Someone fired shots into a jewelry store on Main Street last week and it didn't really make that much of a splash in the media, surprisingly. Local 12 did a story on it, but I didn't see much else on it.
It appears it may be gang related, so it wasn't random. The business in question, Main Street Jewelry, comes across as a store catering to a style often associated with gangs. Having a "Gold Teeth $13.99" sign stenciled in lettering on the window points to that.
This type of crime is very difficult to deal with, as witnesses and victims are often either scared to testify or are involved with a gang themselves. It has the earmarks of an intimidation actions or maybe an initiation for another idiot. It is very dishearten to see this happen in Downtown. I am glad to hear the police up front about this and I hope they do take a look at some of the clientele, who according to the report appear to also be in gangs. This unfortunately will likely not get a big penalty for the shooter, assuming he is caught. The state of the justice system will render this criminal to the bottom of the pile, since he hasn't killed anyone yet. When (not if) he does, then he'll get the full weight of the law. This type of reality is not something that works for our society. Joe Deters should be holding press conferences about that fact and stop wasting people's times with other political antics.
I am also just so surprised that this hasn't gotten anyone to make a statement. Smitherman is silent on this, but so are the City-Haters, so I'm perplexed.