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Rochester NY: AR-15 used to stop a multiple-suspect home invasion

motoxmann

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http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/Homeowners-Scare-Off-Burglars/7yaLSXAvCUGBkwgAZpGO4g.cspx

Published: 1/23 2:36 pm

"Rochester, N.Y. — Early Tuesday morning, Christopher Boise heard a noise coming from the basement. As he walked toward the source of that noise, the RIT student noticed two men standing in the downstairs portion of his apartment. "They were waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs," said Boise. One of them had a handgun trained on Boise."

Within moments, Boise screamed. His cries were heard by his roommate, Raymond.
"It wasn't like a, 'I stepped by stepped on a piece of glass' kind of scream," Raymond said. "So, I instinctively went to my gun bag."
Raymond owns an AR-15 which is a military style rifle.
Raymond estimated that just five seconds passed until the door started to open. It was one of the intruders.
"By the time I had it out and ready, one of the men came at my door, slowly opened it, saw that there was a barrel on the other side and from there backed out," Raymond said.
The two men fled the apartment.
Nothing was taken and no shots were fired.
The rifle was not loaded at the time of the home invasion, according to Raymond.
"They decided this place was a good place to rob, just a wrong decision on their part," Raymond said.
"I'm happy he saved my life. I was very thankful he had his (gun)," said Boise.
Raymond, who is from New York City, said he uses the rifle for sport shooting at local gun ranges.
"The weapon was legal and he protected his property, said Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard. "We're thankful that no one was injured," he said.
Sheppard said there were BB rounds near the broken glass window.
Police are still looking for suspects. If you have any information, contact CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300.

I emphasized the above bold, because I HIGHLY commend the Rochester Police Chief for acknowledging that
 
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See??? You don't even need bullets ... no shots were fired.

Har har har ... where was fatass Joey B with his shotgun?
 
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from a legal standpoint, he may have been smart to not fire any shots (considering the main use of his rifle though; I assume it's correct that he hadn't loaded it yet, so it probably was solely out of necessity).
though notice the suspects got away and are still at large, and surely will strike again elsewhere. shots fired would have prevented these criminals from ever committing another crime, saving taxpayers a boatload of cash on future investigations and/or imprisonment.

on a side note, I grew up in Rochester, and RIT campus and the surrounding area is a very good area. so to answer the question many may ask, no this is not an inner-city type area, yes crime does occur in more rural and suburban areas, and yes a good guy with a gun DOES stop a bad guy with a gun. and a good guy with an AR-15 is STILL a good guy with a gun.
 

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He should keep it loaded. Unloaded guns are dangerous.

Had this crook any guts (they usually don't), he'd've realized that, at that range, a handgun would be as effective as (or more so than) an Armalite Rifle--and tried to have taken the long gun! What a prize that would have been. Of course, the surest way to take it would be to assume it was loaded and shoot its bearer before he could get a shot off. Of course, the gun being unloaded would have ensured success for the robber's tactic.

Like I said, unloaded guns are dangerous.
 

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why do they always have to reference this line....

military style rifle

hell most any gun is a military style this or that...

This.

Admittedly the AR platform that civilians have access to looks like the military version, but my 1938 Mosin Nagant 91/30 is more likely to have already been in battle than any current U.S. civilian AR-anything.

Wonder why the media never mentions the millions of milsurps out there...

Kudos to the guy for scaring off the BGs. Having to shoot would have changed his life forever.

Sent at the speed of a carrier pigeon (3G)
 
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