Neighbors Angry Over Latest Gang Shooting

Neighbors Angry Over Latest Gang Shooting


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News Specialist Sandra Yi reportingA woman was shot twice, and police are still looking for the suspects. The victim, Tammy Huish, is in good condition today.

Last night's shooting in front of her home was the third one here in the past two months. Now neighbors want the family who lives here - out.

Rebecca Olsen fears for her family. "We're really fed up. This didn't used to be such a bad place to live. It didn't used to be so scary," she says.

Gun shots, she says, have become so common that she often wonders if a stray bullet will hit her children.

"We feel like we're prisoners in our own homes. Our children don't feel safe enough to play."

Bullets pierced Brent Guymon's fence. He says it's scary to think what could have happened.

"It's too close to home," he says. "When I look where one of them hit upon the other end here, it could have gone in the neighbor's window."

Neighbors blame the occupants of this house for creating what they call a fear factor. Police have been called here to 960 N. 960 West three times in two months, most recently last night when two men opened fire on the sidewalk.

Two bullets hit 36-year old Tammy Huish in the chest and stomach. In January, Huish's 14-year-old son was also hit in a drive by shooting. There was another drive by a month later, but no one was hurt.

Detective Dwayne Baird of the Salt Lake City Police Department says, "This house seems to be a target for gang type activity and retaliatory measures by other gang members."

And neighbors are angry. Some plan to circulate petitions asking the family here to move out. One neighbor says if that doesn't work, he plans to file a lawsuit against the landlord and the tenants.

Rebecca Olsen also wants to write a letter to the family. She says she just wants her home to be a safe haven.

"We aren't trying to be unkind, but we feel that we have a right to live in peace."

The landlord says his tenants have not violated the rental agreement. He says they passed reference and background checks and they pay their rent on time.

He says the tenants are victims and unless one of them is arrested, he can not legally evict them.

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