While I was waiting to get some blood tests done at Lexington Medical Center and reading my iPad, I tweeted this:
This, of course, was posted yesterday, but I think the number 231 is still correct. Maybe… https://t.co/20TSXEanDK
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) June 3, 2022
Then I got the blood drawn, and went to Radiology for my chest x-ray. All of it being routine follow-up on my long COVID case. After I had checked in for that and was waiting to be called back for the x-ray, I got a couple of texts from my wife. She said:
So, we sat and ate our lunch behind… little cricket because there’s an active shooter thing going on in our neighborhood. But finally we came on in because it’s located in the Apartments. So, it’s OK if you come home.
The “we” in the text was her and two of our grandchildren, who had spent their first morning off from school at our house. “Little Cricket” is the convenience store where you turn off Sunset Boulevard to get to our subdivision.
I called her immediately, and she said there were about 25 emergency vehicles in the area, but they were letting people into the subdivision, but not letting them go to Quail Hollow Apartments or the nearby gated community, Hulon Green.
I got my x-ray and headed straight home. All of the abovementioned places are within about a mile of the hospital. At the roundabout at the main entrance to Quail Hollow, two cops were waving people into the subdivision, but blocking them from heading right — toward Hulon and the apartments. I asked what was going on, and got an incomplete answer, to the effect that yeah, that area was still blocked off.
I had to wind around a sheriff’s vehicle and some others to get into the neighborhood. A car marked with WIS livery was stopped on the side of the road, which made me glad I’d called the paper to make sure they knew about it back before my x-ray. Yeah, I still do things like that.
Details are still coming in, but this latest version of The State’s story has a good bit more than we knew when I called:
Lexington police shoot at armed man after mental health call, 1 dead, investigators say
By David Travis Bland and Morgan Hughes
Updated June 03, 2022 2:27 PM
A mental health crisis call turned into a fatal shooting near a Lexington County neighborhood on Friday, according to the sheriff’s department.
The shooting happened in the area of Feather Run Trail and Quail Hollow, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said. Police are still in the area.
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher told The State that one man died during the incident and that deputy coroners are at the scene. The identity of the deceased man has not been released.
The department said that a 911 caller reported a mental health patient with a handgun was threatening to shoot family members and himself. When police arrived, the man ran into some woods and fired at pursuing officers. The officers fired back.
The sheriff’s department did not say if the officers shot the man.
However, the department did say “there is no active threat to the community.”
“As we can, we are letting people come and go from the area,” the department said….
When I first learned that the man was evidently dead, I texted the reporter to say that while I had been far more worried about other things — such as the safety of my family — I had not wanted that to happen, either. “Yeah,” he responded. “Shootings never cease to suck.”
I wrote back:
They never cease, period. That guy would be safe in mental health care if not for the presence of the gun…
One last thing I should mention: This incident will not add to that count I mentioned at the top of this post. It wasn’t a “multiple…”