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    Burn-em Upus Icephaltus Gojohnnygo.'s Avatar
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    Bicyclist shot in face with BB gun

    Police Pursue 3 BB Gun Vandals
    Gunmen Shot Cyclist, Cars

    http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/n...69/detail.html

    BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Police are looking for three gunmen who went on a shooting spree Sunday night.

    They shot a BB gun at just about anything within their aim -- including a bicyclist.

    Cars and Bicyclist Hit by BB Gun Shooters

    Dan Batten went outside and found two windows broken on his white BMW, and his neighbor's car experienced the same fate.

    There was damage done on Colchester, North, and Plattsburgh avenues.

    Police said three men in a car hit at least 14 windows with pellets from a BB gun.

    Then, police said, they turned their weapon on a cyclist near Burlington High School.

    He was hit in the face, but will recover.

    "We'd be looking at multiple charges of unlawful mischief -- one for each vehicle and assault, the severity of which is undetermined," said Lt. Mike Schirling of Burlington police.

    If you saw three men in a boxy dark blue car late Sunday night, call Burlington police.
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    Please let the victim be a USPS employee... assult of a federal agent, that oughta go well. There was a thread a while back about kids throwing stuff at cars on the freeway and one of the guys turned his truck around, stalked down those kids, shot a bunch of them, killing one. I have absolutely no sympathy if those kids later shot some drug dealer on his way to make a delivery and ended up with the guy unloading 2 clips from his tec9 into their car; spray and pray.

    I'm sure SOMEONE will SOMEHOW find a way to tie this in with the gun thread on the general forums so let's stop p***yfooting around and get right to it.

    Point-counterpoint:
    You've been shot in the face, now you can't really see that well, so you whip it out and start unloading randomly in all directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    "We'd be looking at multiple charges of unlawful mischief
    If I got shot in the face I don't think I'd class it as 'unlawful mischief'

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    Felony assault. Lets hope those guys are caught (hint, offer a reward, most of those kind of guys will rat on their own mother for a reward) and put in prison for a Loooong time. Oh, and whisper to the other prisoners that they're child molesters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckflosse
    If I got shot in the face I don't think I'd class it as 'unlawful mischief'

    Thats what I was thinking. Some type of assault charge at best is what we can hope for. I think it should be attempted murder. Who nows after being shot he could easily have swerved out into traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    Please let the victim be a USPS employee... assult of a federal agent, that oughta go well. There was a thread a while back about kids throwing stuff at cars on the freeway and one of the guys turned his truck around, stalked down those kids, shot a bunch of them, killing one. I have absolutely no sympathy if those kids later shot some drug dealer on his way to make a delivery and ended up with the guy unloading 2 clips from his tec9 into their car; spray and pray.

    I'm sure SOMEONE will SOMEHOW find a way to tie this in with the gun thread on the general forums so let's stop p***yfooting around and get right to it.

    Point-counterpoint:
    You've been shot in the face, now you can't really see that well, so you whip it out and start unloading randomly in all directions.

    I'm with you. I can't say I'm innocent I did shoot my brother 2 front teeth out with a BB gun years ago. He just screamed and lay there. Yes I got into some big trouble for that stunt. Even if he shot me repeatedly first. Back then it was just kid games. These day they are getting crazy with all the stuff they pull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    Thats what I was thinking. Some type of assault charge at best is what we can hope for. I think it should be attempted murder. Who nows after being shot he could easily have swerved out into traffic.
    Well you can easly kill some one with a bb gun. Dyna models have velocities of up to 1750 feet per secound. Granted the weight of the pellet is far less than that of even a measly .22. But at those speeds that pellet can easly find its way in to say a heart of lung a hit to the eye or ear coudl make it to a persons brain. BB guns and pellet guns are not toys folks. All i can say is some one shoots at me with one they had best be in a car and speeding off. Cause if i catch them ill wrap that bb gun around their head if rifle or cram it down their throat if pistol (that or keep it heh)

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    I have has someone shoot at me with a BB gun (not on a bike). The little pelet actually went though the tire and stopped inside. This was before I got a CA CCW permit. Shoot at me with a BB gun and you will be lucky if you do not get 10 rounds back at you from a 9mm...

    and there is no one you would not want to be shot at more than me... I do not miss very often

    It is funny because people have been charged with PC245 (Assult with a deady weapon) for paint ball guns, what about BB guns. IMO shooting any type of projectile at in individual is grounds for charges of atempt murder or at the minimum PC 220 and 245 in california.
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    I would guess the reason for the wimpy mischief charge is that the weapon was a BB gun instead of a firearm. No telling what the charges would have been if they had been sniping at cars on an interstate with a BB rifle.

    Another factor is the automatic downgrading of anything that happens to someone on two wheels, motorcycle or bicycle. A lot of this stems from an inferiority complex some people must carry from their childhood, when they just couldn't seem to master a two-wheeler. "Stupid bike! Who needs it? Look at that showoff."

    Seriously, when bad things happen to cyclists, many observers say, or don't quite say, "He(or she) was asking for it, playing in traffic on that bike."

    At this time of year I observe a strange madness in the motoring public in my area. They seem to rush around more and drive more carelessly, even maliciously. Maybe they're just getting used to a full schedule again after summer's relative hiatus. The jerky motorists, combined with the shorter days, bring out the paranoid in me. I start to think about packing - and using - a gun myself. But I realize immediately that the doctrine of preemptive war would not be applied to me, and that it wouldn't be considered self defense, either, even if someone had come at me, a puny cyclist, with a few thousand pounds of chunky motor vehicle. Since it wouldn't improve my life, or the lives of other cyclists, it's not worth the karmic stain and the legal hassles. So once again I save the money and fall back on defensive driving and whatever luck I still have left.

    I did carry a BB gun myself for a while, because a group of irresponsible dog owners had decided to leave it up to me to train their homicidal mutts. I only resorted to that kind of weaponry because the dogs formed a very efficient hunting pack which would burst out of the bushes on both sides of a narrow road. With multiple bogies, the old water bottle methods didn't cut it. Pepper spray just dissipated in the wind. My ultrasonic screecher didn't stop them, either.

    As it happened, the owners finally got the message, perhaps after seeing me come through with drawn gun a few days in a row.

    It was a nifty BB gun, semi-automatic, CO2 powered, so I could empty it as fast as I could squeeze off rounds. But I was just as glad not to have to use it. It's been gathering dust in a drawer for a year or more, now.

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    You are so right ^^^

    Due to the fact we are on two wheels it seems that we get degraded to the level of children on BMX bikes, etc. i.e. we have no right to use the road. Due to attitudes in places like this I ride a little different. If drivers see you using the rules of the road to your advantage then they are less likely (not much but...) to disrespect you, just as they are less likely if you are in a "team" kit than in baggy shorts and a t-shirt. Obiously there are jerks out there that do stuff like that.

    During the season I would do hill intervals in the area of a school, a nice 8 - 10 percent climb for about 1/4 mile or so. Kids on there little BMX bikes unsupervised after school would throw rocks at me as I passed. It only took one time stopping and scaring the crap out of the kids to stop. Most of the people that do this are young, stupid, inconsiderate etc. Sometimes it takes a stupid act on their parts (shooting themselves) or getting caught to change them. Sometimes it is up to us to instill a fear into them (without going to far that is).

    You have no idea how many times I have wanted to beat the crap out a some kid around my house...

    That said unless the system changes nothing will happen. It is up to the victim to push their case, IMO it was not done here. If I ever caught the person who hit me with their truck I do not know what I would do... better leave the 9 at home...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    Police Pursue 3 BB Gun Vandals
    Gunmen Shot Cyclist, Cars

    "We'd be looking at multiple charges of unlawful mischief -- one for each vehicle and assault, the severity of which is undetermined," said Lt. Mike Schirling of Burlington police.
    Breaking car windows is unlawful mischief.

    Shooting someone in the face is assault(?), however...

    A battery occurs when one person makes physical contact with another person without that person's consent. A battery can consist of hitting, pushing, striking with an object, spitting many other forms of nonconsensual physical contact. An assault is an attempted battery which puts a person in fear of being battered. If a person takes a swing at you in order to give you a scare, that person has commited an assault. If the person actually hits you, that person has committed a battery. Assault & Battery often go together because it is common for a person to threaten to strike another person (assault) before actually striking that person (battery).

    (from Vegas Injury Law. This isn't intended to be spam, but they had the best description of the two terms. It's only fair I give them credit.)

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    Huh - Never heard of that...

    School's back in session!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckflosse
    If I got shot in the face I don't think I'd class it as 'unlawful mischief'
    Please read a little more carefully. Allow me to parse the sentence for you:

    multiple charges of unlawful mischief -- one for each vehicle...

    (that's the part about PROPERTY DAMAGE, followed immediately by

    ...and assault, the severity of which is undetermined

    (though, as someone already pointed out, it's battery, since the cyclist was actually hit, not just threatened).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim
    Huh - Never heard of that...

    School's back in session!

    I'm thinking they might be the same folks that were shooting BB guns or pellet guns at cars and buses on route 2 on the cliffs of RT 2. Between the sand bar state park and I-89 Intersate. Think back to spring. I seen a couple of reports in june or may.
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    I found the old story.



    http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/n...82/detail.html




    Police: Still No Arrests In Pellet Gun Shooting
    8 BBs Fired From Side Of Road, Hitting Bus Twice

    POSTED: 7:01 pm EDT May 6, 2005
    UPDATED: 9:45 pm EDT May 6, 2005

    COLCHESTER, Vt. -- Police are still investigating the case of a sniper or snipers who opened fire on cars in Vermont on Wednesday.

    Authorities are now saying that at least eight BBs or pellets were fired at traffic on the road from Interstate 89 to the Grand Isle Ferry. Two tour buses and five cars from both New York and Vermont were hit Wednesday night on Route 2 in Colchester, near Clay Point Road.

    One of the buses was hit twice.

    Premier Coach bus 174 should be on the road on Friday, but it's parked in a lot in Colchester.

    The bus was en route to Plattsburgh State University to pick up the baseball team for an away game in Corning.

    "The driver was shook up from the fact of what happened, and unsure as to why it happened," said Detective Mark Jacobs, of Colchester police.

    The bus driver immediately called his office to tell them what happened, and he was told to turn around. But on the way back, he was hit again --- this time on the other side.

    Police searched nearby woods with dogs looking for possible clues. They spoke with neighbors, but no arrests were made.

    "We're taking it very seriously," said Jacobs. "It's all we've been working on on Friday, and until we figure out who did it, we won't stop digging up the leads as they come."

    Police said another bus and five other vehicles from Vermont and the Plattsburgh area were hit. No one was injured.

    It will cost $3,000 to repair the Premier Coach bus. The company is upset about the incident.

    "What seems like maybe fun and games may end up causing somebody to lose their life, or a driver if he gets distracted and doesn't react properly," said Randy Charlebois, general manager of Premier Coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    Please let the victim be a USPS employee...
    As a USPS employee this actually irritated me for just a second...
    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    assult of a federal agent, that oughta go well.
    ... BUT, this set me back on an accepting frame of mind.

    Even though that is my response from an emotional perspective, I do find that I disagree that criminals should be treated differently based on the governmental or social position that the victim holds. Anyone who batters (or even assaults) someone should ALWAYS be treated as if that person was the most important person in the world. After all, in many cases that person is one of the most important peeople in the world to somebody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    I found the old story.
    I must not have been paying attention to the news that week either.

    Nice sig, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    "We'd be looking at multiple charges of unlawful mischief -- one for each vehicle and assault, the severity of which is undetermined," said Lt. Mike Schirling of Burlington police.
    Come on people read at least a whole sentence. They are looking at assault, if they catch the guys AND then 14 other charges at the least.

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