Robber shot in
Man remains in critical condition after shooting
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2001 at 21:51 CDT
FORT WORTH -- An
18-year- old man shot Wednesday during what police describe as his attempt to
rob two men outside a Fort Worth home remained in critical condition Thursday at
John Peter Smith Hospital, officials said.
Solomon Castillo, whom a
25-year-old licensed handgun carrier wounded in the head and chest, was shot in
what police said appeared to be self- defense.
The 25-year-old, who asked that his name not be revealed, said he was at his
parents' home in the 900 block of East Ripy Street, working on a car with his
brother, when the attempted robbery occurred.
"The two brothers own a car business in Grand Prairie," homicide Sgt.
Skeeter Anderson said. "They had brought this car over there because they
were going to put a battery in it because someone was looking to buy it."
The brothers told police that Castillo and two other men drove up in a Jeep.
Castillo got out, displayed a .38-caliber revolver and demanded money, Anderson
The 25-year-old pulled his gun and shot at Castillo twice, striking him in the
head and chest, police said.
Police arrested the Jeep's other occupants, David Torres, 20, of Fort Worth and
a 16- year-old boy.
Torres was jailed on investigation of aggravated robbery; his bail was set at
$10,000. He told investigators he did not know Castillo was going to try to rob
the men, Anderson said.
The teen was turned over to juvenile authorities, and investigators had not
interviewed him by Thursday afternoon.
The 25-year-old was not arrested after the shooting. Anderson said the case will
be presented to the Tarrant County district attorney's office, which could
choose to present the case to a grand jury.
Anderson said the shooting marked the first in recent memory involving a
licensed handgun carrier.
In March 1999, 18-year-old Jose Angel Wood was fatally shot by a permit holder
who said Wood and other men surrounded his car and threatened to kill him. Jon
Michael Wilson was charged with murder after the shooting, but a grand jury
declined to indict him.
Media Report of This Self-defense Shooting
in Dallas Morning News, Metro in brief
section, as follows
04/19/2001 -- Fort Worth: Homeowner shoots
armed robber, police say
An 18-year-old man was shot twice by a
homeowner he was trying to rob in South Fort Worth, police said. The man, whose
name was not disclosed, was shot in the head and chest and was in critical
condition Wednesday night at John Peter Smith Hospital. Police said a homeowner
in the 900 block of East Ripy Street was unloading a vehicle from a trailer in
front of his house about 8:30 p.m. when three men drove up. One of them got out,
pointed a handgun at the man and demanded money, police said. The homeowner, who
police said has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, pulled out a gun and shot
the man. The other two men fled but returned a short time later and were charged
with aggravated robbery.
NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
Section 107, this material is distributed, without profit, for research or
educational purposes. We do our best, as well, to give credit to the original
news source who published these Guns Save Lives stories out of respect and
appreciation for their willingness to spread the word that Guns Save Lives. God
Bless the Americans that publish these stories - for assisting Americans in
hearing the truth.