Jeremiah James Pipkins, 17, was sitting in the rear seat of a parked car in southeast Houston Saturday afternoon. There were three other young men in the car. He pulled out a pistol, unloaded it and showed it to his friends. They passed the gun around among themselves before handing it back to Pipkins. While he was reloading the gun … kapow … it went off with the bullet striking Chazz Jenkins, 27, in the back as he was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car.
Pipkins and the other rear seat passenger beat feet. The driver called for help but Jenkins had croaked by the time paramedics arrived.
The police report that Pipkins had been smoking pot just before the shooting took place.
Pipkins was charged with manslaughter and jailed on $30,000 bail.
OK, let’s hear it again: Pot is less dangerous than alcohol.