IONIA (WKZO) -- Police in Ionia have released the names of the two gun toting residents who let a road rage incident explode into a fatal shootout at nearly point blank range in a car wash parking lot Wednesday evening.
Witnesses and the wife of 43-year-old James Pullum reportedly told police that 56-year-old Robert Taylor, who had been tailgating Pullum was the first to draw and fire his sidearm, and that Pullum returned fire out of self defense and to protect the two women in his car.
Both men had families, and both have friends who will swear it’s not in their character, but both had guns and now both are dead.
Detectives are waiting for ballistics and other tests results to see if they support the eyewitness accounts.
Gun advocates will tell you that they need guns to remain safe, but a new study released on the day of the Carwash shootout in Ionia would seem to refute that.
The study, which appeared in the American Journal of Medicine found that the U.S. has the most guns and the most gun deaths.
Researcher Sripal Bangalore says Conversely Japan and Great Britain had low gun ownership and few gun deaths.The study compared 27 developed nations and their rates of gun ownership.
The biggest outlier was South Africa which has fewer guns per person than the U.S. but nearly as high a death rate.
The study also looked at rates of mental illness and gun deaths found no correlation between the two.