I can't tell much from the video.
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Surveillance vid captures shooting outside Fox 29 studios | Philadelphia Daily News | 01/18/2010
video of the incident is here:
Old City Shooting
from what i could tell from the video, it looks like a good shoot. he was trying to walk away from a a group of guys, he got shoved, then drew his firearm. one of the thugs rushed him, and got perforated for his trouble. the problem is, this happened in Philly. the DA went so far as to claim that his VA permit wasn't valid in PA, which is nonsense! i'm afraid the DA is going to try and crucify him, to get his name in the papers.
I can't tell much from the video.
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A lot would have to do with what led up to the confrontation, and that is NOT on the video.
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The article stated that nothing was said about what sparked the event. No doubt, whatever it was, was taken into consideration in deciding to arrest and charge-- at least I hope so.
They are gonna bang him for shooting an unarmed man. Philly is ridiculous.
One more step and it's on!
I just finished reading all the comments they added, along with the video. Philly's still the same with a bunch of "i would rather die than kill someone" sheeple in the city and pro 2a in the subburbs and surrounding area's.
If Ung didn't instigate through words, looks like clear SD.
In Philly they will charge and arrest, along with a bunch of trumped up charges to make it look worse, like the illegal weapon charge, to put pressure on the individual. If the grand jury brings it forward, it gives the DA more room to try and get someone to plea to crap. They may try to get him to plea to crap knowing they have no case.
This is part of the reason I don't live in Philly anymore. The other is I like Florida better.
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The guy felt threatened and pulled a firearm and I'm assuming warned the aggressors to back off,but one individual attacked and tried to disarm him and was shot,I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they were probably intoxicated and the guy got shot was feeling invincible
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Video is not clear enough for me to clearly see a number of things: if they were both arguing/fighting just before the shooting, if guy running at shooter was close or far away when the shot was fired, if the guy running had anything in his hands or they were someplace that would read as a weapon being accessed. Nor do any know the immediate or long term history of the shooter and victim if there is any that is relevant.
The answers to all these points are going to determine if the act of shooting was necessary according to local law in PA - which I also don't know - or an arbitrary act. Anytime you shoot an unarmed man, flags go up - these type of encounters need a real careful look at known facts.
(Probably why it's best to have Pepper Spray or Surefire, gives you a possible chance to stop a seemingly unarmed attacker long enough to exit the scene, and if you have to shoot after that, at least for the sake of legal considerations, you tried to take action to protect yourself that was non-lethal first.)
In short, I don't know enough to have an informed opinion about this incident.
Temple Law Student Charged in Old City Shooting | NBC Philadelphia
Temple Law student charged in shooting of Villanova grad | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/19/2010Old City fight began when a man doing chin ups on scaffolding at 2:30 a.m. was bumped
Gerald Ung, 3rd-Year Law Student, Arrested & Charged with Aggravated Assault in Shooting of Ed DiDonato, Captured on TV Station CamerasThe trouble may have started when someone bumped into DiDonato, police sources said.
...police sources told Fox29 that the argument started at a scaffolding next to Fox 29 where the shooting victim was bumped while doing chin ups at 2:30 a.m.DiDonato was within about 6' when Ung began firing, as far as I can tell. DiDonato may have been within contact distance.Originally Posted by hamlet
It doesn't appear that DiDonato was armed. However, he and another male were aggressively charging at Ung. Disparity of force (two against one ) is certainly a valid reason to fear "serious bodily injury", which is a justification for use of force under PA law.Originally Posted by hamlet
here are the charges so far:
Preliminary Arraignment - Not Final
1 / Criminal Attempt Murder 18§901§§A -- Proceed to Court
2 / Aggravated Assault 18§2702§§A -- Proceed to Court
3 / Firearms Not To Be Carried W/O License 18§6106§§A1 -- Proceed to Court
4 / Carry Firearms Public In Phila 18§6108 -- Proceed to Court
5 / Poss Instrument Of Crime W/Int 18§907§§A -- Proceed to Court
6 / Simple Assault 18§2701§§A -- Proceed to Court
7 / Recklessly Endangering Another Person 18§2705 -- Proceed to Court
this DA is delusional. how is a permit from VA not valid, and how is it unlawful to carry in Philly with a valid permit?
A 3rd year student in law school would have taken criminal law and had a better than average, no, strike that...he would have been very familiar with when force can be used, and how much per a situation.
He should have known better than to allow a situation to get to this point.
This was a stupid situation that should have been resolved with deesclation, running, hand to hand, or OC rather than a shooting.
He's someone with advanced training in how to use his mind & mouth above all else. He should have used it.
Sorry if I seem unsympathetic...but I'm not sympathetic.
With relation to the charges one thing that is not mentioned in any article I've seen noted and read (I have not read them all though) is whether or not the shooter/defendant actually had on his person in his immediate possession his VA concealed handgun permit.
This same thing occurs to people who 'forget' their motor vehicle operators license and get pulled over in their own state never mind foreign/non-resident states with out having the permit/license as on their person in the immediate. You get hit with the real crime of operating a motorized vehicle without a license/unlicensed operation. It's not unusual. Even as the person might have a valid and current issue license/permit from their state of residence. You have to have it on your person in the immediate. Same with a boating permit or a hunting license or any other govt. issue permit/license.
This is why it's important to actually carry your license or licenses as when out of state.
Also even as reciprocity may be in place when traveling to known to be hostile against civilian gun ownership/carry places such as of all places on planet earth Philadelphia (!) who for years has been in the top five places of crime and shootings in the US...You go ahead and spend the extra TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS (!) to apply to the state or town/city toward a non-resident permit. Doing so can save you money.
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As to the incident itself, there is a saying by a member here that I've forgotten who in specific it is but it gets stated often toward the 'What would you do' type scenarios such as this worked out IRL to be;
"When all you carry is a hammer every problem looks like a nail".
This dudes situation, specific location (Philly!!!) and circumstance is a very good example of why we as civilian carry persons must be knowledgeable in the same force continuum and threat analysis methods that LEOs are trained toward.
Why? Because as with this incident every problem IS NOT a nail. Sometimes it's just a loose screw or a bolt that requires a little lubrication to be worked around.
This guy should have been carrying OC/CS as in _addition_ to his gun.
No gun was required here. Nobody had to get shot.
He would have been better off per the situation as shown had he used an aerosol defense spray of of some sort, be it stream type liquid spray, foam or gel product.
Deploy that, immediately gain stand off _distance_ and then immediately you LEAVE as in flee.
Get around the corner or up the street distant from the threat(s) and you then dial 911 to report the incident including your current location as well as the last known location of the threat.
No charges of attempted murder and whatnottery nor you being made an example of as within a city that is very well known to have rampant crime issues and thus it's police, mayor, city council and DA all being exceedingly hard nosed in stance on any use of firearms what so ever. Duh!
This man is in deep trouble. Now.
Even if he by some miracle gets off clean with all charges dropped/judged invalid, he is still going to pay dearly.
All because he got brushed at an hour when nobody but drunks, drugged and criminals are out on the streets up to no good as he is doing pull ups on public property to be bumped...and couldn't let it slide.
As persons who carry we are _required_ to use our best judgment and that includes not being out on the streets doing basically nothing for no good reason at all hours of the abnormal night/morning as among a very much hostile to guns by anyone but police location.
Folks should learn lessons from this case as by proxy.
I too like Mitchell and finding it difficult to be sympathetic to his specific case per the situation, and the fact that he is of all things a law major (!). Again, duh.
- Janq has a resident VA CHP and a PA non-resident LTC