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New York: Man escapes flurry of bullets but accidentally shoots himself

August 30, 2008

Buffalo, New York

From the Buffalo News of August 14, 2008

Man escapes flurry of bullets but accidentally shoots himself

A man escaped a flurry of shots fired at him in a drive-by shooting, but when he tried to return fire, he accidentally shot himself, The Buffalo News learned today.

The man was in the 100 block of Hagen Street, in the Bailey-Delavan neighborhood, at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when a burgundy vehicle pulled up to him and a gunman inside fired shots at him, according to Northeast District Police.

The man, whose identity is being withheld by The News for his protection, told detectives that he attempted to return fire and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No charges have been filed against the man nor has the gunman who fired from the vehicle been located.

The man was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.


April 14, 2007

Sacramento, California

From the Sacramento Bee of April 14, 2007
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Police probe mistaken arrest of resident in shooting

Man was returning fire when he shot at group, hitting one, official says.

A 46-year-old man was wrongfully arrested Sunday after he shot an alleged gang member in self-defense, police said Friday.

Now the Sacramento Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into how the mistake was made, authorities said.

Patrick Malcolm fired his gun at a group of men who had shot at him first near his Meadowview home, said Sacramento Police Sgt. Matt Young. One of the men was hit, Young said.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired near Twilight Drive and Sweetfern Way about 5 a.m. Sunday were approached by Malcolm, Young said. Malcolm told police he was in his living room when he saw a suspicious car outside.

He grabbed his gun, went outside to investigate and was shot at several times, Young said. He fired back in self-defense, Young said.

Investigators do not know why someone shot at Malcolm.

About 20 minutes after speaking with Malcolm, officers were notified that a man had been taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, Young said. They then arrested Malcolm on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

“Follow-up investigation revealed the resident should not have been arrested, and we’re taking steps to rectify this situation,” Young said Friday. “We made a mistake. We arrested the wrong guy.”

Malcolm was released Monday, Young said.

Police are working with the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office to make sure charges are not filed against Malcolm and that his “record is expunged” of his arrest, Young said.

Malcolm did not return calls from The Bee on Friday evening.

Young said the decision to arrest Malcolm was made by the responding officers’ immediate supervisor, who is a sergeant, and the watch commander on duty, a lieutenant. Young said the responding officers at the scene “did everything right” but declined to elaborate.

The department’s internal affairs unit has begun an investigation “to ascertain why the mistake was made,” Young said. He said “necessary information was not communicated” between the two crime scenes — the street where the shooting occurred and the hospital where the wounded man was found.

On Friday, police arrested the man who had been shot, 18-year-old Salvador Thomas Williams, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm and with a criminal street gang enhancement.

March 22, 2007

Taladega, Alabama

From the Taladega Daily Home of March 21, 2007

Drive-by shooting suspects shot

An apparently botched drive-by shooting on Old Shocco Road Wednesday morning led to two Talladega residents suffering shotgun wounds before being arrested by Talladega police.

Demetrius Lamar Gooden, 23, 97 Cleve Lane, and Antoine Jamel Freeman, 18, 1822 Old Shocco Road, were each charged with one count of shooting into an occupied building. Gooden was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and Freeman was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree.

Gooden’s bond was set at $1,500 by Circuit Judge Chad Woodruff. Freeman’s bond was set at $10,500.

According to Police Chief Alan Watson, at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, three suspects fired several shots with an automatic handgun into the residence of Dexter Lamar Swain, 27, at 1480 Old Shocco Road, Apartment 7, from a car. Swain’s brother, Maurice Swain, 32, was also in the apartment at the time.

Although neither of the Swain brothers was hit, bullets did damage two walls in the apartment, the front door, a home entertainment center and a 19-inch television set.

One of the Swain brothers returned fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, hitting Gooden in the right leg and Freeman in the right hand. The third suspect was not hit.

The suspects then went to Kelly Park, Watson said.

According to Detective John McCoy, who testified at the initial appearance, the Swains called police and gave them a description and possible destination for the vehicle the suspects fled in.

McCoy found Gooden, Freeman, a male subject and a female subject getting out of the car with shotgun damage and into another vehicle, probably to go to the hospital. Gooden’s drug charge stems from crack cocaine found in a pack of cigarettes at that time. Freeman’s marijuana charge stemmed from a small baggie in plain sight in the back seat of the car, between his feet.

Two pistols were also recovered in the yard of the residence where the suspects were changing cars.

Gooden and Freeman were taken to the emergency room at Citizens Baptist Medical Center, where the former eventually refused treatment and was arrested immediately.

Freeman’s hand wound was treated in the emergency room, and he was placed under arrest as soon as he was discharged, Watson said.

Bond was set at $10,000 each for the shooting into an occupied dwelling charge, $5,000 for Gooden’s drug charge and $500 for Freeman’s marijuana charge. Should they make bond and get out of jail, they will be subject to random drug testing and are barred from carrying firearms of any kind.

Watson said the third suspect is known, and added the Swains had not been charged with anything. The investigation remained ongoing Wednesday afternoon.

May 12, 2006

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From the May 11, 2006 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Ronald Vesci, 18, of Homewood, was fatally wounded and a 2-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet at 1:15 p.m. during a drive-by shooting outside a house in the 7300 block of Monticello Street in Homewood, said Major Crimes Cmdr. Tom Stangrecki. Someone outside the house returned fire.

Vesci was drying a car parked outside the home and the girl was playing in the front yard with other family members when a sport utility vehicle pulled up, and the driver and passenger opened fire, Stangrecki said. The man who returned fire is licensed to carry a gun, Stangrecki said.

March 29, 2006

Volusia County, Florida

From Orlando’s of March 28, 2006

Homeowner Fires Back At BB Gun Vandals

A Volusia County homeowner turned the tables after someone riddled his house with BB gun pellets for the second time. This time, he fired back. The sheriff’s department is still looking into the shooting.

This was the second time the homeowner had been shot at by vandals. This time, he said, he decided to shoot back.

Over $1,000 worth of tempered glass has been thrown in the trash.

“I could hear the sound of glass breaking. It sounded like it’s raining glass,” Barry Hartman said.

Unfortunately for Hartman, this was the second time he had a glass storm in his living room. Last December, vandals shot out his picture window. Now it happened again.

“I heard three pops,” Hartman said.

He though it sounded like a real gun, which is not far fetched. There’s not a lot of sound difference between a high powered BB gun and a .22 pistol. He grabbed his own and leaned out the window to see who was shooting at him.

“As I leaned out, I could see what appeared to be a rifle being held, so I started shooting,” he said.

Hartman fired three shots towards the ground in front of the vandals. They got the point and ran away. He hopes they remember what they learned.

“I hope they don’t come back. I’m getting tired of this,” he said.

Hartman was not charged with any crime. Volusia County is still looking to see if he broke any law. As for the vandals, firing anything, even a BB gun, into an occupied home is a felony.

January 25, 2006

Tulsa, Oklahoma

From Tulsa’s of January 25, 2006

No One Hurt After A Shooting Overnight In Tulsa

Tulsa Police are investigating an overnight shooting incident. It happened near Pine and Delaware Place. Police say an exchange of gunfire means a close call for a couple.

Around 1:30 AM Wednesday, someone went to a home and opened fire. They shot up cars and the house. Someone inside returned fire, and the suspects left.

One bullet hit a house across the street. It landed in a mattress where a couple was sleeping.

No one was hurt, and Tulsa Police are investigating.

January 17, 2006

Salina, Kansas

From the Salina Journal of January 17, 2006

Man returns fire after shotgun blasts

No arrests made

When someone shot a 12 gauge shotgun into the ground near his home, Harold Strait, 34, 545 Saturn, returned fire Sunday morning with a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

A neighbor called police to report gunshots at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Chief Barry Plunkett said.

Officers recovered six .45-caliber shell casings and two 12 gauge shotgun shell casings.

Strait told police the shotgun shooter was in a red or maroon pickup truck. It was driven away after the shots were fired.

There were no arrests, but Plunkett said “a whole lot of investigation” is continuing.