Kensington: A View of a Drive-By Shooting
WARNING: THE PHOTOGRAPHS CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES
Gun violence in the city happens all the time, but most people rarely see it as it unfolds. While working on a documentary project, This is Kensington, Brad Larrison and I were caught in the middle of this violence as it happened. Some would say wrong place, wrong time.
The project we were working on is focused on telling the stories of everyday people in Kensington.
Malik, a tall, African-American man saw us taking video of two women under the El near Kensington and Cambria streets.
He asked us if we wanted to come along with him. He had his 9-month-old son in his hands and his 4-year-old daughter, dressed in a jean jacket and moccasins, walked along side of him.
He told us that we could come and talk with his family about the area, so we followed him to his house. He was picking his children up from day care.
When we got to the house Malik put his baby boy inside and his little girl followed. He asked us to wait outside for a minute while he tidied up the place, shuffling some things under the rug and making a space for us. Then came four pops, but I wasn’t really counting. Instantly, they registered as gunshots.
Down the street only two houses away a tan car with the passenger side door open drove closer. I couldn’t tell from my angle if they were shooting. The driver hit the van that I am crouching next to for cover, right in front of me, not 2 feet away.
The victim’s head smashed into the window and there was smoke everywhere. Music was still playing loudly from the car. Brad and I looked at what was happening. With my left hand I dialed 911. With my right hand I began taking photographs. The passenger ran to the street and fell to the ground. The driver didn’t move. The driver’s sister came up to the car and saw what happened, “Oh, my God!” Her brother was dead.
Daniel Walker, 24, has been charged with murdering Theodore Cossum, 20, authorities said.