Someone was killed in the apartment next to mine this afternoon. The police entered to serve a drug warrant. A man in the apartment pulled a gun. He was shot and died on the scene. The landlord let the police into my apartment and the other neighboring apartments to make sure no one had been injured by stray bullets. No one else was home at the time. Most days, I'm home cooking lunch at the time that this took place, but today I was busy and just had a granola bar and a handful of cereal in the lab. Tonight I'm at my parents' house.
The couple in that apartment had some very loud fights. The guy threatened to hit, and on one occasion to strangle, the girl. I considered calling the cops, but I didn't. It never seemed to go beyond yelling. My landlord said the guy whose apartment it was wasn't the person who was killed. I think I'm going to have to ask my landlord if my neighbor will be leaving; if he isn't, I will. I don't think I want to live next to someone involved in drugs and violence if I have alternatives like living at home and commuting.
It seemed like a safe place. It's a cozy apartment a couple of blocks from campus in a fairly safe small city.