We love our elderly parents and grandparents, but sometimes they get to that point in their lives where we need to sit them down and start a tough conversation: "Grandpa, it's time to take your gun away."
At least, I'm hoping that's the conversation 81-year-old shooting suspect Richard J. O’Hara's family is having with him. According to MLive.com, O'Hara is accused of firing on a car parked in front of his house because it was, well, parked in front of his house.
Police in Bay City, Michigan this weekend arrived at O'Hara's home to find him wielding a pistol and arguing with another man. The story says that O'Hara was angry because the man's 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was parked in front of his home, and he claimed "his property extends 7 feet into the roadway."
O'Hara told the man to move it, and when he yelled back at him, O'Hara came back with a pistol and fired two bullets into the car's front bumper.
“I stepped out on the porch,” O’Hara told police, according to court records. “I wanted to fill (the car) full of holes but I just discharged my weapon twice at it. I don’t know if I even hit it. I’m not sure if I hit anything.”
The man who had the argument with O'Hara said he was having a party at his house when O'Hara started "causing a ruckus" from his porch, after which he heard two popping sounds.
As for O'Hara, he remains in jail with bail set at $250,000, and has been charged a felony and two misdemeanors.
It's kind of like Gran Torino, except instead of the old man taking on a group of thugs who are terrorizing his neighborhood, he, um... shoots at a car.
Hat tip to Andrew!