Tragedy Nearby

Just saw this posted on my google newsfeed, that “2 shot, 1 dead in MacArthur Park; LAPD searches for suspects.”

Could explain the helicopters I have been hearing circling overhead for the last hour or so. One edge of the park is only three blocks away from where I am sitting right now. I think I’ll stick with my plans to stay in for most of the day.

However, not to make my neighborhood sound super scary in terms of crime, most shootings I have heard about since I moved here, involved some sort of criminal element, not mere random stranger shootings. Since I have no criminal dealings, I consider myself mainly safe as not a potential target!

Update (1:07 pm PST): Well the latest has it as a gang shooting, thus proving my point of shootings in the area tend to involve a criminal element I am not a part of. I was happy the news noted fatalities are not that common, and that the incident took place at the NW corner of the park, an area I usually don’t frequent, since I live closer to the SE corner. Besides, that is a corner that seems somewhat sketchy still anyway, somewhat less well lit, and I avoid after dark. But hey, that’s the exact same corner that is across from the former Park Plaza Hotel, known for its faded glory beauty, and where I got to see Henry Rollins dj, up close and personal. Hopefully, KCRW listeners wanting to attend the upcoming Masquerade Ball being held there Halloween night will not let this incident dissuade them. I would go myself, except I will be in New Orleans that weekend.

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