Man Shoots Ex-Boyfriend at Jamba Juice and Later Shoots Himself at Hospital

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An angry lover tried to kidnap and kill his ex-boyfriend from a local Jamba Juice, and later shot himself at a hospital. 

The 28-year-old suspect (police have not released any names) had been arrested last month and was in court earlier that day, Phoenix PD spokesman Trent Crump says. Cops picked the man up on charges of domestic violence, stalking, criminal damage, threatening and intimidating after he had allegedly damaged the suspect's car and filled it with pool cleaning chemicals, among other things. All of this, and a restraining order, landed the suspect earlier that day in court.

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Hours after his court appearance, last night around 8 p.m. the suspect walked into the Jamba Juice near 2700 W. Thunderbird and forced the three employees into the back of the store, Phoenix PD says. The man took their cell phones and broke the store phones. He commanded that store employees get on their knees and took off through the back door with his ex-boyfriend. Outside the business, he told his ex that this would be their last day alive, Crump says - he had already left a suicide note at his home. 

On the way to the suspect's Suburban, the victim knocked the gun from the man's hand and fell the the ground. The suspect shot him in the neck, the chest and missed a third time, Crump says. 

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If this man was called to court for accusations of domestic violence, stalking, threatening, and intimidation, he does not deserve the privilege of gun ownership.  If there was a state or nationwide gun registry, law enforcement could seize this person's weapons while awaiting the outcome of his trial.  This would protect others and himself from the damaging consequences of mental stress that forces some people to turn to violence.  Unfortunately in this situation, this man's suicide note did not seem dangerous even though he had a holstered gun.  (shouldn't guns be banned in hospitals, anyway?)

 Suicide is gaining momentum in this country, and completion with a firearm is one of the most used methods.  In fact, more people died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds than car accidents in 2010.  It is time for gun reform and mental health support in this country to protect innocents and help those suffering to live the best life possible.


Good riddance. He did the right thing to shoot himself.

valleynative topcommenter

@id893  nope.

Treat the cause.  The lack of mental health care and lousy societal attitude toward mental health care.

Why should guns be banned in hospitals?   Because nobody could ever be the victim of a violent crime in a hospital?

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@JoeArpaioFan  quit trying to avoid things Robert. i asked you a question on numerous blogs and you have done everything you can to avoid answering it. what if i told yo u that I am Michael Marks and want you to remove my name from your list but do not want to chang my vote or opinion on the recall? you said you would remove our names if you were asked. are you telling me i can only escape your persecution if i vote your way and support your candidate? are you telling me you will not remove my name unless i change my vote to what you want? are you telling me i will not be allowed my privacy unless i chang or abandon my beliefs and conform them to your beliefs? that is extortion and a form of voter intimidation and is illegal Robert. you have tried to say it is okay for you to do it just because some Black Panthers did it and because some one else happened to expose your identity. that was not me, so why is it okay for you to hold a vendetta against y andeveryone and break the law because some one else may or may not have broken the law? you are promoting anarchy and chaos Robert, not lawfulness as you claim you are all for. people have shot police and gotten away with it, does that make it okay for everyone to do it also? no, it does not. in your own words you said what the black panthers did was illegal, but then claim its okay for you to do it because people you never met and who never committed crimes against you broke the law. are we all allowed to do whatever we want just so long as someone else has done it before? you are trying to force people to vote how you want them to and you are not only breaking the law by telling them they have to vote your way, but you are  also telling them you will continue to harrass and harangue them until they do. you are refusing to let people have their privacy and are disrupting their lives, beliefs and ethics in order to subvert them and force them to do what you want them to do. explain yourself Robert. when have i ever asked for your personal info? i never have. where do you assume that I am affiliated with the black  panthers? i am not. if you have a problem with those people.....why dont you tell Joe to get off his ass and go after those people. instead you just decide you can break the law and try to extort people or blackmail them into voting your way or abstaining from voting. that is not only illegal Robert, it is un-American

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