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Ok so I wake up yesterday, and do the standard routine to get ready for work. ABout 8:30 am. Our neighborhood is generally really quiet about this time.
I literally step out of the shower, and hear "BANG" followed by a scream. The wife had just gotten back in bed from dropping our daughter off at school, and she said what was that? I said sounded like a gunshot. She said someone screamed. She was now WIDE awake.
Then "BANG" followed by another scream. So, wrapped in a towel, noticing no other sounds, like glass breaking, ricochets, or cars fleeing, I grab for the cell phone and look out the window down the street. Adrenaline was full rush by now! Then I run to the livingroom and look out the front, we live on a corner, so I can see down both streets from the house. Nothing moving, then "BANG" followed by yet another scream, so I start dialing 911. This all happened in about 1-2 minutes total. Really quick.
I call in "sounds like 3 gunshots" and give the necessary info. I hang up and get dressed quickly and head to the front door. My neighbor directly across the street is a Sheriff's Deputy, and his neighbor beside him is a City Investigator. I look outside to see 1 unit turn down the street, and open the door. Then I see the Investigator, who had JUST left to go to the PD come down, followed by a 3rd unit.
I know the 3rd guy, so I step out to the car and give the details, and he takes off. My neighbor and the Inv. wife come down the street and ask if I heard it. I said "hell yea".
The Sheriff Dept said he thinks it came from the northeast side of the neighborhood, I say the southeast, which is to the right of my bedroom. The Investigator's wife says the same as me. Then we laugh about having different stories. So the 3rd guy comes back up the street, and says they think it was a truck backfiring, and the Investigator is going to check along w/ the 1st unit.
The Investigator comes down to the corner where we are standing, along with the Major form the PD now and here is what we were told. 3 houses down on my right, where I said the noises came from, there was a tree company removing trees, and they had started up the truck and it was backfiring. I asked who was screaming, and the Investigator said it was the driver. Everytime it would backfire, it would scare him. I have to believe it, as it was as loud as me shooting my XD45 with no hearing protection, from where I was at.
We stood and talked for a bit, as other neighbors made their way around to see what the ruckus was about. The Investigator told them we were having a block party and this is how we were going to get everyone's attention. Then it was back to normal life.
All of this happened in about a 13-15 minute time frame. I still made it to work on time and it's a 10 minute drive.
Lesson from this for me........ adrenaline is a tough thing to overcome in such a situation. I consciously felt myself going up on high and thought myself back down enough to think clearly and atleast call it in. I didn't grab my firearm first, not knowing what was going on and who was involved.