published: Sunday, June 09, 2013
Store owner shoots accused burglar
By SCOTT DRESSEL
LAKE PLACID -- A Lake Placid man is nursing two gunshot wounds and facing armed burglary and aggravated assault charges after he was confronted by an armed store owner Wednesday night.
Deputies report that 23-year-old David Allan Curry was shot in the left foot and right thigh just after 11:15 p.m. when he allegedly pointed a gun at Jonathan T. Hawthorne, the owner of HHH Food and Beverage at 128 Crestmore Drive.
Hawthorne, acting on a call from the alarm company, had arrived at the store just before a deputy and was armed with a .40 caliber Glock handgun.
The metal grating on a front window had been pulled aside, and both Hawthorne and the deputy could hear noises inside the store. Hawthorne told the deputy he thought the burglar was trying to escape out the back, so he went around the store. The deputy then heard gunshots and saw a man flee from behind the building and across U.S. 27.
Hawthorne told deputies he confronted a man coming out the rear door of the store and yelled for him to "freeze." The man instead turned toward Hawthorne and pointed a gun, at which point Hawthorne shot twice in self defense. The suspect took off with Hawthorne, who fired another shot in the air, in pursuit.
At 12:07 a.m., deputies were notified that Curry was in the emergency room with two gunshot wounds -- one to the inside of his left foot and one to the outside of his right thigh.
Curry denied breaking into the business and trying to gain access to the cashier's office. He said he was just walking behind the store when an armed man confronted him and then shot him as he ran away.
Curry was charged with armed burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief.
Time? (by: Time keeper - 6/11/2013)
The story says it happened Wednesday....This is weeks old.
(by: Rudy G - 6/11/2013)
The store owner demonstrated excellent gun control people. Stop being extremists with your go-to expressions "shoulda been a better shot" type remarks. He obviously knew where to aim. He wanted the guy to live long enough to renew the minutes on his Obama phone and collect his next food stamp deposit. Gosh, guys, think before you comment.....
(by: Anne Mae Williams - 6/10/2013)
It's all OK, DA got his, Mr. Hawthorne did good. DA you bring shame to ya mama!
(by: Blindman~ - 6/10/2013)
If Obama had a son, he would look like David Allan Curry
Yep.. (by: sam the black man - 6/10/2013)
We do need more gun Control......Use Both Hands ;)
(by: Jude Bonner - 6/10/2013)
One More Obama Supporter off the Street!
burglar bill ! (by: dazza - 6/10/2013)
GOOD !! that is great , i was just walking past when an armed man confronted me !! he then shot me as I RAN AWAY ! WTF. ? lesson dont run away !! and dont be walking past the back door of a CLOSED store at 10 o/ clock at nite !! bang ! bang ! shoot ! shoot ! P,S, invest in a laser sight ! they work great in low lite /dark
(by: George - 6/10/2013)
OMG! He looks like a mean one.
Nice try (by: SS - 6/9/2013)
Sounds like someone needs more range time. Two to the chest and one to the head would have ended this lyin' thiefs' exploits for good.
shooting (by: San the Black Man - 6/9/2013)
Good for the store owner .........One thing to the store go to the Gun Range on Hwy. 98 and become a better shoot.......Everyone go to this store and buy something and give the owner some support....
Gun control (by: Jeth8er - 6/9/2013)
Too bad he didn't kill that pos. A little better gun control and he would have. Practice makes perfect, good job Hawthorne!
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