UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK - Local man, Garrett Richardson, remains in stable condition after being shot in the leg when police mistakenly concluded the baguette he carried was a shotgun. Bored, after spending hours meandering about the farmers market with his girlfriend, Richardson began to brandish the french baguette as if it were a weapon.
Police officer, Michael McManus explains, “Mr. Richardson kept cocking the baguette like you would a shotgun. He pretended to target pigeons that passed by and at one point even turned the supposed weapon on himself to display to his girlfriend that he was prepared to take his own life.”
RIchardson reportedly was unaware that police officers were observing him. When asked why he was holding the bread like a firearm, he said, “It’s just, at a certain point, I’ve had enough of the farmers market.”
Officers surrounded Richardson and closed in, hoping to disarm him without incident. The officer in front of Richardson told him to drop the weapon but he refused. Richardson’s girlfriend begged him to comply but he said that if he dropped it, it would be ruined and they would have to walk all the way back through the farmers market to the baguette stand to buy another.
Richardson was told by police that if he refused, they would have to take him by force, which he responded to by cocking the baguette one final time. An officer fired a single shot into Richardson’s leg and he dropped to the ground and shook his head at his girlfriend.
He was rushed by ambulance to Beth Israel Hospital. He said of the situation, “Gun control? After this ordeal, I’d say we need tighter BUN control [laughs]... Did you write that down?”