Man who opened fire on wasp's nest injures boy


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TheDutchman
June 1, 2005, 01:16 PM
Man who opened fire on wasp's nest injures boy
PASADENA, Texas A man who blasted a wasp's nest with a 12-gauge shotgun was jailed after an errant pellet injured a 5-year-old boy in a nearby apartment, police said.

Romeo Gonzalez, 18, was charged with deadly conduct and is being held in the Harris County Jail.

Gonzalez fired to break up a wasp's nest hanging from a tree outside his second-floor apartment shortly after midnight Wednesday, said Pasadena Police Sgt. J.M. Baird. A pellet entered a first-floor apartment and struck David Marban in the thigh.

The boy was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

Pasadena is just south of Houston

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Sindawe
June 1, 2005, 01:20 PM
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

armoredman
June 1, 2005, 01:26 PM
Good GRIEF that's DUMB! Where do we find such stupid people!?!?! Can we send them back?!?

enfield
June 1, 2005, 01:32 PM
I'll bet alkyhol or wacky tabacky's involved here.

griz
June 1, 2005, 05:02 PM
The nest was outside his 2nd floor apt? I wonder if he fired from his balcony?

Anyway I'll second the chemically induced therory.

Mongo the Mutterer
June 1, 2005, 05:07 PM
Wait, the wasps were armed weren't they? :p

What a nimrod.

TallPine
June 1, 2005, 05:13 PM
"I'll take care of those !@#$%^&* wasps!
Hold my beer and watch this."

BOOM!

:uhoh:

khadre
June 1, 2005, 05:18 PM
My gosh!...is he that dumb or just plain stupid?... :rolleyes:

Moonclip
June 1, 2005, 05:51 PM
My friend and his brother tried the same thing but threw a basketball at the nest and did not use a gun, luckily as all they had was a 30-06 in that house anyways. Use your imagination to figure out what happens when you throw a basketball at a hornets nest.

DMK
June 1, 2005, 07:49 PM
Man, the only thing worth a darn to kill those things is wasp and hornet spray. That stuff shoots like a 12 foot stream and freezes them on the spot.

That said, I had a crabapple tree in my back yard when I was a kid. The yellowjackets loved to eat the ones that fell on the ground. I used to have great fun shooting them off the apples with my Crossman pellet gun. From a distance of course!

ZeroX
June 1, 2005, 07:50 PM
They're comin' right for us!

chris in va
June 1, 2005, 07:51 PM
"Pull."

garyk/nm
June 1, 2005, 08:00 PM
Dragon's breath. :D

He fired from the 2nd floor apt, away from the building, and a pellet entered the 1st floor apt? How'd that happen?!

gezzer
June 1, 2005, 09:51 PM
Bird shot will bounce back from a tree just like a bb will

Jake
June 1, 2005, 09:58 PM
Anyone else waiting for this to turn into another " What caliber works best for ....." thread?

Burt Blade
June 1, 2005, 10:12 PM
My favorite wasp load is Winchester featherlight #9s. (2-1/2 dram load)
For hornets I move up to the light target load in #8s (2-3/4 dram load)


:D

griz
June 1, 2005, 10:13 PM
He fired from the 2nd floor apt, away from the building, and a pellet entered the 1st floor apt? How'd that happen?!

I suspect there were two adjacent buildings, and this marksman figured since he couldn't see it, the other building must be stored somewhere else when it was dark outside. Either that or he's an idiot.

fjolnirsson
June 1, 2005, 10:17 PM
I suspect there were two adjacent buildings, and this marksman figured since he couldn't see it, the other building must be stored somewhere else when it was dark outside.

LMAO! :D

XLMiguel
June 1, 2005, 10:19 PM
A fool with a tool is still a fool. (Uncle Mikee's Consulting 101)

dpesec
June 1, 2005, 10:43 PM
You beat me to it :banghead: :D

Standing Wolf
June 1, 2005, 10:58 PM
Romeo Gonzalez, 18, was charged with deadly conduct and is being held in the Harris County Jail.

Juliet's disappointed as heck.

Hardtarget
June 1, 2005, 11:08 PM
I've shot wasp/hornet nests on two occasions. First time I was rabbit hunting. It was a mild fall,no hard frost yet, and I came upon a small cedar tree. There was a wasp nest about four inches across. Load of #5 from my 410 shredded it completely.NO prisoners.
The second time I'd been squirrell hunting. I was back at the truck, ready to leave, when I noticed a large hornet nest...twenty feet over the truck. Same 410 and the same load...but I didn't stand around to see the results. I jumped into the truck and eased down the dirt road... :D
Yes, I too used my Daisey mod 25 to wage war on wasp almost any time I could get a shot at them. I just don't like wasp!
Mark.

GRB
June 1, 2005, 11:14 PM
My gosh!...is he that dumb or just plain stupid?
My guess would be none of the above, I opt for brain dead.

MechAg94
June 1, 2005, 11:45 PM
Curious, do these wasps attack moving targets or just anything?

I grew up an hour West of Houston. We didn't have the really big wasps nests, but we did have a lot of little yellow jackets and paper wasps. Anyway, if you spray or hit them from 15 or 20 feet away and stand still, they won't see you and attack you if you don't move. You can spray them with bug spray all day and they won't know you are the one attacking if you don't move around or run. I have knocked down nests with spray, fogger, BB's, a water hose, etc. Never been stung. The ones I had to deal with are not as smart as say honey bees.

Sindawe
June 1, 2005, 11:58 PM
I think that real Hornets tend to be rather "proactive" in defending their nests, while the native and imported paper wasps are a bit more mild mannered. I've run into lots of the latter, but never the former mind you.

If you move slowly, and don't behave in a threatening fashion, you usually will not get stung. I've captured many an errant wasp in the house in glass to turn outside. Granted the wasp has not been too pleased to be confined, but once she's been set free she'll fly off and not harass me. It also helps to be able to read their body language so you can know when the beast is agitated (wings and abdomen up) and when they spot you. They will cock their heads to look right at you.do these wasps attack moving targets Wasps are predatory on other insects (and occasionaly spiders), so I think they key on movement first, then contrast/shape close in.

joab
June 2, 2005, 12:01 AM
f you spray or hit them from 15 or 20 feet away and stand still, they won't see you and attack you if you don't move Wasps and bees follow air currents as you move around they get caught up in the vortex(?) when you put pressure on them by slapping or whatever they will sting. You can also notice that when you disturb the nest the first on will almost always make a beeline for you, if it or any other gets you it releases a pheremone that tells every wasp in the area to sting you

MechAg94
June 2, 2005, 12:06 AM
Sounds like what I understand. I have never come across the big ones either. I would have to be careful until I knew for sure how to deal with them.

I still think running away is stupid unless you can duck around the side of the house real quick or something. Like I said, I have sprayed them among other things. If I stood still, sprayed, and stayed still, they always scattered off the nest, but never close to me. That assumes you are not disturbing the nest up close. If they are already attacking you, all bets are off though. :)

I have been stung by bees before, but I was closer than 15 feet and being a stupid kid. They were buzzing me before I could even turn to run. The big wasps may be better at group defense tactics as well. :)

joab
June 2, 2005, 12:14 AM
I still think running away is stupid Running away is the only logical and recommended tactic to take when being attacked by wasps, bees and hornets. Run upwind if possible

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