Adrian Broadway, 15, was shot in the head by Willie Noble, who fired his gun at the white Hyundai Sonata containing the teen and her friends in Little Rock, Ark., because they covered his car with leaves, eggs and mayonnaise on Saturday. There is no question the teen and her friends were wrong for this prank, but it clearly did not warrant murder and attempted murder. I am pretty sure if Willie Noble didn’t have a gun, he wouldn’t have had the urge to shoot, much less actually do it.
The teens managed to flee Noble’s home and called 911 from a local gas station. Adrian Broadway was pronounced dead at a local hospital, KARK reports.
The Arkansas Times reports that the teenagers fled to a local convenience store, when Willie Noble followed them and opened fire on their vehicle, killing Adrian Broadway. (Arkansas Matters’ didn’t report that he followed the teens)
Willie Noble was charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of a terroristic threat and five counts of aggravated assault for firing on the other passengers of the car. Lt. Sidney Allen said the volley of gun fire was the result of a prank that happened three months ago.
According to Lt. Allen, “Apparently Mr. Noble’s teenage son had done a prank on some of the kids that were inside the vehicle on Halloween Night. As a result they were doing a retaliation prank and it ultimately had deadly results.”
Dshone Nelson, 18, who was the driver of the Sonata, suffered minor lacerations on his hands from the broken glass. Arkansas Matters reports the teens had pranked Noble’s car when he ran out of his house and started shooting at the car. This case is reminiscent of Michael Dunn shooting into a red SUV outside a Jacksonville gas station after an altercation with 17-year-old Jordan Davis over loud music.
It should be noted that Arkansas isn’t a Stand Your Ground law, but they have a “duty to retreat” law. A duty to retreat means that you are not allowed to resort to deadly force in self-defense if it is possible to safely avoid the risk of harm or death. It is clear that Willie Noble wasn’t in a situation of great harm. They egged his vehicle. He should have noted the license plate number of the Hyundai Sonata and called the cops instead of taking the law into his own hands. This was clearly a case of vandalism and didn’t rise to the level of using deadly force.