There are a couple of rules of thumb that aspiring stick-up men would do well to keep in mind. First on the hit parade; Texas business owners are frequently armed. And bar-b-que joint owners are probably higher up on the list of those most likely to keep ballistic deterrence on hand.
The second rule of thumb: don’t mess with an old guy (particularly a Texan).
Ignoring these helpful guidelines will likely result in a short (and bloody) career in the criminal arts. To wit, these two Houston area amateurs:
A store owner opened fire on two suspected robbers, killing one, police said. It happened Saturday night at the J&S Barbecue on Mesa Rd. near Ley Rd. Two men tried to rob the store owner as he was getting into his car, police said. The owner, who is in his 70s, fought back.
While one member of the not-so-dynamic duo was assuming room temperature, the other was last seen running as fast as he could into the night. Don’t look for charges to be filed against the restaurateur as, from all reports, this was a clean cut case of justifiable self defense…not to mention that it happened here in the Lone Star State where ballistic response to criminal intent is a long and cherished tradition.