Tens of millions of Americans walk home during the nightshift, but there are not millions of gunfights. To address the OP's concerns, is there a threat, or do we seek to make one?
For example, I don't believe knife fights exist. Oh, I believe in knife attacks, but there is a formidable cottage industry in selling bowie knife dueling. And yet, when the question in asked about real examples, about the best we can discern is war stories from a "friend of a friend."
The point arises that not all people work in safe neighborhoods, and I am sensitive to that. But we all have a myriad of choices long before we drop the hammer on a crowd of people. In fact, if I read that actual story in a local newspaper I'd think the guy had seen too many Steven Segal movies.
The reason they report gunfights is that they are rare.