Posts Tagged ‘Vehicle’

postheadericon Man Shoots At Vehicle Burglar, Gun Confiscated And Future Unknown

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — A man may well be charged after he decided to open fire on three young men — two juveniles and one adult — who broke into his car in the middle of the night.

Only one of the thieves was wounded, but the vehicle owner was made to surrender his handgun to police. Although that’s not an uncommon occurance with any defensive shooting, whether this shooting was justified is very much in doubt.

As NBC 4 reports:

Officers investigating a report of a theft from a vehicle in the 14000 block of Twig Road in Silver Spring about 3:20 a.m. were flagged down by a man who lives on Rossiter Court. He told police he confronted three people breaking into his car and fired several shots at them… An 18-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower body was taken to a hospital, police said.

Officers determined he was one of the suspects shot at by the Rossiter Court resident. Officers also arrested two male juveniles who are charged, police said.

“Those two juveniles have been charged with theft-related offenses,” Montgomery County Police Officer Rick Goodale said. “The adult has not been charged. Those are still pending.”

The 18-year-old man hasn’t been charged because he is still hospitalized. The man who fired at the suspects surrendered his handgun to police.

“He fired multiple rounds at these suspects for breaking into cars, and you have to be accountable for all of those rounds,” Goodale said. “One of those rounds could have gone through a house and hit an innocent party.”

He has not been charged with a crime. That remains under investigation.

It borders upon ridiculous how often it needs to be clarified — very, very rarely will authorities back you if you shoot someone for breaking into your car if that’s all they do.

If your car is occupied or after confronting the thieves they escalate the situation, it’s another story. Think of it this way — having your car broken into is at the very least a massive inconvenience, and at the very most a costly theft.

It’s an outrage that such a thing could happen to you — I’ve certainly had my car broken into before — but their doing so doesn’t constitute a threat to your life or the loves of others in and of itself.

Be smart and play it safe, folks. The last thing on God’s earth I want to do is write a story about how you wound up in jail because someone decided to charge you for pulling the trigger under murky circumstances.

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postheadericon Father And Son Show No Restraint, Fire On Vehicle That Crashed Into Their Fence

If you want to see knee-jerk reactions, look no further than this father-son duo who decided to open fire on a vehicle that had crashed in their yard. The driver was uninjured, but retreated as quickly as he could to avoid being shot.

Local news tells us how things went down;

Mike Sanderson told police he was sitting on the couch watching television when he heard an engine revving outside. After looking out to see the truck in his yard, Mike Sanderson grabbed his gun, a .22-caliber pistol, and went outside, according to court documents.

The truck was still running, so Mike Sanderson approached, pointed his gun at the vehicle and told the driver to shut off the engine, according to court documents. When the driver started to back up, Mike Sanderson shot the vehicle’s front tire in an attempt to flatten it. As the driver continued to back up, Mike Sanderson shot a second time, this time taking aim at the vehicle’s rear tire.

Mike Sanderson then dove to the ground after hearing gunshots coming from behind him. Soon, he realized that his son had grabbed a gun and started shooting several times as the truck was leaving, according to court documents.

During an interview with police, the son stated that he wasn’t quite sure why he was firing on the vehicle.

Nice answer.

He said that he was sleeping when he heard the commotion outside. He grabbed his gun and went out, then emptied his magazine in the direction of the vehicle. He told police that he was scared and just started firing.

The driver was located by police and shared his side of the story;

[Adam] Smith told police he had been working two jobs and fell asleep behind the wheel, causing him to crash into the Sanderson’s yard. After waking up and realizing he had just crashed, he told police he saw the residence’s door fly open and a man walking toward the crash while shooting.

“I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” Smith recalled yelling at the man. “I’ll fix your fence!”

But when the man wouldn’t stop shooting, Smith said he drove away and later ditched his truck near the boat ramp because the vehicle’s drivetrain was damaged from the crash and he assumed that the men who were shooting at him weren’t “done with him yet.”

Regardless of how things went down, it seems that this father –and definitely the son– took things too far when reacting to this situation. The father may have had cause to fire if he felt his life was threatened, such as the driver trying to run him over. I’m not saying that happened, but it’d give credit to shooting at the vehicle.

The son, however, fired shots into the dark without having a single piece of knowledge of what was actually happening. That’s irresponsible beyond comprehension, and everyone in this story is lucky that the driver wasn’t injured or killed.

Both father and son are in jail, hopefully thinking about how things could have been handled better.

Police later arrested Mike Sanderson on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and first-degree attempted assault and is being held in lieu of $ 156,250 bail. Dillen Sanderson was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree attempted assault and is being held in lieu of $ 150,000 bail.

That’s a bad day for everyone.

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postheadericon Man Shoots Himself In The Goods While Exiting Vehicle: Why The Right Holster Matters

TOLEDO, OHIO — A man exiting his car needed to call 911 in a hurry, because the firearm he was carrying had discharged. Into his penis.

The single gunshot wound went through his penis and thigh, eventually hitting the driver seat. We can only imagine that his firearm wasn’t holstered properly, as that’s the likely culprit of a negligent discharge while moving around in such a fashion. Or, maybe he wasn’t using a holster at all.

News reports say that he’s in the hospital with serious injuries but is expected to be ok. How ok he’s expected to be isn’t clear, but hopefully he’s really ok.

We’ve seen things like this happen before and it’s never a pretty sight. If you’re not using a holster, or if you’re using a crappy holster, it’s time to re-evaluate your setup. If you don’t, you could wind up in a story on our website.

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postheadericon Security Guard Defends Himself After Man Attempts To Run Him Down With Vehicle — Why Guns Matter

COLUMBUS, OHIO — A security guard rushed to the aid of a woman who was assaulted by a 25-year-old male suspect. When the suspect was forced to retreat, he got into his car and attempted to strike the security guard with his vehicle. Thankfully, the security guard was armed.

When Columbus police arrived on the scene, they found the driver of the car collapsed against the steering column. He had a grave gunshot wound to his upper torso that is believed to have come from the security guard defending his own life. They rushed him to a nearby medical center where the suspect’s condition remains critical.

According to Columbus’ ABC 6 News, police say the security guard fired a single shot in self-defense. He was properly licensed to carry a firearm and investigators believe he shot the suspect out of fear for his own life and safety.

Prior to the defensive gun use, the security guard said he rushed to a woman’s aid as she was being assaulted in a parking lot. The man who assaulted her then got into his car and attempted to ram the security guard. The security guard was able to fire one shot and strike his attacker in the upper torso, causing him to crash. No charges have been filed against the gun carrier.

This is why it’s so important to be armed every single day. Whether your profession is security or you’re just doing some holiday shopping at the mall, it’s important to keep your gun on you at all times. There is absolutely no telling what craziness will occur around you. As for this security guard, he obviously took his job seriously. When seeing a person in distress, he came to her aid. In the course of doing that, he was forced to defend his own life.

If he had been struck by the vehicle, he could have been seriously injured or killed. That’s no way to go out in this world while you’re simply trying to help others survive. As for his attacker, he can look forward to facing charges when and if he ever leaves that hospital. There’s angry people in this world and unfortunately, as security or just a person who interacts with the public a lot, you’re bound to run into at least one sooner or later.

Keeping that gun on you, knowing how and when to use it properly, and maintaining simple situational awareness can inevitably save your life. Your life is worth it. Carry everyday.

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postheadericon [BREAKING] Vehicle Smashes Into Students At Ohio State University, Violent Spree Ensues — Stopped By A Police Officer With A Gun

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Nine injured and one dead after a man drove a vehicle into students on the campus of Ohio State University. He then allegedly got out and proceeded to stab several bystanders before being shot to death by a police officer.

The attack began at approximately 9:52 p.m. when a driver drove his vehicle onto the courtyard outside the materials science building on the campus of Ohio State University.

via FOX News

“I didn’t see anything with the shooter, what happened was it was outside of MacQuigg Lab,” Kovacich told The Lantern. “The guy ended up just coming and hopping the curb with his car and trying to mow down a couple people. He lost control, and I think he ended up hitting three people, and then people were around the car. Somebody asked him if he was OK and the guy just hopped out of the car with a butcher knife and starting chasing people around.”

A campus security police officer shot and killed the suspect within minutes of the attack. Authorities believe the attack was pre-planned and the perpetrator is believed to be an 18-year-old Somali man.

An active shooter warning was issued for the campus at OSU by 9:56 a.m. and lifted by 11:14 a.m. After the campus was secured, authorities allowed the students to return home for the remainder of the day. Classes were cancelled.

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via the Dispatch.

We live in an unstable world unfortunately,” OSU President Michael Drake said.

But he was reportedly appreciative of the fast response of law enforcement to the scene.

Beware Bad Advice: Books Don’t Stop Bullets

In the midst of a mass shooting or mass violence situation, a lot of bad information is going to get pushed out through social media. We’ve seen some ridiculous things such as “use books as body armor” and using a backpack as a bullet shield.

We’re really sorry to say this but: books don’t make good bullet shields.

The best advice for situations like a mass shooting on campus is to barricade in place and wait for law enforcement.

via FOX News

Rachel LeMaster, who works in the engineering college, told The Associated Press a fire alarm sounded before the attack.

“There were several moments of chaos,” she said. “We barricaded ourselves like we’re supposed to since it was right outside our door and just hunkered down.”

Initial reports claimed there were multiple shooters and plenty of other wrong information. That’s why you should never depend upon unofficial social media channels to get a good assessment.

Evade, barricade, and communicate with law enforcement.

Concealed Carry Punishable By Felony Charges On Ohio Campuses

Ohio is one of the few states that charges permitted concealed carriers with a felony if they walk onto campus. The attacker, in this particular case, used a butcher knife and his vehicle to attempt to kill innocent people. Thankfully, a police officer just happened to be nearby.

Had a police officer not been nearby, it would have been up to students and faculty to flee the scene or fight an armed man without the benefit of a handgun. If a student or faculty member had used a gun, he likely would have faced felony charges for possessing it on campus.

That’s why we need concealed carry on campus.

These situations aren’t going away, folks. It’s up to us to make sure the laws benefit those law-abiding citizens. Otherwise, it’s just bad guys who carry onto “gun free zones”.

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postheadericon Former Universal Studios Employee Sues After Losing Job Over Gun In Vehicle

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — Florida law states that an employee of any company (with the exception of schools and prisons) with a valid concealed carry permit is authorized to keep their firearm stored in their car while in a company parking … Continue reading
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