This is why I’ve chosen to defend my life and my family. Things like this.
Mesa Police say a 1-year-old boy died after getting shot in the head Monday morning in a possible home invasion.
The shooting happened at an apartment complex near Main Street and Horne around 7 a.m., according to Mesa Police.
Mesa Fire official Forrest Smith said crews transported the child in extremely critical condition to a nearby trauma center where he later died.
Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing said two unknown suspects are on the loose and may be responsible for the shooting.
Wessing said five children, between the ages of 1 and 8, were at the home at the time and were being watched by their grandmother.
The grandmother was doing laundry and had the door open when the suspects showed up, Wessing said.
Some type of confrontation took place and the boy was then shot, he said.
I know those apartments: A college classmate of mine used to live in them, and while they’re not the best neighborhood in the Phoenix area, they’re not the worst. My thoughts and prayers are with this child’s family, and my hope is for swift and sure judgement on his murderers.
I have two wonderful sons in elementary school and an amazing wife. We live in a nice, quiet suburb and avoid getting into dumb places at dumb times where dumb things might happen.
But I can’t really avoid driving down Main Street in Mesa altogether. Or ignore the west side of Phoenix for the rest of my life. Or live inside my house all day long and never go out for the best tacos in the east valley ever again.
So what can I do? Carry the means to protect myself from armed OR unarmed assailants. Learn how to use them, then learn some more. Enjoy my life, but keep my eyes open. Stay safe. Have fun.