My city has murders every day, our youth in Louisville are at risk and die every day. Here is the latest sad tale from Louisville, Kentucky.
Mother Wants Justice For Son Shot In Back By Old Man Son Was Terrorizing
Metro Police say 62-year-old Archie Ashley shot Elliott in the back after Ashley's home was vandalized by a group of teens Saturday night near
Ashley had complained that groups of young people had been throwing rocks at his home and car all night. But Elliott's family says that doesn't
justify his actions.
His mother says he didn't normally hang out in that neighborhood. She says, "When I took him down Saturday to spend the night with his friend, that
was that. I told him to be a good boy. His last few words, he said, 'I love you Mama,' and I said, 'I love you too.' That's the last words I have
from my son."
More from the article, Rick Pitino, our U of L basketball coach, donated a basket ball to the fallen teen after hearing of the death.
Some more links about this story, so you can get a more complete picture before I give my thoughts on this topic.
More details, picture of victim at this link...Wave3, Lou. KY
Friends and Family Mourn Teen, Want Justice
A couple of things jumped out with this case.
The old man was being terrorized by a band of punks, throwing rocks at his house and car. At several of the links you can see the picture of the old
This happened in the ghetto, a rotten dangerous part of this city (unfortunately there are few places left not touched by the punkage and violence we
The kid was shot in the back.
My question is this.
Is shooting someone in the back ever justified?
This old man was likely scared, and fed up, and we do not know if he was aiming at the kids back, or if the kid turned after the first shot was fired
and caught a bullet running away from his criminal activity.
Interestingly, the old man, after shooting, picked up spent shell casings and tried to hide the gun.
Does that say guilty or scared?
I can see a scared terrorized old man fed up and desperate to stop a gang of punks from vandalizing and terrorizing his property. He has a right to
live without fear. In this neighborhood/part of Louisville, calling the cops could get you killed. Could, excuse me, does.
Maybe he got scared and just started firing to scare them, and had bad aim. It was dark.
I would love to hear what others think on this case.
Gun rights, right to protect your self and property, the perception of the old man this was a gang of youth out to possibly kill him, shot in the
And, is shooting someone in the back EVER justified?