So some of the neighbors got together Wednesday night down on the corner. And shot each other.
You thought this was going to be a feel-good post, didn't you? Well, no worries. There are several things you can still feel good about. For example: (a.) no one died this time, (b.) we didn't actually know the names of any of these people for a change, and (c.) our car wasn't the one decorated with police tape when all was said and done. Our friends across the street are the ones that got to deal with that.
One of the three shootees (probably also a shooter - there were apparently plenty of them) in an attempt to evade the swarming cops, or to at least avoid getting shot some more times, made it five houses down from the location of the shooting. At that point, he jumped through the hedge adjacent to our friends' driveway only to find, to his surprise presumably, barbed wire in there and also a car parked inconveniently on the other side.
The crash when he bounced off their car is what alerted my neighbors to the presence of an intruder. Maybe also the sirens and the pounding helicopter and the glaring searchlights and the guy with the German Shepherd yelling "Follow the blood trail!" outside our house. (That was what alerted us.)
This was Dog TV at its finest. Lila was enthralled.
They caught the guy while he was lying in the driveway next to the car, bleeding from barbed wire wounds on his hands and a gunshot to the leg, and we got to watch all of it from the porch. We even made up a whole pretend conversation between our neighbor and the cop who was taking down his statement. Although we couldn't hear much, it took so long that we assumed by the end they were probably just chatting.
Cop: Alright, sir. Enough about the guy bleeding all over your driveway. So, the monsoon this year - isn't the shortage of rain just so depressing?
Our Neighbor: Oh, wow, I know, right? I'm just positive my potted chiltepines aren't going to make it.
Raphael's just about ready to move out, I think, but Lila and I are concerned that the quality of programming just won't be the same if we leave this neighborhood.