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Botched robbery.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on April 6, a man wearing a ski mask entered the Don Mario Jewelry store in Carson, California, pulled a gun, and demanded jewels and cash. Using what appeared to be a walkie-talkie, he communicated with two accomplices waiting outside.

Owner Mario Perez and three employees were in the store at the time. Suddenly, the robber, Deangelo Lamarr Jackson, fired a number of shots. Perez and an employee, who were both armed, returned fire, wounding Jackson in the chest and a forearm.

The three thugs fled empty-handed. Perez and his employees were not harmed, but Jackson only made it some 200 yards away from the store before he collapsed and died.

An employee of a nearby business who heard the gun battle called 9-11. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies swarmed the area, but were unable to locate the other two criminals, whose getaway car was found behind a Home Depot store about a block from Don Mario Jewelry.

The April 8 Torrance Daily Breeze reported that, according to authorities, store owner Perez and his armed employee "apparently acted in self-defense ... and probably will not face legal consequences." A sheriff's lieutenant was quoted as saying, "I don't believe [they] have any problem."
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Title Annotation:Exercising The Right
Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Date:May 31, 2004
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