BLAM! BLAM! …. pow pow POW! BLAM!!!
Gunshots echo across Perkins Homes as I was about to go down Gough Street on my commute home. Maybe a dozen kids start running away from the center of the projects. My first instinct is to grab my phone and call 911, but my survival instincts tell me to turn my bike around. I hear a cry out of a woman in pain and have a moment of indecision. Should I continue down Gough St and see if I could be of some help? Then a flash back of my previous run in with kids having guns in Baltimore city and I accept my helplessness as an Asian American outsider.
Frozen, at the corner of Broadway and Gough, I come to the conclusion to reroute up Broadway ironically down Baltimore St to avoid the danger. As I coast down Baltimore St, the Police helicopter flies above and I hear the police siren wail…
Just another hot (feels like 106 F) evening in Baltimore.