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Lava Lamp and a Close Call

Discussion in 'Indiana Glockers' started by R. Emmelman, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. R. Emmelman

    R. Emmelman Tired Member

    Well it was an exciting evening in the Emmelman household last night. The wife and daughter were in my bedroom watching something on Animal Planet while I sat here in the front room doing some programming. At about 9:40 pm I heard someone pull into our driveway (not unusual as we are the third house from the end of a dead end street). A couple of seconds later someone was knocking rather loudly at our storm door. Seeing that it was late and we never have guests drop by I went into the bedroom and retrieved my pistol. I then heard the car door shut and what sounded like the car pulling out of the drive. I reached over to turn off the overhead front room light so I could look out the front window. There was also a table lamp next to the window and vertical blinds. As I reached over to the table lamp I heard what sounded like a brick hitting the front window followed by a shower of glass. Still not fully understanding what just happened a second loud noise sounded and more glass and drywall flew into the air. I then realized that two shots had been taken at my house. MPD was called and did their normal stellar job in investigating the incident (including recovering the two bullets). One round went through the front window and hit a steel music stand. The other went through the wall and into the kitchen where it hit the back wall and bounced back into the front room. Looking back at where I was when the shots where fired one round went to the left of me and the other to the right. Only by the grace of God both missed me by inches.

    Oh, the only fatality, a lava lamp on the table next to the window. BOY those things explode! Glass EVERYWHERE through the house!







  2. biggl35

    biggl35 NFA user

    Jul 3, 2005
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Rich, I am glad your are OK.

    Holy Cow, what part of Indy do you live in?

    Have you had any "issues" with somebody?

    Now is the time to step-up the home defense plan, go to DEFCON 5.

    Again, I am glad you and your family or OK.

  3. R. Emmelman

    R. Emmelman Tired Member


    I am here at 30th and Mittheoffer. This use to be a nice neighborhood. We had no crime. Things have changed over the last 5 years or so. Only thing I can think is they had the wrong house. We have no dealings with our neighbors or any of that ilk.
  4. holy crap...

    Glad you grabbed your pistol instead of opening the door!

    Also very glad that everyone else is OK.

    Time to buy a Rem 870 Mariner to keep near the door.

  5. FThorn

    FThorn TV/Movie Club

    Apr 30, 2004
    Sorry to hear about this. I guess it's a real-life lesson in penetration. Drywall is not a good protector.
  6. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

    Glad you are ok,I just looked at a house at 10th and german church just north of the school:shocked:
  7. R. Emmelman

    R. Emmelman Tired Member

    I know of one at 30th and Mitthoeffer that will soon be up for sale :animlol:
  8. KSFreeman

    KSFreeman Broken Member

    Jul 10, 2001
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Glad you are O.K. Time to start that Crime Watch Program in your neighborhood.:shocked:

    I grew up on High School Road (between 10th and Rockville). I am shocked to hear that this is going in Speedway/West side.
  9. R. Emmelman

    R. Emmelman Tired Member

    Thanks Kirk, We tried to form a crimewatch about 15 years ago but nobody was interested. Back than we had no crime to talk of. Now I am afraid that no one would want to form one because most of them are the crime.

  10. biggl35

    biggl35 NFA user

    Jul 3, 2005
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Kirk, I might be living in your old house! :shocked:
  11. Patrick Graham

    Patrick Graham Footlong Jr.

    Sep 7, 2001
    Kokomo Indiana
    Glad to hear no one was hurt... I hope they get the bastard..

    About 6 years ago someone pumped 7 rounds of 9mm into the house across the street from us.. It was scary..
  12. boilergonzo


    Mar 31, 2004
    I am shocked and saddened to learn this. We had a theft of items from our cars a few months back and it changed the way we think and behave (Greenfield has always been very safe, but we now have folks driving out from the east side of town... and my wife's purse was recovered there). I can't imagine your thoughts now.

    I pray it is an isolated event, and you never have anything so terrible at your doorstep again.
  13. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    Wow man. I don't even know what to say. Getting shot at by some random person for no reason would a. freak me the hell out, and b. piss me off to no end. I would be walking around my house for the next month with my AR slung ready to return fire in case they decided to come back. I had some bad things happen to me when I lived in some not-so-great areas, but I have never been shot at and for no reason at that.

    I hope the cops get some sort of leads (any neighbors see the car?) and catch the a-holes. It would be nice if they would let you take some blind shots at them too while they are at it. ;)
  14. R. Emmelman

    R. Emmelman Tired Member


    I am afraid that I an the victum of too much crime and not enough crime fighters. IMPD did a stellar job in responding and taking the report. However I am sure they do not have the manpower to "canvass" the neighbors on such an incident. Unless they catch the shooters doing another crime and can link them to this one it will just go down as report.
  15. sjstill

    sjstill Guest

    Dang, Rich, sorry to hear this. Glad you and the family are OK (or as OK as can be....).

    Beats the truck almost driving into our bedroom!:animlol: :rofl: :tongueout:

    Seriously, glad no one was hurt.
  16. rhino465


    Sep 24, 2003
    Indiana, USA

    I'm really glad no one in your home was injured! That is really scary.

    To all:

    PLEASE at least CONSIDER carrying on your person all the time when you are home. You may not have the few seconds necessary to go to another room to arm yourself, or even the moments needed to cross a room to reach on a shelf or behind a sofa cushion. If you carry on your person, you will have more time to react effectively regardless of what happens.
  17. mpholic


    Nov 1, 2004
    As much as it saddens me to do so I have to agree wholeheatedly with Rhino. It's terrible that we even have to consider these measures in our own homes but that's the world we live in these days.

    Don't count on it getting any better either.

    Man....:shakehead: I have become a real cynic. :shakehead:
  18. R. Emmelman

    R. Emmelman Tired Member

    Anyone want to buy a home on the east side? I will even patch the hole. :)
  19. boilergonzo


    Mar 31, 2004
    My offer on the house was contingent upon inclusion of the lava lamp...

  20. minuteman32

    minuteman32 NRA & GOA Life

    Aug 20, 2004
    Central IN.
    Pehaps you could sell it to a ........ holey man:rofl:

    Sorry, I can hardly stand it myself! I am glad that your okay. I hope they get whomever is involved.