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JNS blog has now confirmed the name of the paralyzed victim of an October 25 shooting on the "Bloody No. 19" bus route is a 19-year-old named Lamon Gayfield. Click here for previous in-depth coverage including the criminal complaint against alleged shooter Devonere A. Johnson.
An anonymous commenter dropped the name "Lamon Gayfield" in front of me, leading me to look for evidence this was, indeed, the young man's name. Evidence was easy enough to find. Lemon Gayfield, called "L.G." in the criminal complaint about his shooting, once called himself "Low'end Savage" on Facebook. Now, adopting more...
...of a "decent citizen" posture, Lamon has switched over to using his legal name on Facebook.
JNS blog is glad to see it. Mr. Gayfield has a long, difficult road ahead of him due to being paralyzed. Medical science has not yet allowed victims of a severed spinal cord to walk again, (except with robotic legs) but as young as Lamon Gayfield is there's a hopeful chance he may see medical science miracles in his lifetime. Gayfield should cling to faith and hope and sincerely ask what God wants from him, since Lamon very nearly had a meeting with his Maker on October 25 but got an indefinite extension.
Regrettably, Gayfield has a minor criminal record as shown by records on MNCIS. But unlike other individuals I write about with criminal records, these facts are not relevant in precisely the same way.
With other individuals, I show their criminal records out of concern they will continue with reprehensible criminal activity. But with Gayfield paralyzed from the neck down, now my only reason for publishing the record is to demonstrate "this is what happens, sometimes, to individuals who are living this kind of lifestyle." In other words, a "cautionary tale."
As for Mr. Gayfield, he has has NO CHOICE but to make radically different lifestyle choices.
Having said that...
In January of this year, he was convicted of disorderly conduct. He was put on probation and was, in fact, still on probation at the moment the bus shooting happened. His probation goes until January of 2015. Conditions of probation included staying away from the victim's house and paying $200 restitution.
In February, he was convicted of trespassing. His probation condition includes "stay away from Mall of America." He failed to appear at a hearing and a warrant was issued, but eventually the matter was cleared up and probation continued. Gayfield still owes $50 to the courts from that matter.
In May, Gayfield pled guility to disorderly conduct. He apparently served 5 days and the rest was stayed. His probation conditions included, incredibly, "No fleeing from the police."
On October 6 of this year, just a couple weeks before the bus shooting, Gayfield pled to trespassing into an area cordoned off by a police officer. Here is a link, click here, to the mugshot associated with that incident. Gayfield served two days and had 88 days suspended.
Ironically, if Gayfield had served his time he wouldn't have been shot and paralyzed on that bus after attacking Devonere Johnson, allegedly, resulting in Johnson shooting Gayfield after shouting a warning, allegedly.
Gayfield still owes the court system $128 associated with this second trespassing incident.
All the online court records show Lamon being a resident of Brooklyn Center. He went to Patrick Henry High School where he was recognized along with a number of other students for pulling up his GPA by at least .5 points.
Searching Lamon Deshawn Gayfield's full name on Google pulls up the Patrick Henry High School "honor roll" mixed in with numerous and duplicative online arrest records from sites like "Criminal Faces Dot Com." This is what happens when the sacred academic notion of an "Honor Roll" gets diluted with "hooray, you made a slight improvement on your GPA."
My editorial opinion. And I do have one.
In light of these ongoing violent and high-profile bus shooting incidents, JNS blog calls for armed, round-the-clock security aboard the "Bloody No. 19."