Have you ever had an argument over a television show that was so heated, you felt like shooting the other person was a reasonable response? No? Congratulations, you're not Jared Gurman, a 26-year-old man from Long Island, New York, who was arrested and charged with attempted murder for shooting his girlfriend after a disagreement over AMC's The Walking Dead.
While they were out on Sunday night, Gurman and his girlfriend of over three years, Jessica Gelderman, were discussing the post-apocalyptic zombie series when Gurman mentioned that he thought a similar scenario could actually occur in real life. According to Nassau County police, Gurman strongly believed that a biological weapon could be unleashed that would turn the population into mindless zombies, apparently not realizing that cell phones and reality shows have already done that.
"I just know that he felt very adamant that there could be some type of military mishap that would result in some sort of virus or something being released that could cause terrible things to happen," Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said at a news conference Tuesday.
Gelderman expressed her own feeling that this belief was "ridiculous," and the argument escalated to the point that the 27-year-old woman chose to drive Gurman home and go to her parents' house rather than spend the night with him. After she dropped him off, Gurman continued the argument by bombarding her with "angry and bitter" text messages. Worried about his state of mind, Gelderman returned to his apartment around 2:30 AM to check on him and found him sitting on the stairs armed with a .22-caliber rifle.
"She tried to diffuse the situation, to calm him down," Cote explained. "She was walking up the stairs when Mr. Gurman raised the rifle, pointed it at her and fired one round into her back, causing serious injury."
Acquiescing to her pleas for help, Gurman drove his presumably now-ex-girlfriend to the hospital, where she is currently in stable condition with a pierced lung, shattered rib, and pierced diaphragm. Although Gurman originally claimed that the shooting was accidental, he later admitted that was not the case. Not surprisingly, Gurman was known to be "passionate" about weapons and owned three long guns, which have been seized from his home.
Sounds like a good candidate for the upcoming Discovery special Zombie Apocalypse. While it's not crazy to think that a government-created biological weapon could have a detrimental effect on the population if it were inadvertently released, it is absolutely outhouse-rat insane to argue with your girlfriend about it and then shoot her over it. Obviously, he wasn't that big a fan of the show since he didn't aim for the head.