Shooting too close to home
This was my front yard when I got up Sunday morning. Yep, that’s crime scene tape tied to my tree. I could see a police car just down the street and an officer standing there talking to someone.
As soon as I got dressed I headed out the door to find out what had happened and immediately encountered my next-door neighbor. He said shots had been fired during the night and his wife had called the police.
I’ll spare you all the conjecture and conflicting reports I read on NextDoor. Police reports said two male friends, 18 and 21, were sitting in a car talking. An unidentified car came by and someone shot at them before speeding away. The shooter remains at large. The 18-year-old is in the hospital in critical condition. His friend did not survive.
A neighbor’s security cam recorded the sound of the shots, and some 30 shell casings were later found in the street.
All that took place just three doors down — and I basically slept through the whole thing. How, I don’t know. It happened at 1:15 am and I went to bed 30-45 minutes before that. I think I sort of woke up to an odd loud sound, but hearing nothing else, immediately went back to sleep.
That doesn’t explain why I didn’t hear police and ambulance sirens; maybe they came in quietly. One thing I do know is that there’s nothing wrong with my hearing. I guess I’m just a deep sleeper.
Here’s a photo from the media:
Anyone know what those white globe things are?* Maybe lights for an investigation that started in the dark?
The police finally took down their tape and left around 2 pm. I’ve seen no additional information other than that the investigation continues.
And that’s all I know. We got some good rain that evening and now it’s as though nothing ever happened — except that tragedy struck two families that night.
A local news report:
P.S. I forgot to mention that I received two Code Red messages that night, one just after the shooting saying to stay indoors until further notice and a second one, about four hours later, giving the all-clear. I didn’t see them until I woke up. Code Red, if you don’t have it in your city, is a way for emergency services to send messages to citizens, sort of like a reverse 911. I turn my phone off at night, allowing only calls and texts from family members to come through. I’ve now changed my settings to allow Code Red calls also.
Update, Sept 17: Just found an update posted on NextDoor three days ago. The shooters, juveniles, were caught. They were from Aurora, a minimum of 20 miles from here on the far side of Denver. The black Jeep they were driving was the second car they had stolen that night.
I don’t know how reliable NextDoor posts are, but that’s the only news I’ve seen since the shooting occurred. Typical of the media to report the crime but not the resolution.
*Update, Sept 20: I found an explanation for those white globes at the crime scene. They are relatively new technology. They scan the crime scene and feed the scans into a computer that combines the images into a detailed 3-D image of the scene. I found the explanation here: https://kutv.com/news/local/good-question-what39s-with-the-white-balls-at-crime-scenes