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June 5, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Girl killed in drive-by shooting

Control guns

Members of the Roosevelt Girls Lacrosse Club grieve outside of the Our Lady of Fatima church after a vigil for Molly Conley, 15, who lost her life in a drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens. Conley, a freshman at Bishop Blanchet High School, played on the team. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Members of the Roosevelt Girls Lacrosse Club grieve outside of the Our Lady of Fatima church after a vigil for Molly Conley, 15, who lost her life in a drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens. Conley, a freshman at Bishop Blanchet High School, played on the team. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

I was recently mugged at gunpoint, becoming a witness to our gun epidemic [“County takes over drive-by case,” NWTuesday, June 4].

It happened as I was walking in my Capitol Hill neighborhood at 7 one night. Someone ran behind me, grabbed my head and said, “I’m going to kill you.” He placed his pistol on my forehead, pulled the trigger, pushed me to the ground, dragged my purse and backpack off, and ran. He got $14 in cash. I did not die, but I did become a witness.

Guns are everywhere. Your neighbors have one. The guy walking next to you might have one. People blast away lives in a second. Why?

Molly Conley turned 15 on Saturday night. Someone in a car shot and killed her. She was a freshman at my son’s high school.

Watch out — you could be next to join our club of the living dead, or the completely dead. Homeland Security needs to start with us, feeling guns pushed to our foreheads and recognizing these weapons are out of control.

Pam McClusky, Seattle

Comments | Topics: drive-by, murder, shooting

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