A local party turned violent when far more people than were initially invited showed up at the house of a Clearfield, Utah teen.
“My parents were out of town and I just wanted to throw a party, you know? Every teenager does that. I didn’t expect it to get out of hand. I just wanted everybody to have a good time.”
That’s the setup, according to 16-year-old Destiny McCubbin, who allegedly invited “about 50” friends to parents’ home Friday night. It’s estimated that as many as 170 were at the house during the evening.
Eventually fights broke out among people who were not invited, some claimed that members of two rival gangs were both in attendance.
When more showed up, she opened the front door and “This guy started shooting” with what she called a .22-caliber handgun and police describe as a small caliber weapon. The shooter didn’t seem to be shooting at anyone in particular
“Everybody was screaming and scared. My friends that had never been at anything like this were crying. I was just in shock. I couldn’t believe what was going on, and everybody, everybody was running. It was all my fault. I shouldn’t have thrown this stupid party.”
As people began to scatter they also did deliberate damage to the neighboring houses.
Except for one house.
Living in that house was a man who saw a riot in the making. He retrieved his shotgun and stood on his porch in front of his door. He never fired a shot, he never pointed his firearm at a single person, but people at the party appeared to know he was there… and stayed away from him, his house, and his property. His house and property was reportedly the only one in the neighborhood to avoid some sort of damage.
- ksl.com, Clearfield, Utah, 03/19/2012
- Eyewitness interview with Sitting Duck Policy staff