Witnessed an almost gangbang hit.


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BamBam-31
May 5, 2005, 06:25 PM
One of my tenants called to let me know that the pilot on their water heater had blown out, so I was off to the Barrio at around 9:00pm at night. After re-lighting the pilot, I started driving home.

An older white SUV (Ford/Chevy, couldn't tell) makes a very dangerous and abrupt U-turn and cuts me off. I'm about to honk and scream at the guy, but this kind of driving was way beyond normal jerk-type driving, so I just hang back. We both pull up to a red, but he only slows down a bit and blows through it. He then swerves towards and attempts to run over a banger-type crossing the street. The banger runs and dodges, pulls out a pistol and points it at the SUV, but he doesn't pull the trigger. The SUV, seeing the pistol drawn, swerves away and turns down the next street. The banger then re-holsters the pistol (Mexican style, of course) and runs into a local video store to lay low for a moment.

Light turns green, and I'm debating whether or not I should go forward. SUV's gone, and the cars to the left and right of me are proceeding, so I go ahead. As I pass the video store's doorway, I get a quick glimpse of the banger as he's leaving the store.

I get home and call the local PD, give them a report and description, leave my name and number. I never got the SUV's license, but I was only close enough to see it for a few seconds (during which I was still assessing potential threats to me). Oh, well.

The next night, I drive down there again to hit up some tenants who are a little behind with their rent. Now, there are several cruisers, ambulances, a chopper, the works, all grilling a couple of banger-types alongside the road. Something bad happened, looks like some people got hurt.

I came away from this thinking two things: 1) Cops wont get there til after the fact. Not their fault, really, just the way things are. If you don't protect you and yours, no one will. 2) I gotta sell those damn Barrio properties post haste. :banghead:

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Hardtarget
May 5, 2005, 07:48 PM
I agree...sell if you can and get yourself out of that "mix". You'll be better off. Good luck.
Mark.

Standing Wolf
May 5, 2005, 08:25 PM
Cops wont get there til after the fact.

The police don't prevent crimes. They write crime reports. Sometimes, they capture criminals. If you want to prevent crimes, you're on your own.

Crosshair
May 6, 2005, 01:45 AM
I gotta sell those damn Barrio properties post haste.

Just sell them to some yuppy as "Reasonable priced housing with nearby pharmacy (Drug dealer on corner) and 24/7 security (Police are there every hour of the night). Open house from 12-4PM (Cause all hell breaks loose at 5PM). :neener:

WT
May 6, 2005, 11:47 AM
Okay, so one gangbanger tries to kill another gangbanger.

Is that a crime? Sounds like a public service to me.

Chipperman
May 6, 2005, 12:56 PM
Almost causing an accident, and potentially hitting inncocent bystanders is a crime. ;)

armoredman
May 6, 2005, 01:23 PM
Ditch the porperty low, and buy more guns/ammo/body armor.

Edmond
May 6, 2005, 01:44 PM
Okay, so one gangbanger tries to kill another gangbanger.

Is that a crime? Sounds like a public service to me.

I agree but those guys are such bad shots that they would end up hitting everything but their target.

BamBam-31
May 6, 2005, 02:38 PM
Actually, I left out a part that pretty much validates the "innocent bystanders are the ones that usually get hit" theory. The second night, cops were interviewing two bangers on the sidewalk, while the paramedics were tending to a lady sitting on a bus stop bench about 20 ft. away.

If it were limited to Banger A offing Banger B, I wouldn't be so opposed to it. Invariably, however, the resulting collateral damage is the worst--and often the only--damage.

dloken
May 6, 2005, 04:25 PM
I agree but those guys are such bad shots that they would end up hitting everything but their target.

I've seen gangbanger types at the range renting Glocks and they were laughably inaccurate at 7 yards.

Chipperman
May 6, 2005, 05:12 PM
It's actually pretty difficult to aim while holding the gun sideways over your head.

:rolleyes:

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