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Shots Fired

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Shots were fired again last night in my neighborhood on the west end of St Croix. This was the 3rd such instance in the last 2 weeks - always after dark. Do you folks on the east end have to live with this stuff?

Posted : October 1, 2009 2:23 pm
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When I lived in Princesse one day I was by the pool in broad daylight. On the road just outside of the condo property an SUV drove by and fired 2 shots in the air as they were driving by a house (we suspected was a drug house). Scared the crap out of everybody. That was my only experience with that.

I live on the East End now and have yet to experience that (knock on wood)

Just wait until New Year's Eve and 4th of July....those aren't fireworks going off *-)

Posted : October 1, 2009 2:33 pm
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"Just wait until New Year's Eve and 4th of July....those aren't fireworks going off"

Sad but oh so true. There's a fully automatic weapon in my neighborhood. I'm not talking about semi-auto. This is full auto. I've heard it and reported it on New Years Eve and Emancipation Day nights. If the police ever so much as drove past, they did so long after I gave up on them. I could have told the police the approximate distance and direction but my calls were never returned.

Stateside, if I called in a report of a fully automatic weapon to the Sheriff's Office, the area would have been swarmed with deputies and State Troopers.

Posted : October 1, 2009 3:08 pm
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have lived on the east end going on 20 years and i use to hear guns firing all the time. use to be the farmer (not naming names) shooting dogs at night. he would shoot dogs in his cow pasture.

then one night a car drove up and down roads in cotton valley firing a gun. we called police and it took then 4 hours to come out.

it is scary hearing them at night.

Posted : October 1, 2009 5:33 pm
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we hear em up here every now and then but learned along time ago to just close the door and ignore it, it's just the family members in the village acting up with each other and has nothing to do with us

Posted : October 1, 2009 7:31 pm
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i live in town and hear gunshots alot. i am told by my bf to get inside quick, which i do. you know though it has been awhile since i heard any.

Posted : October 2, 2009 1:46 pm
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had more gun shots fired around me when i lived in the country in north carolina. the hunters there were crazy during deer season.
remember having to duck bullets and wear brightly colored clothes in my own back yard.

actually heard bullets whizzzzzz passed me on several occassions

Posted : October 2, 2009 4:54 pm
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I know the sound. I describe it as a whistle scream as the lead goes by. The sound of the shot comes afterwards.

Some hunters are totally irresponsible. The hunters where I moved from were much better although "buck fever" could still tempt them to squeeze off an ill-advised shot. Most hunters would let me know in advance if they planned to set up near my property lines. When I'd hear the shots, I'd just smile knowing that so-and-so finally got his spring turkey or that so-and-so's family would eat well that winter.

The shots I'm hearing here are much different. These are shots from handguns in neighborhoods after dark. I hear them with greater and greater frequency. They usually get an expletive out of me. I kick on the flood lights (if they're not already on), put my dog on full allert, grab a machette, and go to full alert myself.

These are not deer hunters. These are the hunters of men.

Posted : October 2, 2009 5:27 pm
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Haven't you ever heard not to take a knife to a gun fight. A machette??

Posted : October 2, 2009 6:02 pm
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Perhaps you should consider moving to a different area on Island.

Posted : October 2, 2009 6:05 pm
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Heh heh, a machette and a dog are what I have. My odds wouldn't be very good but it beats swinging a pillow at them 🙂 The way I see it, if they come onto my property at night bearing guns, my life may already be forfeit. Might as well see if I can take one of 'em with me.

I've thought long and hard about shipping one of my guns down. I'm still undecided.

vacationstx, that's a sage suggestion. I am also considering that. Thanks.

Posted : October 2, 2009 6:20 pm
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Where I live near Christiansted I hear gunshots at night 4 or 5 times a month. Sometimes full auto gunfire. Luckily our dogs are very protective, especially at night.

Posted : October 2, 2009 6:28 pm
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