[SOSD] SAN DIEGO — A boy was shot in the abdomen by a crossbow bolt Monday after he and another boy were throwing rocks at a passing car in Linda Vista, San Diego police said. A passenger in a black Toyota RAV4 pulled out a crossbow and fired one bolt before driving away around 2:15 p.m. on Linda Vista Road near Mesa College Drive, said police Officer Dino Delimitros. The two people in the car were described as Latino males and most likely juveniles. Ages were not released for the boys who had been throwing rocks. The boy who was shot was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital and suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening, Delimitros said.
I know most people are probably going to side with the shooter here and say this little snot nose got what he deserved. But I’m also guessing that most readers of this site were pain in the ass kids like me and can relate with the rock tosser – and come on, a goddamn crossbow?! I used to do all kinds of shit like this when I was a kid. Rocks at cars, snowballs at cars, BB guns at cars, hand grenades at cars. Which one of us hasn’t? It’s basically a rite of passage for boys growing up in the suburbs. What else are you supposed to do before you discover booze and vaginas? But I never realized how close I was to getting sliced in the ovaries by a Latino loco with a medieval weapon. The worst that ever happened to me is that sometimes a driver would slam on their brakes and chase us. We’d run, scared shitless, into the woods and lay low for a bit. When the coast was clear, we’d get right back to terrorizing our neighbors. And look at me now! I’m a contributing member of society. Ok, so maybe I’m a poor example. Point is, I think a death sentence is a bit harsh a punishment for good ol’ fashioned hi-jinx. Besides, Karma’s going to take care of it all in the end. Like the time I got back from a buddy’s bachelor party at Mohegan Sun to find my car was pelted with a paintballs. Fucking kids!