AUSTIN, Texas—On a weekday morning last fall, a man named Adam called 911 to report that a man had broken into his apartment building and was trying to steal a car.
As the police arrived, he had a gun in his hand and began firing on them.
“I was screaming, ‘No, no, no,'” Adam said in an interview.
He called 911 again, and the man inside responded with, “He shot me.”
In the midst of a standoff, a gunfight, and a car chase, Adam said he was able to get ahold of a neighbor who was able get him to safety.
Adam and his roommate were the only people in the building at the time of the incident.
He’s been a homeowner for seven years, and he said that’s when he learned how deadly the gunfight was.
“It was the first time I was scared,” he said.
“There was no way that I was going to be able to live there.
There was no security, and I didn’t know if I was really going to get out.”
He said the man told him to put his gun down, but then he started yelling, “You know what, I’m going to shoot you.”
The man took the gun out of his holster, and Adam was able escape with a handgun in his hands.
The next day, he called 911, and when he arrived, the caller told him the man had shot him and that he was dead.
“He had a loaded gun in my hand, and if you ever find me, I will kill you,” he told the 911 operator.
Adam told me he’s been living in his apartment for nearly a decade, and that when he heard the news he was horrified.
“The way that the story was reported, the fact that this was the case, and there was no other information, it was kind of heartbreaking,” he recalled.
“My thoughts were on my brother, and how can you not be shocked when you see this?
And then the other side of that was, ‘Oh, no.
I don’t want to live here.
I want to move out.
I’m not going to live in this.'”
The two men were the last people in their apartment to get outside that day.
The man had already shot the first two people inside, Adam told ABC News, so when he saw that they were not breathing, he thought, “What the fuck?”
He said he didn’t even know if he was alive.
A few days later, the man shot him again.
He told police he was armed and in a state of “emotional shock,” according to ABC News.
“When I got outside, I saw that the guy had already killed another guy and that the person he shot was a female, and as I was getting outside I saw a female with blood on her,” Adam told CNN.
“And I was thinking, ‘I’ve never seen a gun go off like that before.'”
Adam and the other man were able to leave the apartment safely, but he says he was shaken by what happened to him.
“You can only imagine what it’s like to have a gun pointed at you, and you don’t know what to do,” he added.
“So when I heard what he had done, I was devastated, and my heart just went out to him.”
In recent years, police departments around the country have been increasing their use of body-worn cameras.
But the footage captured by those cameras doesn’t show the entire encounter, and they can’t tell how the shooter got hold of the weapon.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, more than 300 police departments across the country, including Los Angeles, are using body cameras.
While there is no evidence that the cameras are a safer option than a person’s own body camera, many officers are reluctant to wear them.
But some experts have raised concerns that these cameras could have the opposite effect, making officers less likely to be honest and cooperative with police.
And the federal government is working on a law that would make it easier for police departments to use body cameras, which could include a requirement for officers to be on body cameras whenever they use force.
In the aftermath of the shooting in the parking lot, Adam’s neighbor told police that he thought the incident was a hoax.
Adam, who told me that he believes his life was saved by a bulletproof vest, is glad that the police were able get a grip on the situation.
“That was the one thing I thought, when I was in the car, and after the shooting, was that he’s dead,” he explained.
“Because I think he was going crazy, and it was a cop that got away with it.”
He added that he did not feel like the police did anything wrong.
“If they had tried to arrest him, they could have done some harm,” he continued. “But they