Another Day, Another Assault Rifle Used to Maim, This Time in Front of Granbury City Hall [Updated]

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Updated at 5:46 p.m.: WFAA is reporting that Ricky Don McCommas, the assault rifle-wielding man involved in a shootout at a parking lot outside of Granbury City Hall, had been charged with the alleged rape of his niece. He'd missed a court appearance Friday morning, and instead came to Granbury to confront her. An earlier press conference, by the way, mistakenly identifed McCommas as Richard Randall McComas.

Original Story: Hood County Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision on Lake Granbury at around 10:50 this morning. By some accounts, it was a criminal trespass call.

According to a Texas Highway Patrol spokesman, deputies encountered 60-year-old Ricky Don McCommas Richard Randall McComas, who opened fire on them at a house on Edgecliff Court. One deputy was struck in the head and remains in critical condition. McCommas fled.

The other deputy put out a description of his white Chevy van with shot-out windows, which was at that moment headed some nine miles southeast from the subdivision to downtown Granbury. When he arrived, police blocked Randall's van in the town square. He pulled into a parking lot at city hall and opened fire with what police Chief Mitch Galvan described as an "assault rifle-type weapon," according to Hood County News.

"Bullets were coming from all directions and I was wanting to look around and my daughter said, 'No, Mom, no! You're gonna get hit!'" a witness told HCN. "So we just watched it all. It was like Bonnie and Clyde. I've never seen nothing like it."

During the shootout, a police officer was struck in an "upper extremity. His injuries aren't considered life threatening. McCommas was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the deputy who was struck in the head has not yet been released. The THP spokesman had no further details about the nature of the disturbance or the type of weapon McComas used. But NBC 5 has a photograph of what appears to be a modified assault rifle lying on the sidewalk. Judging by the ongoing cataloging of shell casings, more than three dozen rounds were fired.

This is just one more incident in a litany where civilians use military weapons, intended for combat and designed to inflict mass casualties, for that very end. Nobody knows why Richard McCommas steered straight for City Hall. One can only imagine his purpose. But it's incredible that no bystanders were killed in the fusillade his rifle unleashed.

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gmit
gmit

Seems the judge that let this guy out on BAIL has more to do with this violence than the method of the violence, Allegedly Drugging and Raping Kids isnt enough to stay locked up


If it wasnt for all fun involved in a gun debate your headline might actually has some insightful accuracy like "Man facing rape trail kills three on killing spree" 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

You never hear about assault rifles being used to force Wal-Mart or el Fenix to pay their employees better.

pak152
pak152

this will make brantley's head spin and splode

" the study found that gun ownership actually saves lives and those who have a firearm at their disposal improve their chances of survival and reduce their chance of injury in the event they are confronted by a violent criminal:"

http://www.gunssavelife.com/?p=8074

pak152
pak152

" opened fire with what police Chief Mitch Galvan described as an "assault rifle-type weapon," misconnect with your headline which says "assault rifle"
an "assault rifle-type weapon" cosmetically looks like an assault rifle, but isn't fully automatic but rather semi-auto. there are many semi-auto rifles this guy could have used that wouldn't have looked cosmetically like an "assault rifle" but would have still done the same job.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Yet another quest for a Great White Defendant/Shooter.

Meanwhile, back in Dallas, a black or hispanic young male kills another back/hispanic roughly once every three days.  That is 130+/- murders per year, almost all non-asian minority perps and victims.

The DO fixates on zebras when the real problem is the herd of homicidal NAMs.  Somehow make them only as murderous as white & asian folks and you'll see real progress.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

best guess on the weapon - Civilian drum-fed (c-mag) AR-15 w/sound suppressor or muzzle break, and optical sight system (probably a laser).  Either 5.56 or .308 round.  Not military issue.  Military does not issue AR-15s.  Military does not use c-mags (they jam and are too bulky in a combat environment).  This would be a "scary-looking" assault-STYLE weapon.  And only civilians buy these c-mags.

On the dead perp - Married to a woman his age, worked at a hospital for several years until charged with drugging a minor in 2012 w/K2 (Spice - synthetic MJ recently added to the barred drug list here in Texas), then raping her.  No priors. Wife left.  Lived in parents owned house (father dead, mother in nursing home).  Wife was convicted in 2010 of falsifying official docs (probably loan docs) fraud.  Got probation.

He had threatened the minor to keep quiet about the rape but she didn't.

Looks like he tried to carry out on the threat when he approached the minor at her domicile.  Sheriff's dept responded to disturbance call.  He shot the cop in the head and fled.  The cop probably saved the girl's life.  

Looks like at that point he committed to Flight Forward, where he attacks and overwhelming force (suicide by cop).

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This is most definitely another one of the NRA's finest hours.

feldnick
feldnick

Obviously, no one cares about this article....not really. It chiefly serves as another opportunity for those who are for gun-ownership, and those who are for the restriction of gun-ownership, to rail against against each other. We interpret as we wish, we believe what we want to believe, but nothing changes. People die, they maim and kill indiscriminately, and then we forget. The only people who seem to be unable to forget these incidences are those who have to live with the debilitating injuries, the stigma of being a family member of the one who "went postal", or the family member who can only guess at why their loved one had to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Meanwhile, we get to have cerebral arguments, and call each other "trolls". Not very taxing, the role that we play in this.  

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Just remember, without citizens with guns, reporters cannot write any stupid shit they want.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Update -  Ricky Don McCommas had been due to appear in court Friday morning in connection with a pending sexual assault of a court. He did not show up.  The Cleburne Times Review reported last August that McCommas was accused of supplying and smoking K-2 with a 16-year-old girl and her younger sister in July 2012. The teen-ager told police that she awoke to find McCommas on top of her raping her.  She also told the authorities that he would harm her if she told anybody about what happened, the newspaper reported.

I ran "Richard Randall McComas" on a priors check.  Same birth date as reported. No priors.  Domiciled in Grandbury.  Lives in a single-wide.  So I guess it's okay to use his nickname (ha!).  

Looks like he went Postal.

We need to know precisely the nomenclature of the weapon on the ground.  If he didn't have any priors, then he could have legally possessed it.  I don't know about the above charge.  If he was arrested in his house and they conducted a search, his weapons would have been confiscated.

What is it and where did he get it?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Regardless of the best, most accurate description of a firearm that can fire approximately 36 rounds in a very short period of time, the fact remains that one officer is wounded and another is suffering from a rifle shot to the head. As long as firearms of any kind are widely available to a civilian population few of whom are trained in their use and safety, some of these guns will fall into the hands of the mentally ill or curious children.

Yes, violence can be perpetrated with spears, knives, rocks, etc. but as long as firearms are widely available, guns will inflict a large portion of the violence we incur. We need to view weapons as a dangerous regardless of its owner and impose strict liability on its owners and manufacturers when the weapon is used unlawfully.

Tonight an officer is fighting for his life, a bullet in his head. Not a knife blade.

Americano
Americano

Is this a news story or an editorial?

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Brantley, when something is shaped like a military weapon, it does not make it a military weapon. My daughter ate to dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets. Upon close examination, we discovered they were in fact just chicken.

If this was in fact a military weapon, it was already deemed illegal by the National Firearms Act. WFAA is also reporting that there may be explosives in his house just like Holmes in Aurora CO. Good thing those were also made illegal my the NFA.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

" One can only imagine his purpose. But it's incredible that no bystanders were killed in the fusillade his rifle unleashed."

1) Perhaps one might infer he had a specific purpose, and possibly that purpose did not include killing bystanders?  Just a thought, since we're speculating at random and not relying on facts here. Think suicide by cop, maybe?

2) A fusillade is not a bunch of rounds fired by a single weapon, it is a directed, simultaneous and continuous fire from many weapons. Suppressive fire would be an example of a fusillade.

I will bet that either a) the firearm in question was obtained illegally or did not belong to the shooter, or b) the shooter will have demonstrated a diminished mental state, possibly being treated for a mental illness prior to this shooting.

chad
chad

@pak152 that mistake is made so often by Unfair Park it makes me think they're just trolling.

FEDUP
FEDUP

@roo_ster Well hell BOY, nobody gives a shit about your black ass. We call it population control.


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

he was apparently a security officer at Harris Southwest until charged with rape.  

PhuqueBHO
PhuqueBHO

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Myrna, you ignorant slut (props to Dan Akroyd)

Please explain what the NRA has to do with this?

Perp was under felony indictment........could not legally possess ANY firearm. Thats been Federal law for decades and has nothing to do your NRA bashing.

For all you Second Amendment haters one question.....................exactly what laws will criminals and loonie nutjobs obey?

Because they sure as hell ain't obeying our current ones. Instead it restricts ME, a law abiding citizen.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Rumpunch1 

And there would be no need for Homeland Security to corner the market on 5.56 and .45 rounds (ha!).

Funny everyone gets all exercised about an armed citizenry but do not question why this newly formed internal security goliath is buying up all the ammo.  

Talk about creepy.  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The original reports mis-identified the perp and his age as 60.  Now the Star Telegram has him as:

GRANBURY — Editor’s note: This report has been updated to correct the suspect’s name and hometown.

A shootout that left a Hood County sheriff’s deputy in critical condition and a Granbury police officer injured was triggered by the gunman confronting a girl he is accused of sexually assaulting.

Ricky Don McCommas, 49, was scheduled to appear in court in Cleburne on Friday. Instead, authorities said, he went to the Oak Trail Shores community, where the 16-year-old girl lived, and shot Hood County Sgt. Lance McLean when the deputy responded to a disturbance call.

no priors so he could have legally purchased a weapon.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@primi_timpano(CNN) -- Gun-related homicides and crime are "strikingly" down from 20 years ago, despite the American public's belief that firearm crime is on the upswing, a new study said Wednesday.

A Pew survey of Americans in March found U.S. firearm homicides peaked in 1993 at 7.0 deaths per 100,000 people. But by 2010, the rate was 49% lower, and firearm-related violence -- assaults, robberies, sex crimes -- was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993, the study found.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@RTGolden1 But, . . . but, . . . "fusillade" is such a cool word.  Surely it has some place in this artitorial, right?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@RTGolden1 

I watched the DPS briefing linked above.  He stated he would not identify the weapon at this time, so I don't know where the author of this report and commentary got his facts to conclude all that he did.  The weapon was not shown in the video he linked as proof it was a military issue, assault weapon.  

It may have been however, they are illegal to possess unless the shooter had a special license to possess one.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Very good points. It appears that you knew what you were talking about before you wrote it. There's a lesson to be learned there.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

However I have been able to find 30.06 is very good supply. I have also been able to find 7.62x54R and 7.62 NATO at a decent rate. 5.56 is an indoor round,

kduble
kduble

@holmantx@primi_timpano  "Gun-related homicides and crime are "strikingly" down from 20 years ago...."

Yet they're still much higher here than in any other developed country.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx @primi_timpano 

nevertheless, the incidence of firearm homocides is too high. we need to make it a rare occurance.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx @RTGolden1

a witness statement: "Joe Vandaveer said he was at a nearby business when the gunman pulled up and got out carrying “an assault rifle.”

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/28/4970543/two-officers-shot-in-granbury.html#storylink=cpy

here is a photo of "an assault rifle with a large drum-style magazine" from the scene of the shootout.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/shootout-on-town-square-in-granbury-wounds-at-least-1-officer-kills-suspect.html/

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

See, the facts stop someone from looking stupid. Remember when Jim S. was the unrelenting liberal at the DO?

brantley.hargrove1
brantley.hargrove1

@holmantx I'm late to the conversation, but police are saying he was a licensed gun dealer. He also possessed an incredible arsenal: Three dozen guns, a fully automatic assault rifle, explosives, thousands of rounds of ammo. 

The Hood County deputy he shot died Saturday.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@scottindallas "The gunman, Ricky Don McCommas, 49, described by police as a gun dealer and former security guard, fled to Granbury after shooting McLean in the head and was himself fatally shot outside City Hall after wounding a Granbury police officer."

"A witness named Joe Vandaveer was at a nearby business when the gunman pulled up Friday and got out with a firearm. A photo taken at the scene showed a semiautomatic weapon with very large capacity magazine." 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@scottindallas @holmantx

Thanks.

Looks like he modified the weapon himself, or was capable of it, based upon the inventory list.  So it may have indeed been altered to fire on full auto.  

http://tinyurl.com/ps6tye9

I ran a check to see if he had a FFL (Federal Firearms license).  Negative however, it may have been yanked when he was charged last year on the sexual assault.

He may have built that thing from the frame up.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Rumpunch1 

Homeland Security has sucked up all the 5.56, way more than the military buys.  The main battle rifle round.

Why?


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx @primi_timpano if you want to reduce violent 'gun crimes', my suggestion would be to focus on reducing the crime aspect.  The gun is a tool.  the Crime is the problem.

If we quit coddling criminals, we'd have less crime.

pak152
pak152

@mavdog@holmantx@primi_timpanoand those who commit crimes with a firearm did not obtain the firearm legally. 

want to stop or decrease the use of firearms in the commission of a crime? then do what they did in Richmond Va and Philadelphia. prosecute the perps under the federal statute that says if you commit a crime with a gun or are an accomplice in a crime where a gun was used you get a minimum 5 years in federal prison. and it isn't hard to show that you used a gun>
http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/gun_violence/profile38.html
http://archives.citypaper.net/articles/040600/cs.coverstory1.shtml

http://articles.mcall.com/1999-10-10/news/3281651_1_richmond-s-project-exile-stiles-federal-court

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Obviously the best way to do that is to remove all government oversight,

After all, that's the plan with abortion, right?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@PersistentID2345 @mavdog @holmantx @primi_timpano 

table 1: "total fatal and non-fatal firearm violence", increases each of last four years. above statement in my post validated.

thanks.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx @primi_timpano 

I don't know about those stats but yeah, in a perfect world there ought be a law that no one can possess a firearm.

except me.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx @mavdog @primi_timpano 

firearm crime numbers have increased over the last few years.

violent crimes using firearms are as high as they were 20 years ago.

too many crimes, too many crimes using firearms.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx except there is no such thing as an assault rifle.  The only thing the term assault rifle could refer to would be a rifle, any rifle, used to assault someone.  In that case, this rifle would fit the term.  The hammer used to kill a neighbor in Florida would fit the term assault hammer; this does not mean that all hammers of that brand and style are assault hammers.

pak152
pak152

@mavdog @holmantx the witness and the news org used "assault rifle" because that term of inaccuracy has been drummed into their heads.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx A "military" weapon would be fully automatic, that means, one trigger pull=many rounds fired.  This is a distinction that one cannot discern from a distance, but is a feature of the "lock" mechanism. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx 

Yeah.  Bout the size of it.

The shooter's name was originally reported as Richard Randall McComas.

Now he's Ricky Don McComas.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx @mavdog 

oh, so everyone else, including the eye witness, has a "bias"????

uh huh, sure they do.

physician, heal thyself.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx 

they are expressing a bias.

And it is yet to be determined if the weapon was a military assault weapon, which is illegal to possess in the first place.

It is why I questioned the quality of the reporting.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Did the linked articles say anything about a military rifle or did Brantley make that up?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx 

"I" don't "mean" anything other than the criticism of the author for referencing "an assault rifle" is irrational and misguided as 1) an eye witness stated the term, and 2) every other news org is using the same term.

one news org shows a photo that they label "assault rifle".

pretty much likely that it is an "assault rifle"....

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdog @holmantx @RTGolden1 

Do you mean an assault-style weapon?

words have meaning.

he was reportedly dressed in military-STYLE clothing.

He was not wearing a military uniform.

See the difference?

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