A man was shot in front of my house last night.

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@MarkyB21 (1545)
September 19, 2007 3:26am CST
I've since seen on the news that he died in hospital. I won't give a link to the news article about the shooting as it basically gives my address. I'd just gone to bed and was reading a book when I heard the shots outside and a car speeding away - a man had been shot in his car across the road from my flat. I called the police who turned up a few minutes later along with an ambulance. Later on the forensics team turned up and took loads of photos. This morning my street was taped of and my flat is now in the middle of a crime scene. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep last night. I'm hoping that the police will have gone by the time I get home so that I don't have to go through all the tape again. Have any of you experienced something like this? It makes me wonder what kind of area I'm living in (I only moved there a couple of months ago). Would you stay there after that, or move away?
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
20 Sep 07
I can't be sure about the area that you live,you know better than anyone but I can say that things like this can happen at any area,even at the best. Of course was a very bad moments for you but try don't let them destroy your piece.I don't say it's easy but just try.if you have any friend that can keep you company these days even better. I hope you already start fell better........
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
20 Sep 07
I feel ok about it now but I would like to know who was shot and why - the news hasn't got any more information yet.
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
20 Sep 07
If you learn anything more about the person that they shoot or why they did I hope you share it with us.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
24 Sep 07
It looks like he just happened to stop his car in front of my house when someone else pulled up and shot him but there hasn't been much information on the news still so I haven't found out much.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
25 Sep 07
OMG! That is horrible. I wouldnt stay there if I were you. If that happened where I was living the next day I would be looking for another place to live.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
25 Sep 07
Thanks for your response although I doubt I'll be moving due to this. If there were regular shootings and I felt at risk I would move away but I think this was just bad luck that someone who was a target for this sort of act happened to be outside my house when the crime was committed.
@lucy0713 (32)
• China
20 Sep 07
During the last 20 years,I just heard of something like that from the TV or newspapers.Needless to say,I havn't had that terrible experience.Then I hope I will not have the experience all by my life.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
20 Sep 07
It's not an experience I expected to have either! Hopefully I won't have it again.
@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
20 Sep 07
Wow, that must have been so scary!! I have definitely never experienced anything like that before, and hope that I won't ever. I guess if something like that happened where I live, I would maybe try to find out if anything like that has ever happened in the area before, and then decide whether or not I wanted to stay. If I had kids or something, then I'd be more likely to move probably.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
20 Sep 07
I think if I had kids I would probably move too but I wouldn't know what the area I moved to was like until something happened there.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I am sorry what happen there.That's really sad and we don't know what can happen wherever we are.I have similar experience.I just move to apartmen complex and after two weeks we had a break in.Another week pas and there was another note about same thing, somebody break in to somebodys' apartman.I am scared but I didn't moved out.I don't think it would help, while it can happen just in other place also.Yeah of course I am scared now when I hear some voices, but moving out it 'snot solution for me.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
20 Sep 07
I'm sorry to hear that and I hope you don't have further problems.
@nehrlas (202)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Sorry you had to go through that Marky. I have never been in that situation and very grateful of that. I am not sure what i would do, I mean, is your neighborhood typically crime ridden? I live on a very busy street. I think mostly are homeowners, we do have a rental or two across the street that has been rented to a few questionable families. I feel safe in the town I live in, but the street I live on makes me feel a little unsafe, its busy and dark.
@MarkyB21 (1545)
20 Sep 07
It seemed like a nice enough area but now I'm not so sure.
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Wow, that is very frightening. I have not experienced something like that myself. But I have certainly heard of stories where shots have gone stray (or missed their target) and ended up hitting an innocent person sleeping in a home. I think I would consider moving if at all possible, but that is just me.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
19 Sep 07
Thanks for your response. I don't think this incident will be enough to make me move but I will wait until I find out a bit more about the area - if it turns out that there have been other shootings there in the past, I may have to consider my options.
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
19 Sep 07
If I were you maybe I cant sleep for a week. I dont know but I think thats really horrible. and I dont know if I can tale it, esp when i see the tape on the street. It would only remind me of the man who was shot there. I dont know if I can stay there any longer. I guess you should be careful if you dont know the kind of place you are living.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
19 Sep 07
Hopefully I will find out a bit more about the area and get a better idea of how safe it is there. As I've said before - it seemed like a fairly nice area.
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
19 Sep 07
OMG that must have been terrifying, I hope you didn't go outside to see what was going on,do you know if it is a drive by thing or a domestic, I think that would have been very scary...
@MarkyB21 (1545)
19 Sep 07
I didn't go outside as I wasn't sure the person who did the shooting had gone and I have a bad history for getting injured whenever there's any possibility of it. There haven't been any updated news items about it yet so I'm still not sure of the details. I would like to find out why he was shot - I think that knowing there was a reason for the shooting and that this man was specifically targetted rather than a random victim would help put my mind at ease.
@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
19 Sep 07
I am sorry you had such a bad experience, do you know if they already caught the person who did it? I can imagine you did not sleep anymore last night. But I would not move away unless it is something that happens very often where you live. Because something like this can happen everywhere.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
19 Sep 07
There has been no update on the news about it, so I guess they haven't caught anyone yet.
• United States
19 Sep 07
well i can not say i have been through this but i was leaving my x and i had some friends with me to get some of my things and some of the kids stuff out cause he would not let me in and then he finally let me in and he called up some gang members and there was a stabbing it was terrible that has been years ago but i never forget it
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