As the citizen who took the picture went by in her car, one of the thugs yelled, "Hey, she's taking pictures, what the (expletive)?" and pointed as the citizen's car whizzed by. The citizen was trying to document all the litter and the loitering in that spot. There were at least two dozen people hanging out, according to the creditable account of this citizen.
The citizen called 911 on all the loitering. The very next day, the shooting took place.
However, long before this...
...picture was taken, long before the shooting took place, Wally's was on the radar of neighborhood activists, one of which tediously collected 911 data and made it available far and wide; sending it to this blog, providing it to public officials, and distributing it on at least one listserv. A couple days ago, the same exact citizen took the same exact data and sent it around AGAIN in the wake of the shooting near Wally's...a classic case of "we told you so, but nobody seemed to listen."
The feeling of decent folks in the neighborhood is crystal clear: Wally's is a classic "inconvenience store," along the lines of Big Stop, Wafana's, and Uncle Bills. We've been saying for a long time something like this shooting would happen, and now something like this shooting has happened. The small block building has no redeeming features and would be better off as a grassy lot.
The editorial position of Johnny Northside blog can be summarized as follows:
Hey hey, ho ho, Wally's thug store's got to GO!