Scary News of Incidents in Rosedale
A frightening email from a local list describes gunshots being fired into random houses. While this sort of thing is not remotely typical, I had some friends who had something similar happen maybe 8 years ago. They lived in the northeastern portion of Trinidad. Every Saturday morning they watched a heroin deal go down at 8am. Then they had a kid. Everything was good. They hung strong. They got pregnant again. This time they had triplets. One night mom was giving the kids a bath. A stray bullet shot straight through the front of the house. It passed through the wall, and bounced off the tile in the bathroom while the babies were having their bath. The bullet came to rest in the bath water with the kids. I can't exactly blame them for decamping. If those had been my kids, I probably would have done the same.
I have another friend who owns a place on Queen Street. Several years ago a stray bullet went through the front of his house, and pierced his window A/C unit. Tough little wounded warrior it was, it kept working. I live on a busy street (plus, it's not exactly a trouble spot), and have (thankfully) never experienced anything like this.
So, what do you think about this email, and what has happened here? How would you react? Also, I think this goes without saying, but be sure to give MPD a ring if you find fresh bullet holes anywhere on your property.
We wanted to share recent incidents for everyone's safety and awareness involving shooting of firearms into family residences. On the 1500 B/O Gales St NE there have been 3 such shootings in the last 3 months, all related to the Pentacle Apts' rear parking lot area and access ways to this complex.
In June, a neighbor found what appeared to be a bullet hole shot through their carport door, which faces the parking lot. In July, another neighbor was awakened at night when a bullet shot through her front door and then passed through her back door. The shot traveled from the alley leading to this same parking lot. Just last week, a third neighbor whose home backs up to the Pentacle Apts heard the sound of 2 projectiles striking the back window of their home and found what looked like 2 BB holes through the window. The police were called in all 3 cases.
Thankfully, no one was physically hurt in any of these incidents, but of course we are concerned for our families and neighbors, and would encourage everyone to be aware of unusual activity and please report anything suspicious. We know that the offenders may not necessarily stay at the Pentacles, and would live in or move through nearby areas.
Commander Solberg, from what we understand the police have been responsive in the above incidents and we appreciate the officers at work every day and night. We feel we need to work on more pro-active steps to be taken, including engaging with the property owners of the Pentacle Apts, to help prevent repeated and potentially more serious incidents from occurring. As you know, the parking lot and the areas immediately around it have witnessed various serious incidents involving gun violence, in the last few months alone.
If anyone can provide helpful information to identify the offenders or help with preventative measures in general, please contact the police or respond to this post.
Very concerned neighbors on 1500 B/O Gales St NE