Around 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, by a black man, about 25, with a large afro and red clothing over his face, on Central Avenue, possibly on the Milton side, although Boston Police found the victim near River Street in Mattapan.
A Milton cop told me either Friday or Saturday night they were looking for armed bandits who robbed a person at Milton station?
This is why I'm armed when I walk my dog down there every morning and night. The bike path is great from an exercise position, but there's (ahem) young men that sit on he bridge from the path to the back of the Baker lofts and drink/smoke weed. They mostly look harmless, but then things like this happen.
I'm not trying to troll, or be difficult. So...
I have a good amount of firearms experience and can hold a 1" group at 33' with a S&W 9mm (out of box trigger). I have a very hard time thinking I can successfully hit a threat in low light, or in a shaded area and can't bring myself to risk missing my target and possibly hitting an innocent bystander. So I don't carry firearms around and really do all I can to avoid all conflicts.
Did you go through defensive firearms training? If so, did it make you confident enough to feel as though you can defend yourself and avoid collateral damage?
Let's ask what the poster is "armed" with. Could be a walking stick or pepper spray.
I really jumped the gun on that one...
I'll head for the exit now...
I carry pepper spray and a (legally) concealed firearm.
The pepper spray is the preferred deterrent in every scenario for both 2 and 4-legged threats (Hey, coyotes happen). The firearm is only for when I feel my life is in imminent threat. Or the life of my wife and infant son as they often accompany the dog and I on these walks.
It's not something I'll deploy in a crowded area (most muggings won't happen there and I wouldn't be a hero in an active shooter scenario) I train to shoot within a 21' distance as that's what police train for as a bubble. Hard to explain why you shot at someone far away instead of running. As good as a shot as (I think) I am, I never hope to find out in a real world adrenaline fueled scenario.
I hope to God that it just sits on my hip weighing me down. I hope I don't ever have to pull that trigger. I don't want to be splashed all over the news because I legally defended myself. But I'd prefer that over death. I won't be a victim.
Sorry this sounds hurried - in between meetings.
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