Witness: Mom grazed by bullet didn’t know what hit her
A Dorchester mother who was grazed by a bullet in the head Saturday night as she walked her teenage son and nephew home from the movies didn’t appear to realize at first how narrowly she cheated death, a witness who knows the 44-year-old woman told the Herald yesterday.
The witness, who gave his name only as Isaac, said he and his wife had just returned home from dinner and were “just coming out to go to the store to get some soda” shortly after 8:30 p.m.The woman in question is recovering and appears to have suffered no lasting wounds. It appears to have merely grazed the side of her head and did not penetrate, so the story has a happy ending (well, as happy an ending a story about someone getting shot in the head can have). She ought to go out and buy a lottery ticket once she recovers, though.
What got me was this part:
The woman was walking home when she was hit next to a city ShotSpotter device — used by Boston police to zero in on shooting incidents — mounted on a telephone poll at Norton and Stonehurst streets.Yet the police were on the scene after she had already started receiving treatment from people already there, and no arrests were made. In other words, the "ShotSpotter" device was completely and utterly useless. It alerted the police that someone in that area had been shot - you know, like the dozens of 911 calls made once the woman got hit. The system costs about a quarter of a million dollars - see this article for the figure - and the makers of the system tout it as a way to get police on scene faster.
Now, here's the thing. This is a system that has been in place going on seven years. Since one of the devices was placed right where this woman was sitting, it stands to reason that this is one of the areas in which gun shots were common enough to warrant dropping $250K on one of these devices. Since these devices are supposed to assist police officers in getting to the scene of a shooting faster, there is obviously a direct link from the SpotShotter to the local PD. Even with all that in place, the police didn't show up in time to catch the person responsible.
Gun control, as Uncle Says, is what you do instead of something...
That is all.