Virginia Mother Charged After Firing Warning Shot to Stop Attack on Her Teenage Daughter
A mother in Virginia has found herself facing charges after firing a warning shot while her daughter was being accosted by as many as ten young men as they walked home.
The mother is being charged with reckless discharge of a weapon after firing a warning shot into the air in a populated area.
According to the Washington Times,
The shooting occurred at 9:20 p.m. in the 13600 block of Cridercrest Place. After confronting a teenage girl and her mother in the neighborhood over a prior disagreement, Ms. Gaither and her 15-year-old daughter, Brianna Stewart, began walking home. A group of about 10 boys approached them in the parking lot of their apartment complex. One boy began to swear and insult Ms. Gaither and her daughter, who stood up to the boy.
“The two were face to face,” Ms. Gaither said. “He grabs her shirt, she goes to push him off her…”
“…I stopped and turned to walk to the middle of the parking lot. I made sure no one was around me,” she said. “I unholstered my gun, pointed it straight in the air and fired just one shot to get him off my child.”
Gaither said she didn’t have the option of calling police as she did not have her cellphone with her.
While Gaither was being arrested, the teen was taken to her grandmother’s house, where she has sense disappeared from.
Gaither is trying to locate her daughter as she also prepares for her initial court appearances.
Also from the Times,
“A person has the right to defend themselves. A person doesn’t have to wait until they’re actually harmed,” Daniel L. Hawes, a Virginia Legal Defense attorney said. “Shooting into the air sort of changed things dramatically. She is creating a threat herself, to other people in area. She may not be guilty of a crime, but police were not wrong to charge her.”