Sunday, July 08, 2007

Prayer Time. Airman and Dear Friend Shot in New Jersey

How ironic to be posting this when my previous post was a video I put together of Americans thanking our troops. On the same day I posted that video, unbeknownst to me, my son's best friend, Airman Jonathan Schrieken, 22, was shot by an anti-war, anti-government leftist lunatic. Jon, stationed in New Jersey at Fort Dix/McGuire Air Force Base, was shot by this crazed anti-military white guy on Independence Day and Jon remains in critical condition. He had been on leave here in Ohio and got back to his home off base and was unpacking stuff from his car when this 22 year old guy walked up to him and asked him if he lived in the house. When Jon said yes, the guy said “not any more” and shot him point blank in the chest. He tried to shoot him again, but his gun jammed. Jonathan made it into the house. The guy then shot himself. The guy, Matthew J. Marren, 22, left a couple of suicide notes stating how much he hated all things U.S. Government. He wanted to go out making a statement. So he chose to make his statement on Independence Day trying to kill a soldier. We are very worried about our Airman. He’s the sweetest, nicest, do anything for ya kid and he’s like a son to me. He’s been to Iraq and Afghanistan on our behalf and then gets shot in his own driveway here in the U.S by an anti-war, anti-American lunatic. This is gut wrenching.

Update: Below is the article from's Philly section, via LGF:

WILLINGBORO — The Pennsauken man who shot and wounded a member of the U.S. Air Force before killing himself left suicide notes that indicated he was “angry at the government and wanted to make a statement” on Independence Day, one of the man’s relatives said yesterday. ...

Marren’s aunt, Terina Henderson of Trion, Ga., said she spoke to Marren’s mother yesterday who told her Marren left two notes, one in his home and one in his car, indicating he was upset with the government.

She said she did not know the exact wording in the notes, but said Marren was “mad at the government and wanted to make a statement ... that’s why he did what he did on the Fourth of July.”

She did not know if Marren knew Schrieken or whether Marren shot him because he was affiliated with the military.

The circumstances and motive for the shooting were under investigation, Milavsky said yesterday. He confirmed the existence of two suicide notes, but declined to discuss the contents due to the ongoing investigation. “I can confirm that two notes were left and that they were indicative of an individual suffering from mental-health problems,” he said.