Saturday, January 28, 2023

Armed Road Rage Suspect Arrested At Drive-Thru

 A Houston, Texas man with a criminal history of road rage was arrested after allegedly waving a gun at another driver. The 32-year-old man was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

According to police, a man reported he was being tailgated by a driver who was waving a gun around. He watched as the man with the gun pulled into a McDonald's parking lot. Police arrested the man while he was waiting for his order in the drive-thru lane. They found a loaded handgun inside his car. 

The man had been arrested in 2018 for allegedly threatening someone with his car. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Man Unintentionally Shot and Killed by Dog

 A 30-year-old Wichita, Kansas man was on a hunting trip when a dog stepped on a rifle causing the gun to fire. The bullet hit the man in the back killing him instantly. 

According to police, the man was sitting in the passenger seat of a pickup truck. "The back seat contained hunting gear and a rifle. A canine belonging to the owner of the pickup stepped on the rifle causing the weapon to discharge. The fired round struck the passenger who died of his injuries on scene."

According to a coworker "he was a truly amazing man. He was kind, funny, smart, and very loving. Every time he walked through the door, he would make someone smile. Either from being a goofball or just his natural presence making everything better. It wasn't hard to love Joe because he always made you feel like you were one of a kind and never left a conversation without letting you know he loved you."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral costs. 

Guns are the only consumer product you can buy that are not regulated by consumer protection laws. There is no legal requirement that a rifle be safe from unintentional discharge when it is dropped, bumped, or stepped on by a dog. 

Monday, January 23, 2023

Mass Shooter in Monterey Park Used Military Style Pistol

Saturday night, a 72-year-old man opened fire at the Star Ballroom in Monterey Park, California, killing 10 people and injuring 10 more. An 11th victim died a day later in the hospital. People had gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The victims, five men and six women, were all over 50. 

According to news reports, the shooter was armed with a MAC-11 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a large capacity ammunition magazine. MAC stands for Military Armament Corporation. The gun is a machine pistol developed in the 1970s. It is capable of emptying an entire 30-round magazine in less than two seconds. The gun was designed for combat and is currently being used by the special operations and terrorism unit of the Brazilian Navy as well as Venezuela's largest National Police Agency. Police found at least 42 shell casings and an empty magazine at the scene. 

While the motive of the shooter has yet to be determined what is clear is that he intended to inflict maximum harm by using a military pistol with a large capacity magazine giving him the ability to fire many bullets in a short period of time.  Why is a gun with such deadly firepower readily available to the public? 

Friday, January 20, 2023

Bullets From Gun Range Keep Hitting Nearby Homes, Gun Range Owner Says Concerns 'No Big Deal'

 A gun range in Conroe, Texas is raising concerns for neighbors and customers alike. Bullets from the gun range have been hitting homes, cars, and garages in a subdivision that borders the range. One homeowner found a bullet in his backyard. Another discovered a bullet lodged in his car. A local news crew filmed bullet holes in a chimney, garage, window and wall of nearby homes. 

One neighbor said he knew he was moving next to a gun range but didn't expect stray bullets to be flying near his home. "We are concerned we can't be outside without being in danger, especially the frequency it has been happening."  

The gun range owner told the reporter that concerns were "not a big deal" and he was not looking to make any changes. When asked about an recent incident where a man was hit in the face by a cartridge ejected from the rifle he was shooting the owner said what happened was human error and it was "more funny than anything." The man had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Recently two men took their sons skeet shooting at the range when they suddenly heard bullets flying towards them. "It was terrifying. I was scared to death for my son and his friend," one of the men said. The group hid behind a truck and called the owner of the range who didn't show any urgency. The shots continued for another 20 minutes. "They need to reassess their protocols and safety situations. If they can't do that, they do need to shut down." 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Young Teen Unintentionally Shoots and Kills Boy. Will an Adult Be Held to Account?

 A 14-year-old Dallas, Texas girl has been charged with murder after unintentionally shooting and killing an 11-year-old boy. 

According to a police statement, the girl was arguing with another 14-year-old girl in the parking lot of her apartment complex. She "retrieved a handgun and shot in the direction of the female she was fighting. However, the shot struck a male juvenile bystander." The boy, De'Evan, died at the scene. 

Where did the 14-year-old get the handgun? Every gun in the hand of a child had to pass through the hands of an adult first.  Will the adult who enabled this girl be held accountable? News reports give no indication of where the gun came from, who owns it, or how the girl came to possess it. 

De'Evan's mother wants people to know that "he was a very talented young man, he had a great future ahead of him." She also wants people to "take this story and do something productive with it. Let my son not have died in vain and let this save somebody else's child."

Friday, July 8, 2022

Woman watching tv killed when stray bullet comes through window

 A 26-year-old Akron, Ohio woman was sitting on her couch, watching tv when a stray bullet came through the front window and hit her in the head. Her boyfriend discovered her lying in a pool of blood on the living room floor. She was taken to the local hospital where she was declared dead.

Police speculate that the shot may have been fired by someone celebrating the 4th of July. Two 9mm bullet casings were found on a dock across the lake from the house. 

The woman leaves behind two young daughters. 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

High school basketball star paralyzed by stray bullet

18-year-old Columbus C. was visiting Indianapolis for a friend's graduation. They were having a high school graduation party in the garage when shots rang out. 

"Shots just get fired out of nowhere. I'm running and I heard the last shot just go through the garage, and just hit me in the back. I took two steps and it was just done," said Columbus

The bullet severed the side of his spinal cord, collapsed his lung and left him paralyzed from the waist down, in a wheelchair with only a five percent chance of ever walking again.

Columbus had just graduated high school and had received a full scholarship to play D-1 basketball at Alabama State University.

"It's hard," said Columbus. "This is me now, so if I want to do better I have to work for it. That's my mindset to work every single day to get back to where I was hopefully."

Police have not made any arrests for the shooting. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Woman playing with handgun unintentionally shoots and kills stepson

 A Pembroke Pines, Florida woman was fooling around with a handgun when she unintentionally shot and killed her 15-year-old stepson. According to a friend of the teen who was there that night the family was celebrating another child who had just graduated from elementary school. 

The friend said the gun was on the dining room table and the stepmother was playing with it. He said she was laughing and told everyone to stay calm as she pointed the gun at everyone including the dogs. The teen left the room and a moment later he heard a gunshot. When he ran back into the room his friend was on the floor and he wasn't breathing. 

According to the police: The firearm was discharged unintentionally due to negligence and mishandling." Prosecutors have yet to determine if charges will be filed. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Stray bullet hits pregnant woman sitting in her apartment

 A pregnant woman was sitting inside her apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire when a bullet came through her wall and struck her. She was taken to the local hospital where she was listed in stable condition.  Her unborn baby appears to have not been harmed.

Police arrested five people who barricaded themselves inside the apartment where the gunshot originated. They were charged with resisting arrest.  Police are still investigating the incident and have not determined if more charges will be filed. They did not say what kind of firearm was discharged. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Man unintentionally shoots and injures his 8-year-old son

 A 38-year-old Windsor, Colorado man was handling a gun inside his house when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.  The bullet hit his 8-year-old son who was in another room.  The boy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The injury was not life-threatening. 

Police are still investigating the incident and have not said if any charges will be filled against the father.