I lived across the river from DC when this was going on. One day I went to get gas and saw a woman standing next to her car in the gas station lot, staring at her flat tire. And it wasn't a 'service station', so she was waiting for AAA to change it. On 3 sides, the gas station was surrounded by vacant lots and after I fueled up I realized she was just going to stand there until she got some help, so I pulled over and changed her tire and told her it wasn't safe to stand in the open in a gas station parking lot with so much open space around it. That sounds ridiculous now, but back then the odds of her getting shot seemed extremely high. Me too, for that matter. Strange to think of that now.