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Man shot after slamming door in robbers' faces

Posted June 25, 2008

— An 82-year-old man was recovering Wednesday after being shot in the leg when he refused to cooperate with two robbers who showed up at his door.

Oscar Powell said two men pounded on the back door to his house in the 300 block of North Glendale Avenue late Monday and demanded money from him when he opened it.

"I won't give you nothing," Powell said he told the pair before slamming the door in their faces.

One of the men fired a shot through the door, striking Powell in the right leg. The men then fled on foot.

Powell said he didn't get a good look at the robbers, but said they appeared to be in the late teens or early 20s.

Police said the case remains under investigation.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Jun 26, 2008

    Good rule of thumb: if there are robbers at the door, don't open it

    Not everyone is a robber that knocks on your door. This man did not know they were robbers, apparently until he opened the door. If there is a way for you to see out or recognize the person's voice only then should you open your door. You can never be to careful in this day and time.

  • Andrew from NC Jun 26, 2008

    Why did he open the door? Good rule of thumb: if there are robbers at the door, don't open it!

  • cynsless1 Jun 25, 2008

    Take the concealed carry class, you lean a lot about shooting and guns. Then get your gun and protect yourself and your family. Its not going to get any better. And like a few other posters, come on to my house at night and ask for something, armed.

  • WWJGD Jun 25, 2008

    "Two black males had knocked on Powell's door and asked him for money. When he refused and closed the door, one of the men fired a gun and shot Powell through the door, police said."


  • illegals--GO HOME Jun 25, 2008

    I am like a couple of other posters......please, please come to my house and try this. I don't open the door to strangers at night or most any other time, but I do go to my door armed each and every time unless I am expecting the person who is arriving. I am not going to ask you why you are here if you kick in my door because I don't answer it!!! So, come forth if you will.

    Yes, a shotgun is the perfect weapon for home defense....use 00B which has nine 32 cal pellets and is very effective at close range and spreads as the range increases .... so you can get multiples LOL.....

  • yruatwit Jun 25, 2008

    Hey Boys................Come and knock on my door.................please.

  • PikeMom4real Jun 25, 2008

    Someone said earlier today that if race was NOT mentioned then it had to be a White Guy.I think it was "IDontcare".I say wanna bet? 100% sure I know the race and it was NOT on WRAL.

  • doubletrouble Jun 25, 2008

    See Chart. The key here is training and also resolve. An inexperienced, untrained person..will allow a bad person to advance close enough to take that weapon away. 10ft is a rule and one always double taps in the chest area. Shotguns allow far less training in control, longer range and harder hitting power. A shotgun is probably the best home defense weapon, and training is KEY. I know plenty of 80 year old men who have hunted all their life...and willing to bet the farm you wouldn't try to disarm them, if they felt that you meant to do them or their family harm. The problem lies in folks who just purchase a firearm, of any sort..and just throw it into a closet "just in case". I trained my wife with a sawed off 20ga, using old shirts on wire hangers as her targets. For smaller framed women, a .410 does nicely, but slightly harder to find.

  • LOC Jun 25, 2008

    you better go grandpa....

  • doubletrouble Jun 25, 2008

    Ok..the baddies had a gun(as they often do and no amount of gun control will prevent them from getting them..they ain't stopped drugs yet!) The old man was unarmed and am thankful it wasn't worse than it was. However..look at it this way. If your wife was home alone, and a rapist/thief broke in to do her harm and she was able to retreat into the bedroom behind a locked door...would you feel better that she had only a phone calling the cops in her hand...or a weapon + phone AND the proper training on how to use it? They did a study in prison, and it was on 20/20...a thief's biggest fear, is a armed homeowner. That is straight from the horse's mouth. See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyoLuTjguJA&feature=related