I agree with Josh Marshall. This is one of the most tragic gun stories I’ve read since Sandy Hook. And it’s all about a man who thought he was one of those “good guys with a gun” the NRA has been telling us about.
Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the scene. Diaz later died after surgery.
“Basically, what happened is they were looking for one of my brother’s girlfriend’s friends,” says his brother David E. Diaz-Valencia, 23. “The guy came outside and my brother’s girlfriend said he was screaming, ‘Get off my property!’ and he shot into the air. My brother was backing out fast because he was scared and he rolled down the window to say he was sorry and he was not doing anything wrong. Then the guy shot him in his head.”
Unless there’s more information to the contrary, no mental health database or background check could’ve prevented this. It’s all about the guns and the culture of paranoia surrounding them. Just awful.