80 Year Old Man Arrested For Shooting Burglar Because He Was A Convicted Felon

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

While people around the country is outraged over the senseless shooting of Miami teen Trayvon Martin, an elderly black man was recently arrested in Chicago for shooting a burglary suspect because he was a convicted felon. If the “Stand Your Ground” statue were needed in a case, this would surely qualify.

Homer Wright allegedly shot Anthony Robinson, 19, in the leg as Robinson tried to break into Wright’s home, in the 6400 block of South Morgan Street, to steal liquor around 6:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Wright operates his bar, Tanks Lounge, from the same building, and is affectionately known as “Tank,” Englewood activists say.

The mere fact that this elderly man was even arrested has made residents of his community outraged. “Old man is protecting his family and his home,” Wright’s grandson, Courtney Cook, said. “Is he supposed to be the victim?” Cook said it wasn’t the fist time someone broke into his grandfather’s building.

“December, November, … last summer,” Cook said. “He’s tired of it.”

Wright was asleep with his wife when Robinson allegedly broke into their home. Authorities said he was trying to steal liquor from the bar. Wright shot Robinson in the leg when he caught Robinson breaking in.

But Wright is a convicted felon, and is not allowed to own a gun, according to police, so he was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon. Robinson is charged with burglary.

Wright appeared in bond court Tuesday afternoon, holding a baseball cap in his hand as a judge ordered him released on his own recognizance. After the Martin incident in Florida unfolded, some have questioned why the same people that are outraged with the Martin killing are not equally outraged at the black on black crime that plagues the African American community and we have to agree that this is a valid argument. Fortunately for Homer Wright, the judge saw fit to release him from custody without requiring him to post a bond.

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Source: CBS Chicago

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