"Instead of shooting and not knowing all the circumstances (I this case it would have been a terrible mistake), why not call the police and then follow the van. When the police get there, get the hell out of the way.
It would worry me that the authorities would autorize a permit a person who would be so trigger happy. Maybe the permit should be taken away.
There are enought wacko's out there as it is.
In a dynamic situation such as this, how could you possibly know "ALL" of the circumstances?
I'm not as fast as I used to be, but even in my youth, I could not chase down a van on foot.
"Holy cow i understand that this is a serious thing but,,this topic has gotten way out of hand...people just calm down and listen to the news or speak to someone that can actually give u some answers and stop talking about shooting people...y does everything always have to come down to someone getting seriously hurt or killed....like the person above me y wouldn't u just fallow the vehicle and stay on the phone with the police till they meet up with u then leave and get out of their way..that would be the smart safe thing to do right...."
"Y?" Because it is a likely outcome of KIDNAPPING SOMEONE IN A PUBLIC PLACE, that is "y." The fact that "u" can't see that, or at least recognize that it is a potential outcome, means that "u" are a bit out of touch with reality and the gravity of what those punk kids were doing.
"I wonder why we even bother with trained law enforcement when we have superheroes like "Former" around."
I'd like to think that my training was adequate - but law enforcement are not generally given super powers, thus the superhero bit is a bit over the top. And don't worry, I'm not "around."
Anyway, you can all speak from your vast experiences about why it is not a logical conclusion that the kid could have very well gotten himself "dead" and how anyone who would attempt to save the phony "victim" (as authorized by Montana law) would be a villian. I was just throwing out there that in staging a kidnapping, you are opening yourself up to being shot by someone who mistook your "prank" for the legitimate abduction of a young lady - and that the parents should make their half-wit offspring aware of just how serious the outcome could have been.