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Father who shot gunman at Huntsville skate park says he 'feared for my children's lives'
al.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Steve Doyle

Posted on 06/10/2014 2:50:43 PM PDT by Radio Free Tuscaloosa

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Kevin Weil felt his two young sons needed to burn off some energy following a Sunday afternoon birthday party, so they drove downtown to the Lydia Gold Skatepark.

The city-owned skateboard park on Cleveland Avenue is a favorite hangout for the Weil family, but this visit proved more memorable than all the rest.

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Map Another man was taking what Weil said were "lewd" pictures of two scantily-clad women lying on the graffiti-covered concrete. Weil, 38, said he asked the man if he thought the pictures were appropriate considering the park was filled with kids.

The question led to an argument that quickly spun out of control. During a Tuesday interview with AL.com, here's what Weil said happened next:

The man with the camera became irate and fetched a large handgun – possibly a TEC-9 semiautomatic – from his sport utility vehicle. It was just before 8 p.m.

"He walked straight toward everybody and said, 'I will kill everyone here,'" said Weil. "He swept (the gun) across everyone, including the girls who were with him. Everyone was terrified."

Most people, including Weil's 9-year-old son, took off running toward the nearby Historic Huntsville Depot. Weil told his 6-year-old to take cover in a dry pool used for skateboard tricks.

And then Weil, armed with only a pocket knife, did something remarkable: he began walking toward the man, repeatedly ordering him to drop his gun and surrender.

"I was the only adult there," he said. "I feared for my children's lives, and the lives of the other children there. I was just a parent doing what a parent does."

As Weil moved toward him, the armed man slowly backed up – all the way into the gravel parking lot. But Weil said the man kept shouting, kept the gun trained on his chest.

At this point, both men were near their vehicles. Weil grabbed his .40-caliber Glock handgun from a secret trunk compartment. Again, he ordered the man to drop his weapon and get on the ground. He also yelled for someone to call Huntsville police.

"At no point did he ever drop the weapon or put his hands up to surrender," said Weil. "He made it much harder than it had to be."

Weil said the man ducked behind his SUV, a maroon Ford Excursion with tinted windows. Unable to see what was happening, Weil said he shot out the windows and then approached the man's vehicle.

"He's still not presenting his hands or weapon," said Weil, "so I shot down and low."

Weil said one round struck the man below the waist, possibly in the buttocks. He said the man, still holding the semiautomatic pistol, hopped into another car with the girls he had been photographing. The girls jumped out; the man tried to put the car in gear.

Weil said he shot out the tires to prevent the man from escaping.

"I didn't want to kill this guy, but he was not listening," said Weil, who aspires to a military career. "Finally, he surrenders and shows me his hands."

Weil said the first police officers to arrive at the skate park were calm and professional. He placed his gun on the sidewalk and put his hands in the air. As he was being handcuffed, he told the officer that his 6-year-old was hiding in the skate park pool.

"And I told him that I had shot a man, he's in that truck over there and has a very large gun," said Weil.

Weil said he was taken to the Huntsville Police Department South Precinct for questioning before being released late Sunday night. The other man – who police have yet to identify -- was taken to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

No charges have been filed, and police spokesman Harry Hobbs said Tuesday afternoon that the shooting remains under investigation.

Weil said he does not anticipate being charged. "I think it's a pretty clear-cut case of self-defense," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; huntsville; skatepark
Conceal/carry, anyone?
1 posted on 06/10/2014 2:50:43 PM PDT by Radio Free Tuscaloosa
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

What a strange story.

But then...dead men tell no tales.


2 posted on 06/10/2014 2:55:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

Wow, just wow.


3 posted on 06/10/2014 2:55:38 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

The moral of the story...

Life is hard. Even harder when you are stupid...


4 posted on 06/10/2014 2:58:24 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa
Weil said he does not anticipate being charged. "I think it's a pretty clear-cut case of self-defense," he said.

It sounds like it but get a lawyer anyway.

5 posted on 06/10/2014 3:00:06 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa
Weil grabbed his .40-caliber Glock handgun from a secret trunk compartment

the only part of the story that perhaps requires further explanation. .

6 posted on 06/10/2014 3:04:50 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: BenLurkin

What a strange story.

But then...dead men tell no tales.


Who’s dead? They both lived.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 3:05:01 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Jane Long
Who’s dead? They both lived.

And that should be the ultimate outcome. Nobody should have to suffer the inherent psychological effects of having to shoot and kill someone in self defense........

8 posted on 06/10/2014 3:13:41 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

This dad is 38 and he, “aspires to a military career”?


9 posted on 06/10/2014 3:15:28 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

This dude is lucky.


10 posted on 06/10/2014 3:17:33 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

What a strange story. I would almost bet the “big gun” might have been fake or a toy. Why would he not return fire after threatening to kill everyone and waving it around? Father better lawyer up big time!


11 posted on 06/10/2014 3:20:13 PM PDT by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I have a Chevy Avalanche and sometimes put my handgun in the side-saddle above the wheels. People are often surprised when I open it up - so perhaps that is “concealed”.

I don’t know what the laws are and if he was CCW, but the trunk might be where he needs to keep it, and a “secret” compartment might just be where the spare tire is, etc.

What I found odd is that he had time to open his trunk at all. The guy is lucky.


12 posted on 06/10/2014 3:26:40 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Envisioning

Shouldn’t matter if it was toy or not.

A cop shot and killed a 13 year old carrying a toy rifle and was exonerated...

http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/13-year-old-shot-death-police-open-carrying-toy-rifle/


13 posted on 06/10/2014 3:30:28 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

flaky story IMHO.

walked toward the guy for quite a while with a gun pointed at his chest, armed with a knife, then has time to open the trunk and get a handgun?

sumpin not addin up my peeps


14 posted on 06/10/2014 3:33:15 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Envisioning
Envisioning said: "I would almost bet the “big gun” might have been fake or a toy. Why would he not return fire after threatening to kill everyone and waving it around? Father better lawyer up big time!"

While I vehemently agree that the father should lawyer-up, I don't see that he is in trouble if the gun proves to be a fake of some kind. There is no way for him to have known that or even suspected it.

The weakness I see in the incident, which is not great I think, is that he apparently closed ground on the attacker, exposing himself to more risk. He might reasonable do this if he fears that the attacker might hurt someone else.

It is rather impressive that the guy started out with a knife and was able to retrieve a handgun while still in the presence of the attacker. That circumstance seems unlikely.

15 posted on 06/10/2014 3:46:09 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa
First if you see something that is not right in a store or park or were ever move away. Get in your car with your kids and move along. Call the police once your clear as you are not a cop. My wife always says that I know everything that is going on around us at all time. I know were the exits are, I know how many people are in our zone and there make up. A CCL is not a license to tell people how to act or talk.
16 posted on 06/10/2014 4:02:10 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: BenLurkin

Nobody’s dead here....


17 posted on 06/10/2014 4:59:58 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

Yeah, that phrase seems very odd. But, given what passes for journalism these day, the phrase may well have been a fragment from some other piece the writer was working on. Or maybe he does not know the meaning of the word “aspire”.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 5:02:21 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: lostboy61

I do think that’s good advice.


19 posted on 06/10/2014 5:04:09 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Envisioning
Why would he not return fire after threatening to kill everyone and waving it around?

He had no huevos. If he did he would have opened fire to begin with.

20 posted on 06/10/2014 5:16:43 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Envisioning
Why would he not return fire after threatening to kill everyone and waving it around?

handgun – “ TEC-9 semiautomatic” – possibly jammed?

21 posted on 06/10/2014 8:55:27 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: RedMonqey

Nah, that hardly ever happens. /sarc


22 posted on 06/10/2014 9:47:00 PM PDT by LouD
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To: William Tell
The weakness I see in the incident, which is not great I think, is that he apparently closed ground on the attacker, exposing himself to more risk. He might reasonable do this if he fears that the attacker might hurt someone else.

Agreed, but he did say there were other children present besides his own. Impressive indeed, could have easily turned out very bad for him.

23 posted on 06/11/2014 5:48:53 AM PDT by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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