In the latest incident of nerd-related violence, one Jared M. Gurman of Williston Park, Long Island, shot his girlfriend Jessica Gelderman with a .22 caliber, semiautomatic rifle after an argument stemming from a premise related to the zombie-drama The Walking Dead.
“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,” said Detective Lieutenant Raymond Cote in a statement.
After the initial fight, Gelderman decided to walk it off, but the argument continued via text message. When the victim returned home, she found boyfriend Gurman ready for her – with a gun – to continue the argument. Gelderman tried to calm Gurman down, but since he was clearly disturbed and heavily armed, she ended up getting shot once through her lung and diaphragm and shattering her ribs.
“Jess walked into the room and I fired the gun once and hit her,” explained Gurman later. “She said, ‘Oh my God. What did you do?’”
Achieving sanity long enough, Gurman got Gelderman to a hospital and was then arrested on one charge of second degree attempted murder. Despite his lawyer’s argument that the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that the gun went off “accidentally,” Gurman is now being held without bail, and Gelderman is recuperating in hospital.
So the lesson of the day kids is to keep nerd rage where it belongs: on the internet. Where it can’t hurt anyone. In a way other than emotional that is.