IN Sniper Suspect Says He Shot “To Relieve The Pressure”


A hunting trip with friends and relatives sparked a rage in Indiana sniper suspect Zachariah Blanton last weekend when it came time for the messy work of gutting a deer, says the Indianapolis Star. A fight erupted, and the 17-year-old Blanton suspect bolted for his car and headed for his home. As the teen drove, his anger over the scrap with family turned into a tormenting fury. “I was just so bound up inside I didn’t know what to do,” Blanton told an Indiana State Police investigator. The teen said he fired a high-powered hunting rifle into the windshields of two pickups on I-65, then driving about 100 miles north and firing on two other vehicles “to relieve the pressure.”

Kelly testified that Blanton “never indicated that he was actually shooting at vehicles. He just said, ‘I started shooting.’ “Kelly said it would have taken a deliberate aim to strike the two trucks rolling down I-65 at nearly 70 mph from nearly a quarter of a mile away.


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