November 2, 2008

ハロウィン殺人事件再び:Halloween Shooting in SC


A 12-year-old trick-or-treater was shot to death as he knocked on a door in South Carolina. An ex-convict who thought he was being robbed sprayed nearly 30 rounds with an assault rifle, AK-47, from inside his home, AP reported.

This reminds us of the Hattori Shooting in 1992 in which then 16-year-old Japanese exchange student, Yoshihiro Hattori, got killed in a similar situation. That time, the shooter was acquitted under Louisiana's "Kill the burglar" statute, though it's hard to believe one would assume someone ringing the doorbell or knocking on a door to be a burglar.

Unlike Louisiana's case, though, this SC guy is likely to be convicted guilty because an ex-con is not allowed to own a gun anyway...


サウスカロライナ州でハロウィンの晩(米時間10/31)、パパと弟(9)と3人でトリック・オア・トリート(お菓子おねだり)に回っていた12歳の男の子が、ある家の玄関のドアをノックしたところ家主に強盗と間違えられ、ドア越しにアサルトガンAK-47を29発浴び、間もなく死亡した。同行の家族、車で待っていたママと幼児は無事。

家主クエンティン・パトリック容疑者(22)は前科がある人なので法律で銃所持は禁じられている。即座に殺人、強迫、暴行などの容疑で逮捕された。服部剛丈君殺人事件(1992年)のときみたいな無罪放免は考えにくそう。



[Tragic Mistake in Halloween Shooting?, via Digg]

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