." [Murder charge? It seems clear self-defense]

WI: Robber found guilty in death of accomplice: "A 22-year-old man who was shot by a security guard while robbing a check-cashing business in Milwaukee last year was convicted of felony murder Monday in connection with the death of his cousin, who also was shot by the guard during the robbery. Vidal D. Mason entered a no-contest plea Monday, was found guilty and will be sentenced April 23, according to court records. Mason and his cousin, Ronald X. Reed Jr., 24, were wearing masks and armed with what looked like handguns when they entered Check Into Cash, 3906 N. 76th St., on June 3, according to a criminal complaint. The firearms were BB guns that looked like handguns, police said. While Reed had his gun to the guard's head, the guard grabbed his own pistol and shot both Reed and Mason, the complaint says. Prosecutors determined the guard's actions were justified and did not file charges against him."

Obama OK on gun control so far: "Among the many groups that opposed Barack Obama’s presidential race, few were more certain or vehement than gun rights organizations. ‘Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history,’ the National Rifle Association announced. ‘Obama is a committed anti-gunner,’ warned Gun Owners of America. So it’s no stunner that after a year in office, the president is getting hammered by people who have no use for his policy on firearms. The surprise is that the people attacking him are those who favor gun control, not those who oppose it.”

Ireland: Up to 50 handgun owners to mount legal challenges over licences: "The state is facing up to 50 legal challenges by the owners of high-calibre handguns who are seeking to have licences issued, despite being refused approval by Gardaí. The National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), which is the country’s largest gun-owners’ lobby group, plans to launch the challenges after successfully challenging two refusals by a senior garda to issue licences for handguns. Des Crofton, national director of the NARGC, which has 28,000 members across Ireland, said the association’s members had encountered ‘‘totally unacceptable behaviour’’ by some senior gardaí in their refusal to issue handgun licences to previously-licensed shooters. Crofton said that the association would be challenging the implementation of the state’s new firearms licensing system, which he said had descended into ‘‘mayhem’’. There are believed to be as many as 500 firearms, including handguns for competition shooting, which come under the ‘restricted’ category in the new licensing regime, for which gardaí are obliged to take special care in issuing licences." ["Gardai" = "police" in Irish]

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