A man in Lansing, Michigan, was waiting at a bus stop for his six-year-old daughter when he was attacked by a teenager in a game called “Point-em-out, Knock-em-out.” Unlike other recent “knockout” attacks in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. — the man chosen to be attacked had a concealed carry permit and his gun handy, and shot the attacker twice.
“I saw the van circle twice and the second time three came out. I didn’t suspect anything. I hadn’t any enemies, or any reason to believe they would be looking to do anything to me,” the “victim” told local news station WILX. “He shoved something into my side. I wasn’t sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife or a gun.”
The man then pulled out his gun and shot 17-year-old Marvell Weaver — who claims he now regrets doing what he did. “It was just a lesson learned. I wish I hadn’t played the game at all,” Weaver said.
He admitted this wasn’t the first time he’s played the game.
“Not many, six or seven. It wouldn’t be an every day game, just a certain game to be played on certain days. You don’t even try to rob them or anything. That’s the game.”
Weaver also said that teens play the game because they’re bored, and it’s not gang related. They were inspired by watching others on the internet successfully getting away with it.
Officer Robert Merritt with the Lansing police department said this goes to show there’s a price to play for people who take part in it.
“There’s a price to pay if they wind up doing it. A good example is Marvell Weaver,” Merritt said of the “game.”
His work has been featured on numerous outlets including the Drudge Report, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, Yahoo News, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post-- among many others.
You can contact Joe by emailing Joe@CapitolCityProject.com.