The rumors started flying over the weekend – and Tuesday, we got confirmation: one of the rash of shootings in Minneapolis over the weekend involved a carry permittee, a 21 year old Minneapolis man:
Authorities believe he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot 18-year-old Earl Malone Saturday night at the intersection of Knox Avenue North and 26th Street.
Police took the 21-year-old man into custody at the scene. Sources tell WCCO the man has a conceal-and-carry [sic] permit, and told police he shot Malone because he had tried to rob him.
According to a Facebook post from the Twin Cities Gun Owners and Carry Forum and the irreplaceable Shelley Leeson – a reliable source on these sorts of stories – the permit holder apparently said Malone was armed, and tried to car-jack him.
According to police files, the 21-year-old permittee fired three shots; Malone fled, and the permittee called 911, exactly as one is supposed to do. Squads responding found Malone dead – his gun still in his hand.
Since the permittee has been released without charges, you may be certain of three things:
- He didn’t pick a fight with Mr. Malone. Indeed, he did everything feasible to get away from the fight (with “feasible” being the operative word).
- The permittee legitimately feared being killed or maimed – enough so that the notoriously anti-gun Henco attorney Mike Freeman was convinced the case didn’t need to go to trial.
- The use of lethal force was appropriate under the circumstances; if it weren’t, Mike Freeman would pounce like a vulture.
And while the identity of the shooter has not been released, and likely won’t be (for the shooter’s protection, no doubt), I’m going to hazard a guess – and it is only a guess – that the permittee is African-American.
If it weren’t true, the local media and the cluster of anti-gun pressure groups, who would love to have a Trayvon Martin of their very own to wave like a bloody shirt, would be howling about it right now.