After a Las Vegas Greyhound bus station security guard asked James Abney to leave the area, the Forney, Texas resident produced a firearm and fired several rounds into the air. Abney pulled the gun when the security guard approached him. The guard backed away, pleading for his life, saying he had a child who needed him.
Abney continued to follow the guard as he ran into the bus station to call 911, the report states. The guard told police he ran out and to the west of the bus station, he heard another shot. The guard met up with his supervisor, who attempted to block Abney inside by moving her car in front of the entrance. When she saw Abney walking toward her, she ran. Three more shots were fired, according to the report. Other witnesses ran and hid in the broom closet when the shooting started.
Abney, who is described as a vagrant in the arrest report, told detectives he was just trying to stay warm in the station. He had wanted to buy a ticket on a bus to California that left in the morning. Abney told detectives he was going to make an example of the security guard for trying to make him leave. He said he pulled out the gun to scare him, fired one shot in the air and smoked a cigarette before further pursuing the guard and firing several more shots.
He put the gun in his own mouth and pulled the trigger twice before police arrived, but he was out of bullets, according to the arrest report. Abney faces charges of attempted murder, attempted battery with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm at or into an occupied structure. Police also said that Abney is an ex-felon, with robbery charges in Texas in 1977 and 1968, as well as a burglary involving murder in 1969.
Fortunately, there were no injuries in this instance. If James Abney had done this in Texas, they’d have thrown him a parade instead of arresting him. After all, he’s male and white and despite being a felon, had no trouble getting a gun. Second amendment hero and all that…
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal