Back-to-school is a crazy time, as any parent can attest. But this year, things have escalated to a criminally high level. During a recent shopping trip to Walmart by several women, school supplies became the center of a violent argument. And what began as a quarrel over a single notebook led to one woman pulling out a gun.
On Monday afternoon, two women from Farmington Hills in Michigan were visiting the superstore in nearby Novi. What was meant to be a quick trip turned into something more serious when the unnamed 32- and 46-year-old pair came across a 20-year-old South Lyon woman and her 51-year-old mother.
“It was in the back-to-school section over a notebook,” Novi Police Det. Scott Baetens told Fox 2 Detroit. “One girl was going to buy a notebook. There was one left, some pushing resulted. They began to argue who was the rightful purchaser of that notebook.”
According to the police report of the incident, as well as some surveillance footage, the women from Farmington Hills began pushing and pulling the hair of the daughter of the South Lyon woman, which instigated the mother to pull out her gun.
Baetens noted that the woman holds a valid license for a concealed pistol but he called the occurrence “a senseless act of violence all the way around.” According to the detective, the gun was loaded but there was no round in the chamber, and nobody was hurt. Still, all four of the women could be facing charges.
“A simple assault could be just a local ordinance, a 90-day misdemeanor. All the way up to a felonious assault with a firearm, which is a felony.”
A number of witnesses took their own footage of the event, while most others fled the scene. The only mystery left unsolved is who ended up walking away with the notebook.
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