Suspect in Italy High shooting wore a trench coat

Suspect in Italy High shooting wore a trench coat

I was reading an article about how Noelle Jones, the victim in the Italy High school shooting, has been released from the hospital. I wish her a speedy and painless as possible recovery. If you can afford it, her GoFundMe to help pay for her medical bills is still massively below the goal.

However, there was something else in the article from KWTX about the unnamed 16-year-old suspect I hadn’t heard about until now. Originally, it was thought the motive may be romantic in nature as it was alleged Ms. Jones dated the shooter and broke up with him prior to the shooting. Then Noelle’s father refuted that claim and said Noelle was dating someone else. I hypothesized the shooter might be one of those ‘nice guys’ who believes that every woman owes them something just because he’s nice.

Now the article states the gunman wore a trench coat during the shooting. While that doesn’t disqualify the ‘nice guy’ theory, since they defile the good name of trench coats and fedoras, if you add his history of violence to the mix, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could be a columbiner. That’s not to say that one precludes the other as the two communities often overlap. It also doesn’t help the report states the shooter fired at another student as well. So there could have been more injuries or worse if this violent psychopath didn’t run out of bullets.

UPDATE 6/5/2018: The suspect has been identified as 16-year-old Chad Anthony Padilla and has been charged as an adult.

Italy High School shooting victim recovering

Italy High School shooting victim recovering

The victim in yesterday’s shooting at Italy High School is said to be in good spirits and recovering. She has been identified by her family as Noelle “Cricket” Jones. If you missed yesterday’s post, Ms. Jones was shot six times in the cafeteria of Italy High School in Italy, Texas by a 16-year-old male classmate.

It was rumored that the shooting had something to do with a breakup, however, Ms. Jones’ father says that the shooter was only a friend and that she was dating someone else. That makes me wonder if the shooter was one of these ‘nice guys’ that have been clogging up the internet lately. These so-called nice guys bemoan the fact they can’t get a girlfriend because ‘girls only date assholes’ then go on to verbally berate the objects of their affection when the guys get rejected.

Look, I get it. When I was in school, I was a nice guy and was rejected by a ton of girls and was always called a friend, but once I got over the heartbreak, I moved on. I didn’t harass anyone, I didn’t call anyone a stuck-up bitch, and I sure as hell didn’t have an iota of intention to kill the person I liked. That’s not being a nice guy, that’s being a psychopath.

Getting back to Ms. Jones, while she may be in good spirits, she still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. There has been a GoFundMe set up for her medical expenses. Please donate if you can see it in your heart.

Shooting at Italy High School in Texas

Shooting at Italy High School in Texas

Earlier today, there was a shooting at Italy High School in Italy, Texas. A 16-year-old male student of the school shot a 15-year-old female student six times in the school’s cafeteria. The shooter is in custody while the victim has been hospitalized.

The shooter is said to have used a semi-automatic .380 handgun. In layman’s terms semi-automatic just means that it’s not a revolver. Even though it’s called semi-automatic it’s still a pistol and only fires one bullet per trigger pull. Although that doesn’t give any consolation to the victim, but I wanted those who may not have any knowledge about guns to know the shooter wasn’t armed with a magic handgun that fires repeated rounds with one squeeze of the trigger like a machine gun. As for the gun itself, it has not been made public where the shooter obtained the firearm.

Early reports by local news outlets say the shooting was over a break up and the suspect had behavioral problems such as previously forming a hit list, throwing scissors at a girl in school and having thrown a computer against the wall. The witness who gave that report about his past behavior stated the shooter was removed from school but was allowed back.

The identities of neither the suspect nor the victim have been released.

If these early reports are true, I’d love to know what reasoning the school had letting the suspect back in, or is throwing scissors at someone not extreme enough to warrant any kind of permanent disciplinary action anymore? I also wonder what home life for this violent tough guy was like. It’s obvious he has mental health issues, but were they addressed or ignored?

Also, to any aspiring high school Romeos out there, if you’re lucky enough to have a girlfriend in high school, it’s not the end of the world if she dumps you. The odds are more likely that you won’t even see each other after graduation. No high school romance is worth killing for, or going to prison over. That’s not even taking into account this was a cowardly act of extreme domestic violence. No one likes a guy who hurts women.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

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Houston Chronicle