Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Story of Self-defense with Video

Alleged teen robber shot by Wal-Mart shopper (with video) - poconorecord.com - The Pocono Record A teen-aged goblin picks the wrong victim, an armed victim.
Eastman [the intended victim] dropped his wallet and started ducking down. [The goblin] fired a shot that went through the window of the door almost striking Eastman and causing flying glass from the car window to cut his face.

Eastman pulled out a handgun he was carrying and fell to the ground. He returned fire under the truck's door with his pistol while the teen continued to fire his weapon.
The good-guy was cut with some flying window glass. The bad-guy was shot in the leg and foot.

(You can find all of the video here. More on that later.)

Police arrived almost immediately and found the goblin burying a pistol in some mulch.
[The 17-year-old] is charged as an adult with attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, crimes committed with guns and illegal possession of a gun, all felonies, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He hung his head and sighed after the judge told him he could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, attempted murder.
And good riddance. This kid has demonstrated that he has a complete disregard for the safety of others. He would kill someone over a few dollars. I won't cry when they lock him up for a long time.

The video is interesting. It isn't security video of the parking lot. I'm sure Wal-Mart has some security cameras covering the parking lot, but we don't have those yet. First, is an interview with one of the cops on the scene. Next is a description of the two mouse guns involved. Last is an interview with a gun-store owner about the kind of weapons most of us consider to have more stopping power than the mouse guns in question.

Of course, the mouse gun got the job done, in this instance.

Self-defense is a human right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Update: Via the Freeholder, from a comment on another post... with a few changes...
"He suffered a catastrophic failure in the victim selection process."
- Massad Ayoob

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