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Nevada: Liquor Store Clerk Wounded Would-be Robber

August 12, 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada

From KOLO of August 11, 2009

Liquor Store Clerk Wounded Would-be Robber

Las Vegas police say a liquor store clerk gunned down during a botched robbery Friday night shot one of his assailants. The Clark County coroner’s office identifies the dead clerk as 62-year-old Arthur Miller of Las Vegas. Police arrested his two alleged assailants – 24-year-olds Antonio Duenas and Michael Cruz – at a hospital where Duenas was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. They’re due in court tomorrow

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Georgia: Intruder, resident shot to death in home invasion

July 14, 2009

Savannah, Georgia

From the Ledger-Enquirer of July 14, 2009

Intruder, resident shot to death in home invasion

Garden City police say two men are dead from gunshot wounds in an apparent home invasion..

Police Chief David Lyons said a man and a woman were inside the residence about 1 a.m. Tuesday when two armed intruders broke in through a bedroom window.

Lyons said the resident also was armed and gunfire erupted. He said one of the intruders was hit and ran from the house. He was found dead in some woods about 70 yards from the house.

The chief said the male resident was alive when police found him in a bedroom, but he died on his way to a hospital. He said the female was not hurt.

Police said identities will be released after relatives are notified.

Arizona: Man arrested in double murder

January 6, 2009

Glendale, Arizona

From the Arizona Republic of January 6, 2009

Man arrested in double murder

The Glendale Police Department has made its first homicide arrest of 2009, thanks to help from Phoenix police.

Jesus Adan Nevarez-Cota is suspected of being one of four men involved in a home-invasion robbery in June that left the homeowner and an intruder dead.

Police say Nevarez-Cota, 20, of Phoenix, and the three other men were armed with assault rifles when they kicked in the back door of a Glendale residence in the 7000 block of West Cavalier Drive. Police say the homeowner, who also was armed, confronted the men and a gunbattle ensued.

Police said Nevarez-Cota is the registered owner of a vehicle that the men used to leave the scene.

Phoenix police talked to Nevarez-Cota on Dec. 31, during a traffic stop, and called Glendale authorities.

He now faces two counts of first-degree murder.

Armed Robbery Suspect Shot By Victim in Lufkin, Texas

September 6, 2008

Lufkin, Texas

From August 20, 2008 KTRE channel 9:

At 10:36 Sunday night, restaurant manager Katie Jeffreys left Catfish King with the night deposit after closing up.

Her boyfriend, Keith Labrozzi, had come to pick her up and their next stop was the bank. But they never made it. A robber surprised them with gunfire in the parking lot.

“Mr. Labrozzi had a concealed handgun permit and he was armed. He exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Mr. Labrozzi had several gunshot wounds and died a short time later at the hospital,” says LT. David Young with the Lufkin Police.

Young says Labrozzi fired at the suspect, 19-year-old Brian Martin Womack of Hudson, hitting him in the stomach.

Katie Jeffreys was shot in the foot, but managed to crawl under her SUV and call 911 before trying to give her boyfriend CPR.

Florida: 2 Dead In Miami Gardens Game Store Shooting

August 16, 2008

Miami Gardens, Florida

From NBC6 of August 16, 2008

2 Dead In Miami Gardens Game Store Shooting

A gun battle erupted in a store at a shopping mall in Miami Gardens that left two people dead and shoppers running for cover.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said three men entered the MultiVest Xtreme Video Games store on 183rd Street and Northwest Seventh Ave. Shortly after, a gun battle erupted between the manager, Corey Robinson, and one of the men, police said. Police said both the manager and one of the men had a weapon. Both men died at the scene, police said.

“The manager managed to shoot one of the subjects, who is now deceased, inside, and the manager was also shot,” Bobby Williams of the Miami-Dade Police Department said.

Michael Robinson’s son was killed in the incident. He said he is in shock.

“I never thought I would live to see the day that I would be burying one of my own children,” Robinson said.

Witnesses, including shopper David Durham, said they heard gunshots coming from store.

“As soon as we got here we heard ‘Bam bam,’ and that was it. People running and going nuts,” he said.

Workers in a pawn shop nearby the strip all said they keep their store doors closed at all times because they fear something may happen to the people in their store.

“There’s always loud noises and stuff,” Matt Furry of AAA Pawnshop said. “We heard a gunshot go off. We went out there, and we just saw some people laying on the ground.”

Police said the other two men fled the scene. One left on foot; the other in a car.

“We just left the hospital,” Corey Robinson’s sister, Qualyn Gibbs, said. “We couldn’t see him or anything because it’s a crime scene going on.”

Police said they are investigating the scene and looking for the other men.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Kansas: Attempted robbery led to Lawrence shooting deaths, police say

June 9, 2008

Lawrence, Kansas

From the Witchita Eagle of June 9, 2008

Attempted robbery led to Lawrence shooting deaths, police say

Police say an attempted robbery led to Saturday’s double homicide, and a 16-year-old boy arrested in the crime is likely to have his first court appearance today.

Police also identified one of the deceased as Gage Hauk, 18, of nearby McLouth in Jefferson County. Police said Hauk and the 16-year-old suspect attempted to rob the residence just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday when the 20-year-old resident shot Hauk with a shotgun.

The 16-year-old, who has not been identified, then allegedly shot the resident before fleeing on foot, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Paul Fellers. A firearm believed to have been used in the incident was found a block away.

The resident has not yet been identified, Fellers said, pending identification by the coroner.

The two would-be robbers were acquainted with the resident, Fellers said.

The teen was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery, Fellers said. He is being held at the county’s juvenile detention center.

Douglas County Deputy District Attorney David Melton said it’s possible the suspect could be charged as an adult. Charges are expected to be filed in a preliminary hearing at 4 p.m. today.

Police responded to the home where the incident occurred after several neighbors reported gunshots. One of the bodies was found inside the residence, in the 1300 block of Delaware Street. The other man was found outside.

Ohio: Grocer killed with own gun

February 5, 2008

Lorain, Ohio

From the The Morning Journal of January 31, 2008

Grocer killed with own gun

Lorain grocer Jose Gonzalez was fatally shot with his own gun during a struggle with the suspect in a ”botched robbery” at Gonzalez’s store last Friday, police said.

Gonzales had bought the gun to protect himself and his store following a previous holdup, according to neighbors.

Police said a man armed with a weapon that was not a gun walked into the Gonzalez Grocery at 2522 Lexington Ave. at about 10 a.m. on Jan. 25. A fight ensued between the man and Gonzalez, and Gonzalez’s gun somehow got into the hands of the intruder, according to police.

Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera would not specify what weapon police believe suspect Decio Rodrigues, 24, of Lorain, brought to the store, but said it was not a gun. The chief said he does not believe Rodrigues entered the store with the intent to kill Gonzalez.

As the suspect ran from the store with cash in his hand, he was spotted by an Allied Waste worker.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect shortly after the killing and tips started rolling in.

Lorain detectives worked around the clock with the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force to capture Rodrigues. He was taken into custody Saturday night and was charged with aggravated murder.

At an arraignment Monday morning, Rodrigues appeared on live video from the Lorain County Jail. Rodrigues kept his head down for most of the proceeding, but when he did look into the camera, he had a black eye and scratches on his face.

Rivera said the injuries were from the struggle that had taken place at the grocery store when Gonzalez was fighting for his life.

Tuesday night, the community gathered with Gonzalez’s family to honor his legacy and to protest violence. His son vowed to reopen the store.

November 27, 2007

Fairfield, California

From NBC11 of November 26, 2007

Fairfield Man Killed In House Invasion

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday on a Fairfield man who was shot Saturday night during an apparent home invasion robbery.

The Solano County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 48-year-old Timothy Banks.

Fairfield police said Banks was fatally shot and his 17-year-old son also was shot in their home in the 200 block of Holly Drive.

Lt. Al Bagos said Banks’ wife called police around 11:34 p.m. Saturday. She said she awoke to find her husband and an intruder struggling over a rifle in the upstairs bedroom. The gun discharged, striking Banks in the head and torso and the intruder fled, Bagos said.

The teen was found shot downstairs and he was taken to the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was in fair condition, Bagos said.

Police said it appears there were two intruders. One of them is a dark-skinned male approximately 17 years old who was wearing dark clothing, Bagos said. Police are investigating a motive for the shootings.

November 17, 2007

Tarboro, North Carolina

From the Rocky Mount Telegram of November 17, 2007

Shootout at store kills clerk

Edgecombe County authorities arrested three teenagers in connection with a string of crimes at a Princeville convenience store that ultimately led to a shootout and the store owner’s murder Thursday night.

One teen, who was wounded in the shootout, was charged with the man’s murder; another was charged with having the gun purportedly used in the shooting; and a third was charged with burglarizing the store twice in the last month, authorities charge.

“These gentlemen are tied together,” Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight said. “But how the whole puzzle fits together, we don’t know yet.”

Ahmad M. Nimer, 61, owner of Wings N Things on N.C. 33, was shot and killed Thursday night during an apparent robbery attempt at the store, Knight said.

The store, which was previously called Exum’s Grocery, recently reopened under the new name, the sheriff said.

“Gunfire was exchanged in the business, and (one of the suspects) has a bullet wound in his shoulder,” Knight said.

William Earl Allen Jr., 18, of Tarboro was taken to Heritage Hospital for treatment. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nimer, and he’s being held under no bond.

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October 9, 2007

Nashville, Tennessee

From Nashville’s WKRN.com of October 8, 2007

Gunfire Kills East Nashville Store Owner

The owner of a convenience store in east Nashville was shot and killed at her store on Cahal Avenue Monday afternoon.

Customers found the body of 70-year-old Classie Wilson inside her store, Cahal Market, at about 1 p.m. Monday.

She had been shot in the chest.

Police believe Wilson and the suspect exchanged gunfire before she was fatally wounded.

Officers said the suspect came in, asking for to purchase [sic] a single pack of cigarettes when the altercation began.

Wilson and her husband owned and operated the Cahall Market for more than 20 years.

Her son, Ronald Wilson, spoke with News 2 Monday.

He said, “She lived by example. For 28, 30 years we’ve been at the store she’s helped people when they needed it… If they didn’t have enough money or couldn’t pay, she’d help them out.”

Police are searching for a suspect Monday night.

They believe he escaped on foot and may still be in the neighborhood.