I know that area.
Not really known for crime, but it can be empty around that time of night, with lots of dark parking lots and areas. I’d love to know the circumstances. Was it just innocent people waiting at a stoplight and this happened? Or was there something going down (e.g. drug deal that went bad)? I don’t know.
Shit can happen anywhere, at any time. Crime-free, no-victim zones don’t exist.
The event reminds me of something John Farnam says:
Don’t go to stupid places; don’t associate with stupid people; don’t do stupid things. We will add to that, be in bed by 10 o’clock.
As for car-jacking, you know what’s better than drawing your gun, or pepper spray, or baton, or whatever weapon?
Pressing the gas pedal.
And if that happens, I’m none too concerned with the “rules of the road”. Oh sure, I don’t want to do anything stupid nor dangerous nor risk the lives of other innocents, but if I have to drive into the median, if I have to jump the curb up onto the sidewalk, then I do. I have to do what I have to do to get away. I can deal with repairs later. I have car insurance. It can be sorted out later… when I’m alive to do so.