In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, the 17th of July, two teenage boys were shot at while parked in their car in Palm Coast, Florida.
The boys were Pokémon hunting; they’d done the right thing by parking their car on the side of the road (instead of driving while playing), but… They also left the engine running and the brake lights on, which would prove to be a huge mistake.
The combination of noise and lights woke the man who lived at the house where the car was parked, and he went to investigate the source. Oh, and he brought his handgun with him, just in case he was dealing with robbers.
As the man approached the car, he thought he heard one of the teenager’s say “did you get anything?”, to which he responded by walking in front of the car, pointing his gun at the boys, and demanding that they remain exactly where they are.
Well, teenagers being teenagers, you can probably imagine what they did next. Yeah, they tried to get away.
Idiots. The man thought the teens were trying to run him over, so he started firing shots at them.
Luckily the teens managed to get away without, well, dying. Their car received some minor damage, with bullets penetrating the hub cap and the rear tire, but other than that, you wouldn’t be able to tell that they almost died that night.
Local Police took this incident as an opportunity to issue some “guidelines” that people should follow when playing Pokémon GO, such as “watch where you’re going”, “do not trespass”, and, my personal favorite, “watch out for predators using lures to attack you”.
You can click here to read the full list of guidelines and see the whole story as reported by Local Police.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to being safe. If you’re going to be playing Pokémon GO late at night, or hell, even if you’re playing during the day, you should still be careful. Don’t be too loud, don’t be all flashy with your car lights, and stay out of dodgy areas!
Leave a comment below if you or someone you know has been put in a dangerous situation while playing Pokémon GO!