Garland's Colten Moore, 18, Murdered a 7-Eleven Clerk in Cold Blood, Police Say

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Google "Colten Moore" and you'll find that there are two young North Texas men of that name currently making headlines.

One, 24, from Krum , just scored an inspiring snowmobiling victory at the X Games, one year after brother Caleb was killed trying to do the same.

The other, 18, from Garland, is accused of cold-bloodedly gunning down two convenience store clerks in the span of a week.

That Moore was arrested Wednesday night and charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 7-Eleven clerk Yosef Tulu.

The reason, according to court documents, was simply that he wanted to shoot someone with his dad's .22-caliber rifle. He'd been saying this for more than a year, a friend told police. Surveillance video shows Moore, wearing a mask, walking into the 7-Eleven around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

After Tulu put cash and multiple packs of cigarettes into a bag, Moore motioned for him to lay on the floor. Then, police say, Moore shot Tulu twice, execution-style.

During questioning by police, Moore admitted to the second shooting, which occurred on January 16 at Homeboys convenience on Firewheel Parkway, across the street from the 7-Eleven. The clerk in that case received two gunshot wounds while walking to his car but is expected to recover.

Last night, hundreds of mourners turned out for a candlelight vigil honoring Tulu.

The 31-year-old was studying to be a nurse and planned to return to his native Ethiopia in a few months to marry his fiancee and bring her back to the States.

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paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

Just make a way for the rich to get richer off the non selling of guns or their disposal...and you'll have gun bans lickety split

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

just an average day in Garland, the asshole corrupt town of texas

Stranglehold
Stranglehold

Myrna most certainly would not give Nugent cat scratch fever...

animas
animas

PE Dietz published an excellent analysis of mass, serial, family and sensational homicides and those who perpetrate them in the NY Acad of Medicine in 1986.  The article continues to be an authoritative reference (See WSJ Nov 8,2013 Mass Murderers and What They Want-How To Stop Them).  Media messaging which has become more ubiquitous is theoretically  part of the problem.  Dietz suggests as a preventative measure that media outlets deprive susceptible personalities of an audience, never publish crime spree agendas, hide faces names and killing details, taxonomy of the crime spree.  Concentrate on the bio of the victim(s) without images of grieving family. In short-- treating it as an ordinary crime may serve to make it less common.  He also points out that frequently the killer has had some interface with the mental health system or has transmitted "warnings" prior to the event.  it appears to me for what ever reason parents friends and authority figures are not doing anything about the warning signs (cultural malaise?, exhaustion?).  I believe also that some modification of gun laws should be made to keep guns out of the hands of the frequent crime perpetrators--young males.  Since many of these guns are owned (but not safely maintained or accounted for) by family members-there should be some legal penalty for irresponsible gun ownership.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I think we'll be seeing  a new outbreak of affluenza here shortly.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Give that thug a magic needle ride, and move on.

ralliart2k4
ralliart2k4

This has nothing to do with a gun, or the type of gun used, or who the gun belonged to.  It has to do with one part of this story.


The reason, according to court documents, was simply that he wanted to shoot someone with his dad's .22 caliber rifle. He'd been saying this for more than a year, a friend told police.


For a year, this guy had been telling at least one other person that he had intentions of killing someone, and nobody did anything about it.

lebowski300
lebowski300

Presuming the dad owned the gun legally, doesn't that "shoot" a hole in the mantra, "If we make guns illegal, only criminals will have guns"? I'm all for legal gun ownership, but let's call the gun advocates out on the myth they spread that legally owned guns aren't a very real component of crime in this country that involves a gun.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States”. ---Ted Nugent, Texas gun-nut, during an interview with Guns.com at a Las Vegas guns and outdoor show.

tdkisok
tdkisok

Has anybody checked his immigration status? 

ruddski
ruddski

Maybe this guy is an example of what drove Obama, then Weinstein, to realize that a culture steeped in glorified violence and depravity might not be a good thing after all.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Looks like he lives in a nice middle class house, but I'm not sure they're going to meet the income requirements for Affluenza. What do you think the cut-off is for that? Seven figures? Maybe he can plead Middleoma.

stanton10
stanton10

I hope one of his fellow inmates just wants to butt fuck a white boy. 

stanton10
stanton10

I hope another prisoner wants to butt fuck a white boy. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@animas Common sense along with cited references, comprehensive without holding forth ad infinitum -- post of the week, at least.

Regarding lack of follow-up to warnings, that's an unlegislatable social and psychological issue, I believe. School and medical authorities are required by law to report suspected or outcried abuse, but I don't see how we can enforce a requirement for friends and family members to do the right thing.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@lebowski300Nobody is claiming that legally owned firearms aren't used in crimes.  The vast majority of firearms used in crime are, however, obtained illegally; AND the vast majority of legally owned firearms are never used in the commission of a crime.  Stricter gun control laws will be applied to the owners of legally owned and safely maintained firearms, which account for something less than 1% of gun involved crime.

How does this shoot a hole in the mantra?  Guns are legal to own now, so, according to the "if....then" nature of the mantra, people other than criminals can be assumed to have them.

Dallasphotog
Dallasphotog

@ruddski How the hell can you blame Obama for this.  If you hadn't noticed, there was quite of bit of glorified violence for oil, ahem, freedom in Iraq with W.

James080
James080

@JimSX 

Yacht club membership is required as I recall. 

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

@stanton10- Americans have a suspicious obsession with prison rape. Always some minger joking about it. No hiding that guns and psycho-sexual violence are just part of our 'exceptionalism'.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@stanton10 Racist and homophobic, If you could have bashed religion you would have gotten the lefty trifecta.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@wcvemail@animas

That's why we need better gun-control laws.  We can't lock up everyone who says they want to shoot people, because it would bankrupt the justice system.
So we have to be better about keeping them from getting the firearms in the first place.
That should include firearm registration, and periodic inspections of gun-owners collections and safety measures.



lebowski300
lebowski300

@RTGolden1 Can you site a single source for your claims? You may but it would almost certainly be dubious. On top of simply never being able to know if the gun was obtained legally or illegally (because it is not recovered), there is the very high impediment to meaningful information because gathering such meaningful information as a basis to know is forbidden or impeded by an intentional lack of technological controls used to know such things even when the gun is known - thanks to gun ownership advocates' lobbying.


Another thing: when you say "obtained illegally" that is true and the Justice Department information does support that claim. However most of the "obtained illegally" gun sources are from legally owned firearms owners' supplies. Which is really my point - that the vast numbers of legally purchased firearms contributes dramatically to the pool of illegally obtainable guns. That is the fact gun ownership advocates need to own.


I would be all for some form of criminal liability for legal gun owners that have their guns stolen and used in a crime - if it can proven maintenance of that firearm was below an agreed upon threshold (e.g., not in a safe, never reported stole or something similar). There simply has to be a real risk associated with owning a gun, so they are properly maintained. Too many legal guns are simply too accessible to be utilized illegally.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@lebowski300


I ask myself that question every time some bigot posts that line.  

tdkisok
tdkisok

@Dallasphotog


Give Ruddy a break. It's this thinking that helps him sleep at night.  

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @stanton10 Homophobia is rampant among lefties? How d'ya figure that one? Are Robert Jeffress and Rick Perry not only closeted gays,but now socialists, as well?

WeedMayne69
WeedMayne69

I hear that back in the days, each city had their own similar crew though

wilme2
wilme2

@dingo @wilme2 @Montemalone Back when I was in high school in Garland the term was "GAR".  Garland Area Resident (there were other theories for what it stood for), but the point was similar.  It was a term of endearment of sorts, for those who would be born, live, and die, in Garland - raising as much hell as they could in between...

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@RTGolden1@lebowski300

Nobody is calling for a ban on firearms.
The only real gun control measures being proposed are for registering them, reporting sales of them,  and requiring owners to be licensed. 

lebowski300
lebowski300

@RTGolden1 "There has to be a sensible balance of Constitutional freedom and Public Safety."


+1


Thanks for the links. My dives into gun-crime statistics was a awkward dance. The very core syntax used in the Justice Department reports seemed problematic. For instance there is frequently no distinction made between a gun stolen from a legal owner (i.e., one-hop) and those floating many transactions in the black market. 

So, I admit I don't have a clear statistical picture on the "one-hop" occurrence. I suspect no one does because of the intentional institutional statistical gathering impediments.


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@lebowski300@RTGolden1For my sources of information I give you this:


http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/Pages/aquired.aspx

http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/pages/welcome.aspx

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/GUIC.PDF

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/guns/procon/guns.html

http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp#background


You are correct, it is a difficult thing to quantify, hence the variety of sources.  I do try to stay away from any sources that might be linked to the NRA and other groups, since I neither support them nor pay them much attention.  Note in the PBS article, a life-long ATF agent has spent his career battling the misconception that 'most guns used in crime are stolen from lawful gun owners'.  It just simply isn't the case.

I have no problem with liability laws to force gun owners to take active responsibility and accountability for their firearms.  My own are kept secure in a fashion as close to an arms room as I can create in my home.  Most are trigger-locked as well.  The only time they aren't is when I have direct physical control of the firearm, meaning it is in my immediate possession.

My problem with gun control advocates is the equal and opposite problem I have with 2nd Amendment fanatics: lack of common sense in their approach.  Banning firearms will, as the mantra goes, make criminals the only possessors of firearms (especially true since anyone who owns one in that case would be violating the law).  No sensible gun control measures give us the Wild West, which we've seen in places such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc just doesn't bode well.  There has to be a sensible balance of Constitutional freedom and Public Safety.  We haven't seen either offered up by either side of the debate.

ruddski
ruddski

I compliment Obama and a lefty for speaking outb and a riot of nutters breaks out LOL

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Really.  Ruddski's brain is addled from yesterday's Wendy-bashing and his personal little war on women.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @CogitoErgoSum Sorry, that does not compute. Your logic is: I'm afraid of gays because I think it would be ironic/tragically sad if these two turned out to be self-hating homosexuals who not only fell victim to their own flawed religious beliefs but also did all they could to oppress their gay brethren?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Aww, poor fella. He doesn't understand how homophobia works. See, Phelpsy, it means you're afraid of the gays, as many of your conservative ilk clearly are. They're afraid they'll "catch the gay." They also try to "pray the gay away" because they think it's sinful.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Well, the fact that you rebutted the argument with even MORE homophobia, I think that proves my point.

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