Deputies Try New Strategy To Curb Drive-by Shootings - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

04/20/05

Deputies Try New Strategy To Curb Drive-by Shootings

Ngoc Ngo pointed to holes where bullets pierced her house and narrowly missed her two sons sleeping inside. She actually witnessed the gunfire.

"They rolled the window down and they shot, and I lay on the floor."

The Easter Sunday shooting was the fifth time her house has been targeted since she moved to the corner of Mose and Sunny Drive in 1996. In two cases, her children were injured.

"It's too dangerous for me to come home every night."

When asked why people are shooting at her house, Ngo responded "I don't know".

Captain Windy Swetman says bullets have hit other homes in the Forest Cove subdivision in D'Iberville. He pointed to several houses and said "There are markings on the driveway here where we recovered shell casings".

Swetman believes Asian gangs are behind the violence.

"People know that we've had these drive-by shootings. These are things that have got everybody concerned, especially the people who live in this neighborhood."

That's why Harrison County deputies are going door-to-door, urging neighbors to attend a public forum to share ideas to fight back against drive-by shootings or any other crimes. 

"We want to exhaust every possible resource we have to bring the people to justice that have committed these crimes. We also want to make sure the people that live in these neighborhoods, we provide them with safe neighborhoods. But, we can only do it with the cooperation of everybody."

Deputies hope the forum will help build trust with the community, so neighbors don't have to live in fear.

"I don't like to live here. It's so scary for me. I don't know what's going on," Ngo said.

The community forum will be held Thursday night at D'Iberville Elementary School from 6:30 until 7:30. It's hosted by The South Mississippi Weed and Seed Drug Coalition. Deputies have invited church leaders, government officials, and people in the Vietnamese community to attend.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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