Sleeping Girl Shot


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December 17, 2005, 06:57 AM
No mention of the caliber of gun involved. Another article claimed the shooter was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon:

Suspect arraigned in shooting of sleeping girl
By Matt Breslow
Staff Writer

Published December 17 2005

NORWALK -- A city man accused of firing a bullet through his apartment floor, striking a girl sleeping in the unit below, was arraigned yesterday and held on $300,000 bond.

The mother of the 15-year-old victim, who is recovering, yesterday described the ordeal and her daughter's lingering pain and fears.

"She doesn't want to go in her room," said the mother, who declined to be identified. "She's scared."

Their upstairs neighbor -- 24-year-old Michael Beckett -- was arrested several hours after the shooting, which occurred early Thursday at 135 Flax Hill Road, in the Ben Franklin Gardens condominium complex. Beckett, aka Michael Easton, was charged with first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He was initially held on $200,000 bond. Judge William Holden raised the amount to $300,000 at the suspect's arraignment at state Superior Court.

Speaking to reporters at her condo, the victim's mother said neither she nor her daughter heard a gunshot before the girl awoke. The Brien McMahon High School freshman was screaming and complaining of back pain, her mother recalled.

The mother saw a wound in her daughter's back and thought she might have been poked by a mattress spring or pen. They went to Norwalk Hospital, where X-rays revealed a bullet, the mother said. She couldn't believe the doctor.

"I thought he was wrong," she said.

The mother said she and her daughter started screaming when told about the bullet. City police said Norwalk Hospital notified them at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday that a shooting victim was being treated in the emergency room.

Meanwhile, the mother wondered how her daughter could have been shot while sleeping in her bed. She assumed the bullet had passed through a window.

The mother hadn't thought to look up before going to the hospital, but returned home in the morning and saw the bullet hole in the ceiling of her daughter's bedroom, she said.

The bullet entered the victim's right shoulder, traveled across her body and lodged in her left shoulder, her mother said. She said the projectile will be removed if it bothers her daughter too much.

The girl returned home sometime after midnight yesterday, her mother said. She said her daughter is in pain, preventing her from lifting her right arm more than halfway, but is expected to recover fully. The victim is worried about whether she'll be able to play for the McMahon basketball team, and whether the bullet will move to another part of her body, her mother said.

The mother said she's seen Beckett in passing but didn't know his name and never had a problem with him. Saying her daughter "could have been dead," the mother expressed a desire to see Beckett go to prison for the incident.

Beckett was sentenced to prison, followed by probation, in February 2004 for offenses including second-degree larceny and possession of narcotics, according to court records.

Bail Commissioner Alphah East said Beckett was released Aug. 18 and still owes three years on his sentence. Beckett is on probation until 2010, East said.

Holden continued Beckett's case until Jan. 6.

Copyright 2005, Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc.

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Freedomv
December 17, 2005, 07:40 AM
Beckett was sentenced to prison, followed by probation, in February 2004 for offenses including second-degree larceny and possession of narcotics, according to court records.

So, Here we have a "felon" with a firearm.

Evidently he did not learn anything of value from his prison sentence. (sentence doesn't look correct when used here, is it the correct usage?)

I feel very bad/sad for the young lady and her mother. Pray that she will have a full recover physically & mentally.

They will be very anti from now on if they were not already anti.

Now I wonder how many of us will want to know the type of weapon & cal. used that would perform that well.

Vern

jeremywills
December 17, 2005, 07:50 AM
it says neither the mom or the daughter heard any gunshot, suppresor maybe? perhaps this gent is really up you know what creek if he was illegally possessing one, no mention of one in the article but other than that, how else can you not hear a gunshot going off :confused:

LSCurrier
December 17, 2005, 08:26 AM
I don't see any mention of what handgun or caliber. Perhaps it was a 22 or 25 that was shot in a well insulated room. It sounds like the bullet went thru the floor and still had some umpf to it to hit the girl pretty good though.

Luke

trueblue1776
December 17, 2005, 08:32 AM
Sometimes people dont "hear gunshots" because it's so far from their thoughts. Last roomate slamfired 12 rounds of .308 in the back yard in the city, in daylight, no one called the cops.

(P.S. Roomie WAS a dips#!t, gun was defective though too, Enterprise FAL)

Mongo the Mutterer
December 17, 2005, 08:36 AM
Sorry for the girl. Amazing that she didn't know she was shot.

I hope they throw the book at the perp.

I also thought the story was done fairly well. No heavy anti gun bias.

Janitor
December 17, 2005, 08:41 AM
Wait a minute. If the guy was a convicted felon, how did he get a gun? Isn't that illegal?
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TexasRifleman
December 17, 2005, 09:25 AM
Wait a minute. If the guy was a convicted felon, how did he get a gun? Isn't that illegal?
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Dude, don't you read anything in the press? It was the GUNs fault!!

If that poor victimized felon hadn't been chased down by that evil gun this would never have happened.

Hawkmoon
December 17, 2005, 11:32 AM
Here I am again, right on cue.

Yes, the guy was both an idiot and a scumbag, and should not have had a gun. Agreed on all counts.

But why was he charged with "assault"? Unless he donned his x-ray vision glasses and intentionally took aim at the sleeping lass through the floor of his apartment, I have a bit of difficulty stretching a negligent discharge (even by a convicted felon who shouldn't have a gun) into "assault."

Guess I'm in a declining minority, but I still believe this country would be a lot better off if we would just charge people with the actual crimes they commit, rather than a laundry list of everything that MIGHT SOMEHOW be tortured into applying. Then we could actually convict them and leave 'em in jail until their terms are completed.

Can't work, I guess. Too simple.

lwsimon
December 17, 2005, 11:41 AM
I see no reason why he'd be charged with assault. Reckless endangerment, sure. Endangering the wellfare of a minor, perhaps. But assault? Come on! There's plenty of other crimes to get him with, that he actually commited. Felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within city limits, etc.

grimjaw
December 17, 2005, 12:20 PM
It sounds like the bullet went thru the floor and still had some umpf to it to hit the girl pretty good though.

I think the floor/ceiling separating myself and my neighbors in the previous apartment I inhabited could have been penetrated by a slingshot. It didn't have to be a large caliber.

jmm

DevLcL
December 17, 2005, 02:24 PM
The mother said she and her daughter started screaming when told about the bullet.


They will be very anti from now on if they were not already anti.

They we're already anti. As soon as they found out a 'bullet' was involved it was like their worst nightmare come true.

-Dev

DevLcL
December 17, 2005, 02:30 PM
Wait a minute. If the guy was a convicted felon, how did he get a gun? Isn't that illegal?

Dude, don't you read anything in the press? It was the GUNs fault!!

If that poor victimized felon hadn't been chased down by that evil gun this would never have happened.


...and thats exactly why San Fran banned handguns, now that type of thing wont happen!!!! (I can't find the smily face that is laughing his A$$ off)

-Dev

Pilgrim
December 17, 2005, 03:05 PM
Evidently he did not learn anything of value from his prison sentence.
Probably not. By the time most young crooks get to prison, they have been in and out of the criminal justice system so many times their first prison sentence is like starting graduate school is to a college graduate.

I have a 'grandson' on the fast track to prison. Just barely 18, he already has a 'first strike' to his credit.

I see no reason why he'd be charged with assault. Reckless endangerment, sure. Endangering the wellfare of a minor, perhaps. But assault? Come on!
In the PDRK, gross negligence satisfies the requirement for intent for many crimes.

Pilgrim

Hawkmoon
December 17, 2005, 03:47 PM
I see no reason why he'd be charged with assault. Reckless endangerment, sure. Endangering the wellfare of a minor, perhaps. But assault? Come on! There's plenty of other crimes to get him with, that he actually commited. Felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within city limits, etc.
I can't even go along with endangering the welfare of a minor. In order for something to be a crime (IMHO, as well as in theory but apparently not in practice), there should be intent. That is, even if you don't know that what you are doing is criminal, you have to at least intend to do it.

He didn't know there was a minor sleeping in the bedroom under his. Careless gun handling? ==> Reckless endangerment, I could go along with. Endangering a minor? No way. You know -- lock a sleeping infant in a closed car under the hot sun while you have your hair done -- you knew the kid was there, you knew the sun was out, so there was intent involved. What if the neighbors kid hid in your trunk for hide-and-go-seek just before you headed off to Wally World? If the kid you didn't know about gets baked in your trunk, should you be charged with endangering a minor? How would this case be any different?

I have similar reservations about charging men with statutory rape if they have sex with a foxy teenie-bopper who shows the guy a fake ID documenting that she's of legal age. The mere fact the guy asked for ID should show any sane judge or jury that the guy clearly did NOT intend to commit a crime ... but I have given up expecting sanity from prosecutors, judges, lawmakers, or juries.

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jtward01
December 17, 2005, 03:55 PM
Beckett was sentenced to prison, followed by probation, in February 2004 for offenses including second-degree larceny and possession of narcotics, according to court records.

Bail Commissioner Alphah East said Beckett was released Aug. 18 and still owes three years on his sentence. Beckett is on probation until 2010, East said.

Let's see, he was sentenced in Feb. 2004 and still owes three years, so his original sentence must have been close to five years, but he only served 18 months. If the guy was still in prison where he should be this incident would never have happened. One more crime statistic that could and should have been prevented.

I'd love to see a follow-up on where he got the gun.

As for the mother and daughter not hearing the shot, I live in a large apartment complex surrounded by a fairly upscale residential subdivision, and we frequently hear what could be gun shots, but we usually dismiss them as firecrackers or other noise. A gunshot could easily go unnoticed, and in fact several years ago when my wife almost stepped on a water moccasin about six feet from our front door I did use a .45acp to dispatch him and no one seemed to notice - at 6:30 a.m.!

carebear
December 17, 2005, 04:10 PM
...and no one seemed to notice - at 6:30 a.m.!

<ahem>

[jimmy caan voice]One's backfire, three's gunplay.[/jimmy caan voice]

Standing Wolf
December 17, 2005, 04:53 PM
If the guy was a convicted felon, how did he get a gun? Isn't that illegal?

Just proves we need more so-called "gun control" laws to protect the children from dangerous assault guns in the hands of violent criminals.

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