Your semi-regular round up of gun crazy. Enjoy.
• December 12, 2015:
An 11-year-old Estill Springs girl was shot in the back in the garage of a home. She died.
• December 11, 2015:
From Dyersburg, and yes, this is perfectly normal in Tennessee:
Employees told officers that a man had abandoned a silver Jeep at the gas pumps and left walking north on Lake Road with two dogs, and never returned.
Moments later the man and the two dogs were found on I-155 near the Lake Road interchange with a handgun in one hand and an ax in the other.
The subject, later identified as Mark Grooms, 26, of Union City, was ordered at gunpoint to drop the weapons.
He complied and was taken into custody.
It was found upon a search that Grooms was armed with a handgun and had a hatchet, a shotgun and rifle in a duffel bag, along with a large quantity of ammunition for all the weapons that were found to be loaded at the time of arrest.
Grooms was also in possession of two different types of illegal drugs and a large amount of cash.
At the time of arrest officers say Grooms appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug and was speaking incoherently about going to a church and “rallying with his people about getting someone.”
So, what happened to the dogs?
• December 10, 2015:
1- A Jackson man accidentally shot himself in the hand and lied to the police about it, telling them he was shot by an unknown assailant.
KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) — “There ought to be a way for Christians to kind of be able to give a nod to each other that they’re Christian and carry and that they’re not going to kneel down and allow someone to kill them,” said Brant Williams, Owner of Frontier Firearms.
I dunno, a secret handshake, maybe?
“I wear these pins as you notice saying I’m Christian and I carry weapons,” said Bobby Dodd who shoots at the range five days a week.
“I’m a Christian and I carry,” said Rob Snider who works at the shop and also wears the pins. “I’m proud of that fact.”
• A Cleveland, TN man killed his girlfriend, her five-year-old son, and the family dog. But that gun sure kept everyone safe, amiright, people?
• December 8, 2015:
Cabo was the mascot of a Nashville-area dog rescue. Until someone shot him at close range in the woods behind his house, that is. The community is heartbroken.
• December 4, 2015:
A dispatch from our armed/polite society out of Athens, Tennessee:
An argument among family members led to gunfire and an arrest recently.
At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Athens Police Department Officer Jackie Holmes responded to a residence on Summit Street in reference to a father pointing a shotgun at his daughter.
After officers had him handcuffed, the man – identified as Michael R. Macigewski, 69, of Athens – reportedly explained that he had been arguing with his wife about someone “stealing one of his weapons.” He then allegedly said that he was threatened by his daughter, so he got his .22 caliber rifle from outside, brought it into the residence and “fired the weapon once into the floor of the residence.”
Holmes noted that she could smell a “slight” odor of alcohol on the man.
The officers then headed to the residence on Summit Street where they met with Macigewski’s wife and stepdaughter and heard their side of the story. They reportedly said that the husband and wife had been arguing and when Macigewski began yelling at his wife, the daughter stepped in between them. He then allegedly began shoving both of them around when his wife grabbed a knife and threatened him with it.
Macigewski then left the residence, came back in with his rifle and “shot a round into the floor, barely missing (the daughter’s) foot.”
Family values, y’all.
• November 30, 2015:
1- A Nashville 3-year-old accidentally shot himself in the arm with a loaded gun he found lying around in his parents’ bedroom. Super smart, you guys.
2- What is it about guns and Walmart? A CCW holder with a loaded handgun impersonated a Walmart manager in Murfreesboro, even ordering employees around. WTF?
“Not only was he presenting himself as a manager to other customers, but also giving orders to other employees before another manager asked him who are you and what are you doing here,” said Sgt. Evans.
The manager asked Jones to leave, but said he refused; So police were called and started asking questions.
They discovered that Jones had a loaded handgun with him. Jones never pulled the weapon and had a legal carry permit.
As for what witnesses said appeared to be his Walmart outfit? It wasn’t clear where Jones got it, but the style of clothing is legally available.
The story says Jones bonded out but police are still concerned about him. So glad he’s legally allowed to carry a loaded firearm everywhere. /sarcasm