Friday, April 04, 2008

Still Think I'm Crazy For Carrying A Gun in Wal-Mart?

Worker shoots up Wal-Mart
An on-the-clock Wal-Mart employee held other employees captive with a shotgun and shot up the business at 2:30 a.m. Sunday before being tackled by a co-worker and arrested by police, authorities said.

Elijah Payne, 18, of Burgaw Highway, was charged by the Jacksonville Police Department with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm into occupied property, according to an arrest warrant.

Payne became agitated with other employees while on the job, went out to a vehicle in the parking lot and smuggled a 12-guage pump shotgun into the store inside a tent bag, said Deputy Police Chief David Shipp.

Then Payne blackened his face and entered the break room at the back of the store, which is on Yopp Road, police said.

He led employees around at gunpoint and began shooting into the walls and ceiling, investigators said.

At 2:31 a.m., Jacksonville 911 operators received the first of many calls.

Officers with the Police Department, the Onslow County Sheriff's Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded.

"Customers and employees were running from the business when officers arrived," Shipp said. "Since it was an active shooting situation, the officers from the JPD, the sheriff's office and the Highway Patrol pooled their resources and immediately went into the store."

While officers were going through the Wal-Mart, they heard shots being fired in the back of the store.

"Just prior to officers reaching Payne, an employee disarmed him in a scuffle," Shipp said.

"Payne was then immediately taken into custody. No one was shot."

One employee suffered a minor injury, police said.



At April 7, 2008 at 10:57:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you're still a nutjob for carrying in a freaking Wal-Mart.

At April 8, 2008 at 9:53:00 AM PDT, Blogger Dave said...

Will you still say that when you're hiding behind me and my loaded revolver while some deranged murderer is on the rampage in Wal-Mart?

At April 9, 2008 at 9:05:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not be hiding behind you and your loaded anything, Mister; I can take care of myself.
And carrying (and congratulating yourself for carrying) just so you can dream about the day that you might get to fire a gun in an enclosed area full of civilians - even if you are the "good guy" in said scenario -- strikes me as a very stupid thing. It doesn't matter how good your aim is.

Also, the story you posted STARTED because someone was carrying a concealed weapon in a freaking Wal-Mart.

And no, I don't think guns are bad or should be outlawed, I just think fetishizing them and their associated power trip is unhealthy and pathetic.

At April 10, 2008 at 6:46:00 AM PDT, Blogger Dave said...

The bad guys are going to carry anyway. (I saw nothing in the story about having a permit for the actions of the shooter.)

Tell ya what, go to and tell me if those people are "fetishizing" (is that a word?) firearms or the right to defense, or trying to get a power trip.

At April 10, 2008 at 6:10:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not talking about people in general, I'm talking about you. You are the one who's all hot to carry concealed weapons, and you use a story where the "bad guy" (what are you, ten?) threatens but ultimately ends up harming no one and is then disarmed and apprehended without a firearm at all as justification for you being so eager to carry a loaded weapon in an enclosed public space.

This does not even begin to address what you think you could have done had you been there when the loon from the article snapped. What would you have done, Dave? Really, what do you think you could have done differently from the unarmed people in that Wal-Mart?


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