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« on: September 04, 2008, 05:27:07 AM »

Yesterday, six random people were shot and killed in various locations down the road from us. They have the suspect in custody. Link.

Today not far from my son's school there was a standoff between police and a man holed up with a bunch of guns. Fortunately it ended peacefully. Link.

Then this morning a man posted that he was going to shoot up a local shopping center today, which happens to be the same one where my son and I went to Gamestop this afternoon. They tracked him down and arrested him. Link.

Crikey. eek
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 05:37:01 AM »

Time to move...
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008, 01:49:30 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 04, 2008, 05:37:01 AM

Time to move...
To Canada?
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008, 01:59:51 PM »

It's frightening when the act of violence is random and without even the slightest level of reason.  When my wife and I first moved to Phoenix our area was terrorized by the Phoenix Serial Shooter.  A man, while walking along various streets in the Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe areas (places we frequented pretty regularly), would randomly walk up to a stranger and shoot them in the head.  He didn't rob them or take any of their belongings.  He'd just shoot them and walk away.

For some reason I find crimes with some level of reason to be easier to comprehend while random acts of violence are frightening, especially when committed close to home or in areas you frequent on a regular basis.  I have no advice outside of being aware of your surroundings and those around you.  Living in West Philadelphia certainly helped me to develop this habit and even after living in Arizona suburbs for three years I've never lost that level of awareness. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008, 02:57:37 PM »

Jeebus Simon, if it were me I'd probably hole up with my family for the next 6 months!   icon_eek

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008, 03:04:58 PM »

Yikes
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008, 03:11:30 PM »

Thing is, where we live is very safe compared to most places. You hardly ever hear of any major crimes, and that killing spree might be the worst one to ever happen. Hopefully it's not a sign that things are changing.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008, 03:15:21 PM »

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 04, 2008, 01:49:30 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 04, 2008, 05:37:01 AM

Time to move...
To Canada?

Just don't take a bus up there.
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008, 04:01:01 PM »

Ugh.
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2008, 04:08:39 PM »

Quote from: Simon on September 04, 2008, 05:27:07 AM

Yesterday, six random people were shot and killed in various locations down the road from us. They have the suspect in custody. Link.

Today not far from my son's school there was a standoff between police and a man holed up with a bunch of guns. Fortunately it ended peacefully. Link.

Then this morning a man posted that he was going to shoot up a local shopping center today, which happens to be the same one where my son and I went to Gamestop this afternoon. They tracked him down and arrested him. Link.

Crikey. eek

So, wait... this means you've been arrested 3 times this week?  icon_eek

Oh, darn - I forgot to click the links!   icon_twisted

Glad to see that you and your family managed to avoid all the danger-potholes in your area.  One of those events would be scary enough, without it being three events so close together in time and space.  Good luck - and keep your head down!   thumbsup
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2008, 06:14:53 PM »

Quote from: Simon on September 04, 2008, 03:11:30 PM

Thing is, where we live is very safe compared to most places. You hardly ever hear of any major crimes, and that killing spree might be the worst one to ever happen. Hopefully it's not a sign that things are changing.

Jeez, I'd like to know what the unsafe neighborhoods are like.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2008, 06:23:53 PM »

we spent labor day overnight at camano island and were seriously considering going up north to pick up a few things.  would have been right in the neighborhood when this all went down.  not to mention the F-up this surely did to the drive home. 

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Living in West Philadelphia...

did it also teach you how to rap?

Quote from: PeteRock on September 04, 2008, 01:59:51 PM

our area was terrorized by the Phoenix Serial Shooter...

now that just freaks me out to no end.  they caught this guy? 
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2008, 08:11:03 PM »

Wiki says they did. 
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2008, 09:19:29 PM »

You ain't had to deal with nothing until there's a sniper on the loose in your region.
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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2008, 09:43:46 PM »

Actually, I work literally one block from where one of the Va.-Md.-DC sniper shootings took place.  paranoid I feel awkward every time I park in that area.

As a longtime newspaper editor/reporter I'm on record as doubting the value of comments on news stories. Most of the ones I see just deteriorate into venemous attacks on other posters' comments, fomenting hatred, and endless arguments.

This happens even when the news story is, "Betty Maple ran a successful lemonade stand to raise money for the Double Amputees Charity."
"Who cares about Betty Maple? Why don't you write about me?"
"Her lemonade sucked! I want my money back!"
"Charities! It's just welfare! People should stand on their own two feet. Er. Stumps!"
"Betty Maple is a skank!"
"Not as much as you are!"
"I'm Betty Maple's brother and I'm so gonna kick all your a**es!"

And so forth. I do good "newspaper comments threads" impressions, no?  disgust  icon_lol

Most are like a Usenet thread or an unmoderated message board, basically. icon_razz The average paper can't afford full time stuff to moderate the stuff or keep an eye on what's posted there (whether serious threats or just basic name-calling).
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2008, 09:51:23 PM »

Quote from: Caine on September 04, 2008, 06:23:53 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on September 04, 2008, 01:59:51 PM

Living in West Philadelphia...

did it also teach you how to rap?

I didn't say, "...where I was born and raised," merely where I lived through college and for a year after.

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Quote from: PeteRock on September 04, 2008, 01:59:51 PM

our area was terrorized by the Phoenix Serial Shooter...

now that just freaks me out to no end.  they caught this guy? 

They did.  When I had jury duty they were actually choosing the jury for that very case.  Fortunately I was instead selected for a drive-by shooting case that only lasted a week rather than the 5-week Phoenix shooter marathon.
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