WILLISTON PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A text message fight over the TV show “The Walking Dead” ended with a Long Island woman in the hospital and her boyfriend charged with attempted murder, according to police.
It all started Monday just after 2:30 a.m. in Williston Park.
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Jared Gurman, 26, was having an ongoing debate with his long-time girlfriend, Jessica Gelderman, through text messages over whether or not a zombie apocalypse-type scenario as depicted in the popular AMC show could ever happen in real life, said Nassau County Detective Lt. Raymond Cote.
1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports
“He feels strongly about the possibility that some military mishap could occur. She thinks it’s ridiculous,” Cote said. “She was not taking him seriously or taking the show as seriously as he does.”
Police said Gurman’s girlfriend went over to his apartment to talk to him because “the tone of the text dialogue got to the point where she felt uncomfortable leaving him alone for the night,” Cote said.
But when she arrived, Gurman was standing outside with a semi-automatic rifle, police said.
As she tried to calm him down and walk inside, police said Gurman shot her once in the back.
Police said Gurman then drove her to the hospital.
“Her injuries are a shattered rib, a pierced lung, a pierced diaphragm and she is in serious, but stable condition,” Cote said. “The physicians at the hospital had difficulty controlling the bleeding.”
Neighbor Christine Mulrooney told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon the incident was scary and disturbing.
“Who cares what they were arguing about?” she said. “It was just the fact that he went off the handle with something so ridiculous.”
She said Gelderman, 27, was sweet and did not deserve to be harmed.
Gurman was arrested at the hospital and has been charged with attempted murder. He was set to be arraigned Tuesday in Hempstead, but information about how he pleaded was not immediately learned.
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