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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shooting overnight Saturday

Received word of a man shot and wounded in the 500-block of West 3rd Street Saturday evening.

This is the West End Gardens neighborhood which has been the site of many of this year's shooting incidents and two of this year's five homicides, one in a West End Gardens parking lot and another at Plainfield Avenue and West 4th Street. (1 PM: This corrects my original post, which inadvertently referred to Grant Avenue instead of Plainfield Avenue -- dd.)

The shooting comes on the heels of a community forum led by Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Brggs on Thursday at Shiloh Baptist Church, a block away from the shooting site.

Residents expressed strong concerns with what is being done to combat crime, according to a report by reporter Mark Spivey appearing in the Sunday Courier (see here).


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan, There were times when residents did NOT want police all over the neighborhood as some felt we were being harassed, [not my folks though]. There is a fine line, however I can state no matter where you live, anyone out after 10pm should ONLY be seen moving rapidly heading for home. Any 'hanging' then is nothing but trouble. Been there in the West End

Bob said...

Forums are fine, but when is this mayor going to come up with a plan. I still want to know why the state isn't involved more in this?

Blackdog said...

From Jefferson=“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

Blackdog said...

Because if the County allowed the State to become involved, they (the State) might become privy to the extent of corruption pervasive in all areas of Union County Government!
This is what happens when people of little character and virtually no integrity obtain power!

Rob said...

The plans to date have been "forums" and lots of other "let's hug" and feel good moments.
These are the results.
When combating the high crime of NYC in the late 80's and early 90's I really can't recall how many "forums" and "feel good rallies" Rudy Guilliani organized, but I do believe Mayor Sharon has surpassed his number. Who had better results ?? I am guessing anyone with half a brain could see it was the one who was actually interested in consulting experts and finding ways to solve the problems of rampant crime..not whine and cry how mean the residents are being towards her ineffective or non-existent plans and sucking up face time on camera. Rudy got lots of camera time because he got results.
How about a hug-a-thon in the West End as the next great idea, eh Mayor Sharon?

Anonymous said...

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