Once again a gun owner’s reflexive reaction has ended in a tragic death Friday night, as a man in Little Rock, Arkansas emerged from his home carrying a shotgun and opened fire on a car full of his son’s teenage friends who had egged his car and covered it with leaves as a prank, killing 15 year-old Adrian Broadway who was struck in the head by one of his shots.
The incident began when eight friends met earlier in the evening to eat at Taco Bell and then take in a movie. After the movie, they decided to go to the home of their friend who’d pranked them on Halloween, looking for a little playful payback. After egging his car and covering it with leaves they left. But a short time later, they made what turned out to be a fatal error — they returned.
When the car approached the house this time, their friend’s father, 48 year-old Willie Noble emerged with his shotgun and began firing at the car full of teens.
One of the girls in the car, 16 year-old Kortazha Williams tearfully told a TV reporter from KTHV, “It was a joke. We was friends, we was gonna come over there and clean it up.”
Broadway was the life of the party, according to her friends who held a candlelight vigil in her memory Saturday night at a nearby park.
“Adrian was an outgoing person; she was goofy; she loved to play around; she loved to laugh and just be herself,” another friend Derricka Garrett said.
Adrian’s mother, Charlene Clark, acknowledges that it was late for her daughter and the other teens to be out, but that they were just going for tacos and a movie and she thought she would be alright.
“You aimed at a vehicle with teenagers,” Clark said. “Everybody played a role in this, and I know him, so I really just don’t know what to say behind that. I’m just so sorry for everybody’s loss.”
Noble has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault.
Watch a report on the incident in the video below from KTHV.