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A 24-hour-restaurant has been robbed. Shots were fired and one person was shot in the...

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aaliyah1 | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM via web

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A 24-hour-restaurant has been robbed. Shots were fired and one person was shot in the arm.

 Local business owners are worried because the local newspaper has carried front page articles about the robbery each day for the past five days.The only evidence so far is a woolen cap that was found a block away from the store which appears similar to one worn by the robber.Some witnesses claim that the suspect seemed very nervous, and that the shots were fired when the victim made a move toward the suspect. No other evidence exists. What would you do?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Am I a police officer assigned to investigate the incident, the owner of the restaurant, an owner of a neighboring business, one of the witnesses? My involvement would significantly impact what I would be doing in response to this situation.

The police would be collecting DNA evidence from hair caught in the woolen cap and running ballistics tests on any bullets found at the scene to start searching for possible identification clues for a suspect. The restaurant owner needs to repair any damage that may have occurred and may consider installing a security camera system if the area seems to be in an area of increasing crime. Witnesses need to provide statements to the investigating authorities if they have not already done so.

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