The recent shootings in the vicinity of Locust, Summer, and Pope Streets have left the neighborhood shocked and afraid. What was once a quiet neighborhood bordering the Parker School and Clasky Common Park has become, in recent days, a shooting gallery. First eight shell casings on Pope Street, gun shots on Locust street one street over, then on Feb. 1, six more shots on the corner of Summer and Pope streets.

After the shootings the perpetrators weren’t through, they came back after the police finished their investigation and tagged the target house with gang symbols and foul language. Clearly there is some vendetta here putting the entire neighborhood at risk for collateral damage.

The Parker School is directly across the street from the house being targeted. Kids going to school on Feb. 2 were treated to a graffiti strewn house with language they should not be exposed to. My own children hear gunshots and see the tags left the next morning and ask “Dad, what’s going on?”

The criminal element in this city with their petty vendettas need to take a long, hard look at the damage they cause decent, hard-working families when they take their disputes to the streets. Kill each other in private if you must but leave the children and quiet working neighborhood I live in out of your petty, violent fighting.

The city and police can clearly see the underlying issue here and need to take steps to immediately remove this problem. The landlord or home owner must be held responsible and the tenants removed for the public safety of others.

When decent people are subjected to random gunfire, vendettas, gang tagging and a lack of action on the part of the city and home owner, don’t wonder why people move away and consider New Bedford an unsafe and undesirable place to live and raise children. I have a house for sale if anyone is interested. No, I didn’t think so.

William J. Villineau

New Bedford