PA - Gun related in many ways - Good Guy wins - AND - good media coverage


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SJG26
August 28, 2008, 12:17 PM
Local to my neck of the woods:
http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080828/NEWS/80828002

EAST STROUDSBURG - An alleged robber apparently picked the wrong customer to mess with at the Wal-Mart super center here.

There were no serious injuries despite a shootout in the parking lot early this morning.

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Police say a shopper - armed with a handgun and legally permitted to carry a concealed weapon - shot the robber in the leg at about 12:30 a.m. today. The suspect returned fire. Bullets pierced the passenger side door of the shopper's gray truck and shattered a side window


Take note of the favorable language and side-article info!!



Another local media report:

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-walmart-0828cn,0,356380.story


Perhaps suited for the S&T section:
"Eastman told police the boy fired at him first through the driver's side window while he was reaching for his wallet, which he had purposely dropped on the ground of the parking lot with the hope another customer would see the robbery in progress"

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indiandave
August 28, 2008, 12:40 PM
Being from easten pa. thats good news.

chris in va
August 28, 2008, 01:21 PM
Wow. That guy is extremely lucky (or more) that the BG's aim was way off. Several shots at him and no hits.:scrutiny:

Picard
August 28, 2008, 03:34 PM
If you look at the way these gangas aim, it's no wonder they can't hit a target at 3 feet away.

This could have turned out way worse for the victim. I'm glad that he was able to fight back. The article was well-written, siding on the side of the innocent victim for a change.

CrazyFeet
August 28, 2008, 03:52 PM
I feel bad for the guy but I am glad he was able to keep himself safe and prevent any other innocent people from getting hurt or worse.

Beren
August 28, 2008, 04:14 PM
Sounds like it was caught on security cameras, too. It'll be hard for mommy to say her "little boy" wasn't trying to hurt anyone.

Big Matt
August 28, 2008, 04:51 PM
I live about 5 miles or so from this Walmart and ever since it opened, its parking lot has been a haven for this type of activity. I would say that better than 90% of us "locals" know that and try to keep our wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends away from there, especially after dark.

Perhaps this will lead to SARP (the illustrious Stroud Area Regional Police) patrolling the area as requested by local residents rather than their rampant enforcement of only the areas DUI laws and letting drug dealers, robbers, and rapists operate with impunity.

I better quit before I get accused of cop bashing.

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