Monday, November 9, 2009

memo: roll down the window before shooting

Andrew J Burwitz of Appleton, Wisconsin, never read the manual for drive-by shootings.

It seems that Andrew, 20, wanted to get some sort of revenge on his ex-girlfriend. So, he decided to try a drive-by shooting. At 2 in the morning, he fired a total of five shots from his car at her house.

Then, in an apparent attempt to make the drive-by look random, he fired at another house of his choosing. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Doing a drive-by is stupid enough. However, Andrew made a basic mistake: he forgot to roll down his car window before firing the shots.

Investigating officers easily noticed the shattered auto glass on the road in front of the ex-girlfriend's house. Later that day, they contacted local glass stores to see if anyone had tried to replace a shattered window.

Sure enough, Andrew dropped by to replace his car window and filed an insurance claim. Police then secured a search warrant and found Andrew's gun with spent shell casings at his home.

Andrew is now looking at an array of charges: four counts of first- degree reckless endangerment, four counts of endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
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