Saturday, April 21, 2007
Three black men walked into a pizza shop in Oakland, California, and tried to rob it. The owner pulled out a gun and shot all three, killing one of them. The owner is upset for having killed someone, but better the scumbag thief than he and/or his family.
But the newspaper reporting this story, The San Francisco Chronicle, goes to the thief's home and in soothing terms tries to make him into a nice guy with a nice smile who just happened to be an unrepentent scumbag who was killed trying to rob a pizza shop:
Man killed in attempt at robbery; Pizza shop owner fires on assailant
Catarino Piedra, 41, kept a gun underneath the counter at the Coliseum Pizza and Taqueria that he owned in East Oakland because his drivers had been robbed many times while making deliveries.
Allen Joseph Hicks III, 22, was an accused batterer on probation for a drug conviction and an aspiring rap artist whom everybody in his neighborhood knew as "Boonie."
The lives of the two men intersected tragically at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when Hicks, armed with a pistol and joined by two other men, tried to rob Piedra inside the popular pizzeria at 89th Avenue and International Boulevard. Fearful that the assailants might hurt him, his wife and three children -- all of whom were inside the restaurant -- Piedra pulled out his 9mm semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, killing Hicks, police said.
Hicks was remembered at a growing makeshift memorial Friday near the corner of 90th Avenue and Olive Street in East Oakland. Friends left balloons, candles and bottles of Hennessy cognac on the street and wrote messages on white boards tied to a fence.
"Hard-headed ass, Boonie," one message read. "The world's gone miss u boy."
"He always had a smile on his face," said a 22-year-old man who identified himself as a rapper named Little Al. "He was a solid dude, loyal."
He didn't express any anger at the pizzeria owner for shooting his friend. "Life happens," he said. "I'm not upset, you feel me? You wouldn't want it to happen, but it happened. Ain't no telling why that shooting occurred."
Hicks had pleaded no contest to marijuana possession after police reported finding him counting 19 bags of marijuana on 90th Avenue in June 2004, court records show. He spent two months in jail and was placed on three years' probation. Police then arrested him on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale in April 2005, and prosecutors sought to revoke his probation.
"I don't sell weed, I smoke it," Hicks told officers during the second incident, the police report said.
Last month, Alameda County prosecutors charged Hicks with two counts each of battery and making threats and one count of brandishing a gun in November and December against his girlfriend, with whom he had been engaged to be married.
Wow! He was a "solid dude"!
Okay. So, Boonie be dead. Boonie should've been dead a long time ago.
Good riddance to Boonie. The shame is that his two cohorts survived.