yep your gut usually don't steer you wrong, if he had listened to his gun yea he wouldn't have gotten shot the kid would have just shot someone else. Me personally I would have taken the legal route too but I would have ask to let one of my cousin be left in a room for a while alone with no cameras then he would have showed up to court looking worse then me.
As for the family that should just tell you something about how some people are I know darn well if my kid shot someone like this boy did I wouldn't be cheering for him I would down right ashamed that I raised someone that flippin stupid.
"come on you sons of b***hs! do you want to live forever?" Sergeant Daniel Daly, USMC, Belleau Wood France June 6th 1918
"You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go" Benjamin Button