Alleged Bemidji shooter Chad Pickering posted pics of himself toting gun on Facebook

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At left, Pickering's mugshot. At right is one of his Facebook pictures.
Yesterday, 40-year-old Bemidji resident Chad Pickering was charged with first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting his 17-year-old neighbor for no good reason when she went outside to walk her dog about 10 p.m. Monday.

According to the charges, Pickering shot the girl four times, including twice in the chest. Thankfully, she's expected to live.

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After she was shot, the girl told police, "The neighborhood had been having problems with an individual who lived three doors south of her."

"She said she did not know the person's name, but that he had been repeatedly riding his lawn mower through her yard and that he routinely carried a pistol in a holster while riding a lawn mower," the criminal complaint says. "She said that she had spoken to the individual about trespassing, and that he stated that he was not trespassing on her property."

Investigators got a search warrant for Pickering's residence, where they allegedly found the Kimber .45 caliber semi-automatic used in the shooting.

Under questioning, Pickering first said "he had not left his house that day and had not gotten into an argument with any of his neighbors," but told about the gun evidence implicating him in the shooting, he quickly changed his story.

From the complaint:
When officers pointed out the inconsistencies in his statement, Pickering said that he would give officers "the honest story". He said that he had taken his children for a ride with the lawn mower and that after he returned home a girl came to the front door and threatened him. He said that the girl confroned him about trespassing and said that if she saw him back on the property she was going to take action. Pickering said that he then went over to the house and knelt down by a pine tree "... and I waited, and I waited, and I waited." He said that after 15 to 20 minutes the front door opened and the girl came out and that he shot her. He said that he shot twice from a distance of 15 to 25 yards. Pickering stated that after the first shot the girl said "Oh God" and dropped down, and that he then shot her again. He said that he was very upset with the girl coming to his house and that he had a lot of thoughts racing through his mind as he was walking towards her home. When asked about the confrontation at his home, Pickering said that his family had not been directly threatened by her. He said that he was upset with the girl, and said that she was a "bitch".
Pickering's Facebook page reveals a man who loved guns and may have been struggling with PTSD.

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emmaduncan57
emmaduncan57

Wow...an open carry ammosexual shot a teenage girl for the crime of going out her front door and being a "bitch."  let me guess, according to the NRA he's one of those "good guy's with a gun."

NormBorlogg
NormBorlogg

all pigs are bastards

especially low level losers like "corrections officers"

those are basically the cops with even worse psych profiles than regular cops. the force puts the psycho cops in the jail with the inmates

this is sad, but unsurprising

swamy
swamy

For the poor girls sake I hope they charge him with TRESPASSING that would be a crying shame to convict him of 1st attempted degree murder "with a ghost charge if she dies in 19.9 years of first degree murder" For gods sake give him TRESPASSING for the girl.....

swamy
swamy

For the poor girls sake I hope they charge him with TRESPASSING that would be a crying shame to convict him of 1st attempted degree murder "with a ghost charge if she dies in 19.9 years of first degree murder" For gods sake give him TRESPASSING for the girl.

swamy
swamy

For the poor girls sake I hope they charge him with TRESPASSING that would be a crying shame to convict him of 1st attempted degree murder "with a ghost charge if she dies in 19.9 years of first degree murder" For gods sake give him TRESPASSING for the girl.

eatmouse
eatmouse

another fine example of the Republican Party.

msnixie
msnixie

Wow!  What a hero.  I wonder if he thinks the neighborhood is going to throw confetti when he gets out of jail.

xaurreaux
xaurreaux

Caption for the picture: "Our prompt and courteous personnel are anxiously waiting to serve you."

joeinbost
joeinbost

Another POSTER CHILD for the NRA  

Kitty Berg
Kitty Berg

Wait, how does one allegedly shoot a neighbor "for when she went outside"? Did I miss the day English happened?

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

Have you ever heard the one about the guy who wasn't obsessed with firearms who shot someone?  Never have I.

Jared Trask
Jared Trask

no Tony, our Jim Dorman is doing much better than this guy. Jim seems very happy these days!!!

tituspullojr
tituspullojr

Ignorant white man throwing a racist tantrum? I must be in America.

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

This is a mental health and pharmaceutical issue in the end. Guns as we've known them have been around since WWII or at least the 50s. He's had a .45 1911 from the looks of it. Guess why it's called a 1911. Gun violence has been increasingly tied to medications given to people. I have sources if anyone wants to try that reasoning.

stephen_bozich
stephen_bozich

Why is his status as a veteran (a previous employer) seemingly more important than his current job as a Corrections Officer.

The state vetted and armed this man.  In fact, according to you gun-banners, this is the only guy you want to have a gun.

Don't forget that.

Karen Alexander Thompson
Karen Alexander Thompson

The whole incident is a lose lose situation no matter how you look at it. There is a lot more to the story than what you all are getting. (just say'in) fortunately Staci's injuries were stabilized and she was back in Bemidji 2 days later staying with family.

aceccombs
aceccombs

"Well Regulated Militia" again...

Emily Scott
Emily Scott

Yah! NRA?? Is it the human apocalypse?.. I think zombie apocalypse might be more straight forward,,

lbdague
lbdague

If the republicans take over in November...and with the attack on women's rights for the last year and a half..."being a bitch" will be "justifiable homicide".  A Texas judge let a rapist off because the victim was not a virgin...we all know the Zimmerman issue.  

Taylor Atkins
Taylor Atkins

Kirk- you obviously suck at life and are an immature piece of shit. Pathetic.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Tough Chic, shot four times with a .45, twice in the chest, and she's still alive. Best wishes to her.

Jason Lamb
Jason Lamb

i think u can drop the alleged. he admitted to the cops he did it.

emmaduncan57
emmaduncan57

@swamy  A ghost charge" he shot her, he obviously planned to shoot her.

"I waited, and I waited, and I waited."

_Joe_
_Joe_

@allyourbasearebelong Umm... yeah.  Frequently.  Daily, in fact.  But since your panties don't get all knotted up over those, they don't make as big a news splash.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

How Americans' obsession with firearms?  Have any sources for that reasoning?

merr7242
merr7242

@stephen_bozich Really?  Seems like he has forgotten to leave his authority to shoot someone at his job. At home, he's just another citizen of the community not allowed to shoot his neighbor because he doesn't like her coming to his door.  You are definitely f**ked up stephen.

stephentitus1
stephentitus1

@stephen_bozich That is where you are wrong Stephen. This man committed an illegal act with a gun. He  is exactly the type of person we/I DO NOT want having a gun. It just shows that the laws cannot stop violent tendancies and passing more laws would actually be counter productive and make things worse.

msnixie
msnixie

Nice deflection.  Two points.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@lbdague Can you cite a source for that?  I'd like to read up on it.  It kinda sounds like you are cherry picking details to support your claims.

merr7242
merr7242

@lbdague Are we back in the 50s regarding rape?  A judge should not need to know your past background before sentencing a rapist anymore than they can say you weren't wearing the right clothing and were asking for it.  Rape is still WRONG!

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

This article says four times, this morning the news is saying three????

_Joe_
_Joe_

@henk.tobias0 

4 shots

3 connections

2 were in the chest.

And a partridge in a pear tree.

(sorry, couldn't help it.)

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@_Joe_ @henk.tobias0 You should have tried a little harder. A seventeen year old girl is laying in the hospital with three .45 caliber slugs in her. Someone cracking jokes might be seen as an insensitive ahole.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@henk.tobias0 @_Joe_ 

Life goes on jackass.  This shit happens every day.  By your rationale we should all be walking around with our heads hung in somber respect 100% of the time.

Might want to remember to hitch up your big boy pants before logging onto the internet next time.

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