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VCU Student who shot carjacker being charged with murder

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posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 11:54 AM

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The man who police say shot a robber in the Union Hill neighborhood is now being charged with second degree murder.

Witnesses say Eric Driver, 25 and a student at VCU, came out of his home to find his girlfriend being held at gunpoint by a masked thief who was attempting to break into her car. They say he rushed to her defense, shooting the man six times.

The man shot, Jamal Holman, 24, was rushed to VCU Medical Center with his mask still on, where he later died.

Police confirmed that Holman did break into the vehicle. Originally, police were not calling the case a homicide investigation.

I expected VA to have more sense than this.

Originally he wasnt being charged with a crime then something must have changed.

Barring any missing details and given the story as presented I hope sense and reason set him free.

Here's the same story from another source:

Around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, Richmond Police began investigating a shooting that occurred in the 2100 block of East Leigh Street.

24-year-old Jamal Holman was found shot, and was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died.

Police arrested Eric Driver, Jr., 25, of the 500 block of North 22nd Street, and charged him with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Officials say Holman had broken into a vehicle.

Driver then confronted Holman, which led to an altercation resulting in the shooting of Holman.

It's unsure if Holman had a weapon on him at the time.

Stay with 8News for updates.

Pretty distinct differences and spins. Why?

Maybe I should have posted this under Media and Education?

[edit on 24-4-2009 by thisguyrighthere]

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 11:57 AM
reply to post by thisguyrighthere

This is disgusting, words cannot begin to discribe how wrong this is. So Americans have the right to bear arms, but not to used them in self defence? They should have gold plated whatever gun he used as a reward for taking one more piece of [*SNIP*] of the streets.

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[edit on 4/24/2009 by AshleyD]

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 12:05 PM
reply to post by thisguyrighthere

This dude commited a crime when he wsa car jacking that women/? Maybe this will serve as a notice to potintial criminals you never know whos carrying.

They should free this man and give him a medal.

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 12:06 PM
This is reminicent of the many cases of women who bear years of physical abuse then finally snap and kill the bastard doing it then go to jail.

The US legal system has a vested interest in promoting a victim mindset and does not want citizens to take active steps to ensure their own security.

"Let the police handle it" is the usual refrain. Yet the police are in most places stretched far too thinly and cannot or do not respond adequately in far too many of these situations.

Bad DA!

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 12:58 PM
Before you rush to judgment on this, wait until all the facts are in.

If the truth is as stated in the first article, there will be an investigation and he will be freed.

If there was no reason to shoot, then he will go to trial.

Did the robber give up once a gun was pointed at him?

Did some time elapse after the robber gave up?

Did the robber brandish a weapon?

Was anyone's life in danger?

After a shooting, I think there should always be an investigation. Get all the facts out in the open.

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 01:01 PM
Is the DA there freeking crazy? Jeeze, spam all the radio shows and politicians, this is an atrocity! This is the USA not the UK!!!

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 01:04 PM
What is really hood is this, I went to school there @ VCU and lived in Richmond and church hill area for a number of years, it is crazy to think that with as much crime in Richmond as it is or is known to occur even though that particular block or area it is not as problematic, the DA would charge someone defending himself and another human being in a situation like this, it is absolutely ridiculous, now if he is catching a gun charge over this where he possesed the handgun illegally, which might be the case it is a different story because Virginia does not play with that either, its almost like an instant 7 years if you are caught in any circumstance, thanks for posting this I will definitely follow this tragic story, and to be honest no one wants the limelight or to be celebrated a hero after taking someone elses life, he wants his privacy in this situation but that is not going to happen now.

[edit on 24-4-2009 by phinubian]

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 01:07 PM

Originally posted by Wildbob77
After a shooting, I think there should always be an investigation. Get all the facts out in the open.

Absolutely there should always be an investigation. But when an investigation is ongoing is it proper to charge a man with murder? An ongoing investigation would indicate not all of the facts are known?

Either the cops know something they arent saying to the press or the cops and politico's in that town have an anti-self defense policy if the first article is true. If the 2nd article is true it definitely sounds like there could be charges depending on the details of the confrontation between the thief and the shooter.

The black and white opposing stories are really bizarre. It's a given that each report of the same instance would vary slightly but these two are nearly opposite in their reporting. Almost as though the shooters father owns the outlet of the first article and the thief's father owns the outlet responsible for the second article.

posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 01:22 PM
This is the part that has me puzzled:

"Police arrested Eric Driver, Jr., 25, of the 500 block of North 22nd Street, and charged him with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony."

"Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony"???

What felony did this guy commit?

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