Notorious Gang House Shut Down, Road Barricaded
Bullet holes, and yellow police tape are all that remain at this empty home on Edison Avenue in Sunnyside.
But that wasn't always the case.
Neighbor Leonora remembers hearing loud noises and gang activity around the house.
"I have heard the shots- a few years ago- and than just a few weeks back I did hear some shots over the weekend and my daughter and boyfriend did too," says Leonora.
After the last drive by shooting two weeks ago- police went into action.
With the help of code enforcement- officers kicked out the residents and barricaded off Edison in front of the house- making drive bys impossible.
Something one neighbor believes is long overdue-
"We got tagged up a couple times, our car got stolen and stuff like that- so it's about time they did something but it's always a good thing that they are taking responsibility for the things around town," says Juan Chavarin.
With these barricades- the street is now a dead end, and police say thats a symbol that they want to put an end to gang violence.
And its working-
"We haven't had any issues since the road closure and since the actions were taken against the homeowners during the last incident there were several children present- not just at that incident but at the incidents prior we were able to get those children removed from the home," says Sunnyside Police Officer Anthony Russel.
Leonora may have to take a different route to her home, but it's worth the drive to know she won't be caught in the crossfire.
"Now we can walk down there - and even then you don't have to worry about getting caught in any kind of activity that would have happened in the past- as far as any drive by shootings," says Leonora.