May 24th, 2006 03:39 PM
Driver uses car to run over 5 at McDonalds
5 Run Over at Ga. McDonald's; 3 Are Tots
May 23, 7:39 PM (ET)
By CHARLES ODUM
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - A driver ran over three young children and two women in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant Tuesday, police said. One witness described the man as having a smile on his face.
"All indications are that he intentionally hit them," Assistant Police Chief Almond Turner said.
The women and children were hospitalized, with a 2-year-old in critical condition.
Witnesses said the car went over a curb as the victims left the restaurant, hit them and the building before backing up and hitting them again, police said.
The driver, Lanny Barnes, 46, was in custody and charges against him were pending.
Barnes' mother, Mary, told The Associated Press that her son has battled mental illness.
"He's been suffering with depression for years," she said, her voice shaking after being contacted by telephone and told by a reporter what happened. "Lord have mercy."
Ryan Boldman-Snyder, 20, an employee at the McDonald's, was on a break outside when he heard screaming, and said Barnes was "smiling the whole time."
Witnesses tried to pull Barnes out of his car. Police officers finally pulled him out of the car from the passenger-side front door, Boldman-Snyder said.
The victims included a 2-year-old girl in critical condition and two boys, ages 3 and 4, in stable condition, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said.
The women, ages 33 and 36, are sisters and the mothers of the children, authorities said. Both were in stable condition.
McDonald's area franchise manager Bill Hall said the company was deeply saddened.
"Our prayers are with the victims, the children, and their families," Hall said. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities as they investigate."
Hall said that the restaurant, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta, would remain closed for the rest of the day and that counseling was being provided for employees.
Associated Press Writer Harry R. Weber contributed to this report from Atlanta.
May 24th, 2006 03:51 PM
nice...real nice.... an indefensable crime.
i woulda wanted to shoot him on the spot had i witnessed it and deemed he did it on purpose. as in it wasn't like his accelerator "stuck".
if i saw him with a big grin on his face as he ran over my child he would be DRT (dead right there) should i got ahold of him rapidly.
not a great attitude but one i honestly would have to fight off should i ever be in that position.
This is mine. That is yours.
Lets keep it that way.
May 24th, 2006 04:14 PM
feel horibly sorry for the victims but makes me wounder are they going to sue the dealership that sold him the car it was clear that he shouldnt have owened a deadly weapon like a car or the dmv that issued him his licenes we didnt even hear about it on the news on the west coast if he had used a gun it would have interupted regular programing on all stations whens t5he world gona realise its bad people that do bad things not the inanimate objects they use in there sick ways
May 24th, 2006 05:13 PM
Really feel for the victims and familys! Maybe time to ban cars??
except for political persons and the ACLU
May 24th, 2006 06:19 PM
I am really suprised he DIDN't get shot. I am with SOLO, I would have shot first, then asked questions later !!! Especially if he was backing up for another run.
May 24th, 2006 06:20 PM
May 24th, 2006 06:58 PM
So when does the 7 day waiting period on car purchases start?
May 24th, 2006 07:11 PM
Is it absolutely necessary that a tragedy over three young children and their parents being run over by a madman in a car get buried in the quest to make a point about gun laws?
"Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power." - Yoshimi Ishikawa
May 24th, 2006 07:43 PM
Saw this in this morning's local paper - totally horrific and for sure the guy is a total headcase.
It does show clearly just how much bad can happen when a vehicle is misused. It also shows yet again in its own way just how vigilant we and folks need to be - just possibly a greater awareness could have saved them all - easily said of course when last thing anyone expects is that.
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May 24th, 2006 07:59 PM
I just heard on the news that the two year old that was in critical condition has died. Awful. But the same do-gooders who are so vocal about guns will never mention this. In fact they will probably start a fund for the defense of the man responsible.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein
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