This gives new meaning to the term “drive-by.”
A double amputee driving a motorized shopping cart shot a Wal-Mart employee in the stomach after the worker asked the man to put a leash on his service dog.
The double amputee, identified as Daniel Pirtle, then attempted to flee the scene on the motorized cart, but he only made it to the Alaska store’s front door before the cops swarmed and arrested him.
“There was some kind of dispute,” [Police Sgt.] Hokenson said. “They were escorting him out of the store and something happened on the way out where the suspect pulled out a weapon and shot the employee.”
The victim, 33-year-old Jason Mahi, underwent surgery and is in stable condition. And Pirtle, 45, is being charged with assault and misconduct involving a weapon.
His bail was set at $50,000 cash-only. And his service dog, who apparently started this sh*t-show, was described as not being much older than a puppy. He was taken from the scene in a squad car and Anchorage police are currently taking care of it.
As for the overall scene, Sgt. Morales seems to have summed it up best: “I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff in Anchorage, but this is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Um, yeah…us too! Here’s hoping Mahi and the little puppy are OK!