Monday, October 29, 2007

Back from Belize

Beth and I have safely returned from Belize. We had a pretty amazing time.

I'll get into what exactly we did in the near future. Remember the last post where I talked about all the hold-ups and thefts at World Relief? Well, this happened while we were gone:

Man shot dead attempting to rob nonprofit

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/23/07

An employee of a Stone Mountain nonprofit association that helps war-torn refugees shot and killed a robber who forced his way into the office Tuesday evening around closing time, authorities said.

The robber collapsed and died near a rear door of the World Relief, an immigrant resettlement agency at 655 Village Square Drive, according to DeKalb County police spokesman Marcus Hodge.

Hodge said around 6:30 p.m. the two robbers entered through the rear door as two male employees, described as older men, were preparing to leave and lock the front door.

Both robbers were armed with handguns, and one of them acted as a lookout, Hodge said.

The other demanded the victims' wallets, then put his gun to one employee's head and ordered him to open a safe, Hodge said.

When the robber turned his back, the other employee grabbed a gun from his desk and fired several shots at the robber, Hodge said.

Hodge said he did not know how many times the robber was struck, or where he was wounded.

Both robbers ran, though the wounded robber did not make it far. Police were still searching for the second robber late Tuesday.

The name of the employee who shot the robber was not immediately released Tuesday. He had not been charged late Tuesday, Hodge said, because the shooting appears to have been in self-defense.

World Relief, which is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals in the U.S., has resettled more than 200,000 refugees for nearly 30 years and helped thousands of immigrant families across the country, according to its Web site.

The ministry was established in 1944 to send clothing and food to victims of World War II. Its name was changed from War Relief to World Relief in 1950 as the group's focus evolved, according to the Web site.