Wednesday, October 13, 2004

It Doesn't Pay To Win The Lottery

Hey Rick Camat you just won the $87 million California Lottery, where are you going next? "I'm going to Seattle to shoot at cars!"
I saw the live newscast Sunday night when this happened, I don't beleive for a second this guy's families recount of the story. They say he was just shooting the gun in the air to stop a fight. I say BS. One of the quotes I heard from the eyewitness interviewed on the news... "I just want to thank that police officer...he saved my life." you know, there is a real simple way NOT to have to worry about a police officer shooting you because he may or may not have misunderstood your intentions with your gun...Don't pull it out and start firing it out in front of a bar next to a football stadium with thousands of people around!

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A man shot to death by police outside a football stadium has been identified by his family as one of the winners of an $87 million lottery jackpot.
Rick Camat, 32, was shot early Sunday as dozens of people fled to avoid a fight outside a bar before a St. Louis Rams-Seattle Seahawks game.

Police alleged that Camat was carrying a handgun and fired at a car that was leaving the area. Authorities said he crouched behind another vehicle and pointed a handgun at officers.
Relatives insisted Camat only fired into the air to break up the fight and said officers never issued a warning before shooting him.

Officer Debra Brown said the family's account "differs vastly from the statements of dozens of witnesses who were at the scene that evening."
Camat was one of 13 Starbucks employees in Los Angeles who shared an $87 million California lottery jackpot in 2000.