Helicopters over my house

The big news around here today was this:

Authorities say 23-year-old Mohammed Reza Taheriazar drove a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee into The Pit at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus around noon Friday, injuring five students and a visiting scholar.

All afternoon one or two news helicopter have been hovering over my house. At one point there was a link on the WRAL-TV website of live footage from the helicopter, but there was no audio and no explanation of the situation.

Here’s what we eventually found out. It turns out after they arrested the guy, something he told them caused all manner of law enforcement to converge on his apartment:

Around two hours after the crash, state and local investigators surrounded Building D at University Commons Apartments at 303 Smith Level Road in Carrboro, where Taheriazar is believed to have lived. Bomb squad officers entered the building around 5:15 p.m., but there is no word if anything has been found inside.

A few minutes ago I heard what sounded like a muffled explosion. I have not found any confirmation that the bomb squad detonated anything. I keep checking, but the local news media are a bunch yahoos. They all got seriously scooped by the Daily Tar Heel, which had more information about the situation, Taheriazar and the connection between the incident at The Pit and “Police Situation in Carrboro” on their web site long before local news media had it put together.

I-Tunes must be hooked into the karma of the situation because Unmarked Helicopters by Soul Coughing just came up on random. It’s from the X Files, so it’s kind of creepy anyway.

I feel like Henry Hill in Good Fellas as he goes through his paranoid breakdown near the end of the movie, and every time he goes outside he things helicopters are following him.

Jeffrey L Cohen

Jeffrey L Cohen