A reader writes in:
"About 6:30 pm this evening there was a major gang disturbance at the corner of Malden and Leland. I was walking my dogs and all of a sudden there was a gang of about 15-20 African Americans (at least 3 regular gang members who are at that corner every night) started yelling and running after someone with bats and sticks. At least one had a gun and there were reports that shots were fired closer to Wilson. There were many neighbors out at that time and we all called 911 and cleared out. A girl was screaming help. Several of us came back out after the police arrived (about 4 cars) and as usual the gang disbursed into one of three buildings ... the JPUSA building at the corner, the section 8 house next to it on Malden and the building across the street from it on the south corner that has an entrance on Leland. Several were taken into squad cars, questioned and RELEASED back on the street. 30 minutes later 8 of the exact same gang bangers are at the corner. I call 911 and asked for the police to be sent back out and had the worst experience with the dispatcher. He was rude, patronizing and when I asked to be transferred to the district seargent's desk he said he didn't have that information and also didn't know what police district we were in. He kept interrupting me and stated "his job was to ask questions before they send the police out" and that it didn't matter what happened 30 minutes ago or that one of the gang members who was there was seen with a gun during the disturbance.
Please be vigilant in this area. Last night there was a fight at 3 am and Monday night (4 am) gun shots fired and reported by numerous neighbors. I have lived here for 7 years and this is the WORST consistent violent gang activity at Malden and Leland that I have seen since I first moved here."