My university sends out security bulletins alerting the campus whenever anything occurs that might pose a danger to people or property. Since we are in a city, they also report on things that happen off campus but in its vicinity. Most of the time this involves petty crimes. But yesterday came a more serious series of bulletins in the middle of the night, first calling for a lockdown of the campus because of reports of a shot being fired and then soon after giving an all clear.
Later they sent out a fuller report.
CWRU Alert: The incident that prompted security alerts early Saturday morning took place off campus and did not involve any individuals affiliated with Case Western Reserve.
The university issued the alerts as a precautionary measure until the actual details of what had happened became clear. As soon as officials determined the circumstances and absence of potential threat, the university issued an all-clear notice.
The specifics of the situation are as follows: University police responded to an accidental shooting on Wade Park Avenue east of East 118th Street, just before 1 a.m. Saturday. A university officer was the first to arrive on the scene, and most of the juveniles involved scattered as the patrol car approached. The officer stayed with the injured youth until Cleveland EMS arrived and transported him to University Hospitals Case Medical Center. University Circle police also arrived quickly. Cleveland police now are investigating the case.
Preliminary information indicates that a group of juveniles had been gathered on Wade Park Avenue when they saw four other youths walking in the vicinity. One of the juveniles had a handgun and shot it in the air, apparently as a threat to the other youths. In the process of returning the weapon to his waistband, the juvenile inadvertently shot one of his colleagues in the thigh No other individual was injured. [My italics-MS].
The university will provide the campus community additional details as they become available.
So we have a juvenile wandering around in the middle of the night with a gun. It is very likely that he had had absolutely no training in the proper use of a gun and that all he knew came from watching TV and films. He is just lucky that he didn’t accidentally kill his friend.
I suspect that many of the people who carry guns around have some kind of vigilante fantasy where they are the hero of a situation that required them to use the gun. The problem is that such people then start looking for situations to use them and overreact.
One of the key elements of good martial arts training is learning self-control, to be slow to anger and to not use violence except as a last resort and as self-defense. Such training becomes much more necessary before people are given access to a lethal weapon. But in the US, almost anyone can get a gun quite easily. What surprises me is that we don’t have even more of the senseless killings than we do now.