Hey guys! New member here! I just thought I would share one of my experiences as it is one of many reasons why I now carry everyday, everywhere.
This was on Halloween weekend in 2003. Myself, my GF at the time, my best friend and his GF at the time (we all lived together in a 2 bdrm apartment) were attending a Halloween party at my friend's GF old house where about 7 of her friends still lived. The house is located 2 blocks from the main entrance to the University of Washington. (seriously 2 blocks) The party was great, had a fantastic time but was ready to call it a night at about 1 AM. My GF and I walk out back to leave through the alley and my friend and his GF join us to have a smoke before they go back inside(there is like 25 people outside in the back doing the same thing). They finish their cigs and we say goodbye and me and my GF walk down the alley and around the corner out to the street. We make it home and go to sleep. At about 3:30 we get a loud pounding on the door, it is my friends brother telling me to hurry up and get dressed we have to go to the hospital, Kyle and Jess got shot. ***?!?! Well apparently less than 5 minutes after we left, two people started shooting down the alley. My friend got hit in the thigh and his GF in the neck. A few things about this:
- When the police did their "investigation" they found multiple shells from a .38 and a 9MM. They called it an "initiation" shooting. Where someone shooting indiscriminately into a crowd in order to be let into a gang. I am still not convinced as they found the shells on opposite ends of the alley and my friend and his GF got hit from different directions. I think they got caught in crossfire.
To this day no one was caught and the police never questioned my friend or his GF. I think b/c it was 2 blocks from the University of Washington the city pretty much just wanted the whole situation to just "go away.."
- Never depend on anyone else for help. As they lay there bleeding my buddy was begging for someone to call an ambulance. My buddy had crawled over to his GF to try and stop the bleeding and to hold her until the ambulance showed up. The whole time yelling "someone call 911!!" He finally had to lift himself off the ground stumble over to some ***hole FILMING the whole thing on his cellphone and call for help himself. I could not believe that when I heard it.
I know that had my friend been carrying the outcome would have been the same since this was a random event BUT I just wanted to share as an example of how quickly your life can be turned upside down and you have to fight for your survival. Also had my friend been trained in the proper use of SA he may have had a chance to notice whomever did the shooting and get to a safe place. Who knows...
EDIT** I realized I never said both my friend and his GF are ok and have made full recoveries. They were both very lucky. My buddy took a round in the thigh that came within an 1/8 of an inch of his femoral artery. Would have bled out in less than 5 minutes. His GF whom got hit in the neck was even luckier. Apparently the surgeon said that by looking at the injury the only way she could have avoided any serious injury was if the bullet was tumbling (may have been a ricochet) It went in through the back right side of her neck and out over her left collar bone shaving some skin off the bone on the way out. The bullet actually tumbled around her spine, esophagus, and all arteries. Right through the middle of her neck. We thought she was gonna die but she ended up only needing one stitch. Go figure.