Monday, August 30, 2010

Chesapeake Shooting Ruled Justified

The shooting in Chesapeake earlier this month has been ruled justified. Decent coverage here and here. Sumdood fired shots at armed citizen while said citizen was standing outside his family's home. Armed citizen, a concealed handgun permit holder, returned fire and fatally wounded sumdood. Sumdood's accomplice was picked up and charged with five counts of attempted malicious wounding.

Here is the prosecutor's letter to the chief of police declaring the shooting justified.

I'm a bit curious about this article, which describes sumdood as a "teen." That's technically correct - he was 18 years old - but at that age he's legally an adult. This is remniscent of studies during the crack wars that defined a "youth" as anyone age 24 or younger, painting gun violence as a phenomenon that impacts kids disproportionately.

If by "kid" you mean that someone under the age of 18 found an unsecured firearm and accidentally shot themself, that happens about 120 times a year. Less dangerous than swimming pools, but that doesn't fit the media narrative some folks are pushing. If by "kid" you mean a teenage gang-banger that was killed in an exchange of gunfire with rivals or intended victims, that happens a lot.

But I wouldn't put that in the "kids as victims of gun violence" category.

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