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maryland shootings
October 07, 2002, 6:41 pm

They don't know who is doing this.

Last night while driving home from Towson, I jumped everytime I passed another car. I was certain that whomever is responsible for killing random people was nothing but a trigger's breath behind me. A huge red SVU suddenly became a white box-truck in my mind, complete with psychotic gunman in front seat, waiting to mow me down, spilling my blood on my new upholstery.

I needed coffee and ran to Dunkin' Donuts during second period. I made the mistake of turning on the radio.

The news came in blurbs:

Another shooting, this time a boy at school. Wal-mart on Crain Highway.

I was ON Crain Hwy.

The Wal-mart shooting was discounted; the shooting was in Bowie, but we were on full lock-down anyway. Soccer practice was canceled. Students were only allowed to leave through certain exits in the buildings. We will probably have to cancel practice for the rest of the week.

I'm more scared now than I was a year ago during 9/11. This is in my backyard. This is a random crazy person/people spraying shopping center parking lots with bullets; this person uses a sniper rifle to pick off kids going to school. This person does not care anything about you except that he/she wants you dead.

I am not normally this jumpy.

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