Woman with concealed carry permit shoots up Home Depot while trying to stop shoplifters

Michigan police still haven’t decided if they are going to charge a 47-year-old woman with a felony after she opened fire at alleged shoplifters at a Home Depot.

According to The Detroit News, the woman happened upon a store security officer who looked like he was trying to stop a shoplifter. When the suspects tried to escape in their vehicle, the woman pulled out her concealed 9mm handgun and opened fire.

Police believe a bullet struck one of the tires of the vehicle as the suspects escaped. It’s not known if either of the men, who are still at large, were hit.

Reports say that the woman had a concealed carry permit and was cooperating with law enforcement.

Watch a report on the story from WXYZ in the video below:

Update: Police later confirmed that the woman who fired the shots “was not being threatened by a fleeing shoplifter when she decided to fire multiple shots at him in a Home Depot parking lot,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

Experts interviewed after the incident don’t think the shooting was justified.

“It’s my worst nightmare as a CPL instructor,” said Doreen Hankins, owner of Detroit Arms, which holds CPL classes. “You have to know the entire situation before you pull that handgun out. And I don’t see that a shoplifter at Home Depot fills any of those criteria.”

“To use a concealed weapon in Michigan, a CPL holder needs to think that there is an imminent danger of death, great bodily harm or sexual assault, or think there is a similar danger to someone else,” said Rick Ector, a firearms trainer who runs Legally Armed Detroit, adding that a gun is “truly a tool of last resort.”

CPL holders who misuse their guns could face a wide range of charges — among them felony firearm, reckless use of a firearm and felonious assault.

Hankins, the owner of Detroit Arms, said of the shooting, “None of it makes sense. Even if it were law enforcement, they wouldn’t do that.”

She added, speaking of CPL holders: “You are not a police officer. You are not a person out there protecting the public at large.”

Featured image via YouTube



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    Martin Pollard

    October 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Sensationalism, much? The woman didn’t “shoot up the Home Depot,” she shot up a care *fleeing* the Home Depot. Quite a big difference, that; your headline makes it sound like she went rampaging through the aisles and shooting at everything she saw.

    What she did was undeniably stupid–shoplifting doesn’t warrant the use of vigilante justice, much less merit an on-the-spot death penalty–but let’s not stoop to the level of the right wing blogosphere with sensationalized, inaccurate headlines. We’re supposed to be better than that.

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    Martin Pollard

    October 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    That should be “car,” not “care,” the latter of which I obviously didn’t take before I hit the Post Comment button. 🙁

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    Jacqui Hawkins

    October 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Agree with Martin Pollard. The headline was a bit sensationalized, ok, a lot sensationalized. A more proper reaction for this woman would have been to just get a good description of the thieves, their car and their license plate number.

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    October 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Sure the headline is bad, but shooting at shoplifters in a car? That’s plain stupidity for which she just may go to prison.

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    Nanci Ables

    October 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    but the problem is , that not everyone makes the best decision in the heat of that moment. It should be left to the professionals.

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    October 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    But she didn’t, did she. She was, yet another, of the many responsible gun owners (a good guy with a gun) we hear so much about.

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    Lori Greene

    October 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Well, I’m all for people being allowed to carry, I do believe intensive training should proceed the carry permit. Such as being trained to know when to use your weapon. I don’t think shop lifting requires the use of deadly force, do you?

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    Lori Greene

    October 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    That should of said preceed

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    Matt Gassler

    October 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm


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    Nancy Johnson Rosow

    October 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    When citizens start policing and getting away with it, who needs the police? We’ll just amateurishly wield our guns at whomever we “think” is the culprit and ask question later.

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    October 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    And lock that crazy bitch up.

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    October 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    What if the dummies shoplifting had a child in the car? Who was she to go shooting a gun in the parking lot ? How outrageous? What if she had struck the car or tires enough to make the car stop and the shoplifters got out and started a shooting spree in the parking lot. Guns are not toys! No life was in danger until “Ma Barker” started shooting! How irresponsible!!!!

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    October 7, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    George Zimmerman wana-be…. Luckily she didn’t murder anyone like him…

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    Bix Nood

    October 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    If they were SOB’s (Sons of Obama) it’s a shame she didn’t kill them.

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    October 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    She didn’t shoot up the store. She shot up the parking lot. I am an advocate of armed self defense and of CCW, but there is no justification for this stupid woman’s action.

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    October 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I’m not sure why anyone would be surprised to find a “sensationalized” headline on the internet. I’m not sure I see any other kind except maybe on the website of my local newspaper and those get a little beyond reasonable at times.

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    Christine Zook

    October 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    While the headline was misleading, the woman did however put people’s lives at risk by blasting away in the parking lot. She’d better get charged with a felony, because since when is it legal to shoot at people for any reason except self defense?

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    October 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Plaxico Burress did 2 years in prison for shooting himself by accident. This woman opened fire on a “shop lifter”???? When did it become okay to shoot a shop lifter. Deadly force is suppose to only used if your or other lives are in imminent danger.

    She should do at least 2 years like Plaxico for that BS she just pulled.

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    Eddie Cooper

    October 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Too bad she missed….I can’t stand a thief.

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    Georgianna Waters Diener

    October 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Please lock her you she a criminal shooting at people with 9mm over petty crime… She not cop or security… Let alone a judge jury to gun them down over petty crime…

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    Georgianna Waters Diener

    October 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    So true

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    October 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Better question. How many shots did she expand, how many hit the vehicle and how many of them were in line with other people who were in the area. This would have a completely different story if she struck and kill a baby in a car seat that wasn’t the fleeing vehicle.

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    October 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    As a presumed card carrying NRA member and assumed god loving christian, she’s certainly fit to be judge, jury and executioner of the people who were alleged to be shoplifting. However… god must have let them go for a reason.

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    Corey Darrough

    October 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    “let’s not stoop to the level of the right wing blogosphere with sensationalized, inaccurate headlines.”

    News for you friend, there’s no stooping required. Both sides are on the same level and always have been.

    That said, I agree. Sensationalism to the core, and deadly force not warranted.

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    Hubbie Dubbie (@dcrasta)

    October 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Ok so it should be ‘Woman shoots up Home Depot Parking lot’ .. Are you satisfied ?
    And since its on HomeDepot property, they are not as far off base as you make it seem, however good example of how not to act like a sensationalized grammar nazi.

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    October 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    The title of this article is extremely misleading, to say the least. It looks like an intentional misrepresentation of what happened. She didn’t “shoot up Home Depot.” She shot at a car leaving the store.

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    Quentin Benjamin

    October 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Yea she needs to be charged

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    Greg Williams

    October 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    This sort of misleading, sensationalized headline only serves the NRA talking point of “hysterical” liberals who freak out at any “good guy with a gun” story. In my opinion, as a liberal owner of a firearm, is that the woman’s severe and stupid overreaction to something that she had no business being a part of should have been the focus of the story.

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    Mike Doughty

    October 7, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Crazy woman looking for a chance to use her toy. She put many lives at Risk but just blasting away. Lock her up.

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    Joshua Brennig

    October 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Well said! Clickbait headlines instantly destroy the credibility of the source. I would have read the article without the stupid intro.

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    October 7, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I totally agree. It’s bad enough the cops can shoot us before we’re even charged; now gun nuts can.

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    Panchito Charales

    October 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm


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    Gabriel Cimino

    October 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    If she yelled ‘Merica I say good shoot.

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    Christine Akers

    October 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Agree with Martin, accuracy matters. She’s an idiot, no need to embellish.

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    J. Cargill

    October 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I don’t like the idea of civilians taking justice into their own hands with deadly force. It leads to anarchy and tragedy.

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    Ted Buz

    October 7, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Unfortunately for this 2A-nus, she decided to be Crazy McBarnswoggle instead of being a reasonable human being.

    Have fun in jail.

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    Tronald Dump

    October 7, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Enjoy your cozy 3by5 cell, Nutbag McPullsagun.

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    October 7, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Unfortunately for Rosabelle Mc2A-nus, she decided to be Crazy McDoofus instead of being reasonable.

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    Derek R

    October 8, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I don’t see what is sensationalism here?!? Some lady shot at a SHOPLIFTER? Who the F@3k made here a hired mercenary? You people are morons…

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    Danny Adams

    October 8, 2015 at 12:25 am

    And the safety issue aside, apparently the shooter thinks it’s OK to risk killing someone over shoplifting.

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    Terry Case

    October 8, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Think how much more effective it would have been if EVERY American exercised their Second Amendment right to bear arms…at all times. If everyone at Home Depot had been packing:

    We might have seen *several* patriots open fire on those (probably Mexican) thieves (and probable rapist/murderers…..because they were probably Mexicans. Hey! That’s not racist! Have you BEEN to a Home Depot? The parking lot is crawling with “landscape workers” and “carpenters”. Just stating the facts, bro.) And with so much firepower in play, an armed citizenry would certainly have been able to bring that carload of thugs to a halt.
    Sure..maybe a few defenders of Liberty would get confused and strike other, uninvolved cars in the parking lot, causing those drivers to return fire on a perceived threat (still, totally legit), but once those Mexican drug lord terrorists spilled out of the car they just stole and started trying to murder God-fearing Americans….that’s when the Arsenal of Freedom would come fully into play.
    It would be GLORIOUS! A full-on, red white and blue shit storm of Constitutionally-guaranteed self defense. Makes my ass pucker a little, just thinking about it.

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    Cindy Fisk

    October 8, 2015 at 1:42 am

    The thing this story also lacks is the number of shots she fired. She may not have “blasted away” in the parking lot at random. They are trying to sensationalize the story so for all we know she may have only fired a couple of shots into the car. She could be a sharp shooter for all the information we have.

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    October 8, 2015 at 2:04 am

    She did the right thing. She aimed for the car, and hit the tires. Excellent. No lives were endangered in the act of assisting the store security.

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    October 8, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Crazy O’Barnswoggle over there had a chance to be reasonable. She forfeited that chance.

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    October 8, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Give it up, liberals. Concealed carry is here to stay. Get used to it, or else leave the country.

    BTW, I’m just curious: Were those “poor” thieves black? If yes, there’s little wonder why you seek to blame the person trying to stop them by shooting at their tires. GOD FORBID we ever hold black criminals accountable.

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    October 8, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Let’s lock YOU up, hippie.

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    October 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Not sure I agree with her actions but she didn’t “shoot at people”. She shot a car tire–so it is reasonable to assume her gun was pointed downwards. Perhaps the fleeing robbers were driving at a high speed towards her and she shot the tire to stop them. What would you think then? This article sensationalizes the facts so badly–it flat out lies. I wouldn’t believe a word.

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    James Leslie

    October 8, 2015 at 2:47 am

    It only takes one bad decision for a “good guy” with a gun to become a bad guy with a gun.

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    D.T. Carnay

    October 8, 2015 at 2:49 am

    But, but, but, she’s a good guy with a gun! They’re like the bestest people ever!

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    October 8, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Just another ludicrous example of senseless gun use! Thank god no one was shot or killed as far {as we know} over some pilfered hardware. I can’t even imagine what would have made her think it was okay to whip out her gun and deputize herself and try to stop the alleged thieves.
    While most gun owners would not be so reckless as to endanger the lives of others just because they have a gun and are itching to use it, who knows when that random wild card will try to be a self proclaimed hero and harm someone in the process. Someone has got to send the message that gun owners legally permitted or otherwise can’t be allowed to take justice in their own hands, especially with a potentially lethal weapon!

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    October 8, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Here in Georgia you can use deadly force in a self-defense situation, as well as against any person(s) that are in the act of committing a felonious crime.

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    Jay Merrick

    October 8, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Shooting up a parking lot is much better. Yes the headline could have been more accurate. Charge her.

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    James Colley

    October 8, 2015 at 3:55 am

    She is not a cop. She is not trained. A concealed carry permit is not permission to start shooting. Theft does not warrant her risking everyone’s life that was nearby. You shoot to kill. Theft is not a good enough reason for deadly force. The only thing she should have done was been a witness and provided the authorities any information she had so they could do their jobs. I say charge her for discharging a firearm in city limits and pull her conceal carry permit since she obviously does not know when/when not to use her weapon.

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    October 8, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Are police allowed to shoot at a car driving away? Aren’t cops only supposed to shoot when their lives or the lives of others are in danger? How is the law different when its a civilian? It seems to me she should be charged with something. What if she had killed someone in the parking lot when one of her bullets missed the car?

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    October 8, 2015 at 5:35 am

    It was Home Depot. It was their Parking lot.

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    October 8, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Shooting at a fleeing suspect is not the same as shooting up a store, as the headline suggests. Another liberal news station trying to earn money, while not reporting the FACTS.

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    Keith Buhler

    October 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    At least the shoplifters probably lost as much in car damage as they gained in theft.

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    Mark Hartmann

    October 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    If she shot one of the tires, it seems like she is a pretty good shot. If she were aiming for the tires, then she was simply trying to prevent them from driving away….not thinking that a thief is not going to worry about a tire rim while fleeing from a shooter.
    Hardly “shooting up” the parking lot. Lol

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    October 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Let’s look at the mental health side of this story. Normal people with guns don’t go around shooting at shoplifters. It wasn’t even her stuff to defend. She probably has some issues and slipped through the cracks. I wonder if those shoplifters will attempt to hit the Home Depot again? Very poor decision to open fire in a public place. Terrible headline. Media will use anything as a story to push gun control. I know many people the own guns and use as sport: very safe individuals. Me myself I own Zero guns. People like that lady with mental issues shouldn’t own one either

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    Georgia Newton

    October 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    She didn’t shoot up the HD but she was shooting at random in the parking lot. How many other cars did she shoot? Time will answer that question but she could have shot some other shoppers in the lot. Just saying. Leave the shooting to the police and gather needed information like descriptions of suspect, vehicles, and license plate numbers. Grab their shopping cart and maybe the police could have gotten a finger print off it.

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    Debbie Mccormack

    October 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    A person with a gun permit to carry is for their protection. Most stores have their own security to catch shoplifters. If you are shopping and happen to see someone shoplifting, you report it to the customer service and they’ll take care of it. You don’t act like a crazy person and shoot them.

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    October 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    This headline is ridiculous. Shooting up a Home Depot? I do not agree that shooting at alleged shoplifters was warranted. I have my CC, and I’d never put myself in the legal position to shoot at someone who was not endangering people. BUT—–using this headline is asinine. Congrats, News Station for propagating ignorance.

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    Steve Sims

    October 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I like how shoplifting now carries with it a death sentence without the fuss and muss of a trial. This is what America is all about,

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    Craig Feringa

    October 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I agree that her response was unlawful and she should, minimally, lose her CPL … however, … I bet this story causes some criminal some pause.

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    October 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Wow. Haha! They really need to prosecute her concealed handgun carrier instructor should have been taught and stressed in the class only only when your life or someone else’s life is in danger and even then it all gets complicated when the police show up! What a pity! How did she pass the class for a permit?

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    Uday Hussain

    October 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Darn you disappointed me. I thought “care” was a cool new dogwhistle term for vunnables.

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    October 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm


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    October 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I am very pleased everyone seems to be in agreement. Tell the story the way it happened. And, yep! Crazy to shoot at shoplifters. She certainly should face a judge AND at the very least, lose her conceal carry privileges.

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    October 9, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Charge her with felony endangerment

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    October 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

    This is one of the problems with the whole “good guy with a gun” philosophy….

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    October 10, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Couldn’t agree more, Martin and the woman needs to be charged. Concealed carry is supposed to be for self-defense. The police would not have been justified in shooting the shoplifters, either, so why should this woman get away with endangering the public? As a nation, we really need to start using common sense when it comes to guns and stop fearing these morons with political influence. No one wants to take away your guns, we just want you to think twice before you use them.

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    Uday Hussein

    October 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Why does it always have to be a baby in a car seat? It’s just as bad if it’s anybody else.

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    Allie K.

    December 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I am all for conceal and carry but this chick needs to go jail. Shooting shoplifters is not ok.

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    January 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

    The woman was not a law enforcement officer. She was not trained in the apprehension of suspects. She was not briefed on the situation involving the security officer. She decided, on her own, to start shooting at people, indiscriminately, seemingly not worried about the possibility of hitting innocent individuals.

    She may have had honorable intentions, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t place quite a few people in jeopardy with her actions. She should absolutely be prosecuted.

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    January 17, 2016 at 6:48 am

    No, they were just shoplifters does not warrant death. She was wrong.

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    Simon Peters

    February 20, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Another example of the folly of America’s gun laws, or lack of them. Sheer madness.

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