Dust-Up in ‘Bama

Life in these United States leads to comfort where you can find it: In this case, the theory by police that this is an isolated killing and not a spree killing.

Seven adults were found shot dead last night, June 4, 2020, in Valhermoso Springs, Alabama, near Huntsville. (“Valhermoso” means “pretty valley.”)

Four dead men and three dead women had multiple gun-shot wounds in a single-level, ranch-style residence. (Ranch-style homes became popular in the 1950s as a post-war white middle class settled into leafy suburbs around the country.)

“We believe it is an isolated, and not a spree, killing,” said a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

“It is a horrific scene,” said the county coroner, but there is more comfort from police: It’s thought there is “no immediate threat to the public in the area.”

So: Not a spree killing — they’re of the worse kind — and no threat to the public in the area that could be deemed immediate; that tracks as good news in these United States.

(Christine Hauser, “7 People Dead in Alabama Shooting, Police Say,” NYTimes, 6-5-20)

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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