Saturday, July 20, 2024

Florida couple says they were pulled over for driving to the wrong address


A Florida couple says someone opened fire on them earlier this month after pulling into the wrong driveway while placing an Instacart grocery order.

Valdes Thomas told local media outlets NBC 6 South Florida that he was making a delivery for a grocery service with his girlfriend, Diamond D’Urville, when they accidentally pulled over at the wrong address for a customer’s home.

Davie Police Department Confirmed NBC6 The gun went off in a house, adding that no one was injured in the incident.

newsweek Saturday contacted the Davie Police Department via email for comment and updates on the incident.


A Getty file photo of police tape at a crime scene. They say a couple delivering groceries in Florida have been the victims of a misguided shooting.
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“It’s not quite right — even if you have a gun, I understand you’re trying to protect your family, but you don’t get out of shooting,” Darvill said. “We’re telling you what we’re here, we’re trying to leave and you’re holding us in, it just could have been in our way, and they made it bigger than ever.”

Darvill and Thomas are part of a troubling national trend this month where several people have been shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A North Carolina 6-year-old and his parents were shot after their basketball rolled into a neighbor’s yard and they went to pick it up. Robert Louis Singletary, 24, of Gastonia, is accused of shooting Kinsley White and his parents on Tuesday evening.

Ralph Yarl, a teenager from Kansas City, Missouri, was shot when he rang the doorbell of the wrong house while attempting to pick up his siblings.

“He pulled into the driveway and rang the doorbell. The man in the house opened the door, looked my nephew in the eye, and shot him in the head,” his aunt wrote on her GoFundMe page. “My nephew fell to the ground, and the man shot him again.”

Kaylin Gillis, a 20-year-old New York woman, was also shot and killed after a man accidentally pulled into her driveway. Kevin Monohan, 65, fired two shots as the car was pulling up. Tributes flooded social media for Gillis, who was described by loved ones as a “lovely girl with a kind heart and big smile”.

In Texas, four cheerleaders were shot when one of them accidentally tried to get into the shooter’s car. When Heather Roth realized her mistake, she went back to her friend’s car. When she saw the man coming, she rolled down the window to apologise. Roth said the man pulled out a gun in response and fired. Roth was injured and fellow cheerleader Peyton Washington was hit twice in the leg and back. Washington was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Gun violence is one of the most divisive topics in the nation as lawmakers, gun-rights advocates and anti-violence groups disagree on how to stop the alarming rate of widespread violence in the United States. There were at least 639 mass shootings in the US last year.