I'm quite certain that the highly intelligent regular visitors of this blog will successfully read between the lines here and know what follows:
A 26-year-old Rosemount woman was shot in the shoulder just before 2:30 a.m. as she rode in a car that was northbound on Interstate 35E, just south of Pilot Knob Road.
She was one of eight people in a Volkswagen Jetta that was entering the interstate from Cliff Road. She was in the front seat, on another passenger's lap, with her back pressed against the front passenger window, said Sgt. Danielle Anselment, an Eagan police spokeswoman.
What comes next goes without saying, but just in case Joe Biden stops by...Eight people in a Jetta? Cruising down a freeway at 2:30 a.m.? Yes indeed:
The investigation has been hampered because many of the witnesses were drunk, Anselment said.
The Volkswagen's driver, a 28-year-old West St. Paul man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Anselment confirmed.
I would never want someone to be shot, but since her injury was not life-threatening it's possible the shooter might have actually saved her life. Consider the types of injuries she might have suffered if that drunk driver had slammed into something or rolled that vehicle. If the airbag didn't mess her up she might have gone through the windshield or otherwise been ejected out of the vehicle. Or one of the other unbelted passengers might have taken her out as they hurtled through the vehicle. Or any number of other gruesome possibilities.
I did some very foolish things in my younger days, but I'm hard-pressed to think of one where one of the better possible endings might have been somebody getting shot.