Attempted Shotgun Murder – A Story Of Survival

Ross Capicchioni recalls what a friend did to him outside Detriot, MI:

If Ross was carrying a gun it wouldn’t have done him much good in this case at first anyway, since he was caught by surprise.  It might have prevented the 2nd and 3rd shots though if he could have got it out with his good hand. I suppose being 17 at the time legally rules out the possibility though.

Since Ross lived and appears to be back to normal, 35 years in prison for the other guy is a nice to see. If there was any real justice though they would have executed the kid on the spot after he was proven guilty beyond a doubt, then used the money that was saved over sending him to jail to pay for an education for Ross. The world would be a lot better place if things like that were allowed.

Sad how things like this are just so unprovoked.  Some people put no value on a human life.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Scott P.

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Kevin December 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

Pretty intense for a skateboarding company video. His story had me hooked the entire time…

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Vhyrus December 19, 2011 at 12:36 am

That is one seriously tough son of a bitch right there. He needs to be an MMA fighter or a rapper or something.

That guy needs to thank god and allah everyday for the fact that the perp wasn’t smart enough to pack buckshot or there would be no Ross left to do a story on. What I want to know is: how do you conceal a shotgun?! He had to have had it in the car with him, where the hell was it? Backpack maybe? I don’t even have a backpack large enough to hold a shotgun that wouldn’t look extremely suspicious. I’m glad he lived to tell the story, and I hope that ‘kid’ that shot him gets raped every single day in prison for the rest of his days.

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Kevin December 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

He probably had the shotgun hidden at the pre-determined spot.

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Ernest Young December 19, 2011 at 07:22 pm

Shotgun may have been chopped short too (like the Witness Protection SBS)

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Mogz818 February 17, 2015 at 04:29 pm

I believe it wasn’t his friend who killed him but he set him up. People are misreading it. He mentions that the cops asked him if he’d recognise the guy if he saw him. Surely he wouldn’t need to identify him if it was his mate plus he calls the shooter ‘this kid’ instead of his friend

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R3 March 1, 2015 at 07:06 pm

That’s not true, it was his friend that shot him. I’ve seen the video twice, he makes it pretty clear.

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Diamond May 25, 2015 at 02:44 pm

if you listened he said he knew the guy for 10 years and trusted him, thats why he took him there.

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Erica May 25, 2015 at 04:19 pm

That was his friend though. He stated in the video he knew him for 10 years and that they were friend. But would you call someone who tried to kill you, just to get in a gang a friend? He refers to him as this guy or kid because that’s not his friend a friend wouldn’t do what that guy did to him.

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CARROT_MUFFIN May 29, 2015 at 06:13 pm

that’s fucked up

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adrian June 9, 2015 at 01:36 pm

This is what I heard ok Ross knew the person who shot him they were FRIENDS OK so the reason the guy shot him was to get in a gang watch the song version on fb it tells both of there story’s from there perspective and made it in a song hear the lyrics like Ross it said he had his back and the shooter said that he was lying about having his back there u go just watch the vid on Facebook trust me it worth it :)

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Smiley915 June 28, 2015 at 09:51 am

The second perspective is made up. Joyner Lucas, writer of the song, even said it himself. He made up that second perspective of the song.

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Harry Beck May 26, 2015 at 01:27 am

Would you still refure to him as your friend tho if he shot you 3 times after a 10 year friendship?

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Most May 29, 2015 at 07:48 am

They called him the kid because at the time he the perp was a minor and his name could not be put out there…and it was his friend who did it

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Rosa June 3, 2015 at 01:34 am

I believe he used the term “This kid” because he was obviously not his real friend. & he said he’s known “This kid” for over 10 years & he drove him to the location because at the time he considered him a close friend.

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DeannaB June 21, 2015 at 12:08 am

It was his friend who shot him. “The Kid” pretended to be his friend as part of the set up so he can join a gang.

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Breanna June 29, 2015 at 07:29 am

Why would he even want to call him his friend?! For fucks sake he almost killed him, and stole his car. Like seriously?! He’s not a friend. I would call him a shooter too if I was shot by someone I thought I knew. And he did technically set him up because of where he took him. But if you also was listening he said he knew him for about 10 years. Sooo…

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Reece grant July 2, 2015 at 07:37 pm

Would you call ssomeone who shot you a friend? Haha

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ha July 12, 2015 at 02:12 am

your a fucking idiot Mogz818

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Nick July 12, 2015 at 06:37 pm

There was obviously more that went into the investigation then rosd just accusing his friend.
They woulda had to investigate it also

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khia July 14, 2015 at 02:19 am

If you listen to his interview he says the man who shot him , had a friend tell on him .

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Brandon May 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

If u watched the video the shotgun was already hidden at the place where he took him to kill him…

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Terry March 9, 2014 at 09:20 pm

Why the hell would he want to be a douche rapper? So he he could end up shot again?

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Hooligan March 12, 2014 at 08:49 pm

Fuck a rapper he dont need to b something hes already pro skater duh! Fuck, the world would be a better place if they let ROSS take a shotgun and blow the other kids head off that’s how the world should work. If u attempt murder and don’t get away and u get caught the victim should be able to torture/kill with all weapons as choice

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Stan March 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

No not really. Cause then, no matter who that kid was, there will be heartbreak in his family. You look at how devastated Ross’ family could have been, had Ross died. Why would you want that for someone else?

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ENDO-Mike March 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm

I’m with Hooligan… I’d want that for any criminal; tough luck for his family. Maybe he should have made better choices.

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Dave March 21, 2014 at 02:03 pm

Ross states that he took the route of justice instead of seeking revenge. Unfortunately an eye for an eye makes the world go blind.

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yallan May 31, 2015 at 12:55 am

Not really, most people just don’t have the balls to kill someone. In anycase, best time to kill someone is after they are released from prison, much less media and police scrutiny.

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ItsNotRight June 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

And thatsr why.your name is Hooligan.
You sound sooooo, stupid!
We all die eventually, so let death choose his path.

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smart June 19, 2015 at 11:27 pm

if ross would have shot him after getting shot an somebody from his family come back an shoot ross again what would be the point of ross shooting the dude only to die after he did all that fighting to survive…..pointless

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robbie March 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

He def stashed it in the abandoned lot. I think to answer the comment on him deserving to be executed to save tax dollars why don’t we improve areas like Detroit so people stop going to prison and committing crime. It will benefit everyone. The reason he got 35 years is because people profit off of people being in prisons. Its a fact you can invest in private prisons in the stock market. Reality is as mad as you want to get at criminals, there’s a reason they let these areas get that bad in the first place. People are making money behind the scenes. THe sargents the wardens and the wealthy that keep quiet about where they invest.

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Brian May 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

True true I agree with robbie . I know about 3 people that work in jails and prisions or juvenile detentions and make 34% more $ than the median and between highest wage in the state

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Darien July 14, 2015 at 07:10 am

Whether or not a few guys make some extra $ because of prison investors is moot. The fact is it does drain the economy to house inmates for extended periods.

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taurean May 24, 2015 at 03:57 pm

The shotgun was.hidden at the abandoned spot he took him to

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J Regaz May 26, 2015 at 02:22 pm

They showed in the music video, he had it hidden under leaves at the spot he took him to kill him.

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Amber May 28, 2015 at 07:23 am

Or he could have planted it at the spot

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Taylor May 31, 2015 at 03:55 pm

He probably put it in a bush. So when they got there, he pulled him out of the car and grabbed the gun off the ground and shot him..

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Rosa June 3, 2015 at 01:24 am

He obviously already had the shotgun at the location he took him to. He was planning on killing him in a secluded area where there were no witnesses, so he setup the shotgun in the area he told him to drive through so that he can quickly kill him & leave.

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mike June 24, 2015 at 01:48 am

They said it was a sawed off, thats short enough to fit.

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Allahthisdick July 9, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Fuck Allah.

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Joe July 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm
Nelson July 31, 2015 at 11:00 am

Shut up. Why didn’t god or Allah prevent it in the first place?

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Tashawna January 24, 2016 at 07:35 am

He was lured, it was planned the gun was already stashed.

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Frank December 19, 2011 at 01:01 am

hallelujah for this guy being alive.

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ZCORR December 19, 2011 at 06:39 am

That was a powerful interview/ video. What’s so amazing is to see that he’s come so far and put it behind him… in a way that he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. As he said, he doesn’t look at life by what he doesn’t have he looks at what he does have.

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Weer'd Beard December 19, 2011 at 07:23 am

Way to fight through it. Certainly shows how much you can do if you’re willing to keep going.

Also for those of us who keep defensive shotguns, DON’T USE BIRDSHOT!

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Steve P December 19, 2011 at 02:39 pm

Sounds like the bird shot did a good job disabling him. Defense is not about killing your aggressor, but neutralizing the threat. I’d also like to not worry about slugs going through walls.

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Kevin December 19, 2011 at 09:31 pm

The way I see it, and I’m sure many agree with me. Shoot to kill not to wound; I’m not a fan of killing, I don’t wish to, but if I have to shoot someone they are gonna be killed. It avoids so many problems. That being said I feel that way if I am being attacked, if there is a situation where I’m sure just a wound shot will make the situation better, I would take that route.

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 02:22 pm

You are not justified in wounding someone, you are either justified to use lethal force or not. A firearm will always be considered lethal force whether you intend to wound or not. If you use one against someone you better be sure you are justified in using lethal force. You are normally justified in using lethal force against someone who has the intention and means of killing or causing great bodily harm to you or someone close. Trying to wound someone who has the means and intention to kill you is suicidal.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 02:28 pm

I agree. do not shoot unless you mean to kill. Defensive handguns are designed to KILL, not wound (that’s what BS like Tasers and OC Spray is for). That is what they should be used for. If you feel the person only needs to be wounded, then use your hands or an object (I’d not suggest pulling a gun unless your going to shoot, why alert the attacker (what if they have a gun (pulling a gun just to SCARE away an attacker may get you killed and is a crime (Brandishing a weapon (I use WAY to many parenthesis)))))

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Lance December 21, 2011 at 03:53 pm

Who said anything about slugs? Use 00 buckshot. Don’t ever use slugs in a home defense shotgun.

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Shawn March 8, 2013 at 06:45 am

Kevin… The kid that shot ross probably thought he would be dead. You would think shooting someone in the head with a shotgun would kill someone.

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mike June 24, 2015 at 01:51 am

Even if he did kill ross, like he intended to do. The dickhead, told his friend who called th cops on him.

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Tashawna January 24, 2016 at 07:38 am

Umm weren’t they friends? So he knew him ryt?

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DB327 December 20, 2011 at 07:08 am

It sounds like the birdshot did a terrible job disabling him. He took two blasts at close range and was still able to fend off the coup de grace to his head. I’m all for neutralizing a threat, and the best way to do that is to kill the threat. It’s probably not going to play out too well when someone tries slinging birdshot at an aggressor who in turn throws buckshot back at him.

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Steve P December 20, 2011 at 09:31 am

He didn’t fend off, but turned his head just in time and got scalped. Listen again to how he describes not being able to breath or do anything.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

HOW DO WE KNOW IT WAS BIRDSHOT?

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 01:37 pm

The xray is a clue.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 01:43 pm

I missed that part, can you explain to me what the Xray showed that allows us to know it’s birdshot

(I usually just listen to these kind of things while i work on other stuff)

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 01:54 pm

Size and number of pellets.

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Kevin December 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Maybe the attacker ran out of shells…

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NikonMikon December 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

I was reading a reddit thread (I fucking hate reddit btw) and there were a few people who went to school with this guy, one of them let it slip that the kid who shot him is named Tyrone. I lol’d.

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Vhyrus December 19, 2011 at 03:01 pm

When Ross said he came to sentencing wearing a purple suit with a cane and a top hat, the only two things that went through my mind were “either a) he’s black or b) he’s The Riddler.”

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ENDO-Mike December 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm

LOL

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Keith February 27, 2013 at 07:03 pm

I got a little bit of humor from that comment. But at the same time feel it’s a bit racist……

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Shari March 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

its Tucker

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Nic April 25, 2014 at 05:49 pm

No it’s not. Tucker Cipriano beat his FATHER to death with a baseball bat.

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What-do-I-know-anyway? December 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Wow… that’s incredible!

You guys might not agree with me or think it’s off topic, but I bet if Tyrone had a real father, that would have never happened…

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Vhyrus December 19, 2011 at 03:03 pm

You have no idea what kind of family structure he had. Ross even said in the video that Tyrone’s family was cheering him in the courtroom so maybe he DID have a father and his entire family was freaking deranged.

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DB327 December 20, 2011 at 07:09 am

+1

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bryce December 20, 2011 at 09:14 pm

Like he said (a real father)
I am a real father and I guarantee you my kids will never do anything like this.

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Vhyrus December 20, 2011 at 09:29 pm

Nothing like a ‘No true Scotsman’ argument to liven up the board!

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Alexis May 27, 2015 at 07:12 am

There’s people with “real fathers” who kill their mother and father. Jeffrey Dahmer (however you spell it) came from a happy upbringing yet he raped and ate boys. People come from all walks of life and will look you in the eye while they kill you and go play hopscotch afterwards. Just try not to judge.

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prophet April 25, 2013 at 05:38 pm

well lets be glad he didn’t cause maybe he would’ve taught him how to properly use a shotgun and what ammo to use, and maybe he would’ve been wise enough to tell the monkey not to wear a purple suit and top hat to his sentencing while his tribe of gorillas cheered for him, yeah cause that’s gonna help ya get leniency from the court. Truth be told he probably met his father for the 1st time when he got to the state pen. Oh yeah I know this is sooo racist but I got nothing but respect for hard working average African Americans but I’m sorry to break the news Tyrone is not one of them.

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John December 19, 2011 at 01:08 pm

It’s scary to me that the shooter even worked up the nerve to go through with it in the first place. Glad this one at least had a just ending.

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Frank December 19, 2011 at 03:57 pm

+1
Just another reason why self-defense is a natural human right.

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Fred December 19, 2011 at 01:17 pm

I’d move my ass right out of Detroit if I were him… but then again, that’s one of those places where I can’t figure out why anyone still lives there.

Sounds like a tough kid though.

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032125 December 19, 2011 at 03:47 pm

For our purposes (firearm and self defense blog) it’s notable that a man can take three 12 gauge loads from relatively close range and keep moving. It’s also something for me personally to consider carefully, because I carry “red hold” or “Israeli carry” or whatever the hell it’s called this week.

Smirking and insinuations about race and ghetto culture get us nowhere.

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Frank December 20, 2011 at 04:37 am

Get a good holster and carry condition 1 or 2 (da/sa guns only). You don’t Israeli carry a revolver, so why do it with autos?

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032125 December 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Something to do with two small children. I can rack the slide in milliseconds but neither of them can rack it at all.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

What exactly IS Israeli Carry (or “Red Hold”), I tried to look it up online and found nothing.

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Frank December 20, 2011 at 01:04 pm

Carrying condition 3 (cleared battery) = Israeli carry

@ 032125, even then when you’re out and about the town, you might not even be able to rack the slide. I’d like to see you rack a slide with your off hand disabled (either wounded, or restrained).

I’m around small children too. What ends up happening for me is carrying the gun on my person at ALL times. It sounds like you’re leaving it out on a table and hoping because they’re small they can’t rack it. One day, they won’t be so small anymore. It’s awkward, but I’d suggest carrying it with you at all times. When carrying gets annoying, take it out of the holster, and put it no more than arms’ length away.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 01:07 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMsAvWOEj-k

Also, from what I’ve heard, the Israelis are tought to rack the slide regardless, because having one less round in the magazine is better than maybe having NO round in the chamber.

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Frank December 20, 2011 at 05:02 pm

That’s a dangerous way to rack the slide.
I would never do that, not at all. A good holster and training, would prevent this guy from shooting himself. I’m sure he’s trained blah blah blah, but under stress or someone grabbing at him, just one slip of the finger, and his knee cap or thigh is gone.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 07:04 pm

I think the best carry is an HK-P7 in Condition 1.5

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 07:05 pm

But that’s just my personal OPINION. Soon I’ll be buying an HKP7 (because I suck and they hate me).

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Vhyrus December 20, 2011 at 09:27 pm

Nothing like a gun that makes you feel like you’re using a flour sifter.

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Frank December 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Ernest don’t feel bad, I bought one HK thinking I’d have enough… Now I have two, and I’m starting to think about a third and forth…

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Well, the only HK I currently have is the Scorch.

dunsho December 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

that’s how you would rack a slide if your off hand was disable. rear sight on belt or holster and push down.

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032125 December 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I am a firm believer that whatever you choose, you have to be consistent. I sleep with my Sig on my nightstand, and when it’s not physically on my person it’s very close. I work nights and sleep days, and even the best kids can have curious fingers, so the extra effort is to mitigate an already very low risk.

When it’s on the night stand next to me, I prefer it be red hold (Army’s term when I was in) but I am aware of the risks, I do know several ways how to rack a slide one handed, and I practice regularly. Is it awesome? No. But everybody makes the call, and every call could be wrong.

It’s A way, not THE way, as they used to say at H&K.

Besides, I’m really not a likely target, being big and mean and ugly and alert. If I ever am unlucky enough to draw (which is itself statistically very unlikely), it is far, far more likely to be on behalf of another. We’re talking incredibly tiny probabilities all around here, but I judge the risk of a kid discharging the weapon slightly higher than the risk of me coming under fire and getting arm shot and having to rack wit one arm. Tiny, tiny risk.

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Jeff December 19, 2011 at 03:50 pm

He’s lucky the perp only used birdshot I’d hate to think what would’ve happened if slugs/buck were used.

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 02:01 pm

I’ve personally seen an arm severed at the armpit by birdshot out of a 16ga. The muzzle was against the armpit so the birdshot acted just like a solid slug. At very close ranges birdshot is effective but once distance increases and it starts to spread it loses effectiveness quickly. I wouldn’t carry birdshot for personal defense unless there was no other choice.

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flowmaster December 19, 2011 at 06:22 pm

This guy is more hardcore than i’ll ever be.

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Caleb December 19, 2011 at 06:28 pm

The sad thing about this whole story is that the kid that went to prison is just going to be evolving in his own element. Prison is like college for these wannabe gangsters. Shouldn’t matter if the poor kid died or not, because the intention was to end his life. Even though the kid that shot him was even younger than Ross, I still don’t think that prison would be able to salvage much in terms of redemptive treatment for the bastard.

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TSN4 December 19, 2011 at 06:39 pm

I wish they had ID’d the shooter. I wonder if his smile faded a bit when he hear the judge say 35 years. 35 years X 365 days = 12,775 visits to the prison shower(not counting leap years). I hope every visit is….memorable. Call me racest but being that we are talking about Detroit I was not the least bit surprised to read the shooters name. Is there anyone on this forum who has not yet noticed the pattern? Not saying that all Tyrones are dirt bags, I’ve known enough black dudes over the years to know that they are not all bad but even they spoke openly about the “pattern” of violence in our city. (St. Louis)

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Steve P December 20, 2011 at 09:29 am

I’ll try not to call you racist, but when you open a thought like that it kinda sets the tone for whatever follows. Yeah a lot of criminals are black, but its not being black that causes it. There is a whole realm of social conditions that led to this. Personally I believe everyone has the chance to chose their destiny. Its just a lot harder for some people to chose a righteous path. Poor whites commit crimes just as easily. There is no government control that can ever correct, only a strong family and community (which Tyrone obviously didn’t have) will bring about change. I know several people in my life and some I’ve met professionally that all should have lifetime movies made about them. That being said, take every individual (regardless of back ground) on their actions and intentions. You’ll meet people that surprise you and avoid a lot of white scum bags too.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

A lot of criminals we are exposed to tend to be black, but it’s because of racism. You see, there is still a racial rift in this country, blacks tend to be poorer and because of that there is a higher percentage of crime (not because they are black, but because they are poor). More black people tend to be poor because of the way society likes to treat them. Also, there are plenty of white criminals, though a lot of them tend to be better off, which means they have the money and schooling to make sure it’s harder for them to be caught.

(BTW, no I’m not some black guy trying to blame whitey, I AM white)

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 01:05 pm

I hope you’re not serious and just trolling. Otherwise you must believe guns cause crime and flies cause garbage.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 01:12 pm

Guns do not cause crime, and flies do not cause garbage. But I love how you are insinuating that black people cause crime.

Being poor causes an increase in crime. Some people are criminals no matter how rich they are (actually a lot of people), but being poor makes the idea of crime much more appealing (what do you REALLY have to lose). Black people tend to be poorer, there is lots of noted evidence of laws (even gun laws) being tailored to try and restrict black people. Because of this it’s harder for them. Many black people embrace this idea of crime and being a criminal. But, thats not because they are black, white people were doing this too, in the 30’s-50’s. Everyone LOVED bonnie and Clyde Barrow, and a lot of poor people idolized the Mafia.

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 01:36 pm

You started out good until you got to accusing me of insinuating that black people cause crime. You got that part wrong. It is you who is insinuating that poverty causes crime. That may be a poor excuse for crime but is untrue and makes as much sense as guns causing crime.

It’s having a moral compass that keeps people honest. If you lack that compass and or have that “entitlement” mind set crime is an option. There are plenty of poor blacks and whites working two or three jobs to provide for their families without turning to crime. It’s sad they have to work that hard but much better than turning to crime. They have a chance to work their way out of a tough situation, turning to crime won’t do that. Instead of making stupid excuses we need to work harder to improve the education system. Even more important, parents need to re-assume their role as moral leaders of the family.

As long as there is someone making excuses, excluding personal responsibility, and blaming racism, crime will continue to rise.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 01:40 pm

It’s proven that people from poor families and poverty are more likely to turn to crime. It’s an easy way to makes lots of money, fast (at the risk of prison and your morality). Why do you think the Mafia was so big, and was made of almost entirely of immigrants.

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 02:13 pm

Bonnie and Clyde were popular with some during the depression because ignorant people thought they were only stealing the banks money, not realizing the banks contain the peoples money. Because of the hard times many lost their farms and houses to bank repossesion causing some to be sympathetic with B&C, but if you read some history you will see they were not as popular as the media would have us believe.

The Mafia is another subject and I don’t intend to continue knocking down your straw man arguments. Suffice it to say that very old and established life style was brought over with them from the old country.

I’m going to take the posistion that crime causes poverty.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 02:23 pm

Explain how crime causes poverty.

also, ever heard of the FDIC. Banks are insured.

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 03:31 pm

Yes I have and I also know the FDIC was formed in 1933 right in the middle of Bonnie and Clyde’s run so most banks were NOT insured.

Steve P December 21, 2011 at 08:55 am

OK, so everyone make friends with a brutha, an immigrant, and a poor whitey. The country will be a better place in a few generations. :)

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Alex April 29, 2015 at 10:50 am

What is proven is people with low morals and criminal behavior are poor, yes. And Blacks lack morals, impulse control, etc…

“Why do you think the Mafia was so big, and was made of almost entirely of immigrants.”

Because they are mostly low-life immoral scum that are rejects from their native country.

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spencer wade December 20, 2011 at 01:39 pm

crime rates are higher in black communities because thats what they are taught from their music, movies and parents. the majority come from broken house and incarcirated parents. thats all they know. there shit parents tell them to hate white, the music tells them to fuck bitches and get money ( however they can) and the movies well thats just sad shit. so they come out the ghetto with no direction.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 01:42 pm

Yes, this is all because of crime in the first place, and because poor communities glorify criminals (like Bonnie and Clyde, Frank Lucas, and the Mafia). It’s not only black people though, red-neck trailer park trash types do the same thing. As did all poor people in the 30’s (white and black)

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spencer wade December 20, 2011 at 02:06 pm

you can call them crimials. i should have put VIOLENT CRIMINALS. bonnie and cylde were two that made history were talking 75 percent min. blacks are convicted criminals. and the mafia would only kill you if you got in the way. it was target someone random for a shot at their wallet or shoes.

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spencer wade December 20, 2011 at 02:10 pm

wasn’t

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 02:13 pm

Bonnie and Clyde killed some innocent people too, as did Baby Face Nelson, how about Jesse James he killed MANY innocent people. Mafiosos were known to kill innocent people too, and had been known to do things like rob clothing stores. And then there are highway men, men who robbed people between towns since the middle ages, this was a common thing in 17th century Thuringia, during the 30’s years war. Even before black people were introduced in high numbers to Europe.

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spencer wade December 20, 2011 at 04:05 pm

and that is all correct. but we are still not talking 75 percent of the one race. I wish it werent like that man but it is. just like the video said east detriot is no mans land, and thats fucked up that when the majority of a area is black is all goes to shit. you cant name one place that is not like that. they think gold teeth is an investment.

paul kimble December 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm

white guilt?

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Sami February 28, 2013 at 12:01 am

Nicely put!

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Alex April 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

Why do you people keep making excuses. Yes it is because they are Black – Black areas worldwide are the same sh*thole.

“Poor whites commit crimes just as easily.”

You mean “likely” and no they don’t. Your “White people do it too” mantra doesn’t hold water.

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Crash December 19, 2011 at 08:00 pm

I knew a Tyrone once. He was a pretty nice Irishman.

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Church December 19, 2011 at 09:44 pm

Awesome video.

I have nothing else to say.

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jpcmt December 19, 2011 at 09:49 pm

Great to see him survive and tell that story. I think if he had been legally armed he may have done well. People who are armed and somewhat conscious of the value of life have a heightened sense of their surroundings. I doubt he would ever have the situational awareness to prevent that first surprise shot from tyrone, but he may have had the mindset to realize he was shot (instead of going through the stages he went through) or see it coming and have the mind to get off some shots before more came.

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Steve069 December 20, 2011 at 01:10 am

Great video! I live in the downriver MI area, that’s a part of Detroit I don’t even drive through.

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Crunkleross December 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

Thanks for putting this up.

The real lesson is survival. Never ever ever give up, never quit. I’ve experienced that spot where you can give up and die or gut it out and survive, put it in your head NOW that no matter what you will survive. My incident was surviving an explosion and being on fire inside a building but the elements of survival are the same, they are always the same.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I was thrown head first from a rolling vehicle on the highway, I came to a few seconds later on the side of the exit ramp and instead of just lying there and wondering what happened or giving in, I walked towards the road and flagged down cars (I needed people to call an ambulance, or take me to the hospital). This whole time I had pieces of glass in my face, I still have a nice scar on my cheek were a piece of glass went THROUGH my cheek and cut my tongue a bit (my tongue was barley cut and my facial scars are barley visible (only ones still visible are on my abdomen)). I had a broken arm and some minor spinal and neck damage.

But long story short, I soldiered onwards.

PS: Isn’t the glass used in vehicles supposed to fracture in such a way that it CANNOT cut you?

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Vhyrus December 20, 2011 at 09:03 pm

Windshield glass is laminated, meaning it is supposed to stay in one general piece when it is hit, but a good enough hit will cause a least some pieces to separate from the laminate. Laminated glass will still fracture into shards though. Tempered glass, which is the stuff used in the side (and sometimes rear) windows of cars, is designed to a) not break easily, and b) break into cube like granules so as to not be able to cut as easily. Tempered glass shards are usually much smaller than regular shards but are still able to cut and embed themselves, although since they are smaller and more obtuse their ability to cause severe mechanical damage is greatly reduced.

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Ernest Young December 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I came out of a side window.

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thebronze December 23, 2011 at 02:24 pm

Great video. That’s one tough kid.

He never said exactly WHY Tyrone wanted him to take him there. Was it to buy drugs? This kid knew better, but he still went (against his own judgment). I’ll bet he listens better now.

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John Albano March 15, 2014 at 04:39 pm

He did say why. It was to drop him at a “family members” house. Although it was just to shoot him in a secluded rundown area with no witnesses.

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Ryan March 6, 2013 at 04:46 pm

Fucking black people. This kid is lucky as hell. We need to seriously consider nuking Detroit and turning into glass.

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Carlos March 8, 2013 at 01:22 am

I don’t know much about guns but it wasn’t a sawed off cuz the spread would have been much more lethal especially at a close range of 10 feet and the a shot to the head and chest about 1 or 2 feet from his story. Most likely the shotgun was at the stopping point or he had lied in some form as to his reason on going, either way he is a new man and thank whatever higher power or just his body’s will to survive so that I could here this and come to a conclusion that I’m turning my life around because of him and a relation to being attacked by someone you think you know.

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Brendan March 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Maybe there had been more restrictions on shotgun ownership at the time, he never would’ve gotten shot…

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Katie O'Kane August 27, 2013 at 05:50 pm

Are you fucking kidding me?! I really hope that was a joke. The shotgun originally came from a legitimate source; it was made, assembled, then sold to a gun shop/sporting goods store/Walmart/whatever… it was then either LEGALLY PURCHASED, or stolen directly from the retailer. Eight out of 10 crimes committed that involve a handgun, shotgun, or rifle are committed with a stolen weapon. If you’re so worries about gun violence, move to Canada, where crimes committed with guns are at an all time record low, but crimes committed with knives, blunt objects, strangulation tools, etc. have skyrocketed about 300% since 2000. If I had to choose, I would take being shot over being stabbed to death, beat to death, or strangled to death any day of the week.

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L March 14, 2014 at 07:16 am

I have to pay for that low life gang member jail time with my hard earned tax dollars? Fuck that fry his ass. I hope he gets killed in jail so we don’t waste our money on him. 32k a year for a piece of shit low life with no loyalty to friends or family. What’s the differnce between him and an animal at this point? Euthanize him! Poor kid was just being a good friend driving him to his cousins.

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Jordan March 22, 2014 at 05:52 pm

Killing the kid who shot Ross isn’t justice, Ross didn’t die.

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Ro March 25, 2014 at 01:49 am

“If there was any real justice though they would have executed the kid on the spot”

“Sad how things like this are just so unprovoked. Some people put no value on a human life”

Contradiction there, dumb article great video

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ENDO-Mike March 25, 2014 at 09:05 am

As I said below I don’t consider a criminal’s life worth preserving, that’s the difference.

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Sam March 25, 2014 at 08:39 am

You can’t say ”some people have no value on human life” having you yourself just condoned the idea of state execution. That’s quite hypocritical, especially as capitol punishment is revenge not justice. Ross had already made a point of not seeking revenge which is very admirable and people looking for ‘justice’ should take a leaf out of Ross’s book. Very moving story, seems like a good smart lad!

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ENDO-Mike March 25, 2014 at 09:04 am

I don’t consider a criminal’s life worth preserving, that’s the difference.

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Matt March 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

Good point, yet I am perfectly happy with the idea of getting revenge against a piece of human scum

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Sam March 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

Well a vengeful society isn’t one that should be promoted by anyone, especially anyone with a brain. You shouldn’t be such a slave to your emotions.

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ENDO-Mike March 26, 2014 at 11:08 am

Yea because spending money on “rehabilitation” of some scumbag is so worth it. Way better putting it towards that then sending some intelligent underprivileged kid to University etc…

You can champion for criminal’s rights all you want, but I feel were better off as a society if they’re dead and out of the way.

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Matt March 26, 2014 at 03:47 pm

I will say that I am torn on the issue so I’m only half stupid haha. The human race as a whole is a vengeful race and I don’t feel that could change and at times feel that it shouldn’t change. So, there is my two cents

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Matt March 29, 2014 at 02:18 pm

Have you never yourself sought revenge against someone? While the views you espouse are noble in theory, they are just that: theories. We humans pretend to be kind to each other while the reality is quite a different story.

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Matt March 28, 2014 at 05:51 pm

Have you never yourself sought revenge against someone? While the views you espouse are noble in theory, they are just that: theories. We humans pretend to be kind to each other while the reality is quite a different story.

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leigh June 13, 2014 at 08:57 am

for all the idiots saying kill the threat don’t use birdshot…..he wasn’t a threat he was a supposed friend. he didn’t threaten him he didn’t do a damn thing wrong other than help yet another gangbanger wannabe, its time to treat gangs the same way as we do terrorists, shoot on site and lock them up in cuba, no trial no lawyer no defence, lets see how long the gangs last if that happens, lets bring life and living back to society, not murder and mayhem

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VVXC June 27, 2014 at 03:03 pm

yeah – “Some people put no value on a human life.”

yes, some people.

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ENDO-Mike June 27, 2014 at 03:05 pm

In hindsight that was a really ironic comment, but I don’t consider someone who would shoot someone else in the face with a shotgun for no good reason an actual valuable human life.

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Jasmine May 24, 2015 at 01:34 pm

That was NOTHING but GOD. He talking about about something lifted him up and gave him a push. It wasnt something. It was the Lord. God said no. It wasnt his time yet. Its no way you survive a shotgun wound to the chest. He better wake up and recongnize. Give God his credit !

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Ramsey May 26, 2015 at 06:54 am

Talented Rapper makes a song about this story. please check it out and Share

http://youtu.be/jO_v2sXm-f4

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ENDO-Mike May 28, 2015 at 09:57 pm

Wow, that’s really well done. I’ll put a post up, thank you for the heads up.

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Alexis May 27, 2015 at 07:15 am

God wanted this young man to live….let’s see what he has in store.

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malo May 28, 2015 at 07:50 pm

Reall eye opening son !!word

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Fuck this pussy bitch May 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Fuck this pussy bitch

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Fdont worry about it May 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Keep god out of this because it wasent god he picked himself up and walked 8 ft gland got seen and the doctors fixed him (no god involved )

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Terri Kara June 10, 2015 at 06:41 am

YES YOU ARE BLESSED… YOU HAVE BEEN ‘SAVED’ PRECISELY FOR THIS TIME… TO TESTIFY OF GOD’S HEALING, SAVING OF YOUR LIFE AND DESIRE TO SHARE TO OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE… GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU… MUCH RESPECT AND THANK YOU… AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND…
‘ONCE WERE WARRIORS’ TELLS A STORY OF VIOLENCE AND SURVIVAL TOO…!

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divisionary June 23, 2015 at 04:12 pm

so everybody thinks killing is wrong? how many people here support the meat industry? you’re all guilty of condoning genocide then. (\|/)

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Brooklyn June 24, 2015 at 08:15 am

This hurts my heart. How could you think it’s okay to do this? I wish my people would rise up and realize that gang violence isn’t the way. I’m so happy Ross is alive and that he made it. God has a plan for him.

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Brooklyn June 24, 2015 at 08:17 am

This is an inspirational and sad story. How could you think it’s okay to do this? I wish my people would rise up and realize that gang violence isn’t the way. This guy did nothing wrong. I’m so happy Ross is alive and that he made it. God has a plan for him.

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Nicholas July 1, 2015 at 08:54 am

Powerful testimony..Gods mercy was with this young man. His angels hands were what picked him up & pushed him forward. Now may God do a work on his soul & make him a mighty warrior for His namesake..

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Martina July 1, 2015 at 02:18 pm

He clearly said it felt like 20 years that he’d known the kid,met him in school that year. The shot gun was in the boys pants. Hopefully his story allows for people to be wiser,and more cautious. He clearly had a gut feeling things weren’t right. Always go with your gut

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JTait July 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

They never show the name or show the face of the person who shot him. I wonder who he is?

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Saleeyah August 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm

This really brought tears to my eyes. When he said the part about hands trying to push him up, that really gave me chills dude. He is so strong. And had a lot of courage to go in that court room and face those people. This makes me change my out look on life a lot more, him surviving is really a blessing.

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watchout August 9, 2015 at 12:57 am

ILLUMINAT!!!

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