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2016 Election Crime

Man Who Shot Black Trump Supporter Just Turned Himself In

Written by Philip Hodges

The last we heard was that the shooter had fled the scene before the police showed up. Now, it’s been revealed that he has just turned himself in.

The shooter has been identified as 45-year-old Darnell Hall, and he’s been charged with felonious assault. He appeared at the Cleveland Municipal Court over the weekend where his bond was set at $15,000.

It was the night of July 25 at a Cleveland, Ohio bar that Hall had shot Paul Jones, Jr. in the leg following an argument about politics. Paul Jones, Jr. – a 60-year-old Vietnam veteran who served in the Air Force – was at his neighborhood bar called Winston’s Place with a friend talking presidential politics.

Jones supports Trump. Already, that’s controversial enough, but what made it exceptionally controversial is that Mr. Jones happens to be black. A black person supporting Trump is a big no-no.

His political conversation with his friend was overheard by a stranger in the bar – whom we now know to be Darnell Hall – who became angry. “He butted in the conversation,” Jones told WEWS over the phone from his hospital bed. “The conversation wasn’t directed at him or to him.”

Hall became so irate that he went to his car to retrieve a firearm, brought it inside – the bar is a “gun-free zone” – and shot Mr. Jones in the thigh.

Hall’s defense attorney Harvey Bruner argued at the Cleveland Municipal Court that the bar owner tried to wrestle the gun away from his client, causing the weapon to fire one shot.

Even if that is what happened, there’s still something to be said about Hall becoming so angry that he went and retrieved a firearm from his car to confront Mr. Jones with it. And if the bar owner tried to grab the gun away from Hall, that would likely mean that Hall was brandishing it about in a threatening manner.

If the bar owner had not tried to wrestle the gun away – assuming that is what happened – would Hall have shot Jones anyway, perhaps in a more fatal location on his body?

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