At 11 p.m. Thursday, police began receiving reports of a man walking near 12th Avenue East and East Harrison Street while firing a pistol at buildings, the ground and the sky, a police spokesman said in a statement.
According to police, the man, who’d continued his stroll into the 500 block of 13th Avenue East, reloaded his .38-caliber revolver and kept shooting indiscriminately.
Patrol officers found the man near 15th Avenue East and East Mercer Street and arrested him. He allegedly admitted to the shootings and told police he just wanted to see if his gun “still worked.”
I heard these random shots last night—from my living room. I listened, they stopped, and I forgot all about them, not thinking that my block (and my living room) was just one stray bullet away from a funeral.
Now I join Charles Mudede in the journalist-who-was-next-to-a-crime-and-did-nothing-about-it club.
(I know, I know—First-World problems. As a friend in Cambodia just wrote me when I told him about this: "There are only land mines in Cambodia.")