Store owner fatally shoots burglary suspect in Lancaster

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The owner of a store in an industrial area of Lancaster fatally shot a burglary suspect early Wednesday, a sheriff's deputy said.
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kimberly kaufmann

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this is just wrong that was my cousin and that store owner should have called the police if it was just a "confrintation" what right did he have to shoot him.. robert has a child and i know that his daughter is devistated by this. And as well as his daughter his whole family too. why hasnt this store owner been brought into custidy.? i want this guy tried for what he has done and the beautiful life he has taken. Robert Summers was a great person and he has never done nothing like this before he didnt deserve this...

R.I.P ROBERT SUMMERS WE ALL LOVE AND MISS U
kimberly kaufmann

Palmdale, CA

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THE WAY I LOOK AT IT MURDER IS MURDER NO MATTER WHAT.. DID THIS STORE OWNER HAVE A PERMIT FOR THAT GUN.? I WANT THIS GUY INVESTIGATED!!!
john sanders

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The store owner is a wonderfull peron also and has a family too... would you want the store owner to break into your house? you also have the right to protect yourself ..if i broke into your house i would expect to possibly be shot.
mr me

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two bullets in the back of the head is no accident two hours to call the cops its a cover up
Girlfiend

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I don't feel killing someone should be taken lightly. If in fact these two guys got into a confrontation with the store owner then he has every right to defend himself. I grew up in AV and it's not a "safe" place. You never know if that guy yelling at you is going to attack you. As well I understand there's a lot to this story I don't know. When you corner a scared dog they naturally bite. This is an unfortunate situation.
Darrell

Madera, CA

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Sep 3, 2010
 
Robert was my closest cousin he was a brother to me. the story just isn't adding up. people can call this self defense but how when he was outside of the shop and shot in the back of the head! I don't know the whole story yet but I will find out. I do know one thing Robert was never a violent person. if anyone knows more to the story please let me know.
November 2 -10

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Darrell wrote:
Robert was my closest cousin he was a brother to me. the story just isn't adding up. people can call this self defense but how when he was outside of the shop and shot in the back of the head! I don't know the whole story yet but I will find out. I do know one thing Robert was never a violent person. if anyone knows more to the story please let me know.
Was your cousin a BURGLER and THIEF or an innocent bystander ?
OLD FRIEND

Burbank, CA

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Sep 4, 2010
 
RIP ROBERT YOU WERE ALWAYS GOOD TO ME AND MY FAMILY YOU WILL BE MISSED
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This situation is obviously very tragic for all parties involved and their families. However, I must ask, what was Mr. Summers doing in a closed place of business at 3:30 AM (the time frame reported by this article)?
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Nice shot.
Ricky

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Sep 4, 2010
 
One thing I know for sure-Robert loved his family and we loved him. I miss him already.
Lords servant

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Sep 4, 2010
 
I grew up with Robert close friend of mine, he was always there when i needed someone to talk to. I been thinking about all the times we used to hang out and have a good time. I knew the other person and i don't believe its fair that he's being charged with murder. Let God bless the families. Especially Roberts God bless.
Gina

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This is the second time the "store owner" has killed someone. It is wrong to shoot somone in back of the head as their fleeing. The store owner should be charged for murder! I hope the family sues!
Gina

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Nice shot.
How rude!
kimberly

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john sanders wrote:
The store owner is a wonderfull peron also and has a family too... would you want the store owner to break into your house? you also have the right to protect yourself ..if i broke into your house i would expect to possibly be shot.
YEAH WELL HE'S A 2 TIME MURDERER AND HE'S GOING TO GET SUED.. HE TOOK A LIFE AWAY AND IT COULD NEVER BE GIVEN BACK AND IF THIS STORE OWNER IS THE ONE THAT SHOT MY COUSIN THEN WHY IS HE SAYING HIS WIFE DID IT.? EITHER WAY IT GOES THIS GUY SHOULDNT HAVE SHOT HIM. I DONT CARE IF HE HAS A FAMILY OR NOT. ROBERT WASNT ARMED AND WAS LEAVING..
kimberly

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November 2 -10 wrote:
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Was your cousin a BURGLER and THIEF or an innocent bystander ?
IF U DONT KNOW ROBERT THEN DONT SPEAK UP ON HIM.! U GUYS HAVE NO IDEA WHO HE IS AND WHAT A WONDERFUL PERSON HE WAS.. THAT STORE OWNER HAD NO RIGHT 2 SHOOT HIM.. SPECIALLY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD ARE U SERIUOS.?? THAT STORE OWNER IS A TWO TIME MURDERER AND SHOULD BE CONVICTED.!!
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UH Kimberly you IDIOT what was YOUR cousin doing there at that TIME hmmmm I suppose he was WINDOW SHOPPING ( your a complete idiot ) Of course he got shot in the back of the head ( if this fact is true) then it means he was running get it honey RUNNING. No one RUNS if they are INNOCENT they put there HANDS up and say DONT SHOOT ! Darrell another IDIOT, if he was in fact INNOCENT then WHY was he THERE at that TIME and WITH someone else ? You people want to make excuses for YOUR relative but in fact you DONT know what he was doing there do you ? Both of you I'm SURE have nothing in your pasts either do you ? If you had half a brain you'd see that but alas you DONT so just go on ranting and raving BUT you CANNOT give me a REASONABLE explanation for his being there CAN YOU !!!!
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Gee Tony, Your a real tuff guy sitting there in front of your computer talking shit to a female who is definately in agony over a loved one's death. Listen scumbag do all theives get the death penalty in California or any other state in the the great U.S.? Do WE as a society give this guy or his wife the greenlight to uphold vigilante justice? NO, WE DON'T! This guy & his wife have been defenitely reading to much "Punisher" or watching that "Kick-ASS" movie to much. Those guys were NOT armed and despite being theives they shouldn't of been shot at. When someone's trying to break in my business or place of residence I CALL THE SHERIFF FIRST! THEN GRAB MY GUN (and only use it to defend myself or family if needed) NOT 2 HOURS LATER (YOU IDIOT!) & AFTER I KILLED 1 and had plenty of time to get my story straight. These people are plainly commiting murder if all the news media reporting is correct. These guys were running away. They weren't charging in with guns a blazin'! That guy was murdured! The only thing I agree on is YES, THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE! But com'on man they did not deserve to die either.
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Sep 7, 2010
 
this sucks i really liked robert. i feel awful and sick. even if he was robbing the place i still liked him. it is so sad that an error in judgement cost robert his life. inspite of what awful things are being said about robert, i know he was a great guy and i will miss him.
Jay

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Sep 9, 2010
 
Robert was an amazing person! I have never ever heard of him doing something like this before, and i know he has been having a hard time as of late. He did not deserve to be shot in the BACK of the head, i agree he shouldnt have been there, but everyone that knows him personally knows he would never hurt anyone. RIP ROBERT.

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