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Suspected burglar shot dead by Lancaster business owner

A man who tried to burglarize a Lancaster business died Wednesday afternoon after he was shot by the owner, authorities said.

The business owner opened fire with a handgun on two men, striking one and possibly hitting the other, who fled, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The incident occurred about 3:30 a.m.

Deputies found one of the men on the ground outside the business in the 200 block of East Avenue K-8. The man, identified as Robert Summers, 28, died about 4:30 p.m at a local hospital, the department said.

The other suspect had not been located.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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I assume that some lawyer will take the case and try to sue the owner for wrongful death.

What were these beings doing inside a business at 3:30 in the morning?

Bravo, good job!

its about time we take things into our own hands. i keep mine ready. believe it

I love a story with a happy ending.

Give that store owner a medal! We need more people like him up here in the pit they call the Antelope Valley!

Don't burglarize or you will die. All store owners should have guns.

You people are relentless..

I think it was a Comic book store. Don't mess with the Comic Book Guy.

Good guys 1 - Bad guys 0

While I believe the owner has the right to defend himself and his business, he doesn't have the right to shoot him dead. He could have shot at him, hurting him, but not killing him. The owner of this store has shot and killed another burglar a few years ago...that suspect had a tire iron. This suspect did not have a weapon. Look up article in av press. These guys should have not been there, but burglary doesn't not deserve death. Vigilante justice

A little more of that and maybe we wouldn't have so much crime. Unfortunately for the business owner the crooks family will probably sue him. Only in America!!

Hats off to you sir. Good job.

This is great news since they're lots of ROACHES like these bad guys in Lancaster, CA.

this is how you do budget cuts... just shoot 'em dead instead of the long trials and then, sending them to jail to be fed. thanks mr. businessman! that's one less mouth to feed.

Good for the businessman, but what hypocrisy. A businessman shoots and kills the burglar and he gets nothing but praise. If he had called the police and they shot him, then most of these comments would be bashing the cop for not taking less drastic measures.

Legalize drugs and end the insanity.

The one that got away should be charged with the others murder ! Good job business owner !

Hey LA Times everytime I click on one of your stories thats on Yahoo I cant click my back button ? Does this only happen to me ?

Looks as though the business owner needs a little bit more practice!!

Good! I think more people should arm themselves and REALLY make criminals think before they try to take from others. Personally, I would like to see thieves lose 2 fingers for their first conviction and the arm at the elbow for the second.
People work hard for the things they have and after I was burglarized 2 times in the last 10 yrs. I will shoot the next guy that comes into my home uninvited.

Too bad he didn't kill the other one.

Unfortunately, if the robbers did not have weapons and pose a threat, the owner could be sued. The ones who commented on that got it right. There is something fundamentally wrong with the laws of this state.

Good thats 3 shot in the last 2 weeks! great news for gun owners!

simply awesome. I want to see more stories like this. Rise up people, time to stop taking all this crap from criminals. We need to start frying them instead of paying for them.

Fifty cents for a bullet versus hundreds of thousands of dollars for a trial, incarceration, and parole. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

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