An immigrant from war-torn Iraq, newly married and in Dallas for only 20 days, thought he’d take pictures of his first snowfall. Just like anybody might.
Newlywed From Iraq Fatally Shot While Taking Pics After Seeing Snow For First Time
A newlywed taking photos of his first snowfall was killed in an apparent random gun firing in Dallas Thursday, less than a month after he moved to the United States from Iraq, police and family said.
“He just bought a car,” the victim’s father-in-law Mohammed Al Taae said. “[He was] trying to find a decent job to start his life.”
Witnesses told police that a group of men was randomly firing a gun near the 9900 block of Walnut Street at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when 36-year-old Ahmed Al-Jumaili was shot.
Police said Al-Jumaili was in a nearby parking lot taking pictures of the snow at the time.
This story reminds me a lot of this one, also involving an immigrant from Iraq, this one a new U.S. citizen visiting a tourist town in Georgia. Just an unfortunate accident, of course. It is unfathomable to me that someone who has escaped the horrors of their war-ravaged country to start a new life in America could be cut down doing something as mundane as visiting a tourist town or taking pictures of their first snowfall.
Texas has been in the news a lot lately for gun negligence: three children in Houston, a 14-year-old in Ft. Worth yesterday fatally shot by his 24-year-old friend, and this one, described as “a young adult,” injured but not seriously. All of this as Texas debates allowing guns in even more places.
Because allowing guns almost everywhere is working so well for you guys now. I mean, just do the body count.
This is abject stupidity.