Patrick waved down a cab near the San Diego Pier. “To UC-Los Angeles, please.” “Sir, you do realize that’s a forty-minute drive,” replied the cab driver. “Yes, I realize that we need to get going,” answered Patrick. Patrick and Annie had a difficult time finding a cab driver that would take them all the way to Los Angeles. While Annie and Patrick were on their way back to Los Angeles, James and Jackie were worried that they had gotten lost. The party was going to be starting in thirty minutes, Annie was going to be late.
James asked Jackie, “Where are Annie and Patrick,” Jackie responded, “I cannot get a hold of them. I don’t know”, as she scratched her head. Both of them were trying to call Annie and Patrick; however, both their phones were dead. The cab driver asked Patrick, “where are you guys heading to in Los Angeles?” Patrick responded University of California-Los Angeles, Taylor House. “Really, my younger brother goes to UC-Los Angeles.” “Really,” answered Patrick. “What’s his name,” asked Patrick. The cab driver said, “David FitzGerald. Do you know him”? “Ah, no. We don’t,”, responding nervously. Annie looked at Patrick and mouth to Patrick, “that’s my ex-boyfriend’s older brother.” “What is your guy’s name, and what is your major”?
Annie said, “my name is AN.” Responding, the cab driver said, “AN. Really?” “Yes, it is,”” answered Annie. Both Patrick and Annie were nervous, realizing that the cab driver was Annie’s ex-boyfriend’s older brother. “My name is Pat,” responded Patrick. Both of them implied their names to keep their names anonymous. Realizing this situation had become awkward, the cab driver was pulling into the city. About twenty minutes later, they arrived on campus. Getting out of car quickly, both walked fast to their dorm, Taylor Hall. Patrick said, “that was awkward”. “Yeah, he never told he had a brother.”
Patrick, “well, we can forget this and just move on.” Annie and Patrick walked up to their dorm, nearly ten minutes early to the party. They walked in the front door of the dorm and there was over thirty people. But, Annie soon realized this was not a traditional party, this was a college party. People were smoking funny things, and doing wicked actions. Annie ran over to Jackie, “what’s going on here”? “I thought this was a birthday party, not an orgy drug fest”? Jackie responded, “come on, you’re twenty-one years old; you can drink now, smoke, and do a lot of things.”
Annie, “no, I’m not going to smoke funny things, get drunk, and potentially get raped by being drunk and smoking”. Patrick, standing behind her in shock, looked around the dorm hall. He saw David sitting in the chair, staring at him. Patrick whispered in Annie’s ear, “do not turn around, but Patrick is sitting in a chair in this living room, I’m looking at him right now. Do not turn around and avoid eye contact”. However, this didn’t work, David got out of his chair and walked over to Annie and Patrick. “Annie said David.” “Hi David, what are you doing here”? Annie, looked stunned and so did Patrick. Patrick hesitantly said, “Hey, David.”
David responded, “Annie, can we talk. Let’s go for a walk,”? Annie replied, “no, thank you, I would prefer not to.” David said stunningly, “I was not asking for your permission”. David grabbed Annie by the arm and behind pulling her and grabbing her, taking her towards the door. Patrick chased him down, though on the other side of the room. Patrick grabbed David by the color and whispered in his ear, “whatever you’re here to do, you better be careful. I have two knifes in my pocked. I have my eye on you”. David turned around, “alright everyone, put your hands up, right now”, he yelled. David had a shot=gun in his hand, pointed at Annie’s head. “You will cooperate, and you will listen to my words, do you understand. Get on the floor right now”. Jackie was in the bedroom with James, “having a good time,” but ones James heard a gunshot, he opened the bedroom door slightly. Nobody was dead, but it was a warning sign to everyone.
James told Jackie, “call campus security. Now.” James knew he had made a mistake, this was a party that got out of control, he knew they all would be in trouble. “This is campus security,” over the phone, the guard asked. Jackie responded, “we have an active shooter in Taylor Hall, room 456”. “I’m on my way, right now.” David had Annie by the hair and whispered in her ear, “you will come with me do you understand”. “Come now,”! Patrick grabbed David by the color and kneed him the back, Annie punched him in the face and kicked him in the testicles. Lying on the ground in pain, Patrick kicked David in the head, took his gun, and threw it out the window. Patrick gave him one more blow to the testicles, and Annie tied tap around his arms and mouth and sat him on the couch.
Ironically, everyone continued to party, even though the shooter was still in the room. Patrick tackled Annie to the ground, started embracing her, and hugging her. Security showed up about five minutes later, James opened the door. “Twelve police officers were outside the door, guns drawn.” “It’s okay, he’s been apprehended.” The campus security officer yelled, “alright everyone picks up your stuff and get out, this is a crime scene.” Everyone ran out the door, while the police apprehended the suspect. David was taken to the police station. Annie and Patrick were lying on the air mattress in the other room, they fell asleep, crying together. One campus security officer opened the door and tapped Annie on the shoulder, “are you okay madam”? Annie responded, “can I just be left alone. I’m scared”. “Come to the police station tomorrow at noon. We need to go over this conflict tonight”.
Annie responded, “yes”. “Thank you,” replied the campus security officer.