Marvell Weaver and his pals thought it might be funny to play a variation of the street thug game, “point ‘em out, knock ‘em out.” Normally, he would single out a victim, approach, and then sucker punch them as hard as he could in an effort to knock the victim out. Weaver thought that this time, he’d use a taser instead to drop his victim, a man waiting a a school-bus stop with his child.
He chose… poorly.
The teen had two friends nearby – dropped off by a third friend in a van after they scouted their target. They knew what Marvell Weaver was going to do. They had discussed it.
Weaver approached his victim from behind, a black KL-800 Type Stun Gun in his pocket. It is capable of generating 1.8 million volts.take our poll - story continues below
He passed him and turned back, pressed the stun gun into the victim’s side. Again and again, and … nothing. It had fired earlier when testing it, he would later tell police.
“The button was like stuck down … or something. I don’t know what caused it not to work,” according to a transcript of Weaver’s statement.
‘Please don’t kill me’
The intended victim moved quickly, pulling his stainless steel .40-caliber Smith and Wesson. It had a full 10-bullet magazine, and was worth about $900 police estimated.
He shot Weaver in his buttocks as the teen turned to flee.
“It happened so fast I wasn’t sure. I just know something was shoved into my side. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife, if it was anything,” he told police.
Weaver ran, sat down across the street, his leg going numb, bleeding. Pleading.
“‘I’m sorry, please don’t kill me, I don’t know why I did that, I’m high you know, I just wanna go home,’” the teen told the man who had just shot him.
I’m going waaaaay out on a limb—and onto Weaver’s Twitter feed—to reach the conclusion that young Marvell is just another example of the same sort of half-literate nihilist that has been dominating news cycles lately for carrying out brutal and senseless crimes for fleeting amusement.
Now more than ever, concealed carry is starting to look like a necessity.