Wednesday, April 21, 2010

15-year-old Murders Boyfriend with Gun

The Mercury News reports on a tragic story which puts the other twist on the old "guns are bad news for women" idea.

A 15-year-old Oakland girl was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting Sunday morning of an 18-year-old man she had been dating.

Besides the murder charge, the girl, whose name was not released, also had an enhancement clause of use of a firearm.

The girl is still in custody at Juvenile Hall in San Leandro and will have a detention hearing Thursday to determine whether she will be released from custody to her family or will be held for trial.

Golde, who heads the district attorney's juvenile division in San Leandro, said that the girl has no prior criminal record and that there are no plans to prosecute her as an adult.

Police said she has admitted her involvement in the killing of Davante Riley, of Oakland, who was shot inside an apartment in the 2200 block of East 20th Street. Riley had turned 18 Saturday, and he and the girl and some other people were celebrating his birthday and hanging out at the apartment, where a relative of Riley's lives.

Riley was shot about 12:14 a.m. Sunday and died at a hospital at 12:47 a.m. Police did not release details of what led up to the shooting. It is believed the gun that killed Riley was already in the apartment.

Golde said, "This shows you what the proliferation of guns can do."

Now that California is what I call a civilized state, unlike Florida, where they tend to prosecute 15-year-olds as adults.

What's your opinion? Do you agree that gun proliferation has something to do with this? Do you think the scorned adolescents in Japan deal with their frustrations like this? Let me answer that. No, they don't. And the reason they don't is because guns are not that readily available. It's only in the United States that resorting to a gun is an option and has become such a widespread response to things ranging from disputes over raking the leaves to lovers' spats.

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