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  • Only in Florida: AK-47s and Crawfish

    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.

    Shortly before 7 p.m., Kelly was spotted firing rapidly at the market from inside his vehicle and from a nearby parking lot.

    No one was in the business at the time of the shooting. Investigators were unaware of the extent of the damage until the business owners arrived at work the next day and reported finding bullet holes.

    Deputies counted 11 bullet holes on multiple sides of the building. The spray of gunfire hit windows, walls, awnings and doors.

    "It's got a lot of holes," owner Tommy Nguyen said. "Thank God we weren't here."

    Truck full of guns

    Several minutes after allegedly blasting away at the building Sunday evening, Kelly was spotted in a vehicle matching the truck's description, which was parked about 10 blocks away near the corner of Page and Laurel streets.

    When deputies approached the vehicle on foot, Kelly allegedly accelerated toward the deputies, forcing them to jump to avoid being hit.

    During a short chase, Kelly tried to sideswipe a patrol car, and repeatedly rammed deputies' vehicles after he crashed and was boxed in near Palafox and Ensley streets, the Sheriff's Office report said.

    Kelly finally was apprehended when a deputy opened the pickup door and dragged him from the vehicle.

    Investigators found four guns in Kelly's truck, including an AK-47 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 9 mm "TEC-9" pistol, and a .38-caliber revolver — all loaded.

    Link to extremist group

    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."

    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."

    Kelly initially was booked on charges of fleeing police, aggravated assault and weapons violations and was given a $32,000 bond. Kelly posted the bond Monday morning and was released, but he was rearrested that afternoon on new charges of firing at a building, firing from a vehicle and criminal mischief.

    Kelly remained in Escambia County Jail on $575,000 bond Wednesday night.

    Seafood market owner Nguyen said the market usually stocks plenty of crawfish, but it sold out Saturday afternoon as people stocked up for cookouts over the holiday weekend.

    Nguyen chuckled when told the shooter could have been enraged by the crawfish shortage.

    "If you don't have crawfish, you can get crab or something else. Why is crawfish so important?" Nguyen said.

    Regardless, by Wednesday, Nguyen said, the market was restocked with a full supply of crawfish.
    http://www.pnj.com/article/20110602/...y=mod|mostview

  • #2
    Why is crawfish so important???????

    Arghhhhhhhhh,the humanity,pull this fools seafood license.
    Sleeping Giant. They're not fat and happy anymore. They are hungry and increasingly angry. That is not a good recipe for a "Puppies and Rainbows America".

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    • #3
      Kelly initially was booked on charges of fleeing police, aggravated assault and weapons violations and was given a $32,000 bond. Kelly posted the bond Monday morning and was released, but he was rearrested that afternoon on new charges of firing at a building, firing from a vehicle and criminal mischief.

      Umm... ok am I the only one that thinks something is wrong with that? Did they not have enough evidence during the first arrest to charge him for actually shooting at the building?

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      • #4
        In his defense...crawfish is mighty tasty.....jus' sayin.
        I make my living on Irish welfare.

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        • #5
          Another sovereign losing his da*n mind...... Bah...

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          • #6
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            • #7
              And this is why we should have concealed carry so citizens can actually protect themselfs from nutcases going around with assault weapons
              Been chatting to a girl online. She's funny, sexy and flirty. Now she tells me she is an undercover cop! How cool is that at her age!?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FromOhio View Post
                And this is why we should have concealed carry so citizens can actually protect themselfs from nutcases going around with assault weapons
                I agree with you except for the word in bold. There's nothing wrong with people owning AR-15's/AK-47's They are rifles, not "assault weapons"

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                • #9
                  It wasn't an AK-47 assault rifle!

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