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Earlier this evening, I was in the back yard watering my tomatoes when I heard a commotion. At first I thought it was the kids in the house behind us. They tend to play loud.

Then I heard a woman scream. Then another. It looked like people were running around in the street, but it was hard to tell through the trees. I turned off the hose and started toward the fence to investigate.

More women screaming. Instinctively, I grabbed my phone and swiped the camera on. Before I reached a clear line of sight, I heard a pop like fireworks. Then another, and a few more. More screaming. And then it sunk in. Those aren't fireworks.

Holy fucking shit. Those are gunshots. What am I doing in my yard with a camera? My heart is suddenly pounding.

More pops issued forth as I bolted for the relative safety of four walls. DH was inside, headphones on, blissfully unaware. "The police will be here in ten minutes," I told him. "Give the TV crews half an hour." I was right.

It's been a few hours now and I still don't know what happened. The street is still lined with police vehicles and the cars of residents who live on the cul-de-sac. There's nothing in the local media yet, no lights and sirens going out, so I can only hope everyone's OK.

Not good.
I could've gotten shot watering my tomatoes. It's scary as hell, and it makes me very sad.

8:22 PM PT: Update: Getting ready to crash for the night. I can't find any local media coverage which hopefully means there were no serious injuries, but I'm still very concerned for everyone involved. Thanks for the kind thoughts and recs!

UPDATE 2: 6/20/14 13:30 EDT

Thanks again for all the comments and support, and for putting this dashed-off diary on the Rec List. The neighborhood was back to its tranquil self early this morning, with no evidence of the emergency vehicles that lined it last night.

I still don't know what happened. None of the news footage made it on the air. Sadly ironic: the lead story on the 11:00 news was another neighborhood shooting. To be clear, this is not my neighborhood, but it happened about 20 miles away, within an hour of the incident on my street.

Deputies: Man in critical condition after shot by neighbor

A neighbor said she saw the whole incident take place in the middle of the street.

"I was sitting on my porch and we heard an argument. I look over and hear a pop and the guy’s standing there and I saw the guy shoot him again," said the neighbor.

This should not sound familiar.

On a more positive note, I'm pretty sure there were no serious injuries here. With everyone out in the street, we got to re-connect with old neighbors and meet new ones. We talked about looking out for each other. One guy just moved here weeks ago from Colorado; he took it in stride.

This should not be familiar. But it is.

Staggering U.S. Firearm Facts
Thanks again for reading.

Originally posted to SteelerGrrl on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 07:06 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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