It’s already difficult for the Lamberts: mother and son are homeless since Nina lost her job and they got evicted in April.
Her son Brady has a medical condition. They aren’t able to stay in homeless shelters because of their two dogs. They have been able to stay in a motel sometimes, but last Thursday they were at Memorial Park in Sumter, SC with canine companions Tinkerbell and Ayakashi.
Soon after they arrived in the park, a man approached and shot Ayakashi, a 1-year-old Rottweiler. Then he ran away. Laughing.
Nina held Ayakashi as she died.
The heartbroken woman spoke to a reporter from The Sumter Item not long after the incident:
“We were just walking like everybody else. I don’t know if he thought she was being aggressive, but all she did was look at him,” she said. “He just said something like ‘I’m going to get you now.’ Who does that? Just shoot a dog and laugh about it? He ran away laughing like the Joker from ‘Batman.'”
Who does that? No names were given but the shooter drove to a nearby police station to report the shooting. He told authorities that the dog growled at him and charged and he shot in self-defense.
That isn’t the way the Lamberts say it happened but no charges have been filed as police investigate. Even though the man had a concealed carry permit, firing a gun in a park could be prosecuted as reckless endangerment.
The Lamberts have become friendly with people who live around the park, some of whom have helped them with food and money to stay at motels. Some of those friends came to the park to console the Lamberts and their remaining pooch. Tinkerbell is now their sole companion. Nina Lambert says of the man who took Ayakashi’s life, “I’ll pray for him.”