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. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The product of gun-nut parents.  We are now seeing a generation that's bringing the chickens home to roost.  Once we were shocked by school shootings.  Now it's an everyday occurrence, and spreading to malls and convenient stores.

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.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzOh, Myrna,Myrna. I try to be sympathetic from time to time when you actually make sense. Then you go and spoil it all with a noodle-brained comment like this. Is it the fumes from the kitty litter.

Do you really believe that everyone who owns a .22 -- a .22!!-- is a gun-nut? Then almost everyone in my family is a gun nut. 


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Im pretty sure we are still shocked by school shootings, if you aren't, well then that explains a lot about you

ruddski
ruddski

Dad owns a little .22 = Gun Nuts.

You're an example of why we need the NRA.

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.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I'm glad you admit it, Billy.  Now, how about a big fat kiss?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TexMarine  Anyone who falsely calls himself a Marine and has Chesty Puller as an avatar is a nut...  period.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin  More like numbing, the way ER staff become numb to blood and guts.  Explains nothing about me, you doof.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

@ruddski- Riiight. The billion dollar firearms and war weapons manfacturers certainly appreciates - and generously funds - the NRA.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ruddski 


The gun used in the Newtown slaughter was basically a .22

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...

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

@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

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.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TexMarine @tdkisok wow..falsely? Sweetums, I'm so sorry that you just dont believe it. I'm so sorry that you live in some fantasy world where Marines are lefties, but alas the reality is that I'm the real fucking deal. If I could attach proof to this post, I would. Not because I feel that I owe it to you, I just want this bullshit behind us.  (I cc'd tdkiosk because he's a fan of your false accusation).

Now, back to my point. I'm merely trying to educate you on this subject, so that the next time you may look like you know something. What you allege is like saying that a moped owner is a motorcycle nut.

A .22 is a kids rifle or a gangsta's starter pistol caliber. My point is that he used a .22 to commit these crimes, which leads one to believe that daddy didn't own anything else.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@observist@ScottsMerkin@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I think the 3rd dumb thing to come from these arguments is arrogant dismissal of one side's point of view by the other side.  Pretty much the same on any socio-political issue at hand.  As long as the pols can keep us at each other's throats, they're free to carry on as they please.


Congratulations, you rounded out the trifecta.

observist
observist topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz   

 The dumb gun argument trifecta is in play!

1) other useful stuff is dangerous so why don't you want to ban it too?

2) it's a commonly known fact that .223 has double the barrel speed of a .22, and if you don't know that, you can't say anything about guns

3) ????


Which will come next?

- If we ban guns, people will just use knives to commit the same number of murders?

- We need guns to defend our homes against people with guns?

- Guns protect us from government tyranny?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin  The "dumb shit" is coming from you, as usual, not from me.


Oh, btw, what in hell do car accidents have to do with gun murders?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ScottsMerkin well then dont say dumb shit like that and I wont call you on it.


Did you know the last day someone DIDNT die on a texas road was Nov 7 2000.  13 years and running, lets ban cars because obviously we as a society cant handle driving

TexMarine
TexMarine

@bmarvel just correcting a false statement, your guilt trip wont stick dipshit.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Daniel so you're creeped out by a correction to someones false statement about the differences between calibers? Do you get out much or has your fear of everyone else rendered you impotent?

TexMarine
TexMarine

@tdkisok wow, I've obviously rattled your cage. Another eloquent response from you, without any fact to back it up.

Daniel
Daniel

@TexMarine @tdkisok People with extensive knowledge of firearms very rarely seem kind of creepy somehow. ALMOST NEVER. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TexMarine@tdkisokMy assumption, then, is that it's a terrible tragedy when you or a loved one are killed by a .223, but not so much with a .22?

or am I missing some deeper, more esoteric point here?

I love it when there's been some terrible slaughter and a certain group of comment-makers lecture us about ballistics and the physics of killing.


tdkisok
tdkisok

@TexMarine


Nice try fuck face. You know I was talking about cal. Getting your ass kicked daily has made you a little cunt.


TexMarine
TexMarine

@tdkisok basically not. Only someone with scant knowledge of firearms will try to make a connection between a .22 that may travel around 1700 fps for a 30 grain, while a .223 will travel upwards of 2700 fps, with most well over 3000 fps.

Thanks for exposing your ignorance. Now, keep pissing your panties, it's a treat to watch....basically.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@James080 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ruddski  The people who founded this country were "gun nuts" by your definition, and because they were you don't have a British accent today,


In all fairness, the accent would be German.  Except she wouldn't be alive to have an accent.

ruddski
ruddski

Then Myrna, you are aware that is was not Europeans who introduced Indians to weaponry?

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@DanielThe genocide of the "red-skinned" started long before the colonists started killing redcoats (early to mid 17th century).  Smallpox played a virulent role as well as firearms and hatchets.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Daniel And when our "forefathers" stopped killing redcoats they began the genocide of the "red-skinned".

Daniel
Daniel

@James080 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ruddski That is precisely how it happened: The brave Patriots shot some Redcoats and when they had shot enough of them, we all stopped talking like Peter O'Toole and started talking like Frances McDormand in Fargo. 


Before our forefathers' bravery set a shackled people free -- well, set a certain shade of shackled people free -- you had to pay a hefty tax every time you pronounced an R. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski Yes, pet.  You were in a featured role, throwing a stick in the air as I recall.

ruddski
ruddski

Hon, have you seen the movie "2001"?

James080
James080

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@ruddski 

The people who founded this country were "gun nuts" by your definition, and because they were you don't have a British accent today, and it is also why you are free to spout your uninformed DNC talking point drivel on this blog.

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