Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sometimes there is no story.
Sometimes some a**hole just wants to squeeze off a few rounds.
That's how I felt after I walked away from the scene at W. Rockland and N. Warnock Streets.
I was walking to the Logan PAL center on 11th and Rockland St. to thank Officer Sharon Wells for her help with a previous story. Ahead I saw that two police cruisers parked in the middle of the street. As I came closer I saw two officers talking near the corner of an area sectioned off by yellow tape. Two other officers were walking south on Warnock towards a third cruiser that was at the end of the block.
It was lightly raining, and a few groups of people had gathered on nearby porches. They talked quietly, shaking their heads and gesturing towards the corner.
I walked up to one of these groups and asked them if they saw what had happened. Only one person bothered responding, and he sucked at his teeth and said "Naaahhhh."
I went across the street and approached a girl on the sidewalk who had come off of a porch. She looked about 16 years old and had on a bright pink dress. Because of the dress I remembered her from earlier when I first looked around at the houses. She had been very animated on the porch, so I thought that she had seen something.
She told me that what I had just missed was someone firing shots from a car.
"I was walking down the street and all of a sudden I saw the car and it stopped, and then somebody just started shooting," she said. "I just ducked down and then I got back up and they just kept riding."
The only other thing she remembered was that the car was black with tinted windows, and she informed me that no one had been shot.
I went back over to the corner to take some pictures. There were five shells on the street, circled in blue chalk. I approached an officer who was sitting in his car and asked him for statement. He looked up from his computer and simply shook his head from side to side.
By Justin Finneran, Group 3, Olney
Posted by Justin Finneran at 5:31 PM