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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:36 PM

Richmond, Indiana is a small town, but it's large enough to have a bit of a crime problem

That means that when a local pizzeria gets robbed and someone gets shot in the process, half the town might indirectly know all of the participants.

We're a town of about 38,000 last I heard. My wife got a call from her mother this evening saying that Mercurios had been robbed and someone had been shot in the process. She heard it on the scanner. My wife knows the owner of the restaurant and his daughter who manages Mercurios. Her husband is the news guy for a local radio station who my wife also knows personally as well as most of the city through the radio. She told me to add that odds are she may know the robber in some way.

What's troublesome is that we don't know who was shot yet. The emergency personnel said on the scanner that the person who got shot was unresponsive. We hate to see anyone get hurt, but we hope it was the robber who was shot and not one of the robbery victims.

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Reply Richmond, Indiana is a small town, but it's large enough to have a bit of a crime problem (Original post)
Tobin S. Oct 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #1
Tobin S. Oct 2012 #4
jme0318 Oct 2012 #10
Tobin S. Oct 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #3
Tobin S. Oct 2012 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #6
MiddleFingerMom Oct 2012 #7
NickB79 Oct 2012 #9
blueamy66 Oct 2012 #8

Response to Tobin S. (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:47 PM

1. That is sad, my dear Tobin...

Small towns can be really cool places to live. When something this awful happens, though, then it's hard to deal with .

I hope the victims are all OK.

You hang in there, OK?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:56 PM

4. Ah, it's okay, Peggy

I'm from a larger town and just moved here a couple of years ago. It still surprises me sometimes how close knit this community is. It made me uncomfortable at first with the gossip and all, but it also has an upside. Our neighbors do things for us and help us out a great deal. We try to return the favors. Back where I'm originally from that kind of thing is not common.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 04:10 PM

10. especially since I am the one who....

started all the gossip!!! Ha!

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Response to Tobin S. (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:49 PM

2. This just in.

The robber got shot, but we don't who shot him yet.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:52 PM

3. Oh, good!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:18 PM

5. The owner shot him

It doesn't look good for the robber, he was shot in the neck and the head. Probably won't have much of a life ahead of him if he survives. My wife did not know him. She made the comment that if most people shot someone like that, even in self defense, it would likely be a hard pill to swallow. I agree.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:38 PM

6. I also agree.

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Response to Tobin S. (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:23 AM

7. Despite all the Internet tough guys who claim that they "could kill that guy and not blink an eye"..

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...making a DECISION to kill someone, even an absolutely justified killing, is one of the most
emotionally painful and traumatic events that one can experience (with the exception of
someone along the sociopathic scale).
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The three most common experiences causing serious PTSD symptoms in police officers are
getting shot, losing a partner in the line of duty and shooting someone (and I'm not sure I
have those in the right order). It took departments a LONG time to realize that serious
counseling/support was badly needed by the officers who shot someone... even justifiably.
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How much more so for someone whose job description did NOT include, "Must be ready and
willing to shoot someone if and when it is deemed necessary/preferable"?
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I hope he gets some help, whether he realizes he needs it or not.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:26 AM

9. I had to make that decision when I was 17

No one was shot, because the person I was aiming at stopped advancing at the last possible moment and ran, but I'd already made up my mind to pull the trigger and was applying pressure to it when he stopped.

The next 5 years of college, I spent a LOT of time in the on-campus mental health office, took a lot of anti-depressants, did some pretty reckless things, contemplated suicide more often than I can count.

Things eventually got better, and I'm even on speaking terms with my dad again, but I know I'll always have the emotional scars from that incident. On the plus side, though, I credit my shitty upbringing to now devoting everything I have in me to be a good father to my own daughter, so it worked out in the end in a weird way.

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Response to Tobin S. (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:07 AM

8. My guy is from Highland and most people know eachother.

 

He tells some funny stories and some not so funny stories.

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