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 maybe I sort of woke up to an odd sound, but hearing nothing else, immediately went back to sleep. I don’t know.
That doesn’t explain why I also 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.