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If you are a hardened criminal by age 14, the chances of rehabilitation are very small. Davion Smith, 14, is dead, and Virgis Canteen is in the hospital, condition unknown. That seems a preferable outcome to Canteen being killed and Smith continuing to victimize innumerable other people for an unknown period.Canteen also had a handgun and, according to Canteen, the teen began shooting at him first, striking him several times in the "upper extremities," police spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross said in a report.
Canteen said he returned fire, striking the teen "numerous times."
We do not know what Virgis Canteen's history is. A comment at theledger.com says that he was robbed and shot in his home 4 years ago. Another comment says that was at a different place. One neighbor says:
"He looks out for everybody," she said. "He didn't bother nobody."Davion Smith's brother, Bayshawn Kelly, was shot and wounded in April in a drive by that was gang related. He was arrested later this year as a suspect in another drive-by. His cousin, Shyhiem Morris, was wounded in May. It sounds as though Northwest Lakeland is firmly in the "modern frontier" of fatherless gang members.
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