Sometimes you read a news story and you know damned good and well that it just didn’t happen that way. Maybe it’s a BS tale told by someone who finds himself knee-deep trouble. Or maybe it’s just poor writing on the part of the reporter. I know which I think this is…
One thing we do know for sure is that Brandon Landis is dead. And if you believe this story, he was shot in the back of the head by Mack Thomas. Which seems like a pretty big detail to get wrong.
According to a neighbor who was friends with both men, “[Thomas] was playing with a gun and Brandon snuck up behind him and scared him.”
Got that? Thomas (above, with one helluva shiner) was “playing with a gun.” Landis then snuck up behind him and said BOO! – or something to that effect. This is where I have trouble. Somehow, Thomas whirled around and managed to shoot his friend, in the back of his head. As Dr. Evil would say, riiiiiiiight.
It’s hard to imagine how Landis would have had time, after scaring Mack, to turn tail and run in the other direction, thus exposing his backside to Mack. And if Landis did somehow manage that, why would Mack shoot someone who’s running away from him, even if he didn’t recognize that person as his friend?
The tragic events just happened last night, so I’m sure more details will emerge in time. And I’d love to know what happened to Mack’s eye. It could have nothing at all to do with the shooting. But maybe it does. I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out if this is a BS story or a story that was written in a BS fashion.
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