Tacoma residents rally to take back streets while drive-by shooting unfolds
TACOMA, wash. - A drive-by shooting in Tacoma unfolded as neighbors rallied to take back their streets from crime and violence.
Neighbors divided up into groups and stood along major street corners, holding signs and calling the community into action.
Residents said they want to take back their streets from drug dealers, break-ins, violence, gangs and prostitution.
Neighbor and crime victim, Sandra Ford said she came to Friday’s rally after thieves broke into her home and stole all her jewelry, even though she had an alarm system.
“I'm tired of seeing of seeing all the crime that's going on in our neighborhood. Just everywhere in everybody's neighborhood,” Ford said. “It really frustrated me how it's just getting out of control, even with an alarm system.”
During the rally, Tacoma police confirmed a man was shot in a drive-by shooting, while the victim sat in his car at a convenience store on 47th and Oakes Streets.
Police said a bullet when through his car door, and hit the man in his leg.
Officers were still looking for the suspect.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said police, sheriff deputies, activists and neighbors can tackle crime if they all work together.
"What you're seeing here today are people who live in this community, who care about this community and it sends a strong message to everyone in the community, and it sends a message to those who may want to commit crime in the community,” Lindquist said.
The community knows it will take more work to keep the streets safe, long after the rally is over.