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Aug 21 08 8:34 PM
Was it self defense, or a danger to the community? It's a question many residents in the Faubourg St. John area are now
asking after a recent shooting left bullet casings up and down their neighborhood block.
On Sunday, around 10:30 p.m., New Orleans Police Department officers say two hooded men robbed an employee of the Soprano's
Meat Market at gun point at 2703 Ursulines Avenue. Store owner and brother of the employee, Rick Abraham, says surveillance video captured the entire
"They robbed him, beat him with the gun, threw him on the floor, and demanded the money," he said.
But Abraham says his brother was only carrying $50, and so when the robbers demanded more, his brother pulled out his own gun to
defend himself. "What happened wasn't just some gunfight; it was a matter of life and death situation."
But on Tuesday night, a handful residents showed up to the First District police station, arguing otherwise. During the New
Orleans Neighborhood and Police Anti-Crime Council Meeting (NONPAC), residents argued that the store employee should not have continued to shoot at the
robbers, especially if the two men were fleeing the scene.
"What we don't understand is how it's possible that a business owner feels it's the safe and right thing to do
to chase a robber down a full city block shooting in a residential neighborhood," said Kate Parker, President of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood
While surveillance video does not show the store employee running after the robbers, neighbors say the gunfire did result in at
least one bullet entering a home down the block. NOPD officers also found several other bullet casings in nearby vehicles.
Mike Adams lives across the street from Sopranos and is now stuck fixing the gaping hole in his truck's windshield. "It
sounded like fireworks," he said. One of the bullets grazed his vehicle's hood and flew right through the windshield.
Adams says the convenience store should bear some responsibility for the surge in crime in the area. "It's not all
their fault, but at the same time, I think they play a bigger role in the safety of this neighborhood than they think," said Adams.
During the NONPAC meeting, officers told residents the store employee, legally, did nothing wrong. New Orleans police Sgt.
Cyril Davillier said the man did not have a concealed weapons permit, but said so long as a person is carrying a gun from their work to their vehicle, or from
their home to their vehicle, they do not need one.
"It's dangerous to shoot guns like that," said Davillier. "But if you're a victim of crime getting shot
at, what are you going to do?"
Abraham says his brother's decision to carry a gun that evening, proved to be the right one. "If he didn't have
nothing to defend himself, they would have killed him."
Many of the residents at Tuesday's anti-crime meeting say they blame the store's owner for much of the area's illegal
activity. They say the meat market stays open later than it should, and accuse the store's owner of attracting customers who contribute to crime.
The NOPD is still conducting an investigation into Sunday's shooting, but say so far they have found no wrong doing on the
part of the store employee. Officers are still searching for the two robbers. If you have any information on the shooting you're asked to call
Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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Aug 26 08 11:43 PM
CARSON CITY -- A state lawmaker wants Nevada to adopt a legal doctrine strengthening a homeowner's right to use deadly force to protect someone's
life from an intruder.
A bill draft request to implement the "castle doctrine" was submitted for the 2009 legislative session by Assemblyman Harry Mortenson, D-Las
The castle doctrine has some variations, but essentially says that someone attacked in his home can use reasonable force, including deadly force, to
protect his or another person's life without any duty to retreat from the attacker.
It clarifies that a homeowner does not have a duty to retreat in the face of a robbery or break-in.
At least 15 states, including Arizona, have adopted the doctrine in the past few years.
"I support the old philosophy that a man's home is his castle and people should not invade it with impunity," Mortenson said Monday.
"We've moved so much in the direction of helping the invader that I think we need to go a little bit in the other direction."
Mortenson's request was one of several new measures listed by the Legislature's Web site on Monday.
The request comes just as a poll conducted for the Review-Journal was released showing that 14 percent of Nevadans view the state's gun control laws
as too strict, 41 percent say they are not strict enough, and 38 percent view them as adequate. The remainder were not sure.
Mortenson said he keeps weapons in his home but does not have a concealed weapons permit.
No specific incident prompted the bill request, but the lawmaker noted a recent rash of burglaries in his neighborhood.
"It just seems to me the homeowner is at a disadvantage if he is invaded and he's impeded by the thought that if he protects himself, he may end
up in jail for the rest of his life," Mortenson said.
If potential burglars or robbers know they might be confronted with an armed homeowner, the law might serve as a little bit of a deterrent, he said.
Contact Capital Bureau reporter Sean Whaley at [email protected]
Aug 27 08 11:02 PM
Grand jury re-convenes to discuss Sturgis shooting
A Meade County grand jury has convened today to again discuss whether a Seattle cop should face charges for shooting a member of the Hells Angels during the
Sturgis motorcycle rally. Ronald Smith, 43, opened fire on Hells Angel member Joseph Patrick McGuire, 33, of Imperial Beach, Calif. Aug. 9, according to
authorities. Smith has said he shot McGuire self-defense. Smith, a detective with the Seattle Police Department and a member of the Iron Pigs motorcycle club,
said in an previous interview with the Seattle Times that he was "cold-cocked by at least one, if not three, Hells Angels" before being pinned to the
floor and receiving "fists and feet" during an altercation between the Hells Angels and Iron Pigs. He said he pulled his handgun from his hip and
Aug 28 08 10:35 PM
EAST STROUDSBURG - It's a night time shopper's nightmare. You buy groceries, go to your car, and someone tries to rob you
Police say Joshua Eastman, 28, of East Stroudsburg was unloading groceries at his car shortly before 12:45 a.m. today when Reneau
Jean Jacques, 17, of 77 Symphony Circle, East Stroudsburg, pointed a handgun at him and demanded that he hand over his money.
Eastman looked around for help or someone to yell to. The alleged robber continued to demand money. Eastman replied that he did
not have any money - that he used a debit card to pay for his purchases.
Jacques became more threatening, pointing the gun and using a more menacing tone of voice.
Eastman then took out his wallet and pushed the door of his truck more open to put it between himself and the suspect. Jacques
pointed his gun at Eastman's face.
Eastman dropped his wallet and started ducking down. Jacques fired a shot that went through the window of the door almost striking
Eastman and causing flying glass from the car window to cut his face.
Eastman pulled out a handgun he was carrying and fell to the ground. He returned fire under the truck's door with his pistol
while the teen continued to fire his weapon.
Eastman shot Jacques in the lower leg and foot. Then Eastman ran back toward the store as the teen fled towards Friendly's
Jacques fled into a landscaped island of bushes and trees in the parking lot. Stroud Area Regional Police were on the scene almost
immediately and found him hiding and trying to bury a handgun in the mulch. He originally claimed to be a victim before police determined he was likely the one
who started the trouble.
"It appears to be an armed robbery that went badly for the suspect because he picked an armed customer," said Sgt. James
On Thursday afternoon, Jacques, using crutches and wearing a long hospital gown over hospital pants, sat with a numb look on his
face during his preliminary arraignment in East Stroudsburg Magisterial District Judge Michael Muth's courtroom. Jacques, a Shawnee Academy student with a
prior juvenile record, spoke in a subdued tone when addressed by the judge.
Jacques is charged as an adult with attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, crimes committed with guns and illegal
possession of a gun, all felonies, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He hung his head and sighed after the judge told him he could face up to 30 years
in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, attempted murder.
Jacques was taken to Pocono Medical Center for treatment. Police detained two other youths for questioning. They were in a car,
trying to flee the scene, according to witnesses and police.
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Sep 3 08 11:01 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man comes home to find his house allegedly being robbed and fights back, killing the
It happened at a home on Toddville Road in west Charlotte around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and neighbors say he did the right
"He did what he should have done. I mean that's no business breaking into his house," Clay Robinson told us.
He's staying across the street from the Toddville Road home where the shooting happened and says he heard two gunshots.
Investigators say the man who lives there came home to find red flags all over the place: A strange car in the driveway and the
door that leads from the carport to the house kicked in.
Police say the homeowner went inside, found a suspected burglar and told the man they identify as Timothy Quinn to get down. But
instead, they say Quinn charged at him and the homeowner shot him, killing the 31-year-old.
The woman who has lived next door for more than 30 years, Shirley Snow, said, "I think he had a right to defend himself and
his home if it happened like I thought -- the guy was coming toward him. I think he had a every right to protect himself."
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Sep 9 08 10:30 PM
OLDSMAR - Detectives are investigating a kidnapping that ended with the victim
shooting two of the suspects, killing one of them.
Sep 9 08 10:36 PM
News Channel 8 photo by RUGENE MOORE
Investigators collect evidence at the Aday Motel in Oldsmar, where deputies say a man was kidnapped at gunpoint.
Updated: 09/08/2008 03:56 pm
OLDSMAR - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating a kidnapping that ended when the victim grabbed a handgun
and shoot two of his three abductors.
The kidnapping happened about 11 p.m. Sunday at Aday Motel, 501 Bayview Blvd., Oldsmar, Sgt. Jim Bordner said.
The trio apparently thought the victim could lead them to another man regarding a dispute over stolen coins, and they forced the victim at gunpoint into
their white 2000 Chevrolet Malibu, Bordner said.
Detectives said this is what happened next:
A man in the back seat next to the victim laid his handgun in his lap while he typed a text message. The victim grabbed the gun and shot that person, then
shot one of the people in the front seat. He then held the gun to the driver's head and ordered him to stop the car. He then got out and called 911.
The uninjured kidnapper drove to a McDonald's at 4085 Tampa Road. Restaurant employees saw the wounded people in the car and called 911. Deputies
responded and found the man in the back seat was dead. The wounded person in the front seat was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
Detectives are interviewing the driver. The names of the abductors and victim have not been released. Charges against the kidnappers are pending.
Sep 9 08 10:44 PM
Homeowner shoots masked intruder
Fayetteville, N.C. - A Fayetteville man says he fired shots at two would-be robbers, fatally shooting one, Friday night. Richard J. Opdenhoff
said he and his wife were sitting with their dogs in their living room watching TV shortly before 11 p.m. when two masked men invaded his home and attempted
to rob them at gunpoint. Opdendhoff, who had access to his gun, said he fired three to five shots at the men, hitting one of them. The other assailant got
away. Fayetteville police identified the alleged assailant as Alton Jeffery McCrimmon, 23. He died in a neighbor's yard, investigators said.
Sep 9 08 10:50 PM
A Vacaville resident shot and killed a man who the resident said was burglarizing his home. The resident, who police did not identify
and who lives alone on the 1200 block of Balsam Way, awoke to the sound of voices inside his home around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the
Vacaville Police Department. The resident armed himself with a handgun, confronted the alleged burglar and shot him "at least once" in the torso,
according to police. The resident then called police. The Solano County Coroner has not yet released the name of the dead man, and police described him only as
an unidentified white male. Police found physical evidence at the home that they believe shows a second person was in the home when the shooting occurred.
Police believe that person left the home through a bedroom window.
Sep 9 08 11:00 PM
A would be burglar gets more than he bargains for while breaking into a West Jackson home. The homeowner sent the burglar
to the hospital. It happened in the 600 block of Hillsdale Drive off Clinton Boulevard. A homeowner on Hillsdale Drive was still in bed around 9:00 a.m.
when a burglar woke him from his sleep. "Once he heard Mr. Moore attempt to break into the home he retrieved a weapon and fired a shot striking Mr.
Moore," said Jackson Police Lt. Jeffery Scott. Eighteen year old Lorenzo Moore was shot once in the arm. He fled the home and was taken by private
vehicle to University Medical Center. One neighbor we spoke to believes the homeowner should have taken further action. "He shouldn't have just
wounded him. He should have killed him dead," said Thelma Moore, no relation to the accused burglar. "If he got enough nerve to come in and
shoot, he's going to kill you if you don't kill him. Take him out." The homeowner will not be charged in this case.
Sep 9 08 11:10 PM
The fatal shooting of a robbery suspect by a clerk at a southwest Houston cellular phone store will be referred to a Harris County grand jury without
charges, police said Tuesday. The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. Monday after the man entered the T-Mobile store in the 7500 block of the Southwest
Freeway and pointed a pistol at two employees, police said. A third employee, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, confronted the man and the two
exchanged shots, investigators said. The robbery suspect died at the scene. The employee was not injured.
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