“No one is going to be digging my bullets out of anyone’s back.” – John Farnam
This week a news story from 2017 was being recycled over social media, spurring a whole new round of outrage and irresponsible commentary. Of course, few can be bothered to look at the dates of stories they re-post, but I digress…
In 2016 21-year-old Jakeel Mason was involved in a physical altercation with 30-year-old Min Sik Kim, owner of Kim’s Pacific Quick Stop in Spanaway, WA. Kim said he suspected Mason of shoplifting cigarettes, so he drew his gun and pointed it at Mason who then attacked him, knocking him to the ground. The fight occurred inside the store around 9:40pm, Kim claiming Mason tried to take his gun during scuffle.
Surveillance video isn’t something I’ve been able to locate (yet), but police indicate the video contradicts Min’s story. They stated Min was the one who initiated the fight, punching Jakeel multiple times causing him to take flight. Min then shot a fleeing Mason twice in the back, killing him.
There is some conjecture as to whether Mason was shot in the doorway of the store, or while running down the sidewalk. The video will eventually bring that to light, but, either way it wasn’t good.