A prank turns into gunfire

I don’t know what David Osborne was thinking Saturday, but I do know he wasn’t thinking very clearly.

Osborne, 42, who lives on Battle Rd. in Farwell, is sitting in jail, charged with 7 crimes including attempted murder, all because he decided to shoot his shotgun into a truck driven by his friends.

The weird ordeal reminds me of a movie I had been watching the very same day all this happened. Called “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it starred Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro, two perpetually stoned and drunk comrades who tried to harm each other with guns, knives and whatever else they could get their hands on. Of course they knew not what they were doing because they were never in their right state of minds.

David Osborne, I believe, wasn’t in his right mind, either. He and his good friend were guilty of playing pranks on one another all the time. On this particular day, his friend decided to use his yard and driveway as a drag strip, spinning his tires and throwing dirt and grass every which way. Osborne and his friends called it “turfing.”

I don’t know if Osborne was upset with the turfing (according to the police report, it didn’t appear he was) but he invited his friends back later so that he could shoot them. Mind you this was after a day of drinking, and one would suspect Osborne was not serious about shooting them, when he asked his friends to come over.

Thus they showed up, a little later- actually, it was 5:30 in the afternoon, just about dusk. Immediately Osborne began shooting at the truck his three friends, including his girlfriend, occupied. Several bullet holes were identified above the rear passenger-side wheel well. It was allegedly reported, as well, that Osborne’s girlfriend, opened up the passenger door, and Osborne began firing shots inside the vehicle.

None of the shots hit the three friends. As in the movie, Osborne must have been far too drunk to be able to aim a shotgun. Chances are he had no intention of harming his friends. Osborne allegedly said, “he did not exactly know where he was shooting due to the fact that he was so angry.”

Friends mess with friend all the time. There is a long history of Osborne and his buddy carrying out pranks on each other. We don’t know what went wrong on this occasion, but Mr. Osborne now faces some very serious charges.

The charges are attempted murder, 3 felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, 1 count of felony firearm, 1 count of reckless use of a firearm and 1 count of firearms possession under the influence. Osborne sits in the Isabella County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

Unfortunately for Osborne, this isn’t the movies. He will be punished for his drunken tirade. As they say often, guns and booze don’t mix. Mr. Osborne is a prime example why they don’t.

2 Responses to A prank turns into gunfire

  1. sambonron

    November 27, 2012 at 5:01 am

    dear mike
    have you ever heard of this saying people who live in a glass house should not throw stones and i think that you should know this out of all people maybe not you but maybe someone close to you I think that davids family has alot on there plate and you writing about it and thinking that its funny is wrong in so many ways and one other thing if your going to tell the storie you should get your facts right before you ever write about it i think that you should write a letter in your next paper and say your sorry to his family and his girlfriend for getting almost everything you said wrong you know the saying when you assume you make an ass out of your self i believe thats what you did here i Can’t believe some one would go out of there way to make up a storie or just fill in the blanks of a storie when they dont know what happen just to make a family deal with one more thing you and all the papers and the news are making david osborn out to be this monster when he is not one at all how dare you make judgement on someone you dont know the first thing about and this goes for everyone

    thank you for your time and im sorry but this had to be said im not the only person who thinks you were in the wrong everyone who read’s what you wrote thinks the same

  2. sambonron

    November 27, 2012 at 5:16 am

    and were are your sources for this story and yes i know i should of put an s on the end of storie I hope you write a letter in your next paper saying your sorry that you said lies in this story to David osborn family and girlfriend you even lied about her in your story and again thank you for your time i will be looking in your next paper for the letter to his girlfriend and his family and to him thank you and i hope that you do the right thing here and man up and say your sorry remember it takes a real man to admit there wrong
    thank you sambonron