A Drive-By Shooting In My Neighborhood

Drive By Shooting In My Neighborhood

It Happened Here...In MY Neighborhood


I heard gunshots the night before last. I wasn’t sure that was what it was until yesterday morning, but that is what it was. I was getting ready to head to bed and I heard what sounded like fireworks going off. Pop-pop-pop…pop-pop-pop…

The next morning my husband and I were taking our grandson to daycare and him to work. We drove past a Chinese restaurant that is literally just around the corner from us. There were police cars all around, as well as orange police tape and news trucks from several local stations. At first I didn’t connect the sounds with the scene out the window. As a matter of fact, I didn’t connect the two until I heard it on the news later that morning.

I discovered that the night before there had been an argument inside the restaurant. This restaurant is only one of a very few that are open until three in the morning. It seems that two warring gangs had met at the restaurant and began the argument. Management asked them to take it outside – which they did. Soon guns were brought out and the shooting began. In the end three people were shot – two were in critical condition. I also learned that one of the gangs wanted to retaliate and went to a nearby neighborhood. They shot into three or four houses and there were bullet holes in many of the vehicles on the street.

I am not naïve. I know these things happen. There is an area of town – like in most big towns – that this happens in all the time. You hear about it nightly on the news. But this was different. This was MY neighborhood. We moved here because of its safety. This is a “good” neighborhood!

It is sad to say that this made a difference. Before, I wasn’t thinking of the many families that were affected by these gangs. I wasn’t thinking about the kids that lived in those neighborhoods where this IS an everyday occurrence. I mean, I did think about it, but only in that “Well, that’s a shame” kind of way…not REALLY thinking about it.

The neighborhood that was shot up the night before last was one that many of my students live in. Kids that I personally know – ones that I am involved with on a regular basis. Ones that I think about daily. Good kids, with good families.

Those other neighborhoods have good families with good kids, too. Families that live there because of the inexpensive housing. Kids that must live there because of economic realities. And those kids, those families have to fear for their very lives every day. Not just once in a while, like me – like the kids that live close to me. This is something that happens so often, that to many it is just a part of the daily routine.

This incident scared me. Scares me. I don’t know any of these people that were involved. But they brought their trouble to MY neighborhood. To MY students neighborhood. And it made me think about how many students…how many kids…have lives disrupted by gangs every single day. I want this to stop.

I want to be able to do something to make these gang members – these kids- realize that they are not only ruining their lives and their families lives – they are also hurting hundreds – and thousands – of kids and families by their activities. They are killing innocent children – innocent families…What can I do to stop this from happening?

There are many organizations that are there to take care of kids so that they don’t grow up and feel that they need to be a part of a gang. Organizations like The Boys Clubs and other great places that try to reach out to these kids to make them feel like they are a part of something – part of a family – so that they don’t turn to gangs. If these great and awesome organizations can’t stop all of these kids from joining gangs, then what can I do? I am just one person…what can I do?

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Many of us are asking the same question. I now live in a very small town and we have little if any crime -- ever -- BUT -- I lived in Dallas in past years and was in bed reading one night when a drive by shooting (which had nothing to do with me whatsoever) went awry. Bullets came through my bedroom window and if I'd been standing up would have killed me. That's definitely food for thought. Was anyone ever charged -- or even found -- for shooting through my windows. No -- so you and I aren't the only ones asking the question of what we can do. Banning guns won't stop it because the idiots that do this sort of thing will keep theirs and every law abiding citizen will give up theirs and then we're really vulnerable. It's a vicious circle I wish had an answer. Great Hub! Best/Sis


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

We've had shootings near my neighborhood too (and again...I live in a "good" neighborhood) and it is scary. I understand how helpless you feel because there doesn't seem to be anything anyone can do about it. The crime is getting out of control and I don't know how it's ever going to get better. Stay safe.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is sad. The children are the ones who suffer the most, some only know about gang life. I live in a very small town but fifty miles away, is a different story. A large city where shootings are a common occurrence. Thank's for sharing...


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Angela - thanks for reading! This was pretty scary for me! It seems that our "nice" little city isn't so nice anymore...


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

catgypsy - thanks for reading! I don't think there are any "safe" neighborhoods anymore...seems that crime is just everywhere now...


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

always - thanks for reading! Some of my students don't know anything but the gang life. On a recent newscast here, they were showing the most wanted gang members...one of them was the father of one of my students....sad...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

somestimes stupidity gets the better of people justateacher.. but never give up on your little city.. bless you and thank god you and your family can share this story now instead of being a part of it..:)


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Frank - thanks for reading! I am thanking God that I am just telling the story! Right now we are having a resurgence of gang activity in our little city...the police are trying to take care of it, so there are more shootings..so yes....stupidity is getting the better of people....


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W1totalk 3 years ago

That is insane. I am sorry that you had to experience such a thing. Great read.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

W1totalk - thanks for reading! It was really insane!


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Your story proves there are no good and bad neighborhoods anymore, there are only areas with more or less shootings. I lived in 'bad' part of time for years, but when I moved to 'better' part, I have found used needles the very first week. And this was just a start ...

We can't take anything for granted and safety is no exception, I guess.

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