Sunday, December 30, 2007

When Hooters Becomes Shooters

Come on, people. Can we not reach for our guns at the tiniest provocation? Can we stop doing shit like this?
1 killed, 1 hurt in Hooters shooting

Police say man opened fire at restaurant after argument about bill

An argument over a restaurant tab led to an early-morning shooting Saturday that killed a customer, wounded an assistant manager and temporarily shut down a West Knoxville Hooters, authorities said.

Stacey Sherman, 35, of Applegate, Mich., died Saturday afternoon at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville Police Department Lt. Doug Stiles said. The shots started as Sherman stepped out of the Hooters, 8050 Kingston Pike, just before 1 a.m.

Assistant manager Kris Key, 25, also suffered gunshot wounds. He remained in the hospital Saturday night, a company official said.

Police continued to search for the gunman, whom Key had ordered out of the restaurant after an argument over his bill. Police said they're not sure of his name.

Key had waived the man's tab just before asking him to leave. The man, who was by himself, walked out, pulled a .40-caliber gun from a backpack and started shooting into the restaurant, then ran away, Stiles said.

Cue the right-wing morons clamoring to allow guns into restaurants so they can all be the hero. Hey, it works in the movies!

Yeah, I know. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But as long as people are unhinhged psychodoodles ready to fly off the handle and discharge their weapons at the first little irritation instead of resolving disputes rationally, I don’t think we should be giving them deadly weapons.

Just sayin'.