Monday, February 25, 2008


Tavin Rutledge Wilson celebrated his 16th birthday with a snowball fight. And then someone brought a gun.

CBS 3 in Philadelphia reports:
A friend of Tavin's, who was also involved in the playful snowball fight, said the shooting happened after a wayward snowball accidentally struck a nearby neighbor.

Police said the adult male became enraged and left the scene, returning moments later with a gun.

Witnesses say Tavin's effort to apologize to the man went unnoticed and the man pulled out a gun and began firing.

Family and friends celebrating Tavin's birthday heard gunshots and found him bleeding on the front porch.

"We ran outside and saw Tavin laying on the step," said the victim's friend Mercedes Lebron. "When I picked him up, smoke stared coming out of his head … He still was breathing and we told him keep breathing, calm down."

Tavin was rushed to Temple University hospital where he was taken off life-support. At 11:30 a.m. Monday, with his family by his side, Tavin passed away.
The shooter wasn't immediately found.


Desdinova said...

The last snowball related incident in Philadelphia was between Bill Cosby and Junior Barnes (You Gunky!)

Anonymous said...

like the gun wingnuts always say:

better to bring a gun to a snowball fight than a knife.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should ban liberals instead.

tom said...

In Philly you take your life into your own hands, after all this is the very city that booed Santa Claus during an Eagle game and threw snowballs packed around batteries onto the field.

Where is Dr Julius Erving when you need him

Anonymous said...

Good Job! :)