OtherGround Forums Stories: Dodged Bullets

6/18/19 2:27 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 59557

back in the 90's I was driving through Anacostia (SE Washington DC) on the Suitland Parkway and literally drove through a shootout.

As I was driving, I noticed that the car ahead of me in the right-hand lane was drifting over in to my lane of traffic (left lane). As I was swerving, I was hearing a "POP POP POP" and my first thought it, "Dayum! WTF is wrong with this idiot's car and why doesn't he pull over?"

As I got around him, I noticed another car in front that was drifting the same way. Of course I'm like, "Seriously??? WTF?!?" when I noticed that someone was sitting, propped up on the passenger window and shooting over the roof of the car in my direction!

I sped the fuck up and got out of there as quickly as I could! About a mile or two up the Parkway, I saw a Police Car parked, so I pulled over, told them about the shootout I just witnessed, and they took off in the wrong direction.... SMDH

6/18/19 2:27 PM
12/20/05
Posts: 50674

ALMOST BEEN SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES. 

 

BEEN IN A VAN THAT ROLLED AND CAME ABOUT 5FT FROM FALLING OFF A 200FT CLIFF. 

 

CRASHED A DIRTBIKE GOING ABOUT 45 ON PAVEMENT WITH NO HELMET ON.........WAS SLIDING TOWARDS A CURB AND WAS ABLE TO LIFT MY HEAD ENOUGH SO IT JUST MISSED THE CURB AND DISLOCATED MY SHOULDER INSTEAD...........

6/18/19 2:27 PM
4/22/07
Posts: 68566
EFM -
ShanTheMan -
EFM -

Got attacked by a mob of 30 people r so in an alley in Jakarta.  Brother got stabbed, i had a large rock (a foot wide or so) thrown at me and hit me in the head.  Both had bottles and fists tonthe head.  Lots of blood.  Cab driver tried to stop it and help and they killed him.

Was in a car that flipped at least 3 times at 70mph.  I was lying down in the back with the seats folded down lying down asleep in the trunk/ back seat.  

What the hell did you do, and how did it end? 

we were walking out of a club and a kid snatched a hat off our friends head and ran towards a neighborhood down an alley.  not thinking, we jumped in a cab and went down the alley looking for him.  about half way down we found him, jumped out of the cab ran after him towards the entrance of the alley.  we caught him and snatched the hat from him.  we ran back to the cab (~200 yards) but the kid chased after us and started yelling 'get them, they took my hat'.  next think we knew we were surrounded and the cab was gone.  they started in on us quickly.  as soon as i saw my brother get stabbed i hulked out and just started swinging and running.  brother followed.  we ran and punched our way out of there.  i'm 6'4" back then about 190 so i was 2x the size of most of them.  it was sort of like fighting off a bunch of children.  eventually they gave up chase and we made it to the other end of the alley and flagged down a bus and went to the hospital.  i had a yellow button up shirt on that was now completely red.

what we didn't realize at the time was that a girl i had picked up earlier in the night and was in the cab with us, got out of the cab when we did and was in the giant mob.  i have no recollection of this.  anyway, after we ran, they figured out she was with us and started slapping her around.  a baijia (like a tuk tuk) driver stopped to help her and they robbed and killed him.  i left the country 2 days later.

Damn dude.  I hate to say it but bros before hoes

6/18/19 3:23 PM
7/3/06
Posts: 1016
qcddog03 -

Feb of 05 I got blown up. End of the deployment. Nothing had happened for a month or two and we got complacent. Had to grab two guys and take them to the fob. One dude had one foot and couldn't make the 5mile walk back. Coc told us to take his bango truck. 

 

Here is the video. I'm the one in the middle of the video with the saw on the roof of the bongo. 

Damn brother, that video is intense knowing what is about to happen. I am glad you are alright. It is crazy the vehicles they had for us back then, you guys had cover at all. 

6/18/19 3:25 PM
4/10/03
Posts: 5477

 

For GHTT_Pig Bun

Holy fuck!

6/18/19 3:45 PM
7/3/06
Posts: 1017

1. Riding as a passenger going around 75mph between Burney, CA  and Mt Shasta, CA hit some black ice and flew off the road into the only open field for 40 miles. We flipped 5 or 6 times stopping right before some fallen trees and only got whiplash, few cuts from broken glass and pulled my muscle from ripping the oh shit handle off. One friend broke his back though. 

2. Escort mission in Iraq during my first deployment. We were driving back to the Green Zone from the airport on route Irish. I was the gunner in the 2nd vehicle and a rpg flew between my vehicle and the one in front of us.  I turned to look towards the vehicle behind me and ask if they saw that and another rpg flew right between mine and the 3rd vehicle.

6/18/19 3:51 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 80692

Interviewed a candidate for an open position, everything went well and I made an offer, he accepted.  I made his travel arrangements to our office for in processing and training.  Dude didn't show up.  Federales contacted me 2 days later asking where he was.  I have no idea how they got my info or why they were looking for my new hire but I never heard any more about it.

I consider that a bullet dodged because god only knows what he was involved in and how it may have played out if he was already working for me.

6/18/19 3:56 PM
8/11/12
Posts: 9398

I was 18 and my girl was pregnant, (we're still together so don't make ridiculous judgements.)

I had a dresser I found at work, it was really nice but the finish looked like shit. I took it home and put the thing in my fathers little shop. I started using chemical stripper and worked in that little room for a few hours. I was pretty tired after I stripped the entire thing so I just layed down in the living room floor. I woke up 12 hours later in what I believe is an MRI machine. Doctors told my father I'd probably die that night, they kept asking my father and wife what I took. Everyone was convinced I must've been using drugs but the toxicology came back clean, cocksuckers. That was my first and last lesson on proper ventilation.

Edited: 6/18/19 4:25 PM
4/27/05
Posts: 1480

Literally It happened to me 3 times.

Late 80's Rabbit hunting with my dad and brother on a high plateau overlooking a river. Guys on other side of river shooting Up old junk piles, tires, mining equipment. They were probably almost a mile away, couldn't see them but knew they were in a certain area. We were making our way through the end of a briar patch where it bumped up against hardwoods and fake bamboo near a steep incline. We heard the bullet  coming, it was a delayed whizzing sound that lasted about 1-2 seconds over the left side of my head between myself and my dad. I don't think the guys were purposely shooting at us, most likely shooting at birds or squirrels with a .22

 

2nd time My dad and I were in the same area of woods as the first incident. My brother went down the steep ravines to the benches on the ridges below. We heard him shooting and pellets started to fall around us like rain . He blasted a raccoon. 

 

Third  time, I was 16, deer hunting and  not very into it yet. I went back to the cabin to eat, I then took my dads car on some dirt roads. I came out to a huge valley , it was sunny and 50 degrees, I had the windows down. I heard a few shots off in the distance, within a few seconds I heard that same  whizzing sound go over the car. 

6/18/19 4:27 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 59559

In college, a group of us had piled into one of our classmates cars and made a run to the store. I was in the front passenger seat, no seatbelt. The driver was distracted talking to the people in the back seat and didn't see the traffic light was red and a car stopped in our lane. He saw it, panicked, and slammed the brakes while turning his wheel which sent us into a fishtail.

*if he had simply switched to the left lane (empty!) we would have been fine.

Anyway, he fishtailed into the back of the car ahead of us. The passenger door flung open and I was ejected from the car.

My only injury was a piece of safety glass from the exploded passenger window stuck me in the finger. Seriously, that was all! The drivers insurance called me to see if I needed to make any claim and I was like, "Nah, I'm totally fine." The witnesses to the accident were shocked, the paramedics, cops, etc were shocked, the insurance people were shocked.

The guy in the back passenger seat wound up in the hospital from the accident.

6/18/19 4:37 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 113031
qcddog03 - 

Also I walked away mostly unscathed. No serious injuries to any of us. They placed the ied upside down. Lucky ducky 


The guy with one foot sounds serious

6/18/19 4:37 PM
4/13/12
Posts: 26674
ShanTheMan -
EFM -
ShanTheMan -
EFM -

Got attacked by a mob of 30 people r so in an alley in Jakarta.  Brother got stabbed, i had a large rock (a foot wide or so) thrown at me and hit me in the head.  Both had bottles and fists tonthe head.  Lots of blood.  Cab driver tried to stop it and help and they killed him.

Was in a car that flipped at least 3 times at 70mph.  I was lying down in the back with the seats folded down lying down asleep in the trunk/ back seat.  

What the hell did you do, and how did it end? 

we were walking out of a club and a kid snatched a hat off our friends head and ran towards a neighborhood down an alley.  not thinking, we jumped in a cab and went down the alley looking for him.  about half way down we found him, jumped out of the cab ran after him towards the entrance of the alley.  we caught him and snatched the hat from him.  we ran back to the cab (~200 yards) but the kid chased after us and started yelling 'get them, they took my hat'.  next think we knew we were surrounded and the cab was gone.  they started in on us quickly.  as soon as i saw my brother get stabbed i hulked out and just started swinging and running.  brother followed.  we ran and punched our way out of there.  i'm 6'4" back then about 190 so i was 2x the size of most of them.  it was sort of like fighting off a bunch of children.  eventually they gave up chase and we made it to the other end of the alley and flagged down a bus and went to the hospital.  i had a yellow button up shirt on that was now completely red.

what we didn't realize at the time was that a girl i had picked up earlier in the night and was in the cab with us, got out of the cab when we did and was in the giant mob.  i have no recollection of this.  anyway, after we ran, they figured out she was with us and started slapping her around.  a baijia (like a tuk tuk) driver stopped to help her and they robbed and killed him.  i left the country 2 days later.

Damn dude.  I hate to say it but bros before hoes

so there were 4 of us.  my brother, another guy whose hat they took, and the girl.  i didn't mention the other guy because he did fuck all through the whole thing.  claimed he had boiling water thrown in his face by a food vendor but no one saw this and didn't see him during the ass whipping.  showed up at the end of the alley somehow.  we didn't know him very well.  he was a massive douche but he was a new coworker of my brothers and my brother was in charge of showing him around town.

6/18/19 4:39 PM
4/13/12
Posts: 26675
Khun Kao - In college, a group of us had piled into one of our classmates cars and made a run to the store. I was in the front passenger seat, no seatbelt. The driver was distracted talking to the people in the back seat and didn't see the traffic light was red and a car stopped in our lane. He saw it, panicked, and slammed the brakes while turning his wheel which sent us into a fishtail.

*if he had simply switched to the left lane (empty!) we would have been fine.

Anyway, he fishtailed into the back of the car ahead of us. The passenger door flung open and I was ejected from the car.

My only injury was a piece of safety glass from the exploded passenger window stuck me in the finger. Seriously, that was all! The drivers insurance called me to see if I needed to make any claim and I was like, "Nah, I'm totally fine." The witnesses to the accident were shocked, the paramedics, cops, etc were shocked, the insurance people were shocked.

The guy in the back passenger seat wound up in the hospital from the accident.

had a friend in a similar accident like that.  he was fine.  guy in back seat was ejected and landed head first on the curb.  he died.  fucked my friend up for a solid year.

6/18/19 4:59 PM
4/10/03
Posts: 5478

I got hit by a car when I was five. I was the craziest thing ever. I still remember it was like yesterday. So I'm with my aunt, and we went over to her friends house. I was playing with her son or nephew with a tennis ball.

We threw the ball, and it went in the street. I looked both ways, and it was clear. I grabbed the ball. Was going back across the street. A truck was flying when I was coming back across the street with the ball.

this truck hit my legs, and as I was going down I threw my hands out in front of me so my face wouldn't smash the concrete. Before I went unconscious the truck drove off, and had some purple thing in the back with a white cross on the back of this shit.

I was outside of my body, as I'm watching the ambulance get me inside and go to the hospital. Once I awoke they were taking x-rays of my skull. I was fighting everyone as I didn't know what the fuck was happening. My parents had to hold me down as they took the x-rays. Fucked me up really good mentally, and will make me think hard about life. Like was this an anomaly, and should I be dead.

Nothing has been wrong with me. So I live each day as if it was my last.

6/18/19 5:03 PM
5/8/15
Posts: 159

As a youth, in the SoCal area, some asshole did a drive-by attempting to hit a group about 10-20 feet from where I was. Asshole missed the targets and hit a tree about 4ft. behind me. 

 

Was close. The ghetto is not worth glorifying. 

6/18/19 5:11 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 4186

Didn't do much dodging but I did have my hat shot off of my head, 10 minutes before legal shooting hours.

Was the opening day of the Pheasant hunt. Not a single pellet hit me, but it did knock the hat right off my head.

No damage but pissed me right the fuck off. Spent a couple hours trying to find out who shot at me. Never did. Probably a good thing in hind-sight.

6/18/19 5:33 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 6367
During a vehicle chase with 2 burglary suspects, the passenger shot at us several times.  1 round hit EXACTLY on my rear view mirror causing it to fly off and hit my partner.  He thought he had been shot.  As a result of some return fire from my partner, across my chest, I lost my ears that day.
 
Been hit by 4 drunk drivers but still in pretty decent shape.
 

Most recently....I had pain in my left armpit.  Doctors said it was probably from one of the accidents.  I persisted.  An EKG, Stress test and Nuclear stress test later, they tried to send me to an Ortho.  I persisted.  They finally sent me for a heart Cath and found I was 80% blocked in my Widow Maker.  That was a big dodge for me. 

6/18/19 5:34 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 4187
David@accu - 

I caught a ricochet near my nuts my first time going to the range. It landed in my inner thigh, Didn't break skin or anything but I certainly felt it.


This right here is why I never have and never will shoot at a gun range. (other than while passing hunters safety when I was 10 or 11) I have zero desire to ever even see one, let alone set foot on one.

So glad I live where I do. Want to shoot? Pick a spot and go for it. Mountains in every direction. Super easy to find a place to shoot all alone, with no one close enough to shoot at you, with a mountain as a backstop.

Or just sit in a lawn chair in my yard and shoot. Yes it is perfectly legal and safe.
6/18/19 5:41 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 4188
mglaw - 
During a vehicle chase with 2 burglary suspects, the passenger shot at us several times.  1 round hit EXACTLY on my rear view mirror causing it to fly off and hit my partner.  He thought he had been shot.  As a result of some return fire from my partner, across my chest, I lost my ears that day.
 
Been hit by 4 drunk drivers but still in pretty decent shape.
 

Most recently....I had pain in my left armpit.  Doctors said it was probably from one of the accidents.  I persisted.  An EKG, Stress test and Nuclear stress test later, they tried to send me to an Ortho.  I persisted.  They finally sent me for a heart Cath and found I was 80% blocked in my Widow Maker.  That was a big dodge for me. 


Just holy shit at getting hit 4 damn times by drunk drivers.

That may be some kind of record, one I am sure you could have done without.

Glad you are good.
6/18/19 8:23 PM
10/25/06
Posts: 5413

Flipped a go cart and somehow my head and shoulders ended up in grass while everything else was on concrete. I didn't hit my head because I was able to get my hand down and post up before I completely flipped. Would have torn my hand to shreds if I posted it on the concrete.

Blew through a stop light at about 90. Going 153 mph on a main street but not interstate when I was 16 or so, I was being dumb as fuck trying to impress sluts. I was coming up to a light on a main cross street, going down a hill and hit a dip, hard on the brakes, nothing, abs kicks on, hit another dip, still nothing, was basically airborne even though the tires were touching concrete, brakes finally hook up downshift to 4, HARD on the brakes get me from about 125 to 90, think about turning right into the oncoming lane, realize I wont make it without hitting the median or the far curb and maybe flipping into a retaining wall, so I crank it back left and hit the gas and break it free to straighten back out. Luckily it was late and it was completely dead out, no traffic.

Never will go above 70 on city streets ever again.

Also once I was going 135 on a side street in my buddy's 89 LX 5.0 with a crate motor. About 3 am. Im faded. Coming up to the stop sign, fucking clutch goes out, the brakes are shot, and I revved it high and power shifted into third and took the turn at about 70. Life flashed before my eyes that time.

6/18/19 9:57 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 9158

Seen multiple shootings back in the late 80's and early 90's, back when gang banging was at it's peak. Been shot at twice. Once I was in a car and another car shot at us. Hit our car only twice. Horrible shot, LOL.

Second time was playing basketball at night at Encanto Park with a bunch of Mexicans (those from San Diego know that place was popping in the early 90's). Some fools from Market street (Mexican gang) drove by and shot at us. You could hear bullets hitting the fence surrounding the court. On one was hit.

I have seen several people get shot though...

6/18/19 10:33 PM
5/6/09
Posts: 1171

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6/18/19 10:46 PM
4/24/07
Posts: 38913
Dryfly - 
David@accu - 

I caught a ricochet near my nuts my first time going to the range. It landed in my inner thigh, Didn't break skin or anything but I certainly felt it.


This right here is why I never have and never will shoot at a gun range. (other than while passing hunters safety when I was 10 or 11) I have zero desire to ever even see one, let alone set foot on one.

So glad I live where I do. Want to shoot? Pick a spot and go for it. Mountains in every direction. Super easy to find a place to shoot all alone, with no one close enough to shoot at you, with a mountain as a backstop.

Or just sit in a lawn chair in my yard and shoot. Yes it is perfectly legal and safe.

Yeah it didn't exactly inspire confidence in returning but did anyhow. I would much rather shoot outside. What state are you in?

 

6/18/19 11:14 PM
1/13/11
Posts: 20104
qcddog03 -

Feb of 05 I got blown up. End of the deployment. Nothing had happened for a month or two and we got complacent. Had to grab two guys and take them to the fob. One dude had one foot and couldn't make the 5mile walk back. Coc told us to take his bango truck. 

 

Here is the video. I'm the one in the middle of the video with the saw on the roof of the bongo. 

Holy fuck dude.  I cannot even imagine. 

 

Havent read further and maybe someone has asked already, but do you think those vehicles were staged so you had to go far right to hit the IED?  

 

Damn man, that was crazy. I to am glad they buried it upside down. 

 

Thank you for your service

6/18/19 11:26 PM
9/8/02
Posts: 23221

Walked into a gas station one Friday night. I was a young college student living near Miami. This particular gas station was near Biscayne Blvd, by the infamous Denny's that was featured in Cocaine Cowboys.

A few of us were going drinking at some shithole indie rock bar called "The Spider Pussy" or something, but realized we needed cash. No biggie I thought, I will just run into this gas station and pull out some money from the ATM.

I walk in, see the ATM is in the far back corner of the gas station. As I am in there 3 big black dudes walk in and just start pulling shit off the racks and stuffing them in their pants. They are blindly taking whatever they want, chips, candy bars, headphones...

I can see this all going down from the back of the gas station. As these dudes are grabbing shit, I can hear the Indian cashier yelling at them over the microphone..."you can't hab dat, you must pay, you must pay..." the black dudes are yelling back, "man fuck that, we ain't paying for shit..."

Luckily for the cashier he can talk tough because he is enclosed in a bullet proof box in the middle of the gas station. So while he is arguing and yelling at these dudes stealing, he locks the doors, no one can leave.

Eventually the black dudes and the Indian guy are yelling face to face through the glass, the black dudes demanding he opens the door, the Indian dude demanding they pay or he "call the cops..."

Finally one of the big black dudes reaches in his pants and pulls out a hand gun...he is waving it around demanding the cashier opens the door before he "shoots this bitch up..." My heart is beating, no one has seen me yet, but I know the automatic door won't open.

I eventually got enough nerve to try and get the fuck out of there and while all three guys were at the little slit in the bullet proof glass yelling at the cashier, I scooted by and got to the doors. I am frantically motioning to the fucking cashier to open the god damn doors and he is just looking at me. However, as this is happening, a fucking 6'3 man is walking up to the gas station in a full on clown costume, hair, make up...I am thinking "WTF is going on, now who the fuck is this asshole.." Finally the cashier opens the door, I squeeze through them right as the clown walked up...

Have no idea what happened after that, but it was about to be a shootout between an Indian cashier, 3 big black dudes, and a 6'3 clown.