On the heels of the mistrial in the case against Jordan Davis’ killer Michael Dunn, another teenager has tragically been shot and killed because of a completely avoidable event.
A harmless teenage prank turned deadly over the weekend after an Arkansas man allegedly opened fire on a car full of teens when they threw leaves, eggs, and mayonnaise on his car at approximately 1am Saturday morning.
According to the police report, Willie Noble, 48, ran out of his home and started firing at the teens’ vehicle, striking 15-year-old Adrian Broadway in the head. The group of teens—which included the 18-year-old driver, one 17-year-old, four 15 year-olds, and on 14-year-old—drove to a nearby convenience store to get help for Broadway, who later succumbed to her injuries at Children’s Hospital.
Lieutenant Sidney Allen of the Little Rock police department said the teens probably picked Noble’s car because of an earlier prank by his son.
“Apparently Mr. Noble’s teenage son had done a prank on some of the kids that were inside the vehicle on Halloween Night,” Lt. Allen explained to reporters. “As a result they were doing a retaliation prank and it ultimately had deadly results.”
Noble was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, one count of terroristic acts, and five counts of aggravated assault.
This horrific incident is yet another instance of people taking the law into their own hands instead of calling the police, and it will be interesting to hear Noble’s defense for shooting at the teens. Will he claim he was afraid? Will he maintain he had a right to stand his ground? Or will he say he was merely protecting his property?
While this incident echoes other high profile cases (Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Jordan Davis, Renisha Mcbride), it will be interesting to see how the media discusses Broadway’s death, and whether her case will cause many to reevaluate gun laws, considering both she and her alleged killer are Black.