December 1, 2014 11:45 am -

A Pittsburgh man (not pictured) fired a rifle at his neighbor who was hanging Christmas lights, then held police at bay for several hours inside his home before he was arrested, according to the police.

[su_center_ad]According to CBS Philly, Munhall police say Richard Carter, 53, has been charged with attempted homicide and other counts after shooting at his neighbor on Saturday afternoon.

Carter’s neighbor suffered a cut lip, which police say was caused by a ricocheted fragment from the gunshot.

Eventually a SWAT team persuaded Carter to surrender, according to authorities.

Spent rifle shell casings were found in Carter’s home, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and at least two dozen guns.

Chief Patrick Campbell said that Carter has mental health issues that were known to police.

According to what Carter told reporters, he was mad at his neighbor for personal reasons.

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D.B. Hirsch
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37 responses to Man Fires Rifle At Neighbor Hanging Christmas Lights

  1. Kim Serrahn December 1st, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Poor old sick white guy. Now had he been black he’d have been killed instead.

  2. eyelashviper December 1st, 2014 at 11:51 am

    “Chief Patrick Campbell said that Carter has mental health issues that were known to police.”

    Yet he was able to stock pile two dozen guns and a bunker of ammo???
    Yeah, just another nice guy and responsible gun owner…

    • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Interesting question is, if he has mental health issues, was he ever adjudicated by the courts. If so, when and where did he acquire his firearms.

      • Gindy51 December 1st, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        As to where he got the guns, any gun show he might have attended, you know the loophole big enough to drive a bus full of ammosexuals through.

  3. ExPFCWintergreen December 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Gunplay AND Christ-mas! A banner day for Conservative America!

  4. LK December 1st, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Good guy with a gun stops bad guy with xmas lights (NRA spin) So why does anyone with a known history of mental illness have dozens of guns and 1000s of rounds of ammo again? #thanksNRA

    • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      This is not really a Thanks NRA, but more of a Thanks to our mental health system. But I asked the same question. If he was known to have issues, was he adjudicated by the courts.

      • Anomaly 100 December 1st, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        I don’t know. I know he was paranoid about government agencies (Alan posted about it earlier) so naturally, he shot at his neighbor.

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 12:53 pm

          Ohhhh, I like that little figure…. Have to remember that one

          • Hirightnow December 1st, 2014 at 3:07 pm

            Go nuts.

          • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 3:19 pm

            **BOOKMARKED*** Cool, thanks.

      • Gindy51 December 1st, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        You mean thanks Reagen for destroying the mental health facilities in this country. Yeah yeah I know it was 30 years ago but if those places had been left alone maybe there would have been something in place to help this sick man now.

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 12:56 pm

          Interesting that you say that. On one hand, it was a Reagan policy that started the issue, but we have had 2 other republicans and 2 democratic presidents. And nobody has gone back to fix that mistake.

          • Ol Blue December 1st, 2014 at 2:20 pm

            Probably because it’s easier to destroy something than it is to build it.

          • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 2:31 pm

            Probably. yet the writing has been on the walls for years now.

          • Hirightnow December 1st, 2014 at 3:04 pm

            It’s a money issue: why spend tax dollars on those nasty homeless bag ladies who obviously are only sucking off of the government teat, when we can give tax breaks to JOB CREATORS® whose lobbyists took time off from their valuable schedules to present their case to our elected representatives?
            (And other BS, as applicable)

          • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 3:14 pm

            Ohhh yeah, them Homeless bag people. Well if we would just stop feeding them we wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore…

            (total “SNARK”)

      • LK December 1st, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        I beg to differ

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 1:00 pm

          there are multiple states who have not entered their mental health records into the FBI Database. NJ is one of them. They want to control it all. We are what is known as a Point of Contact state. Meaning that our NIC’s checks go through the NJ State police, who run their own check as well as the FBI check. There are both Good and Bad that goes with that.

      • Carla Akins December 1st, 2014 at 12:46 pm

        I agree but technically it’s both. The NRA gets the blame for all its work to prevent strengthening the background check. That said, the only thing more screwed up in this country than gun laws, is how we deal mental health. We should be ashamed.

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 1:01 pm

          Yes we should.

        • rg9rts December 3rd, 2014 at 6:54 am

          Hey …that is another gopee specialty ….gutting the mental health system to save $$$$$$$

      • LK December 1st, 2014 at 12:52 pm

        And then there’s this “After a Virginia Tech student killed 32 students and faculty in April 2007, the Bush administration proposed legislation that would require all states to share the names of residents involuntarily committed to mental health facilities. The information would be provided to a Federal Bureau of Investigation database.The idea, in part, was to help gun dealers get important information about whether potential customers were mentally ill.
        In order to get the support of the NRA, Congress agreed to two concessions that had long been on the agenda of gun rights advocates — concessions that later proved to hamstring the database.
        The NRA wanted the government to change the way it deemed someone “mentally defective,” excluding people, for example, who were no longer under any psychiatric supervision or monitoring. The group also pushed for a way for the mentally ill to regain gun rights if they could prove in court that they’d been rehabilitated.
        Here’s how it worked. It would cost money for states to share their data: A state agency would have to monitor the courts, collect the names of people who had been institutionalized, and then send that information to the FBI on a regular basis.
        So, to help pay for data-sharing Congress created $375 million in annual federal grants and incentives. But to be eligible for the federal money, the states would have to set-up a gun restoration program approved by the Justice Department. No gun rights restoration program, no money to help pay for sharing data.”

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 1:06 pm

          There should be a way for someone to regain their rights. the problem is, that there is none. It is kind of like being put on the terrorist watch list or the no fly list. Once you are on, it is impossible to get off.

          • Hirightnow December 1st, 2014 at 2:59 pm

            What about those people who are only stable while on medication?
            What happens if they stop, for some reason?

          • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" December 1st, 2014 at 3:11 pm

            That is going to be a medical question, and should be done through the approval of a court. If the doctor states, that while he/she is currently taking meds to keep them self balance, then no.

            But take a scenario where someone may be suffering from a state of depression (lost a job, lost a loved one) seeks qualified help to get better. And then as they straighten out their life and are through that particular time. Do they deserve to lose rights forever?

            Or some kid who has a troubled childhood, and is treated into his late teens. But now 20 years later they are a grown adult, living a well balanced life. Do they deserve it.

            Now, if you want to even add to the mix. And although not mental health related. What about that stupid 19 year old who got caught selling a couple bags of pot and now has a felony record. And that kid is now a grown adult 20-30 years later.

          • wpadon December 1st, 2014 at 5:48 pm

            I would respond negatively for all three scenarios. I view gun ownership along the lines of voting and abortion. It is a right, but has some restrictions.

  5. tiredoftea December 1st, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Yup, an armed neighborhood is a safe neighborhood! Thanks, NRA, for all you do to make sure every neighborhood, everywhere is armed and safe!

  6. Larry Schmitt December 1st, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Maybe this is part of the war on Christmas.

  7. Larry Schmitt December 1st, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Doesn’t the guy in the picture look like Louis CK?

  8. tracey marie December 1st, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Mental health issues, dozens of guns and far too much ammo…the rwnj america

  9. whatthe46 December 1st, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    “talked” to the man, then arrested him. 12 y/o black kid playing with a toy gun, no words, just murder him. can’t ever wrap my head around this.

  10. edmeyer_able December 1st, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    So when is the auction for all his gear? Should be some good bargains, right PP?

  11. LK December 1st, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    The first shot fired in the War on Xmas but won’t be covered by FOX cause they like crazy people having guns

  12. Mainah December 1st, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Even the Grinch is armed and dangerous!

  13. Denise December 2nd, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    cuz mental health issues go together about as well as gasoline and a lit match! since he lived, we know he’s white. cops murder unarmed black males and allow armed white males to live another day and do other dumb s**t!

  14. rg9rts December 3rd, 2014 at 6:51 am

    NOW this guy has a real chance for shooter of the month NRA award..marksmanship sucks BUT thousands of rounds of ammo and dozens of guns…a legit gun nut…