So, about 2:30 a.m. this morning, I came out of a dead sleep to the sound of rapid gunfire.
Sometimes, it's hard to tell if it's firecrackers or shots, but I was pretty sure it was somebody cooking off rounds from a semi-automatic. Had that ... crispness to it, and even cadence you hear with trigger pulls but not a string of firecrackers.
I dunno how many got fired before I awoke, but I heard at least eight or nine, in two groupings, and the pop-pop-pop sounded as if it came from the main street just outside our neighborhood, though it was hard to tell. If pressed, I'd guess it was a .22 semiauto, not far off. Though it could have been a bigger caliber farther away.
Woke my wife up, too. "Firecrackers," she said.
"I don't think so. Sounded like a gun."
I got up, went to the back door.
"Are you going out there?"
"Nope. Not if somebody's shooting."
I peered out. Didn't see anybody.
Went to another door, other end of the house. And a window there. Nothing.
I listened for a while, no sirens. Dogs didn't hear anything in the yard. I went back to bed and listened. Thought about calling 911, but fell back asleep.
This afternoon, when I went to collect my mail, my next door neighbor stopped me. "You hear gunshots early this morning?"
He had also gotten up, thought about calling 911, then didn't. Stood at his window looking and listening for a while, too.
Nothing on the local news about it this morning, and it could have been somebody driving down the road putting a magazine full of rounds into the air for whatever insane reason possessed them.
We live in a quiet suburban neighborhood, guns don't go off very often. Wakes you right up when you hear it.