It happened in a nice area
Five guys forced three home occupants into their home and robbed the place---yes, there was a drug issue (minor amount of weed) in the house-- but the level of violence and amount of stuff taken was very out of proportion. Anyway, thugs left after beating and robbing the home occupants, and then returned because they forgot to take a backpack with less than 2 ounces of weed. They were met by rifle fire which wounded on of the assailants.
Police are investigating and the wounded guy has been arrested.
The thing is, this happened in a nice and fairly new neighborhood near me.
Pre-election I volunteered to put yard signs out for my Congressional candidate within my voting precinct. One of these went two or three homes away from where the incident above occurred. It is a new, nice looking, and one would think "safe" area. I'd not bothered to go armed when I went there; and seldom go armed in this part of town.
The thugs apparently came from a much poorer part of town to do their work.
It can happen anywhere, and I will now reconsider my carry practices.
Added Later-- I misstated the number of robbers and victims but the basic story is the same. Text of the news article is posted further down.
Jang and all/ here's the news report
From The Eagle--
Originally Posted by Janq
Residents, robbers exchange gunfire
By CASSIE SMITH
College Station police Thursday were piecing together the events of a home-invasion robbery and shooting the night before that apparently started as a drug deal.
Officials were looking for two men, and a third person was arrested after being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound.
Cardell Jackson, 20, of Bryan, was shot by a person in the home and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. He was charged with nine counts of aggravated robbery and one count of burglary of a habitation.
He remained in the College Station Jail late Thursday on $175,000 bail.
Police said the series of events began just after 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 3500 block of Wild Plum Street. A resident and two of his friends were outside when they were approached by three men who asked to buy drugs, police said.
The three robbers herded the other three men into the residence at gunpoint and forced them and two other people in the home to lie on the floor, according to police reports.
College Station Police Department spokesman Lt. Rodney Sigler said it was unclear whether the robbers knew any of the people at the residence.
Jackson kicked the homeowner several times and struck him in the head with the butt of the pistol, according to police reports. The homeowner directed Jackson to two backpacks in the kitchen -- one containing about two ounces of marijuana and the other holding between $1,000 and $2,000 in cash, according to the reports.
The three robbers then ransacked the house, taking wallets, car keys, video game consoles, TVs, computers and other property, police said.
When the three men left, Sigler said, the five friends locked the door and loaded a rifle. The three robbers returned a short time later, he said -- apparently to retrieve one of the backpacks they had left behind -- and forced their way back into the home.
Jackson fired his weapon after seeing one of the occupants with a rifle, but no one was injured, Sigler said. The person with the rifle, whom police would not identify, returned fire, striking Jackson in the arm, Sigler said.
Sigler said that it was unclear what happened next but that the three robbers eventually fled to Bryan, where someone called 911 about Jackson's gunshot wound.
Sigler said that officials were still trying to sort out all of the details and that information about the other two suspects was limited.
"There is a possibility of more arrests and development as the investigation continues," he said.
On re-reading, it was three robbers and 5 victims; not 5 robbers and 3 victims as I originally posted.