A police car blocking the entrance to a side street caught my eye as I was driving along North East Valley in Dunedin yesterday.
When I got closer I saw a police officer with a rifle and other armed officers further up the street.
With the news of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the USA so fresh I thought something like that might be happening here too.
The ODT report on the armed offenders alert doesn’t say much but it sounds more like a drug bust.
The nature of the alert in Northumberland St, which runs off North Road, has not been confirmed.
However, Fire Service decontamination units were at the scene.
Ambulance units also attended.
The school shootings have revived memories of others in the USA and elsewhere, including here.
Debate on compensation for David Bain is a reminder that his family were all killed in that way and the 22nd anniversary of the Aromoana massacre has just passed.
We can be grateful that our citizens don’t have the same access to assault weapons as the citizens of the USA but mental illness is universal.
This story by the mother of a mentally ill teenager I am Adam Lanza’s Mom is heart breaking but it could be happening here too.