Police are investigating after a man fired multiple rounds at two teens who were simply playing Pokemon Go in a car.
And, surprise!! It happened in Florida.
Yes, in the same state where George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin while playing cop, another “responsible” gun owner also decided to play cop and he should definitely face charges for it.
The 37-year-old homeowner heard an alleged “loud noise” outside his house at 1:30am on Saturday and rather than call the police he took out his gun and went outside to look around. He then discovered a car on the street in front of his home with two people inside.
It turns out the pair were just teenagers on the hunt for Pokemon in the new Pokemon Go game that is extremely popular right now. The two boys stayed in the car and were legally parked on the street. But that didn’t stop the gun-wielding homeowner from pointing his gun at them anyway.
The man told police that he had overheard one of the boys ask the other, “Did you get anything?” in reference to the Pokemon in the game. To the already paranoid man, that somehow meant the boys were thieves.
So he stepped in front of the car to block their path, aimed his gun at them and ordered them to stay put and stop moving so he could get the police. Understandably frightened, since Florida is a state where people are shot all the time, the boys drove off. The wannabe vigilante then opened fire and put multiple rounds into the vehicle.
The next morning, the mother of one of the boys called police after she found bullet holes in the car.
According to the sheriff’s office, the boys thought it was just someone trying to scare them and because they did not see any apparent damage to the car they chose not to call the police or tell their parents about the incident.
But the fact of the matter here is that these boys were not trespassing and the homeowner was not in any imminent danger. He should have called the police and asked them to check out the “suspicious” car instead of pretending like he could do the police’s job. Just because you have a gun it doesn’t mean you are a qualified law enforcement officer with the skills and training to confront people.
If these boys had broken into his house he would have had cause to fear for his life and would, therefore, have a reason to use his firearm. But he didn’t and Florida’s “stand your ground” laws should not spare this idiot from facing charges of some sort — from the discharge of a weapon to attempted murder. He could have killed one of these kids for innocently playing a video game, which is not against the law.
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