Drive-By Shooter Needs a Long Spell in a Cell

by Kerry Dougherty

Call me an idealist if you will, but I believe a mother and her daughter ought to be able to go to Lynnhaven Mall on a Monday afternoon in September and drive away without taking a bullet to the neck.

And if someone is convicted of the September 14th shooing of a 33-year-old Beach woman while her 10-year-old daughter watched in horror, I believe that freak ought to spend many years in prison. The second he pulled the trigger he sacrificed his right to live among us.

Heartless, I know.

Perhaps you saw the story in The Virginian-Pilot online edition Thursday. At a hearing in Virginia Beach General District Court that day, the shooting victim identified a 21-year-old man — a known gang member, according to prosecutors — of reaching out of a car window and pointing a gun in her direction.

Next thing she knew, she had a searing pain in her neck and blood was gushing from the wound. The bullet just missed her carotid artery. It could have left a little girl motherless.

In a nearby car, driven by a rival gang member (again, according to prosecutors), a mother and her 5-month-old baby were also hit by gunfire. That mom was a no-show in court this week. The baby is all right, according to the news report.

But we’re not all right. Virginia Beach isn’t all right as long as lunatics cruise the streets and endanger the public.

I have no idea if the man who was arrested for the shooting is guilty. The case is being sent to a grand jury.

But someone did commit a serious crime that afternoon and if there’s a conviction, that criminal deserves no mercy.

The victim is so afraid of retribution by gang members that she asked the newspaper not to print her name. Imagine how she must live, constantly looking over her shoulder, terrified that someone will try to keep her from testifying.

Look, there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who read a newspaper story headlined “Virginia Beach Woman Hit By Alleged Gang Member’s Stray Bullet Offers Emotional Testimony” and are incensed on behalf of all ordinary, decent people.

And those who wring their hands and wonder how society failed the shooter.

In trying to defend his soft-on-crime parole board recently, Gov. Ralph Northam talked about how he believed in second chances.

I do too. For someone who shoplifts, writes a bad check or steals a TV.

But a psycho who sticks a gun out of a car window and fires randomly, unconcerned about killing children and innocent bystanders?

Lock that perp up and keep him there. No second chances.

This column is republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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13 responses to “Drive-By Shooter Needs a Long Spell in a Cell”

  1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “And those who wring their hands and wonder how society failed the shooter.”

    I call bullsh*t!!

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Cut is the branch that might’ve grown straight…

      I’m sure there’s someone someplace. His mother? Which allows Ms. Kerry to slather the excrement thick.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    So does the E. City drive-by driver…

    Any bets?

  3. LarrytheG Avatar

    Kinda funny how folks like Kerry can contort themselves so to see what they want to see and be blind to what they don’t want to see.

    We talk here is BR about the “bad sections of town” and how the cops needs to be vigilant to tamp down misfits who inhabit those places and how the kids of those parents are doomed….

    But look around our country these days at the width and breadth of the killings – in a wide range of venues beyond “bad sections of town” – and the killings done by all manner of gun-toting types. Some kill each other in gang conflicts while others just go out kill people they don’t like.

    We are more like a 3rd world country than the worlds developed countries when it comes to killing each other.

    1. John Harvie Avatar
      John Harvie

      You need to look up more news from places like Eritrea. Perhaps it’d be enlightening…

    2. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      “bad sections of town”… workplaces, like the City Complex in Virginia Beach.

      1. John Harvie Avatar
        John Harvie

        Remember Building #2???

    3. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      No Mr. Larry. This is what the third world looks like we are not even remotely close.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        James – this is over 100 years? What about Japan and Germany and Bosnia and Northern Ireland and even the US?

        We’re also talking about killings today.

        1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
          James Wyatt Whitehead

          China’s contribution over 100 years at 65 million. Let me see now….1,780 a day over 36,500 days. They are so much more peaceful, tolerant, and enlightened. Your China chart seems to forget mass crimes against humanity that occurs to this day. That counts as homicide Mao and his successors did this to their own people.

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            We could go back to Attila the Hun and the the mongols also but we’re talking about citizens killing each other in modern-day – “civilized” countries.

            And my point is that we have a higher rate of killings in this country than our peer developed countries and our rates are more like SOME 3rd world countries (not all, the bottom tier is much worse).

            But all we need to do is look at the daily news in this country to see the daily killings, some of them multiple victim workplace and related killings.

            We just don’t see this in countries like Japan, New Zealand, Norway, England, etc… but it’s now almost a normal everyday occurrence in the US.


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