Mae Street residents "Not Surprised" shooting happened in their neighborhood

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Residents of Mae Street say while they're still shaken by Tuesday night's murder, they're not surprised a shooting took place in their neighborhood.

"It's not good," said Ricky Romero, a resident of Mae Street. "You can't have bullets flying around."

Romero has lived on Mae Street for more than five years. In that time, he says he's run out of fingers to count the number of calls he's made to 911.

"Since I've lived here in these five years, a dozen times for the problems going on," said Romero. "Domestic violence, I've called for child abuse."

He says when he first moved in, the street was quiet, separated from a more populated area to the south which he says is crime ridden. But when barriers came down and Mae Street was connected to that neighborhood, he noticed problems.

"We have a great little neighborhood, but as soon as you get around that bend, it's a whole different world," said Romero.

He says graffiti began showing up on fences, sides of buildings, and signs.

"They cleaned it really nice, neat, the whole fence," said Romero. "The next morning that writing was right there again."

And he's not the only one who says Mae Street's reputation has gone down.

"This neighborhood has seen cops around here," said Shane Bradford, who lives near Mae Street. "You hear about a lot of stuff going on this area."

A reputation they say has now been solidified after Tuesday night's shooting.

"Just wasn't surprising," said Bradford. "I've been expecting something like this to happen for a while."

Romero says it's sad he and his neighbors feel that way. He hopes if anything good can come out of this tragedy, it's that the community will wake up to the problems in his neighborhood and stand together to change things and clean up.

"Little kids live in this neighborhood and they ride their bikes, the ice cream trucks come through," said Romero. "I don't want to see that happening here."

The Mesa County Sheriff's office says deputies have been dispatched out to Mae Street six times this year, responding to calls of domestic abuse, harassment, and child abuse.

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