Another Moron or What 4 Rules??


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techmike
September 17, 2004, 07:08 AM
I hate to say this idiot is from my town. This is just the type of thing that the VPC eats up.


Errant bullet nearly hits 2

Police say it missed mother, baby by 2 feet
09/17/04
By Owen Covington
Messenger-Inquirer

A 30-year-old Owensboro woman and her 6-month-old baby narrowly missed being hit by a bullet fired Thursday in the 2500 block of South Griffith Avenue.

Wendi Neal was feeding her child in a back living room of her grandmother's home at 2503 S. Cherokee Drive when a backyard neighbor attempted to shoot an opossum with a 9 mm handgun, police said.

The bullet passed through the back wall of the house and lodged into a kitchen wall, according to Louise McLevaine, Neal's grandmother.

"It was really lucky," said McLevaine, who was in the home at the time. "I don't like to think about what could have happened, (the bullet) came so close."

Belinda Sue Baird, 45, of 2502 S. Griffith Ave. was attempting to run off an opossum that was bothering her dog. About 11:30 a.m., Baird first tried to shoot the animal with a pellet gun, but the gun wouldn't fire, police said.

Baird then retrieved a 9 mm handgun from her home and shot at the opossum, which was perched on a fence in the back yard, according to Officer Doug Esther, spokesman for the Owensboro Police Department.

The bullet struck the opossum but continued into McLevaine's house, Esther said. Baird had never fired a gun before, Esther said.

"We heard this bang, this terrible noise," McLevaine said. "It went right by her chair where she was feeding the baby."

McLevaine said her granddaughter said she felt something fly past her after hearing the noise. Police estimate the bullet missed Neal and her baby by about 2 feet.

"We didn't know what was going on," said McLevaine, who called 911 after seeing the hole in the kitchen wall. "We decided we'd better not go in the back yard."

Baird has been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, a felony, and is due in court Sept. 29. She was cited by police rather than taken into custody.

"She didn't mean to do it," McLevaine said. "She just didn't think."

Esther said the proximity of other homes is a main reason the city has an ordinance against shooting weapons. Esther also urged that residents who have problems with wild animals call the police or animal control.

"She should have known that discharging this weapon could have caused serious injury or even death," Esther said. "We're just happy no one was injured in this particular case."

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/kentucky/7601881.htm

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MP5
September 17, 2004, 07:39 AM
"She just didn't think."


Understatement.

Deavis
September 17, 2004, 07:50 AM
It's an honest mistake, albeit an unforgivable one, and I'm glad to see that they aren't trying to stick her with some sort of crazy charges. A felony for her stupidity will take away her guns, which she apparently doesn't know how to use properly.

Hunley
September 17, 2004, 08:04 AM
Too bad she is so stupid. Hitting a 'possum with one shot is pretty good having never fired a handgun before.:rolleyes:

Mal H
September 17, 2004, 08:37 AM
"Hitting a 'possum with one shot ..."

I've seen that phenomenon more than once. Not hitting a possum, but hitting a target dead on with the very first shot a novice fires. 10 to 1 the next shot would have been about 4 feet off target.

ScottsGT
September 17, 2004, 08:41 AM
But did the 9mm drop the possum?? :D

sendec
September 17, 2004, 08:50 AM
"Honest Mistake" is being very generous. Be sure of your target, and beyond.

Have we ever noticed that some rank novices do really, really well, until someone tries to teach them how to do it "right"? There is a lot of intuition in shooting, and us experts do what we can to stomp it out of people and make it as complicated as possible, so we can be experts.

nemesis
September 17, 2004, 09:07 PM
Perhaps we should thank this woman for stopping that possum before it wreaked havoc upon the town. There is no telling how much damage it could have done had she not stopped it at that point.

We can always count on same brave soul to blast away at the snakes and possums before they do real damage.

Warbow
September 17, 2004, 09:31 PM
I honestly can't comprehend how someone can be so stupid as to shoot at something when there's a friggin' house in plain sight just beyond what you're shooting at. Use your brain, lady! Please tell me she was drunk, or something. Jeez.

borderguy
September 17, 2004, 09:34 PM
Darwin Candidate. Don't know how she made it this long.

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