Littlestown shooting linked to OxyContin

Littlestown shooting linked to OxyContin

There are 113 comments on the Evening Sun story from Mar 12, 2008, titled Littlestown shooting linked to OxyContin. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Firefighters load John F. Fischback, 50, of Littlestown into a STAT MedEvac helicopter to take him to York Hospital after he was injured during a shooting at his home on Newark Street.

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l-townBOLTS

United States

#52 Mar 13, 2008
I'm from Littlestown and all i have to say is that this is EXACTLY what happens. people get messed up with these drugs, then violence happens. I mean it could happen to any town and what was worse is that one of our schools are like 100 feet away from the crime scene and at 3:30 that is when the little kids were being let out, just think what would happen if one of them got hurt. And to think that these are grown adults knowing and told to set an example for our town is pitiful, but people make mistakes.
and i do agree with people, he broke in, and we have the right to bear arms enough said

thankyou
That close to the school

Woodstock, MD

#53 Mar 13, 2008
I just hope no kids wonder in the wrong house because this could happen again beings his house is that close to the school hopefully Mr Trigger happy man thinks before he does it again...
strange

Woodstock, MD

#54 Mar 13, 2008
This sounds so strange . He picked a random house in a town he doesn't live in and broke in wanting drugs ?
to Tracey and Christina

Towson, MD

#57 Mar 14, 2008
You need to get your facts straight oxycontin truly is to be used for patients who have a terminal illness such as CANCER it is not to be used for back pain or headaches, thats why they have things like hydrocodone or darvocet which is not as strong but WAY to many doctors now are prescribing it for these minor ailments. So maybe you should get YOUR FACTS straight before you start bashing people. Another things is I think people need to realize that this young mans family is reading these negative comments~keep your opinions to yourself they did NOTHING wrong,we do't know the facts and may never know but they do not deserve to hear all of this bashing. I beleive in your rights to own a gun and I believe that if someone truly is about to injure you in YOUR home you have the right to protect yourself but like many I think that there is more to this story that is being kept quiet so for now just wait and see but for the familys sake please stop the negativity. He is someones son,father,friend,etc...and they are mourning there loss.
Tracey

Severna Park, MD

#60 Mar 14, 2008
Mom of a Punk wrote:
To Tracey and Christina
I think you are the ones that need to do alittle research before you comment. As found on the Internet: The maker of the highly profitable narcotic painkiller OxyContin has been aggressively marketing the drug far beyond its original purpose to ease the suffering of cancer patients, according to company documents released . Purdue Pharma for several years has promoted the powerful drug to treat less-threatening ailments, such as arthritis and back pain, according to company. So Miss Tracey and Miss Christina, the physicians have taken it upon themselves to see what else it might work for- not as the intended purpose. Could it be for alittle kick back??? Someone I know was given because they hurt their toe. So, if Mr. Fishbach was allegedly/possibly selling it, then his pain wasn't awful enough if he could afford to do without some of it and therefore didn't need the prescription in the first place.
First off, I never stated that it wasn't used for cancer patients. I was prescribed the medication after complications from surgery. I do know my facts, and will whole heartedly agree that the medication is over prescribed by the medical field. Oxycontin is less harmful to the stomach lining than Percocet or Darvecet. If someone were bashing me upside the head, I would give them my medication just to save my own life. We do not know all of the facts.
Vos Parate

Granite City, IL

#61 Mar 14, 2008
Did you notice the nice touch from the stupid, liberal, left wing reporter? "The little boy was found crying in the garage." Give me a break. Dang bleeding heart liberal. I'm sure she prefers that the homeowner was beaten within an inch of his life rather than defend himself. That's why I hate the press.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#63 Mar 14, 2008
Vos Parate wrote:
Did you notice the nice touch from the stupid, liberal, left wing reporter? "The little boy was found crying in the garage." Give me a break. Dang bleeding heart liberal. I'm sure she prefers that the homeowner was beaten within an inch of his life rather than defend himself. That's why I hate the press.
^^^^^^^^^^
Stupid hard hearted conservative.
Justice

Sun City, AZ

#64 Mar 14, 2008
To all you single-minded and judgemental people:

It sure is easy to pass judgement from the one-sided, biased information that is being presented by the media and news. You have no idea what you are talking about because you don't know the facts and haven't been in contact with the police that are investigating this tragedy. Mr. Fishback is thought to have set up Nick Smith and they knew each other. There was nothing random about this and it is looking more and more like premeditated murder by Mr. Fishback onto Nick Smith. It is also pecuilar how no one is mentioning the third guy involved. This was a tragedy to Nick Smith and his family and, hopefully, the truth will come to surface since Mr. Fishback is telling one lie after another. Hopefully, justice will be served and Mr. Fishback and the third guy involved will have to live with the consequences from their unhuman actions upon Nick Smith.
BOB

Stonewall, Canada

#65 Mar 14, 2008
I AM ALWAYS AMAZED WITH THE THINKING OF LIBERALS.WHEN YOU VIOLATE SOMEONES PERSON OR HOME,FIRST YOU OBVIOSLY DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT PERSON, AND SECONDLY YOU "THE CRIMINAL" ARE TAKING A CHANCE OF BEING HURT OR KILLED.THAT IS YOUR CHOICE! KEY WORD CHOICE.IF YOU COMMITTE A CRIME BECAUSE OF DRUGS THAT IS ALSO YOUR CHOICE.LIFE IS FULL OF CHOICES MAKE THE WRONG ONE SUFFER THE OUTCOME.ALSO I DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THE CRIMINALS FAMILY BECAUSE OBVIOSLY THE CRIMINAL DOESN'T CARE ABOUT HIS FAMILY OTHER WISE HE WOULD HAVE NOT COMMITTED THE CRIME IN THE FIRST PLACE
Matthew

Titusville, FL

#66 Mar 15, 2008
I'm curious.
First... What has the kid next door got to do with the shooting?
Second... You wrote "Fischback was flown to York Hospital for bruises and abrasions on his head."
But then you wrote;
"The home was not forced open and there were no signs of struggle."
Um, was he injured by the police? If so, why were the police attacking him? Did he threaten them as well? Was he hurting himself? Why was he so injured that they had to FLY him to a hospital if there were no signs of struggle?
And last; Why do you not have statistics on how many homeowners sucessfully defend themselves with guns every year? Or how many people are killed in home invasions?
I have to be honest, this article appears biased in a way that leads me to believe that you are (as a reporter) injecting your bias against guns into the story at the expense of this old fellow that was forced by the criminal to defend himself.
The headline should have read, "Criminal breaks into house. Homeowner sucessfully defends himself" along with some information of local gun classes, safe shooting ideas and a little historical evidence on local trends in crime, shooting and self defense.
HAve a great day.
Matthew

Titusville, FL

#67 Mar 15, 2008
Tracey wrote:
<quoted text>
First off, I never stated that it wasn't used for cancer patients. I was prescribed the medication after complications from surgery. I do know my facts, and will whole heartedly agree that the medication is over prescribed by the medical field. Oxycontin is less harmful to the stomach lining than Percocet or Darvecet. If someone were bashing me upside the head, I would give them my medication just to save my own life. We do not know all of the facts.
Ma'am, what makes you think that the criminal that breaks into your house is going to leave a potential witness alive after he leaves? Be happy if he only take the drugs... often in these cases, the drugs, the jewelery, a rape, then murder are the pattern that happens. Your idea that to sumit happily to the bad guy only guarantees that the next time, the bad guy expects no resistance... or, in other words, an easy victim.
Hummm

United States

#68 Mar 15, 2008
The sad thing,that kid is no longer here to tell him side of the story.Are they even going to check him to see if he use Oxycontin?
Tracey

Severna Park, MD

#70 Mar 15, 2008
Matthew wrote:
<quoted text>
Ma'am, what makes you think that the criminal that breaks into your house is going to leave a potential witness alive after he leaves? Be happy if he only take the drugs... often in these cases, the drugs, the jewelery, a rape, then murder are the pattern that happens. Your idea that to sumit happily to the bad guy only guarantees that the next time, the bad guy expects no resistance... or, in other words, an easy victim.
Matthew, I agree with you 100%. My comment was poorly written. Mr. Fishbach is the victim and I do believe that Mr. Smith would have further harmed him. In my earlier posts, I have stated that Mr. Smith is responsible for his own demise. The media has played out the criminal as the victim. We do not have all of the facts, but it is clear to me that Mr. Fishbach acted appropriately by defending himself. Sad to say, if I were in Mr. Fishbach's shoes, I would have been an easy victim, and ended up dead.
ant721

Lawrence, KS

#71 Mar 15, 2008
He should have just given the young man what he wanted instead of taking a life over a few pills, nonviolence in a situation like this is always for the best, let the police handle it and nobody gets hurt.
avid thinker

Denver, CO

#72 Mar 15, 2008
I sit here and read the article and think about how sad it is for both families. One will think about killing someone forever and the other about not seeing their loved one forever. I can't say that the shooting was right or wrong or that Mr. Smith was a loser or not i did not know them but the story does not make much sense. No forced entry, no confirmation on how many shots fired, and the big one revolver found in the victims hand open and empty (no casings). None. everyone has the right to have guns and protect their families and homes but don't judge Mr. Smith until all the facts come to light and the holes in the story get filled. It may end up with all the people bashing Mr. Smith's family an apology.
Joe

Eden Prairie, MN

#73 Mar 15, 2008
paul kersey ll wrote:
most people in today's society have loaded guns in serveral rooms ...i do. guy in baltimore, i know, has legally registered machine gun for protection. think about it..the police can't protect everyone ,every minute of the day. thats why criminals want guns banned , then they can do whatever they want.. people hang around pharmacys and follow them home...read about oxycontin , do a search on how people steal, kill , etc for it...
"most people?"

I think you're a little off there, hoss.
Joe

Eden Prairie, MN

#74 Mar 15, 2008
Vos Parate wrote:
Did you notice the nice touch from the stupid, liberal, left wing reporter? "The little boy was found crying in the garage." Give me a break. Dang bleeding heart liberal. I'm sure she prefers that the homeowner was beaten within an inch of his life rather than defend himself. That's why I hate the press.
How do you know the reporter's political leanings? This is apparently a factual statement about someone who heard the shooting. God forbid rpeorters put facts in stories.

It may be a little out of place, but how does showing the impact a tragedy had on a young boy imply that the reporter disagreed with the incident?

It's sad how some people need to justify their own shortcomings by criticizing people just doing their job. I bet most of you who jump on reporters like this wouldn't make it a day in her job.
Castle Doctrine

Jacksonville, FL

#75 Mar 15, 2008
This article sounds bias toward the man whom broke into the home of a law abiding civilian whom justifiably defended himself. If anyone breaks into your home and threatens your life, you do and should have the right to stop the intruder with deadly force if necessary.
paul kersey

Harrisburg, PA

#76 Mar 15, 2008
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
"most people?"
I think you're a little off there, hoss.
well , the smart people are armed , they realize that today's world means SELF PROTECTION .. or do you believe that the police will always be there for you. the police protect the criminals , look at the laws that we have. why are most back roaming the streets ? you ever hear the saying that crime is big business ? hell , look at our borders...
justsomethingigo ttasay

United States

#77 Mar 15, 2008
It amazes me that so many of you can sit in judgement of a man that you never met. You base you opinions on news reports that are constantly corrected and information that people pull out of thin air. I just pray that God doesn't decide to judge you too harshly for those actions. Now if it had been me and I had been perscribed such a powerful drug I wouldn't have filled the prescribtion, but if I had I would have just handed over the worthless drugs. If I felt so unsafe in my home that I needed to have a gun in a pouch beside the chair that I would most likely spend my time I would definately be sure to have several locks on my door that would always be locked and I wouldn't open my door for anyone. I also think that instead of pointing the finger based on the small amount of information provided to you, spend more time thinking about the young life that was lost and that even if what has been told was true on an everyday basis with every unneeded prescribtion that you fill you support and allow this kind of violence and the lose of countless innocent lives.

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