I live in a fairly nice part of town on the outskirts of Denver. I have my CCW and at the time of the incident I'm about to describe, I had my CCW but didn't carry. I saw it more as "giving myself the option" and simply "excercising my rights" to hold the ccw... Dumb, I know.
With that said... Last summer I was headed to a local shop that sells parts for camp trailers (they had a part waiting for me)... It was in a part of town I had never been in, but not a bad area at all. The shop I was heading to was a large warehouse-like building and on the opposite side of the street is a large trailer park. As I'm pulling in to the parking lot, I hear *pop* *pop* and think "kids with fireworks"... And I parked my vehicle. I got out, oblivious to the world, and as I close the door to my jeep I hear *pop* *pop* and the unmistakable sound of tumbling bullets (most likely from a .22 short) coming from the direction of the trailer park. At this point I put my jeep between myself and the shooter.
I waited for a bit and no more shots. I looked around and the owner of the shop was standing in his window with binoculars gesturing for me to get inside. Which I did.
He had already called the police. I waited around for 'em to show up and had a discussion with the shop owner during this time. This is where it gets weird...
He explains to me that there's some crazy elderly man in the trailer park who's "always shooting at 'em"... He's never hit anyone, but this business has bullet holes all over their building. Everytime the cops are called, the elderly man claims to be shooting at squirrels.
This has got to be bad for business.
After later discussing with the police (and telling them I had a CCW but was unarmed), their response was "the guy is lucky you weren't armed or you may have shot back!"
In the end, the police confiscated the gun and wrote the guy up for "reckless endangerment"... With no arrest. They did take his guns, though -- after the guy admitted to firing his gun "to shoot at the squirrels" Astonishing. They indicated that I MAY need to testify, but never called me to do so.
Did I mention that the trailerpark had no trees and the owner of the shop I was at had *never* seen a squirrel there? They're the stealthy Colorado Plains Squirrel, apparently. Very rare.
I never did actually see the shooter.
The moral of the story, I guess, is that there were several lessons learned:
1. Pay attention to those *pop*ing noises.
2. Always Carry. Always. Always. Always. I wouldn't have needed it in this case, but the adrenaline rush and fear of being sniped at while being utterly defenseless was something I'd rather not experience again. It's unpleasant to feel hunted and not have any defense at all.
3. Train. Practice. Run scenarios through your head (although I haven't seen any scenarios discussed here that involve responding to a sniper with your CCW)
4. If you end up having to shoot at someone in Lakewood Colorado, just claim you were aiming for the squirrel... because then it's just a reckless endangerment charge which in all likelyhood will never make it to trial.