Peak Florida: At least for today

This is almost funny. Man broke into house demanding food and internet for his family, cops say.

Police say a resident in the Encantada community on SW 190th Avenue was sleeping around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday when he heard a strange noise. He woke up and found a man in his house who demanded food and internet — a desperate plea amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He did steal various items. Apparently not the WiFi PW.

Police have no leads, and neighbors are upset because “We live in a gated community and we have security.” As if that means you have a guarantee.

Hat tip to Wirecutter, who says… “Gimme all your food and your wifi password!” Welcome to crime in the age of COVID-19.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought it was a good idea to break into a home. Man shot, killed after allegedly forcing his way into Montco home.

Responding officers found a 55-year-old man with a gunshot wound inside the home, the DA said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, but his name has not yet been released.

And the neighbors were shocked alarmed to discover that they did in fact live in The Real World™ where crime can, and often does, happen.

WFMZ’s Holly Harrar spoke to neighbors who said they keep to themselves but that the incident is alarming, especially since the road is poorly lit at night time.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

What NOT To Do, If You Hear Gunshots

Guy protecting his property under Missouri law: this story has been in my feeds for a few days. (Mostly because the Left hates gun owners, I think.) Neighbors react after man fatally shoots woman allegedly trying to steal his car.

Five to six gunshots woke up a lot of people in the Marlborough community in the morning. That includes Alma Marley’s husband.

“I jumped up because I hear him, and ran behind him and ran to the window,” she said. “All we seen is a guy coming from that house and walk back to that house.”

So, you hear gunfire, and your first reaction is to go look out the window. Because you have bulletproof glass in all the windows of your home, no doubt. If you hear gunfire, you should probably NOT go to investigate. Just sayin’ that might not be the best course of action. You are free to disagree.

Neighbors Were Shocked

Facepalm X 2Because they usually are… Neighbors shocked after shots fired into home, car on Rivermeade Drive in High Point.

And they acted like insane average people.

After hearing shots outside their home…

“We decided to get up and go to the door and see what it was,” she said.

OK, here’s an important safety tip. If you hear gun shots, DO NOT go and look to see what is going on. Take cover. Military cover. Don’t just hide. (That is concealment.) Put something between you and the bad guys. Brick. Granite. Bookshelves full of books are a good option. DO NOT put yourself in the line of fire to satisfy your curiosity, or you may end up like the cat.

Oh, and crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” If you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and all too often does, happen. You are not protected by your zip code.

Self-defense In Memphis

Seems like a lot of people think they have the right to feel safe, when they really have the right to defend themselves. Homeowner shoots suspected burglar, police say. Oh, and at least one of the 2 bad-guys might rethink his life of crime.

[A resident of the apartment targeted] said his roommate got his gun, which he says he has a permit for, and shot the man who was trying to break in.

“The police told me two people tried to rob us with guns and what not. They pulled up in two separate vehicles and one got shot literally sticking his arm inside the house,” he said.

He had broken a window and was reaching in to unlock the door.

The guy who got shot is in a local hospital in “extremely critical condition”.

The reporter makes a point of establishing that the apartment in question is not to far from The University of Memphis campus, as if that should put out a force field to repel crime. Or something.

Neighbors were going about how the apartment complex feels seems safe. But feelings, or appearances, are not reality. If you can read this, then I hate to break it to you, but you live in The Real World™ where crime can and often does happen. You may feel safe, you may not want to think about what could happen, but burying your head in the sand to the reality of your situation does not make you safe.

Neighbors Were Shocked

Because they always are. Homeowner shoots through front door at would-be intruders.

A resident told police at about one Thursday afternoon, he heard two men singing Christmas carols as they knocked on the door, then tried to kick it in.

The homeowner shot at the men, who took off — one possibly in an older model teal car.

As for the neighbors?

“Kinda scary considering there was a gunshot about 200 yards, if that, from where I’m standing,” Lance Turner says.

Neighbors like Turner in the Lincoln Village neighborhood on the city’s north side off Cook Road are concerned.

The didn’t realize that they lived in The Real World™ where crime can, and all too often, does happen. Oh, and people defend themselves. I’m sure Mr. Turner would have been happy if his neighbor had been injured or killed, as long as no firearms were involved. Or something.

Neighbors Were Shocked

But then they usually are. Investigators: Man shot, killed in Whitehall Township after answering front door.

Guy answers his front door at about 5:30 AM. Gets killed. Police are investigating. (More details at the link.)

The neighbors? They didn’t think that they lived in The Real World™ where crime can, and all too often does, happen.

Neighbor Shannon Gallagher awoke to police tape and cop cars outside her window.

“I was scared, still scared, I’m going to talk to the cop right now. We don’t know anything and it’s scary.

Which I grant you, isn’t really being shocked.

“Something like that I would not expect. I’ve been living here seven years now, never seen anything like this. Never had any issues with the neighborhood,” [neighbor Afif Salloum] said.

I am sorry to tell you, but if you are reading this, you don’t live in Pleasantville, and Andy Talyor isn’t the sheriff of your little community. You too live in The Real World™. Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” There may be statistically more or less crime in you zip code, but the possibility exists. You should plan accordingly.

You Are Not Protected By Your Zip Code

A fairly typical case of self-defense, and a fairly typical case of neighbors being shocked. Woman confronts intruder inside Eastern Shore home.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Cliff Cadenhead said, “The current homeowner was actually in the bathtub and she had two young juvenile children who were in the house also, and the kids heard some movement or whatever going on in the house, would go out there and look and see someone in the house that shouldn’t be in the house.”

Sheriff’s officials say the children told their mother and she told them to get out of the house

But they didn’t get out of the house, and their mother did get a firearm. There was a brief struggle, and the intruder was shot.

And the neighbors were shocked to discover that they live in The Real World™ and not some fantasy land.

Another neighbor, … said, “It’s surprising. It’s a really nice neighborhood. I haven’t met these people specifically, but I met a lot of people in the neighborhood and its always been a calm neighborhood.”

If you can read this, I am sorry to tell you that you too live in The Real World™ where crime can, and too often does, happen. Your neighborhood is not “too nice for crime.” Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” You are not immune. You should plan accordingly.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Even in Deep-blue Philadelphia, self-defense works. And the neighbors are shocked. Philadelphia store employee shoots, kills armed robbery suspect, police say.

The man was trying to rob the store when the lone employee inside – who has a permit to carry a firearm – fired at the would-be robber multiple times, striking him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. And the neighbors?

Debra Earle, who lives nearby, said she was rattled by what happened at the store.

“Very upsetting, very upsetting,” she told FOX29. “You can’t feel safe walking down the street paying your phone bill right down the street from your home.”

She was never safe. But she lived in a bubble where she was able to delude herself into thinking she was safe. And it’s the 21st Century where facts are irrelevant and the only thing that counts is “Feeling safe.” Not actually being safe. She wasn’t safe last week. She isn’t safe today. Do you think she will consider some type of self-defense? A kubaton? Pepper spray? Anything? I doubt it. In a month, she will “feel safe” again. She still won’t be safe.

Neighbors Are Shocked

Shocked to discover that their zip code doesn’t protect them from crime. Police say attempted burglary leaves one man shot to death in Spring Park.

One person is dead, and another detained. Cops won’t say if it is a homeowner or intruder who was shot. So, on to the neighbors.

“There’s crime everywhere, but I didn’t expect it around the block,” neighbor Melanie Blackburn said. “It’s concerning. That shouldn’t happen in the neighborhood.”

If you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ and not Mayberry RFD or Pleasantville. And in the Real World crime can, and sometimes does happen. Unless you live in a gated community, with guards, where you live doesn’t ensure no crime. Statistics are all about averages, not absolutes.

The Media Is Not Giving Us the Whole Story. Again

It’s almost like they are biased against gun owners. Texas homeowner shoots man he caught sleeping in front yard, deputies say.

They are going on and on about the guy being asleep. He had been asleep. Past tense. Then the attack started.

The man had allegedly been sleeping in the yard, and the homeowner woke him up. That’s when he confronted the man and got into a physical fight with him on the lawn.

When the man lunged at him, the homeowner opened fire, hitting him in the arm and abdomen.

Neighbors are shocked to discover that they live in The Real World™ and in Texas. Before he was shot, he was banging on doors and banging on cars in the neighborhood.

Neighbor Melissa Elrod said the commotion of the banging on her garage door woke up her daughter around 4:30 a.m. Moments later, she heard shots.

“It’s scary, it’s scary. My daughter is five feet from that,” Elrod said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

First He Got Shot, Then He Got Arrested

I’m guessing his day didn’t go the way he planned. Suspect shot then arrested following burglary call in Sherwood. And neighbors were shocked.

He apparently knew someone in the house.

The incident happened on Tuesday night at a home on Community Cove, according to an arrest report.

“The suspect was gone when we got there,” Sgt. Drew Edwards says.

Edwards says Calloway left the scene shortly after getting shot and took himself to a nearby hospital.

Cops arrested him at the hospital. The neighbors?

The crime has some neighbors shaken up, despite living in a place that they otherwise describe as safe.

“We’ve got police cars that come down through here two or three times a day,” Vicki LaSpina says, who lives just a few blocks away from where it happened.

Because they didn’t realize they were living in The Real World™ where crime can and sometimes does happen. Oh, and self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense in Memphis

Oh, and neighbors are shocked scared. East Memphis woman shoots burglar after he kicks down her door.

He was looking for somebody. He found somebody, but not who he was looking for.

Police say William Barnes was shot after he kicked in the front door of a home on South Holmes Street. Four days later the shooting still has one neighbor traumatized

The guy who got shot – several times – ended up at a local hospital, where he was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.

The neighbor? She shocked and dismayed to discover that she lives in The Real World™ and some fantasy land.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now. I mean, it’s so disturbing that this happened.”

After a week she says that. (I am woman, hear me cry hysterically.)

Neighbors Are Terrified

By the realization that they live in a place where crime, and police action, can take place. Spokane Valley neighbors call Saturday’s fatal shooting ‘unsettling’.

Reports of a guy who was apparently high, and bothering kids. Cops get there and he runs for a homeless camp, then stops and pretty much tells the cops he has a weapon, so they shoot him.

The homeless camp? No big deal. The guy who was high, hanging around kids? Apparently that is not a problem. The cops on the other hand…

“It’s terrifying. And that’s our backyard,” said neighbor Crystal Runions. “What if my youngest had said, ‘hey, can I go out with my friends and play with my Nerf guns?’ and they were just running around and one of those bullets went stray and took our one of our kids?”

What do you expect from Washington State?

But if you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does, happen, and that usually results in some kind of action by the police. Up to and including shooting the bad guys.

They Took The Money, Then Shot a 79-year-old Woman in the Back

We are constantly told by the gun-hating Left to just give the Bad Guys what they want, and they will leave us alone. These guys didn’t get that memo. Hunt for 79-year-old store owner’s killers continues.

“For someone to come in, do a robbery, take the money, just like they asked, and then shoot them in the back, there you go. At this point, we even have criminals out looking for them,” said Detective Ed Troyer, with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are doing, or not doing.

And neighbors were shocked to discover that they live and work in The Real World™ and not in some fantasy land.

“To come in here and blemish our neighborhood and feel our safety is threatened is really hard to believe,” Larry Chambers said.

Because they want to feel safe, even if they aren’t safe.

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.

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.