A few nights ago, this was one of the main stories in a town near me. I spend a lot of time there, and so, this could have been me or I could have been a bystander. It is a restaurant I go to and my neighbor works there.
Police investigate shooting at Anderson IHOP
ANDERSON, Ind. (June 29, 2014) — Police are investigating after a teenager was shot outside an Anderson IHOP.
Cops responded to a report of ‘shots fired’ at the restaurant around 2:45 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the chest. The teenager was transported to St Vincent hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Police made two arrests in the shooting. Eighteen-year-old Michael Wright has been preliminarily charged with attempted murder. Nineteen-year-old Christopher McGregor has been arrested on a preliminary charge of aiding, causing and inducing attempted murder. Both suspects are from Indianapolis.
This was another article that came out soon after the first.
2 Indy teens arrested in IHOP shooting
ANDERSON — Two Indianapolis teenagers are facing charges after a shooting outside an Anderson restaurant that seriously injured a 17-year-old boy.
Anderson police say 18-year-old Michael J. Wright is charged with attempted murder and 19-year-old Christopher L. McGregor is charged with aiding, inducing or causing attempted murder. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.
Police say the shooting occurred about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of an IHOP restaurant near I-69.
The victim’s name was not immediately released by police. He was shot in the chest and was in stable condition Sunday night at an Indianapolis hospital.
Investigators say the victim and Wright had been having an ongoing argument in recent weeks.
Shortly after the shooting, the suspects were stopped by Fishers police on I-69.
Now, granted I am reading some into this, but if those 2 young men were stopped in Fishers, then they had left Anderson and were on their way back to Indianapolis. It doesn’t read as if they were evading police, nor did it sound like they were particularly concerned about the whole thing.
This is what has come to concern me in recent years. I see a growing tolerance of violence, injustice, and pain. I watch a lot of horror movies. I watch, read, and write a lot of violence. Still, it affects me. Even in the movies or in a book or in something I am writing, I feel the violence and the pain. I get angry at injustice; I abhor someone who has no feelings and cannot think about something and the pain or whatever not bother them at all.
I have sat and probably will sit in that restaurant. The waitress/friend was telling me about all the blood that was everywhere. It is my understanding that the human body has around 6 quarts of blood. Now, a person is in sad shape if they lose an entire quart. I don’t know how much this person lost, but even if it was only 2/3 of one quart or about 1 1 /2 pints, think about how much that is if it sprays everywhere. It bothers me that those 2 could do that and then just drive away. A disregard for human life is what it amounts to. And that is where I believe our society is slowly heading.
Do I think that movies have caused this? No, they are a symptom
Do I think that the Internet has caused this? No, it is also a symptom
We are, in my opinion, always so quick to blame, often without looking deep for the true problem’s base.
Let’s look a bit deeper and realize that, most likely, all of us contribute to this problem by ignoring the situations that are real and that exist all around us. If we would truly look, we could well see the problems and then muster up some courage to start the ball rolling concerning changing the attitudes.
We just need to look and truly see, then to simply do some small thing. It could be as simple as making a comment on this post that someone else reads and decides to take it up and start something big.
You really don’t know, so let’s go!