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Left-wing agi-prop blog Raw Story fabricates use of M-4 in PA shooting

Written By: Bob - Mar• 11•13

Left-wing agi-prop blog Raw Story has developed a reputation over the years as being less than credible, and they added to that reputation today by fabricating the use of an “military-style M4 assault rifle” into a Pennsylvania bar shooting, making the claim in the story titled Half-naked man with assault rifle shoots up bar, killing one in Pennsylvania:

A man with at least four weapons — including a military-style M4 assault rifle — is in police custody after he allegedly killed at least one while shooting up a bar in North Fayette, Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County police said that the shooter may have been talking on the phone to his girlfriend at the Fort Pitt Inn before briefly leaving. He later returned to the bar with three weapons and opened fire, according to KDKA.

The station reported that one of the two men who were shot in the neck and head died from his injuries. The other man was at a local hospital in critical condition.

WPXI reported that the dead man had been killed with the M4 assault rifle, while other reports suggested that police found the rifle in the suspect’s vehicle after the shooting.

The M4 is a selective-fire (three shot bursts in some variants, full-auto in others) military weapon, and no legally-owned civilian M4 has ever been used to murder anyone, anywhere, in the history of the United States. This would be a major story, if true.

But it isn’t.

Neither WPXI nor KDKA support the claim that a military M4 was used in the shooting. Neither WPXI nor KDKA support the more likely claim that an AR-15 was used in the shooting.

In fact, KDKA never mentions a gun type of any kind, and WPXI states that while an Ar-15 rifle (not a military M4) was recovered from a vehicle driven by the shooter, it was not used in the shooting and never entered the bar at all.

In addition to the three guns police said he brought into the bar, an AR-15 assault-style weapon was found in Mazzocco’s truck.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also confirms only handguns were used. The rifle never left the truck and was not used in the shooting:

Investigators believe Mr. Mazzocco was inside the bar having relationship problems via text when he left the bar upset by the conversation.

He returned with three handguns, ordering two friends in the bar to get out. They protested, and Mr. Mazzocco pointed at gun at one of them before they left, Lt. Schurman said.

Police also found a fourth gun — a fully loaded AR-15 assault-style rifle — inside Mr. Mazzocco’s truck in the parking lot, Lt. Schurman said.

The shooter, David Mazzocco, 25, of Imperial, PA, was not allowed to own firearms, and neither the handguns used in the shooting nor the rifle that was recovered in the truck was registered to him.

Perhaps Raw Story should work on facts instead of agi-prop.

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8 Comments

  1. Comrade X says:

    And the lies are being piled so high that the sun will soon be blocked out of sight;

    SPLC Releases New List Of Patriot Extremist Groups By State….

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/03/splc-releases-new-list-of-patriot-extremist-groups-by-state-is-your-organization-on-this-list-video-2588840.html

    Death before slavery!

  2. captainfish says:

    “assault-style weapon”
    Geez, can the collective “we” stop calling weapons “assault-syle”? ALL weapons are assault-style. A club is assault-style. A club would not be as “assault” if it were held upside down. It has a style, a designed use, a reason for its design style.

    An AR-15 is just a rifle. Plain and simple. Just like a .22LR. This intentional mislabel bias is going to alter our national thinking. Look how far “undocumented worker” has grown.

  3. Publius says:

    And the Left just keeps on putting out smoke, using its favorite code words.

    Lying — it’s their stock in trade.

  4. Comrade X says:

    “1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation…..

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

    Death before slavery!

    • Klingonwork says:

      Comrade…don’t know if you caught a previous post of mine…I’ve seen these MRAPs parked here in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. I theorize they are there to 1. scare us, or 2. get ready. If you’re unfamiliar with the “Valley”, it is mostly bedroom communities and random industrial areas. Seen them over the hill in Simi and Santa Clarita valleys.

      Great article and if an EO or a dollar collapse happens, I’m wondering how guarded they’ll keep the ammo dumps. Me an ammo humper for a while back in Army. We had a division of jarheads guarding us but that was in states, and back when Nam winding down. I am convinced many, not all, but many if not majority will not support government at some point firing on citizens. Those that do come will bring their “tools” of the trade to fight tyranny.

      Where you at BTW? You know me…in Dodger town. (yes I bleed Dodger blue).

      At your 6,

      KW

    • Klingonwork says:

      WOW am I honored…I made the Patriot terrorist list several times.

      Saw one list last week which I made and is my proudest one…a Christian. Wonder what the signers of the Declaration of Independence would say to that with 56 out of 56 being believers in Christ?

      This means all signers of the Declaration were terrorists per the current government.

      At your 6,

      KW

      • Comrade X says:

        North is my twenty, I’ve seen the same; unmarked black armored vehicles here, must be our Canuck threat!

        But it is good to know where spare ammo is when one needs some.

        Got your back but you will have to give me a day to get there!

        Death before slavery!

  5. cloaked in mystery says:

    funny you mention the lack of crime from legal NFA items, It would seem to me that a public saftey based approach would reopen the MG registry instead of forcing buyers into the black market. I know for a fact that some people aquire illegal MG’s only because they either did not exist prior to the closure of the registry, or are priced at unaffordable levels.

    This is no different than art and archeological collectors who maintain secret galleries of illegaly obtained items that they otherwise could not have.

    And just like those private collections, no sane person would report the theft of an illegal item, making it much harder to catch the thieves.

    Reopening the MG registry (or even creating a collector SOT class) would do more for public saftey than any ban (we already know people ignore those).