2 teens charged in pellet-gun shootings

Emma Arnold was walking to her Wicker Park home after dinner with a friend Tuesday night when she suddenly found herself the victim of a prank-turned-crime. "I heard a loud pop, and my back hurt," said Arnold, ... Full Story
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adam

Clayton, DE

#1 Jan 9, 2009
17 and 19.. hopefully you do some jail time... shooting someone with a pellet gun is not cool.
Iknowthatguy

Willowbrook, IL

#2 Jan 9, 2009
Waiting for their families to say: "they are both good boys."
Jeff

United States

#3 Jan 9, 2009
Please tell me how shooting anyone with any kind of gun can be considered "harmless fun." Perhaps everyone these guys shot at can have a free shot back at them? You know, just for some harmless fun...
fuzzy

Western Springs, IL

#4 Jan 9, 2009
that's not insane that's what kind of video games those morons play.i'm glad the bond is high maybe alittle reality drop the soap party in jail might cure them
tostep

Elgin, IL

#5 Jan 9, 2009
I'm not defending them, but I wouldn't have expected a pellet to penetrate the skin, let alone any organs. I do acknowledge, however, that the pellets were allegedly "sharpened".

I doubt they had any idea that they were inflicting any more than a "bee sting" upon their victims.

That said, stupid is as stupid does.
Matt

Glenwood, IL

#6 Jan 9, 2009
fuzzy wrote:
that's not insane that's what kind of video games those **** play.i'm glad the bond is high maybe alittle reality drop the soap party in jail might cure them
Please don't blame video games. I would blame the pot they were smoking before video games. Who knows maybe they were listening to Marlyn Manson?!! And he made them do it!!:sarcasm:
patrick

Palatine, IL

#7 Jan 9, 2009
Lets face it, these guns are dangerous. Would have loved to seen the kid in the van next to his marijuana,"dude, I was just havin fun!" The fact that the bullets were sharpened shows intent to hurt people. Waiting for the defense of they are good kids. How about a parent stepping up and saying this was unacceptable and we will be taking the gun away? It will never happen.
suburbanite

District Heights, MD

#9 Jan 9, 2009
This moron from Park Ridge couldn't even stay in his own neighborhood to do this ! Not that he shoud have down it there or anywhere else. This is no inner-city person doing this. It's a whie male coming to the city from an affluent suburb! Probably family has loads of money, as he was driving a van! Hopefully, these victims will sue him in Civil Court, and he'll have to relinquish the van to pay the sizeable judgment, along with other assets of his family. What was he thinking?

Since: Jan 08

Chicago

#10 Jan 9, 2009
Just think that could have been any of us with that pellet lodged in the liver. It might as well have been me. The younger kid lives in my neighborhood. It just shows how stupid these kids are. Inflicting pain on random strangers is not harmless fun. It's assault, whether or not it caused any damage.
Tom C

San Francisco, CA

#11 Jan 9, 2009
Forget jail time. Put these punks in front of an air pellet firing squad.

Get well, Joe.
tostep

Elgin, IL

#12 Jan 9, 2009
The internet is fueling this.

Viral videos abound with kids doing stupid things to get their 15 minutes of fame.

I'm not saying they were filming themselves for this purpose, but no doubt they have seen hundreds of similarly stupid stunts...
SouthSideAL

Dixon, IL

#13 Jan 9, 2009
tostep wrote:
I'm not defending them, but I wouldn't have expected a pellet to penetrate the skin, let alone any organs. I do acknowledge, however, that the pellets were allegedly "sharpened".
I doubt they had any idea that they were inflicting any more than a "bee sting" upon their victims.
That said, stupid is as stupid does.
Even if the pellets weren't sharpened... they are still capable of taking an eye out.
Waste of Time

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 9, 2009
You better save your money if you are white and you want to commit a crime in Cook County.

$300,000 and $400,000 bonds!?

I've seen stories in this paper of gangbangers, who shot someone WITH A REAL GUN, getting a $250,000 bond.

I think its a stretch to say that someone using a BB gun has committed an ATTEMPTED MURDER.

Anyway, blacks don't want to see white offenders get low bonds or low sentences and whites really don't give a crappe what happens to white offenders. So, why not jack up the bond?

Cook County judges often go overboard when whites are standing in front of them, particullarly for violent offenses. On one hand, the judges are sending scores of black males to the penitentiary and, on the other hand, they don't want to lose their vote.

Very strange.
BLurp

Sawyer, MI

#15 Jan 9, 2009
Jeff wrote:
Please tell me how shooting anyone with any kind of gun can be considered "harmless fun." Perhaps everyone these guys shot at can have a free shot back at them? You know, just for some harmless fun...
uh paint ball?...... but yeah lock these jerks up or serve equal justice.
Action Jackson

Germany

#16 Jan 9, 2009
The electric chair for both idiots !!

No sympathy, they have no reason for being on the planet.
Waste of Time

Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 9, 2009
By the way, I though the Trib had a "policy" of blocking comments for crime stories. Why am I allowed to comment on this story?

Oh, nevermind. I see the difference.
Eric

United States

#18 Jan 9, 2009
Wast of Time,

"You better save your money if you are white and you want to commit a crime in Cook County.

$300,000 and $400,000 bonds!?

I've seen stories in this paper of gangbangers, who shot someone WITH A REAL GUN, getting a $250,000 bond."

Gang idiots are not worth as much, simple as that. So shoot them, it's cheaper and acceptable.
tantamount

Naperville, IL

#19 Jan 9, 2009
No one sharpens pellets.
They used pointed "hunting" pellets.

Pellet rifles are capable of taking small game reliably, and capable of killing a human in terms of a "lucky" shot.

It would have been rather fitting if someone had shot back.
pak31

Bolingbrook, IL

#20 Jan 9, 2009
I agree with most people here. The idea of two young men that should know better doing this, regardless if it causes internal harm or not is revolting. 2 guys who are bored and this is the best thing they can come up with to do??? I don't blame video games. Yes, there are violent ones out there, but it's up to parents to either not allow kids to play those games or educate them that it's not real life and it's pretend. Most kids are intelligent enough to learn as they grow up that there is a difference between fake violence and real. I agree with the poster above who says they are waiting for the "they were such sweet guys" reference. Nice guys don't shoot people out of a car for fun.

Since: Oct 07

Chicago

#21 Jan 9, 2009
Waste of time -
I don't think this is a racial issue at all. This is a RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE--to me, that is so much more scary & dangerous than gangbangers targeting other gangbangers. If they didn't get caught, they may upgrade to real guns & start shooing at people on highways (if they're sick enough to think this stunt was funny...who knows). Anyone who commits random acts of violence needs to be made an example of--regardless of their race.

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