Rainey, an employee of Blue Ribbon Steak and Seafood, had just knocked on Roop's door at 1815 SW 30th Terrace and gotten no response when Roop pulled into the driveway, driving a pickup, according to an arrest report released Thursday.With over 1 million concealed weapon permits to be issued in Florida, there's no telling how many paranoid Kenneth Roop types are out there packing, seemingly set on a hair trigger, ready to "defend themselves" and their property. Here in South Florida, you can read the blog of one every single day as he warns us how we need to be on guard 24/7 no matter where we are.
Explaining his actions to police after the shooting, Roop said he became "more than a little nervous" as Rainey walked down the driveway toward his truck and appeared to have something in his hand.
As Rainey drew within 4 feet, Roop grabbed his 9mm Glock from his pocket and fired once, striking Rainey in the shoulder, he told police. Rainey fell to the ground, screaming, 'You shot me,' in what Roop described as an "antagonistic" manner, according to the report.
Roop said he was still in fear and thought Rainey was reaching for something, so he shot Rainey once more in the back of the head, "for effect," the report said.
Roop told detectives Rainey should have respected his three "No Trespassing" signs and explained he didn't warn Rainey after pulling his weapon because, "I'm not going to give him the chance to do something to me; I was in fear." He told police he believes he possesses 14 firearms.
This is the America that the NRA and its supporters have created for the rest of us. It's one where you can simply ring the doorbell of the wrong house and be staring down the barrel of a gun...or even worse, as Nick Rainey tragically found out last Wednesday.
Although I'm certainly worried about the bad guys out there, I'm actually more concerned about armed Floridians like Roop who act first, think second [or don't think at all], and seriously believe that everyone is out to do them harm.
And then there's this...
Once Rainey lay face down on the driveway, bleeding after the first shot, Godfrey said Roop sat in his truck for a few seconds before pointing his weapon once more at the back of Rainey's head.And this...
He said Roop's outlook was similar to "militia-minded, anti-government" types and that he was obsessed with the idea of guarding his home.And, finally, this...
Roop is listed as the president of Ancient Island Educational Media. The company's website describes Roop as a Christian...For effect, of course.