As Midtown Walmart assistant manager Jason Mahi remained in critical but stable condition Monday in Anchorage, interviews and court records revealed new information about the man who shot him.
Double amputee Daniel Pirtle, 45, told police he shot Mahi after an argument over Pirtle's unleashed dog, according to the charges against him. Police arrested Pirtle minutes later as he tried to leave the store on a motorize scooter. He was carrying two pistols, the charges say.
The dog's name is Wookie.
I have to bring this up: Even here in Seattle, the business of walking unleashed dogs is very popular. Let's get to the root of this very unsocial, very uncool behavior. Why do so many dog owners in our city break the law and do not leash their dogs while in public? Is it because they think everyone loves their so lovable pet? I believe it's even deeper and darker than that. What they are saying to us is they have complete control of their animal. There is no need for a physical leash because the bond between them and their animal is even stronger. This is what they are trying to display in public; their complete mastery of their animal. They are the real Beastmaster.