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Posted: 1/17/2002 7:32:35 AM EDT
This is a lesson on "keeping your powder dry". As a result of this homeowner's "paranoia" society is now a little safer. Article follows: [url]http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/atlantic/011502SLAYING_J15.html[/url] ATLANTIC CITY - One intruder was dead and one was clinging to life Monday after a North Indiana Avenue resident warded off a home invasion by firing his own weapon at two masked men who pushed their way into his apartment armed with guns. The incident happened around 2 a.m. at the back door of 5011/2 North Indiana Ave., an apartment shared by Dennis Burleigh, 54, and his girlfriend, Carol Kelly, authorities said. Burleigh went to the back door with his handgun after becoming suspicious when someone knocked and asked to come in, according to authorities. When Burleigh opened the door for a man he knew, the masked intruders, identified as Raymond K. Cox and Massai Burgess, pushed their way in, and Burleigh opened fire, authorities said. No charges had been filed by Monday evening, and Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz said the investigation was continuing. Cox was shot in the lower back, and Burgess was shot in the mouth. The man who knocked on the door, whom authorities would not identify, escaped without injury. Burleigh, the resident, suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand and was treated and released from Atlantic City Medical Center, City Division. Authorities said police found Cox lying dead outside the back door with a loaded sawed-off shotgun under him. Cox, 36, lived at 910A Mediterranean Avenue and also used the name Rashid Abdullah. Authorities said he was found wearing a bandana over his face, and a second gun, a loaded .9mm semi-automatic handgun, was on the ground within his reach.
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 7:33:23 AM EDT
Cox died from a single gunshot wound to lower part of his back, according to an autopsy performed by Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Eliot Gross. Authorities said Burgess, 26, of 201B N. New York Ave., who also goes by the name "Sahid," was in critical condition Monday evening at the ACMC, City Division. He fled from the scene in his car after he was shot and a friend later took him to Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, where authorities found him and later transferred him to ACMC. Blitz would not comment on what the intruders may have been looking for inside the apartment. When asked if Burleigh's gun was licensed, the prosecutor said that by law individuals do not need permits to keep guns inside their residences. Robert Mason Sr., a retired postal worker and community activist who lives on Hummock Avenue one house away from the back door of Burleigh's apartment, was sleeping when gunfire woke him up. "I heard four shots," he said Monday, standing near his front fence, where police found a bloody face mask with a hole in it. A trail of blood stretched from the back yard where the shooting happened, which is located on Hummock Avenue, to almost a block away, near the corner of Robinson Avenue. Mason said he stayed inside his house until he saw and heard authorities arrive at the scene. Police Officers Andrea Perry and Paul Petigna arrived after Kelly, Burleigh's girlfriend, called 911, authorities said. The North Indiana house is a two-story brick attached dwelling that's owned by city resident Jacqueline Sharpe. The dwelling where the shooting occurred is a three-bedroom duplex. On the other side, at 501 N. Indiana Ave., there's another apartment and a deli. "I just feel bad that someone's dead," Sharpe said Monday, when reached at her home. "I have no idea what went wrong." Hummock Avenue resident Sherry Beckam said drug activity has been a problem near the deli in the past. She peeped out her door at the police activity Monday morning, but didn't go outside. "That's scary," she said about the slaying. The crime occurred less than two months after a 15-year-old neighborhood girl was abducted a half-block away at Hummock and Robinson avenues after getting off a school bus. She was taken out of the city by four male suspects who raped her before dumping her back in the resort. Monday's incident happened just a short distance from the Atlantic City Convention Center, where thousands of conventioneers later flooded into the area for a refrigeration and heating expo that was billed as the city's largest convention since the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 7:35:58 AM EDT
Should we begin asking for contributions to his defense fund now or wait until he is formally charged ?
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 7:46:04 AM EDT
>When asked if Burleigh's gun was licensed, >the prosecutor said that by law individuals >do not need permits to keep guns inside >their residences. In NJ, you need to apply for a firearms ID card to own/buy rifles/shotguns/ammo, and apply for a permit for each pistol purchased. ...Good riddance to bad garbage, AC is a craphole, I hope the 2nd guy doesnt pull through.
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 7:48:16 AM EDT
Will he be prosecuted for not having a trigger lock on his unloaded gun? Note, the bad guys had an NFA restricted sawed-off shotgun. Who gets the tax evasion charge?
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 8:08:56 AM EDT
When asked if Burleigh's gun was licensed...
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[rant-on] When asked by [b]WHO!?[/b] ONLY a lefty gun-hating journalist would ever think to ask about a license. WTF DIFFERENCE DOES THIS MAKE!! [pissed] [rant-off]
Authorities said police found Cox lying dead outside the back door with a loaded sawed-off shotgun under him. Authorities said he was found wearing a bandana over his face, and a second gun, a loaded .9mm semi-automatic handgun, was on the ground within his reach.
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[b][liberal mode - on][/b] So what! This doesn't mean the poor victim intended to USE the weapons against the aggressive homeowner!! Maybe the bandana was for his allergies. Maybe the neighbor knew the homeowner was a gun-totting hot-head who had an arsenal of illegal, unlicensed guns in the home and had his friends there to protect him in case the homeowner came out shooting with no provocation - LIKE HE DID! We are ignoring the REAL victims here - the hyperallergic good samaritan who was killed - SHOT IN THE BACK! - while trying to help his friend against the viscious, shoot-first-ask-questions-later homeowner! The homeowner is the real criminal here! How dare he assume the worst of his guests. I'll bet he didn't even give them a chance to speak their mind. No. just grab your gun and shoot willy-nilly! Even if they intended to rob him, he should NOT have resisted - HE is the one who escalated the situation. The homeowner should have dialed 911 and cowered in the closet until his guests were finished with their visit. How dare he take matters into his own hands. Just another senseless death due to private ownership of guns!!! [b][liberal mode - off][/b]
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 8:26:03 AM EDT
Got shot and still managed to "neutralize" one and score hits on the other. Good for him! Hope he doesn't get charged/sued.
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 9:49:52 AM EDT
He has money and important friends, what sucks is the Press saying'gunned down' they are the worst paper ever. All the news that is fit to taint
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 10:02:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By KBaker: Will he be prosecuted for not having a trigger lock on his unloaded gun? Note, the bad guys had an NFA restricted sawed-off shotgun. Who gets the tax evasion charge?
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Well, under the "spoils of combat" doctrine, the shotgun goes to Mr. Burleigh. So I would guess that the BATF will come after him for the illegal possession charge. [:p]
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 4:26:38 PM EDT
That's the end of Raymond Cox AKA "Rashid Abdullah."
Link Posted: 1/17/2002 8:05:32 PM EDT
Am I the only one who noticed he was a "postal worker"? There's a joke in their somewhere. I'd be surprised if he isn't charged with something given that it's new jersey. In any other state('cept New York) this would be an open and shut self defence shooting. They wouldn't even confiscate the gun in most states. In jersey I doubt he will ever get it back. They probably "confiscated" (read: stole) any other guns he had too.
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