A Long Island man has been arrested for attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend with a shotgun over a heated argument about the TV show “The Walking Dead.”
Jared Gurman, 26, allegedly shot his girlfriend of nearly four years in the back with a .22-caliber rifle outside his Williston Park home early Monday morning, Nassau County Police said.
Jessica Gelderman, 27, suffered a pierced lung, a shattered rib and pierced diaphragm. She’s in stable condition at a local hospital.
Gurman initially claimed the shooting was accidental but then allegedly admitted to authorities that the fight was over the hugely popular AMC series about a zombie apocalypse, and specifically about whether or not a similar incident could happen in real life.
“He felt very adamant,” Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said at a news conference Tuesday, according to a report by NBC’s New York affiliate. “There could be military mishap that would result in some sort of virus being released that could cause a terrible thing to happen.”
The girlfriend disagreed. “She felt it was ridiculous,” Cote said. “He’s passionate about it. And it escalated to the point it did.”