Alcohol and firearms don’t mix.
Firearms and untrained people don’t mix.
Alcohol and firearms and angry untrained people leads to a predictable outcome:
During an alcohol-fueled argument over gun control, an Aloha woman fired a shotgun inside her own home, shooting out a softball-sized hole from the wall.
No one was hurt but a neighbor’s house sustained thousands of dollars in damage.
“Alcohol and firearms never mix. The two should never be used together. We’re very fortunate that no one was injured,” said Lt. Bob Ray, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Susan Fleming, 51, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, recklessly endangering another person and second-degree criminal mischief.
The shooting happened sometime Friday evening in the 4300 block of Southwest 183rd Terrace.
The neighbor who found damage to his house called police Saturday. A softball-size hole coming from an upstairs room then lead police to Fleming.
Police said Fleming was in a dispute with her 55-year-old boyfriend after discovering that he had brought his loaded 12 gauge shotgun into their shared home. They were discussing gun safety, including the proper handling of a loaded firearm.
I’m pretty sure they didn’t get to the part where you don’t touch guns when you’re also loaded, but she’ll have plenty of time in jail to think it over.
At least it isn’t the morgue.