Too close for comfort....  

slidein2meplz 61F
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6/15/2005 9:54 pm

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Too close for comfort....


Memorial day weekend... 3 days off. No major plans, just hangin out at home...doing stuff around the house. Rearranging furniture...back to how it was before I decided to have a room mate or 2 or 3 (not all at once... first 1 then gone, then #2...then gone...then #3...and now gone)... Now I finally had them all gone...and no one else needing help. I officially put out the word that there was "No more room at the INN"...and could finally put my house back in order the way it was. All was fine and good...

Went to bed around 2am on Saturday night..(technically wee hours of Sunday morning)....and was sleeping pretty sound...when all of a sudden I hear "male" voices outside my home...and they were shouting.... VERY LOUD...woke me up...which is hard to do in most cases. Now I always...always sleep naked.. and have for as long as I can remember...even when I go camping...or am sent to some seminar somewhere or...even when I go to visit my daughter and her family... I sleep in the buff....doesn't matter where or why....I just do. Anyway...I hear very loud male voices shouting... I have no clue who it is or what they are saying...or why???? So, I roll out of bed... and walk around it to get to the window nearest my driveway to peek out...and just as I get to the window..and was reaching to lift up a slat in the blind... I hear "pop, pop, pop, pop, pop"...GUNS.. someone is shooting at someone in MY DRIVEWAY...IN MY YARD..!!!! SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME...

My home is located in what most people refer to as Midtown or Central of Tucson...and it's a very old neighborhood... my house was built in the early 50's.... small, 2 bedroom...1 bath... very cute...lots of charm... looks like a little adobe house...but it also has a fairly large 1 bedroom apartment built onto the back of it...that I rent to my youngest brother.....

Okay.. so I hear guns being shot...I have no clue who it is or who is shooting at whom...I have no clue if someone is shooting at my brother...or the neighbors with whom I share a driveway with...I knew it couldn't be me...as I've had no one mad at me or enemy's with... So...??? I hit the floor right away... crawled around the side of my bed to get my phone... I'm shaking so bad...and so scared I absolutely thought Iwas going to puke... plus I'm naked... and it's dark in the house... I can't see diddley... but I did manage to find a hot pink sleeveless dress I had been wearing earlier... so I'm trying to call my brother first... to make sure he's ok... but his line is busy... which scares me more...'cuz I don't know if he's ok or not... I'm trying to also get this dress on...but I'm so scared I get balled up in it..and nothing going where it's supposed to... head trying to get thru a sleeve opening...wrong.... dress gets twisted.. I'm trying to dial 911...but hitting wrong button.. Just was a total scared mess.... finally get the phone dialed in... I tell them... gun shots.. my driveway/yard..?? don't know who...don't know why....didn't see anything...just loud shouting..then bang, bang, bang.. about 4-5 times...and while I'm on the phone with 911... I happen to see car lights go past the 2nd bedroom window/driveway area... towards the street... which I tell the dispatch...
operator says.. police on the way...etc. Ok.. so then I call my brother again... he answers.. and he's ok... Whew. Now...on the internet..there is a web site that has a police scanner function... so I bring that up...and between pacing the floor from the living room to the 2nd bedroom... I'm listening....and watching out the window...1 police car pulls in and I go out on my porch and I tell him what I heard...and he says ok... and that there will be more police coming to talk with me some more.... I say.. "ok..I'll be here"... duh..(stupid..lol)... still scared. so, I pace back and forth from living room to computer room... and smoke a gillion cigarettes...
and I'm listening to the scanner ..and pretty soon I hear them say..."going back to the crime scene at... Elderly woman in a pink dress at the residence"..... I hear "elderly woman"... and I don't know whether to be insulted or amused..... so I was both.. LOL. So, I go outside and wait for them on my porch... cuz after all.. I knew they were coming.

This all happened about 3:30ish in the morning.

My brother...heard a car pull into the neighbors back yard... He thought it was the neighbors coming home from being gone camping.... But it wasn't them, it was a car he didn't recognize.....

So 4-5 guys...pulled up into the driveway--which we share with the neighbor....but more on our neighbors side....and mostly clear up into the neighbors back yard..... and they all got out.... and walked past my brothers jeep (once) they got past the jeep...He couldn't see where they went) but his jeep is parked right outside my bedroom window.....and over to where my car is...but my brother had company....so there was Elaine's car next to mine.....(theres fresh foot prints because of the rain)......then....My brother could tell something was not right...and so he was calling 911 before the shooting started...Then
there was 4 or 5 gunshots.....

According to the cop who was still outside in front of my house at 7:30 ish that morning .. there was a lot of gun fire activity in our neighborhood....anyway... they caught some of the people involved in the shooting....but no one had been hit as far as they know....

They found a gun clip/magazine in the neighbors yard...and in his part of the drive way they found 3 shell casings...and they found 2 shell casings in the street.....then further down...next to the market...they found shell casings. But according to the police.... the casings were not matching the clip....and some of the shells didn't match each other..... I guess there were several areas in the neighborhood where shooting was going on....but I only heard the ones at my house....but the police were having a hard time finding the shells.

One policeman.... heard the gun shots that happened at my house...because they were already responding to the other calls. Neighbors across the street heard all of this too.

The police were waiting for the crime scene people to come and take pictures of the shells and the clip. My brother actually could tell the police more than I could....he actually saw the car and how many guys were in it.... The police cannot find the gun...(or couldn't during this time....maybe they have by now...but they didn't have it that morning)......
Right after my brother heard the gun shots.... he saw them walk fast...but not running and they got in the car and took off....
When all this happened...there happened to be a cop already coming up my street...going south....and was practically right here when they pulled out.... so he was the one who pulled the guys over... he (according to the cop outside) the one who pulled them over... had drawn his gun on them. The cop caught them at the corner
and they were still there when I went to bed
that morning at 8 ish......just after the crime scene people were here.

.... according to the cop that was outside...it was probably a random shooting/drug-gang thing going on. It bothers me to know that something like that was happening in my front yard.

As far as the police knew that morning....no one was hit/hurt...and they couldn't find anywhere where gun shots had hit at all....and they had a dickens of a time finding the shells.

Also according to the cop outside... these guys are not being co-operative. He suspects that it's gang/drug related....and also according to the guys that got stopped....they were supposedly being shot at...by someone. The police say about 20 or so people called to report the gun shots...in various areas of the neighborhood....so they were already out here when the gunshots happened in my yard....and before I called 911 and before my brother had called...
I only heard the ones that happened here. So the one cop who was guarding the crime scene evidence said they were "suspect/victim"....and there was 1 bullet hole in their car.
I told the cop that morning.... I heard the dispatch call me elderly....and we laughed...and I said.. "hell, I'm only 50....that's not elderly".

Very scary.... I'm glad no one was actually hit. I would have freaked out if there had been someone shot ... hurt/dead....laying in my yard or driveway...or even in the street in front of my house. Or worse... a bullet come thru my house....and hit me.
Sure don't like the idea of strange/gang stuff going on in my driveway/yard.

Okay... so now several days have passed... and I go to dinner with one of my girlfriends..and we're outside after dinner and talking..I'm smoking... and all of a sudden we see that huge earthmover going west on Grant Road...which we both looked at each other in surprise...because stuff like that is normally hauled around on a huge flat bed truck....

There was at that time...only 1 cop behind it...and he had his lights on..but no siren... but this huge earthmover...kept on going...didn't stop... Next thing we know... is power is going out at the resteraunt... and now more police and even undercover police are racing down Grant road...

Later... of course we all find out it's a 14 year old boy who has ADD and other emotional/mental sorts of problems...and had just found out his family is moving out of town... and apparently, he didn't take this news to well....and stole this earthmover...and led the police on a 12 mile chase that ended up with the police having to shoot him..because once he got to an area where he couldn't go anymore... decided to throw the thing in reverse... and the cops... were all packed in behind...where they couldn't get manuevered around to get out of the way... so they had to shoot him.

It's too bad they had to...but.... this kid had plenty of opportunity to stop....and also, the whole ordeal could've been much worse.. he could've killed people in their cars... he could've rammed into a building or someone's house... or he could've backed over all those cops....hard telling what could've happened....

I haven't heard how the kid is...but last thing I did hear about him was he was paralized and was n a drug induced coma... ?? Haven't a clue what's going on with him now....

What a hard, hard lesson this kid had to learn...
it's sad.
Thankfully, though...no one else was hurt or killed....

So... during the Memorial day weekend and the week following... that's what happened in my part of the world... Pretty wild...huh?

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~


keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
6/21/2005 6:47 am

Jeeze, what a night! The ending was disturbing more than anything else though. Poor kid. My heart goes out to him and his family.


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