An Oklahoma man will be “pleading the Second” after he shot a teenage boy in the back for ringing his doorbell. Many of us have fallen victim to “ding-dong-ditch” — a ridiculous kids’ game that involves running up to someone’s door, ringing the bell, and running away. Unfortunately for Cole Peyton, an honor roll student at Pryor High School in Oklahoma, one “good guy with a gun” didn’t think the joke was so funny.
At around 1:30 a.m. New Year’s morning, Peyton and two friends were being kids, walking around the neighborhood and playing pranks. While it’s obviously distasteful to ring someone’s doorbell and run off (especially in the morning), once again — it’s a stupid thing kids do.
According to police, the “responsible gun owner” at one home was not happy at all — so he shot the teen multiple times as he ran away. Peyton’s mother says that her son and friends had rung the doorbell earlier in the night. The shooting did not occur until they walked back past the house later in the morning. According to Peyton, the unnamed
Peyton says, the unnamed ammosexual ran out the door and into his yard, yelled “Hey,” and opened fire on the teen and his friends. One bullet plunged into Peyton’s back and another into his arm. One bullet punctured his liver. Peyton yelled to his friends to “run.”
The homeowner then called 911 to report a “home invasion,” apparently expecting people to believe that home invaders ring the doorbell to let you know they have arrived and circle back after failing to actually invade. But when police arrived, they learned the truth.
“Currently, the investigation suggests that the juveniles were engaged in neighborhood pranks and not attempting to break into the residence,” said Chief of Police Steven W. Lemmings.
“We saw three kids walking down by the newer houses. It was kind of odd, but didn’t think anything of it,” neighbor Samantha Perry said of the attack. She explained that she didn’t hear the gunshots, but that she did hear the sirens. The shooting, she says, was unjustified:
“I mean, that’s just kids being kids right there, I don’t think there should’ve been anything like that involved.”
Though it is clear that there was no home invasion, and while the teen was shot while he was fleeing, police aren’t sure if they are going to charge the shooter. “The investigation now centers around whether the homeowner’s use of deadly force was lawful or illegal. No arrests have been made at this point,” Lemmings said.
The shooter’s claim that they were attempting to break into his home is important, as he would be protected under Oklahoma’s Stand Your Ground law, which offers broad protections if “the person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, occupied vehicle, or a place of business” — and, of course, the homeowner could always claim he had a “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.”
That he has not been arrested for the shooting is an example of one of the many things that need to change in America. A Second Amendment Solution is never appropriate for a simple prank.
Watch a report on the shooting below:
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