Last night nerves were on edge after a fatal shooting occurred in downtown Madison, not far from Dakota State University. Today they're still a little frayed, with some imagining a threat at every turn, afraid to go out, fearful of someone waiting to injure random citizens. It's easy to let one's imagination run wild and see a killer on every corner, but I just can't muster up the siege mentality when someone probably had a specific beef and addressed it by attacking someone else. People usually attack people they know, not random folks. Fault me for minimizing the threat, putting me, the wife, and the dog in danger, but that's my nature, and it keeps my life in the kind of perspective I like. I'm not the center of the world; important things--things that the history of the world, or even the town, will recall--happen somewhere else. This thing is not about me.
In the meantime, Madison police are patrolling the streets, looking for a white guy, 50-60 years old, medium height, who was seen driving a maroon, four-door sedan. Sources say he might be wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap. The scene played out on Egan Avenue and Fifth Street, near Memorial Park. Our campus was on lock-down last night but classes resume today.