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Gunman shot dead in heist at coin shop
signonsandiego ^ | 2/14/2009 | By Debbi Baker and Kristina Davis

Posted on 02/14/2009 2:16:37 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

NORTH PARK — When a coin-shop owner and an employee found themselves looking down the barrel of a robber's gun yesterday, they fought back with weapons of their own. The midmorning shootout in the tiny shop on El Cajon Boulevard left the armed robber dead and his uninjured accomplice on the run, police said. Authorities said Michael Anthony Watkins Jr., 26, of San Diego collapsed on the sidewalk from gunshot wounds to his leg and lower back and died shortly afterward at a hospital

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist

1 posted on 02/14/2009 2:16:37 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

I guess he was looking to steal a bunch of those highly valued Obama coins.


2 posted on 02/14/2009 2:18:27 PM PST by Joiseydude (Obama: "Putting my ideals into effect are more important than your safety from terrorist acts")
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To: Red in Blue PA

:::tear::: I love happy endings:)


3 posted on 02/14/2009 2:20:02 PM PST by TDT
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To: Red in Blue PA
["Authorities said Michael Anthony Watkins Jr., 26, of San Diego collapsed on the sidewalk from gunshot wounds to his leg and lower back and died shortly afterward at a hospital..."]

Shopkeeper needs to aim a little higher next time. This is the only improvement I can add to an otherwise splendid story.

4 posted on 02/14/2009 2:25:48 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The committed will surely dominate the complacent.)
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To: Joiseydude

Michael Anthony Watkins Jr.....let me guess, a pesky Swede


5 posted on 02/14/2009 2:26:18 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Red in Blue PA

The comments at the end of the story are interesting. It sounds like these shopowners are definitely not the type to suffer fools (or criminals) lightly.

As for the perp...it’s sad to see someone throw their life away, but that is the price he paid for choosing to prey upon others rather than to pursue a life of honest work. It’s no one’s fault but his own.


6 posted on 02/14/2009 2:27:11 PM PST by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Hope the owner is OK. Prayers for that misguided soul that gave up his life for a criminal pursuit.


7 posted on 02/14/2009 2:27:44 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: DemforBush

“It sounds like these shopowners are definitely not the type to suffer fools (or criminals) lightly.”

You got that right. My local coin shop owner wears a .45 on his hip.


8 posted on 02/14/2009 2:30:14 PM PST by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Hey ARRRRnold, why don't you release another third of the prisoners in the state prisons, just buy some shells for coin shop owners.

TA-DAH..solved

9 posted on 02/14/2009 2:34:30 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Red in Blue PA
This can't be true. I thought guns were HEAVILY controlled in California.
10 posted on 02/14/2009 2:42:54 PM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I'm still trying to get past the CA shopowner being able to defend himself.....
in CA....
WITH A GUN! Nice.
11 posted on 02/14/2009 2:55:12 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: Joiseydude

Too funny,
The ones some smart guy put a sticker on a quarter?
Charged what five bucks for each.


12 posted on 02/14/2009 3:07:42 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sounds like a happy ending to me.


13 posted on 02/14/2009 3:29:02 PM PST by SkipW
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To: Red in Blue PA

“the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”


14 posted on 02/14/2009 3:31:12 PM PST by BAW (Social Security needs a bailout.)
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To: PLMerite

I used to frequent coin shops a lot and knew several owners, I believe they are all armed to the teeth.


15 posted on 02/14/2009 3:39:32 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: Red in Blue PA

And if they catch his compadre he’ll be guilty of murder, if the laws there are like many states.


16 posted on 02/14/2009 3:56:51 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: Red in Blue PA

One scumbag dead with two bullets and one running away uninjured is o.k..

The judges give him a 6.4

To score a perfect 10, he would have had to drop both scumbags inside the shop with one bullet to the head apiece.

Still, a nice freshman effort from the up and coming rookie.


17 posted on 02/14/2009 4:26:46 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg
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To: Red in Blue PA

Holy cow. Anyone see the size of one of the cops in the photo in the link?


18 posted on 02/14/2009 5:12:09 PM PST by OA5599
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To: OA5599
LOL!

19 posted on 02/14/2009 5:18:27 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Shopkeeper needs to aim a little higher next time. This is the only improvement I can add to an otherwise splendid story.

Nah. It's nice when they have a few moments to contemplate their poor choices as their life slowly drains away.

20 posted on 02/15/2009 8:56:50 AM PST by Drew68
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To: DaveLoneRanger; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; neverdem

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21 posted on 02/23/2009 12:31:29 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Just damn! He needs to back away from the 3 boxes of donuts a day he’s eating now...


22 posted on 02/23/2009 12:33:21 PM PST by Constitution Day
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