After six weeks of trying, and threatening to contact the media, a group of residents, businesses and ministers from Martin Luther King Jr. Way between Grand Avenue and 40th Street met with a Dellums aide last week to recount their travails with crime in recent months.
In a meeting attended by nearly 20 people, including more than a half dozen local ministers and a police lieutenant, the mayor’s point man, Victor Ochoa, told the group assembled at Second Bethel Church that he wasn’t aware that their neighborhood was a high-crime area.
“I almost walked out of the room,” said Miltiades Mandros, 63, whose home has been hit with stray bullets. So the community informed him: Since June 8, eight people had been shot or killed in five separate incidents in the neighborhood. Among those hit was a 12-year-old boy struck in his home by a stray bullet last week.