Smoked Goblin? Aisle 5

Yet another failure of the victim-selection process. Man trying to rob Independence store is shot by clerk.

He shot at some customers in the store, shattering a door to a cooler. Then he pointed the gun at the clerk.

“The robber pulled a gun out and was threatening to shoot him,” said Derrick Wilson, a customer. “Before he got a chance, the cashier pulled out his and shot him instead.”

Under the “No honor among thieves” heading, the guy who got shot was dumped by a woman (the getaway-driver?) at a shopping mall. Cops took him to a hospital. He has been charged with ” attempted robbery and armed criminal action.”

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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Felony Murder in Missouri

You are responsible for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions. 3 charged with murder after alleged teen accomplice is killed in University City robbery attempt.

Gregory Bell, 18, of St. Louis, along with Davion Rainey, 18, of St. Louis, and Bell’s 16-year-old brother, Noah Bell, allegedly went into the backyard of a home in the 1300 block of Coolidge Drive and were confronted by the homeowner.

Both the suspects and the homeowner were armed, police said, and the homeowner shot at the suspects, hitting the 16-year-old. The three suspects then fled the scene, police said.

The two surviving miscreants as well as the estranged wife of the homeowner who was attacked (she conspired with the three) are charged with second-degree murder.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. MACON COUNTY HOMEOWNER KILLS HOME INTRUDER.

Investigators determined that the suspect entered the home through a second-story sliding glass door.

The suspect went to the first floor and threatened the homeowner, first with an air nailer and then with a handgun.

After a brief altercation, the homeowner shot the suspect.

Deputies found the suspect still with a loaded handgun. He was dead.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Maybe he thought this particular homeowner wouldn’t offer resistance to the home-invasion. Police investigating after homeowner, a minister, shot intruder.

Lt. Chris Wells said officers were dispatched to the home at about 1:35 a.m. after the homeowner called 911.

According to Wells, the homeowner said he had shot a man who was trying to break into his home.

The homeowner is a Pentecostal minister.

[The homeowner’s son] said he spoke to his father this morning over the phone. He said his father is shaken up.

“It’s a bad deal,” Hollingsworth said.

Hollingsworth said he’s not aware of his father, a Pentecostal minister, ever firing a gun in self-defense before.

“You carry it hoping you don’t have to use it,” he said.

The homeowner (Hollingsworth Sr.) has not been arrested. Self-defense is a human-right.

I Think This Qualifies as Self-defense

Though she didn’t show up to the scene with gun, she ended up defending someone with a gun. Witnesses describe ‘hysterical’ scene as bullets fly inside Sun Fresh grocery store

Police are calling it a “targeted shooting.” The neighborhood is struggling. The store only opened in June.

“The girl that was sacking my groceries got shot in her hand and leg,” [the bystander] said.

The woman said she stepped in when the male victim fell to the ground.

“When I kicked gun away from him, I happened to see the other guy coming back into the store, so I picked up the gun and started pointing it toward the door telling him to back the ‘F’ up and stay back,” she said.

He left. Cops are not saying much, though they apparently have a lot of security video to go over.

Defense of self, and others, is a human-right. Hard to say where the good-guys/bad-guys score falls out, since the girl who got shot was just trying to do her job.

Cooperation With Criminals: Historical Edition

Sept 4, 1987 – 31 years ago: A deadly night at the National Supermarket

The history in a nutshell.

Editor’s note: On the night of Sept. 4, 1987, two gunmen entered the National Supermarket store on Natural Bridge in north St. Louis. What followed would be the worst mass killing in the history of the St. Louis Police Department. This is the original report published in the Post-Dispatch.

The store was closed. The victims were employees. The gunmen probably got entrance by some ruse, perhaps posing as “floor cleaners.”

The victims were herded into a corner on the west side of the store, ordered to lie down in a row and were shot execution-style in the head, police said. The store aisles near the office contained pools of blood.

They probably got very little money for all this killing. The store’s money was in a safe that the employees couldn’t open.

Armed security may not have saved anyone. If surprise was total there might have been no chance to defend yourself or others. But cooperation did nothing to ensure anyone’s safety, because violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals due to anything you are doing or not doing. Cooperation is a strategy for dealing with a violent encounter; it is not a guarantee.

Self-defense Is Legal In Missouri

JusticeThe Prosecutor came to that conclusion in a week. Some jurisdictions take months to make that call. Prosecutor: Homeowner who shot intruder was “justified”.

So a would-be bad-guy broke into a house and started a “confrontation” with the homeowner. The homeowner shot him.

Prosescutor Bin Winrey said information obtained during the investigation showed the homeowner acted within their rights.

Self-defense is a human-right, and at least in this part of Missouri it is also your legal right.