DEADLY GAMES: 'Knockout game' goes badly - for attacker
Intended victim was packing heat - and attacker got shot
The so-called "knockout game," in which thugs randomly target people and punch the unsuspecting victims in public - for fun, went very badly for one participant. In Lansing Michigan, a trio of no goodniks targeted someone waiting to pick up their child after school. The players jumped the target - who just happened to be carrying a concealed weapon - and, well .
The game, called "Point-em-out, Knock-em-out," according to WILX-TV in Lansing, the incident didn't turn out so well for the attacker.
The incident occurred in February but is now garnering attention because of the recent rash of attacks. The school day was over, and a father was waiting for a school bus to drop off his six-year-old girl.
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"I saw the van circle twice and the second time three came out," the victim says, who requested anonymity. "I didn't suspect anything. I hadn't any enemies, or any reason to believe that they would be looking or doing anything to me."
Seventeen-year-old Marvell Weaver had other ideas. "He shoved something into my side," the victim said of Weaver. "I wasn't sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn't sure if it was a knife or a gun." The item was an inoperable taser.
The victim's concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol worked just fine. The intended victim shot Weaver twice, once in the leg and the other shot landing an inch away from his spine. Weaver has since been sentenced to a year in jail.
Weaver has swallowed his pride and said he's getting off easy. "It was just a lesson learned. I wish I hadn't played the game at all," Weaver said. Before he met his match with the gun-wielding dad, he and his friends attacked others.
"Not many, six or seven," Weaver said. "It wouldn't be an everyday game, just a certain game to be played on certain days. You don't even try to rob them or anything. That's the game."
"Point-em-out, Knock-em-out" isn't gang related, Weaver says. Teens are doing it out of boredom and watching others on the Internet getting away with it inspired confidence.
The game is usually the result of dares from rotten kids while high.
"They weren't my normal group of friends. Someone just throws it out there and people go along with it," Weaver said. "One thing leads to another and it just goes all down hill."
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