Saturday, May 21, 2011

NC: Armed business owner chases would-be robber away: "A business owner fought back Thursday when an armed man attempted to rob his nail salon. The owner of Kim Nails at 224 Stanford Road in Lincolnton didn’t just hand over the cash when a masked man brandishing a handgun demanded it. Rather, the man pulled out a gun and chased the robber out the door, firing several shots at the getaway car as the man fled, according to police. The would-be robber entered the business through the back door at 6:17 p.m. “He kicked through the back door. We heard a loud boom. He came in with his ski mask, a gun and a bag. Everybody was scared,” said T.T. Nguyen. Nguyen’s family owns the nail salon that has never experienced such a crime in its six years. The masked man put a gun to Nguyen’s brother and demanded money. But when Nguyen’s brother reached for a gun, the robber ran."

NJ: One robber shot; one flees: "Newark detectives on Friday were continuing their investigation into the attack on a retired Florham Park police officer, who was shot during a robbery and is recovering at University Hospital under police guard. Newark police have said they believe the former officer was targeted by assailants who laid in wait for him. The victim was carrying cash to fill an ATM at a bar on Elm Street when two males approached him, one from the front and one from the rear, police said. A shootout occurred, with the victim able to use his own handgun. One of the robbers was wounded in the leg. One suspect, who is still at large, fled on foot. The second, wounded suspect drove away and crashed his vehicle at Congress and Lafayette streets, police said. He was found in possession of several weapons and the unspecified cash proceeds of the robbery. He was brought to University Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound, and has been charged with weapons offenses and robbery, Henderson said."

MT: No charges in fatal alley shooting: "A Billings woman involved in a fatal gunfight in a South Side alley last year will not be charged, according to Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito. In a letter this week to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, Twito said an extensive investigation into the shooting death of 19-year-old Arthur Mario Santos Banda on Nov. 13 supports the claim of self-defense made by the 24-year-old woman. The woman, identified only by the initials S.M., told investigators that she was standing in the rear entry of her residence at 515 S. 35th St. when she fired a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol numerous times at about 2:41 a.m. The woman said she “fearfully believed there were several individuals in the alleyway a short distance away coming at her armed with a weapon,” Twito said in the letter dated May 18. Banda and a 15-year-old boy were hit by the gunfire. Banda died at the scene of bullet wounds to the head, shoulder and stomach. The boy was struck in the knee. A .40-caliber semi-automatic rifle was found near Banda and the investigation determined that it had been fired six times in the woman’s direction."

California Gun Registry Bill Back Again: "Assembly Bill 809, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D- Los Angeles), would require the state to keep registration information for all firearm transfers. Currently, California law requires persons who purchase or transfer a handgun to register the gun with the state. These gun owners are required to provide personal information that includes: name, address, place of birth, telephone number, and occupation. The law also requires gun owners to provide a detailed description of the handgun and the gun’s serial number. Under AB 809, the handgun registration requirements would apply to all firearms, including rifles and shotguns commonly used by sportsmen for hunting and recreational shooting. It’s expected that a vote on AB 809 could come as soon May 27th during a hearing before the Assembly Appropriations Committee."

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