New York Times report on St. Louis captures gunfire, drugs and poverty

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A New York Times article focuses on crime in the Gateway to the West. Reporter John Eligon came to the area and interviewed the people who live in North St. Louis. He found drugs, poverty and gun violence.

Elington even captured gunshots in an audio interview with a man named Montez Wayne. You can hear the bullets whizzing past them in a YouTube video . This is an excerpt from the article, ” Mr. Wayne lives in a poor, mostly black community, where, as in similar neighborhoods across America, residents are fed up with persistent gun violence. Victims die one by one, or in clusters.”

The New York Times piece points out that there are significant decreases in crime over the past two decades. But there are concentrated pockets of violence remain. The Times has even plotted a map of gun violence and racial segregation.

There are strategies to solving the issue of gun violence in St. Louis. Eligon points out that officials in St. Louis is working on implementing a surveillance cameras, A Neighborhood Ownership Model and Hot Spot Policing. But, the article really focuses on the struggle for those living in the middle of a bad situation.

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