An argument between a 21-year-old Indiana man and his ex-girlfriend Monday night ended with four people shot and two of them dead.
The escalating fight led the woman’s 12-year-old brother to run to his neighbors for help. When they arrived, Andrew Parish drew his handgun and fired, killing his ex’s roommate and her mother. Before he killed himself, Parish called his brother and described how he hadn’t intended to shoot but things “got out of hand”.
Police discovered him with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle, reported the Indianapolis Star. “We’re pretty certain from what we’re seeing at the grain bin that this young man was armed with a lot of ammunition,” Sheriff Doug Cox said. “From what we can see through the windows of the vehicle … I think he was prepared to do more than harm himself.”
Nearly half of all homicides are preceded by an argument or fight, and certain factors like alcohol can compound the chances of deadly violence. Simply having a gun in one’s home raises the risk someone will be shot, whether by suicide, accident, or domestic violence. One study found that the presence of a gun alone makes it three times more likely that a woman could become a homicide victim.
Despite the risk, states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, and Georgia, either allow or are considering bills that permit guns in bars. Other states have expressly opened churches and public areas like parks and malls to firearms.