Shooting Update

Both the Martha’s Vineyard Times and the Vineyard Gazette have updated their stories on Friday’s shooting.

Key points: Michael O’Keefe, district attorney for the Cape and Islands, has determined that this was a homicide committed in self-defense. Cynthia Bloomquist will not be charged in the death of her husband.

Ms. Bloomquist’s lawyer, Sean E. Murphy, issued a press release in which, according to the Times story, he stated that Kenneth Bloomquist was armed with a shotgun and a pistol when he broke into the house. “After Cynthia Bloomquist was shot with the shotgun,” according to the release, “Mr. Bloomquist then produced a handgun and attempted to shoot Cynthia Bloomquist with the handgun. During a violent struggle for the handgun, the gun discharged, hitting Mr. Bloomquist.”

Mr. Murphy also stated that “Cynthia Bloomquist did not have any firearms in the home.”

The Martha’s Vineyard Times story provides more detail about Cynthia Bloomquist’s request for a restraining order. I’m now even more surprised that it wasn’t granted. On the other hand, she could have gone down to the county courthouse the next day to apply again, but she elected not to do so. Perhaps something happened the night of March 1 to make her feel especially endangered.

Ms. Bloomquist is reported to be in stable condition at M.V. Hospital.

Updated Monday, March 26, 9:20 p.m.

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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