Long Island Man Shoots Girlfriend over The Walking Dead, Post-Apocalyptic Style

It's a scene that wouldn't be out of place on AMC's hit zombie drama. But this shooting was instead caused by the TV show.

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An actress portraying a zombie poses for a picture to promote the new TV series "The Walking Dead" on the AMC channel on October 26, 2010 outside the Metro Center subway entrance in Washington, DC.

It’s a violent scene that wouldn’t be out of place in AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead: a man grabs a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle and casually fires a bullet into his girlfriend’s back. But this shooting wasn’t on The Walking Dead — it was because of it. Long Island man Jared Gurman has been charged with second-degree attempted murder after shooting Jessica Gelderman, 27, during a heated argument over the hit TV series. Gelderman remains in the hospital with her rib shattered and lung and diaphragm pierced. She is in stable condition.

The argument started when the 26-year-old Gurman was out with his longtime girlfriend on Sunday night. Their discussion turned to the TV show, and Gurman expressed his conviction that a “military mishap” would soon occur in the drama, which is about human survival in the face of a zombie invasion, according to a Long Island detective. “He felt very adamant that there could be some type of military mishap that would result in some sort of virus or something being released that could cause terrible things to happen,” Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said at a Tuesday news conference, reported by Newsday.

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But Gelderman, who has been in a relationship with Gurman for 3 1/2 years, found his assertion “ridiculous,” Cote said. As the boiling spat continued to escalate, she decided to leave and spend the night at her parents’ house. But the argument didn’t end with her exit, progressing into a text message argument instead. Disturbed by the “bitter and angry” exchange, police said, she headed back to his apartment in Williston Park to check up on him around 2:30 a.m., Newsday reports.

There, she found Gruman sitting on the stairs, armed with a rifle. “She tried to defuse the situation, to calm him down,” Cote explained, according to NBC. “She was walking up the stairs when Mr. Gurman raised the rifle, pointed it at her and fired one round into her back. He drove Gelderman to a nearby hospital after the shooting. He was promptly arrested but when police questioned Gurman about his girlfriend’s gun wounds, he lied at first, saying the shooting was an accident, NBC reports. But he later admitted to firing the bullet: “Jess walked into the room and I fired the gun once and hit her,” Gurman later said in a police statement, according to Newsday. “She said, ‘Oh my God. What did you do?’”

Police described Gurman as “passionate” about weapons and had seized three long guns in his home, NBC reports. He was ordered jailed without bail — he should probably hope it doesn’t mirror the one that serves as a centerpiece in the show.

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AuraofDreams
AuraofDreams

@omar1618 Oi who's head was floating in water or whatever in the Governor's room in ep 3? the rescued Marine's?

omar1618
omar1618

@auraofdreams Yep, the injured one who disclosed the location of his team before they were killed by Governor & co.

AuraofDreams
AuraofDreams

@omar1618 This means Rick and his group are in danger from Governor and co. He is keeping Andrea+Michonne alive simply to find them.

omar1618
omar1618

@AuraofDreams Oh, sorry! :P And yes, I will also download the graphic novels from the link you provided yo.

AuraofDreams
AuraofDreams

@omar1618 Also I think I'm going to read the graphic novels after all. It has way more stuff than the tv series.

AuraofDreams
AuraofDreams

@omar1618 No man. I'm going slow...real slow. Don't give out spoilers. :P

omar1618
omar1618

@AuraofDreams Reached Epi5? Man...was quite scary seeing Rick in that one, especially that soundtrack. We might witness his mental breakdown

AuraofDreams
AuraofDreams

@omar1618 Hmm strangely enough I feel this season of TWD is more intense, sad and more depressing.

omar1618
omar1618

@AuraofDreams Hah! Just keep watching. And yeah, Andrea really defines what a blonde is.

AuraofDreams
AuraofDreams

@omar1618 Jesus this guy is creepymax. And Andrea as usual is falling for it. Andrea always falls for the wrong guys. Think Shane.

DanTheManDufour
DanTheManDufour

Obviously he's not "passionate" about weapons.  His go to weapon system is a .22 rifle?  WTF

commentonitall
commentonitall like.author.displayName 1 Like

That doesn't even make any sense, what he mentions is what already happened, the first episode starts after that happened.  I think either something was not reported correctly or this guy has no idea what he is talking about.  Crazy much?