3:00 a.m. on April 12, 2017.
*pop* *pop, pop, pop, pop*
I’m tired; literally and figuratively.
How do I go back to sleep after shots are fired outside of my door? My brain doesn’t care that I need to be in “turnt up trainer” mode by 7:30 a.m.
Is this retaliation for the shooting that happened, down the street, at 8:00 p.m.? Did the homicide rate just increase, again? Is a family sitting in the hospital praying for the well-being of their loved one? Is someone sitting up making a decision about striking back to get revenge? What’s the status of our Cities gun violence prevention efforts?
It’s racing. There’s no going back to sleep after that.
As of April 11, 2017, Wilmington has experienced 50 shootings; 13 homicides.
Thirteen individuals, who we call “unidentified man or woman,” no longer with us, leaving behind children, parents, family members, and friends; mourning their loss.