Real busy so haven’t been able to keep up, but I scanned an article looking for “assault weapon” and found this bit:
Police pursued McLendon to Geneva’s Reliable Metal Products, where he got out of his car and fired at police with his automatic weapon, wounding Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey. He then walked inside and killed himself.
The headline says he “sprayed bullets,” but I’ve not seen any ID of the weapon yet. My money says it’s not a fully-auto (duh) and the fact that I haven’t seen any screaming “assault weapon” headlines or ledes I’m even wondering if it might have been a “normal” semi-auto hunting-type rifle.
It’s also being told as a “he just snapped” story, which of course could be the case. But there’s almost always a lot more to it than that.
UPDATE: A commenter pointed this out from the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety:
McLendon was armed with two assault rifles, an SKS and a Bushmaster, using high-capacity magazines taped together; a shotgun; and a .38-caliber handgun. At this time we believe that he fired in excess of 200 rounds during the assaults.
So probably semi-auto (again: duh!) but actually “assault weapons.” I’ve gotta say I’m more than a bit surprised that the “assault weapons” thing hasn’t been plastered in every headline and lede.