Yesterday I arrived early like always for a routine home inspection. It was in a Boston neighborhood -- a side street off of Dorchester Avenue in Savin Hill, for those who know the area. And then I survived a shooting.
It was a beautiful day, about 70 degrees and sunny in the early afternoon. I’m standing at the trunk of my car, messing with my tools, getting ready. Two guys pull up on a motorcycle directly across from me on the other side of the street. Making a ton of noise, revving it. Kids. They’re both young skinny guys wearing hoodies and surgical masks.
One gets off, starts walking away, looks at me real hard. I look back, like whatever, no big deal at all. I figure his friend dropped him off at home, but then he’s pacing a bit. This gets some side eye from me. Then the driver gets off and leaves the bike running and they both start walking away. Side eye changes to alarm bells.
I go across the street, past the motorcycle and away from them. Then BAP BAP-BAP BAP-BAP-BAP BAP! I turn and see one of them shooting. It occurs to me later, remembering the rapid sounds, that they both had guns, but I saw only one at the time. The only good part for me was they were aiming away from me and across Dot Ave. I turn and run and hide behind a car. They get back on the bike and haul ass. I stand up and try to get a photo but they’re too fast. Gone.
Police show up, people coming out of their homes. Two different cops interview me. One officer stops to talk to me. I lean in his window to give a description and direction they went and he takes off looking for them. Maybe 6 or 7 police there, 3 or 4 cruisers that I could see. One cop made a comment to me about how the place I was inspecting probably just dropped 10K in value… Hmm… They tape off the scene with me and my car in it. Dang. At the time, I felt like I wasn’t as shook up as maybe I should have been, somehow, but it was quite something.
There are other parts to it, but that's the gist of the thing. Took all of 20 seconds or so. On a small world side note, a young couple there recognized me from doing their inspection a couple blocks away last October…
No one was killed or even hurt. I survived easily, luckily, unlike so many other innocent victims. Many people live this violent reality on a regular basis; this tiny little story among countless thousands is not special in any way at all. I’m just one in a sea of others, but it was a first for me. After having been through that, though, I still cannot begin to imagine being in the total horror of a mass shooting. I certainly didn’t have to smear the blood of a dead classmate on myself and play dead, as an 11-year-old survivor in Texas did a few days ago. But the whole scenario of being involved in a shooting certainly became a bit more real to me.
What’s my point? You just never know what will happen from one second to the next. Literally. To me it was a reminder to try to enjoy each moment in the moment. And to not waste time or energy being negative about stupid meaningless shit. Embrace life in a positive way, and live every second as fully as possible!