Last night, 5 people were shot in a dispute in an apartment complex just down the road in East Denver -- as in, like a mile to the west, next to the cemetery my wife and I run past, right next to the HCT.
Rationally, I largely agree with this statement by a resident:
He said the neighborhood is usually pretty quiet.
"You have your neighborhood disputes and everything, but other than that, no cops,"
Kind of an isolated incident, right?
Except for the fact that on Sunday, 3 car thieves and police had a shootout in Aurora, leading to an injury and a death. This is just off of the HCT in Aurora, where my wife and I rode bikes earlier that day.
But at least those guys were caught and it was a targeted situation, right?
Last week Thursday, after fleeing police, a man broke into an apartment and cowardly held a family of four (including mom and 2 kids) hostage. Fortunately, they escaped injury. He was killed by police, and a cop was wounded. This is on one of my routes to school.
Well, that's what happens when you live in the city. You can always live in the 'gentrified' suburbs, and pass through safely in your car...right?
Last week Monday, in Aurora (again on one of my routes to school) another coward fleeing police took 2 people hostage (including a woman) in their car. Again, fortunately, they escaped unscathed, but two officers were shot before this guy was shot and killed by police.
I forced myself into these stories a bit to tie it loosely to running, but I've passed by all of these places dozens of times on foot or bike. I have some thoughts which I need to organize on some ideas and policy shortcomings, but also (as many have predicted) how it's going to be a hell of a summer.