“It's like the devil's playground,” said Jashell Royal, 21. “Kids can't play at the park. The last time I was there, someone was running around shooting. Literally, they're crazy over here,” she said.
While the complex houses mainly women and children, boyfriends and brothers often move in with them surreptitiously and cause problems for the residents and visitors.
“If you don't have a job and have kids, it's the best place to be, but it's also the most harmful place to be,” Royal said.
She said she has been harassed by groups of men at the complex. Royal said they rove the complex in the early morning and late at night, especially when the complex's office closes for the day or when security officers aren't around.
“It's real scary because everyone over here has kids,” she said.
“The right to bear arms is the best thing to have over here,” Royal said.
Unfortunately, that right is denied if you live in public housing.
I drive by this place every day and I try to drive by as quickly as possible. I can recall one time I nearly ran over a man who was running across the street while being pursued by a man wielding a handgun. I am glad they are cleaning the place out, but it would make me even happier if those who lived there had their Second Amendment rights.