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This crime has a real bang-up ending. In Memphis, Tennessee, a 45 year-old man is under arrest for firing his gun at two teenagers and managing to hit one of them. In the rear end. The alleged shooter, Kenneth E. Bonds, has been charged with aggravated assault.
Bonds would not doubt protest that the only aggravation that should apply in this story is that caused by the sight of the two teens involved. As the Associated Press reports, the incident began with the two strolling through Kenneth Bonds' southwest Memphis, Tennessee, neighborhood in all their baggy pantsed glory, on September 25. Bonds reportedly yelled at the two to pull up their pants. The teens refused and words were exchanged. Bonds allegedly brandished his weapon (a semi-automatic) and the argument ended, as so many do these days, in gun fire.
The sagging pants of the two kids under fire did not seem to hinder them as they fled Bonds' bullets -- or maybe they did. One of the sagging pants-ters was, as noted, hit in the rear. But this is not quite the end of the story.
The gunshot victim was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. Bonds was taken into custody on the assault charges. Generally, aggravated assault is a simple charge based on the attempt (or success) of one person causing severe injury to another, or causing injury through use of a deadly weapon. Under Tennessee law, this is a felony.
The AP reports it is still unclear whether Kenneth Bonds has found an attorney. Now, end of story.
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