We’ve all been there… at a party, the kill joy guests refuse to get in to the spirit of things, so we try to kill them…
Well, maybe not.
One Minneapolis man was so incensed however by the lack of birthday party camaraderie that he open fired—shooting three guests a total of 25 times—luckily, they all survived to (hopefully next time) sing Happy Birthday another day.
The attack occurred in July 2014 after Delonte Thomas stopped by a birthday party with his girlfriend. The guests all sang to the guest of honor, but declined to do so again for Thomas’ girlfriend, whose birthday happened to be on the same day.
Thomas was pissed, storming out of the bash, and returning 20 minutes later with a semi-automatic handgun. He singled out one woman as the Happy Birthday singing ban instigator, and shot her nine times—he shot two other victims eight times each.
Bizarrely, Thomas claimed he is actually a “peacemaker” and worryingly, claimed he had zero recollection of the shooting—or, of even having a gun.
“Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody deserves a second chance,” he said in a statement before sentencing on Monday.
“I’m the peacemaker, I’m the one to try my best to make it through a situation. I don’t recall having a gun. I don’t recall shooting anybody. I just hope to get some type of mercy here.”
I mean, there’s mistakes, and then there’s shooting three people 25 times…..
According to the NY Daily News, the judge declined to show mercy, convicting Thomas of three counts of attempted murder, and sentencing the 20-year-old to 27 and 1/4 years, in jail.