I will start by saying that I am not trying to claim any real personal connection to the shooting in Annapolis yesterday. None of my friends and family(that I’m aware of) were at the location where the shooting occurred. I didn’t personally know any of the victims. I didn’t know the shooter. I was safely removed from the actual events. This one though, was too close to home for me.
The newspaper office is 15 miles from my house.
It is across the street from the mall we would go to all the time back when we did things like go to a mall.
It is next to the hospital where both of our kids were born.
It’s within walking distance of a restaurant we eat at regularly.
The shooter apparently attended the high school 5 minutes from my house.
The shooter lived near where I work.
I’ve always been aware of the fact that this type of thing an happen anywhere. I’ve been through active shooter training. I have a plan for what I might do if it happens at work.This one really hit home the point that it could happen to me or to someone I love.