Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gardena Shootout

This incident is of interest to me - I grew up in the neighborhood. I won't say precisely where, but my parents still live in the neighborhood. I know (casually, not biblically) the man accused of the shooting. He's relatively new to the neighborhood, compared with my parents, but he's lived there for at least 10 years, if not longer. No, he's not a crazy guy - just a quiet man in a quiet neighborhood.

To clear up any misinformation about the area, it's very quiet and peaceful - most of the residents are the same people who've lived there from the beginning. Almost all are asian. There are just a few kids living around there.

I visit there regularly.

The neighborhood is a big cul-de-sac/ not-a-through street, flanked by smaller cul-de-sacs. There's one way in and out, if you're driving a car. The house in question has a low wall directly to the south, although the house next door has a wall and a chain link fence that is around 15 feet high - there's a swimming pool at the school.

I'm trying to figure out where the kids who were climbing the fence were going. The neighborhood doesn't provide a convenient short cut because the wall flanking the north end is at least 10 feet high. Frankly, you'd probably save more time just walking down Evelyn. At one time there were dozens of kids living on the block - no one used that wall for a short cut, and yes, we all attended high school at Gardena.

Thankfully, no one got killed, which should be lesson to wall climbing teens everywhere.

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