And nothing says “good manners” quite like pulling out a Beretta and plugging your son-in-law, does it? Fortunately, the perpetrator (a 66-year-old grandmother) lives in Florida, a modified open-carry state. Whew! So as long as she was carrying it in her grandson’s backpack, she only has to worry about the attempted murder charge:
A 66-year-old grandmother is under arrest after police say she shot her estranged son-in-law because of an ongoing custody battle he and her daughter were having over the pair’s young son.
The victim, Salvatore Miglino of Boca Raton, had his cell phone recording the entire time, and the audio was key to the investigation of the Wednesday shooting in Broward County, Fla.
The incident unfolded when Miglino, 39, went to pick up his 3-year-old son for a scheduled visit. His mother-in-law, Cheryl Hepner, stood outside the home with the toddler’s pillow and bag.
“According to him, when he asked for the things, she instead pulled out a handgun and starts firing shots,” according to Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
Miglino was shot twice with a .22 caliber Beretta handgun. The bullets hit him in the shoulder and rib cage. Even though he was injured, he pounced and wrestled the gun away from Hepner, then drove away while calling for help, police said.
She also lied to the cops, claiming her son-in-law shot her. See, that’s just rude. Shame on her for telling a lie!
I have to confess, I’ve noticed a lot of rude behavior involving guns, frequently when people are drinking. But I want to point out it’s not the guns’ fault, after all — guns don’t shoot people! Drunken, careless, angry or psychotic people shoot people. They just happen to be using guns, which happen to be deadly. Nothing makes other people behave quite like brandishing a gun at them, and don’t you forget it.
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