A former Marine was charged in a road-rage shooting that critically injured a New Jersey motorist driving his 8-year-old daughter to her home in suburban Philadelphia, police said today.
Authorities thanked the public for helping to find suspect Christian Squillaciotti, 33, who had been at large for about a week. He was arrested Monday at his South Philadelphia home and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and other offenses.
No wonder the Philadelphia cops are so dangerous, they've got guys like this going around with guns. It boggles the mind that someone can get that angry. Maybe he didn't see the kid, maybe it happened very quickly before he'd had a chance to think, but it still boggles the mind.
The incident happened last October. It's in the news today because the trial is about to begin. The defense attorney claims that his client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.
Police said they recovered the truck and several weapons from his house, including a gun that is the same caliber as the one used to shoot Timko. Bethel would not confirm if it is the weapon investigators believe was used in the crime.
Police released few details about Squillaciotti, except to say that he has a martial arts background and was honorably discharged from the Marines. He has no criminal record, Bethel said.
"No criminal record" must mean he owned the guns legally and up until the moment of shooting Timko, was one of the law-abiding gun owners of America. Please refer to my post entitled "The Famous 10%." Mr. Squillaciotti probably belonged to several of the categories that comprise the 10%, apparently proving one of the criticisms I've received about the theory. However, if you read carefully, you'll see that I downplayed each of the percentages and knocked off a couple points at the end to compensate for that problem.
The point is the enormous population of gun owning people in the United States includes people like this. This means it's not black and white, it's not good guys and bad guys. There is a huge gray area from which we have never-ending trouble.
What's your opinion?