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Man Threatens Father With Gun Over Noisy Child

No on was hurt during the argument; police are searching for the gunman.

Watsonville police are searching for a man who brandished a gun Sunday evening during an argument in a parking lot over a noisy child.

The victim told police that he was at Crystal Laundromat at 1922 Freedom Blvd. around 5 p.m. when the fight occurred, police said.

The father's child was seated in his car, which was parked next to the man's parked car.

The man apparently complained that the child was making too much noise, and an argument ensued that escalated until the man pulled out a long gun, similar to a shotgun, police said.

The man with the gun threatened the father repeatedly as he drove away north on Freedom.

The father and his child were not harmed.

Police issued an alert with the gunman's description and vehicle information and searched the area, but were unable to locate him. The gunman is described as a Hispanic male around 30 years old, wearing a grey or blue shirt and jeans. His vehicle was a newer beige or tan Chevy Impala. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at (831) 768-3350 or (831) 768-3544.

—Bay City News

Watzon McWats October 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I don't mind the gun so much as I mind the misuse. I lived in a small midwest town about the size of Watsonville for a while where guns were a very common sight. Back window of the pickup, revolver on the hip in the bank, gun rack in the living room, etc, etc. Sights that would make a Californian collapse in fear. And crime was very very low, about a third that of Watsonville per capita. The problem isn't the guns, but some of the folks who own them (perhaps I should put quotes around the word own?). If you can't get into a verbal argument without busting out the boom stick, you have no right to be owning a firearm in the first place.
Daniel Skeen October 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I too grew up in a place and time where guns were everywhere. However the thought of pulling a weapon over such a sill thing would have never crossed anyones mind. We also knew how to skillfully use a weapon. It seems reckless in the extreme to pull a long gun on a crowed city street. We can leave the gun debate to another time ;) but IMO this instance of criminal behavior can not be excused for any reason. If a noisy child was such a bother the guy could have started his car and moved to another parking space, problem solved. I hope there is jail time in this guys future.
David H. Perez October 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM
@Watzon McWats - I entirely agree with everything you said. What ever happened to the idea that children should be seen and not heard? Pulling out the gun was not cool though. But don't get me started on strollers in large crowds!
randy October 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Children seen but not heard ... well how about PARENTS that don't tend to their children and make them mind. If you actually look at the origin of this phrase, it has nothing to do with children. I guess my point is, why dis the children when the parents are the ones that should be dissed (sp). I have raised my children, helped with my grandchildren and they were taught what respect meant. Randy, just giving my opinion (out of quarters )
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