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San Diego boy throwing rocks hit by crossbow bolt
Associated Press ^ | August 30, 2011

Posted on 08/30/2011 12:32:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego police say a boy throwing rocks at vehicles was struck in the abdomen by a crossbow bolt fired by a passenger in small sport utility vehicle.

Officer Dino Delimitros says the boy and a friend were throwing rocks in the Linda Vista neighborhood Monday afternoon when a passenger in a black Toyota RAV4 pulled out a crossbow and fired.

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To: JennysCool

It was a bolt of smarten up he got at a young age which might help him survive until old age. I am glad he and his pal survived their misadventure.

81 posted on 08/30/2011 2:47:00 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Bigg Red
In the early 80s, some freak dropped a football-sized rock from an overpass about 10 miles south of Salem, Oregon onto a car on Interstate 5. It crashed through the windshield and struck a 12 year old girl who was sitting in the back seat.

Her father rushed her to the nearest hospital where doctors saved her life. Later she underwent a series of painful operations to put her face back into something resembling normal.

As far as I know the police never found the perp but it wasn't through lack of trying... everyone in the area wanted his blood. He should have been whipped to death for what he did.

82 posted on 08/30/2011 2:47:10 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Basil Duke

Yep, I remember right there by Forest Park.

As far as the crossbow, that’s not what I would have resorted to. It’s still an assault first degree and not worth a lifetime of prison over.

Having said that, I would relish the look on the kids face when I pulled the badge and bracelets out.

83 posted on 08/30/2011 5:54:46 PM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Ronin
I own one of those handheld crossbows. They cost about $20.

You can hit gallon milk jug at about 20 yards. Penetration is iffy (one bolt will go through a 1/4 plywood and the next bolt bounce off), because the bolts are not that stable.

It is a lot of fun to shoot.

The only downside is that it takes two people to string the bow (50Lb pull and the bow is less than 15 inches long)

84 posted on 08/30/2011 6:44:49 PM PDT by fini
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To: GraceG
If someone had pulled over and spanked this little brat

Actually the little brat was 16 years old. Very lucky not to get a double tap.
85 posted on 08/30/2011 6:51:29 PM PDT by PA Engineer (SP/XX12: Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: BigFinn

YOU may have thrown rocks at cars going 60+ mph on the highway, but don’t attempt to assign that experience to other posters here.

Most people here were raised well enough to understand that throwing rocks at cars could easily cause the death of the driver (or any passengers in the vehicle.)

86 posted on 08/30/2011 9:27:28 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Good shoot.

Seriously. It seems like a lot of folks here are conflicted by this one, or at least have to caveat their support. It sounds like someone got a wakeup call. Hopefully he will heed it.

When I was a brain-dead youth, it never occurred to me to throw rocks at cars BUT my farm buds and I used to play an even more dangerous game. We'd sneak out late at night with a million candle-power spotlight and set up to the side of a blind curve or hilltop crossroads. When a car would come we'd pop up from cover and spot the driver right in the eyes. We had a good laugh when they'd scream and cuss and swerve all over the place. Then we'd move to a different spot and do it again.

By grace of God alone, none of our victims wrecked out. There were a couple near-misses, though.

This got to be a habit with us. So much so that we went out one night after a blizzard. The road was down to one lane. The first guy we "zapped" ran off into a snowbank. We thought it was great fun until he popped out with a rifle and drew down on us. We ditched the light and took off running like mad. I don't know if he fired (he was surely blind as a bat at that moment anyway). We were crashing through brush and making a massive racket. We broke into an open field and kept running. In our haste we forgot there was a fence ahead and we both hit it running flat-out. The next day we had a lot of 'splaining to do: what happened to dad's light and why were we both limping and what the heck gave us those cuts and bruises?? I don't recall the cock-and-bull story we spun, but we NEVER even discussed doing that stunt again. Looking back, I think we got off really light.

87 posted on 08/31/2011 3:57:09 AM PDT by jboot
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Custer wore an Arrow shirt at the battle of Little Big Horn.

88 posted on 08/31/2011 9:23:01 PM PDT by Redcitizen (Transmute lead into gold-- buy ammunition.)
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To: jboot

There is room for conflict.
On the one hand, this is a deadly assault.
On the other, once you stop your car, it is unlikely the perp can lob another one far enough, and any follow up assault is likely not to constitute deadly force. So the threat is essentially over.
This makes firing at them, or running up the hill and beating the snot out of them more like retaliation than defense. Now, the latter needs to occur, to keep them from assaulting someone else, and in some states, you are justified in using deadly force to prevent a felony or defend someone else from using deadly force - but it would be a hard argument unless you can show that you waited for them to try to drop it on someone else before dropping them.

Now shooting from a bridge is another story altogether.

89 posted on 09/01/2011 2:43:47 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: Apogee

Also, note that at least one iteration of the story does not sound as though the shooter turned and fired in reaction, but perhaps chased the thrower down later.
Of course, he is not around to tell his side of the story, and the “kid” has a vested interest in telling his.

90 posted on 09/01/2011 3:27:56 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: BigFinn

See post 40.

91 posted on 09/01/2011 3:33:20 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is such a shooting legal self-defense anyplace?

92 posted on 09/01/2011 3:35:10 PM PDT by bvw
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To: BigFinn; marychesnutfan
No lib here buddy... just some common sense. Would you shoot the kid because he threw a rock at your car?

I personally wouldn't. However, if I had kids or a wife, and someone threw a rock at my vehicle when I am driving, that person had better run very very fast because, to me, that person just attempted serious harm. I saw some guys some months back driving on the wrong side of the road for fun ending up hitting an oncoming car. If it was my car, and I had my family in it, that person is dead unless they can (very quickly) tell me why they were doing that (acceptable responses include rushing someone to hospital etc - silence or 'just for fun' are not acceptable). Same thing about rocks - if I catch the person I will have the presence of mind (for a few short seconds) to ask him why he was throwing rocks at my car. The answer better be good and quick. Oh, and I do not consider a 16 year old a kid.

93 posted on 09/05/2011 5:10:11 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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