Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TX: 71-year-old wounded, returns fire during grocery store robbery: "Armed robbers shot a 71-year-old man Sunday at his grocery store, but he didn’t go down without a fight. After feeling the impact, he grabbed his .380-caliber handgun from under the counter and fired on his assailants, authorities said. He may have put one in the hospital. Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies responded to Perez Grocery Store near Mile 6 ½ West and Mile 7 North about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. There, they found a wounded Carmen Polanco Perez, who told investigators that two gun-toting, Hispanic men had come into his store demanding money. The robbers fled the area and emergency personnel transported Perez to Knapp Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Moments later, a second man with a gunshot wound arrived at the same hospital. Authorities did not release the man’s identity, but said he underwent emergency surgery. Investigators are trying to determine if he is connected to the armed robbery at Perez Grocery Store."

TX: Robber shot with own gun: "Detectives said Mayes was standing in a Walgreens parking lot in the 6600 block of Tidwell when Reginald O'Neal shoved a gun in his back and demanded the keys to his car. Police said Mayes refused to give up his car or go down without a fight. Officers said Mayes and the suspect struggled, and then the suspect shot Mayes in the leg. Mayes managed to grab the gun from O'Neal and fired back, striking his attacker in the chest, police said. Detectives said Mayes then got in his own car, drove to a safe place and dialed 911. Investigators said O'Neal crawled over to a ditch to hide out until another person drove up and he jumped in the car. However, police said for some reason, O'Neal returned to the scene of his crime and officers took him into custody. Detectives said both the victim and his attacker were rushed to area hospitals for their injuries and are expected to survive. Police said they are questioning a second person"

From the border: "The week of 19-25 February in El Paso, Texas. A woman was struck in Downtown El Paso by a stray bullet from a gunfight in Juarez. Bullet struck her leg and the wound is described as relatively minor. It could have been worse as she was pushing a pram. The round was from an AR-15 and the gunfight was between carjackers and the police. There is some debate as to who did the shooting as the J Town police use ARs. Even with this El Paso, where guns are fairly easy to purchase, remains safer than most cities 'protected' by strict gun laws."

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