Friday, September 13, 2013

Rough Justice?

     The story is still unfolding, but it appears a rejected customer at a local nightclub in a tough neighborhood decided to vent his spleen by slicing some other customers open; one of the stabbing victim's friends took exception to this initiation of force, and shot the stabber.

     Bottom line: the knife-wielder is dead.  The stabbing victims are in hospital, expected to recover.  The presumed shooter is in custody, having surrendered to police when they arrived.  I can't get the online video at the link to play but from what I saw on TV -- calm conversation between alleged shooter and police officers -- and what police have said ("He [stabber] lashed out at the wrong group..."), this looks more like an appropriate response to a violent fool than some kind of gang squabble.  If it is the first, job well done!  Either way, perhaps it'll give the next malefactor something to consider before he tries expressing his precious frustration by initiating violence.

     N.B. My post title is meant wryly, as this sort of happening isn't "justice" in the usual sense; nope, it's the same thing you do when a rabid dog shows up and takes after folks: you stop it.  Justice is what happens afterward and we're still waiting to find that out.


Dave H said...

I agree, justice is how society tries to decide who pays the tab. What happened before that sounds (so far) like self-defense.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

No local sports figures or drunken IMPD officers were involved?

Color me amazed.

Robert Fowler said...

QOTD; "A third friend then brought a gun to the fight and shot the alleged stabber, killing him."

Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

I wonder why they took the shooter into custody. Is that a Indiana thing? Or possibly he's a prohibited person?

Anonymous said...

That would be true, except that sort of malefactor often never learned the art of stopping to think first, drunk or sober.


Tam said...

"I wonder why they took the shooter into custody."

Who knows?

Dave H said...

Depending on the reporter's knowledge of police procedure, going downtown to answer questions without being charged might still be called "taken into custody."