The irony is, this shooting took place right next door to a center dedicated to improving the community.
LaVargne Gunn-Ford said, "I wonder, why are these people roaming the streets, doing such crimes as shooting each other and having gang violence etc, where as they can become good citizens by receiving training." LaVargne Gunn Ford is the director of PEEP--a non-profit that offers training and acts as a safe haven for people who live on the south side of Monroe.
Gunn-Ford said, "We are stigmatized on the south side by being residents on the south side. Police say the drive by shooting and many other crimes plaguing the south side are gang related. This is not news to seventeen year old south side resident Joseph Pleasant.
Joseph Pleasant said, "Its a gang thing really, one side versus the other. One day I might be walking and bullets don't got no name on it. So I might get hit too." Pleasant says he lost a brother to gang violence and is worried that young children in the neighborhood are also at risk.
Pleasant said,"You just got to watch your back when you're over here and mind your own business."
If you look at video from the inside of the store at the exact same time of the shooting--you can see shoppers--including children--just feet away from the gunmen.