Books, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Violence

Law Student Arrested in Shooting Incident (No, Not Adam Key)

Jesse Sneed Jessie Sneed Indiana Law School Bloomington Above the Law blog.jpgEarlier this year, we visited Bloomington, Indiana, where we spoke at the Indiana University School of Law. We enjoyed our visit. The students we met were cool, friendly, and well-adjusted (especially for law students).
But we never met this guy. From the Indy Star:

An Indiana University law student suspected of firing shots outside of an apartment building on Bloomington’s southwestside today is in custody, police said.

Jesse Sneed, 27, Wood River, Ill., is charged with criminal recklessness with a weapon. He was arrested about 8:15 a.m. when he tried to sneak out of the building and drive away in a vehicle, police said. Police officers secured the scene about 11:30 a.m.

A message from the law school’s dean, plus some weird details about the incident, after the jump.

A message from IU’s dean:

Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 15:26:52 -0400
From: Len Fromm
Subject: Law Student Involved in Shooting Incident

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Many of you have by now heard that a third year law student, Jessie Sneed, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a shooting incident this morning. No injuries have been reported at this point. I want to assure you all that Dean Fromm and I are monitoring this situation closely, and that the student will remain in custody for the foreseeable future. If this situation changes, we will let you know.

Lauren Robel

And here’s the weirdest part of all. Guess what Sneed was (allegedly) firing at?

According to sources in the local prosecutor’s office, Sneed was shooting his law books, with an automatic rifle.

He’s a classmate of mine, and while the event itself is somewhat shocking, the consensus is pretty much: “Well, if it had to be someone, he’d be the guy.”

Riddling your law books with bullets? Wow. Even Loyola 2L doesn’t harbor that much anger.
Sure, destroying unneeded casebooks can be cathartic. But next time, Jesse, rip off the covers, then try using a shredder.
P.S. This isn’t the first time that violence at IU has made the pages of ATL. See here and here, for the Tale of the Broken Nose.
IU student arrested in Bloomington gunfire [Indianapolis Star]
Earlier: Midwestern Law Students: Not So Nice After All?
Another Perspective on the IU Incident

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