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.