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Early on Monday morning, a Williston, New York couple got into an average argument over AMC’s popular television program, The Walking Dead. At around 2:30 a.m., the argument escalated from average to savage, and the male member of the couple pulled out his gun and shot his girlfriend with a .22 caliber rifle. He later tried to say the event was an accident before eventually confessing.
Oddly enough, the couple were fighting over whether a zombie apocalypse—like the one seen in AMC’s drama—could be possible. The shooter, 26-year-old Jared Gurman, stated he believed a “military mishap” could cause zombies to be produced in today's world. His girlfriend disagreed. Eventually, she left his house, although Gurman continued the argument via text message. Worried about Gurman’s state of well-being, she returned around 2:30 a.m. and found him in the yard, pointing a gun at her. According to NBC New York, the shot ripped through the unidentified girlfriend’s back, causing damage to her spine, her ribs, and one of her lungs.
This isn’t the first time fictional projects has led to domestic violence. In 2011, a couple of cousins were bickering over the prowess of certain Game of Thrones characters when the argument grew heated and one man threw the other into a window. Of course, the case between Gurman and his girlfriend is far more serious, with the girlfriend sustaining multiple injuries, although she is in stable condition.
Our thoughts go out to Gurman’s (hopefully ex) girlfriend, and TV Blend would like to remind fans that fictional shows are never worth escalating into violence over.