St. Paul Women Form Online Neighborhood Watch Group

October 29, 2017 10:39 PM

So far this year in St. Paul there have been more than 1,140 reports of gunfire.

Some of those shots have resulted in injuries. Others in deaths, like that of 38-year-old Dawahn Littles.


"These kids don't have any heart and no remorse about anything," said his mother, Daughn Littles. "They just want to hurt and kill people."

Nancy Hochschild said she hears gunshots on a daily basis. She's also been the victim of a burglary, another reason she decided to turn her wounds into wisdom and create a neighborhood watch group online.

RELATED: Police: Deadly Shooting Marks St. Paul's 17th Homicide in 2017

"I wanted to feel more connected to the neighborhood, and I wanted to feel a new awareness of what's going on," Hochschild said.

In just 24 hours this weekend, there was a shooting near Arlington Avenue and Farrington Street, where police recovered three shell casings. No one was hurt, and no one was arrested. 

Across town on Marshall Avenue between Oxford and Chatsworth streets, more bullets were exchanged between occupants of two passing cars.  

There was a report of an assault at Johnny Baby's, and someone aimed their anger and a gun at another person near the Lamplighter Lounge.  

The online community bulletin board on Facebook is similar to a neighborhood watch group. It's a one-stop site for folks citywide to share concerns or suspicious behavior they've witnessed. The concept is to create awareness and action. 

RELATED: St. Paul Police Chief Calls Rise in Gun Violence 'Public Health Crisis'

The new site already has 4,000 members. 

"That tells me people want to be involved, do their part and they want change," Hochschild said. 

Organizers urge folks to call 911 if they see something suspicious. The group is not looking to bypass police, rather to be another source of information.   


Beth McDonough

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