CRIME: Siege at the Gun Shop

Beneath the soot-black elevated tracks in Brooklyn's decaying Williamsburg section, four young black men entered the John and Al sporting-goods store at 5:30 p.m. one day last week. Once inside, they pulled guns from their coats and ordered everyone to line up with their hands in the air. Thus began one of the strangest sieges in years.

The men obviously wanted money, but they were also after the store's merchandise-arms and ammunition. As they held their guns on the dozen or so customers, a high school student named Daniel Martinez wandered in...

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