Neighbors Are Shocked

And self-defense works, even in Eastern Pennsylvania (deep blue as it is.) Person taken to hospital after shooting in New Hanover Township.

Police said this shooting was “domestic related.” Initial reports said an intruder had been shot by a homeowner.

Both can be true at the same time. Reporters seem confused on that score. As for the neighbors…

Neighbors said they’re shocked something like this would happen on their quiet street.

Sorry, but if you can read this you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and often does, happen. You are not protected by your zip-code. Crime doesn’t only happen to “other kinds of people” in other kinds of places.” You should plan accordingly.

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Whether You Feel Safe, Or Not, Doesn’t Impact If You Are Safe, Or Not

I know the 21st Century is all about feelings, but some reality needs to creep in now and again. Campus Edge landlord increasing security following death of tenant.

I know this is another Neighbors Were Shocked story, which makes 3 in 2 days. I think it is a sign of the times.

A shooting occurred. One person died. Another was rushed to the local hospital. Residents of this “off-campus” apartment complex are disturbed that their studies could be interrupted by the Real World™.

“Do you feel safe living there?” Asked 7New Reporter Stefany Bornman.

“After 2 days? Not so much, but before that, I would say yeah,” Rossen told 7News.

So what was different 3 days ago? She was ignorant of the fact that she lives in The Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does happen. She thought – because she is a college student – that she was guaranteed a crime-free existence. And actually that apartment complex is not a crime-free oasis.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office since 2007, there’s been 465 incident reports filed by different Campus Edge tenants for a slew of offenses.

Even if most of those are on the level of littering, or “he’s being mean,” or “Make him stop looking at me,” (which is the kind of thing I expect from college students today) some of them are probably for serious offenses.

But if you can read this posting, even if you are sitting in the middle of a college campus, you are in that Real World, and you should plan accordingly.

It Was Off-campus Student Housing. Bet There Was a Gun-ban

Oh, and neighbors/students are shocked. “It was scary,” Nerves rattled for residents at Langston University apartment complex after double shooting.

Langston University police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a double shooting that sent two people to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

It happened around 1 a.m. Thursday at an apartment complex owned by Langston University just off the campus.

Police think there were 4 suspects. 2 people had to be flown to a trauma center with multiple gunshot wounds. This riled up the campus because they didn’t know they live in The Real World™.

“I can’t believe this. I’m totally in shock,” Letina Mcleod, who also lives at the complex, said.

There is more of that.

The Austin Bomber: One Year Later

Austin was convinced they were an oasis. They were always part of The Real World™ they just didn’t know it at the time. ‘I still want to know why’ | One year later, how the Austin bomber was stopped.

This is a fairly long read, but it covers everything. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, Homicide Detective Rolando Ramirez, the involvement of the ATF, the decent in force of the FBI. Blind alleys the investigation went down. The random nature of the victims. The clues that finally identified the suspect. And more. It’s all here, and pretty engaging.

And of course the shock that Austin suffered when the people of that city discovered that they were not immune to bad things happening.

“I was angry because he made us go through all of this, the community, he took the peace away from Austin,” Det. Ramirez said. “It was senseless.”

Chief Manley hoped that Austin could “feel safe” again. And maybe they can, but they were never safe, no matter how they felt about it. They weren’t safe 2 years ago, and they aren’t safe today. No one is; that is just a part of being human, though we don’t like to think about it much.

Neighbors Were Shocked – By a Swatting Call

At least no one was shot by police. SFPD investigating possible ‘swatting’ incident involving tech leader.

A “Facebook cybersecurity executive” was targeted.

“The male caller stated that he had just shot his wife in their home, he had the kids tied up, there were pipe bombs everywhere, and if police responded that he would harm the police if they came to help,” said Janine De La Vega, Public Affairs Manager Palo Alto Police Department.

Not a prank, as the death last year proves.

Neighbors?

Neighbors were surprised to learn of the incident.

“Horrible, definitely. I’ve been living here for six years it’s always been really, really quiet. So I’m surprised to hear that for sure,” said Manuela Zavattaro, neighbor.

Swatting is a crime. And if you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can and all to often, does happen.

It’s Bad Enough When “Neighbors Are Shocked”

When police are shocked – because they too are living in dreamland – you’re in a bad situation. State College shootings: 5 shot in rampage near Penn State campus. (State College is the name of the town.)

“Quite frankly it’s shocking and disturbing. We like to think of this place as Happy Valley. We like to think these things can’t happen here. But one of the things that it makes you realize is that it can happen here and does happen here,” said State College Police Chief John Gardner.

What are the chances that he has a plan, or has tested a plan, for how to deal with an active shooter, for a guy who attacks a grade-school, say. If the police are this clueless, what are the chances that the school districts have any plans about lockdown, or shelter-in-place? My guess – exactly zero.

If you can read this, then you do not live in Pleasantville or Mayberry; you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and all to often does, happen. You should plan accordingly. And if you are police chief, you should plan, drill, encourage the schools/others to plan, etc. Get your head out of the sand. (Or wherever you have your head buried.)

“Hope is not a strategy.”

This is the strategy that is inherently followed by all the “shocked neighbors” whenever they find out that crime can happen in their town. LOCK THE DOORS!. If you won’t listen to me – and evidence is that you won’t – maybe Massad Ayoob can convince you.

“It won’t happen to me because I live in a nice place” is not a strong defense. That thinking comes under “hope is not a strategy.” Criminals with functional IQs realize the nicest homes have the nicest stuff to steal. And criminals realize that in the sparsely populated hinterlands, there are fewer witnesses and the thin blue line of police is stretched particularly thin.

Some good advice about what to do, and what to tell ALL the members of your household, especially the trusting ones. (Bad guys don’t exist in my neighborhood!)