While lots of people are headed to Texas today for this weekend’s 28th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Texas, the Seattle Times is reporting that a 22-year-old Texas man is facing charges for an incident at the Queen City Yacht Club, where — the newspaper reports — he was “high, half-naked and ranting about an ‘Asian female ninja’.”
The suspect, identified in this morning’s Times as Michael Allan Bray, is the fellow who was shot in that incident, discussed by this column. A witness at the yacht club used a shotgun to put an end to Bray’s alleged drug-induced rampage.
According to the newspaper, Bray had consumed the following: alcohol, ecstasy, marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms; not the recipe for Lone Star State chili, but definitely the makings for an Evergreen State jail stay.
Bray will miss the Houston conference, which will feature award-winning Washington Times opinion editor Emily Miller — author of the recently-released “Emily Gets Her Gun” — along with leading gun rights advocates from across the country. That’s a bit of a pity, because his case might be worth discussing.
Miller will be signing copies of her book, and she is currently traveling in Kansas and will be in Dallas and then Houston. She will be joined by other luminaries at the GRPC, including Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb, self-defense authority Massad Ayoob, John Fund, Alan Korwin, Joe Waldron and about 55 other speakers. Miller will discuss her story during a Saturday afternoon appearance.
As noted above, Bray was shot by a private citizen, David Svendsen, who borrowed a 20-gauge shotgun from another boat owner. The smoothbore was loaded with birdshot, and Svendsen wounded Bray in the hand and face. Svendsen told police that he feared for the lives of other people who were aboard other vessels in the dock area.
Bray, according to the published report and charging documents, had broken into a yacht called the Par-a-gon. He allegedly believed he was being chased by the aforementioned Asian female ninja from a Steven Seagal film.
As noted earlier, Bray was “half-naked.” It was his bottom half that was showing, front and rear. In some parts of Texas, that may be reason enough to get shot, but he is alleged to have destroyed the Par-a-gon and one other boat, plus 16 other vessels in the yacht club. Bail was set at $100,000 and he’s probably going to be in Washington for a while.
Bray’s alleged misadventure may seem amusing, but it could have been far worse, had anyone else been injured or even killed. It may not compare with the other recent shooting involving an armed private citizen in King County, discussed by this column.
That case, in which a suspected car prowler was killed in an exchange of gunfire, is still under investigation. It was discussed again this morning by KVI talk host John Carlson, and it has ignited some discussions on Northwest gun forums. More about that case as additional details become available.