Another Stupid Goblin Gets His Dues

Thanks to LC Mike in Chi.

EAST NAPLES — A clerk at a landmark East Naples corner store shot and killed a man Tuesday as he attempted to rob the family-run shop and flee with her 1-year-old daughter.

It’s that whole “getting between a mother and her child” thing again. The single most dangerous place you’ll ever want to find yourself in.

Around 3 p.m. a man entered the store, 2802 Thomasson Dr., “acting erratically,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jamie Mosbach said.

As the man made for the front door with the child, Easterly did just as she had been taught — she drew a gun and aimed for the would-be robber’s knee, Ackerman said.

Hey… Wait up there for a second. She’d been taught to aim for the robber’s knee? CENTER MASS, for crying out loud! Not to mention that the robber’s knee, unlike the center of his worthless torso, would be a whole lot closer to the stroller and its occupants but, hey. Seriously, though. Training FAIL on display here. Thankfully, the story ends on a wonderful note:

The man was transported to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital. He died from his injuries.

And the Baby Jesus smiled.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation. It is unclear if Easterly could face criminal charges in the shooting.

For what?

Littering?

Thatisall.

21 comments

  1. 1
    single stack growls and barks:

    Um, she aimed for his knee and he died of his injuries. Huh? What did she do, hit him in the upper leg and sever his femoral artery?
    Whoever taught her to aim for the knee must be some wannabe that thinks movies are real-or a European.

  2. 2
    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    It’s that whole “getting between a mother and her child” thing again.

    My children are both full-grown adults, and you STILL don’t want to mess with MY babes!

  3. 3
    KArnold growls and barks:

    “… She’d been taught to aim for the robber’s knee? …”

    And from that wound, he died?

    I see three possibilities:

    (1) She aimed for the knee. The weapon of choice in her hand was equipped with an M203 grenade launcher. I’m ruling that out. No mother with a baby within the blast radius would have chosen the M203.

    (2) She aimed for the knee. Said goblin was picking his nose with said knee at the time. In that case, I can’t really object to the choice of target.

    (3) “Honest, Officer, I was aiming for the knee. I didn’t mean for it to be a gut shot. He moved. Really.” Well, the article doesn’t explicitly say the knee was where the perp was struck. Maybe I’m parsing the sentence a little too tightly; or maybe, she knew (or was coached) what to say to avoid the inevitable wrongful-death suit from the decedent’s baby mama and the outrage of the community.

    Or, I like the sound of this:

    “Bleeding, the man was then tackled outside the front door (and beaten with a rusty hammer) by a store employee who was about to start his shift and was walking toward the store when the shooting happened. (Said store employee then added to the wounds.) A pool of blood and a bloodied pair of men’s athletic shoes marked where the man was held down (face first, in said pool of blood) until deputies arrived at the scene (and briefly looked the other way until the perp stopped his struggling).

    “The man was transported to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital (by two paramedics sympathetic to the store clerk). He died from his injuries (which were allowed to bleed out while the paramedics and the emergency room staff all pointed and laughed).”

    [Fade to black.]

    Hey, it could have happened that way. The article is pretty unspecific about when and from what he shuffled off the mortal coil.

    Yeah, far-fetched and all.

  4. 4
    M167A1 growls and barks:

    Maybe it was a 12 gauge….. That feels really good on your knee.

  5. 5
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    M167A1 @ #:

    Or perhaps she was using a Taurus Judge?

  6. 6
    LC Darth Scoundrel growls and barks:

    There’s a major blood pathway through each leg. That’s the Hollywood fallacy, aiming for a leg isn’t necessarily any less lethal than aiming for the torso.

    Either way, all’s well that ends well.
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  7. 7
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Surely a tale the child will hear throughout its most formative years.
    The hat tip should really go to Lucianne.com and their diligent team of L’dotters who scour the web for current news of a rightly bent.
    She and Drudge often co-operate in their article selection.

  8. 8
    LC Proud Infidel growls and barks:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but to me, sensible Gun Control includes issuess like breathing, trigger squeeze, and proper aiming!

  9. 9

    Roger that, P.I., Sight Picture, Breath Control, Trigger Press.
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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    KArnold says:

    “Honest, Officer, I was aiming for the knee. I didn’t mean for it to be a gut shot. He moved. Really.” Well, the article doesn’t explicitly say the knee was where the perp was struck. Maybe I’m parsing the sentence a little too tightly; or maybe, she knew (or was coached) what to say to avoid the inevitable wrongful-death suit from the decedent’s baby mama and the outrage of the community.

    If I had to guess I’d go with this explanation. I was aiming for his leg…… I don’t know how the bullet ended up in his chest. No matter how it happened, provided the young lady sees no charges, it is a story with a happy ending.

  11. 11
    Orion growls and barks:

    I’m betting it was something akin to the .45ACP 230 gr Hydra-Shoks that I shoot. Doesn’t matter WHERE you hit the goblin, he’s got a better than 90% chance of dying because those things are like putting a grenade inside wherever they hit.

    I imagine she did hit him in the knee. And they probably found his knee and the lower part of his femoral artery, some of his femur, a few bits of tib/fib, all scattered in a nice fan pattern from his leg outwards away from Mom.

    See, that’s why the guy had to hold him down – it was out of brotherly concern that he would worsen his injuries with his unseemly thrashing about and screaming in agony! Poor lad.

    Orion

  12. 12
    Draven32 growls and barks:

    Orion says:

    I’m betting it was something akin to the .45ACP 230 gr Hydra-Shoks that I shoot. Doesn’t matter WHERE you hit the goblin, he’s got a better than 90% chance of dying because those things are like putting a grenade inside wherever they hit.

    I hope you don’t believe that at an inappropriate time…

  13. 13

    “They’ve tried to clean (the neighborhood) up a lot,” said Shannon Marcum, who lives two blocks from Del’s and grew up in the neighborhood. “They’ve succeeded somewhat.”

    Sounds like a huge step in that direction.

    As the man made for the front door with the child, Easterly did just as she had been taught — she drew a gun and aimed for the would-be robber’s knee, Ackerman said.

    I think the whole “aimed for the knee” thing is just another example of superlative journalism. I imagine that Ackerman simply said “She did what she was taught”, meaning she drew the gun and defended herself, her daughter, and the store. The mediot, Victoria Macchi, then filled in the blank as to shooting him in the knee due to her extensive firearms training received while watching reruns of CSI Kookamaumga.

    Sounds like the clerk popped the femoral and the goblin bled out. “that’s it, just close your eyes and take a nap sweetie, the pain will stop in a lil’ bit. I promise.” :-)
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  14. 14
    Just Another Random Nut growls and barks:

    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. @ #:

    Sounds like the clerk popped the femoral and the goblin bled out.

    That’s my guess. Hit the femoral and bleed-out will happen pretty damn fast, but he’ll have time to make a break for it – all of ten feet.

    Female of the species, motherfucker. Enjoy your trip to hell. (With apologies to Rudyard Kipling.)
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  15. 15
    FrankOK growls and barks:

    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. says:

    snip …

    Sounds like the clerk popped the femoral and the goblin bled out. “that’s it, just close your eyes and take a nap sweetie, the pain will stop in a lil’ bit. I promise.”
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    Being the loving sort that I am, I like that part – life slowly making a puddle on the ground around his leg – he had a little time to think about what he had done while waiting for the meatwagon.

    “When seconds count, EMTs are only minutes away”.

    You gotta love it – couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  16. 16
    mousseman growls and barks:

    Actually, even a femoral artery hit with FMJ has a good chance to bag the SOB – bone fragments that shred an artery are really evil, and work a like hand grenade inside your knee (and especially in the knee, there’s enough stuff that can go boom).

    However, having military training, I’d have bagged the SOB with a double tap to center-mass.

  17. 17
    AyUaxe growls and barks:

    I go with the “tell the Po Po you were aiming for the knee, just to stop the threat, not to kill” theory. Anyone whose been through a (decent) ccl course knows you never say, “I shot that MF to kill his sorry azz!” You say, “I was seriously frightened for my life and the lives of everyone around–I knew I had to stop him/her or we would all be dead.”

    I have a little problem with the shooting while fleeing with an infant thing–somehow that doesn’t resonate with a reasonable threat to life or limb and a carton of Winstons really ain’t worth the trouble. However, agree, the result is a good one, even if clumsily achieved.

  18. 18
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    AyUaxe says:

    Anyone whose been through a (decent) ccl course knows you never say, “I shot that MF to kill his sorry azz!” You say, “I was seriously frightened for my life and the lives of everyone around–I knew I had to stop him/her or we would all be dead.”

    Well, it was in Florida as opposed to the filthy damnyankee north.

    AyUaxe says:

    I have a little problem with the shooting while fleeing with an infant thing–somehow that doesn’t resonate with a reasonable threat to life or limb and a carton of Winstons really ain’t worth the trouble.

    It was her infant.

    Had it been my child, I would not merely have capped the fucker, I’d have plugged him in the back of the head while he was on the ground bleeding to death, slit his gut open with a KA-BAR, pulled out his intestines, strangled him with them before he had a chance to bleed to death, then poured a gallon of gasoline on him, lit him on fire and made s’mores over the fire.

    BEFORE I called the cops.

    And I would have characterized my actions as “exhibiting incredible restraint.”
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  19. 19
    Orion growls and barks:

    Draven32 @ #:
    Oh, have no fear, Draven. I come from the ‘Ammo’s cheap – you’re not’ school of firearms training.
    Two center mass, one in the head.
    Then walk up and if he’s still twitching, empty the mag and reload. “He’s coming right for me!”

    Orion

  20. 20

    Emperor Misha I @ # 18: Precisely, Sire, precisely. “He was kidnapping my child, I was afraid for my child’s life.”
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  21. 21
    Kristopher, LC growls and barks:

    She was probably afraid she might hit the child.

    I’m sure the goblin was using the kid as a human shield.

    So she shot his legs out from under him … and somehow he died of his injuries during the time it took him to get medical attention. How sad.