for those of you who think I live in the land of milk and honey here in sunny Montgomery County, here’s an excerpt from the local paper the other day:
Forest Oak Middle, Gaithersburg Middle and Gaithersburg Elementary schools were placed on Code Blue at 12:10 p.m., following a series of reports about a man armed with a handgun in the area, said Sgt. Rudy Wagner, a spokesman for Gaithersburg Police. The suspect had not located as of Tuesday afternoon.
A witness told police at about 11:40 a.m. that he saw what appeared to be a carjacking, but police later learned the incident involved a man with a silver handgun who was threatening another man, Wagner said.
The men then fled in separate directions — the armed man toward Girard Street and the other toward North Summit, Wagner said. The victim later told police he believed it might be a B.B. gun, Wagner said.
At 11:44 a.m., a parent dropping her child off at Forest Oak Middle, located at 651 Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard, called police and said she saw a man with a handgun, Wagner said.
The story ended with a SWAT team and tear gas at a house less than 100 yards away from our own front door.