Neighborhood crowdsources "shots fired" investigation

On the night of April 16, Julie McCullough was at her studio on Balboa Dr when she was startled by gunshots right outside her door. It was the latest in a string of shots fired in our neighborhood that has residents frustrated with crime, 911 and police response times.

To find patterns and problem areas, neighbor Art Martinez took it upon himself to pin these reports on a live, interactive map, which you can also see below. The goal, he says, is to get neighbors to install cameras at their homes facing those streets to record these hot spots and help police with their investigations.

Facebook and Nextdoor are making it much easier for neighbors to share what they hear and see, but they also make it more tempting to report there instead of calling 911. There’s also a culture of fear and apathy that can keep people from making a difference and that ENA works very hard to change. As a reminder, residents are strongly encouraged to call 911 anytime they hear gunshots.

If you’d like to add a pin to the crowdsourced map, you can send Art an email at artmartinezjr1@gmail.com. Interested in learning more about this problem and how you can help? The next Elmwood Crime Watch & Safety Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30pm in Elmwood-El Buen Samaritano Church (1315 Berkley).