Richard Lautens - Staff Photographer
When I first began this job at the Star just over 23 years ago, I never imagined some of the experiences I would have.
Take today for instance.
I was sent to the scene of an overnight murder where a teenager was shot in the face at 2am. I didn't get there until 9am mind you.
I first take a few photos with my iPhone to put on our website and then make some more pictures of the scene, the police and the general activity in the area.
A teenage girl apparently didn't want her photo taken near the scene
Before long I see a trail of fairly fresh blood across the street from the scene. A few drops could be found every four feet or so. I go up to one of my buddies from a competing publication, Tyler Anderson and utter the words I never thought I would say in my life, "Tyler, you wanna follow a trail of blood?".
It seems odd asking this of the competition but quite frankly when you are in a very dodgy neighbourhood and there is a guy running around with a gun who is potentially at the end of the blood trail a little company is in order.
We followed this trail around corners, through intersections, even past Photography Drive for a total of 2.6kms according to my GPS.
Unfortunately the trail ended after doubling back on itself right beside a small wooded trail. A short walk down the trail came up with no other leads or evidence of anyone wandering through bleeding so the hunt was over. I was disappointed there was no bloody door knob at the end with me of course ending up the hero investigator.