The volunteer cops technically weren't cops. They were more like Neighborhood Watch members. They weren't allowed to carry guns, as most law-abiding people in NYC aren't allowed. But they tried anyway to keep the crook (who had no problem carrying) from killing more people, and paid with their lives. There was plenty of time between the shooting of the waiter, and the shooting of the volunteers. They could have held the crook up, or even shot him if necessary, and so saved their own lives as well as any others who were threatened. But NYC's laws forbade them from doing that. These two volunteers are dead, as a direct result of NYC's gun control laws. They aren't the first, and won't be the last. How many more law-abiding citizens like them, will be killed by these laws? ------------------------------------------ http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2007/mar/15/031500351.html March 15, 2007 at 8:35:8 PDT 4 Killed in NYC Shootout; Motive Unknown By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - A gunman with a fake beard and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition fatally shot a pizzeria employee and two unarmed volunteer police officers in Greenwich Village before other officers shot him to death, the mayor said Thursday. Authorities were investigating why David Gavin, 32, went into a pizzeria around 9 p.m. Wednesday, asked for a menu and then shot an employee 15 times in the back before fleeing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. A neighborhood resident, Tina Lourenco, said she saw the gunman and recognized him as a former employee of the pizzeria. Nicholas Todd Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik, two of the city's nearly 4,500 auxiliary police officers, responded to the shooting and approached Gavin, who crossed the street and fired at them. Auxiliary officers are civilian volunteers who wear uniforms, are unarmed and help patrol streets. Gavin then exchanged gunfire with regular officers, the mayor said. Several officers suffered minor injuries. Authorities recovered the 9mm semiautomatic pistol Gavin fired, plus a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun in a bag with the ammunition, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Gavin shot at least 23 rounds. "He appeared to be ready to take even more lives," Kelly said. A worker in a nearby restaurant, Nikola Simic, said he saw police officers swarm toward the middle of the street where the auxiliary officers were slain. "Then we heard a shooting that was like a good five minutes," Simic said. Police identified the employee as Alfredo Romaro, 35. Pekearo, 28, was a writer with a book scheduled to be published soon, the mayor said. Marshalik, 19, a student at nearby New York University, had immigrated from Russia, Bloomberg said. The mayor said Marshalik hoped eventually to join the police force. "Tonight was a horrible night for the New York Police Department and for our city," Bloomberg said. "Two men who volunteered their time to make our city the safest big city in America lost their lives helping to keep it exactly that way." City officials said the two auxiliary officers would get full police honors at their funerals.