Background: One of the utterly predictable retorts from opponents of shall-issue concealed-carry was the “OMG THERE WILL BE SHOOTOUTS OVER PARKING SPACES, RHEEEEEEE” argument. (And I use the word ‘argument’ in the broadest possible sense.)
Now, in Florida, we finally have an honest-to-gosh shooting over a parking space. As far as I know, this makes one. Excerpt:
Thursday’s shooting at the Circle A Food Store at 1201 Sunset Point Road near Clearwater started about 3:30 p.m. when Jacobs, 25, parked in a handicap spot while McGlockton and their 5-year-old son went inside to buy snacks and drinks.
Drejka, 47, confronted Jacobs about why she was parked there without a permit, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The two started arguing heatedly. McGlockton, 28, caught wind of the confrontation.
He left the store, walked up to Drejka and shoved him to the ground with both hands. Drejka pulled out a handgun and shot McGlockton in the chest. McGlockton was soon pronounced dead.
Gualtieri said the next day that he was precluded by law from arresting the shooter and seeking charges against him, saying Drejka told deputies he was in fear of further attack.
Now, there are only two people who know exactly what happened here, and one of them is dead. But we do know a few things:
- The incident began over a car illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot. Full disclosure, Mrs. A depends on those spaces, and I have asked people move out when they are illegally parked. Most people apologize and move.
- When Drejka engaged Jacobs, who was sitting in the car, her boyfriend, the ironically-named McGlockton, engaged him by attacking and shoving him to the ground. McGlockton clearly and inexcusably initiated a physical confrontation.
- Drejka, on the pavement, drew his handgun, at which point McGlockton backed away. Drejka then fired the fatal shot.
On the surface, whether charges were filed or not, I’m hesitant to call this a good shoot; it looks to me in the grainy, no-sound video like McGlockton was backing away, thereby disengaging. It looks to me like a case where just the appearance of the firearm ended the incident.
But hindsight is always 20-20.
It’s important to note that there was no audio presented. Was McGlockton shouting as he backed away? If he was shouting “get me my gun, I’m gonna shoot this motherfucker” or even “I’m gonna kick your ass into next week” that would put a whole different slant on Drejka’s threat assessment.
This is probably a case where we’ll never know the whole story. The local DA knows as much as anyone, and he has declined to press charges, but judging from the beginning of the RHEEEE from other parties, it doesn’t look like it’s over yet.