Lesson Learned: use a steel pipe for constructing your zip gun. Especially a 12 gauge shotgun. FYI the “Nortenos” are a loosely affiliated organization of street gangs in Northern California. As opposed to the “Surenos” who operate in Southern California.
Folks, I can’t even think of anything witty to say about this one. An idiot gang member in Redding , California, nearly blew his own fool head off with a zip gun, a homemade firearm typically consisting of a short length of pipe to contain and direct the blast, along with some sort of simple mechanism to strike the primer.
It seems likely that Jack Reid intended to use this crude throw-away device to murder someone, so pardon me if I don’t feel any sympathies for his self-inflicted injuries:
Deputies responded to a report of an attempted suicide on the 18000 block of Majestic View Drive in Happy Valley just afterafternoon. When they arrived they found Jack Reid, 23, with injuries to his face and hand.Deputies said the shooting was accidental and that Reid was playing with a homemade gun when it went off, firing a 12 gauge round. Investigators said the “zip-gun” was made from PVC pipe. Reid was hit in the left cheek, left eyelid, and left hand with birdshot.
Reid is a documented Norteno gang member, and was caught with three grams of meth when he nearly smoked himself.
In the comments of the article one of his family’s friends say that we should feel really bad that Jack nearly managed to win the Room Temperature Challenge, because his mom is really upset of what happened.
I’m having a hard time finding a lot of sympathy, considering what Mr. Reid was likely planning to do with his weapon, which I doubt involved shooting skeet