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Responsible Gun Owner Kills Iraqi Newlywed Taking Pictures Of Snow

The victim was an Iraqi immigrant who'd never seen snow before.
Responsible Gun Owner Kills Iraqi Newlywed Taking Pictures Of Snow
Image from: WFAA TV

EVENING UPDATE: Dallas police are seeking "two to four black males," possibly teens.

UPDATE: Police are investigating this now as a possible hate crime.

If I could just take off the snark suit for a moment: You'd think, at some point, I'd get numb to these "responsible gun owner" stories. But I don't. Even more than the tragic toddler and baby shootings, though, these stories about immigrants who left their countries and came all this way for a better life -- those are the ones that really get me. Because it feels like we, as a nation -- we just failed them.

Dallas police said a man was fatally shot while he was outside taking pictures of the snow early Thursday.

Officers responded to a shooting call in the 9900 block of Walnut Street at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday and found 36-year-old Ahmed Al-Jumaili, who police said had suffered a gunshot wound.

Witnesses told police that a group of men was randomly firing a gun. Police said Al-Jumaili was in a nearby parking lot taking pictures of the snow when he was shot.

Al-Jumaili was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he died from his injuries, according to Dallas Police Department spokeswoman Monica Cordova.

[...] Al-Jumaili's family told NBC 5 that he was a newlywed who arrived in the United States from his native Iraq 20 days before the shooting. They said he had never seen snow before.

"He just bought a car," Al-Jumaili's father-in-law Mohammed Al Taae said. "[He was] trying to find a decent job to start his life."


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