Thursday, August 02, 2007

Did anyone else hear the gun shots?


Gunshot
Originally uploaded by h.andras_xms
Despite popular belief, it doesn't happen very often that I hear gun shots in Lincoln Park, Pomona. But last night at 10:30 p.m., I very clearly heard three gun shots in rapid succession. They sounded closeby, as if they were a few doors to my east, almost as if they were coming from within the park. A neighbor mentioned to me the other day that she had heard gun shots a few days ago, coming from that same direction. She said it reminded her of the "old days."

What struck me about the gun shots was how silent everything was both before and after I heard them. There was not the usual helicopter flying past Lincoln Park on it's way to wherever it feels the need to go each and every other night but this one. The helicopter usually starts in about 9:30 or 10 p.m., but not last night.

Even now as I type at almost 2 a.m., Pomona is silent, no sirens, no cars passing by, no nothing. Even the trains are oddly silent tonight.

Oh wait, I hear the trains now. One of my favorite things about living in Pomona is the night time train horns that drift into the bedroom each night. I'm bummed that according to this article, the trains will be silenced within the next few weeks. Someone got this whole thing mixed up; it should be the obnoxious police helicopters that are silenced, not the whistling train horns. Oh hey, I hear a helicopter now in the distance, and the train horns continue to blow...for now. I think it finally sounds enough like Pomona that I can go to sleep. But I'm not at all sure what I'm going to do without those train whistles to get me to sleep in the future. END

4 comments:

calwatch said...

Well, I live on the other side of the park as you, and I did NOT hear gunshots, nor did I see anything suspicious as I drove by at about 10 o'clock coming home. So maybe it wasn't coming from the park itself.

me said...

Someone at Palomares and Columbia heard them and thought it came from below Alvarado. So, I tend to think it was NOT the park. Another person west of Garey also heard the shots and thought it was in the direction of the park too. It was quiet otherwise, so it seems like the sound really traveled that night.

LinkinPark said...

I heard these and I live on E. Jefferson. They actually sounded a lot more like the firecrackers that the kids were playing with around the Fourth of July rather than gunshots. They were much louder than gunshots. By the way, great site, nice to hear from other people who want to make the park an even better place to live. Just moved in 4 months ago with my wife and we love it here.

Miss Havisham said...

Why in the world would anyone not like a train whistle? It's the most beautiful sound in the world.

O' Goddess, your blog is lovely.