April 25, 2023

USA: Wrong Place Shootings 'Indicative Of Mass Anxiety'. Teen Knocks On Door At Wrong House. Cheerleader Gets Into Wrong Car. Car Pulls Into Wrong Driveway. Basketball Rolls Into Neighbors Yard.

13News Now published April 20, 2023: 'Wrong place' shootings in America. Now to the latest in a string of troubling "wrong place" shootings in the United States. The latest incident was allegedly provoked after a basketball rolled into the wrong yard. This, following the shooting of a cheerleader who police say got into the wrong car, and the shooting and killing of a young woman whose friends turned into the wrong driveway. ABC's Morgan Norwood has more.
NewsNation published April 20, 2023 Expert: Wrong place, wrong time shootings 'indicative of mass anxiety'. Law and Crime Network anchor and host Jesse Weber and Jim Clemente, retired FBI supervisory special agent & profiler, join “Elizabeth Vargas Reports" to discuss the recent incidents of people being shot for making the common mistake of showing up at the wrong place."

🚨👇 Teen knocked on wrong door at 10:30pm April 13 👇🚨
The far-Left Commies use this incident to stir up racial tensions.
NewsNation published April 24, 2023: Abrams: Media’s obsession with race tilts coverage of recent shooting. Two young people were both victims of recent shootings, but one is drawing more media attention than the other. NewsNation host Dan Abrams argues the difference in coverage is directly tied to the race of the victim and the suspect.
Fox4 News, Kansas City local
written by Jonathan Ketz
Monday April 17, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Even before Clay County Prosecutor Zachary Thompson announced charges against 84-year-old Andrew Lester on Monday in the shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl, a local criminal defense attorney discussed the rights defendants have when someone’s on their property.

“It comes down to, ‘Did the homeowner act reasonably under the circumstances?'” John Picerno said in an interview with FOX4 Monday.

Picerno is not representing Lester. He discussed the “Stand Your Ground” law Monday though. According to state statute, it states, “A person does not have a duty to retreat.”

When it comes to the castle doctrine, a person may use physical force if a person “attempts to unlawfully enter private property that is owned or leased by an individual.”

“Not just the home, not the dwelling, but private property, as long as he has a right to be there,” Picerno said.

“He could be the owner. He could be the lease. He could be somebody who is house sitting. Ringing the doorbell or having the mistaken belief, you’re not unlawfully entering.

“If the homeowner says, ‘Get off my stoop. What are you doing there? I don’t know who you are,’ and you remain as is spelled out in the statute and you remain, then under the Castle Doctrine, the homeowner would have some level of protection.”

During Thompson’s news conference late Monday afternoon though, he said Lester fired through a glass door. According to court documents, Yarl did not enter the home.

Stand Your Ground laws started to spread after Trayvon Martin’s death. The Castle Doctrine has been around for a longer period of time.

“The idea goes back centuries,” UMKC criminal justice professor Ken Novak said in an interview with FOX4 Monday. “‘A man’s home is his castle, and he has the right to defend it’ type of thing.”

Novak said the legal question will be whether Yarl unlawfully tried to enter the property in order to get his siblings. Thompson would not say whether Yarl knocked on the door or rang a doorbell.

“The person may be on that person’s private property,” Novak continued. “Whether there was a safety risk because this person was trying to enter such that force would be necessary. That’s going to be the question that I think that a jury is going to have to try to determine.”

Thompson would not comment on any specifics on the case when it comes to Stand Your Ground laws or the Missouri Castle Doctrine.

🚨👇 car pulled into wrong driveway at 10pm on April 15 👇🚨
CBS New York published April 18, 2023: 20-year-old woman fatally shot in car turning around in wrong driveway. A 20-year-old woman was shot dead after her friend turned into the wrong driveway in Upstate New York. The homeowner is under arrest.
KPRC 2 Click2Houston published April 19, 2023: Homeowner kills driver who made wrong turn into driveway. A homeowner in upstate New York has been charged with second-degree murder after police say he fired shots at a car that made a wrong turn into his driveway, killing 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis. 

New York Post
written by David Propper and Reuven Fenton
Monday April 17, 2023

A 20-year-old woman was shot dead by an upstate New York homeowner Saturday night after the driver of the car she was riding in turned into the wrong driveway, authorities said.

Kaylin Gillis, from Saratoga County, was inside the vehicle with three pals when they made a wrong turn into a driveway while searching for a friend’s house in the town of Hebron, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

As the driver of the car was leaving, Kevin Monahan, the owner of the home the group accidentally pulled up to, allegedly fired two shots from his patio at the vehicle, authorities said.

Gillis was struck by one of the bullets.

Monahan, 65, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy said during a Monday press conference.

“This is a very sad case of some young adults who were looking for a friend’s house and ended up at this man’s house who decided to come out with a firearm and discharge it,” Murphy said.

After the gunshots rang out around 10 p.m., Gillis and the friends drove away until they could call for help in a neighboring town, Murphy said, noting the area lacks reliable cellphone service.

Gillis was pronounced dead when first responders reached the car.

“She was just so young and she still had so much to live for. She had a very loving boyfriend, and she was so in love with him,” Gillis’ cousin Haleigh Eustis, 20, told The Post Monday night.

“I can’t imagine how he feels right now. I know they were attached at the hip. And she had a very loving family. It’s just a loving, big family, and she had such a strong backbone from being a part of this family. And I feel so much anger that she can’t have that anymore.”

The homeowner and group of friends in the car did not interact, Murphy said.

The group of friends also never left the car, Murphy added.

It’s unclear how long the car was in the driveway, but Murphy noted it was only a “very short time.”

The area where the shooting took place is very rural with many dirt roads where it’s “easy to get lost,” Murphy said.

“There’s clearly no threat from anyone in the vehicle,” Murphy said. “There’s no reason for Mr. Monahan to feel threatened.”

When deputies arrived at the home, Monahan, a laborer, was allegedly uncooperative.

He refused to leave his home for over an hour, leading to “a bit of a situation” before he was taken into custody, Murphy said.

Monahan is being held in neighboring Warren County before he appears in a Washington County court at a later date.

🚨👇 cheerleader gets into wrong car at midnight april 17 👇🚨
NewsNation published April 19, 2023: Texas cheerleader shot after parking lot mix-up. A Texas high school cheerleader was hospitalized Tuesday night after a shooting in a grocery store parking lot.

ABC13 News, Houston TX local
written by Shannon Ryan
Wednesday April 19, 2023

ELGIN, Texas - Two members of an elite competitive cheerleading team in Oak Ridge were shot Tuesday morning after one of the athletes reportedly mistakenly tried to get into the wrong car after practice.

The four young women drove from the Round Rock area to Woodlands Elite Cheer Company in Oak Ridge three times each week for practice. They used the Elgin H-E-B as a carpool lot for the approximately 360-mile round-trip.

Just after midnight, cheerleader Heather Roth said she got out of her friend's car and opened the door to a vehicle she believed to be her own in the H-E-B parking lot.

Roth said there was a man sitting in the passenger seat, so she initially panicked, thinking a stranger was inside her car, and got back into her friend's vehicle.

When she noticed the man approach their vehicle, she said she rolled down the window to apologize, telling him she thought it was her car. Roth said the man threw up his hands, pulled out a gun, and started shooting. ABC13 has verified the testimony with Bastrop County sources.

An affidavit states that the H-E-B manager witnessed the gunman "shoot at the vehicle multiple times" before fleeing the area.

According to officers, Roth suffered a graze wound and was treated and released on the scene, but her teammate, Payton Washington, was shot in the leg and the back. Washington was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

"Payton opens the door, and she starts throwing up blood," Roth said.

In an Instagram live Tuesday evening, a coach said Washington, an incoming athlete for Baylor's Acrobatic and Tumbling team, suffered damage to multiple organs and had her spleen removed. She is expected to undergo additional surgeries throughout the week.

The Round Rock ISD senior had already been competing with one lung, according to Woodlands Elite Cheer Company co-owner Lynne Shearer.

This weekend, the athletes were set to compete at Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando together.

Elgin police arrested the alleged gunman, 25-year-old Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., Tuesday. He is charged with deadly conduct, though sources told ABC13 additional charges are likely.

Police said they obtained surveillance footage of the parking lot that captured the moment shots were fired but have not released the video to the public.

🚨👇 basketball rolls into neighbors yard by mistake april 18 👇🚨
Queen City News published April 20, 2023: Suspect in shooting of Gaston County family turns himself into authorities in Florida: police. The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting of a family in southern Gaston County has turned himself into authorities in Tampa, Fla., according to the Gaston County Police Department.
NewsNation published Apr 20, 2023: 6-year-old shooting victim: “He shot my daddy and then he shot me". Kinsley White, 6, and her mother Ashley Hildebrand join "Banfield" in an exclusive interview to discuss the injuries they suffered when a North Carolina man opened fire after neighbors said children went to retrieve a basketball that had rolled into his yard.

New York Post
written by David Propper
Wednesday April 19, 2023

A North Carolina 6-year-old and her parents were shot Tuesday night by an angry neighbor who fired at them after a basketball rolled into his yard, a report said.

Kinsley White was wounded along with her mother, Ashley Hilderbrand, and father, William White, when a gunman opened fire around 8 p.m. in Gaston County after he became enraged about the bouncing ball, according to WSOC-TV.

William White was critically injured attempting to protect his daughter.

Neighbors told the station a group of kids was playing basketball when the ball bounced into the alleged gunman’s yard.

Suspected shooter Robert Louis Singletary grew angry and ran down the street as he fired at a neighbor, they reportedly said.

Then he came back and began shooting at the family, including the young daughter, who needed stitches on her face from bullet fragments, WSOC-TV reported.

Her father was also hit, and was still in the hospital Wednesday, police said.

He reportedly tried to draw gunfire toward him to keep his kids safe before he was struck in the back.

“We don’t even know the man,” Kinsley told the station, adding, “Why did you shoot my daddy and me? Why did you shoot a kid’s dad?”

Hilderbrand was grazed by a bullet and is recovering at home with her daughter, WSOC-TV reported.

Neighbors told the station that Singletary allegedly kept shooting until he was out of bullets.

“He looked at my husband and my daughter and told them, ‘I’m going to kill you,’” Hilderbrand told the station.

Authorities said Singletary, 24, is still on the lam.

He’s been charged with four counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, Gaston County police said.

The department is seeking the public’s help in locating and arresting the fugitive, offering a $1,000 reward.

“I want to say to the people of Gaston County — this sort of violence will not stand,” Police Chief Stephen Zill said in a statement, noting the US Marshals Service is helping in the search for Singletary.


The North Carolina man accused of shooting a 6-year-old girl and her father after a basketball rolled into his yard was out on bond in a December case involving him allegedly attacking a woman with a mini-sledgehammer.

Robert Louis Singletary, 24, appeared in a Florida court on Friday, where he was arrested after fleeing North Carolina. He waived extradition and is being held without bond on a fugitive warrant.

It's not clear if he has obtained an attorney.

Records out of North Carolina show that Singletary was booked into a Gaston County jail on Dec. 2 and charged with first-degree kidnapping, communicating threats and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury.

Gastonia police said he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a mini-sledgehammer, kept her inside his apartment and refused to let her leave for over two hours.

Officers were alerted to the incident when the girlfriend called 911 from a local hospital, a police news release states.

The victim told detectives that she had been at Singletary's apartment and that he hit her in the back of the head with the sledgehammer. She said she immediately felt dizzy and disoriented and was bleeding profusely, according to authorities.

Singletary kept the woman in his apartment and told her that she could not leave "until she had cleaned up all the evidence from the assault," the news release says. She complied and then drove to the hospital after he let her leave, it says.

Singletary was held on a $250,000 bond but released on Dec. 15, four months before Tuesday's shooting. The Gaston County District Attorney's Office did not immediately return a request for comment.

The case is still pending. A court appearance is scheduled for May, a Gaston County court clerk said.

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