Open carry advocate arrested for murder

Seriously, though…..let’s make sure everyone has guns!

A Milwaukee man who filed a civil rights lawsuit over his arrests for openly carrying a gun into stores has been charged with fatally shooting one man and wounding another outside his south side home over the weekend.

After the shooting, Jesus C. Gonzalez immediately called 911 to report the incident. He was wearing his empty holster as he surrendered to police when they arrived moments later, according to a criminal complaint. His gun was sitting nearby.

Gonzalez, 23, was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Danny John and the wounding of his nephew, Jered Corn. Gonzalez is being held at the Milwaukee County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to jail and court records.

Coincidentally, a federal judge had dismissed his civil suit Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Early Sunday, John, 29, and Corn, 21, were at Mamie’s tavern at S. Shea and National avenues. They agreed to go to a friend’s house near the bar. Corn began walking there, while John went to get his car parked nearby. They had agreed to meet at the friend’s house.

Corn told police that as he left the parking lot he saw Gonzalez pointing a gun at him on the sidewalk. He said Gonzalez ordered him to back up, which he did for several feet before Gonzalez shot him. Corn said he recalled John’s car had arrived in the parking lot, and then sped away, but he couldn’t remember more. Corn was shot in the throat and paralyzed.

The complaint does not include a post-interrogation statement from Gonzalez but indicates that he called police about 12:30 a.m. to report that “I just had two individuals try to assault me when I was going outside to move my car.” He tells the dispatcher that he shot out the window of a car, and one of the men fell down, but he wasn’t sure whether he hit either or both of the men, and that he ran after firing the shots.

When the dispatcher asked if the men had a gun, Gonzalez replies, “I don’t know what they had, but they must have thought that I was not armed.”


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8 thoughts on “Open carry advocate arrested for murder

  1. Of course if Mr. John and Mr. Corn had been armed and openly carrying their pieces all of this would have been avoided…

  2. Sigh. Is anyone surprised by this? I’m not. You know…in away Gonzalez wasn’t open carrying…his gun was concealed by his car. These two men didn’t know what hit them. It’s almost like Gonzalez was lying in wait…for someone to (verbally?) assault him.

  3. While this is chilling, crazy people will find the means to do crazy things. Recent examples are the tragic knife attacks in China.

    I’m moderate on this issue. I support the right for people to have weapons but they do need to be regulated.

    1. Yeah, I support the right to bear arms; I just think there needs to be some regulations in place to ensure the wrong folks don’t get guns.

  4. Any one that knows Danny John knew he a kind good person, was a very large man but would never hurt anyone he was just a good person. I think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, all of them. But why do you shot people in the neck and chest, more than once; that is I what I would like to know? If you think you should carry a guy around atleast shot to injure not kill.

    1. You said “If you carry a gun you should shoot to injure not kill.” You are not thinking here. If you are shooting only to injure, you are not in a life or death situation that requires using a deadly weapon. And if you admit you were only shooting to injure but the person died, can’t you see how you’ve just hung yourself? Think a little. YOu shoot to stop the threat; if the person dies, that wasn’t your goal, the goal was to stop the threat. You must believe it is a grave bodily threat (death or permanent injury). Nothing less gives you the ability to point a deadly weapon at someone.

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