Delray Beach, Florida, police have arrested a man for allegedly drunkenly shooting ducks from atop an apartment complex roof.
Editor’s Note: The “facts” in this story end there. Note that the source of this story refers to the firearm allegedly involved as (a) a high-powered rifle, (b) a .22, and (c) a pellet rifle, all in the same story. A number of other mainstream media outlets refer to a “high-powered pellet gun” or “high-powered rifle.” (In the latter case, the Sun-Sentinel headlined the story as such.) Most of these likely stem from a UPI wire story that uses the same phrase. The alleged shooter, a maintenance man at the apartment complex, reportedly told police he was trying to rid the complex of the nuisance ducks, which regularly befouled the grounds with feces. –Don Zaidle, Editor-in-Chief
The “story” continues:
Police said they responded to the Delray Lake Apartments after getting a report of a person who was shooting ducks with a high-powered rifle from the roof of a building.
Police said that on their way to the roof they entered a storage room and found a rifle, targets attached to the concrete wall, old appliances that appeared to have been used as targets, and empty cans of beer.
On the roof an officer ordered the suspect, Jensen, to drop his black rifle with a scope, police said. Besides the .22-caliber rifle, police also seized a jacket and a backpack that contained pellets for the rifle as well as six bottles of Miller beer and two flashlights.