Random (?) violence

Some “random” violent events are happening in Austin:

Police charged two teenagers with murder in the death of 75-year-old Jennie McClusky.

McClusky died Wednesday from injuries sustained when she was beaten and robbed in a Taco Bell parking lot in January. The Austin Police Department said the attack was part of a gang initiation.

Police arrested 17-year-old Jonathon Anthony Contreras Friday. Both Contreras and a 14-year-old boy are charged with felony murder.

Contreras is being held on $1 million bond.

Since the attack, a series of drive-by shootings in Austin have also been connected to gangs.

Some take-home:

  • The attack occurred in a parking lot, not at home. Home defense strategies mean nothing if you’re not at home.
  • I don’t think “just give ’em what they want” would have been enough here. They were working on an initiation, so there was no way they were going to stop at petty cash… and obviously they didn’t.
  • Criminals aren’t always lone operators.
  • Just because they look like a child, doesn’t mean they’re going to act like one. You have to get over any mental blocks that “I can’t hurt a child” because in a case like this, you’re not dealing with a child.

It also makes me think back to “draaiorgelfan” from my Unpossible article. Just how was that 75-year old woman supposed to protect herself? She doesn’t have “Perpetual Motion” on her side… so what can this woman do?

Stay safe out there.

Updated: More information. And thus more take-home. It happened at 4:30 PM.

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