The homeland is making headlines.. the coal region is not comforting today.
Yesterday, the day started in the little former bustling coal region villa of Ashland Pennsylvania with a horrible fire. As reported right here.
At the end of the day, while my and son and I enjoyed some evening pizza and adult beverages (Ayden excluded on that one) at a local Italian restaurant, we came to discover that the person who brandished a gun at the White House and was shot was Jesse Oliveri from Ashland PA! Small town boy. Big city headlines.
This is how CNN reported the shooting:
A Secret Service spokesman said the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. ET when a man carrying a gun approached a checkpoint on E Street near the White House. The suspect was given verbal commands to stop and drop the gun, and when he failed to comply, he was shot once by a Secret Service agent and taken into custody. Secret Service officers and an agent provided medical aid to the suspect, and the city’s EMS said he was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.
The president wasn’t there at the time, instead he was away golfing. Oliver was shot in the abdomen. He is in critical condition at last report.
Rumors fly in small town.
While we were eating out food and discussing the high degree of embarrassment that an entire town feels with an indictment like this, another customer announced that he received word a street in town was closed and that the FEDs swooped in to the home of Oliveri and were conducting searches. While I have no idea if that was true or not, it seemed reasonable that someone who just showed off a gun at the Presidential mansion and then got shot would have searches performed at his house.
And that’s the story.
Surely there is MORE to the story yet to be heard. But at this point, it’s blemish on an already blemished town.
For hours I hoped the news got it wrong and they meant Ashland, Kentucky..