This Is Quite Possibly the Most Florida News Story Ever Written
Not even The Onion could make up a more Florida story than the real-life misadventures of one William Daniel Lloyd, AKA Florida Man.
The 31-year-old Gainesville resident, who has been in and out of mug shots for charges ranging from grand theft to drug possession to disorderly conduct, recently had a hankering for some dinner squirrel, so he tried to hunt one down with a BB gun.
To improve his chances of taking the squirrel out cleanly, Lloyd decided to tape a bullet to the end of his Pumpmaster 760.
Surprisingly, his MacGyver-esque troubleshooting backfired. Literally:
Lloyd fired the BB gun, causing the BB to strike the cartridge's primer. The cartridge discharged and fragmented, striking Lloyd in the upper arm and lower leg.
He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Lloyd was subsequently charged with discharging a firearm in public and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
He later told police he found the cartridge while looking for scrap metal to sell.
As for the squirrel, one commenter suggested he probably died. Laughing, that is.