Wednesday, March 17, 2004

If Somebody Isn't Shot, It Isn't a Shooting

Those incidents in Ohio involved someone shooting a gun, but only the one in which a bullet hit a person was a shooting.

Dictionary definitions vary in their rigor about this point, but think about it: If the neighbor kid is practicing with a .22 and a tin can, do you think a series of shootings is going on next door?

So, what do you call it when a guy fires a gun into a tree or a door frame -- or, unsuccessfully, at a person? I don't have a good answer. Shooting incident isn't great, but it's better than shooting. In the Columbus case, sniper incident also works.

1 comment:

lil miss coco chanel said...

How about the admittedly clumbsy "he shot at ...?"

Stray bullets were flying ... help!! Take cover. Those horrible people next door never discipline their kid.