Apparently I can’t recognize the sound of gunfire.

E did, right away. I just thought it was firecrackers. Lots of them. Going off very, very quickly. And then helicopters, which are still flying overhead now.

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And after…

Early the next morning: I wondered what it would be like to go down to the street, if I would be able to tell that something happened. Yes. Our block is sectioned off, guarded on both ends by officers. Inside the lines of the yellow do-not-cross crime-scene tape, the block itself is mostly quiet, though there is a throng of people in one spot, more yellow tape there. Outside the crime-scene tape are the people looking, and lights, and activity, especially to the south. I walked north, aware of people watching me. An officer guarding the police line yelled at me for walking on the sidewalk. “On the street, miss!” he yelled. So I walked down the middle of the street toward the barricade. Then the officer lifted the line of tape so I could duck under and go through. “Have a nice day,” he said.


12 thoughts on “Gunfire

  1. only moments after we saw it on the news did i think, “damn, i should have run down there with my video camera.”
    i think there’s something wrong with my wiring…

  2. okay well reading this news story nearly made me cry–and only because i’m in a very public area right now did i not cry! how horrible. and i am glad you are safe.

  3. Holy crap. From the NYT:

    Stephen Smitty, 48, a bar bouncer from Staten Island, was standing outside the Back Fence talking with a friend when the gunfire erupted.

    “I was chit-chatting and all of a sudden it sounded like fireworks,” Mr. Smitty said. “I saw a cop on his knees with no hat on and soon people started talking about a dead cop.”


    Ray Cline, 56, was at his mother-in-law’s apartment on LaGuardia Place when the gunfire interrupted their dessert.

    “I was eating cherry pie with my mother-in-law on the 26th floor and then what sounded like a string of firecrackers rang out,” he said. “There were at least a dozen shots within four or five seconds and then sirens came within a minute or two.”

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