As I'm sure everyone saw on the news, Seattle had a bit of a fiasco yesterday, with an armed individual going on a shooting spree between the International District and First Hill, ending in West Seattle.
Being from ME, I'm not really used to that sort of thing. What really brought it home to me was the location(s) that it went down. Here, check out this map:
Sorry for the size (you can click on it), but you can see the tiny red dot about at the center? That's the Cafe Racer on Roosevelt where the shootings started. That red circle I drew above it is just north of Ravenna, where Maria and I live. Maria goes to school in the morning and was walking to the car (parked in the red circle) right about when the shootings occurred. The suspect fled north from the scene as she was walking south, which means she was within a block or so of an armed suspect leaving the scene of a multiple homicide.
What makes it worse is that the guy made it downtown to First Hill and carjacked a woman, shooting her as well. That could have been Maria up on Roosevelt if he'd turned down the wrong street and caught her getting into her car.
After that, she was also close to where the gunman ended up in West Seattle, after being redirected by roadblocks and unable to leave when she got out of class. On two occasions she was within a couple blocks from where the guy was when he was on the loose.
The thought of Maria being caught up in something like that paralyzes me in just about every way. You don't expect a place like Seattle to be dangerous, but there was a shooting last week, a drive-by gone wrong in which a guy with his two kids was killed as he drove down an alley. Just a stray bullet in that case.
World's going crazy. Stay indoors, man.