October 13th, 2006 09:04 PM
Some Sheep Haven't Figured Out the Situation in Florida...with Tragic Results
Posted on Fri, Oct. 13, 2006
Four people found shot to death off the turnpike
BY PHIL LONG
PORT ST. LUCIE - Someone gunned down two adults and two young children, leaving them dead alongside Florida's Turnpike just north of this east Central Florida town this morning.
The apparent mother of the two kids appeared to be clutching them protectively when they were shot to death, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said. The children were believed to be between four and six years old.
The woman was ''face down holding both of her children in an attempt to put them underneath her,'' the sheriff said. ``The male was on his back directly in front of her.''
She was ''in a defensive mode to prevent them from being shot,'' he said. ``However, whoever did this also shot the children.''
The sheriff said the four were apparently shot several times at close range at the and were likely either kneeling or lying on the ground when they died.
But police apparently have no witnesses. They do not know where the four came from, nor where they were heading.
There appeared to be only one set of tire tracks leaving and reentering the highway southbound, and police believe that the four were traveling in an SUV or large van with the person or persons who shot them.
There is a traffic-monitoring camera not far away, but it is only turned on at the request of law enforcement to monitor traffic and it does not record. The camera was not on Friday morning.
''This is a murder that we are pulling out all stops to find out who committed this heinous crime,'' Mascara said, adding that the investigation will involve several states. But he would not identify the victims, nor say which states or communities law enforcement is concentrating on.
He described the four as Hispanic. The man was 29, the woman 25.
Traffic was squeezed to one lane and slowed up for blocks at times as crime scene technicians working under a blue canopy dug in the sandy soil about 40 feet west of the Turnpike between Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce.
They were looking for bullets that may give them clues about the number of shooters and types of weapons that killed the four, probably sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., Mascara said.
The bodies were not discovered until 7:52 a.m. when a passing motorist saw something suspicious and stopped, then called the Florida Highway Patrol.
The investigation was then turned over to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
Mascara asked that anyone who knows of a family supposed to arrive and hasn't or who may have any information on the killings to call 772-462-3230.
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October 13th, 2006 09:16 PM
Tragic Jim - and possibly avoidable of course.
But it ain't just sheep there - it's sheep everywhere. No one - no one at all can claim to be immune from attack - at some time and some place. The answer as we know is to be armed and vigilant. The latter in itself can save the day but the presence of a weapon can at least even the score.
In this case - maybe - an armed husband could have delat with the threat in short order.
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October 13th, 2006 09:20 PM
Think they will turn the camera on now? I doubt it...
October 13th, 2006 10:54 PM
Being armed atleast helps even the odds, rather than kneel and taking a bullet w/ no resistance.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
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October 14th, 2006 08:06 AM
Just got the BOLO on the vehicle.
I work 30 minutes west of incident.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
- Sir Winston Churchill
October 14th, 2006 09:59 AM
Tragic incident but it emphasises the fact that some sheep never learn before the appearance of the worst of the wolves.
One should never confuse good fortune with good training.
Illegitimus Non Carborundum.
In God we trust.
October 14th, 2006 10:58 AM
Amazing! This is one of those "perps" that I hope goes down fighting and saves the Public the cost of a long trial and expensive jail time.
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