Shot Dead by Gun Nut for Pulling in the Wrong Driveway
[bold] Friends: Man shot dead after pulling into wrong driveway [/bold]
LILBURN, Ga. —
Lilburn police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man.
Police said they were called out to a man's home on Hillcrest Drive on Saturday night.
A group of friends said they were going to pick up a girl who lived in the area to go ice skating around 10 p.m. when their GPS system sent them to the wrong home.
The friends said they pulled into the driveway and saw a man peer out the window. They said they waited in the car for a bit and then the man, Phillip Sailors, 69, came out of the home with a handgun, firing a round into the air.
“The guy came out. He went in again and he came out with a gun in his hand and he shot into the air,” 15-year-old passenger Yeson Jimenez said.
The friends said that's when they tried leaving the house, and said Sailors pointed the gun at the car and shot Rodrigo Diaz, 22, who was driving the car. An arrest warrant said Sailors had a .22-caliber pistol.
The passengers said Sailors never asked what they were doing there.
“’Shut up.’ That’s the only thing that came out of his mouth,” passenger Gandy Cardenas said.
The friends said Sailors held the rest of the people in the car at gunpoint until police arrived at the home. All three passengers in the car are Parkview High School students.
Sailors is being held on no bond on charges of malice murder. He has no known criminal history.
The warrant said the Diaz was struck on the left side of the head.
Friends told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that Diaz had just arrived here from Colombia three months ago.
Thomas has also learned Sailors is a war veteran and a former church missionary. Sailors' attorney told Thomas that the man believed he and his wife were being attacked.
“He is very distraught over the loss of life from the defense of his home. This incident happened late in the evening hours when he was home with his wife and he assumed it was a home invasion and he maintains his innocence,” the attorney said.
It's Georgia. It's an old white man shooting a Latino.
The old fart will get off with a slap on the wrist.
God, I hate the South.
Not surprising. I grew up in the South and rednecks HATE it when you pull in their driveway; even if it's just to turn around.
[quote]he assumed it was a home invasion
That's what they'll all say.
Why couldn't this have happened to Chris Brown?
If he thought he was in danger, why didn't the stupid old fucker call 911 ???
Maybe he didn't have a phone, but he sure as hell had a gun!
What a country!!
Apparently, he had several guns and lived by the philosophy, "shoot first, ask questions later."
Here's hoping that he spends the rest of his miserable, wretched life in prison for gunning down this guy in cold blood for no particularly good reason.
Wouldn't a home invasion involve people getting out of the car?
It wasn't a home invasion ......it was a driveway invasion. Big difference. The shooter was in no danger here.
Behold white Southern culture.
I very rarely cry over news stories but this actually brought a tear. I bet the old fool is Ted Nugents's new hero.
Yeah, like home invaders park in the fucking driveway.
No doubt some old, white gun nut, who probably spent the evening getting his fear riled up by faux news.
If a group of young hispanics pulls into your driveway, what the fuck are you supposed to do? Serve them tacos?
IF you have a gun you fucking use it - especially with people like that.
I am for the 2nd amendment and I own a gun, legally, of course, and this guy should be prosecuted His attorney is going to have to prove the old man was threatened, and a group in just sitting in his driveway doesn't cut it.
Does Georgia have that same stand your ground law that Florida has? If so this guy will no doubt go free. The victim was Hispanic so he'd be wise to stay clear of the Latino gangs in prison.
Nothing worse than an old coot with a gun.
[quote][Channel 2's Tony] Thomas has also learned Sailors is a war veteran and a former church missionary.
Yes R15, Georgia does have a "Stand Your Ground" law.
Of course it only apparently applies to WHITE people who feel threatened:
[bold] John McNeil killed a white man who assaulted him on his property. But, unlike George Zimmerman, he's serving life [/bold]