Loud noises last night...gunfire? Crimes & Incidents, posted by Muirwood Area Resident, a member of the Lydiksen Elementary School community, on Sep 30, 2010 at 8:54 am
My husband and I woke to what we thought were repeated sound of gunfire last night at about 1:30 am. There were 2 episodes spanning about 10 minutes of muliple, even overlapping blasts. Did anyone else here it? Does anyone know what it was?
We live in the residential area of Stoneridge & Springdale and near Muirwood Park. We are very involved in Scouts and so have some familiarity with gun shot sounds through the shooting training activities.
Posted by Ryan, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Donald: LOL, good one.
Pleasanton is easily the safest city I have lived in (I was born and raised in Stockton so I *know* what it is like to live in a city where crime is a serious issue). All that being said, crime happens just about anywhere. Yet, if I were back in Stockton I would have called 911. But here: seems like it probably was some training exercise. Let's not forget that there is an military base in Dublin and the sound of gunshots travels far.
Posted by Also heard, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Sep 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm
... those same noises, around 1:20am; windows were open because of the heat, and they woke me. They appeared to be coming from the direction of Muirwood and Highland Oaks, near the park. I figured someone much closer would call the police if they were really gunshots, since we were over a block away. I also thought that it could be loud firecrackers, but wasn't aware of any holiday on the calendar.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Sep 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm
I live close to Muirwood Park and usually hear everything. I didn't hear this last night. We've had a repeated issues with people lighting off firecrackers at night either around the park or at Lydiksen Elementary. Typically it seems to occur in the summertime or warm nights.
Sometimes you'll hear a firecracker. Other times its a whistling Pete type sound. The Pleasanton PD is usually right on top of this stuff when I've called before.
Posted by Mac, a resident of Dublin, on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm
I Live near Camp Parks. They were training last night. Probably night vision training on the rifle range. Looks like they might have folks getting ready to ship to Afghanistan as the training has been intensifying in the past month including live helicopter loading and unloading practice.
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Siena neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2010 at 8:50 am
PLEASE people......call the police for these types of things. PLEASE! *NEVER* "assume" that someone else is going to call it in. If everybody thinks the same thing, that nobody will ever call. And if the police get multiple reports of the same thing, that is very good information for them to have. I am talking from experience as a 911 dispatcher, 911 supervisor, and police officer. NEVER be afraid to call 911. That is why the police are here. This is their job. If it turns out to be nothing---so what? They are already on patrol, waiting for the next call. I know it feels like a big deal to call, but honestly, it's not. Just pick up the phone and tell them what you heard. The police need this information. It might be something that will help them "connect the dots" to a prior crime that you might not be aware of. PLEASE CALL NEXT TIME.
Posted by person, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2010 at 9:15 am
Have you ever TRIED to call 911??? the last time I did, I was on HOLD for (no kidding) 18, eighteen, yes, EIGHTEEN MINUTES!!!! forget it! Call the local police emergency number. it is MUCH quicker. It's a good thing nobody died while I was on hold.... they could have, the situation was that dire.
Posted by shannon, a resident of the Stoneridge Orchards neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2010 at 9:35 am
I would think if someone heard gun shots or thought they did. A simple call to 911 to verify. If it was training at another park, I am sure that the police would have been aware of any training exercise going on and could have let the caller know. However, if no training was going on then there could have been criminal activity yet knowone called the police? Amazing.Guess that is why they call this a sleeper town?
Posted by Ptown Mom, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:03 am
The Pleasanton non-emergency number is answered by dispatch and could probably tell you what happened last night. They are excellent. I agree with others... if you really think you hear gunfire, pickup the phone and call it in.
Posted by Harry, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:31 am
I heard the deck TV guy was blasting away again last night. He is the one that buys old TVs, lines them up on his railing, sits down with his cooler of beer, turns on the TVs, and waits for Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi to appear on a TV screen and then blasts away with his shotgun.
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Siena neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Unfortunately, the 911 system for cellular phones is not perfected yet---but it's getting there. I am assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that your call to 911 where you were on hold for 18 minutes was from a cell phone? Up until recently, ALL 911 calls from cell phones in the Bay Area went to one location: CHP. There is not a room full of hundreds of dispatchers waiting to answer those 911 calls. The number of dispatchers is actually quite small. So during peak periods, waiting on hold for 911 to answer (at the CHP office in Vallejo) is indeed ridiculous.
However, many departments now have the technology where a 911 call from a cell phone is directly routed to the proper jurisdiction----totally bypassing the CHP, and then another phone transfer. I'm not positive, but I'm fairly certain that Pleasanton PD has this technology. What this means is that if you are in Pleasanton and call 911 from your cell phone, then Pleasanton PD will answer (not CHP in Vallejo). They can also see that lat/long of where you are calling from, so they can in put those coordinates into a computer and know your exactly location within a few feet.
Now if your description of being on hold for 18 minutes with 911 was from a landline-based telephone, I'd be curious to hear more about this. What city? Day of the week? Time of day? Thanks.