CANTON - Confronted by three masked men armed with handguns, a store clerk drew his own gun and opened fire.
While details are still developing, initial reports are that three armed men in masks entered the store, the clerk drew his weapon, and a firefight broke out - starting inside the store and with the suspects continuing to shoot as they fled. According to local news,
Canton Police said the shooting took place at the Marathon Gas Station located at 2201 9th St. SW and happened during an attempted robbery Monday night around 9:25 p.m.
Officers were called to the scene and found a store employee with gunshot wounds to his legs.
The worker told police he had been shot during a robbery attempt by three masked subjects. The clerk did return fire, killing two of the three suspects.
One suspect was found near the 800 block of Smith Avenue Southwest and transported to a local hospital, where he later died. A second suspect was found near the 700 block of Dryden Avenue Southwest and also transported to a local hospital where he also died.
SUMMERVILLE - 36-year-old Hercules Champaign III was known to walk around this quiet subdivision with braces on his legs and a cane.
On Sunday, Champaign quietly walked across the street, entered a neighbors home and began using his cane to beat the family dog.
The homeowner, alone with his 10-year-old daughter, confronted Champaign. When he refused to leave and continued striking the dog the homeowner grabbed his gun and fired twice, both rounds striking Champaign.
The homeowner is protected under the South Carolina Protection of Persons and Property Act - the law that grants castle doctrine inside the state. Champaign's wounds were serious but not life threatening.
There is no history of conflict between the men or of calls to either man's home for violence. According to the Post and Courier,
Investigators have not revealed exactly what might have led to the confrontation in which Champaign was shot Sunday afternoon. Earlier, Champaign had been "bothering other neighbors in the area," Phinney said.
One resident, who later called 911, told detectives what he saw just before the shooting. He provided only his first name, Terry.
"I saw (Champaign) walking up the street with what looked like sticks in his hands," he said. "Then I heard two gunshots, and (the homeowner) yelling, 'Oh my God.'"
Champaign had walked into the home without permission and used a curved cane to hit a dog inside, Phinney said.
The resident told Champaign "numerous times" to get out, and when the intruder stayed, the homeowner got a handgun and shot him twice, according to an incident report.
Deputies later found Champaign lying face up near the doorway. He was bleeding from his face and his right side as neighbors came to his aid.
With a 10-year-old at home and his dog being beaten, it sounds like this homeowner did what he had to - even though he knew the attacker.
HOUSTON - The manager of a more than 60-year-old meat store grabbed the store gun for the first time Saturday when an armed robber held a gun to one of his teenaged employees.
According to local reports,
"We never thought we'd get robbed because there's always so many people in here," Nickel said. "We were in the back mixing some boudin and everybody came in and goes: 'Run, run outside. There's somebody in here with a gun.'
"I looked out a window and all I could see was his hand with a pistol. I didn't know what to do."
That's when Nickel took action. He fired two shots, hitting the man in the back of the head.
"Just spur of the moment," he said. "I just did what I had to do. Everything happened and I just did it on instinct. I was just worried about everyone else in here."
Unarmed, the store manager would have been left with the choice of potentially watching an employee killed of of fleeing and abandoning a teenager held at gunpoint.
Just another good guy with a gun that gun grabbers don't want to talk about.
BAYTOWN - Fed up with having packages stolen from his house and the homes of his neighbors, a pastor armed himself and set a trap.
Benny Homes, a pastor of The Church of New Beginnings, had twice seen a woman steal packages from his porch through his home security system. One time she had children in her car with her.
As reports of similar thefts came from neighbors, Benny decided to set a trap. Setting two empty boxes with shipping labels on his porch, Benny told his wife,
"I'm going to sit here and I'm going to pull guard duty. I'm going to be a watchman on the wall"
Benny waited for hours but, sure enough, the thief struck. As the woman approached the packages, Benny met her with his handgun drawn and ordered her to lie on the ground.
The woman originally told him she was "looking for her dog" and Benny replied,
You found him, bow wow.
Her story about the dog jogged Benny's memory and reminded him that this same woman, identified by police as Laurie Ferguson, had said the same thing to him 2 years earlier when caught near the same door.
Police went to the woman's house and found more than 30 items reported stolen from nearby houses expecting packages.
LAS VEGAS - A United States Army veteran who served in Afghanistan grabbed a gun to defend his family after a 15-year-old opened fire through the front door.
27-year-old Shaun Cooper was home with his parents and his 14-year-old brother when the family spotted a man wearing a leather jacket walking up the street. In Las Vegas. In the summer.
Moments later the family heard a loud bang at the door and then the gunshots started. The 15-year-old, a former friend of Shaun's younger brother, "was trying to breach the door" and shooting into the lock and handle. Shaun told reporters,
My dad was actually standing in the kitchen. He was firing through the door through the kitchen and completely missed him. Bullets went all around, except for him. Got lucky.
Hearing those shots, Shaun reacted,
“I took off, grabbed my gun and got back, and he saw me thorugh the window. Shot one more time, and that’s when I shot through the window, and he dropped.”
EL RENO - Talk about picking the right gift for Mother's Day. A woman grabbed the shotgun she was given for the holiday to defend her handicapped daughter.
According to KOCO.com,
Cathy Kouba’s home security system alarm jolted her awake Thursday night. She said she realized someone was trying to kick in her back door.
“I have a daughter that’s handicapped and she was asleep on the bottom floor,” Kouba said. “And so for the fear of her being hurt, motherly instincts kick in and, you know, I worked hard for what I’ve got. And you’re not going to come and take it away from me.”
Kouba said she grabbed the gun her son gave her for Mother’s Day and ran out the front door to confront the intruder out back.
“[I cocked the gun], saw that the door had broke down, then I saw him hitting over the fence and head to the creek,” Kouba said.
The intruder fled the home, leaving a blood trail and then got himself tangled in the property's electric fence before escaping. As Cathy told reporters,
I’m sure he’s going to end up in the hospital somewhere. I mean, he’s got buckshot in his butt, I’m sure he’s going to
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - A trio of idiots tried to rob a man selling a rifle on Craigslist. One problem, they never checked to see if the weapon was loaded.
The trio of Edvis Miquem Galloway, 24, Savon Khalif Hardaway, 18, and Kalmeaice Kawanna Williams, 38 arranged to meet a man selling his AR-15 style rifle on Craigslist. As the owner gave the AR to the would-be robbers, one of the men turned the gun around and took aim at the owner.
The owner quickly drew his handgun and told the man to drop the gun because the it wasn't loaded.
He then ordered the trio to the ground and fled the scene while calling 911.
According to NBC12.com,
Galloway, Hardaway and Williams with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon. They were placed in the New Hanover County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.
Police searched the car and found a 357 revolver, 25 bags of marijuana each weighing 134 grams, and 2 red bandanas.
Galloway was also involved in a stabbing incident in April of this year. According to eyewitnesses, Galloway was approached by several men and stabbed while walking to Freedom House Mini Market on Chestnut Street.
Sounds like the group of gang-bangers got what was coming to them. Just another reminder to keep your situational awareness maxed when dealing with Craigslist.
This series, Why I'm Armed, is unlike our typical defensive gun use stories. Here we look at the situations where being armed could have made a difference.
Craigslist has become a known hotspot for robbery activity with gun sales and electronics being involved in the highest percentage of armed Craigslist robberies. This story out of Atlanta happened on September 12th.
Daniel John Zeitz, 28, of Roswell, had listed a PS4 gaming system for sale on Craigslist, and about 9:30 p.m., went to the parking lot of an apartment on Treelodge Parkway to meet a potential buyer, Momon said.
There, he met 20-year-old Nathaniel Vivian and a 16-year-old girl, whose name has not been released.
Momon said the pair tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system.
During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him.
A well-known gamer known as "Phobos", Zeitz's friends have started a GoFundMe page and a video about his murder has started going viral.
We've covered numerousCraigslistrobberies stopped by concealed carriers so this story in particular as a good reminder of... Why I'm Armed.
This series, Why I'm Armed, is unlike our typical defensive gun use stories. Here we look at the situations where being armed could have made a difference.
Monday night, 18-year-old Adam Shigwadja ignored a court order to stay away and stormed his ex girlfriend's home with the intent of killing her. He held Sophia Putney-Wilcox, his ex, at knifepoint and set fire to her bedroom.
The restraining order, Shigwadja ignored was for a previous attempt on Sophia's life back in 2013. According to MLive.com,
Putney-Wilcox said she met Shigwadja when she was a freshman and was happy when they began dating. "I was really insecure. And he was really popular, and a lot of people liked him, so I felt really cool," she said. "I did whatever I could to stay with him."
But when she found out he was cheating on her, she broke it off with Shigwadja after 17 months of dating, she said.
Verbal abuse turned physical Feb. 20, 2013 when Shigwadja broke into her family's home, she said.
"He held a knife to my throat and was trying to get me to go outside. I was in my underwear and a T-shirt," Putney-Wilcox said.
Luckily, one of Sophia's friends was able to save her that night. Following that attack, Shigwadja was told to stay away from Sophia as part of his bond from jail. When Sophia tried to get a personal protection order (restrainin order), Judge Alexander C. Lipsey denied it the same day it was filed.
None of Sophia's friends were there during the attack Monday, but Sophia's big brother heard the ruckus in Sophia's room, he charged in with a baseball bat and stuck the deranged ex with the bat until he jumped out the window.
Kalamazoo Public Safety Assistant Chief Donald Webster announced that police would seek charges of attempted murder, arson, home invasion and possibly others against Shigwadja.
Sophia, meanwhile, wants to get her story out to as many people as possible and prevent domestic violence from getting this far. She says she knows girls in abusive relationships but fear of the abuser keeps them from speaking up.
"All they have is the abuser making threats. Nobody will want you, nobody will believe you. And you won't speak out until you decide that you are better than that and learn to really love yourself"
VAN NUYS - A multiple time felon was shot by the homeowner after breaking in to the home. You're not going to believe this but the felon, despite numerous laws, was armed with a firearm.
25-year-old Grachia Nalbanyan, a man with an extensive criminal history who is currently on probation for possession of firearm, is the latest intruder to meet an armed homeowner.
It was just after 11:15PM when the homeowner encountered Nalbanyan and a struggle ensued. The homeowner was able to get to his gun and open fire, striking the intruder in the hip (ouch). Police were called and Nalbanyan was taken into custody on new charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.
I know what you're saying - Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety and all those other groups say that if you make something illegal criminals will follow the laws. Shockingly... shockingly... it seems like they are wrong. Take a moment to collect your thoughts.
That criminals ignore laws is common sense, but gun control advocates don't understand common sense.
CINCINNATI - An armed street robber was shot after picking the wrong victim Tuesday night.
The robber chose a 60-year-old man as his easy target but that plan quickly fell apart. The would be victim seemingly complied, handing over his wallet to the robber.
Once the robber's hands were occupied, the 60-year-old drew his concealed handgun and demanded the robber put his weapon down. The tables turned, the robber hesitated a little too long and the concealed carrier opened fire sending the suspect fleeing
Police are unsure if the suspect was wounded and are on the lookout for him.
As for this video... I don't know what this firearms instructor is talking about but "lawful duty to retreat" has died out as a legal doctrine in almost every state. Perhaps he needs a refresher on the law before instructing people on the law in the worst possible moments of their lives.
PHILADELPHIA - An intruder was shot and killed after a father saw the man inside his 20-year-old daughter's room.
The father told police he heard a noise and went to investigate just before 11:30 Monday night. As he walked by his daughter's room he saw the man standing next to her bed.
Already armed, the father held the man at gunpoint and ordered him to the ground. According to Philly.com,
The father said he told that man to stay down as he called 911, and when the 32-year-old man moved, he shot him, police said.
Officers responded to the apartment on the 2700 block of Axe Factory Road. The shooting victim was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m.
The daughter told police the man in her room was her boyfriend, officials said. It wasn't immediately known whether the father knew the man or believed he was an intruder, and investigators are continuing to sort out what happened.
There is no word on whether any charges will be filed.
How would you handle finding a stranger in your child's room?
Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory says he wasn't trying to drum up business for his office with a Facebook post Saturday, but he's fed up with a rash of burglaries around Louisville. He himself opened fire on a criminal just this week according to the post.
Gregory believes people should know how to protect themselves and their family and should not hesitate to put a criminal down if the need arises. In the post he makes some suggestions such as:
"To stop these idiots from robbing us blind, we need to buy a good handgun and get the proper training on how to use it!"
"I remind you that the State of MS have laws that protect us as citizens if deadly force is used to protect you or your family or property from 'the stupid bad guys' "
"I say shoot the idiots and call the Coroner! I'm not encouraging anyone to go on a killing spree but if you come to my kingdom and try to commit any unlawful act, I can assure you that your health insurance better be active or you better have a great burial policy."
Not the typical response from law enforcement or government officials but certainly a good way to let criminals know how those investigations are going to go.
PRARIE TOWNSHIP - Imagine waking at 4a.m. and seeing a man in an Insane Clown Possee mask, wearing gloves, holding a knife over your 17-year-old son. That's the situation Heather Tackett found herself faced with Sunday night.
Heather screamed at the intruder while holding her boyfriends .38 caliber revolver. The intruder didn't respond so she fired a single shot, sending him running through the backyard. According to dispatch.com,
It wasn’t until hours later — on Sunday afternoon — that Franklin County deputies came to her house and she discovered the person she’d shot was a teenage boy who’d been friends with her son. She had fed him dinner; he’d stayed overnight in her home.
“I am devastated,” Tackett said. “I really liked that kid and I was really good to him, and it breaks my heart he’d enter my home like that.”
Investigators say that Reb Barbee, 17, was behind the mask and had three friends help him sneak through a second-floor window of 8798 Hubbard Dr. S.
Despite a gunshot wound in his upper back, Barbee ran with his friends about a half-mile back to Barbee’s house at 635 Dovalon Place.
Nobody called 911. Not until an hour later, at 5:14 a.m. when Adam Pickens picked up the phone.
“Uh, I have a shot friend,” the 18-year-old told the dispatcher. “I really don’t know what to say.”
That 911 call, which you can listen to here, is a lesson in how not to call 911. The hour long delay before calling for help and the obvious lack of urgency helped lead to the death of the 17-year-old.
Pickens and the two friends who helped Barbee enter the Tackett home and the have been arrested and charged with his murder for being part of the crime that lead to his death. According to Franklin County Sherrif Zach Scott,
If they would have got him help, we wouldn’t be talking about murder charges. It was a bad decision on top of a bad decision.
Heather's son Jacob had been friends with Barbee up until a year ago when the two split company over the things Barbee was getting involved in. She believes Barbee was there to harm Jacob.
Heather also wishes Barbee had just said something,
"Had he said, 'Heather, don't,' or, 'It's me,' or 'Jake,' or something to one of us the situation would be very different."
SWATARA TOWNSHIP - Police say a man enraged over his estranged wife's new romance showed up armed and looking for a fight.
60-year-old Todd Eugene Taylor arrived at his estranged wife's home armed with a shotgun and two handguns and began yelling for her new boyfriend, Lawrence Gaul, to come outside and face him.
Then the boyfriend didn't come out, Taylor began firing the shotgun through the door repeatedly. According to Fox43.com,
“Taylor’s estranged wife and her boyfriend attempted to shelter in an upstairs bathroom but Taylor continued firing at that bathroom door wounding the boyfriend,” said Chief Jason Umberger with Swatara Township Police.
The woman’s nephew, Craig M. Everette II and his girlfriend were also inside the home. According to witnesses, Taylor went back out to the front porch to reload his shotgun and returned inside the home where he continued to fire. But police say it was quick thinking on the nephew’s part that ended up saving his aunt’s life.
“Mr. Everette initially had fled the home through the rear of the house with his girlfriend when the shooting began but then after hearing cries for help from his aunt returned into the front of the residence armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and confronted Taylor in the upstairs hallway,” said Chief Umberger.
Everette shot Taylor twice, one of those bullets hit his chest, eventually killing him. He then took Taylor’s shotgun and ran to a neighbor’s house across the street and waited for police. Officials wouldn’t comment on whether all the guns used were obtained legally but say they are investigating. This is the first deadly shooting in Swatara Township this year.
If gun grabbers had their way, Everette would still be fumbling with the combination to the gun safe and then the combination to the ammo safe as his aunt and her boyfriend were murdered.
Instead, Everette's selfless actions saved two lives and stopped a deranged man. There are the moments that make heroes.
-Update - So for whatever reason, this story ended up in our queue with the wrong date and it turns out this incident happened last year. This might change the narrative that the incident occured because panera banned guns, but it doesn't change the truth that people who don't care about the law will show up to places like panera with their guns. So why would you want to disarm the law abiding citizens that go there? Thanks to 'teabag the troll' for helping us keep our news feed accurate. We appreciate his patronage and enthusaism towards our site, its accuracy and the preservation of the second amendment!
It took just three days for Panera Bread Company to be robbed after the company banned guns behind a polite guise of "asking" people to leave themselves unarmed in the restaurant.
While employees of the restaurant were closing down, two armed men entered the store and held them at gunpoint. One of the suspects forced the seven employees into the bathroom and ordered them to empty their pockets while his accomplice took the cash from the register.
The pair then fled the scene.
Just like Jack in the Box, Target, and Sonic before them, Panera Bread has made it's stores a Rob Me First Zone by announcing it's staff and it's patrons are unarmed.
Just one more reason to avoid companies that don't want your business as a Second Amendment supporter.
At least it's not the NYPD this time. 49-year-old Victor Zambrano, a New York State Police narcotics officer, was arrested Friday night after he shot two people, while he was drunk, in the middle of Manhattan
According to New York Magazine,
Zambrano's relationship with his victims — a 32-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man — isn't clear. Police told NBC New York that he "apparently did not know the couple," but the New YorkDaily Newsdescribes them as Zambrano's "pals" and "drinking buddies." It seems entirely possible that they met while they were drinking somewhere around Amsterdam Avenue and 82nd Street.
According to the Daily News, the trouble started when the woman asked to hold Zambrano's gun. He gave it to her, but "quickly demanded it back." An argument ensued, and Zambrano "fired a round." One of the bullets ricocheted off the ground and struck the woman's calf, while her boyfriend was hit in the ankle.
As people just trying to enjoy the start of the weekend ducked for cover, the man began chasing Zambrano, who turned to shoot at him again. It seems that he misfired, causing "a live round to fall to the ground," theDaily News reports. "[The shooter] was fucked up," said a witness.
Plainclothes NYPD officers responded to the scene but the drunken Zambrano refused to give up his weapon. After a tense standoff, one officer was able to knock the gun from Zambrano's hand and wrestle him to the ground.
Zambrano was taken into custody on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and assault.
The victims were treated and released after being transported to Bellvue hospital by ambulance.
Liberal media outlet giving advice about home invasions? Pull up a chair and grab some popcorn because:
Using a retired New York Police officer (because New York is so similar to the vast majority of the country, right?), The Today Show gave this advice:
"Most people don't realize this, but they leave their car keys downstairs," Zeins said. "Bring your car keys up. Alarm systems are very expensive, and this is a loud one. All you have to do is hit the keys. They don't realize it, but it's the best alarm system, and doesn't cost them a penny."
Zeins also suggests keeping another item in your bedroom: "Buy a can of wasp hornet spray in the hardware store or the supermarket, keep it by your bedside or the floor," he said. "It's more powerful than police Mace.
"The great part is, when you spray, it will go 20 to 25 feet," Zeins added. An intruder hit with the spray will be temporarily blinded. Please check your state and local laws on the legality of using these sprays for self-defense.
Zeins has another tip: Sleep with all your bedroom doors open. You want your kids to hear what's going on; then you can get the family all in one place and leave together.
That's right boys and girls, you don't need a home alarm, you don't need deadbolts, you just need bug spray! Sucker! You spent 500 bucks on a Glock and a thousand dollars in ammo and training when all you need was a five dollar can of bug spray.
SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS - A group of thugs entered a convenience store intent on robbery. While the clerk was looking away, one of the men pulled a realistic looking toy gun and attacked.
His "armed" attack came to an abrupt end when the store clerk drew his own handgun.
According to Masslive.com,
"He put it in my mouth," said the owner of Walnut Convenience Store, who pulled out a real gun after fighting 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer.
Pelzer pleaded with the shop owner not to hurt him, according to ABC40 News, which obtained store surveillance footage of the crime being committed.
"I say, 'I'm not gonna shoot ya,' and I was holding him till the cops got here, and that's what I did," the owner told ABC40 reporter Brendan Monahan.
The store clerk, who has asked to keep his identity private, held Felzer at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive. Police did arrive and took Felzer into custody on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
In court, Felzer's attorney told the judge he's a neighborhood recruiter for ARISE for Social Justice. Of course he is. That's why he's committing armed robbery - social justice.
According to their website "ARISE is a low-income rights, anti-oppression organization in Springfield, Massachusetts". I'm sure Felzer worked there for a very long time. It's not like an uber-liberal organization would lie about someone working for them... right?