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More Violence in my vicinity!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by clavefa, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    Ok a few weeks ago I posted about the cops shooting some gang bangers on their way to a hit down the street from my house.

    Well yesterday afternoon in the office building across the street from my office 4 people died in an office rampage.
    This might have made the national news.
    I work at Madison and Canal streets in Chicago's west loop area directly across the street from where these shootings happened.
    A digruntled client walked into a patent, ip lawfirm chained the doors closed and shot 4 people. 2 attorneys and 2 staff.
    3 died and a SWAT sniper killed the gunman.

    All this happened around 3:30 pm. My cubicle is near a window and myself and 1 of my bosses just kept hearing sirens wailing. When we looked from his office window we see
    every imaginable law enforcement vehicle plus fire trucks and ambulances .

    Now this office tower is also a commuter train station with shops and a food court which i enter almost every day at lunch to browse or eat.

    We have a TV in a conference room from which we also had a
    good view of all the action.

    It was like a Bruce Willis movie or something.

    We were'nt sure what was going on, heck some of us were thinking of evacuating our office just in case.
    Then finally the tv news said it was a hostage situation on the 38th flr of the tower, so we calmed down a little.

    Then after about 30 minutes after the SWAT went in , they start sending stretchers into the building and slowly bringing
    the victims out.
    The last was apparently was the one with the gunman
    since the ambulance was escorted by a few squad cars.

    After that it was a huge mess for people to get on their trains
    to get home. I take the "L" so i was'nt affected.

    I guess my point is that i'm starting to feel as if my luck or whatever is running out and sooner rather than later I'll get caught in some sort of mess. Although I'm no stranger to violence i've always been able to skirt it.

    I've altered my commute so as not to be in the subways
    ever since the London bombing and that actually worked out b/c the train I would usually ride had a derailment this past
    summer and since the CTA eliminated conductors it has not been as safe .

    OK i've vented.
  2. Hey Oz, why would the CTA do that?
  3. moro

    moro Geek

    Sep 5, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    Whoa, I heard about this on the radio last night. And strangely enough, I don't read the OT forum much, but I remember your story about the shootout.

    That's nuts!
  4. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    Budget shortfalls. Then they switched to an automated voice that annouces the next stop, then the engineer opens and closes the train doors. They also added call buttons on the cars but the train engineer has to stop the train and then walk from where he's at the front to check on the call.
    It's a very slow process and as happened with the derailment
    there was no announcement, it was dark and smokey so people opened the emergency doors and walked on the cat walk to safety, it could have been much worse luckily only 1 car went of the rail.
  5. dhadleyray

    dhadleyray Guest

    Dec 7, 2004
    were you in London when the sh*t hit the fan?:confused:
  6. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    No, but i was riding the subway everyday to work after that incident i decided to stay above ground.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Sorry to hear that, may peace come to our troubled world.
  8. Hey Major, you'll be happy to know that a little more peace is coming to the head peace keeper at the UN. His already very posh personal digs in NYC is getting a $4.3 million renovation payed for by you, me, and clavefa. 1 million of it is for additional security infrastructure! Cool huh?

    Too bad about the conductors and Oz's 'ol rickety train.
  9. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    What with all TAX breaks for devolpers that want to build more condos there's a lot less money for public transportation, so they just cut service and important jobs.
    I've riding the rails most of my life so in the event of an emergency in the subway i'm sure i'll find the emergency escape ladders to the surface.
  10. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Banned

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    God I hate it when this happens. He didn't even get anything accomplished because he hurt innocent people. And then he got killed (obviously only way) so nobody could even tell him why he's wrong. Everybody loses. :(
  11. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    Once he shot some one it pretty much sealed his fate.
    Take him as soon as possible so no more innocent people get hurt:(
  12. We were all pretty freaked out about that, my dad is a lawyer downtown, so it really hit home.
  13. Jiggybass


    Nov 15, 2005
    Sudbury, Canada
    The world is in a sad state, it really is.

    I don't think I could handle just sitting across the street, while random people are just getting shot and killed.

    The world is lost :(
  14. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    Yeah pretty soon they'll be installing metal detectors at all offices downtown the way things are going.
    On another note police caught a guy before he could do damage at a mall in the burbs:help:
  15. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    Yeah, thats what it was about crazy as it sounds.
  16. dhadleyray

    dhadleyray Guest

    Dec 7, 2004

    Unfortunately, not in our lifetimes.. The way things are going. :bag:
  17. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Sorry to hear about the violence, but it's good to know you're ok! Maybe start carrying a concealed pistol in case you really do need to "do a Bruce".
  18. hand guns have been illegal in chicago since '82
  19. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    And my lack of knowledge in the field of US law becomes readily apparent!

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