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Rockford Register Star, Rockford, Ill., 9/19/2001

Saturday, December 1, 2001

On a Tuesday afternoon, Rockford, Ill., barber William Cross was cutting hair as he has for 34 years, when two masked men entered his shop. One man pointed a gun at Cross and said, "Give it up!" When Cross asked what was happening, the armed man fired a shot, just missing the barber's head. Cross responded by reaching into a drawer for his own gun. His first shot knocked the robber to the floor, but he was still holding onto his gun. Cross then tried to shoot the gun out of the suspect's hand and thinks he was successful, as the man finally dropped his gun. "That's not a good feeling, looking down a gun barrel," Cross said later. Winnebago County sheriff's deputies took the injured gunman into custody and they arrested a second man who was running away from the scene. The barber was shocked when police told him the name of the wounded would-be robber. Cross had been cutting his hair for years.
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