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Academy Sports manager fired weeks after intercepting gun thief in Florida store

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UPDATE: Dean has been rehired by Academy after the company faced public backlash for firing him.

Bad move, Academy. We were thinking of purchasing a firearm from one of your stores. We’ll now make that purchase somewhere else.

From Fox News: A sporting goods store employee, who last month helped catch a suspect allegedly trying to swipe a weapon, was suspended and later lost his job at the Florida business following the incident, his lawyer said.

Dean Crouch, 32, was working at the Academy Sports store in Tallahassee on June 29 when robbery suspect Jason White allegedly tried to steal a gun, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

After White reportedly tried to flee with the stolen firearm he’d requested to see, Crouch stepped in and ultimately detained him.

Crouch, an assistant manager at the store, was nearby when the incident occurred and heard employees yelling “stop that guy,” his attorney, Ryan Hobbs, told Fox News. While police made their way to the scene, the suspect was relocated to an office at the business, he said.

Hobbs said the suspect had attempted to make off with a .40 caliber handgun and matching ammunition.

The Tallahassee Police Department, who arrested the suspect, wrote on Facebook that “employees detained a man who tried to run out of the store with a firearm, ammunition, and a backpack, which were stolen from the business.”

The suspect also allegedly stole two weapons from a pawn shop earlier the same day, police said.

Hobbs claimed his client was placed on suspension in the days after the incident amid a policy that prohibits employees from placing their hands on customers (how does this thief qualify as a customer?) while they’re in the store. Crouch lost his job on Tuesday, he said, adding that his client had been “suspended and terminated for preventing this thief from stealing this weapon.”

“Academy has decided to, instead of treating him like a hero he is, they terminated his employment effective immediately because he put his hands on Mr. White,” Hobbs told the Tallahassee Democrat.

Left without a job, Hobbs told Fox News that Crouch – who has a wife and two small children – put their home up for sale as “a direct result of him losing his job at Academy Sports.”

“They’re just scared,” he said.

A representative for Academy Sports did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. But company spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook told the Democrat that Academy’s treatment of the former employee’s conduct, as well as his eventual firing, complied with company policy.

“While the incident ended without injury, actions inconsistent with corporate policies were taken,” she told the outlet. “We addressed the matter with the local store and individuals involved.”

Hobbs told Fox News that they are “exploring” their “options” but at this point, no lawsuit has been filed. At the moment, he said they’re more concerned with “trying to protect his rights” and finding him a new job.

Hobbs also told the Democrat that Academy’s policy might warrant a reexamination.

“My instincts tell me they are concerned more about people like Mr. White suing them for being stopped in the course of a theft than they are about rewarding or acknowledging in a positive manner that Mr. Crouch may have saved lives,” he told the outlet.

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Where’s the #GunControlNow crowd? Four killed, 25 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Four men were killed and at least 25 others were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Monday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. Sunday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Two men were standing on a sidewalk in the 5500 block of West Haddon when someone wearing all black clothing fired shots from an alley, according to Chicago Police.

Marquell Hicks, 23, suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He lived in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The other man, 19, was shot in the torso and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said. Area North detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

Earlier in the morning, a 32-year-old man was killed and another was wounded in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

About 3:30 a.m., the men were driving in the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard when a vehicle that was following them pulled up beside them and someone inside opened fire, police said.

The 32-year-old was shot in his neck and back of the head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died. The 33-year-old was shot in his arm, and was in good condition at the same hospital, according to authorities.

A 22-year-old was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. in the South Side Roseland neighborhood.

Daniel Carter, 22, was arguing with someone he knew in the 11000 block of South State Street when someone pulled out a gun and fired shots, according to authorities. Carter was struck in his neck, chest and leg, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died about 8 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the Fernwood neighborhood.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Titus Daily, 40, was shot dead after several people approached him and shot him in the 9300 block of South Luella, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 2:50 a.m. Monday in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Officers responded to reports of a person shot and found the 20-year-old with gunshot wounds to the face and groin about 2:50 a.m. in the 10700 block of South Avenue O, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition.

About 15 minutes earlier, a man was shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The 35-year-old was walking when a black minivan drove by and someone inside fired shots at 2:36 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 39th Place, according to police. He was shot in the leg and was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital where his condition stabilized.

A third man was wounded Monday morning in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 19-year-old was driving southbound when he heard shots and felt pain at 12:02 a.m. in the 1500 block of North Laramie. He was shot in the right shoulder and suffered a graze wound to the head. He was taken to West Suburban hospital where his condition stabilized, police said.

On Sunday, 13 men were wounded in shootings across Chicago during a 24-hour period, including a 63-year-old man, a man who was sitting in a wheelchair, and a man shot during an attempted carjacking.

A 55-year-old man was shot as he drove off from an attempted carjacking near the border of the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

About 10:30 p.m., the man was stopped at a red light in the 8700 block of South King Drive when two people walked up to him and demanded his vehicle, according to police. As the man sped off, the people opened fire and struck him in the leg, police said. He drove himself to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.

The 63-year-old was shot in an abandoned house in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was inside the house about 8:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of West 70th Place when someone pulled out a gun and shot him in his leg and groin area, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Last weekend, 39 people were wounded and 4 were killed in city gun violence.

Read the whole story here.

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Texas mom shot man who tried to take off with her car & kids

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From NY Post: Don’t mess with Texas.

A Dallas woman shot a suspected carjacker in the head after he tried swiping her SUV at a gas station — while her two small children were inside.

“I’m not a killer, but I do believe in defending what’s mine,” explained Michelle Booker-Hicks.

Speaking to FOX 4, the mother-of-two recounted what happened Wednesday night at the local Shell station near Interstate 35 — where she nearly lost both her car and children in one fell swoop.

Booker-Hicks had been paying for gas when she saw the male suspect climbing inside her SUV and attempting to drive away, according to police. Her 2- and 4-year-old sons were in the backseat.

“I proceeded to jump in…and asked the gentleman to stop, to get out the car,” Booker-Hicks said. “He would not get out of the car.”

The suspect turned around and looked at the frantic mother — “with his eyes bugged” — but kept going, she said.

“I reached into the middle of my armrest, to get to my glove compartment,” Booker-Hicks told FOX, noting how she had a gun inside. “That’s when I fired at him.”

According to police, Booker-Hicks shot the man once in the face and caused him to crash into a nearby telephone pole. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to face kidnapping and carjacking charges.

“I hope that woke him up,” Booker-Hicks said.

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This is Chiraq: 23 shot, 2 killed Monday in less than 24 hours

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Why isn’t the #GunControlNow crowd marching in the streets of Chicago?

From MyFoxChicago: Twenty-three people were shot between about 12:20 a.m. and about 10:50 p.m. Monday in shootings across the city, including ten people who were shot in two late-night attacks on the South Side.

Between 10:45 p.m. and 10:50 p.m., one person was killed and nine were wounded in two shootings in the West Pullman and Bronzeville neighborhoods.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 10:50 p.m., after a shoot-out in West Pullman that left three others wounded, according to Chicago Police.

A woman and two teens were walking outside when someone fired shots in the 12300 block of South Yale, police said. Witnesses told police that a 19-year-old man who was killed in the shooting fired the first shots from a gangway and an unknown person returned fire.

The man, identified as Denzel V. Nelson, was struck in the face and chest and was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He lived in West Pullman.

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the arm and was taken to Comer’s Children’s Hospital where his condition was stabilized. Area South detectives were investigating the shooting.

The other fatal shooting Monday happened in the Far South Side Eden Green neighborhood, police said.

Derrick D. Golden, 46, was in a vehicle with a female passenger about 3 p.m. when she got into an argument with someone in the 13300 block of South Prairie, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Shortly after, shots rang out and Golden was struck 5-7 times in his chest, police said. He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.

Five minutes before the four were shot in West Pullman, six people were shot near Ellis Park in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

The group was standing near the park when someone opened fire about 10:45 p.m. in the 3600 block of Vincennes, according to police. A 15-year-old boy was among those wounded. He was shot in the ankle and was taken to Mercy Hospital in good condition, police said.

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg and a 20-year-old man was shot in the hip and in both legs. Both of their conditions had stabilized at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

A 24-year-old man and 22-year-old man were both shot in the ankle and taken to the same hospital where they were both in good condition, police said.

A 19-year-old man was struck by four bullets. He was shot twice in the hip, once in the buttocks and once in the arm and was taken to North Western Medical Center where his condition was stabilized, police said. Area South detectives were investigating.

Five minutes before that, a man was found shot in an alley in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

About 10:40 p.m., officers found the 22-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the 1100 block of South Mayfield, according to preliminary information from police. The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately known. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where his condition stabilized, police said.

On Sunday, 19 people were shot, two fatally.

Read the whole story here.

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Seattle-King County Public Health want doctors to be more inquisitive into patient firearm access/ownership

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On Tuesday, Seattle-King County Public Health published a statement with their intent to decrease gun violence. The blog was posted by Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

About Dr. Duchin: “Jeff served for over 15 years as Chief of the Public Health’s Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section. Jeff trained as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) after which he completed the CDC’s Preventive Medicine Residency program.”

See his full bio here.

The doctor is on Twitter. Here’s a few of his tweets:

The blog post by Seattle-King County Public Health talks about suicide and firearm-related injuries including statistics, deaths  and costs to taxpayers. Read the full blog post here.

Here are excerpts from the agency’s new pledge:

“For that reason, Public Health is joining with leading medical professional associations to form a new collaboration with a renewed commitment to decrease firearm-related injury and deaths by working together and using a public health approach.

Prevention is the core of a public health approach, and firearm injuries and deaths can be prevented. We must address prevention of firearm-related injuries in the same way we do for other types of injuries, poisonings, and infectious and chronic diseases, using a public health approach that includes:

  • Screening to identify patients with risk factors for firearm-related injury
  • Educating patients and families about risk factors, firearm safety and injury prevention as we do for other diseases and causes of injury – gun owners and non-gun owners alike understand the importance of firearm safety
  • Gathering data and conducting research on risk and protective factors for firearm related injury and death in order to make evidence-based recommendations and strategies
  • Promoting the adoption of successful prevention strategies, including those addressing upstream drivers of violence, such as childhood abuse, neglect and trauma, poverty, substance use disorders, disrupted families and communities, and being a victim of violence
  • Fostering multidisciplinary and community collaborations with stakeholders interested in reducing firearm-related injury and death, including gun-owners

The medical community has an important role in this work.  You can read our joint statement, which includes a description of our approach and examples of actions healthcare providers can take to reduce firearm-related injury and death, at http://www.kingcounty.gov/firearm-injuries-ph. 

(WARNING: I tried clicking on the link to read the document and each time I did my computer froze. Not sure if it’s just my computer or the Public Health link.)

This collaboration among healthcare provider professional organizations is the first of many steps local and statewide medical professionals can take together to reduce firearm injury and death in our communities. We invite other healthcare professional organizations to join us by endorsing our statement and/or participating in our future work.”

MyNorthwest.com has some more details:

“Those efforts include joining with experts at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Washington State Medical Association, King County Medical Society, and other state and local medical groups to recommend more screening and education for patients of all ages, including everything from identifying risk factors to talking to them about the importance of safely storing guns.

It recommends medical professionals should also respect beliefs of lawful firearm owners in order to effectively communicate. Also, to use healthcare providers who are also gun owners to provide leadership and knowledge on the issue.


I wonder if any of the “data” gathered by doctors could be used in the future to determine if compliance is being achieved with Mayor Durkan’s proposed new gun legislation?

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How is this possible? Despite strict gun control laws, NJ arts festival shooting leaves 22 injured

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On June 13, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed six bills aimed at eliminating gun violence infringing upon our Second Amendment rights. Those bills included: expand gun background checks, tighten the handgun carrying permit process, reduce the legal capacity of ammunition magazines and establish a so-called “red flag” law.

Even before these bills, New Jersey had some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.

A shooting occurred over the weekend that injured over 20 people. Guess the governor needs to sign off on MORE gun control laws…

From Fox News: Nearly two dozen people were injured after gunfire broke out early Sunday during a fight at an all-night art event in New Jersey’s capital city, leaving one suspect dead which authorities said appeared to be caused by “neighborhood beef.”

(The dead suspect had just been released from prison.)

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said at a news conference that a total of 22 people were injured in the shooting, 17 of whom were treated for gunshot wounds at nearby hospitals. A second suspect is in custody.

“It’s a massive crime scene,” Onofri said.

Two suspects opened fire shortly before 2:45 a.m. at the 24-hour Art All Night show in the Roebling Market section of the city, according to Onofri, who told The Associated Press a “neighborhood beef” was behind the shooting.

The event began Saturday afternoon and was scheduled to continue until Sunday afternoon and typically draws thousands of people. The festival showcases local art, music and food.

“This is truly a tragedy for Trenton,” Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said. Four people are listed as in critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy who is in “extremely critical condition,” according to Onofri.

Police have identified at least two suspects in the shooting. One, a 33-year-old man, was pronounced dead while the other was taken into police custody. Onofri said authorities “believe” the suspect who died was shot and killed by police. Trenton police at the scene told NJ.com that officers engaged with at least one gunman.

Authorities are now combing through the warehouse where the shooting took place as part of the investigation. Onofri said that “multiple weapons” were recovered at the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Twitter the agency is “actively assisting” Trenton and New Jersey State Police with the shooting.

Onofri said that authorities are also investigating an attempted carjacking that took place in the area after the shooting. Three people were in a vehicle when a man came up and pointed a gun at them, the prosecutor said. Their vehicle sustained “some damage” during the confrontation, he added, without releasing further details.

A witness told The Trentonian he witnessed a fight break out before gunshots rang out, with several punches being thrown. “I saw two punches and then heard several gunshots,” Franco Roberts said.

Roberts told the newspaper he thought something bad was going to happen because there were “more people outside than in the warehouse” standing around.  “Everybody ran toward the door,” he said. “And the people fighting and shooting got mixed with the crowd that was running and they went out the door shooting.”

Angelo Nicolo told WPVI that he and his brother were at the event when they heard loud popping sounds, and that people started running down the street. “And all of a sudden, my brother goes to me, ‘You hear that gunfire?’ I go, ‘It sounds like fireworks.’ He said, ‘No, that’s gunfire.’ Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody’s running down the street. All hell broke loose,” Nicolo said.

The Trenton resident said he saw one person with a gunshot wound to the leg. “I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg; they bandaged him up and whisked him away before the ambulance came here,” he told WPVI. “It was pretty gnarly.”

The event was billed as a showcase for more than 1,500 pieces of art. Authorities said that about 1,000 people were in the area when the shooting started and people stampeded.

“Devastated by last night’s shooting at Art All Night Trenton,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter. “We must eradicate the scourge of gun violence from our communities.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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After woman’s death and a sexual attack in a park, Victoria Police tell citizens, “Take responsibility for your safety”

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Choose wisely ladies…one of these is a better tool to use for saving your life during an attack.

Strict gun control laws in Australia make it very difficult for a woman to best determine how to take responsibility for her own safety.

Do tell #GunControlNow crowd (who love the gun control model of other countries), why do you want to make it more difficult for women who want to carry a firearm for safety, especially when police tell them to take responsibility for said safety?

From TheAge.com: Police have not ruled out a possible link between the death of a woman whose body was found on a soccer pitch in Carlton North (suburb of Melbourne) overnight and the recent sexual assault of a woman at a nearby park.

Detectives have promised round-the-clock patrols of Princes Park where the body of the woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found in the early hours of Wednesday. It is understood police suspect it may have been a random attack.

The woman’s body was found by a passerby on the pitch in the middle of the popular Princes Park running track, next to Melbourne General Cemetery, about 2.40am. Her body was found near the centre of the pitch.

“Paramedics worked on the woman, who is yet to be formally identified, but she was not able to be revived,” a police spokesman said.

The Parkville sex attack

On March 28, another woman was sexually assaulted less than one kilometre away, near Royal Park in Parkville, as she was walking by the intersection of Gatehouse Street and Bayles Crescent about 2.35am.

A man approached the woman from behind, trapped her in a bear hug and the pair fell to the ground, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

The man tried to cover the woman’s mouth as she screamed for help but several nearby residents heard her. She managed to break free and ran to a nearby property where residents helped her and called police. The area was searched by police, including by helicopter, but the attacker was not found.

Detectives from the force’s sex crimes unit have confirmed they are liaising with homicide police as they work to track down the Parkville attacker.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Butland said the possibility both cases were connected was being investigated, but at this stage there was “no known link” between the two. “We’re keeping an open mind,” he said.

Since the Parkville attack, detectives have made a number of inquiries into possible persons of interest, but they have since been ruled out.

Last week, Parkville residents received letters from Victoria Police asking for information and any CCTV about the Royal Park assault. The letter from Senior Constable Rhiannon Woolfe told residents that police were doorknocking the area and asked them to contact the sexual crime squad command.

Police keeping ‘open mind’ about possible link

On Wednesday – only an hour after the woman’s body was found in Carlton North – police renewed their appeal to help find the Parkville sex attacker.

Police have released a computer-generated image of the man police wish to speak to in connection with the Parkville sex attack, as well as CCTV footage of a man walking along the street.

Acting Homicide Squad Inspector Andrew Stamper said police were keeping an open mind about a possible link between the woman’s death and the sex assault. “We’re aware of that matter and we have been liasing with our colleagues at the sexual crimes squad,” he said.

“At this stage we have an open mind, but obviously we will be considering that matter in relation to this matter.”

Carlton North death ‘suspicious’

The circumstances of the death are being treated as suspicious, but Inspector Stamper did not reveal the details of the woman’s injuries or if she sustained any at all. He declined to comment on whether she had been sexually assaulted before she died.

Inspector Stamper said the man who found the woman’s body and raised the alarm was assisting police with their inquiries, but was not being treated as a suspect at this stage.

He declined to comment on the reasons why the woman or the man who found her were at the park in the early hours of the morning. He also declined to comment on a pair of black shoes found not far from the woman’s body.

He said police were taking the matter “very seriously” and were canvassing CCTV footage in the area. “It will be a long day out here a lot of resources are getting thrown into it,” he said.

Police ramp up patrols of Princes Park

North west division Superintendent David Clayton said there would now be a highly visible police presence at the park “all times of the day and night”.

“They [police] will be on foot, they’ll be on bicycles and they’ll be in cars,” he said.

He urged anyone walking in the area at night to take extra precautions and always be aware of their surroundings. “The message we would provide to all members of the community is to take responsibility for your safety,” he said.

“Make sure people know where you are and if you’ve got a mobile phone carry it and if you’ve got any concerns at all call police.”

Carlton resident Fran Keenan does a lap around Princes Park daily, but she said she would never walk in the area when it’s dark.

Ms Keenan said she was left shaken by the discovery of the woman’s body and recent sexual assault nearby. ‘‘I walked around [Princes Park] and it was really early in the morning once and I just didn’t feel comfortable being out there in the dark so I’ve never done it again,’’ she said.

‘‘I feel perfectly safe in the daytime, but it’s a different feeling when you walk at night and there’s less people around. ‘It’s just awful to think that a woman has died so close by and it’s a bit eerie here today with all the police around.’’

Read the whole story here.

h/t @DLoesch

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