So a Henderson man shot a kid who was shooting a stolen pistol in the area in between a car wash and the man's housing tract. He was arrested and charged with murder. The homeowner, Croaker, asserted he believed that his residence was being shot at. Read the LVRJ article.
Croaker's fears do not sound entirely unreasonable and are not bare fear. As the investigation proceeds, as a competent defense attorney may find, it could have been intimidation or something else. Croaker is right about stucco offering poor ballistic defense, but will have to defend his assertion that he believed he was being shot at.
However, shooting from one's residence probably wasn't a good idea because it looks bad to people who weren't there in the moment. Society doesn't have the same standards of justifiable homicide as it once did. It will now be for a jury to decide if this was murder, manslaughter, or self-defense (unless Croaker cops a plea). I find it hard to see this as murder, either first or second degree.
The world is a better place without 17 year old dumbass criminal Kory Lino. The larger issue is why were teens out in the middle of the night with a stolen pistol? And what in his retarded head made him think it would be a good idea to shoot it where he did? Lino won a Darwin Award that night. This stuff is why I am glad I'm not in LE anymore and have no real desire to go back.
Most likely, it was two good-for-nothing kids who grew up in a low-class household with piss-poor parental supervision. The parents of these kids should be arrested for allowing these kids out in public with a gun at night. I'd bet that the parents would win no parenting awards. However, I'm sure the ambulance chasers our fair valley is known for will make this into a payday.
How these idiots obtained this firearm should be vigorously investigated and the culprits prosecuted. But that won't happen as gun control isn't actually about keeping stupid people from doing stupid things. In this case, all our upcoming universal background check law would have not mattered a tinker's damn keeping the gun out of the kid's hands.
Clayton E. Cramer
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