Trying to get rid of gangs in one Tulsa neighborhood

Wednesday, June 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A north Tulsa woman is fighting to rid her neighborhood of gangs and drugs. But she says she can't do it alone.

Marla Bond and a neighbor helped shutdown four of seven drug houses in their community. But kids say they're still afraid to play in their yards because of recent shootings. They told us it's not uncommon to hear gunshots in their neighborhood.

Bond wants to form a neighborhood committee to stop the violence but isn't getting much support. "We was walking back up here and we heard shots and we ran behind the house. Until we get everyone listening. We're nothing. Can't start neighborhood association, can't even cleanup one street."

Bond took her concerns to a ministers meeting Wednesday. They want to organize community events, including an open forum for gang members to talk about their issues publicly.