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

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ZeSpectre, May 14, 2007.

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  1. ZeSpectre

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    http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0507/422926.html

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

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    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.
     
  3. Titan6

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    Many banks in Texas have the victim sign up, but not all.
     
  4. Old Partner

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    Here in Arizona I always go armed in the bank. And they don't care...
     
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    Bank of America here doesn't care either.
     
  6. strat81

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    Guns are not allowed in banks in Nebraska. Luckily we're safe here! <rolls eyes>
     
  7. REOIV

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    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.
     
  8. Autolycus

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    Actuall REOIV people have tried to rob gunstores at gunpoint.
     
  9. General Geoff

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    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)
     
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    Didn't Nebraska have that particularly vicious bank robbery a few years back where several people were killed?

    Pilgrim
     
  11. obxned

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    No firearms in banks here. Must be a real hardship for the bank robbers!
     
  12. ghschirtz

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    Post 9: It's called "suicide by gun shop owner". Related to "suicide by policeman".
     
  13. MD_Willington

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    Ditto for BOA in WA State...
     
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    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

     
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    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.
     
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    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"
     
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    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.
     
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    A guy tried to rob a local gun pawn store here and was successful, successful in getting himself killed
     
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    2 Bank Workers Killed in Alabama Robbery

    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Alabama CCW stops bank robber

    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
     
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    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
     
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