It turned out to be a better decision than I realized, because cops opened fire in an intersection I walk through everyday when I take the train. From what I've heard and read since, a panhandler was trying to steal somebody's purse and pulled out a knife. The cops tried to subdue him with pepper spray, but it only made the panhandler stab one of the officers. You can guess how the rest went.
So, I'm rattled. Even though this is the city, shootings don't typically happen in this neighborhood (the Loop), and they certainly don't happen on State Street (which is one of two shopping districts you might have heard of; the other is Michigan Avenue, about a mile north).
I don't really know what to say now, except for the cliched "This feels like something out of a movie," so I'll take that as my cue to find you some deals.
Everybody stay safe.
(Photo: Chicago Tribune)