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California business owner shoots three suspects during attempted robbery

California Business Owner Shoots Three Suspects During Attempted Robbery

Authorities remained on the scene through the night following the attempted robbery and subsequent shooting. (Photo: Fox 11)

An attempted robbery at a Downey, California, business Monday night ended in an exchange of gunfire between the business owner and the three suspects. The business owner was unharmed, but all three suspects were shot, two fatally. Authorities say the incident unfolded around 8:15 p.m. at First Class Audio when the three suspects entered the business and attempted to rob the owner at gunpoint. The business owner, who local residents identified[1] only as George, was also armed with a gun and an exchange of gunfire ensued.

Witnesses reported hearing about nine or 10 gunshots. One resident, who did not want to be publicly identified, told reporters[2] that, until the police showed up, initially everyone thought the noise was just fireworks. When officers arrived, they found two of the suspects inside the business. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Some time later, the third suspect showed up at an area hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He remains in police custody and was last listed in stable condition. According to reports from Fox 11[3], the deceased suspects are both in their 30 s. Their names have not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

No other suspects are believed to be at large. One man, who did not wish to be identified but owns a nearby restaurant, said after the gunshots had erupted, he saw the third suspect run into the street attempting to get a ride. It s unclear how he made it to the hospital. The restaurant owner said amid the chaos, he locked all of the doors to his business. He said there were little kids in his restaurant at the time of the shooting and they were all scared and hid under the tables.

A security guard who works in the area told reporters that burglaries have become common in the area. Another witness, who did not want to be identified, felt George s actions were justified. He said the man has a family, works hard, and was only trying to protect his business. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.

References

  1. ^ identified (ktla.com)
  2. ^ told reporters (abc7.com)
  3. ^ Fox 11 (www.foxla.com)

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Soldier is first female in Alaska National Guard to complete combat arms branch training

Only two years ago, National Guard combat arms branch training still excluded women, but Capt. Amanda Plachek recently shattered that barrier, becoming the first female Alaska Army National Guard member to master the course. Plachek completed the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, located on the Alabama-Georgia border, earlier this year, an Army release said. She signed up for the course after learning that other women on her rugby team had done so. She not only was the only woman in her class, but she also ranked extremely well, placing third out of 25 participants.

“I decided to attend the maneuver course to broaden my military education,” Plachek, who first joined the armed forces as a transportation officer, said in the release. “It was definitely a steep learning curve for someone like me who didn’t have an infantry, armor or field artillery background. Machine gun theories and creating battalion-level fire plans were all brand new to me and it made me appreciate everything that goes into planning and executing a combat mission from the ground up.”

The training became available to women members of the armed forces in December 2015, according to U.S. Army spokespersons. Plachek said solid support from her colleagues went a long way in bolstering her confidence.

“Someone once told me that the only way women are going to succeed in integrating into the infantry is if they have the support of their leadership and male counterparts,” Plachek said in the release. “I had an immense amount of support from my chain of command, fellow officers, classmates and instructors. That made me more proud that anything, the fact that my decision was supported and accepted by so many.”

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