May. 2nd, 2006
West Hollywood Shooting  
Okay, this freaks me out a bit.

This was posted as a MySpace bulletin, but I confirmed the information with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Watch Commander:

So last night [Monday night/Tuesday morning, 5/1/2006] my neighbor was walking home from the bars around 12:30AM back to his apartment. He was just a few hundred feet away (up from East/West and Video West) when an old car with three men pulled up and demanded his wallet. Since he was about 15 feet away from them he refused and started to walk away. One of the men in the car pulled out a nine-millimeter gun and shot him. Luckily, he was only shot in the arm and the bullet went clean through. There appears to be no severe damage and he will make a full recovery. The men have not been apprehended and are still at large.

This is pretty freaky cuz unlike most of L.A., W. Hollywood is definitely a walking city and generally considered safe. This sort of thing doesn't really happen often, but when they do, they often repeat.

To my knowledge, no one has been caught yet. So, yeah, be hyper aware of your surroundings when walking. No more mp3 player in my ear.

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Mood: little freaked
Listening to: Senses Fall - Lady In a Blue Dress
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Rob: Chubby Huggspriorysion on May 2nd, 2006 - 10:42 pm
That is seriously frightening. Most of California is starting to freak me out. I try to pretend that I don't live in the East Bay, but then I hear about things like the murder rate in Oakland. Maybe its time to just deal with the rain and move back to Seattle.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on May 2nd, 2006 - 10:48 pm
actually, the fact that this isolated incident is a big deal is a testament to the safety of the city. I still consider West Hollywood to be very safe.

It's just things like this concern me because I know there's a good chance that these people will strike again. WH can be a target for robberies since people know it's a fairly affluent area and assume gay people won't fight back.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on May 2nd, 2006 - 10:50 pm
...of course, i could just be fooling myself :-P
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Dizzy Athan the Greek: leidfaggypants on May 3rd, 2006 - 01:09 am
that is pretty scary tho.

i am always walkin home drunk buzzed from the clubs. and its a decent walk. i always want to cab it back home but either a) bf opposes spending $5 on a cab or b) we get thrown out of cab when they find out where we are going as it is not worth it to them.

this is why i like my plan c) asking people for rides.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on May 3rd, 2006 - 06:24 am
ditto. I walk all the time. I'm usually pretty aware of my surroundings and watch out for slow driving cars. I think I'll just vary the routes I take to hit up more lighted, populated streets.

Shame about the cab though. We should get the city council to pass a law similar to what I think DC has. Someone once told me that there, if you flag a cab, he has to stop, and can't refuse the fare.
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baltpup25: baltimore police badgebaltpup25 on May 3rd, 2006 - 04:07 am
Be safe, D, please. :/

(love the icon, btw)
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Blissfully Aware: collateralkerfect on May 3rd, 2006 - 05:03 am
crap. do you know where it happened?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on May 3rd, 2006 - 06:22 am
yeah right up larrabee, between Cynthia and SMB.
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Blissfully Awarekerfect on May 3rd, 2006 - 06:24 am
my god, that's a block from where i use to live.
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