RF aroused the ire of some Glock-lovers yesterday when he posted some hearsay about a blocky gun in a knapsack “going off” near some kids in a car. Given that the story was relayed by someone’s best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend who heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw the whole thing happen near thirty-one flavors, it’s probably reasonable to doubt that the story’s entirely accurate. This story, however, seems to have a little more substance behind it…
According to warrants for their arrests, Leah Louise Porter, 28, had a loaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in a van she was driving with Shanla Jamie Sutherland, 28, and Sutherland’s two small children, ages 3 and 5. The 3-year-old reportedly grabbed the weapon and fired off a round into the van’s roof.
What, no Mossy mavens claiming this could never happen? Didn’t think so.
Complicating the situation – legally speaking – was Sutherland who was banging away on her keyboard when the scattergun created the moon roof.
After police arrived, Sutherland lied to officers about her name and birth date…. (She’s) accused of using her cell phone to send and receive text messages related to the sale of illegal narcotics. It is unknown why police investigated her phone.
This can be so hard sometimes. Ms. Porter appears to have been the owner of the shotgun and was schlepping it around a loaded, unsecured in her back seat. You have to wonder what (if anything) she was thinking, knowing the gun was there, when her friend Sutherland stowed her kiddies in the back seat.
But how can you overlook Sutherland’s exemplary meth-headed conduct? OK, so it wasn’t her gun. But she clearly saw nothing wrong with tossing her two offspring back there with a gun she couldn’t have failed to see. That Mossy had to be about as big as her 3-year-old.
So in the interest of technical correctness, Leah Louise Porter will take her place in the TTAG IGOTD shrine. But let’s give Sutherland a hearty round of honorable mention applause too, shall we?