Residents upset after stray bullets from police shooting strike homes

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Norfolk police shot a man waving a gun Wednesday night, but now neighbors are angry that their homes are riddled with bullet holes.
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jpz

Herkimer, NY

#1 Sep 18, 2009
so how many times did they fire at this guy? maybe we need some better target training if they fired multiple times and merely wounded the guy
blkbndt1976

AOL

#2 Sep 18, 2009
if i were the people that got their houses riddled by bullets from the police i have the police repair that and have that money come out of their asses luckily no one in those homes were hit or even killed

Since: Aug 09

Houston, Texas

#3 Sep 18, 2009
The guy is standing there, not cooperating. Why are there bullets in every which direction? Can't the cops shoot straight?
Hmmmm

Columbus, OH

#4 Sep 18, 2009
Does anyone here know how difficulty and scary it is to shoot a gun? Not that I don't agree with the fact that there shouldn't be stray bullets just flying around & maybe police need better practice but everyone needs to remember they we doing their job. Now how mad would people be if the police didnt do anything in responce to the civilian waving around a gun? Probably very. No one is ever going to be happy are they? Have the police fix the holes police be more careful calm down this is not the biggest problem in the world.
shotgunlou

United States

#5 Sep 18, 2009
good question from the neighbors. how is it that thier houses are all shot up. "a number of houses with bullet holes". the real question is if the cops were shooting at the perp why isnt he dead. these cops were lousy shots!
Deb

Camp Hill, PA

#6 Sep 18, 2009
And what would have happened if someone from one of those homes got shot and killed. The city would be in financial ruins with the lawsuits that would come out of it.
That sticky, tricky, itchy trigger finger that so many cops have needs to calm down. Those two cops definitely need to get more practice in, but NOT on the civilians please...go to the range and practice, practice, practice.
One or two shots going straight would have been enough.
Dave

Alexandria, VA

#7 Sep 18, 2009
"difficult and scary to shoot a gun" WTF? SHooting a gun is not difficult or scary. Please refrain from speaking without knowledge. Bottom line is the police practiced poor firearm control...
Sick-Tired

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Sep 18, 2009
Shooting at a paper target is easy....I would like to see all the people who ALWAYS question the police after every shooting incident, try standing in front of a person who is shooting at them, and see just how accurate and easy it is.
mackinow

Miami, FL

#9 Sep 18, 2009
Its called " reckless endangerment ". A criminal charge. But because the perps were wearing badges, no charges will be filed. If a civi did that - straight to jail with the charge mentioned above. Our heros in blu at work yet again. This brings my count of sleaze bags in blu to 28 (cases) for this month. "sleaze bag in blu award " is when cops commit felonies, by their own admissions and official reports. Yet no charges filed, no terminations. Makes me sick every time I open cnn.com .
mackinow

Miami, FL

#10 Sep 18, 2009
I'm a gw 1 vet with extensive exp. and I say its easy to shoot someone else ! These cops are out of control. Totally lacking in skill, discipline and bearing, self control. They (cops) are 100% wrong- if you cant shoot straight then you should not have a gun. Least we forget Police are supposed to help, not shoot wildly into multiple wrong houses
wcb2009

Smyrna, GA

#11 Sep 18, 2009
Sounds like the police are using Gang like drive-by-shooting tactics. Are the police not trained to think about the direction they are shooting in? My gosh!
Lee

Chaparral, NM

#12 Sep 18, 2009
It's not a question of why the police opened fire. The man was armed and not following instructions. The police are not paid to get killed. If you want to blame somebody than blame the cause and that is Mr. Newcomb.
hmmm

Clearwater, FL

#13 Sep 18, 2009
Next time they should ask the guy to stand in front of a brick wall or a huge mound of dirt.
Silly bullets...not stopping after they missed him.
boobies

Stockbridge, GA

#14 Sep 18, 2009
HAHAHAHAHAHA. Just another thing for people to complain about.
Hello

Moscow, KS

#15 Sep 18, 2009
"Shooting at a paper target is easy....I would like to see all the people who ALWAYS question the police after every shooting incident, try standing in front of a person who is shooting at them, and see just how accurate and easy it is" Hi Stupid ! How in the world do you translate,
"he made a move towards the police" translate into
" THIS THUG WAS SHOOTIN AT DA POLICE, GOTS'TA TAKE'M DOWN MAN " ?

And also, these are supposed to be 'trained' police officers, if they can't do their job right, they need to GET THE HELL OUT.
Thomas

Tifton, GA

#16 Sep 18, 2009
I do not have a problem with the cops shooting him. He posed a risk to them and to anyone nearby. However, I do wonder why so many rounds were fired. It should take at most three since there is no mention of him being on PCP or wearing any kind of body armor. It sounds like some inexperienced officers (not necessarily rookies) got a little too nervous and did not stop squeezing the triggrer until they were out of ammo. As I said, I have no problem understanding why they would shoot and completely agree with it. It is better that one gunman dies than even a single cop and definitely better than an innocent civilian.
MJS

New York, NY

#17 Sep 18, 2009
Who trained these idiots to shoot?
Pam

Coeur D Alene, ID

#18 Sep 18, 2009
Has anyone thought that maybe all those shots weren't from the police. Maybe the guy with the gun did the shooting before they even arrived.
Lynn

Virginia Beach, VA

#19 Sep 18, 2009
jpz wrote:
so how many times did they fire at this guy? maybe we need some better target training if they fired multiple times and merely wounded the guy
You obviously watch too many movies...this is reality and you are taught to shoot for body mass. You may have a split second to save for own life and can't take the time to say,,,hold still so I can make sure I don't miss while your jumping around waving a gun.
Old GI

AOL

#20 Sep 18, 2009
The Police did as most are trained...."Fire until the threat is stopped" It's not like in the movies where one bullet stops the bad guy every time.
I recommend all you arm chair quarterbacks..STFU.
You're the same whining punks that would scream the Police did not do enough to stop him had the crazy hurt someone else.

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