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postheadericon “He was a good boy!” Teen Shot, Killed While Robbing North Carolina Home

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC — You’ve read stores like this one before. Three wayward yoots got it in their heads that they were going to break into a home to steal some cash/drugs/guns. But…oops! Much to their surprise, the target of the robbery attempt was armed and knew how to use his gun.

Catawba County deputies said the shooting happened at a home on Fairview Drive just before 6 p.m. but authorities found 17-year-old Shane Cauthen in a vehicle off Startown and Blackburn Ridge roads in Lincoln County around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said Cauthen had been driven there.

Deputies said Cauthen and Dylan Lee Gates and Cory Aaron Ingram came to a home on Fairview Drive on Wednesday wearing masks, intending to rob someone at the home.

An unidentified 17-year-old was the target of the the attack by these three national merit scholars and a gunfight ensued.

During the confrontation, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office determined Cauthen and the robbery victim shot at each other. Cauthen was shot four times, according to the Lincoln Herald.

Four bullet wounds is a lot. Too much, in fact, for Cauthen to survive.

Cauthen was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

And with the arrest of his two accomplices, that should have been the end of this sad, if all too familiar little story. But Cauthen’s family thinks he was somehow wronged by being shot during an armed robbery.

Mom says Cauthen just didn’t deserve what he got.

“He was a good boy,” said his mom Shanda Cauthen.

Of course he was.

“I think they should be charging (the victim). If somebody gets shot four times, I mean, that was aiming at him,” Cauthen’s grandmother, Diane said.

“He was going to better his self. He needed four more credits to graduate,” his mother, Shanda, told Channel 9.

But as usually happens when someone successfully defends himself against three attackers who are shooting at him . . .

Investigators met with the District Attorney Thursday morning and they determined that the shooting was justified. A case of self-defense.

Shockingly, Cauthen’s family was wasn’t happy with the outcome. And they’re not taking this lying down. The 17-year-old and his family report being threatened. And that’s not all.

Later in the day, at the scene of the shooting, a man drove up to take a look at the scene.

One man who said he raised Cauthen for many years stood and stared at the house.

A man at the house who is a relative of the teen who was the robbery target, drove up to the edge of the driveway and asked that man to leave. He didn’t.

That’s when the relative pulled out an AR-15 rifle and asked the man to go away.

When that gentleman reached behind him, as of to pull out something from behind his back, the relative with the AR-15 raised the barrel, pointed it at the man, and yelled at him to stop.

Police arrived and defused the situation. But it doesn’t sound as if Cauthen’s family wants to let their budding young felon go un-avenged. Which means that the victim and his family probably won’t want to let their guard down any time soon.

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postheadericon North Carolina C-Store Clerk Opens Fire On Would-Be Robbers [VIDEO]

There are probably convenience store clerks working late who don’t arm themselves — mostly those who work for chains that prohibit employees carrying on the job — but we wouldn’t be amongst ’em. The USA Store in Kinston, North Carolina is a little neighborhood corner store that stays open late to accommodate their customers.

That also make it a juicy target for stick-up men looking for an easy score. Last week . . .

Police say two men walked into the USA Store on South Adkin Street around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

But the two doods didn’t count on the clerk packing a pistol.

In the video, one would-be robber points the rifle at the worker, who then fired a shot at the men. They ran from the store and in the video you can see them drop the rifle at the front door.


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The two desperados took off into the night as soon as lead began flying in their general direction and haven’t been caught yet.

Police say they got away in a silver vehicle.

If you know who the gunmen are, you should call the Kinston Police Dept. at 252-939-3160, the TIPS LINE at 252-939-4020, or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

Good on the store clerk. If we had one piece of advice, it would be that following the fleeing felons out into the night isn’t a good strategy. In fact, it’s a good way to get shot. Better to lock the door and dial five-o. Still, a job well done.

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postheadericon Concealed Carriers Stop South Carolina Attempted Murder

If getting angry at a car dealer were a crime, most of us would have been put behind bars long ago. But Alonzo Delunte Seegars took things a little too far at Stateline Dodge in Fort Mill, South Carolina recently when he threatened to kill an employee with a pipe wrench.

Alonzo Seegars, upset with service at Stateline car dealership on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill on Dec. 21, arrived armed with a pipe wrench, said Aaron Hayes, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Seegars told a service employee, “I know who you are and you are a dead man,” then “threatened to kill” a female employee, Hayes said.

Seegars then shouted out ‘Watch this!’ as he smashed at least three vehicles with the pipe wrench, Hayes said.

That’s when a couple of customers who were packing drew their concealed handguns and stopped the attack.

Two customers, whom prosecutors said had legal concealed carry permits and were armed legally at the time, intervened and “held Mr. Seegars at bay” with the handguns at the crowded dealership until police arrived, Hayes said. York County deputies tackled Seegars after using an electric stun gun. Seegars suffered a broken leg in the scuffle.

The best kind of defensive gun use is one in which the trigger isn’t pulled. And even though that’s the kind that happens most often, they’re rarely reported or included in crime statistics. Go figure.

So it’s another case of legally armed citizens stopping a crime in progress…one that could have resulted in grievous bodily harm or even death. That’s pretty much the reason those of us who chose to arm ourselves carry a handgun in the first place. Mission accomplished. Yet again.

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