Woman says the burglar who shot her is a “victim of society”
This lady is an idiot:
January 4, 2015
Beverley Concannon was in the bathroom of her home in Oakland’s Dimond neighborhood when she heard two loud bangs. She realized someone was kicking in her front door.
She called police, then walked into the hall and came face-to-face with a stranger. Within moments, she felt a piercing blow to her left shoulder. She had been shot by one of four young men who then fled with her laptop, driving away in a Toyota Camry that had been stolen from an Oakland hills home three days earlier.
Two men and two teenage brothers who allegedly broke into Concannon’s home were later arrested and are suspected of committing a string of such invasions in the East Bay over a two-week period, authorities say. They have ties to East Oakland and allegedly targeted wealthier neighborhoods in the Berkeley and Oakland hills and in Piedmont.
In a recent interview, Concannon, 82, said she believed her attackers had no idea she was inside until they saw her.
“I believe it was total shock,” she said.
Yet instead of leaving, the men shot her.
Concannon, a retired instructor who taught French and Spanish at a Marin County high school, spoke philosophically of the suspects, calling them “victims of a society that has gone astray and has been for a long time. They are victims of history, and they have also been cooped up in a ghetto, and I think the basic problem is one of de facto segregation.”
Almost a year after being shot, Concannon hasn’t moved from her home, but her left arm and shoulder are still numb and she is scared by loud noises. She has replaced her front door with a stronger one and added other security measures.
She said arresting robbers was important in the short term, but that the real solutions were societal.
“People have these kinds of automatic responses to (how to reduce crime), but it takes a lot of deep thought and action on the part of everybody — and I don’t know what that is,” she said. “What’s happening is not good.”