The Associated Press story begins thusly:
The owner of a popular pizza shop opened fire on three robbery suspects, killing one of them and apparently wounding his own son.
What does that conjure up in your mind? That he recklessly endangered his son's life? That he didn't know how to use a firearm? That he shouldn't have had a firearm on the premises?
I remember working as a college student at a 7-11, whose policy at the time was that we could not bring firearms on the premises. My employment was not in a particularly high-crime city, but I remember thinking how stupid that policy was. I still think that. So maybe that colors my opinion of the AP story a little bit.
So, in my opinion, color the AP version of the story the color of crap.
Here's what really happened:
Sgt. Jim Rullamas said Friday that Allen Joseph Hicks II, 22, of Oakland, who was carrying an assault pistol, came into the parlor with two other men, pointed the gun at the 41-year-old owner and said, "This is a robbery."
Besides his son, the owner's wife and two daughters also were in the parlor.
Rullamas said the parlor has been robbed before and the owner's brother was shot in the face in another robbery in 1992, which is why he kept a pistol on the premises.
The owner, whose name was not released, pulled the gun and shot at Hicks, hitting him more than once while the two other suspects fled.
The owner later told police he shot Hicks because "he was in fear of his life and his family's life," Rullamas said.
Despite being wounded, Hicks struggled with the owner. In the struggle another shot was fired — from whose gun authorities are not yet sure — and the 17-year-old son was hit in the abdomen. The owner suffered a cut over his eye in the struggle.
By the way, the Associated Press has a nice set of idiotic bookend paragraphs to sandwich their almost meatless story. Here's the final paragraph:
Friends left messages, balloons, candles and bottles of cognac at a makeshift memorial honoring Hicks on Friday.
Hicks is the robber. Oh, the poor guy!