When New Yorkers scramble for coveted parking spots on crowded streets, sometimes arguments erupt.
But when Darrell Lynch, 24, had words with another man in Queens for that very reason on Monday, it turned out to be a lot more than just another difference of opinion.
Lynch returned with his 55-year-old mother to his black Ford Explorer at about 7:30 p.m. when the same man he’d argued with reportedly opened fire and hit Lynch in the leg, police said.
Lynch also was carrying — but dropped his weapon after getting hit, the New York Daily News reported, citing police sources.
And that’s when his mom stepped in.
She reportedly picked up her son’s pistol and began firing at the other man, who ran off without being hit.
Lynch was hit in the femoral artery and was losing a lot blood, according to the New York Observer. He and his mom managed to get into the SUV and tried driving away, but Lynch lost consciousness and crashed into two parked cars. He later died of his wound at a hospital.
On Tuesday police were questioning Lynch’s mother about the incident, sources told the Daily News. Lynch was reportedly not licensed to carry the firearm, Gothamist said, adding that sources indicate his mother may be charged for firing her son’s gun.
While the mother’s name wasn’t officially released, a Daily News crime blog — The Shack — identified her as Carolyn Dixon, again citing police sources. The Shack notes Dixon was arrested for attempted murder in 1976 but never indicted.
Lynch had been arrested twice for reckless endangerment, the Daily News reported, in 2005 and in 2012. The 2012 arrest was sealed, officials said.
The gunman was still at large Tuesday.
So what do you think of the reported reaction of Lynch’s mother? Justified response or unwise action?