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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd. Tommy Rollins Jr., 26, who police say shot Missouri state trooper Brandon Brashear nine times during a traffic stop (chasing him onto the median of Interstate 470 in Kansas City), told reporters in May, “The society’s what caused me to do what I did. Just look at the society we live in.” (At press time, Brashear was in critical condition.)
The following people accidentally shot themselves recently:
Accused taxicab robber Rodriguez Massett (in the foot, while running from police) (Roswell, Ga., May).
Convenience store clerk Bunny Nat (in the hip, while adjusting the “protection” gun he carries in his waistband) (Des Moines, Iowa, April).
A 21-year-old man (who, while horsing around, fatally believed an “unloaded” gun could not also have a bullet in the chamber) (Tacoma, Wash., April).
A 16-year-old boy (in the leg, while aiming at a snake in his yard) (Port Wentworth, Ga., June).
Kole Eugene Maxwell, 18 (shot himself three times during one session of cleaning his 9mm pistol) (Centre, Ala., May). In Eatonton, N.J., in March, a man carjacked a van even though, unknown to him beforehand, it was transporting inmates from Northern State Prison to a highway work detail. (The suspect was arrested after a 70-mile chase.)
Washington’s King County agreed in April to pay $23 million to Stockpot Soups to relocate to make room for a prospective sewage-treatment plant. Until recently, Stockpot had famously tormented its neighbors most Mondays and Tuesdays (its onion-soup-making days) with a putrid, body-odor-type smell.
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