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I see this case both ways. What about you? user banned
30th Jul '13

http://globalgrind.com/news/homeowner-merritt-landry-shoots-unarmed-black-teenager-head-marshall-coulter-photos




This sounds familiar.
A 14-year-old New Orleans teenager is in critical condition after a homeowner shot him in the head, claiming the "suspicious" child was about to rob his house.
The teen, Marshall Coulter, was unarmed and did not pose an "imminent threat," according to police.
Merritt Landry, 33, is now facing second-degree attempted murder for shooting.




The teen was standing near Landry's vehicle, which was parked in the gated driveway in front of Landry's house on Mandeville Street, when he was shot.
Police say the teen, who has a history of burglary arrests, did not pose an 'imminent threat,' according to the Times-Picayune.
Landry claims otherwise, saying Coulter made a quick movement 'as if to reach for something,' so he shot him out of concern for his own safety, according to an arrest warrant.
Coulter was shot from 30 feet away, according to evidence recovered at the scene. He can't move the left side of his body and doctors say if he survives, he will likely suffer severe brain damage.


The shooting, which occurred on Friday of last week, has dredged up sentiments similar to those experienced in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, as Landry is of Hispanic descent and Marshall is black.
And despite Landry's suspicions and claims that Marshall intended on robbing him, his family says the teen is innocent.




"He would steal - he was a professional thief, sure," Coulter's 23-year-old brother, David, told the Times-Picayune. "But he would never pick up a gun, not in a million years. He was too scared to aim a gun at the grass, let alone aim it at a person. No way. Before he'll ever pick up a gun, he'll be your friend first."
"He's still a little boy," the brother added. "Who pulls a trigger on a 14-year-old? What if it was your little brother or your sister? How would you feel?"


We're praying for Marshall's speedy recovery.



Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/homeowner-merritt-landry-shoots-unarmed-black-teenager-head-marshall-coulter-photos#ixzz2aYEGDiUp




Did the homeowner have a right to shoot if the teen was not actively robbing him?
What are your thoughts?
Im in between but id like to see a few of your thoughts



Post and run DS is waking up

Ladee+Grant+Lilly 2 kids; Tallahassee, FL, United States 21066 posts
30th Jul '13

What business did he have being on the property anyway? Was it night time or dusk, when visibility might be impaired? I love how his whole family is like, oh yeah he was a theif but he'd never HURT anyone. Theft can hurt just as badly as physical harm sometimes. You never know anyone's whole life story. I don't know if it was justified, because I think there are a few open variables, but I don't think the guy should be charged with murder for shooting someone who didn't belong on or near his property to begin with.

BunnyGirl19 4 kids; 10 angel babies; Oregon 16941 posts
30th Jul '13

I think he was within his rights to shoot him. The kid had to hop a fence to get onto the property in the first place. He was shot when he was between the car and a doir to the house (a small space). None of that spells out purely innocent minding his own business. Plus he's a known thief. I have no sympathy for criminals.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
30th Jul '13

No. He didn't have the right to shoot a child on the head for standing near his car. Nope.
Unless your life is clearly being threatened I don't see how someone can even claim self defense. The boy didn't have a weapon on him, and being robbed sucks but the kid wasnt trying to hurt the man.

Mari-C 18 kids; Nebraska 3695 posts
30th Jul '13

What 14 year old is a professional thief?
That's sad that the boy was shot.
I wouldn't take violent action unless the guy is pointing a gun or waving a knife at me. People these days are quick to put a finger on the trigger, rather than dial 911.

user banned 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4666 posts
30th Jul '13

Im kind of in between. I mean if i were about to be robbed i would probably try to prevent that robbery but on the other hand the teen wasnt armed.

user banned 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4666 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting E&J=my world:" What 14 year old is a professional thief? That's sad that the boy was shot. I wouldn't take violent ... [snip!] ... is pointing a gun or waving a knife at me. People these days are quick to put a finger on the trigger, rather than dial 911."


I agree

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22286 posts
status 30th Jul '13
Quoting You and me + 3:" http://globalgrind.com/news/homeowner-merritt-landry-shoots-unarmed-black-teenager-head-marshall-coulter-photos ... [snip!] ... robbing him? What are your thoughts? Im in between but id like to see a few of your thoughts Post and run DS is waking up"


I like how the story you linked says "Open Season". Maybe these young men need some intervention before it gets to this point. He was on the man's gated property and the man saw him possibly reaching for a weapon. If this didn't happen right now, there's a big chance the same thing would have happened in the future. Not the man's fault he was protecting himself. He had no idea if this kid had a gun or not. From the picture, he looks a lot older than 14 to me.

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
30th Jul '13

I would have fired a warning shot.

user banned 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4666 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting Colt's mommy:" I like how the story you linked says "Open Season". Maybe these young men need some intervention before ... [snip!] ... he was protecting himself. He had no idea if this kid had a gun or not. From the picture, he looks a lot older than 14 to me."


Yea i wasnt feeling the title thats why i didnt include it in the forum

user banned 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4666 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting ~Julie Blue Eyes~:" I would have fired a warning shot."


I might have as well. This is one of those cases where im stuck in the middle.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22286 posts
status 30th Jul '13
Quoting You and me + 3:" I might have as well. This is one of those cases where im stuck in the middle."


If it was me home alone with my child, I would have shot him. I know DH would have if he thought he was pulling a gun.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
30th Jul '13

I think he was in his rights. The kid was on his property, and he had no way of knowing if he had a gun or not. What if tonight was the first night he had used a gun (the kid ) and he shit the guy first.



I think the guy should have yelled out that he would shoot if he didn't leav or at least aim for his arm

user banned 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4666 posts
30th Jul '13

Im terrified of guns so i would probably never own one. My SO owns one but leaves it at his mothers bc i dont want it in my house. Too many horror stories of children with guns but even if i did shoot, i wouldnt had shot to kill. Maybe to make back off. I dont want to kill anyone though and i hope i never have to.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting You and me + 3:" http://globalgrind.com/news/homeowner-merritt-landry-shoots-unarmed-black-teenager-head-marshall-coulter-photos ... [snip!] ... robbing him? What are your thoughts? Im in between but id like to see a few of your thoughts Post and run DS is waking up"


I love how the brother states that he was a professional thief. and, then he says he was a child.
anyway, I don't think the shooting was justified. There were other options available to him, from what I can see.