Ah, the old “disappearing gun” trick…

Via Instapundit comes this at Clayton Cramer’s: Is USA Today Making Stuff Up Now?

From the USA Today on the 21st:

Eight employees were stabbed Friday by a co-worker at a Memphis suburban grocery store, and four were seriously injured, police said. The victims were identified only as six females and two males who worked at the Schnucks grocery.

Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said the man suspected in the attack was in custody after the incident that was reported at about 9:25 a.m…The suspect was tackled by a witness as he tried to run from the building and was held until officers arrived, Higgins said.

“Tackled by a witness.”

What’s interesting about this is that each and every other news report on this incident claims that the witness ran to his car and retrieved a 9mm handgun. No tackling involved. Here’s how the AP (which USA Today noted as the source of its story) reported it:

Ingram, chasing one victim into the store’s parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said.

Cope said he grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim “like something in a serial killer movie.”

“When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground,” Cope told The Associated Press. “He saw my gun and that was pretty much it.”

Police arrived within minutes and took the Ingram into custody.

On the 22nd, USA Today ran the full AP story.

I’ll believe that this is a simple error and not an intentional fabrication when news reports begin accidentally claiming shooting victims were “tackled” instead of shot.


  1. Because no good can come from firearms owned by law abiding citizens. Only agents of the state can be trusted with that awesome responsibility. Press will reflect this attitude. In your best Mr. Mackey voice, repeat after me: ‘Uh, guns ‘r bad, nnnkay?’

  2. And I thought the way the AP story ended was stupid: ‘We commend him,’ Higgins said. ‘But we don’t encourage people to take that kind of risk. He could have been hurt.’ He couldn’t have been hurt if he put a bullet in that psycho’s brain. I wonder how long it will be before we find out the knife weilding nut ball was a Muslim?

  3. Would that be the proper definition of gun control? Aim and if they surrender-good, if not…

  4. Dfens, Christ that’s funny. That sounds kinda like when a dirtbag who gets shot in the process of committing some terrible act is referred to as a shooting ‘victim’.