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Teenage girl accused of shooting dead a friend after he asked her to try out his bulletproof vest
Daily Mail Online ^ | May 14, 2014 | Snejana Farberov

Posted on 05/14/2014 4:51:46 PM PDT by Teotwawki

A South Carolina teenager was charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say she fired a shot at a friend in a bulletproof vest, but missed the Kevlar and struck him in the heart. Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Shelia Cole said Blake Wardell, 26, found an old flak jacket early Wednesday morning in Greenville, put it on and asked 18-year-old Taylor Kelly to shoot him. Kelly fired a single round from a small-caliber handgun at the vest, but just missed.

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1 posted on 05/14/2014 4:51:46 PM PDT by Teotwawki
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To: Teotwawki

Did she hold his beer for him too?


2 posted on 05/14/2014 4:54:39 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: Teotwawki

She gives love, a bad name.


3 posted on 05/14/2014 4:56:24 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Teotwawki

If she’d only shot herself too, it could have been a Double Darwin!


4 posted on 05/14/2014 5:01:20 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Teotwawki

Southern gothic romance. Now she has something to really write in her diary.


5 posted on 05/14/2014 5:01:27 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Teotwawki

A Kevlar vest that does not cover the heart?

Epic design flaw?


6 posted on 05/14/2014 5:01:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Teotwawki

Stupid is supposed to hurt.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 5:02:55 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Teotwawki

And now that dude has nothing left but a broken Kevlar vest , a broken heart, a girlfriend in prison and a Darwin Award.


8 posted on 05/14/2014 5:03:51 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Teotwawki

Note to the uninitiated, FLAK jackets are for flak,
not bullets. They don’t do much for flak either, except
they make you feel protected which means you’ll get on
the airplane in spite of your imagination.


9 posted on 05/14/2014 5:05:14 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Teotwawki

Id call it suicide by stupidity. I feel sorry for the girl but she’s learning that just because a boy says to do something doesn’t make is a good idea.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 5:06:17 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: LittleBillyInfidel
She gives love, a bad name.

I see what you did there.

11 posted on 05/14/2014 5:07:01 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Oliviaforever

It sounds like the vest is fine, if not a little stained.


12 posted on 05/14/2014 5:07:07 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: GeronL

Flak jackets are designed for just that...flak, shrapnel and grenade fragments. They are not designed, nor intended to stop direct fire, small arms projectiles...


13 posted on 05/14/2014 5:07:32 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: JimSEA

Didn’t her momma tell her not to listen to guys?


14 posted on 05/14/2014 5:10:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

bump


15 posted on 05/14/2014 5:11:13 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL
thank you... i mean WTF???
16 posted on 05/14/2014 5:18:05 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Someone else pointed out that this could have been from WW2 or something. Just tells me the man WAS a real moron.


17 posted on 05/14/2014 5:20:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Teotwawki

BFL


18 posted on 05/14/2014 5:21:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: tet68
Good observation.

"she fired a shot at a friend in a bulletproof vest, but missed the Kevlar and struck him in the heart."

The best I can determine is that she didn't miss anything. She hit was she was shooting at.

19 posted on 05/14/2014 5:21:55 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: GeronL
"Just tells me the man WAS a real moron."

"The victim’s family told deputies that Wardell had a history of mental illness"

From the article, I would say you are right.

20 posted on 05/14/2014 5:25:11 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: GeronL
if it was a flack jacket, it was never designed to stop a bullet in the first place, so how did BULLETPROOF get in the headline??? BIG difference between a bullet and shrapnel
21 posted on 05/14/2014 5:25:30 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Teotwawki

Darwin was an optimist


22 posted on 05/14/2014 5:27:17 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Chode

Headline fail, again?

Remember that reporters are often the most uninformed people in our society


23 posted on 05/14/2014 5:28:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Enterprise

dang


24 posted on 05/14/2014 5:29:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL
"Dang"

Dang me, dang me
They otta take a rope and hang me
Hang me from the highest tree
Oh honey take a shot at me

25 posted on 05/14/2014 5:32:15 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: windcliff

Southern gothic romance down in Greenville. Though it starts so sadly.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 5:35:59 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Chode
so how did BULLETPROOF get in the headline???

The same way All guns are AK-47 chambered in 12GA 3.5" 76.2 X 3900 + 5400 Magnum Cop Killer Armor Piercing Incendiary Depleted Uranium Nuclear Tipped Hollow Point.

27 posted on 05/14/2014 5:46:32 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: mabarker1
100%
28 posted on 05/14/2014 5:47:52 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Teotwawki
A South Carolina teenager was charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say she fired a shot at a friend in a bulletproof vest, but missed the Kevlar and struck him in the heart.

Pardon?

The point of a bullet resistant vest is that it protects your torso where your heart is. Was his located somewhere unusual?

29 posted on 05/14/2014 5:53:08 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: GeronL
If it was an old Vietnam era flak jacket,as I suspect, it is not a bulletproof vest to begin with. That plus degradation of kevlar due to age.
30 posted on 05/14/2014 5:58:45 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: mabarker1
The same way All guns are AK-47 chambered in 12GA 3.5" 76.2 X 3900 + 5400 Magnum Cop Killer Armor Piercing Incendiary Depleted Uranium Nuclear Tipped Hollow Point.

The shelves are filled with those, but I can't find any .22 LR.

31 posted on 05/14/2014 6:00:55 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#hashtagline)
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To: Teotwawki

Yeah, I’m guessing it was an old flak jacket and the writer of the article just called it “kevlar”.


32 posted on 05/14/2014 6:06:02 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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To: Teotwawki

Would she jump off a bridge if he did?


33 posted on 05/14/2014 6:07:39 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Teotwawki

Flak jackets stop flak —SORT OF. They don’t stop bullets.

“bullet proof jackets” also generally don’t stop rifle bullets and they rarely stop arrows, bolts, or knives.


34 posted on 05/14/2014 6:09:45 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
The point of a bullet resistant vest is that it protects your torso where your heart is. Was his located somewhere unusual?

I suspect he didn't correctly adjust the straps (if she missed the jacket as reported). I don't think the condition of the Kevlar matters (if it was in fact Kevlar as reported), nor does the difference between bullet resistant and a flak jacket (if it was in fact a flak jacket as reported). The shooter apparently has some firearms "experience"; I can't imagine how a shooter with this technique missed (or perhaps she didn't want to hit the jacket?):

No person involved in this story, including journalists, looks competent to do anything.

35 posted on 05/14/2014 6:12:26 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Enterprise
"Just tells me the man WAS a real moron."
"The victim’s family told deputies that Wardell had a history of mental illness"

If the girl obeys a guy with a history of mental problems, when he says "go ahead and shoot me!", then she's not too well adjusted either. Both dead in the brain..one more so than the other at this point.

36 posted on 05/14/2014 6:13:07 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: tet68

Flak jackets can also serve to hold some of the pieces together while you’re waiting for the Medics.


37 posted on 05/14/2014 6:15:00 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: catbertz

Lack of knowledge can be painful. The force of the round hitting a vest has caused a lot officers, who survived, to have a bruised sternum or broken ribs.


38 posted on 05/14/2014 6:22:56 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Pollster1

Is that her?

Oh my!


39 posted on 05/14/2014 6:25:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Disambiguator

I got like 60 rounds of .22LR and don’t even have a firearm for them.

I figure I’ll hold out till they are selling for $5-6 a round;)


40 posted on 05/14/2014 6:33:36 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: Teotwawki

Darwin award!!


41 posted on 05/14/2014 6:33:40 PM PDT by RossA
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To: tet68
Maybe back then Tet, but add in a ceramic plate and they're pretty effective against quite a bit.

Even the vest itself will stop 9mm. If you hit the vest.

But if you're in a situation where the vest is a necessity....the plate is a necessity. (even a plate carrier and plates rather than a bulky flak).

One of my Marines took a burst of steel core 7.62x54 and lived to tell the tale - plate stopped every round; he was upside down at the time (long story) one round missed the flak and went through the back and out the stomach.

I knew another guy that took two to the plate and continued on with just two small bruises.

The problem is with mass media and the rolling casualty ticker - the powers that be think everyone should be wrapped in bubble wrap, Kevlar, condoms, and glow belts, and provided a rape whistle; safe from any contingency.

- E.G. you're loaded down with so much crap it defeats the purpose because you can't move.

USMC - Uncomplicated Sh#t Made Complicated

42 posted on 05/14/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why are cops ROE more lenient against us, here in the US, than U.S. military's ROE's in a war zone?)
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- E.G. you're loaded down with so much crap it defeats the purpose because you can't move.

Also known as Agincourt Syndrome.

43 posted on 05/14/2014 7:06:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: shove_it

I bought a used vest off of a guy years ago. It had a patch on it. I asked him about it. He said he used his .357 and tested it on his dog. Lol!

Before anyone asks, he said the dog was ok.


44 posted on 05/14/2014 7:09:45 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: mabarker1
The same way All guns are AK-47 chambered in 12GA 3.5" 76.2 X 3900 + 5400 Magnum Cop Killer Armor Piercing Incendiary Depleted Uranium Nuclear Tipped Hollow Point.

HEY, I think I might have one of those...

45 posted on 05/14/2014 7:12:04 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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To: GeronL

“Remember that reporters are often the most uninformed people in our society”

Probably they figure a .380 is a bigger bullet than a .308! ;)


46 posted on 05/14/2014 7:15:49 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: GeronL
A Kevlar vest that does not cover the heart?

He now has a hole where his heart was.

Maybe the vest was loose, or worn low, or she shot from a bit to the side.

47 posted on 05/14/2014 7:37:35 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Eagles6

Although Kelvar was invented in 1965, it was not used in personal armor until the 1980s. From Wiki:

Kevlar is a well-known component of personal armor such as combat helmets, ballistic face masks, and ballistic vests. The PASGT helmet and vest used by United States military forces since the 1980s . . .

So if a Veitnam era flak jacket, it was not Kevlar.


48 posted on 05/14/2014 7:43:24 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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To: Teotwawki

Que up Don Adams: Missed it by that much!


49 posted on 05/14/2014 7:50:26 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Teotwawki
He was doomed anyway.
50 posted on 05/14/2014 7:54:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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