Crime,  Stateside

Crawfish-deprived “sovereign citizen” goes on shooting rampage

The Pensacola [Florida] News Journal reports:

A manic shooter peppered a busy Ensley retail strip with assault rifle fire Sunday evening because a local seafood market ran out of crawfish, investigators said.

Larry Wayne Kelly, 42, of Pensacola is in county jail on $575,000 bond facing a slew of felony charges.

Kelly’s lead-filled rampage erupted about 7 p.m. when Escambia County deputies received a flood of calls reporting a man speeding through Ensley, blasting an AK-47 assault rifle from the window of a pickup truck.

At one point, Kelly got out of the vehicle and fired numerous shots at the storefront of L&T Seafood Market on Pensacola Boulevard, about two blocks south of Wal-Mart, witnesses said.

Two hours earlier, Kelly allegedly called the seafood market to order crawfish and became “incredibly irate” when an employee said the store didn’t have any, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

From 4:50 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., Kelly called the market 11 times, according to the business’ caller ID. The later calls went unanswered because the business closed at 5 p.m., investigators said.
Kelly claimed to be a “sovereign citizen,” telling deputies he does not have to follow the law or obey law enforcement officers, deputies said. Also found in the truck was the book “The Sociopath Next Door.”

Takes one to know one?

According to a 2010 FBI briefing paper: “Sovereign citizens are anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States. As a result, they believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments or law enforcement.”

Apparently some of them also believe in an inalienable right to crawfish.

The market’s owner asked what is surely a question to ponder:

“If you don’t have crawfish, you can get crab or something else. Why is crawfish so important?”

(Via Talking Points Memo)