Friday, 8 September 2006

What Was The Over/Under...

What Was The Over/Under...
for how long it would take for a serious crime to be committed near UC Hastings? (And no, this does not involve issues of mistake of fact and age of consent.)

Earlier tonight, Teddy, Frank, Danica, Shannon, Kayvan, Jenn, and I returned from the APALSA bonfire and arrived at United Nations Plaza at approximately 9:50 PM. Teddy and I noticed that a few cars were making illegal U-turns in the middle of Market Street. We then noticed a few cops driving in the wrong direction down one-way streets. Weird. At that point, we still had no idea what was going on. Teddy thought that it might just be a traffic accident.

But as we approached the tower, we saw more and more cops driving in the wrong direction, all seemingly heading towards Market Street...and that's when we realized something serious had gone down, or that it must be one crazy ass traffic accident. So what do we do? We go to my room to check out what the heck is going on from the view above, of course! Judging from the crowd of people gathering around, we could tell that the incident - whatever it was - had occurred on Market Street and that it was no traffic accident. There were at least 5 cop cars at the scene alerady, and we could see more cops coming from the left and right....many of them, again, going in the wrong direction. We see an ambulance leave Market Street and another ambulance approaching the scene a few blocks away.

So what do Teddy and I decide to do? Go downstairs and check out the scene of course! Normally, I would have wet my pants walking through that crowd, but I felt pretty safe considering the number of cops around. Teddy approached one of the officers taping off the scene and asked what had happened...

So here's the story (most information gathered from the news report we watched): At approximately 9:45 this evening, 3 men and 1 woman were gunned down at Market St and 6th street - merely 2 blocks away from campus. There are apparently 2 suspects, still at large, and the 4 injured are in stable condition and expected to survive.

Pretty scary - not only because we arrived near the scene merely 5 minutes after the shooting, but also because we have all walked through that part of Market Street. In fact, Liz and I walked by there earlier today after a happy hour.

PS: I'm from Danville.

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