President Obama’s tears shed for the children of Sandy Hook at his press conference announcing his executive actions on guns led all of the network news broadcasts, but they also reminded Americans of some high-profile gun violence victims whose deaths were never acknowledged by the administration. The president can’t be expected to express sympathy for every victim of gun violence, but as commander in chief, we hope he takes an interest in the following case.
Fox News reports that Cpl. Eric Johnson, 20, was arrested at the Marine Corps air station in Yuma, Ariz., Tuesday in connection with the New Year’s Day shooting death of Sara Mutschlechner, a 20-year-old student at the University of North Texas who was serving as the designated driver following a New Year’s Eve party:
Mutschlechner, a student at the University of North Texas in Denton, 40 miles northwest of Dallas, was fatally shot in the head after an exchange of words between people in the vehicle she was driving and a group of five or six men in a sport utility vehicle, according to police.
The arrest warrant for Johnson said the two male occupants of Mutschlechner’s vehicle told police that the SUV’s occupants said they wanted to have sex with the two women in the vehicle.
The affidavit says that when one of the men in Mutschlechner’s vehicle responded that he didn’t appreciate the comments, the driver, later identified as Johnson, displayed a handgun and indicated he would shoot. Shots were fired as the vehicles crossed through an intersection.
Kizer has said that after Mutschlechner was struck by a bullet, her vehicle hit another vehicle and crashed into an electrical pole.
A spokesman for the Marines said that Johnson, an administrative specialist who has never been deployed, joined the Marines in August 2013.