Man Shot in Target Parking Lot in GA Just Weeks After Target Requests “No Guns” in Their Stores

September 23 2014
by GSL Staff
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I guess that bad guys with guns don’t read corporate memos. It looks like we have another shooting in a Target parking lot, just weeks after Target requested that gun owners leave their guns at home (Target’s policy is not a ban).

According to the Atlanta Journal of Constitution,

Sandy Springs police have arrested a 28-year-old Milwaukee man in connection with a Sunday evening shooting at a Roswell Road shopping center.
Mario Ross, 27, was shot around 6 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Target store at The Prado.

Ross was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, and was in stable condition late Monday morning, according to Sandy Springs police Capt. Steve Rose.

Police believe the incident was a drug deal gone bad. Why were these armed drug dealers doing deals in a Target parking lot when they know Target doesn’t want guns on their property?! The arrogance!

We’re not trying to necessarily say that Target’s request caused this shooting or an increase in violent crime around Target stores as that would require compiling before and after statistics, but it is clear that criminals, mentally ill people, and violent drug users certainly don’t care about Target’s request. Only law abiding gun owners would consider adherence to the request.

Target asked its customers not to carry firearms into their stores in a statement released last month. However, the store did not ban firearms, as clarified by the following statement made to The Columbian,

Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said the retailer will not post signs at its stores asking people not to bring guns inside. “It is not a ban,” she said. “There is no prohibition.”

She said the company decided to make this statement after hearing from people on all sides of this issue.

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