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10-05-2007, 06:26 AM
CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- A business owner shot and killed himself during a City Council meeting Thursday night after members voted against his request to rezone his property, witnesses said.
http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2007/US/10/05/owner.suicide.ap/art.piper.ap.jpgMayor Johnny Piper, third from left, talks with City Council members and others outside City Hall


Ronald "Bo" Ward, owner of Bo's Barber Shop, had told the council his business would go under if he couldn't get his home rezoned as commercial. After the 5-7 vote Thursday night, Ward stood and walked toward the council.
"Y'all have put me under. ... I'm out of here," he said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.
Fire and police officials attending the meeting immediately ushered the audience of about 50 into the hallway, where several people were sobbing.
At least one police officer is always on duty during council meetings, officials said. However, visitors are not required to go through a metal detector or any other screening.
"When a gun gets whipped out like that, someone is going to get shot, but I didn't know who," Councilman Bill Summers said. "You could've been right next to him, and I don't think you could have stopped that."
Mayor Johnny Piper said Thursday's council meeting would be the last held in that room.
Ward had said the rezoning would increase his property value, allowing him to secure a loan to offset debt he incurred when he expanded his shop.


10-06-2007, 12:52 PM
Filter, Short Bus album

hey man nice shot,

I wish I would've met you
now it's a little late.
what you could've taught me
I could have saved some face
they think that your early ending
was all wrong
for the most part they're right
but look how they all got strong
that's why I say hey man, nice shot.
what a good shot man.
a man
has gun
hey man
have fun
nice shot
now that the smoke's gone
and the air is all clear
those who were right there
got a new kind of fear
you'd fight and you were right
but they were just too strong
they'd stick it in your face
and let you smell what they consider wrong.
that's why I say hey man, nice shot.
what a good shot man.
a man
has gun
hey man
have fun
nice shot.
I wish I would have met you
I wish I would have met you
I'd say
nice shot.

Lew Barrett
10-06-2007, 01:20 PM
People work all their lives in their own business. They become inseperable from what they do; it is what they are. I know this from personal experience.
That said, it takes a certain mind set to kill yourself over your business fortunes. It's very sad, and he must have suffered a great deal of anxiety and depression. Probably more than he should have.
In this case, it was about the money. He'd lost the plot, but then, we all do sometimes.

10-06-2007, 02:10 PM
Its sad isn't it? I kind of passed on the story at first but the look on the faces of the council. Then I thought of the song.

It was written after the 1987 suicide of Pennsylvania treasurer R. Bud Dwyer who shot himself during a television news conference.

Bob Cleek
10-06-2007, 05:16 PM
Nice of him not to have taken the councilmembers with him! I doubt I would have been so considerate.