Not a threat to the public.

Oh my God, news report from Maryland. Man runs out of woods and shoots two children playing outside and runs back into woods.
Really, how can they say that?
I’m Flabbergasted.


I didn’t look at the video, but I did not see that assertion in the generally incoherent written version.
Lot of times “not a threat” would mean the suspect is confidently identified and in custody.

Might also mean that a specific target or motive is identified and does not appear to be “everybody”.

In the second version, “not a threat” would mean something like — “no more than yesterday or tomorrow” or “no more than any of the other random bad guys at large in the community”. Always there is some threat to the public — from this guy, or the other guy…


I wonder what the connection is between “a suspect allegedly emerged from the woods and opened fire” and “They had been part of a group of juveniles allegedly pounding on the shooter’s doors and windows, and the teen allegedly kicked in the front door.”

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What I didn’t hear on the Fox News report for this entry was, THERE’S NOT A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC.
On our local Fox station here in Florida that term was said.
Was the local Florida station trying to beef up the story?
I think I’ll try to find out why they said that.

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What? Impossible!

To me, any “emerged from the woods and opened fire” seems like a threat to public.