Fake story still circulating on Internet

Not in Butte …
2007-12-12T23:00:00Z Fake story still circulating on InternetBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard - 12/13/2007 Montana Standard

A dramatic story about a shooting that supposedly happened in Butte last year is nothing more than an urban myth.

The bogus story has been circulating for the past year on Internet blogs and Web sites concerning a girl shooting two men who broke into her Butte home in November 2006.

According to the fabricated story, an 11-year-old Butte girl shot two “illegal aliens” with a shotgun after they broke into her home. The shooting supposedly took place on Nov. 5, 2006, according to Internet posts.

When asked about the authenticity of the events described in this story, Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff John Walsh told The Montana Standard in an earlier interview that his office never investigated such an incident.

“This never happened,” Walsh said.

The story claims the girl shot and killed the two intruders while she was home alone. The story doesn’t provide a street address or attribute the information to any official sources.

Walsh brushed off the story of an urban myth.

“It’s amazing how these things get around,” he said.

Numerous people from all over the United States have contacted The Montana Standard in the past year via e-mail or phone to verify if the story was true. The story is often given the headline “Home Invasion Gone Wrong.” A recent search for this story on the Internet search engine Google.com returned with more than 400 hits.

The story has been printed as fact on some anti-gun control and anti-immigration Web sites. The phony story identifies the 11-year-old girl as Patricia Harrington, who shoots and kills the two “illegal aliens” identified as Ralphel Resindez and Enrico Garza.

Reporter John Grant Emeigh may be reached at john.emeigh@lee.net.

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(7) Comments

  1. soaringskies90
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    soaringskies90 - April 16, 2013 10:00 pm
    Really Butte? this is the kinda stuff people dont want to hear about the montana standard news paper has nothing in it and they keep on the same stories day after day like beating a dead horse
  2. juanajob
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    juanajob - March 12, 2013 6:13 am
    Fox News just repeated this story. Go butte
  3. yetty
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    yetty - February 17, 2013 1:20 pm
    Oh viet vet,i wish this story was true!!!!the girl would be a hero.
  4. zubie41
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    zubie41 - February 16, 2013 10:43 am
    The NRA loves it!
  5. notagoodoleboy
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    notagoodoleboy - February 16, 2013 6:02 am
    Well of course Walsh would want it to appear as an Urban myth, He surely didnt want it known tha an"11" year old G I R L,, can out do his gangsters in Blue, or that while he was in office, the city of Butte was (lol) protected!
  6. jeno138
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    jeno138 - February 15, 2013 7:40 am
    The picture used in this story, of the girl with the gun, is my sister who has never been to Butte. Yesterday someone sent her the story via Facebook asking her if the picture was her (since she doesn't live in Butte.) It was obviously used without consent. It was also not taken by the person who posted it with their name printed on the bottom (acting like it is their picture.) You'd better be careful using other people's pictures without their knowledge of it or you will be slapped with a lawsuit.
  7. Viet Vet
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    Viet Vet - November 25, 2010 12:31 pm
    I know for a fact that the girl who spat on Sylvester Stallone after his heroic return from duty during the Vietnam war (okay, he was actually a security guard at a private girls boarding school during the war), was really an ILLEGAL ALIEN! Are ALL the racists in Montana too embarrassed to comment on this crap or what?

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