Man Allegedly Pulls Gun on Girl Selling Cookies

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manTracy Bloom, Temecula. CA (KTLA) — A man was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at a girl who was going door-to-door selling cookies in Temecula, California on Sunday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident happened on the 31000 block of Strawberry Tree Lane shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

The girl was selling cookies in the neighborhood with her father when she got to the home of 59-year-old John Dodrill, according to the release.

She knocked on the door, Dodrill opened it and pointed a gun at her, authorities said. The father witnessed the incident and called police.

Officers responded and took Dodrill into custody, the release stated. His gun was seized for evidence.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at 951-696-3000.


  • smalla93

    Whoa, now that's messed up. All it takes is about 3 pounds of pressure to fire a gun and this guy pointed a gun at a little girl's face. Why this guy had a gun in the first place is beyond me. Thank goodness the girl wasn't physically hurt, but this could leave emotional trauma. There was no reason for this to happen. What went through this guy's head when he decided to point a possibly loaded gun at a child? I don't get it.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Unfortunately, someone will declare that this guy had a right to answer the door with a weapon. The tricky part is why he pointed it at her immediately before she said that this was a stickup. When it comes down to it, his defense lawyer will analyze whether anything illegal was done.

    Assuming this was for Girl Scouts or school, there will probably be a new policy banning or advising against selling door-to-door. Incidents like this is how rules get created that aren't understood years later.

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