Thursday, December 25, 2008

There Arose Such A Clatter

Covina, CA

The holidays can be an ugly time for people. Suicides go up. Homicides go up. Pain, sadness, loneliness, rage. A lot of symbolism in Christmas. And some people take that symbolism very seriously.

Last night, at a Christmas Eve party in Covina, Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, walked in dressed as Santa Claus, drew a gun and opened up. Somehow a fire started. Around 25 people were at the party. Adults and children. Three wounded, including a gunshot 8-year-old girl.

For now the body count stands at five, including Pardo, who killed himself. There are more in the ashes but they haven't all been pulled out.

Firefighters responding to the blaze were kept back by police because shots were still being fired, or perhaps just ammo cooking off, and weren't able to extinguish the blaze until around 1:30 this morning.

For the families affected by this tragedy, I can't imagine a more horrible way to spend Christmas. My heartfelt condolences for what they're worth.

To everyone else, hang onto your loved ones, kiss your kids, call your mother. You never know when something unexpected is going to just fall out of the sky and end it all.

1 comment:

Midtown Miscreant said...

Insane times we live in. A safe and merry (insert holiday) to you and yours.