2 Bank Workers Killed in Alabama Robbery; CCW holder stops murderer (merged threads)


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ZeSpectre
May 14, 2007, 05:46 PM
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0507/422926.html

2 Bank Workers Killed in Alabama Robbery
BESSEMER, Ala. - Monday May 14, 2007 12:03 pm

A gunman fatally shot two bank employees during a robbery Monday morning at a Wachovia branch, authorities said. Deputies later shot one suspect as he left the bank with a gun held to a female hostage's head, and they were searching for a possible second suspect, a Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman told The Birmingham News. The spokesman said two other employees were shot and wounded.

The conditions of the wounded employees and the suspect were not immediately known. Calls to the sheriff's department and Bessemer police for additional details were not immediately returned.

Wachovia spokeswoman Evelyn Mitchell said bank officials were working with police and the FBI.

"It's a terrible day for Wachovia," Mitchell told The Birmingham News. "Our hearts are with our employees and their families right now."

Bessemer is about 15 miles southwest of Birmingham.

For anyone unaware, Wachovia prohibits guns. Strangely they have also been the target of a string of robberies in the Northern VA area. Hrmmmm.

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General Geoff
May 14, 2007, 05:51 PM
I'm glad I can go to my local Wachovia with my SW99 strapped to my hip.

(Pennsylvania preempts local businesses from disallowing guns)


To be honest, I didn't even know Wachovia was anti-gun. You'd never know it around here.

Titan6
May 14, 2007, 05:54 PM
Many banks in Texas have the victim sign up, but not all.

Old Partner
May 14, 2007, 06:02 PM
Here in Arizona I always go armed in the bank. And they don't care...

Heavy Metal Hero
May 14, 2007, 06:04 PM
Bank of America here doesn't care either.

strat81
May 14, 2007, 06:05 PM
Guns are not allowed in banks in Nebraska. Luckily we're safe here! <rolls eyes>

REOIV
May 14, 2007, 06:30 PM
They should have a bank that advertises all tellers have CCW and carry while at work.

So that in addition to the security guards being armed all the bank employees are armed.

I don't think they would be robbed all that often. Much like how people don't try to rob gun stores at gun point.

Autolycus
May 14, 2007, 06:31 PM
Actuall REOIV people have tried to rob gunstores at gunpoint.

General Geoff
May 14, 2007, 06:47 PM
Key word there is "tried."

Does anyone know of a successful armed robbery of an occupied gun store? (and I mean dedicated gun shop, not walmart or dick's)

Pilgrim
May 14, 2007, 06:53 PM
Guns are not allowed in banks in Nebraska. Luckily we're safe here!
Didn't Nebraska have that particularly vicious bank robbery a few years back where several people were killed?

Pilgrim

obxned
May 14, 2007, 07:08 PM
No firearms in banks here. Must be a real hardship for the bank robbers!

ghschirtz
May 14, 2007, 07:20 PM
Post 9: It's called "suicide by gun shop owner". Related to "suicide by policeman".

MD_Willington
May 14, 2007, 07:21 PM
Ditto for BOA in WA State...

oobray
May 14, 2007, 07:29 PM
General, this isn't the sort of "robbery" I think you were looking for. But this is all I could find. There were several articles about "attempted" gun store robberies, and one story about a robbery of 60 something guns at a "sporting goods" store
http://www.kcentv.com/news/c-article.php?cid=1&nid=7570

Gun shop owner apprehends suspect during armed robbery
Updated: Jul 21, 2005 10:00pm
A juvenile is in jail charged with holding up a local gun store. Three other suspects remain on the run.

Waco Police say four people stole several guns from the Guns R Us gun shop in the 2100 block of La Sallare just after 1:00 Thursday afternoon.


Owner Gary Hammond says the suspects said they wanted to buy some equipment, but when he turned away to get it, the suspects stole eight guns and ran from the store.


Three of the suspects ran across the street and started shooting at Gammond before driving off in a car. Hammond caught the fourth suspect, identified only as a 16-year-old male.



Hammond says, "Too many guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Law-abiding citizens need the guns, not criminals."


The Waco Police Department and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the case.

hvengel
May 14, 2007, 07:49 PM
About 5 years ago there was an attempted gun store robbery in a San Fransisco area suburb. The robbers pulled shot guns after being buzzed in and two of the store employees and a patron pulled their guns and shot it out with the robbers. A robber and a passer by in the street were wounded. The second robber got away from the scene but was arrested a few days later. I think this is fairly typical of what happens when a gun store if robbed during business hours.

foghornl
May 15, 2007, 10:40 AM
A few years back, when the Ohio CCW law passed, but before it went into effect, the 'Fifth Third Bank'*** chain put up the usual No Guns Allowed signs.

Guess which bank chain is the Most Robbed in Ohio ? ? ?

Can you say "Fifth Third Bank", boys-n-girls? I knew you could.

***Fifth Third Bank is Also Known As "5/3 B"

TexasRifleman
May 15, 2007, 10:42 AM
Many banks in Texas have the victim sign up, but not all.

Where? I have yet to see one.

In fact around Ft Worth I don't remember seeing the victim sign in well over a year, anywhere.

Daps
May 15, 2007, 11:53 AM
Key word there is "tried."

Does anyone know of a successful armed robbery of an occupied gun store? (and I mean dedicated gun shop, not walmart or dick's)

A guy tried to rob a local gun pawn store here and was successful, successful in getting himself killed

romma
May 15, 2007, 12:01 PM
My Girlfriend missed this bank robbery by 17 minutes yesterday..

http://theday.com/re.aspx?re=b4e97557-2d53-4ad9-ae65-be0b7fe948dd

agricola
May 15, 2007, 01:36 PM
Good shooting from the Police it seems, no harm to the hostage, bad guy left around to be done away with after a trial.

http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/070515/bank.shtml

Ala Dan
May 15, 2007, 03:58 PM
Greeting's All-

On 14 May of '07 my hometown of Bessemer, AL witnessed a horriffic
murder scene at a local Wachovia Bank branch located on U.S. 11.
A little after 0900 hrs, a lone gunman entered the branch and got
into a bank teller's line; and as he approached the window, shoved
an elderly lady down and commenced too open fire on four female
employees of the bank. His actions were unprovoked according to
sources close to the invetigation. In the aftermath, two of the
employees (Shelia Prevo, who was pregnant and Eva Hudson) lay
dead from their gunshot wounds; while Anita Gordon lay seriously
injured in ICU at Birmingham's UAB Hospital; having been flown
there by Alabama's LifeSaver Helicopter. Latoya Freeman, another
of the banks employees was treated and released, with non life
threatening injuries.

The suspect, William Merriweather, Jr. of 5050 Mountain Valley Rd.
Bessemer, AL was shot in the groin by a Jefferson County Sheriffs
Deputy who was summoned to the scene by a potential Wachovia
Bank customer, who is being hailed as a hero for his involvement
in helping the sheriffs deputy detain the injured suspect (grazing
shot to the groin area, by the deputy) until more help could arrive.
The customer, Mr. Chris Chappell was approaching the bank when
he heard gunshots ring out inside the bank. Making a fast retreat
back to his vechile, he retrieved his licensed handgun and confronted
the suspect as he exited the bank. Merriweather, Jr. then re-entered
the bank and took the branch manager hostage; and while exiting the
bank, the manager stumbled knocking the suspect (Merriweather) off
balance; and allowing for the deputy to make the shot. The suspect
is in the Bessemer Division of the Jefferson County Jail, charged with
three counts of captial murder (2 bank employees, and the unborn
child), two counts of attempted murder, and kidnapping in the 1st
degree. There is NO BOND, to be set for the suspect (Merriweather).
The F.B.I. will defer their armed roobery first degree charges, and
allow the state of Alabama to seek the death penalty against the
alleged gunman, Merriweather. The F.B.I., Jefferson County Sheriffs
Office, and the Bessemer Police Department are still investigating
this incident.

ALHunter
May 16, 2007, 12:26 PM
News reports this morning are confirming the early reports yesterday that Mr. Chappell, a CCW holder, played a crucial role in stopping the robbery (and likely more killing) and in aiding the initial responding LEO's. Kudos to Mr. Chappell for his bravery.

LaEscopeta
May 16, 2007, 01:35 PM
Couple of news links on this:

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/05/2_bank_workers_killed_in_robbe.html

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7007339792

Elmer Fudd
May 16, 2007, 02:07 PM
Bank robbery witness praised
Authorities say `good Samaritan' bought deputies time
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
ROBERT K. GORDON and RAHKIA NANCE
News staff writers

The clock inside Chris Chappell's SUV read 9:03 as he pulled into the Wachovia bank branch Monday morning on Bessemer's Ninth Avenue.

He had visited his mother at Medical West hospital, dropped in at Wal-Mart and then made a quick stop at the bank to get $40 in change to take to work in Adger in west Jefferson County.

Just after Chappell entered the bank, another man walked in.

He was wearing a sky blue shirt, striped tie, khaki pants, baseball cap, sneakers and sunglasses, police and witnesses say.

William Merriweather Jr. also was carrying a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. He took money. He took lives. But he didn't get away.

Here's what witnesses and police investigators say happened during a terrifying six minutes.

As the bank opened its doors about 9 a.m., eight employees were inside, just beginning a new work week. One of the teller windows was empty because one person was on vacation.

About a dozen customers were there first thing, ready to do their banking business - Chappell among them.

Merriweather, a 1994 Jackson-Olin High School graduate who also attended Alabama State University, came in with a mobile phone pressed to his ear. Police think he walked to the bank, using an access road from the Lawson State Community College campus, where he had once taken classes.

Chappell handed a teller a few bills, and the teller collected the coins for him. Shots rang out. Chappell glanced up and saw that the teller at the next window, Eva Lovelady Hudson, had been fatally shot.

Merriweather continued firing down the line of tellers, Chappell said, killing Sheila Prevo. Customers and employees ran for cover.

At the counter, Merriweather demanded money and keys. No one is sure whether that demand came before or after he fired his gun, or if it was during the barrage.

Merriweather then dashed behind the counter and grabbed teller LaToya Freeman by the hair and ordered her to open the vault. Another teller, Anita Gordon, tried to protect her co-worker, but Merriweather turned and shot Gordon in the face and neck. Freeman fell to the floor, leaving some of her hair in Merriweather's grip. Merriweather fired shots at Freeman, blowing off the tip of her right index finger.

Amid the rampage, Chappell and at least one other customer fled the bank.

Chappell was carrying his own gun, for which he has a concealed weapon permit. He took cover by his sport utility vehicle just outside the front doors, drew his weapon and waited.

Inside the bank, with Freeman wounded and no longer able to comply with his demands, Merriweather grabbed bank manager Myron Gooding and forced him to open the vault. Merriweather then grabbed a bag of money and exited the bank.

He found Chappell waiting.

"I was prepared to shoot him," Chappell said.

Returned with hostage:

Merriweather threw his hands up and turned to go inside after seeing Chappell. He returned to the doors a second time only to go back inside the bank. But when he returned a third time, he had taken Gooding hostage.

At the same time, sheriff's deputies Ray Sorenson and Randy Davis were passing by the bank when they spotted a woman falling. She fell, rolled, got back up and kept running.

The deputies, who serve outstanding warrants, quickly turned around to investigate. That's when they spotted Chappell standing outside, his gun drawn. Chappell screamed that an armed man inside had shot "two or three people."

"I'm very surprised that the guy he held hostage didn't get his head blowed off," Chappell said.

The deputies called for backup.

At 9:06 a.m. Bessemer police were notified that there was a disturbance at the bank.

Meanwhile, Chappell and the deputies cornered Merriweather, who faced them with a gun pressed to Gooding's head. Merriweather and Gooding stumbled.

"He knows he's fixin' to get shot," Chappell said of Merriweather. "And he's not crazy. A crazy man don't have sense enough to be scared. And he was scared."

As Merriweather stood up, he reached for his gun and was shot by Deputy Alan Rhea. Merriweather hardly acknowledged being shot, Chappell said, only letting out a grunt when he was wounded in the groin.

Bessemer police arrived at 9:09 a.m.

"I don't think you had time to be scared," said Chappell, who had never used his gun to subdue anyone. "I prayed to God that I wouldn't have to use it."

Still holding bag:

Deputies and police moved in to arrest the wounded Merriweather, who was still clutching the money bag and trying to get away. He didn't let go until he was handcuffed.

Authorities praised Chappell.

"It's certainly commendable," Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Christian said. "It's obvious he played a key role in keeping the guy there until we could get there. It's a great testament of someone willing to take action."

Bill Veitch, chief assistant district attorney, agreed.

"He kept him from escaping, and he gave deputies time to get to the scene," Veitch said.

Bessemer Mayor Ed May called Chappell a "good Samaritan and a brave individual," but added: "I would not encourage anyone to do that."

Chappell said he was only doing the right thing. "I know what's right and what's wrong. There wasn't nothing I could do differently. I'm always going to do what I think is right," Chappell said.

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1179304456284960.xml&coll=2

HeedJSU
May 16, 2007, 02:16 PM
Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely proud of this guy. But Lord help... "Head blowed off?" We all don't talk this way. My thoughts go out to the families of those involved.

My hat is off to him for doing what he did, but...*sigh*

Justin

Ala Dan
May 16, 2007, 03:22 PM
An autopsy performed by the state medical examiner in Birmingham
determined that Ms. Prevo WAS NOT pregnant, as the first news
reports had previously reported. So, Jefferson County (AL) DA's
office withdrew one of the capital murder warrants that were
pending against the suspect, Merriweather, Jr. In the meantime,
the DA's office is confirming that the suspect (Merriweather, Jr.)
used a 9m/m Glock (model not disclosed) to committ this horriffic
act of terror.

As to the suspect (Merriweather, Jr.) himself, he made an escape
attempt from the sheriffs office, as he was being questioned on
Monday evening. The suspect made an initial court appearance
on Tuesday morning before District Court Judge Eric Fancher,
under very strict courtroom security to hear the charges that
were brought against him. Only one news reporter, NBC-13's
Karen Lehane was allowed inside the court room at the time
of the hearing. The suspect (Merriweather, Jr.) is considered
a flight risk, and remains in the Bessemer (AL) Division of the
Jefferson County Jail with NO BOND~! ;)

lgsracer
May 17, 2007, 12:58 PM
BZ to this guy!

Customer praised for helping to stop bank robbery suspect

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070517/NEWS02/705170340/1009/rss04

The Associated Press


May 17, 2007

BESSEMER -- Law officers have praised a bank customer who pulled his gun and helped deputies capture a gunman who opened fire during a robbery of a Wachovia branch, killing two tellers and wounding two.

Chris Chappell, who was in the bank Monday morning getting $40 in change on the way to his job in Adger, fled the bank when gunshots rang out, drew a gun for which he has a concealed weapon permit, took cover by his sport utility vehicle and alerted deputies who came up.

The gunman, cornered by Chappell and the deputies when he tried to flee the bank with a hostage, stumbled and was shot by Deputy Alan Rhea.

"It's certainly commendable," Jefferson County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Christian said. "It's obvious he played a key role in keeping the guy there until we could get there. It's a great testament of someone willing to take action."

"He kept him from escaping, and he gave deputies time to get to the scene," Bill Veitch, chief assistant district attorney, told The Birmingham News in its moment-by-moment account of the robbery and arrest.

Bessemer Mayor Ed May, while calling Chappell a "good Samaritan and a brave individual," added that "I would not encourage anyone to do that."

Chappell, however, said he just went by his instincts.

"I know what's right and what's wrong. There wasn't nothing I could do differently. I'm always going to do what I think is right," Chappell said.

William Merriweather Jr., 30, a 1994 Jackson-Olin High School graduate who also attended Alabama State University and Lawson State Community College, was taken into custody after being shot outside the bank. He was charged with capital murder in the deaths of the two tellers.

According to witnesses and police investigators, the gunman fatally shot Eva Lovelady Hudson, then continued firing down the line of tellers, killing Sheila Prevo. He shot two other tellers, who survived, while demanding money, and forced bank manager Myron Gooding to open the vault.

Grabbing a bag of money, he left the bank, only to find Chappell waiting.

"I was prepared to shoot," Chappell said.

According to The News' account, the gunman threw his hands up and went back inside when he saw Chappell. He eventually came out holding Gooding as a hostage. By then, deputies had arrived and Merriweather was shot and captured.

"I don't think you had time to be scared," said Chappell.

Elza
May 17, 2007, 01:03 PM
Anyone one care to guess at the percentage of newspapers that refuse to run this story?

lgsracer
May 17, 2007, 01:16 PM
Bank robbery witness praised

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/metro.ssf?/base/news/1179304456284960.xml&coll=2

Authorities say `good Samaritan' bought deputies time
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
ROBERT K. GORDON and RAHKIA NANCE
News staff writers

The clock inside Chris Chappell's SUV read 9:03 as he pulled into the Wachovia bank branch Monday morning on Bessemer's Ninth Avenue.

He had visited his mother at Medical West hospital, dropped in at Wal-Mart and then made a quick stop at the bank to get $40 in change to take to work in Adger in west Jefferson County.

Just after Chappell entered the bank, another man walked in.

He was wearing a sky blue shirt, striped tie, khaki pants, baseball cap, sneakers and sunglasses, police and witnesses say.

William Merriweather Jr. also was carrying a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. He took money. He took lives. But he didn't get away.

Here's what witnesses and police investigators say happened during a terrifying six minutes.

As the bank opened its doors about 9 a.m., eight employees were inside, just beginning a new work week. One of the teller windows was empty because one person was on vacation.

About a dozen customers were there first thing, ready to do their banking business - Chappell among them.

Merriweather, a 1994 Jackson-Olin High School graduate who also attended Alabama State University, came in with a mobile phone pressed to his ear. Police think he walked to the bank, using an access road from the Lawson State Community College campus, where he had once taken classes.

Chappell handed a teller a few bills, and the teller collected the coins for him. Shots rang out. Chappell glanced up and saw that the teller at the next window, Eva Lovelady Hudson, had been fatally shot.

Merriweather continued firing down the line of tellers, Chappell said, killing Sheila Prevo. Customers and employees ran for cover.

At the counter, Merriweather demanded money and keys. No one is sure whether that demand came before or after he fired his gun, or if it was during the barrage.

Merriweather then dashed behind the counter and grabbed teller LaToya Freeman by the hair and ordered her to open the vault. Another teller, Anita Gordon, tried to protect her co-worker, but Merriweather turned and shot Gordon in the face and neck. Freeman fell to the floor, leaving some of her hair in Merriweather's grip. Merriweather fired shots at Freeman, blowing off the tip of her right index finger.

Amid the rampage, Chappell and at least one other customer fled the bank.

Chappell was carrying his own gun, for which he has a concealed weapon permit. He took cover by his sport utility vehicle just outside the front doors, drew his weapon and waited.

Inside the bank, with Freeman wounded and no longer able to comply with his demands, Merriweather grabbed bank manager Myron Gooding and forced him to open the vault. Merriweather then grabbed a bag of money and exited the bank.

He found Chappell waiting.

"I was prepared to shoot him," Chappell said.

Returned with hostage:

Merriweather threw his hands up and turned to go inside after seeing Chappell. He returned to the doors a second time only to go back inside the bank. But when he returned a third time, he had taken Gooding hostage.

At the same time, sheriff's deputies Ray Sorenson and Randy Davis were passing by the bank when they spotted a woman falling. She fell, rolled, got back up and kept running.

The deputies, who serve outstanding warrants, quickly turned around to investigate. That's when they spotted Chappell standing outside, his gun drawn. Chappell screamed that an armed man inside had shot "two or three people."

"I'm very surprised that the guy he held hostage didn't get his head blowed off," Chappell said.

The deputies called for backup.

At 9:06 a.m. Bessemer police were notified that there was a disturbance at the bank.

Meanwhile, Chappell and the deputies cornered Merriweather, who faced them with a gun pressed to Gooding's head. Merriweather and Gooding stumbled.

"He knows he's fixin' to get shot," Chappell said of Merriweather. "And he's not crazy. A crazy man don't have sense enough to be scared. And he was scared."

As Merriweather stood up, he reached for his gun and was shot by Deputy Alan Rhea. Merriweather hardly acknowledged being shot, Chappell said, only letting out a grunt when he was wounded in the groin.

Bessemer police arrived at 9:09 a.m.

"I don't think you had time to be scared," said Chappell, who had never used his gun to subdue anyone. "I prayed to God that I wouldn't have to use it."

Still holding bag:

Deputies and police moved in to arrest the wounded Merriweather, who was still clutching the money bag and trying to get away. He didn't let go until he was handcuffed.

Authorities praised Chappell.

"It's certainly commendable," Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Christian said. "It's obvious he played a key role in keeping the guy there until we could get there. It's a great testament of someone willing to take action."

Bill Veitch, chief assistant district attorney, agreed.

"He kept him from escaping, and he gave deputies time to get to the scene," Veitch said.

Bessemer Mayor Ed May called Chappell a "good Samaritan and a brave individual," but added: "I would not encourage anyone to do that."

Chappell said he was only doing the right thing. "I know what's right and what's wrong. There wasn't nothing I could do differently. I'm always going to do what I think is right," Chappell said.

romma
May 17, 2007, 01:27 PM
Funny how this is just coming out now.

This story was more than likely tightly lidded when the robbery originally broke. There was not a peep about CCW the other day.

Typical!

Titan6
May 17, 2007, 02:08 PM
What CCW? These are not the gun owners we are looking for. Move along now. And don't do that again....

TallPine
May 17, 2007, 02:37 PM
If only he had had his gun while inside the bank ... are CCW holders forbidden from carrying into banks in Alabama?

Oh yeah, and I notice the good samaritan was not shot by police either ... ;)

pax
May 17, 2007, 02:52 PM
Funny how this is just coming out now.

This story was more than likely tightly lidded when the robbery originally broke. There was not a peep about CCW the other day.


False on all counts.

Merging this with one of the existing multiple threads about the incident.

pax

Seminole
May 17, 2007, 02:54 PM
Actually, according to the story, Chappell was carrying his CCW. It seems to me he made a strategic retreat to cover, from which he called the cops and was able to help keep the bad guy contained.

Biker
May 17, 2007, 02:57 PM
Well TallPine, if I foil a bank robbery and the cops show up, they're likely to see a guy about 6'1", 195 lbs, beard, tied back long hair, leather jacket or vest, faded 501s, engineer boots with a spur on the left boot and a black 1949 Harley nearby. Oh, and holding a revolver in his hand.

Somehow, I don't figure the cops are gonna call the Mayor to set up a photo-op with ol' Biker before they start holeing my gnarly old carcass.

Just a feelin'...;)

Biker:)

Walkalong
May 17, 2007, 03:01 PM
Read about it in my hometown newspaper at lunch today. Montgomery, Al. :)

We need more folks like that and for it to get back to the way it was when they were praised instead of given a hard time. Looks like they got it right this time.

romma
May 17, 2007, 03:31 PM
False on all counts.


First I heard about CCW containing bank robber.

ftierson
May 17, 2007, 03:40 PM
My understanding from reading the account just above is that the CCW holder was saying that he was surprised that the bank robber didn't blow the head of the hostage off...

I see absolutely nothing wrong with saying that...

Given what the bank robber (Merriweather) had just done in the bank, I'm surprised that he (Merriweather) didn't blow the hostage's head off, too...

Forrest

billbuchholz
May 17, 2007, 03:44 PM
Was at First National in Whitney, Texas this morning Bosque Co Bank in Meredian. Both are posted.

thexrayboy
May 17, 2007, 08:52 PM
It's certainly commendable," Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Christian said. "It's obvious he played a key role in keeping the guy there until we could get there. It's a great testament of someone willing to take action."

Bill Veitch, chief assistant district attorney, agreed.

"He kept him from escaping, and he gave deputies time to get to the scene," Veitch said.


Spoken like real men, glad they can see the truth for what it is.


Bessemer Mayor Ed May called Chappell a "good Samaritan and a brave individual," but added: "I would not encourage anyone to do that."



Spoken like a true polly....give that mayor a cracker for only being able to
parrot the bull**** that the Bradyniks believe in.

FieroCDSP
May 25, 2007, 09:00 PM
"He kept him from escaping, and he gave deputies time to get to the scene," Veitch said.

Another instance of how a gunman can kill many people before the cops can get there.
Maybe I missed it, but did the good guy have to get his gun from the car? Do you suppose he would have pulled and fired had he been able to be armed inside? That might have saved at least one of the dead victims. Kudos to the guy for doing the right thing in a tough situation.

I don't pity the BG. He was obviously not reluctant to kill. Now he's going to have a nice trial, a cozy cell during a long wait on death row, and a date with a needle. HEck, it'll cost more to imprision, try, and execute the bastard than he was getting away with after killing two women and an unborn child. There should be a law for instances like this, that if your trial and incarceration during it costs the state more than you stole, you get a cheap execution. Screw humane punishment. Either a few rounds or a rope.

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