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Three sought after man shot in Chapel Hill home invasion

Posted November 29, 2011
Updated December 11, 2011

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— A Chapel Hill man was shot in the leg Tuesday evening when he came home to find three men breaking into his apartment, police said.

Three men were inside the apartment, at 104 Jackie Robinson Way, shortly before 6 p.m. when the victim got home, police said. One of the men fired a single gunshot as they fled the apartment.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tana Rhom was at her sister's house when she heard a loud pop at a nearby house.

"My son was in the tub, and I ran out and asked my sister, 'What was that noise?'" Rhom said. "She said it sounded like somebody just shot a gun."

Her sister, Laurie Cobb, also heard the shot.

Chapel Hill break-in, shooting Chapel Hill intruders shoot man during break-in

"I thought it was a firecracker," Cobb said.

Rhom said she realized it was a shooting when she saw blue lights flashing two doors down.

"When we walked outside, we were in shock," she said. "Chapel Hill is so calm. We're not used to this."

Police are looking for any information about the break-in and shooting. The intruders were described as tall, black men in dark clothing. One has dreadlocks and was reportedly wearing a burgundy coat, police said.

Anyone who saw the men or has any information that could help investigators is asked to call police at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

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  • Glock Ranger Nov 30, 2011

    Haggis, your opinions do not match the facts. The founding fathers preferred the militia model for defense of the colonies/states, and the nation. Besides, Congress could not support a standing army, so the army was disbanded and sent home.

    The 2nd Amendment gauranteed the availability of the militia/home guard for national emergencies by keeping the citizens armed, and trained, but not needing to feed, clothe and house large bodies of men.

    You must remember that this democratic republic was always intended to be governed by the people. The checks and balances we find in the 3 departments of government are further balanced by the power of the people to rise up and change the government, by force, if need be. That's in the Declaration of Independence.

    Is was intended that the government fear the people. For, it is by the consent of the governed, that they hold the positions of representation. Their power comes from the people. The people allow the government to govern them.

  • Glock Ranger Nov 30, 2011

    Criminals are NOT stupid. They learn from their mistakes. Their logic is different. That doesn't make them fools, either. They do it for the same reasons many of you get up and go to work every day. They see it as their job. They ain't stupid, they just ain't smart. Not the petty criminals.

    When petty criminals get smart, they get into politics. We have 'em on both sides. But, there's where the real money and power are.

  • haggis basher Nov 30, 2011

    "Your attitudes are showing. Who actually believes that criminals are stupider than the average American? The Bell curve says, NO. Don't patronize them, it is degrading."

    LOL ok show us your bell curve and back up data. The Eve Carson case is one example.....they kidnap a beautiful girl, get recorded on multiple ATM cameras using her card and then kill her.......only a complete fool would think they could possibly get away with such a crime......and for what? a few hundred dollars tops????

  • Common Sense Man Nov 30, 2011

    "Now, if you have a no trepassing sign, and he breaks in and faces you with a gun and refuses to leave, its fair game."

    Lol, how about just read the statute and go by that. You don't need a no trespassing sign. lol

  • haggis basher Nov 30, 2011

    "A standing army was one of the things the founding fathers feared more than anything else.

    Seem unlikely as they had just shown that any such army would have terrible problems in imposing its will. If they had just beaten a far more powerful army than they could ever raise why would they fear a lessor one?

    "It is a myth to think that "we the people" could not impress our will against the professional army which exists in this nation. Take a look at the sandbox this army is operating in now. Have they "won" the war? No more so than they won the war in Vietnam. The insurgency will resurface."

    LOL none of the above come close to a total war. In Vietnam the enemies country was never invaded and in Iraq and Afghanistan we are supposed to be the good guys and are on TV......in civil wars such niceties are forgotten. Perhaps you recall "ethnic cleansing"?

  • Glock Ranger Nov 30, 2011

    The laws of the state of North Carolina do not give anyone the right to shoot anyone at any time. You may use deadly force, if and only if:

    You reasonably believe such force is necessary to prevent an imminent threat of death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault.

    and:

    The facts and circumstances would be enought to cause others to agree with you that it was necessary

    and:

    You were not the one who started the encounter, entered into the encounter, or continued the encounter.

    and:

    You do not use more force than is necessary.

    You do not have the right to shoot someone just because they are in your house! After midnight,tonight,you do not have a requirement to retreat in your home,vehicle or workplace,or wherever you are lawfully. You only have a requirement to retreat if you are the instigator,unless you have attempted to withdraw and given notice of that intent,or the attack is such that it surpasses reasonablility,a viciousness exceeding the expected response.

  • haggis basher Nov 30, 2011

    "Not quite correct either, personal beliefs has left many people behind bars."

    many? name one and link to the case details.

  • Viewer Nov 30, 2011

    "Comparing a few half witted criminals" to an organized killing machine: haggis basher

    Your attitudes are showing. Who actually believes that criminals are stupider than the average American? The Bell curve says, NO. Don't patronize them, it is degrading.

  • Glock Ranger Nov 30, 2011

    A standing army was one of the things the founding fathers feared more than anything else. If there is a standing army, under the control of a centralized authority, then that authority could be usurped by an individual, or group, which could use that authority to have a standing army take martial law over the people. Thereby, the army would become the private police force of the usurper(s).

    It is a myth to think that "we the people" could not impress our will against the professional army which exists in this nation. Take a look at the sandbox this army is operating in now. Have they "won" the war? No more so than they won the war in Vietnam. The insurgency will resurface.

    As in 1861, some of those professional soldiers would join the uprising, and bring their equipment with them. I am not fomenting any rebellion. I merely state facts in evidence.

  • Glock Ranger Nov 30, 2011

    Actually, no, krysia99. Our forefathers had dealt with something we are dealing with daily, as well. That would be protecting our freedoms from those who would enslave us to their whims.

    Nothing has changed,since that time,except the continual modernization of modes. If good doesn't keep pace with evil, freedom disappears. RE: Los Angeles bank shootout where the crooks were better armed than the police. Or,when a free people decide to unloose the bonds of a tyrannical government. Or, when someone comes into your home, uninvited, unannounced, not intending you good.

    Gun control is not about guns...it is about control, which equals loss of freedom to determine your own path. Thomas Jefferson declared that a democratic republic exists by the will of the governed, and could only survive if the people who were governed we people of morality,and responsibility.

    Guns are tools. They have their good purposes in the hands of people who use them for hunting,recreation,and defense.

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