What is happening, nerd community? First, a guy stabs his cousin to death over some collectible Marvel drinking glasses, and now we've got another case of violence almost as grisly.
The Walking Dead, like most great works of zombie fiction, isn't about how zombies are scary. It's about how people are scary. The best zombie stories show us the worst in humanity and just how heartless we can be when our backs are against the wall. And that's great, but it's more than a little upsetting when that translates into the real world.
Jared M. Gurman fired a single round from a semiautomatic .22 caliber rifle into the back of his girlfriend, Jessica Gelderman. Why, you ask? Well, they were fighting over The Walking Dead.
Says Detective Lieutenant Raymond Cote, "I just know that he felt very adamant that there could be some type of military mishap that would result in some sort of virus or something being released that could cause terrible things to happen."
Gelderman considered that assertion to be "ridiculous," apparently. The argument escalated from there, causing Gelderman to leave. The argument then continued via text. Finally Gelderman returned home to discover Gurman, rifle in hand. She tried to calm him down but, clearly, to no avail.
According to Gurman himself, "Jess walked into the room and I fired the gun once and hit her. She said, 'Oh my God. What did you do?'" To his credit, Gurman did rush his girlfriend to the hospital after piercing her lung and diaphragm and shattering her ribs.
Gurman's lawyer claims the rifle "went off accidentally." Gurman has been arraigned on one count of attempted murder in the second degree. He has been jailed without bail. Gelderman, meanwhile, is, thankfully, in stable condition. Of course, there's still that pesky bullet in her body.
(via Bleeding Cool)