Thursday, July 13, 2006

Drive-by shooting at sex offender's home

Police investigate drive-by shooting at sex offender's home

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Police have no suspects and are seeking the public's help in identifying the perpetrator of a drive-by shooting at the home of a registered sex offender.

Police Sgt. Craig Harding said the resident was sitting in his home with his baby about 10 p.m. Monday when the front window was blasted.

"The front window was broken from top to bottom and there were holes from the pellets of a shotgun all around," Harding said. "The pattern was about 3 feet wide, making the shooter several yards away at the time of the incident."

Harding said the resident has had trouble before because of his history, but never as violent as this time.

"We cannot have vigilante justice," Harding said. "Whether or not a person is guilty or has received the right punishment is not up to the police or the neighbors, it is up to the court to decide.

"Right now, we are looking for the individual responsible for this aggravated assault and possibly attempted homicide," he said.

Possibly? POSSIBLY? Oh, come on. Don't tell me, the shooter just happened to be cleaning his shotgun a few yards away from the front window at 10 PM and it went off by accident.

The article notes the intended victim has encountered "trouble" before, though not this violent. Dollars to douughnuts he soon decides it's too much, um, "trouble" being registered and takes off.


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