Choir singer kills robber
I needed a good reason for my first post, so here goes. This happened at my assistant's Church, she was inside the church at the time of the shooting, but she did hear the shots. She said the GG just "let it go" at the BG (referring to his 9mm).
She also said that the area is prone to drug dealers, and that she thinks this woman and the other gentleman (who fled and left his female companion) had just taken the BG's money for drugs. She reasoned that if he was just out to rob her he wouldn't have followed her into a parking lot full of people. According to other witnesses he was "irate" and chasing her. The choir member was just in the wrong place at the wrong time; or maybe not.
They are counting it as the city's 47th homicide this year.
A pistol-packing church choir member came to the aid of a robbery victim and killed her assailant late Wednesday in a church parking lot, Little Rock police said.
Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said a man and woman were walking near the intersection of 22nd and Maple streets about 9:45 p.m., when a black man approached them with a 9mm pistol and demanded their money.
The names of the people involved weren’t released.
During the robbery, the male victim fled, and the female victim ran south with the robber chasing her, Hastings said.
Choir practice had just ended at the Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 2400 Maple St., and members were leaving the church to head home, Hastings said.
The female victim ran into the church parking lot and jumped into a black pickup belonging to a choir member, Hastings said. The robber tried to take the vehicle, but the owner of the truck, who was sitting inside, pulled out a 9mm pistol of his own and shot the robber in the head, killing him. :yup:
The shooting marked Little Rock’s 47th homicide of the year - six more than the city recorded throughout all of 2005.
“He was getting out of choir practice, trying to go home,” Hastings said of the choir member. “The robber didn’t have a chance.”
Minutes later, police swarmed the scene, examining the truck and setting small cards next to spent casings in the parking lot, marking each as evidence.
Several shots were fired, Hastings said, though only by the choir member. Police hadn’t concluded if the choir member had a permit for a concealed weapon or whether the fatal shooting was justified.
Police interviewed the shooter and several other choir members who were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, Hastings said.
The church’s lights were still on about 10:30 p.m., but calls to the church’s telephone number went unanswered.
BG has the drop - loses anyway
Little Rock, AR
A shooting Wednesday night is raising new interest and concerns over concealed weapons permits.
Little Rock police say 56 year old Samuel Mitchell shot and killed a man who was pointing a gun at him and demanding his truck. It happened at a church parking lot. Mitchell had a concealed weapons permit.
KARN talk show host Dave Elswick says received a permit 3 months ago, “Police can only be a few places at one time. They normally solve crime. They don’t follow me around daily. I think it’s my responsibility to protect myself and family.”
But Lt. Terry Hastings with the Little Rock police department warns not all incidents turn out like the one Wednesday night, “This is not the old west where we have quick draws. Most of the time if a person is standing there pointing a gun at you the chances of getting your weapons out successfully are difficult.”
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