Thursday, June 30, 2016

Former NFL running back accidentally shoots himself in the stomach, fatally.

Courtesy of The Detroit News: 

Former Central Michigan University and Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton Jr. died Tuesday after he accidentally shot himself in the stomach at a car dealership while reaching into a bag that held two firearms, officials said. 

Tipton’s death was confirmed Tuesday afternoon by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. 

“The department has been notified by staff at St John (Hospital on Moross) that the individual that suffered the gunshot wound has passed away due to his injuries,” Roseville Police Deputy Chief Donald Glandon wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Condolences to the family.” 

The shooting occurred as the 26-year-old Detroit native placed personal belongings into a bag containing the firearms, police said. It remained unclear Tuesday who owned the weapons or why Tipton was carrying them.

I think it says something really terrible about our society when we hear about an accidental shooting and breathe a sigh of relief when we learn it was an adult this time and not a child.

Or is that just me?


  1. CorningNY4:32 AM

    Darwin Award winner? That may seem kind of callous, but if you carry around loaded weapons so carelessly like that, it's just a natural consequence...

    1. Balzafiar6:08 AM

      Live by the sword...

  2. Anonymous4:33 AM

  3. Anonymous4:45 AM

    Nope, I always hope it involved one or more children, preferably white kids. It's the only way we may get commonsense gun laws in the country.

    1. Anonymous4:53 AM

      That's dumb. White kids die all the damn time, too. Sandy Hook ring a bell?

    2. Anonymous6:06 AM

      4:45 AM - you win Ignoramus Of The Day!

    3. Anonymous6:43 AM

      Who cares? We have too many people in the world anyway. Nobody would complain if this happened to a Palin.

    4. Anonymous8:04 AM

      6:43 AM - darn straight. I'd call it "just desserts."

  4. Anonymous4:53 AM

    Mostly I'm relieved it wasn't an innocent bystander. As the number of firearms pointlessly carried by average or below-average citizens grows, the number of easily predictable non-accidents will grow, too. Thanks, NRA, enjoy your blood money.

  5. Anonymous5:30 AM

    Another gun owner that obviously had little or no training in the handling of guns.

    We have to take a written test, a road test, and have insurance to drive a car; that should apply to guns too.

  6. Anonymous5:41 AM

    Loaded weapon with the safety off reaching in a bag. Sue the bag manufacturer!!

  7. Anonymous5:49 AM

    I wonder if any of these people regret their love of guns as they take their last breath.

  8. Anonymous5:59 AM

    Well, if only his stomach had been armed .... this would not have happened. :(

  9. Sharon9:16 AM

    This is just too damn pathetic for words. The scariest part of this story is how easy it would have been for innocent people to have been shot. The millions of people, like me, take their chances going anywhere in public these days because of these assholes...WTF?

  10. Anonymous11:19 AM

    This poor fuck survived growing up in Detroit only to kill himself with a stomach shot?

  11. Anonymous12:16 PM

    I hear there been a lot of lead poisoning in Michigan.

    The repubs won't do diddly about any of it because freedum!

  12. Anita Winecooler4:49 PM

    Car buying isn't safe anymore, gotta bring a loaded gun in case your credit's bad or you're not good at negotiation skills. I realize it's not funny, someone died, but sometime's you just gotta laugh.

  13. Anonymous10:43 PM

    Self inflicted air strike. Pretty sad when your death becomes a million jokes. But then, self inflicted airstrike. RIP fella.


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