Skip to comments.Walgreens shooter: 'One chance'(NE)
Posted on 05/04/2010 12:57:12 PM PDT by marktwain
Harry James McCullough took it personally. The former security guard was standing at a Walgreens checkout counter when he saw two masked men, one with a sawed-off shotgun, enter the store. Marquail Thomas, 18, pointed the shotgun at customers and yelled, Nobody (expletive) move!''
There's no doubt in my mind what they were going to do, McCullough said Thursday. There was no time to react. You only have one chance.
McCullough pulled out a pistol and shot Thomas four times. Thomas collapsed outside the store and died later at a hospital.
McCullough chased down the second masked man, whom Omaha police have identified as Angelo Douglas, 17, and held him until officers arrived. Jauvier Perkins, 15, who police said was the getaway driver, was arrested Wednesday.
Prosecutors said all three are known gang members.
McCullough said he had no idea whom he was dealing with.
I took it personal, he said. I was the only one in that situation that could have made it any better, so I took action.
McCullough said he never expected something like this to happen at his neighborhood drugstore, which he visits at least once a month to pick up a prescription for migraine headaches.
(Excerpt) Read more at omaha.com ...
Reporter to cop: Why did you shoot him 6 times?
Cop: I was out of bullets.
Marquail got his 5 minutes of fame.
good riddance to bad rubbish.
Gang members? And now this guy’s name is being publicized?
Well, thanks to some crackerjack reporting by a intellectually challenged reporter, the gang members of the victim and the perps now know who they need to track down and kill.
I’m sure the family of Harry James McCullough will be thrilled to know how easily it is to track their son down, especially with a press that is eager to single out a Hero for the gangs to kill.
How else will the reporters get their next story? sarc/
Yeah he can defend himself, but not having your name out there is a defense all it's own. "Anonymous bystander" is how I'd like to be referred to in the de-brief.
“”””Kleine said a bullet from the pistol was found inside the barrel of the shotgun, indicating that Thomas was aiming his gun at McCullough.””””
Mythbusters needs to do their thing to recreate it.
Several things are not in this article. His gun was confiscated by the police on the spot. He was unarmed with possible gang members who now know who he is and where he lives. Some gunowners held a collection and gave him enough to buy a new gun. When he tried to register it, he was refused (which means he cannot pick up the new gun). The reason given was he was ticketed for a misdemeanor (carrying concealed without a permit). Omaha has had handgun registration since the 1880’s, BTW. He is working little over minimum wage jobs and probably does not have another.
All the usual suspects (gun grabbing politicians, newspaper columnists, and idiots posting on local websites) are condemning him. They say; “If this happened, or that happened, or something else happened instead of what actually happened, it would have been far worse.” One idiot accused him of shooting an unarmed man (which nobody knew at the time) in the back (which the tapes show happened when he spun around after getting hit 3 times). Another idiot said that the perp did not have to be pointing the gun at him. He could have “curved” the bullet into the barrel!!!
The State Patrol has also said that he will never be allowed to have a concealed carry permit in the future because he has a misdemeanor ticket for carrying concealed without a permit. Keep all this in mind when someone says the Police are your friend. They are not.
“The State Patrol has also said that he will never be allowed to have a concealed carry permit in the future because he has a misdemeanor ticket for carrying concealed without a permit.”
Ya’ll ned a “Shall Issue” CC Law in Nebraska exempting Misdemeanors. That’ll put the gun grabbing Cops back on their leashes.
Are they still not allowing him to register his new weapon just because he was ticketed even though he apparently won't be prosecuted?
An absolute “hh rule”:
Vigilantism rises because of the unwillingness or inability of law enforcement to do their jobs.....
Marquail Tyrill Deshane Thomas
Poor kid didn't have a chance from the get-go. /semi-sarc
This was not an act of vigilantism. That would occur if a group of armed men went to the house of gang members to seek retribution for a crime committed by members of the gang.
This was a fortuitous act of self defense, stopping a threatening murderer in progress of shooting innocent victims.
I trust he has been given a gun to protect his home and family from the vigilantism of gang members.
That'll get the job done.
While it would be a chance thing, it's not all that amazing. 12 gauge shotgun's bore is .730 inches in diameter, plenty of room for even .45 bullet, and chances are he was using something smaller.
Thank you, Harry James McCullough, Sir...
Sounds like he needs to move to Texas. We’d welcome him.
Do the police make the law?
As a rule they are. However the police hierarchy is not.
The refusal to give him a permit to own a new gun because of the ticket IS NOT a law. That is policy that was formulated by the Police Chief.
As far as the other examples given, I have not tracked them down, but they sound like policy rather than laws. Do you actually believe that there is any law requiring the State Patrol to NEVER give a concealed carry permit to someone who has a MISDEMEANOR ticket for carrying concealed without a permit?
If it is policy, it means the POLICE are the enemy, not the politicians.
Yes. This is what makes it doubly screwed up.
Those are the type of people that really make me wonder what goes through their mind. It’s the same mentality that thinks a shooting isn’t justified if the good guy doesn’t let the bad guy shoot first. It’s like some bizarro world of self defense.
The DMV with guns.
Aw man...I’m so tempted to leave a comment.
From that article:
“The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association gave McCullough the $649 to buy the replacement. “
Good job, people.
Alternate answer: Because five wasn’t enough and seven was too many.
I would say if being accused of unlawful carry was enough to deny someone a permit to purchase without being convicted, he should have standing to bring an interesting court challenge.
If someone is accused of a felony in Omaha do they loose their right to vote, or do they actually have to be convicted before that right is revoked?
A whole new meaning to "one in the pipe"?
That he put one down the barrel isn’t out of this world. In the early 90’s, I took a course from Jim Cirillo (and his partner, Al), the NYPD cops who had been in 17 shoot-outs with NYC’s gremlins in their career. He said that people often get a tunnel-vision fixation on the weapon - and that in shootouts, too often the person responding to the perps aims tightly in on the weapon, not the perp himself. That’s what sounds like happened here.
This can work against the good guy if the perp has the long gun mounted on their shoulder, for example. The good guy moves his “fixation” zone up and to his left (to the perp’s up and right” to put it on the gun - and some of their shots easily go high and wide.
Cirillo said that it takes either lots of training or “as in his case, lots of real-world practice” (he had* a outrageous sense of humor) to learn to aim for center of mass, no longer how much you want to fixate on the size of the hole in the end of the shotgun.
On that, Cirillo said “The hole on the end of a 12 gauge looks like you could walk right up the thing when it’s pointed into your face...”
* sadly, Jim was killed in an auto accident in 2007:
Eating a box lunch at the range with Jim and Al while they told us stories of Mayor John Lindsay (one of the most notorious of the RINO’s in the early 70’s in US politics), neighborhoods of NYC and the activities of the NYC Stake Out Squad was one of the high points of the class. He and Al had us all rolling on the ground, choking on our food half the time, nearly wetting ourselves the other half of the time.
If it hadn’t been that we were there for self-defense training, it was worth the price of the course for non-stop comedy.
I doubt they’ll publish what I submitted to his Legacy.com page:
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Every day, whenever they feel like it. One of the best things about being a cop is to do whatever you want and not face the consequences that an ordinary citizen would over your actions.
I am aware of city P.D.'s having "policy" that doesn't jive with city laws.
What you are saying isn't what I was referring to.
Good for him.