Police dispute that Ray is a target

July 1, 2014
Caren Ray

Caren Ray

By KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Caren Ray contends a pellet or BB shot through her window was done purposely by someone standing in her small private front yard, an allegation police say the evidence does not support.

“Someone shot through my window,” Ray says on Facebook. “Guess this is what the general election is going to be like. Whoa.”

After noting the difference in the height of the hole through her screen and the hole through the window, Ray determined a very tall person trespassed into her private yard and shot into her window.

“The scary part is that given the angle (shown by the screen), the person had to be at least 6′ tall standing in my secluded yard, or a small child standing on my porch,” Ray says on Facebook. “It really had to be the former.”

However, Arroyo Grande police said the BB or pellet shot through Ray’s window Sunday evening appears random and was most likely children from a nearby wooded area. There have been dozens of BB gun shootings reported during the past few months, police said.

“We do not believe this was politically motivated, we believe this was kids,” Arroyo Grande Police Sergeant Dan Langstaff said. “She lives in a place near a creek where kids congregate. We know kids run around with BB guns all the time. It appears random.”

In addition, several former law enforcement officers looked at the photo of the window Ray posted on Facebook and also do not agree with Ray’s conclusion. They said the hole is slightly oval and that the hole through the window is lower than the hole through the screen, suggesting a BB or pellet was most likely on its downward trajectory. They determined the shot was likely taken from 30 to 200 yards away depending on the gun used.

Caren Ray's Facebook picture of pellet or BB shot through window.

Caren Ray’s Facebook picture of the pellet or BB hole in her window.


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Dexter

It’s not rocket science here. Where is the projectile? One of two things happened after it penetrated the screen. It either penetrated completely thru the window and would probably be lying on the floor or if it didnt pass completely thru the window, it would have remained on the sill between the window and the screen frame.


So where is the projectile Caren?


If it were a vandal why wouldn’t he aim directly at the window and take multiple shots.


No this projectile was traveling back towards the ground at an est 45 to 50 degree angle and was likely caused (like most bb gun damage) by a youngster who was out horsing around without guidance.


For Caren Ray to suggest that the shooter was a “full grown adult who was standing in her yard” is complete speculation. It would be like me speculating that she caused the damage herself for political reasons. Hmmmmm???


In any event Caren Ray is using this to paint herself as a victim, and that ladies and gentlemen is the real shame. She is using smoke and mirrors to try and decieve the public.


Karen Ray is just another manipulative and deceptive politician ……and the real tragedy is that the Fibune and the Snooze Times bought her story hook line and sinker … Carp anyone?


MaryMalone

You ask “where is the projectile?”


I would guess she has it mounted on her “Poor Little Me” plaque.


kayaknut

When I discovered a BB or pellet gun hole in my window I just figured some kid hit it while playing, all I did was call my insurance company and had the window fixed. I didn’t feel the need to make a federal case out of it, contact my friends at a local newspaper to write a article for me about it, or bother the police about it. I figured they had more important things to deal with and I figured my tax dollars could be better spent to have them dealing with real issues. Then again I didn’t come in second in a recent election by several points and didn’t see the writing on the wall that I was going to lose the next election unless I concocted something out of nothing and tried to make my opponent look bad.


SLOBIRD

Oh, that is a good post. Target hit!


Reality Check

How self serving and self involved can one person be? What kind of person comes out with such public, nasty accusations? The one who should be frightened and getting protection is Lynn Compton. Seems like Ray will go to any lengths to cast her opponent into a bad light. Very unbecoming of Ray!


Hopefully Ray and her sycophants will turn a new page and run a clean campaign rather than a smear campaign of unsubstantiated suspicions and innuendo.


Perspicacious

” Seems like Ray will go to any lengths to cast her opponent into a bad light.”


Is she friends with Tim Covello?


SLOBIRD

Sounds like she has been taking lessons from Adam Hill!


Justducky

Oh…did I miss the part where there was an accusation that Compton was the shooter? Does she have a conceal carry permit for her BB Gun? She does look pretty tall come to think of it.


Perspicacious

Holy cow! For her to say “this is what the general election is going to be like” is dumb! Her insinuation is the “atrocious” behavior here. Then she makes herself look like an idiot by “analyzing” the trajectory, etc. From over 50′ away a bb or a pellet is already on it’s downward flight, hence the difference in the level between the hole in the screen and the hole in the glass. Also, why would a tall person aim down? They would shoot straight ahead like anybody else and the holes might be even level then. “Some big guy in my yard or little kid on my porch shot my window”…ROTFLMAO! The politicians we have these days, especially the whiny liberal ones.


Kevin Rice

Why didn’t Caren Ray file a police report? Very suspicious and odd considering she is publicizing and politicizing the incident all over the county. Seems like what one might do if they shot their own window.


And, who knew Caren Ray is a ballistics expert! She has it all figured out. Never mind trajectory, arc, ricochet, tumble, deflection from penetrating glass, etc.


kayaknut

Maybe she watched a few episodes of CSI. I watch the show and certainly feel I could solve any case, in an hour along with any needed DNA evidence


SLOthinker

I’m always amazed at how politicians fail to see how narcissistic and petty they appear.


Pelican1

There’s somethin’ happenin’ here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

A tellin’ me, I got to beware


I think it’s time we stop, Caren, what’s that sound?

Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep

Into your life it will creep

It starts when you’re always afraid

Step out of line, the man come and take you away


We better stop, hey, what’s that sound?

Everybody look what’s going down

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound?

Everybody look what’s going down

We better stop, now, what’s that sound?

Everybody look what’s going down


LameCommenter

How can anybody “thumbs down” Pelican’s clever musical parody. Song parodies are some of the best humor, and Pelican hits the mark quite often. This is one of them.


Mr. Holly

Next thing is that the Sheriff will be asked for 24 hour protection. a horrific cost to taxpayers, but on the other hand a 24 hour observance of her activities could prove to be interesting.


MaryMalone

I’ll bring the popcorn.


Kevin Rice

Secret SLOH3 meetings? Ewww!


DennySLO

Really?….So Ms. Ray thinks this is a general election issue! I really like the talk about the “downward trajectory” as thought this was the scene of a terrorist attack. Ms. Ray, I guess being “slo cop you later” has not taught anything about common sense when it comes to police work. Just another way to create some drama and get her name out there as some sort of “victim” of a purposeful shooting. Maybe Mr. Hill was driving by and was still pissed that you didn’t serve him coffee.


Sorry, I just couldn’t hold back!


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