The following scenario is one of my "nightmares":
Partygoer shot when he returns to wrong Las Vegas house
A man who briefly left a birthday party at a nearby home and thought he was returning to the celebration but went to the wrong house in Las Vegas was shot by the homeowner who objected to the late-night intrusion, local media reported on Friday.It's worse, now, because we live in a crowded subdivision and many of the houses do, in fact, look the same. Actually, TheBoy had an incident where he called Mrs. G. at work to say he couldn't get into the house. He tried the code on the garage and it didn't work, so he went up to the door and tried his key, only to find out that it didn't work as well. He wasn't panicking when he called the Mrs., just letting her know.
The shooting victim was hospitalized after the incident early Thursday morning with wounds that were not life threatening, said Officer Jesse Roybal, a Las Vegas police spokesman. Police did not identify the man, but local media reported that he was in his 20s.
He later called back, feeling sheepish, because he was at the wrong house...
We all think we know what a bad guy will look like; what a scenario that might involve deadly force will look like; etc. The stereotypical bad guy, complete with black mask, will be breaking a window to gain access to the house, etc. Except that, as this story shows, sometimes it's just a confused, drunk kid. Sometimes it's someone that just made a poor decision.
Now, they compounded their poor decision by arguing with the homeowner, that's for certain. I'll give the homeowner the benefit of the doubt and believe that he honestly felt threatened by the inebriated person on his porch. It's certainly no stretch - I don't know how charitable I would be if someone were pounding on my front door in the wee hours of the morning, either.
In the case of both parties involved, they got very lucky. The young man who was shot appears to be out of danger, and the homeowner that did the shooting doesn't have to live with having killed someone for making a mistake. I can't second-guess the homeowner, here; I wasn't there, I wasn't privy to the exchange, and anything I can come up with is conjecture and guesswork.
What I can do, though, is add this scenario to the list of "what-if" scenarios to think about. What if there's someone pounding on the door in the middle of the night that doesn't belong there? What if they manage to gain entry? What if they wake the kids and scare them? Nothing ratchets up the tension and adrenaline like your family being in danger.
Lots of things to think about...
That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)