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Florida man fatally shot after warning reckless driver to slow down around kids November 17, 2014

Police are searching for suspects in South Florida whom they say shot and killed a man after he warned them against reckless driving around children.

Florida-man-fatally-shot-after-warning-reckless-driver-to-slow-down-around-kidsInvestigators and several witnesses say Bradley Holt, 24, spotted a yellow Ford Mustang doing donuts and driving erratically outside of his apartment in Miami Thursday night.

One 12-year-old witness, Jarrod Smith, told WSVN that Holt had been playing football with him and some other children before he confronted the occupants of the vehicle, telling them to slow down.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, one of which struck Holt in the head. He died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his family had gathered for prayer.

Investigators currently lack information about the number of occupants in the Mustang, which was described as a 1988 or 1998 model convertible. No others were injured in the shooting.

 

Have these people never heard of a gun safe or a lock? November 13, 2014

An 8-year-old boy was critically injured when he was accidentally shot in the head by his 9-year-old sister in DeLand on Wednesday evening, according to police.

buying-a-handgun-300x225The girl “somehow obtained a handgun that belonged to a parent” and was handling it when it discharged, grazing the boy in the head, police said.pic

The boy was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital. While police originally said the boy suffered non-life threatening injuries, further information revealed that the boy was actually struck by the bullet as opposed to just grazed, said DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes.

The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of South Parsons Avenue.

There were three other children – all under 10 – also in the home alone at the time of the incident and were uninjured, said Estes.

Estes said two teenagers – 19 and 15 – were supposed to be watching the children but had gone to a nearby store and were on the way back when the incident occurred.

Those involved were not identified.

The incident remains under investigation.

No further details were released.

 

Dog poop leads to a mess: Neighbor shot in feces feud November 4, 2014

Filed under: Bad Temper,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Shooting,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm
sfl-flduh-dog-poop-feud-20141103-001A Tampa man is under arrest for the October 24 shooting that began as an argument over one neighbor’s dog pooping in the other’s yard.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service assisted Tampa Police in tracking down Joshame Deon Sewell, 20, in Belle Glade, Florida.
According to police, Sewell and Donte Roberson, 30, began arguing because Roberson’s dog had defecated in Sewell’s yard on North 12th Street..
Sewell became enraged and retrieved a rifle and opened fire on Roberson, who was hit several times in the right leg and once in the right hand.
Roberson is still recovering at Tampa General Hospital.
Sewell was arrested on Sunday afternoon and was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail awaiting extradition back to Hillsborough County.
 

Mom jailed after shooting at deadly snake October 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm

A Panama City woman has been taken to jail after allegedly trying to gun down a snake on a local school campus.

april-demarcoApril Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco apparently borrowed the pistol from Miren Gregory, 31, to protect nearby children after a group of parents found a water moccasin on the field, police reported.

Coaches and parents told the children to get out of the area after finding the moccasin. Gregory told DeMarco she had a concealed carry permit and a handgun after some of the coaches tried to kill the snake by hitting it with sticks.

One parent forewarned the women that having a firearm on school grounds was against the law when DeMarco said, “I will take the blame,” the parent told police.

The children were about 20 to 50 yards away when Demarco took one shot at the snake, missing wide.

Attempts to contact DeMarco Wednesday were unsuccessful.

DeMarco told police she had the gun on school grounds and shot it there to protect the children, herself being a parent, police reported. However, discharging a firearm on school grounds is a felony. DeMarco was arrested Monday for discharging a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm on school property.

State law also prohibits people with concealed weapons permits from bringing weapons on a school campus during any event not related to those weapons. Gregory was arrested Tuesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm on school property.

Police reports contain no word on the fate of the snake.

 

Jury decides you cannot stand your ground against an unarmed teenager who was playing his music too loud for your tastes October 2, 2014

A Florida jury found a white software engineer guilty of first degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music.

ap285158298726Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified that he was defending himself when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

In a February trial, a jury deadlocked on the murder charge but convicted Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for firing at the three surviving teens in the vehicle.

Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for crimes committed with a gun, Dunn could face at least 60 years in jail for his February convictions. Sentencing for those convictions was postponed until after his retrial.

Dunn testified on Tuesday he was sure he saw a gun as a teenager appeared to emerge from the SUV making verbal threats against his life. Davis was unarmed, prosecutors said, and no weapon was found in the youths’ vehicle.

During the weeklong retrial, prosecutors argued that Dunn’s actions went far beyond self-defense.

Davis was struck by three bullets while leaning away from the gunfire, an expert testified during the trial. Dunn faced intense questioning as to why he did not call 911, which he blamed on fear and shock.

The trial has drawn comparisons to the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had said he fired in self-defense.

 

Strolling drunken man fired AK-47 in neighborhood September 17, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Guns,Scary,Shooting,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:56 pm

A Deltona man told deputies he was trying to release some built-up anger Tuesday morning when he fired off multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle while walking around his neighborhood, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-drunken-man-ak-47-20140916-001Frederick Wenzel IV said he was upset because he’s 28 and had to move back in with his parents, so he drank several beers before taking a walk with his firearm in tow, according to a sheriff’s charging affidavit. Multiple residents of homes on Joyner Drive told deputies they could hear the gunshots and a man yelling about 5:30 a.m.

Wenzel said he never intended to hurt anyone, but he had thought about shooting at the K-9 officer he saw looking for him, according to the affidavit. Children who had arrived at school bus stops in the area were told to return home to ensure their safety.

Wenzel was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, open carrying of weapons and carrying a concealed firearm, records show. He was being held later Tuesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

 

Here’s a bad combination: tequila shots, gunshots, a humdinger of a big vehicle and tattoos done inside someone’s home. August 14, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Guns,Shooting,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

A man who reportedly tried to run over two other men with his Hummer after drinking tequila didn’t get very far, deputies said.

sfl-fldu-tequila-shots-gun-20140813-001That’s because one of the people Guilibaldo Gonzalez-Lopez, 37, tried to run over shot out two of his tires. And when deputies found Gonzalez-Lopez driving in Lake Worth, he was riding on his rims, they said.

Deputies said they got a call about a shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Strawberry Fields Way in Lake Worth, according to an arrest report. When they got there, they found two men, one of whom said he fired shots for his own protection against a driver who was trying to run them over.

One witness told deputies Gonzalez-Lopez had come to his house to get a tattoo done. He said throughout the day Gonzalez-Lopez had been drinking Jimador tequila, according to the report, and the witness told him he was concerned about him driving.

When Gonzalez-Lopez got into his black Hummer, he starting driving erratically all over the witness’ lawn and into his neighbor’s driveway. The neighbor came outside because he heard the witness screaming and went to grab his gun, according to the report.

The neighbor took one shot that hit Gonzalez-Lopez’s front passenger tire, according to the report. Gonzalez-Lopez backed up in the street, stopped for a moment and then started driving toward the neighbor and another man who had come out of his house, who were standing in the driveway.

The neighbor shot again, this time trying to shoot the rear passenger tire, and hit it. After that, Gonzalez-Lopez drove away from the scene and the two called deputies.

At the intersection of Lantana and Haverhill roads, deputies spotted the black Hummer with two deflated tires on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Gonzalez-Lopez.

Deputies asked Gonzalez-Lopez to perform field sobriety tests but he refused and started yelling at obscenities, according to the report. They also discovered Gonzalez-Lopez didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Gonzalez-Lopez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence, and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

 

 
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